If you’re the kind of traveler who likes the city atmosphere, mixed with a chill, but casual and enjoyable environment, then Singapore is definitely the place for you.
Here are some of the most exciting reasons to come to Singapore.
Universal Studios of Singapore
If you happen to be vacationing with kids, this is your main reason for visiting Singapore. Heck, the hair-raising Transformers ride is reason enough to bring the kids to Universal Studios. For those who aren’t into 3D experiences, challenge yourself to the Battlestar Galactica Human or Cylon ride. Surely, the suspended Cylon ride is interesting enough as it gets you to experience a roller coaster with your feet hanging free. If that’s too adventurous, the Waterworld show is a great experience for families – less the risk and scary, plus the fun and funny.
From beautiful and smart elephants, to adorable bears and mighty white tigers, the Singapore Zoo has it all. Just make sure to get up early for your visit because the entire zoo is so big you’ll need a whole day to tour the place. Make sure to drop by some of their shows too, as their animals are quite the talented bunch.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia of the River Safari
The River Safari is a great attraction with many animals worth seeing. However, the best part about the River Safari? The pandas! The adorable Kai Kai and Jia Jia just arrived at the River Safari last 2012. While Kai Kai is more open and outgoing, Jia Jia can be a little moody, spending her days in the den instead of outside. If you’re lucky, you can find both of them munching on grass or simply playing with their bamboo toys. Since Kai Kai is more active in the afternoons, you may want to visit him around 5pm onwards, when he starts to climb bamboos and trees.
Located just a train ride away is the island of Sentosa where activities just never end. From lazing about in their beach in the mornings, to the cable car ride across the bay and the Songs of the Sea at night, Sentosa is definitely a whole day tour. You can go on a segway, experience indoor skydiving, do an aerial rope course, or challenge yourself to the Luge. But before leaving, make sure to check out the 37 meter tall Merlion in Imbiah Lookout.
Jurong Bird Park
Lovers of birds will definitely enjoy this park. While it is located quite far from the city center, the 45 minute bus ride to get there is worth the time. The bird park is huge, with numerous species to see. Some birds are perched on an open branch like the parrots and the doves; while others are openly swimming in their pools like the flamingoes and the penguins. There are also birds of paradises, eagles and vultures flying in their own areas.
Great news for those who like to wine and dine, Singapore is an awesome spot to pig out. Food Republic is a great place to try as it caters to various cuisines from Asia. Pastamania offers some of the most delicious pasta ever made. And the Makansutra near the Marina Gardens? The best place to eat as it offers delicious chili crabs, oyster omelets, bak kuh teh and of course, the popular Hainanese chicken rice.
Sure, Singapore has some very expensive stores. But when July comes and the Great Singapore Sale starts, you may just be surprised at how low the items can actually go.
If you’re not in Singapore during that time though, you can still get cheap clothes and items from Bugis Mall (t-shirts as cheap as SGD5), Chinatown (awesome, awesome pants at SGD10!) or Mustafa Center (perfumes and electronics).
Marina Bay Sands and the Super Trees
If you have the money to spare, spend some time at the Marina Bay Sands. They have a beautiful hotel, a raging casino and a luxurious infinity pool at the top, overlooking Singapore. At night, you can catch the light show outside the hotel or head out to the Super Trees for its magnificent lights and sounds show.
Now that’s 8 reasons to visit Singapore. What are you waiting for?
Brenna Bustamante is a lover of travel, learning and culture. In between her full time Internet marketing job she finds herself wandering in South East Asia and her home country, the Philippines. Find out more about Brenna and her travels at The Philippine Travelogue.