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This is a guest post written by a fellow blog writer Paula from Truly Expat.
Singapore is a fantastic city, full of fun things to do during the day and endless spots to visit at night. The hardest thing about visiting Singapore is knowing what to fit into your time in Singapore; this is why this list is perfect for first-time visitors.
1. Visit the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is beautiful during the day. Discover the flowers that showcase what living on a tropical island is all about. You can spend the entire day around Gardens By The Bay. But don’t just stop there just during the day, the free light show at night is also amazing!
2. Spend the evening at Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay comes to life at night, with some fantastic restaurants and bars that make this area what it is – an entertainment district. If you want a little more excitement, then try your hand at The G-Max Reverse Bungy! Yes, you heard me right you will be able to hear the screams from the other side of Clarke Quay.
3. Spend a day at Sentosa Island
There is so much to do and see on Sentosa Island. Whether you choose to make your heart race with activities like bungy jumping and the luge or chill out by the pool or beach at one of the many beach clubs on Sentosa. You can not visit Singapore without a trip to Sentosa Island.
4. Visit one of Singapore’s zoos
If you are an animal lover, then you are in luck as there are three amazing zoos to choose from in Singapore. You can go to Singapore’s famous open-air zoo and have breakfast with the orangutans, visit the river safari (which happens to be my favourite) or spend the evening at the night safari. All zoos are great and have their own unique twist on the traditional zoo.
5. Spending an evening at one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars
Every time I have a visitor in town, I always venture over to Mr Storks. If you don’t believe me then pick up any magazine or google any website and this bar is always mentioned. From its fantastic views to the amazing service, this rooftop bar has it all.
6. Visit Haiji Lane
Haji Lane and its surroundings are highly recommended because of it’s painted sidewalks and kitschy boutique stores during the day and the hustle and bustle of bars and music at night.
7. Do a spot of shopping on Orchard Rd
Orchard Rd is open every day of the week and opened until late every night, so you can shop whenever you want. Although there is excellent shopping everywhere in Singapore, Orchard Rd is the most convenient with a handful of shopping centres dotted along one road.
8. Enjoy a Singapore chilli crab at Dempsy Hill
Although you will find many places to eat Singapore chilli crab, and in fact, you will find a few Jumbo Seafood outlets, I highly recommend Dempsy Hill. This restaurant location is one of our favourites any time of the week (it is always busy, so make sure you book in advance). Oh, and if you love seafood as I do, the pepper crab and the cereal prawn are also top of my list on the menu.
9. Indulge yourself in one of Asia’s best restaurants
Burnt Ends has been named many times in Asia’s top 50 restaurants (usually in the top 10 to be precise), so why not splurge a little and see what the fuss is all about. Burnt Ends is a fantastic restaurant with an even greater reputation, and when you indulge yourself with the chefs choice, you will understand first hand what the hype is all about.
10. View The Jewel at Changi Airport
The Jewel’s Rain Vortex is the worlds largest indoor waterfall. This spectacular vortex is impressive to see at any time of the day. During the day it amazes you, and at night the light show brings it to life. The shopping mall is also great with loads to eat and do. Although this is technically a shopping mall and you can shop there, you can even walk across the sky canopy, have fun on the Skynet or wander through the mirror or hedge mazes.
11. Enjoy the local food at a hawkers market
There are many hawker centres in Singapore to choose from, but there are a few things you must remember. Always bring a packet of tissues (anything really, but this seems to be the article of choice here in Singapore), to place down on the table where you will sit. The hawker centres can be bustling, so finding a seat is a priority as soon as you arrive. Have a wander around and choose a vender, order your food and enjoy the experience.
12. Eat delicious Indian Food in Little India
Little India is just that, a mini version of India. Enjoy the food, shop the nick nacks or visit a tailor that can whip up a gorgeous outfit in no time. There are a few temples worth visiting, and of course, you need to see Mustafa Centre for yourself, this shopping complex will have you lost for hours.
13. Enjoy a cocktail at the Marina Bay sands
Everybody that visits Singapore wants to head up to the famous infinity pool, however, unless you are a paying guest at the hotel the best you can do is sip a cocktail at one of the two bars on the rooftop and view the pool from a distance.
14. Visit Singapore’s Botanic Garden
There is no visit to Singapore with a visit to Singapore’s Botanica Gardens. Wander around this magnificent garden and see for yourself why tourists flock to Singapore. Whether you choose to put on some workout clothes and go for a run, or you decide to go for a stroll. The Botanic Gardens has something for everyone.
15. Order a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel
You can taste this cocktail all over Singapore. However, there is nothing better than sitting at the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. After ordering your Singapore Sling, sit back and enjoy the peanuts (literally). The Raffles Hotel is a favourite of mine. I love the Colonial architecture and the history behind it. Why not check out the boutiques in the hotel after your time at the bar, and pick up a gift or two.
About Paula | www.trulyexpact.com
I am an Australian born, dual passport owning expatriate; who has lived through 7 postings over 12 years. I have three beautiful children -1 boarding in Australia and 2 who are residing in Sydney attending university.
In my past life, I was an Adult Educator and now I am a trailing spouse who can now add travel vlogger to her resume. I am hoping that this blog will guide those that are starting out in this strange lifestyle and allow me to pursue my passion for writing in the comfort of my own (airport lounge) home.