The year 2020 is upon us, and it is time to make travel plans for the upcoming summer season. Singapore is one of the most popular choices here for a variety of reasons. Safe, fun and friendly, Singapore is perfect for solo travelling, a family holiday as well as a vacation with friends. There are numerous exciting things to do in Singapore city, which is also a country. However, if you are not able to make up your mind about travelling to Singapore, here we present the best places to visit in the city this year.
1.Gardens by the Bay
Comprising 250 acres of area, the Gardens by the Bay is an attempt to bring greenery amidst all the urban construction. The area is filled with variety of plants, colourful flowers and several themed gardens and parks, making it a delightful place to spend an entire day. The highlights of the place are the Flower Dome, a glass greenhouse of tropical flowers and Supertree Grove, where you would find giant manmade trees measuring 25-50 meters.
Singapore is home to several interesting islands, but none of them is as popular or amazing as Sentosa Island. Spread around 5 km area, Sentosa Island is home to numerous amusement parks, family-friendly attractions and amazing beaches. The island also has several luxury resorts and fine-dining restaurants. In short, you can have an exclusive holiday on the island itself. Some of the best attractions of this place are Madame Tussauds, Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, Tiger Sky Tower, etc.
The main center for the Chinese community of Singapore, Chinatown is a bustling neighbourhood of the city. It is the ideal place for street shopping, a place where you can buy souvenirs and gifts to take back home. Apart from this, there are several low-budgets as well as high-end restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine. However, Chinatown is not just about shopping and eating. In fact, it has several cultural attractions, two of the most important being the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple.
Marina Bay is the true essence of Singapore’s metropolitan side. This area houses some of the most high-end attractions of the city, including luxury hotels, tall skyscrapers, modern buildings, interesting museums, etc. One of the major attractions of the area is the Merlion Park, where you would get to see the statue of the national emblem, the Merlion. Then there is the Marina Bay Sands, which is a 5-star resort with a 360o observation deck as well as a rooftop infinity pool. Other than these, Marina Bay also has premium shopping malls and high-end boutiques where you can indulge in luxury shopping.
5.Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
When you want to take a break from the crowd and noise of the city, head to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is located 12 km from Singapore’s city center. Deemed as a National ASEAN Heritage Park, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the perfect place to go to if you enjoy being amidst nature. The place has a diverse ecological system and is home to more than 40% native plants and trees. One of the best things to do here is hike or trek on the Buke Timah Hill. Adventure lovers can enjoy mountain biking on its various biking trails. Also, do visit the Exhibition Hall, where you would get to know all about the flora and fauna of the place in detail.
Little India is a multicultural center dedicated to the Indian community of Singapore. It is quite popular amongst budget travellers as it offers several cheap accommodation options. Apart from this, it also has several eateries and shopping options where you do not have to spend too much money. The traditional antique shops, the colourful street shops, the bustling shopping centres and restaurants serving authentic Indian dishes, definitely make the visit to Little India an interesting one. Two of the major attractions of the place are Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple and the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, an impressive Buddhist temple.
7.Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is another green oasis in the middle of Singapore city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you would get to see more than 10,000 types of flora. An important attraction here is the Singapore Botanic Garden Rainforest, where you would get to experience the feeling of roaming inside a natural rainforest. With lush greenery and bountiful waterfalls, the botanic gardens can definitely be equated to heaven on earth. Then there is National orchid Garden, where you would find more than 3000 types of colourful orchids as well as orchid hybrids. There is also a children’s garden with play area and interesting exhibits.
Singapore is home to the largest and the best rainforest zoo in the world, the Singapore Zoo. The zoo houses more than 300 species of animals that are native to the Asian continent. The zoo has several zones, some of which include the Frozen Tundra, Fragile Forest, Primate Kingdom, etc. A visit to the Singapore Zoo would give you the chance to see animals like white tigers, giraffes, zebras, koalas, kangaroos, komodo dragon, mole rats, orangutans, etc. The best time to visit the zoo is during feeding time, as it is during this time that the wild animals tend to come out of their dens. Moreover, apart from just watching the animals in their cages, Singapore Zoo offers some unique attractions and activities like Jungle Breakfast, Splash Safari Show, Orangutan Exhibit, etc. which would make your visit even more interesting.
Covering multiple streets, the Arab Street is the largest Muslim Quarter of Singapore. Right from shopping to dining, Arab Street offers numerous interesting things to see and do. One of the must see attractions here is the Sultan Mosque, which is Singapore’s biggest mosque and a national icon. Also, do visit the fabric shops here where you would get to buy a variety of fabrics or textiles, including cotton, silks, linen, etc. Then there is the Haji Lane, which is a narrow alleyway where you can buy handmade crafts, vintage clothing, etc. Aside all these, the Arab Quarter is also a great place to buy modern art, home decor and traditional souvenirs like perfumes, carpets, etc.
Singapore has several rooftop bars and an observation deck (at Marina Bay Sands) which gives you an incredible bird’s eye view of the city. However, if you want to see the ultimate aerial view of the city, there is no better place than the Singapore Flyer for the same. Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel with 49 air-conditioned capsules. Surging 165 meters above ground, it takes around 30 minutes for this observation wheel to make one round. During your ride, you would get to see the best panoramic view of the entire city. Do not forget to check out the major landmarks of the place like Gardens by the Bay, the F1 track, etc. during your ride. Apart from the skyline of the city, you would also get to see some parts of Indonesia and Malaysia as well, especially if it is a clear day.
If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Singapore, there is no better place than Clarke Quay for the same. A waterfront destination, the Clarke Quay is home to happening nightclubs, vibrant pubs, rooftop bars, fine-dining restaurants and push vendor carts and lots of other exciting activities. Located right along the Singapore River, this is the perfect place for a romantic date night or a fun night with friends. Even if you do not want to visit one of the pubs, bars or discotheques, you can have lot of fun strolling along the buzzing streets of the quay. To make your experience even more special, you can go on a cruise on the Singapore River, which would give you some incredible views of the glittering Clarke Quay.
Finally, if shopping is in your Singapore holiday agenda, a visit to Orchard Road is a must. Comprising 6 department stores and 22 shopping malls, the whole street is a haven for lovers of shopping. Right from high-end fashion labels to fine dining restaurants, Orchard Road is perfect for spending an evening shopping and dining. You can shop either at the stores of high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, etc. or at the Far East Plaza, which is home to more affordable brands. When it comes to department stores, ION Orchard and TANGS are the best. In short, you can buy almost everything at Orchard Road. Also, do not forget to check out the handcrafted cocktail bars and fining dining restaurants here.
Of course, there are many more great places to visit in Singapore. However, covering everything in one holiday is impossible. Hence, begin with these best places to see in Singapore on your trip to the city-state in 2020.