Singapore is one metropolis I really feel fortunate to have referred to as house! An enormous purpose why is, after all, all of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore however the surprising nature of a few of them is probably what actually made it so particular to name town ‘house’ for some time…
My transfer to Singapore occurred proper intertwined with my time learning at Cambridge College and I’ve gotta admit, I moved over armed with not a lot else than a stereotypical expectation of what Singapore, being the worldwide metropolis that it’s, could be like.
Shiny, sparkly and chock-filled with glass and metal towers, was just about so far as my expectations would stretch on the time.
And don’t get me flawed, Singapore is shiny, sparkly and all of the stuff you’d count on from a world metropolis (properly, apart from the truth that the crime price right here is actually low!
You’d really feel as protected wandering across the streets at 4am as you’ll at 4pm) however right here’s the factor – Singapore is about a lot extra than simply these shiny lights.
It’s additionally chock stuffed with some surprising surprises (that’s a little bit of a tautology – like “moist water” however you already know what I imply 🤪😄).
And they’re nice surprises too!
The form of shock that makes you realise why town is not only a fantastic place to go to but additionally an incredible place to name house. The type that made me actually need to keep on in Singapore lengthy after my preliminary plans right here.
However sufficient about that, let’s soar proper in, we could? 😁😁
1.) Ubin Island
So like I stated earlier than, Singapore is a shiny metropolis! It’s house to many single multi-billion greenback corporations obtainable and has the best focus of millionaires on the planet.
The whole lot about Singapore appears to shout shiny metropolis so that you’d be so simply forgiven for not realising there’s a extra pure and rustic facet to town! Mentioned place is Pulau Ubin, in any other case simply often called Ubin or Ubin Island. (“Pulau” in English interprets to “Island”).
I didn’t truly discover out about Ubin island myself. I truly bought an invitation to a piece group day factor on the island (a country retreat in Singapore!) triggered my curiosity so I signed up.
Arriving on the island (it’s a brief boat journey from the mainland), I realised this was part of Singapore that’s nothing like the remainder of it.
On Ubin island, you’ll discover cobblestoned footpaths, deserted granite quarries and conventional kampongs (villages) – conventional Malay attap homes – and are available throughout kingfishers and Southeast Asian birds within the wetlands. It’s like taking a step again to the previous in Singapore and is chock full of fantastic wildlife.
It’s the form of island the place you would possibly end up at a roadblock as you’re biking by way of as a result of the monkeys have determined to have a fruit break on the roads, or discover a wild pig rummaging by way of your bag looking for snacks, or the place seeing a hornbill or large monitor lizard is simply commonplace – undoubtedly very totally different from the Singapore you would possibly count on should you solely spend time within the metropolis centre.
Ubin Island is superb and part of Singapore most travellers by no means actually assume to go to. It’s such a incredible technique to “get misplaced” in nature and is so spectacular to discover. As briefly talked about earlier, attending to Ubin Island is fairly simple – it’s only a quick 10-minute boat journey!
To get round if you’re on the island, you’ll be able to hire a bicycle, which makes essentially the most sense because it you cowl extra of the island, although exploring on foot can be one other nice choice right here.
Suffice to say, that is simply some of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore should you’re actually trying to get a extra balanced view of what Singapore has to supply, past bustling metropolis life.
2.) Lazarus Island
Singapore shouldn’t be a type of cities you’d look forward to finding a seashore in, and it’s not with out causes both. It’s by no means actually been a ‘seashore vacation’ vacation spot however that’s to not say you’ll be able to’t even have a extremely beautiful day on the seashore right here.
Lazarus Island is one other a type of underrated locations in Singapore that the majority travellers visiting town by no means actually assume to discover.
Most individuals would possibly assume as a substitute to go to Sentosa (there are stretches of synthetic seashore right here) however Lazarus Island is definitely among the best locations in Singapore to go to if you would like a time out on the seashore.
Lazarus Island isn’t actually crowded (it’s sometimes locals you discover right here) and it feels such as you’ve stepped so distant from town (you’ll be able to’t even see the skyline if you’re right here as a result of it’s trying away from town). A visit right here is definitely some of the relaxed and most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
To get right here, you catch a ship from Singapore’s Marina South Pier to St John’s Island and simply stroll over to Lazarus island.
