8 Exciting Reasons to Vacation in Singapore

reasons to vacation in singapore

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.

Singapore Zoo

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

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.

Sentosa Island

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.

The Food

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.

The Shopping

shopping in singapore

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

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.

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    • Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life

      Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life 10/03/2013 5:42 a.m. #

      I spent a month in Singapore in January of 2009 performing at the Esplanade. I really enjoyed the city but couldn't get over how expensive it was!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 10/03/2013 3:20 p.m. #

        That sounds like an exciting month Stefanie! Sorry to hear it was expensive though.

    • My Wealth Desire

      My Wealth Desire 10/03/2013 7:12 a.m. #

      What a beautiful country and tourist attraction? I like to visit Singapore. I like to bring my kids in Singapore Zoo and the universal Studio.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 10/03/2013 3:21 p.m. #

        I think Universal Studios is fun no matter where in the world you go, and no matter what age you are :-)

    • Apollo

      Apollo 10/03/2013 7:53 a.m. #

      Very nice post Brenna and Singapore is definitely a location to check out and vacation for a while. There is so much to see and Singapore is one of a few countries where things work the way they are supposed to (more or less).

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 10/03/2013 3:26 p.m. #

        Singapore has a lot to offer tourists, for sure. It looks like an exciting place to visit.

    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 10/03/2013 10:35 a.m. #

      Yeah Singapore sounds pretty amazing! I definitely wouldn't mind vacationing there.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 10/03/2013 3:28 p.m. #

        It would probably be a good place to go to for a few weeks since it probably takes a while to fly from North America to Singapore. It does look exciting though.

    • krantcents

      krantcents 10/03/2013 5:54 p.m. #

      I want to visit Singapore some day. Unfortunately, the best time to travel there is Spring or Fall. As a teacher, I cannot consider it until I retire in 3-4 years.

    • Corinne

      Corinne 10/03/2013 6:48 p.m. #

      Honestly, Singapore was never on my list of places I'd want to visit. But this post makes me rethink that! It looks very exciting!

      Have a great day lady!

    • Ellen M. Gregg

      Ellen M. Gregg 10/05/2013 7:47 a.m. #

      Singapore is not a place I've ever considered going, I have to admit. Why? I haven't a clue, except perhaps it's that the places on my must-go list are related to my ancestry.

      That said, you've made Singapore sound intriguing, and I'm always interested in trying new-to-me cuisine. hmm... :-)

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