Despite its overwhelmingly straight-laced reputation, Singapore is one of the few Asian cities where one needn’t travel for hours in search of engaging attractions and activities. As an ever-evolving metropolis that never sleeps, Singapore’s charm lies in the cultural richness of its diverse population and the sheer variety of fun filled activities on offer. With one of the most efficient transport networks in the world, this easily navigated paradise island is a treasure trove for all in search of an unforgettable time.
Shopping is of course the national pastime of Singaporeans and as such, the shopping districts, super malls and trendy boutiques on the island are a treat for avid shoppers. Head down to funky Orchard Road for retail therapy with luxury brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton or drop in on Haji Lane for those fashionable items available nowhere else. Often compared to Paris’s Le Marais and NY’s Meatpacking District, this ultra hip shopping venue offers a unique shopping experience for full time fashionistas.
Those who wish to discover Singapore’s natural wonders must explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens where 1000 orchid varieties and 2000 hybrid orchid species are found. Water sports enthusiasts should check out the Marina Barrage in the heart of the metropolis where water based activities are the order of the day. Ideal for picnics, kite flying and photo ops in lush surroundings this charming locale complete with a rooftop garden is a great venue on the city’s scenic freshwater reservoir.
Other preferred activities include the Night Safari experience at the world’s first wild life enclave designed for nocturnal exploration. Home to more than 1000 animals belonging to 100 species the 40 hectare mega park offers guests a truly wild encounter in a tropical jungle setting like no other.
A trip to Singapore will also be incomplete without a stopover at iconic Sentosa Island where sandy beaches, orchid gardens, sky towers, forts, a dolphin lagoon and a host of other entertainment activities are available. Underwater World is perhaps Sentosa’s most frequented attraction with its expansive collection of over 2500 marine animals. Theme park enthusiasts must venture down to Universal Studios Singapore where a variety of Hollywood inspired rides and attractions are on offer in one monumental theme park for the whole family.
Guests should also tour the Merlion Park and the world’s biggest fountain at Fountain Of wealth which is spread out over 1,683 square metres. Night owls on the other hand should step in to St James Power Station where serious club hoppers and party goers revel till the wee hours of the morning. Clarke Quay is also popular for its wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs while food connoisseurs must also visit Hawkers Centres scattered all over the island for a taste of Singapore’s culinary prowess.