It is usually value trying out St John’s Island for slightly bit right here and should you get the prospect to, after you’re executed with Lazarus island, the ticket you get can take you over to Kusu Island -pop in there too for slightly bit.
Oh, by the best way, you gained’t discover locations you should buy issues right here and there isn’t actually shade on the island until you step away from the seashore and head over to the coconut bushes so make sure to carry all the things you want with you (sunscreen, meals, drinks…and many others).
3.) MacRitchie Nature Path
Carrying on within the nature-based theme, one other surprising factor to do in Singapore was exploring the Macritchie Nature Path. The Macritchie Nature Path is a type of spots proper within the metropolis that feels such as you’re miles away from town. This 12-hectare nature reserve has mountain climbing trails, kayaks and canoes for hire.
You may catch a taxi (or drive, when you have a automotive) right here, park up and inside minutes really feel such as you’re some other place fully.
We confirmed up anticipating a fast stroll round however at 11 kilometres of strolling trails (and with a number of choices as to how to do that), you might very simply spend an virtually a full day simply wandering across the trails right here (after all, you’ll be able to select to be right here for as lengthy or as quick as you’d need). When you’re up for outside adventures, that is simply some of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore for that!
I believe it was whereas we had been right here that I realised how energetic Singaporeans actually are. They profit from the character round them and it wasn’t unusual seeing folks simply twice our age (greater than typically) energy strolling previous you at a tempo we couldn’t even sustain with (belief me, we tried… many occasions!!! 😄😄).
There are such a lot of alternatives to identify wildlife right here too – particularly these cheeky macaque monkeys and you might even discover flying lemurs right here. The Macritchie Nature Path has such lush tropical vegetation that it feels nothing like something you’ll be able to even hope to seek out in every other world metropolis and is simply such an excellent place to go to in Singapore.
4.) Little India
While you consider Singapore, it’s maybe its Chinese language heritage that involves thoughts for most individuals however Singapore is such a melting pot of various cultures and that is maybe most evident that relating to the scrumptious meals on supply right here.
When you’re on the lookout for among the greatest Indian curries exterior of India, Little India in Singapore is without doubt one of the greatest locations to go to within the metropolis.
Due to Singapore’s comparatively large Indian inhabitants, you get to dine on among the most superb meals if you’re in Little India and at such superb costs. It’s simply some of the scrumptious locations and some of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
While you’re executed consuming to your coronary heart’s content material, slightly jaunt across the space is so value it as there are such a lot of alternatives to snap up a cut price or two on stuff you maybe don’t really want however actually need. 😄😄
5.) Marina Bay Sands
This one’s a simple one. It’s truly not surprising in the best way you would possibly assume – in that everybody is aware of about Marina Bay Sands and would most likely look to spend a while round right here.
Individuals even find out about that incredible swimming pool proper on high of the resort right here. What would possibly shock folks is that that is each the biggest and the best infinity pool on the planet!
Though we had been dwelling in Singapore then (fairly actually down the highway from right here), I simply knew I needed to keep right here even when for only a night time in order that I might go to the pool (the pool is just for resort friends).
Spoiler alert – it’s so value it! It felt like one thing of an pointless indulgence on the time however arriving there, I knew I’d made the correct name to not miss out on attending to benefit from the world’s largest and highest infinity pool! (Suffice to say, the view up there may be additionally fairly superb!). It’s a type of enjoyable issues to do in Singapore that I simply can’t advocate sufficient! 😁😁
I stayed up right here until lengthy after my fingers had gone as wrinkly as prunes! We had been the primary up there the subsequent morning too! When you ever get an opportunity to, even should you’re not a visitor on the resort for all the time, make sure to e-book in an evening right here and arrive as early as doable to profit from that incredible pool!
6.) Gardens by the bay
This one is probably not a lot so ‘stunning’ or ‘surprising’ anymore however is just included on right here as on the time, discovering such an incredible place within the metropolis centre was a tad surprising – particularly so, the supertrees round right here that are as tall as a 16 story constructing!
As of late, it’s simply some of the well-liked and most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore and with excellent purpose too.
