Singapore is a city-state and one of the most developed countries in the world. While it is in Southeast Asia, Singapore is considered an expensive place to visit especially if comparing it to other countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia or Thailand. What are the best things to do in Singapore?
In Singapore, you can enjoy both the urban and natural attractions in this metropolis whether it is skyscrapers, shopping malls, gardens, and more. As well as learning about Singapore’s history and its position at the bottom of the Malay peninsula.
In this post, we will go through things to do in Singapore. Let’s get started!
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Is it Cheap in Singapore?
Singapore is not cheap especially if comparing Singapore to other places in Southeast Asia. The prices are similar to western countries and in some cases can be a little cheaper. Alcohol drinks are expensive whereas food is quite cheap.
Can You Drink Alcohol in Singapore?
Yes, you can drink alcohol in Singapore. Remember that alcohol is expensive in Singapore because of the heavy taxes imposed on all alcoholic drinks. And there are restrictions between 10.30 pm to 7 am around drinking alcohol in public spaces or on non-licensed premises.
Things To Do In Singapore
Singapore is a melting pot of culture with ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, and Little India located around the city. There is a good range of restaurants and bars located throughout the city.
Here is our list of some of the fun things to do in Singapore.
Explore Marina Bay
The district of Marina Bay is considered to be Singapore’s main tourist attraction. Marina Bay is home to many of Singapore’s attractions and they are all within walking distance of each other. And it is home to the famous Marina Bay sands hotel.
By walking around Marina Bay you will find the following attractions.
- F1 Track.
- Singapore Flyer.
- Merion Park.
- Gardens By the Bay.
- Shopping centers.
- Art Science Museums.
Explore Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is conveniently based in Marina Bay. This is a recognized landmark that features 18 “supertrees” that support the OCBC Skyway, a 419-foot-long aerial walkway that affords views of both the surrounding gardens.
This offers beautiful views from the Skywalk and cloud forest walks can be scary at night if you are scared of heights. A visit at night time is better than a day time visit plus there is a show in the evening. The lights at night make a big difference.
Visiting the outdoor gardens is free, you need to buy a ticket to visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories.
Walk Around The Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens in Singapore are over 150 years old and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. It also sprawls over 74 hectares. Plus there is no entrance fee to the gardens and is open every day of the year.
The Botanic Gardens in Singapore is a historic landmark and national icon of Singapore. It is a beautiful park that is an enjoyable easy walk that is mostly on flat grounds with trees providing good shade along the way.
There are not many barely shops or vending machines if you get hungry or thirsty. You should bring at least water but be prepared.
Visit The Museums
Exploring Singapore’s museums, you will see the best art collections at the Singapore Art Museum or learn about Singapore’s history at the National Museum of Singapore.
There are loads of museums in Singapore that will keep you busy for a while, here is a few worth visiting.
- National Museum of Singapore.
- Art Science Museum.
- Asian Civilisations Museum.
- Singapore Art Museum.
- NUS Museum.
- The Battle Box.
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum.
- Singapore Science Centre.
- The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.
Party At Clarke’s Quay
Clarke Quay is the party hub of Singapore. Clarke’s Quay has a good range of restaurants and bars to enjoy a good night out. It is a good place to go bar hopping or just to start a place for your night out.
It can get very lively in the evening with spectacular light displays. You will also find live music.
Visit Universal Studios Singapore
Situated on Sentosa Island, Universal Studios Singapore opened in 2010. In Singapore, Universal Studios has seven themed sections with countless rides and shows, all related to major hit movies.
Universal Studios is always a good day out for the family or thrill seeker. With seven zones, you might be hard-pushed to pack it all in one day! Remember it can get very busy at the weekend or if there is a public holiday.
Ticket prices start from S$80 for adults and children S$65.
Go Shopping On Orchard Road
Orchard Road is a shopper’s paradise. It is a mile-long street of eateries and over 47 shopping malls. The boulevard is filled with designer names and luxury stores. There is no shortage of shops or restaurants on Orchard Road.
Orchard Road is a great spot to people-watch and do a bit of window-shopping and maybe compose a fantasy shopping wish-list.
Chinatown is a great place to visit. Singapore’s Chinatown is filled with restaurants, bars, pubs, shopping centers, and markets as well as a large concentration of ancient mosques and temples.
Chinatown is cheap in comparison to the rest of Singapore and as such recommended to buy any gifts you might want to bring back home here.
And even if you’re not looking to do much shopping, Chinatown is worth visiting if only to try the food in Chinatown.
Explore Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is broken up into 11 different zones and has 12 exhibits. There are over 300 species of animals in the zoo with over 15% considered to be threatened species.
You can see Zebras, Cheetahs, Polar Bears, White Tigers, Cobras, African Penguins, Wolverine, Monkeys, and many other animals.
There are 4 parks at the Singapore Zoo and for a single park, entry ticket prices range from S$29 – S$33 for adults and children S$19 – S$23. For the multi-park option, ticket prices range from S$49 – S$79 for adults and children S$29 – S$59.
Here are the 4 parks to visit in the zoo.
- Singapore Zoo – With more than 2800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
- Jurong Birds Park – 5000 birds across 400 species, it is one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world.
- Night Safari – See over 1000 animals in their naturalistic night-time habitats.
- River Safari – One of the world’s largest collections of freshwater fauna, more than 6000 animals including 40 threatened species.
You can do all of them if you have time, or you can choose the ones that look more interesting to you.
Visit Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is a man island resort dedicated to fun. So if tired of sightseeing and want to just relax and have fun, Sentosa is the place.
On Sentosa Island, you will find Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark, iFly Singapore, Mega Adventure, the Flying Trapeze, S.E.A. Aquarium, and of course the beach including Palawan Beach.
These are only some of the activities you can do on Sentosa Island.
Finally, Singapore has something for everyone, even those on a budget. You will not be bored when visiting Singapore as you can see there is a good variety of things to do in Singapore and this is only a shortlist. Like any trip, you’ll get the most out of it by learning all you can before you arrive.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the fun things to do in Singapore has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.