After my two recent trips to Singapore to visit one of my best friends I have managed to see so much of this amazing country. Knowing a local is always advantageous and after several requests for a Singapore Top-Ten edition it was about time I wrote one! So in no particular order enjoy my personal top ten suggestions for Singapore.
1.Marina Bay Sands The iconic hotel which has become famous the world over with a pool that will make you go weak at the knees. It may be pricey but the views are worth it, alternatively you can enjoy the bar next to the pool for the price of a drink which is an agreeable alternative. You can read about my experience staying at Marina Bay Sands here.
2.Gardens by the Bay There are two domes to choose from, the Flower Dome or the Cloud Forest and much more to see if you have the time. Each dome is unique, my favorite would have to be the cloud forest as you can climb up amongst the waterfall and beautiful plant life. Make sure you bring a jumper as it gets pretty cold in there!
3.Sentosa Where do I start with Sentosa, as they themselves say ‘There is no age limit for having fun’. Indoor skydiving, Bikini Bar, The Merlion, Universal Studios, Aquarium – the list goes on, you can even stay in one of the many wonderful hotels on the island. Personally though being the more adventurous soul, what I enjoy the most is the Luge. Race your friends down this fast paced track and take a ski lift back up for tremendous views.
4.Buddah Tooth Relic Temple & Museum Located in the Chinatown district this temple boasts rich culture and beautiful roof top gardens. Take some time out to meditate or just enjoy the abundance of artwork that this temple offers. Entry and tours are free of charge however you will need to cover up – clothing is provided.
5.Cable Cars When heading to Sentosa don’t forget to take a ride in a cable car, you get the most amazing views along with an idea of what Singapore looks like from above. It’s a quiet relaxing ride and a fun alternative to getting the train.
6.Chijmes If you are into your architecture then you will enjoy Chijmes it was built in 1904 originally as a catholic convent. It is now filled with cafes, restaurants and bars and is the perfect setting for weddings and theater performances. Located in Singapore’s Central District area makes it an easy place to visit.
7.Chinatown If you are doing Singapore on a budget I highly recommend Chinatown, hotels and meals are cheap and more importantly you won’t be paying $20 for a Tiger beer. The atmosphere is buzzing and there are plenty of market stalls and food stalls/restaurants to choose from.
8.Local Food Markets For chap and authentic food head to one of the many local food markets. The bustling atmosphere and choice of food is a unique experience, my favourite food market is the Chinatown Complex and my favourite local restaurant would be Chicken Express. Be prepared to chow down with locals in a not o western setting.
9.Chinese & Japanese Gardens A little bit out of town but worth a visit, it consists of two gardens which both contain beautiful gardens and architecture. The bonsai garden is incredible, having more of a black thumb I would not want to be the gardener there! Bring an umbrella if it’s a sunny day and plenty of water as there is not a lot of shade.
10.Singapore Sling at Raffles The place where the Singapore Sling was invented, enjoy the beautiful old building, busy location and the fact that you get to throw your peanut shells on the floor. Watch your step when you get up to use the bathroom!
You can read more about my Singaporean adventures here…
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