It’s one other sensible instance of how Singapore does such a fantastic job at balancing nature with metropolis life and is without doubt one of the the reason why Singapore is lauded as some of the pure (or, I suppose inexperienced) cities to go to.
7.) Hawker Centre
Singapore being one thing of an costly metropolis is one thing most guests have come to count on of town.
Like I discussed earlier, town is house to the biggest focus of millionaires on the planet and is consistently ranked as some of the costly cities to purchase a property in and even to reside in.
As such, it’s comprehensible that most individuals count on to should spend some huge cash once they go to however this couldn’t be farther from the reality relating to meals.
Among the greatest meals in Singapore might be present in its hawker centres, the place you’ll discover a plethora of scrumptious native meals obtainable at fairly unimaginable costs (typically as a lot a 1/10th of the costs you’ll discover in additional formal eating places).
If you’d like the perfect meals in your travels, consuming the place the locals eat is one thing of a no brainer and in Singapore, that place is the hawker centres.
Working example – do you know that Singapore’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Rooster & Rice at present holds the honours because the world’s least expensive Michelin-star meal at beneath S$3 (roughly round £1.70 ) – how superb is that?
Why was this surprising? Nicely, I suppose if you arrive in a metropolis that’s well-known for being fairly fancy, discovering out that that is so not the case relating to one thing as important as meals is unquestionably one nice shock to seek out within the metropolis (particularly so when the meals is so good).
8.) Tasting Durian Fruit
For the uninitiated, durian is that pungent fruit that for lack of a greater technique to describe it, smells like sun-ripened rubbish. For some purpose although, it’s so well-liked right here in Singapore and is one factor you must do if you’re right here.
Everyone seems to be so fascinated with it and it’s virtually marmite-like in that folks both actually find it irresistible or actually hate it – no in-between! Nobody is ever ambivalent about it.
It took me a number of months to lastly work up the braveness to do that and spoiler alert – it’s tastes fairly just like the way it smells.
If for nothing else, you have to strive durian right here to see should you’re gonna be a type of who thinks it’s a lush, creamy fruit or certainly, one thing you by no means need to scent once more! 😆😆 It’s undoubtedly of essentially the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore for foodies and the culinary-adventurous!
9.) The World’s Tallest Waterfall
Singapore’s Changi Airport has for some time now been extensively thought to be among the best airports on the planet. There’s simply a lot to see and do if you’re right here that’s it’s grow to be greater than only a place to catch a flight from!
As a substitute, it’s extra of a enjoyable hub for travellers and locals alike. It’s a spot that you simply would possibly need to arrive early simply so you’ll be able to spend time in and is actually some of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
Probably the most thrilling addition to the airport now could be the spectacular round waterfall which is definitely some of the spectacular installations in any airport – it’s additionally the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. When you’re executed right here, there’s truly much more stuff to stand up to on the airport however I’ll depart you to seek out these out if you do go to.
10.) Common Studios
It’s not fairly often that you simply discover a full-on theme park smack inside a metropolis.
They’re often quite a bit additional out of town and are locations you don’t actually consider simply “popping in” for a couple of hours so this one completely took me without warning once we had been in Singapore, as we had been making our technique to a wholly totally different spot within the metropolis. Once we noticed the signal for it although, we determined we needed to test it out.
It was such a sizzling day that we simply selected a whim to pop in simply to get soaked on the Jurassic Park journey. One journey later and we promptly upgraded to a season ticket and even threw in a queue soar to the combination. Greatest impromptu choice we made in Singapore definitely! 😄 😄
In London, we have now to traipse out of town to seek out something like this so whereas we lived in Singapore, I made it a mission to go to as a lot as doable, particularly contemplating how simple it’s to get to.
When you’re right here with buddies, household and even children (‘large children’ 😉😄 and little ones, after all), it’s completely value popping in for a fun-filled day! (Take into consideration how a lot money and time folks spend to go to locations like Orlando for a full-on vacation and right here you may have the choice to take action proper in your doorstep).
And there you may have it! Among the components of Singapore essentially the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore that completely shocked however totally thrilled me after I lived on this superb metropolis!
When you end up in Singapore, make sure to verify at the very least one of many above out (if not all of them!).
Have an incredible journey!
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