Singapore is not a place to miss if you find yourself in South East Asia. I tied my Singapore stop over with a trip to Java, Indonesia, and spent a great 24 hours soaking up the best cultural sights Singapore has to offer. This vibrant city is well known for its shopping, and there’s a shopping mall on every street corner as well as the designer shops on Orchard Road. However, you’ll be wrong to think that this is all Singapore has to offer. I made that assumption when I arrived and was pleasantly surprised by all the other interesting things to do in Singapore. Here are my favorites:
This tour is a really relaxing way to explore Singapore. The boat takes a route around Boat Quay, the original market harbour which once was packed with traffic along the river. The boat then comes along to the Merlion, Singapore’s mascot, and on to Marina Bay Sands, the famous modern hotel development.
I found this museum really interesting and could have spent several hours here. Peranakan is used to refer to people of mixed ethnic origins. Due to the trade links to Singapore, many people would visit from across Asia. Those who stayed here and married local women, their offspring were named Paranakans.
The museum is a comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts from across generations. Wedding gifts were given from the parent’s country of origin which makes the collection and interesting mixture of art and design from across all of Asia.
One of Singapore’s newest attractions, the River Safari is a river themed wildlife park with 8 iconic river habitats covered.
One of the highlights of the River Safari is spotting Kai Kai and Jia Jia, the two giant pandas who live in the Giant Panda Forest. Pandas are notoriously shy creatures so you’re not guaranteed to see them, but if you aim to visit around 2pm, they will be having their lunch in full view.
Gardens by the Bay
You could easily spend a whole day at Gardens by the Bay. The 2 themed, dome conservatories house a vast array of exotic flowers and plants. With views over the new harbour, and towards the expansive skyline the Supertrees walkway gives you the opportunity to see the whole area from the sky. The vertical plant displays come alive at night with a light and sound show.
Singapore is easily accessible by a direct flight from London Heathrow with Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines also offers a complimentary city tour if your stopover is longer than 5 hours.