Singapore has always been a favourite destination of mine, especially when I was a kid growing up in Malaysia. I would hop on a First Coach bus and cross the Johor–Singapore Causeway for a short but exciting trip every school and college break.
Although a concrete jungle, Singapore is ideal for a short getaway with its very efficient and easy public transportation system! Here are some of the top things you must do in Singapore, either on a solo adventure or a family vacation.
1. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is arguably the most iconic street and the heartbeat of the retail scene in Singapore, boasting a myriad of malls lined on either side of this historic road. Visitors will love the hustle and bustle of the street, with popular malls such as Takashimaya, ION Orchard, Wheelock Place, Tanglin, and Far East Plaza offering goods from A to Z.
2. Marina Bay Sands
You can’t leave Singapore without seeing its most iconic architectural wonder. This integrated resort boasts the biggest atrium casino in the world, a hotel, a mall, a museum, and the world’s longest rooftop infinity pool. It is truly a glittering sight to behold with its three cascading hotel towers and the extraordinary connecting SkyPark.
3. Gardens by the Bay
Opened in 2012, Gardens by the Bay is a sanctuary for nature lovers and has won numerous tourism attraction awards. It consists of several sections, namely the Flower Dome, Floral Fantasy, Cloud Forest, and the Supertree Grove. Home to flora from five continents, it is a sight not to be missed!
4. Bugis Street
If you’re a shopaholic on a budget, you definitely have to head over to Bugis Street. Easily accessible by Bugis MRT station, you’ll find a large covered street market with reasonably priced clothes, shoes, souvenirs, knick-knacks and more.
For the foodies, there’s an eclectic selection of multiple street foods to savour. Subsequently, make sure you check out Haji Lane, nearby Bugis, for its colourfully painted murals.
5. Jewel Changi Airport
The Jewel is the latest retail and entertainment marvel added to Singapore’s allure. It’s situated at the heart of Changi Airport and accessible from all terminals.
Its centrepiece, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall named the Rain Vortex, is surrounded by a terraced forest setting. This nature-themed outlet attracts 300,000 visitors daily, making it a must-see, especially if you’re at the airport!
6. Clarke Quay
After a tiring day of sightseeing, you can relax and have dinner whilst enjoying the vibrant nightlife at Clarke Quay. This quaint riverside quay comprises notable restaurants and bars such as Hooters and the Cannery. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll or jump on a river cruise after an enjoyable dinner.
7. Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Lastly, make sure you experience riding the MRT at least once. Its seamless connection will bring you to all four corners of Singapore with its efficient and timely schedule. So, if you’re in the mood to just sit back and enjoy the scenery, the MRT is ideal for showing you all of Singapore.