Singapore is a city of many cultures, experiences, and attractions. A city that prides itself on blending 21st century culture with ancient historical beauty, while being filled with action-packed adventure with naturally green beauty. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or food connoisseur, you'll find your slice of heaven when visiting Singapore.
We’ve put together a mini guide to visiting Singapore with some of the top must-see attractions, best times of year to visit and much more.
The best time to visit Singapore
Being close to the equator means that Singapore is never really chilly. It's known for its humid, warm climate – the average humidity of the city is over 80%. However, it does receive quite a lot of rainfall all year round with the rainiest months being November to January. Most travellers say that the best time to visit Singapore is during the summer months of June, July and August.
Popular Tourist Attractions
When visiting Singapore, you are sure to have a hard time fitting all of the wonderful attractions this bustling metropolis offers into your itinerary. We've chosen the top attractions that absolutely cannot be missed:
For the Nature Lovers
Known as the garden city, Singapore boasts some of the greenest expanses and attractions for such a populated city in the world;
- National Orchid Garden – When visiting the Botanical Gardens, be sure to visit the Orchid Garden where they grow all kinds of orchids and have even developed their own hybrid orchids. The Garden is a cool, inviting room explicitly created to mimic the perfect growing conditions for orchids and it's a welcome respite from the Singaporean heat for tourists too.
- Singapore Zoo – Spend a day exploring one of the best zoos in the world, an especially fun trip if you are travelling with young children. Why not opt to stay on after hours and book yourself onto a night safari where you will be able to see what the nocturnal animals in the zoo are getting up to?
- Gardens by the Bay – This free, outdoor garden is a true reflection of how technology, art, and nature can meet. Take a walk through the curved catwalk and see futuristic looking trees and even suspended greenhouses. This attraction is certain to have any green-fingered traveller grinning from ear to ear.
- Marina Bay Sands Skypark – Effortlessly merging architecture and nature, the Skypark offers 360-degree views of the skyline more than 50 floors above ground. Sit amidst the stunning rooftop gardens or catch the sun setting while relaxing on the deck with a glass of champagne in hand.
For the Cultured
For those wishing to immerse themselves in a cultural experience, then Singapore certainly has many options to choose from;
- Chinatown – A multicultural mix of religions and cultures, Singapore's Chinatown is a real sight for the senses. Walk through the districts bustling, noisy streets and be sure to sample its many delicacies and drinks on offer. Stay past sunset to experience a vibey nightlife like nowhere else in the city. Don't miss a visit to the Thian Hock Keng Temple when there too.
- Asian Civilisations Museum – The historian at heart will love this Museum as it showcases more than 2000 artefacts from various ancient Asian civilisations. Considered Singapore's largest and most impressive museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum certainly should not be missed when touring Singapore.
- Kranji War Memorial – In memory of those who fought in World War II, the Kranji Memorial is one of Singapore’s lesser-known attraction but one that is not to be missed. Take a private WWII tour with a guide through the Memorial to get the full impact of its message.
- Artscience Museum – This museum, located at the Marina, showcases how effortlessly Singaporean's blend high-tech art with cutting-edge science. The kids will especially love this futuristic, one-of-a-kind museum.
For the Adrenaline Junkies
If you’re seeking a thrill during your trip to Singapore this vibrant city will not disappoint;
- Bungee Jumping – Experience epic views of the lively city and the Singapore River from the G-Max Reverse Bungy and G-Max Extreme Swing adventures. If going up to 120km per hour 50m off the ground is your thing, then you'll love this action-packed attraction.
- CBD running route – Lace up your running shoes and set your own pace along the route created through the city's Central Business District specifically for runners. You'll be able to get an accurate reflection of everyday life through the city’s busy centre while sweating at the same time.
- Mega Adventure Park – Known for its great adventure and water parks, Singapore offers the adrenalin junky something new at the Mega Adventure Park thanks to its 450m long zip line. The zip line takes you from one end of the park to the other ensuring you get the best views in the house – be sure not to look down!
- Singapore Flyer – for a more relaxed adventure, choose the 165m tall Singapore Flyer, a Ferris-wheel like masterpiece that allows visitors to sit in specially themed cabins while circling around. The views are breathtaking, and you'll get a view of the cityscape from this attraction that is comparable to no other.
For the Foodies
Because Singapore is home to a diversity of cultures, the cuisine on offer is as diverse too. Most of the famous attractions, like the Singapore Zoo, for example, offer dining experiences as part of their tour packages. Don't leave without sampling local dishes like Laksa, Bak Kut Teh and Hokkien Mee. Spoil yourself by booking your table at one of the city’s seven Michelin-star rated restaurants too.
Facts about Singapore
Here are some interesting facts about Singapore that many travellers don’t know:
- If you litter or even spit in the streets of Singapore, you could receive a hefty fine.
- Singaporeans are the fastest walkers on the planet.
- The “Singapore Sling” cocktail was first served in 1915 at the city’s Raffles Hotel.
- Singapore is made up of one main island and 63 other smaller islands which are mostly uninhabited.
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