Singapore is without any doubts the most developed, urbanized country in Asia, if not in the world. I have visited the country for 3 times, which appeared to be not enough to fully discover this unique country-city.
Singapore is a fabulous place for a vacation, especially for families with kids. There are just so many attractions and things to do. I am sure you could spend a couple of weeks and still wanting to extend your vacation there. It is just such an easy place to visit just take a 3-4 hrs plane ride from the Philippines and Hello Singapore! Aside from its just a few hours away from my country, they have a fabulous transportation system and with English as their main language. It is also neat and orderly.
Located near the equator, Singapore basks in a tropical climate. Temperatures do not change much throughout the year, averaging 31 degrees Centigrade with a dip to 23 degrees at night. Expect rainfall nearly every afternoon and evening. November is the wettest month of the year, and February, the driest.
The extensive MRT puts most popular destinations within easy reach. You can buy a ticket for each trip or if you have a top-up EZ-Link card you can easily swipe it at entry gates, or a Tourist Pass that grants unlimited travel for one to three days. The trains are accessible to those in wheelchairs, dragging rolling luggage, or pushing strollers.
If shopping for global brands is high on your To-Do list, then stay along the 2.2 kilometers of Orchard Road, the city’s most famous shopping thoroughfare. Prepare yourself because you will be seeing glitzy hotels, cavernous eating complexes, and modern shopping centers that will surely blow you and your pockets away. Take underground passages to go from your room to different malls.
Super tree grove
The Garden Rhapsody is a show that is held in Gardens by the Bay every evening. The futuristic looking trees/mushrooms are lighted up in different ways together with the music. Every detail is perfectly tuned to create an atmosphere that will give you a fantastic feeling of wonder and stimulate your mind.
TIP: The show is twice a day, at 7 45 p.m. and 8 45 p.m. and takes around 10 minutes. Make sure to come a bit in advance, so that you take the coolest spot!
Singaporeans have created a whole new concept out there with planted walls, artificial waterfalls – somethings absolutely surreal! You can learn a lot about rare plants, take some great pictures, enjoy a magnificent view from to the Marina Bay Sands and just walk around this mysterious world built by man.
TIP: Make sure to have at least 1,5 hours of your spare time, and bring a jacket, as it is quite chilly and moist inside the conservation area.
For all those parks and flowers lovers, this is a place specially made for you. I think I went to one almost in each country I visited! But the one in Singapore is such a beautiful park. You can wonder it’s alleys and get lost. It feels modern, fresh and ordered. Then, out of nowhere you can just wake up with a huge water monitor lizard in front of you.
The entrance to the Botanic garden is free of charge, but I also do recommend visiting National Orchid Garden. Unless you are some kind of Orchid expert you will discover a zillion new types of orchids which offer a sweet synthesis of visual beauty and matching fragrance.
It is inside the Botanic garden, but has a separate entrance.
The zoo in Singapore is one of the top attractions. There are 4 options to chose from.
We went to all 4 options but fro me the best one is the night safari. Imagine riding in a caged bus and being in the wild late at night seeing them in their real habitat. Isn’t it exciting? Different shows at each time are held, you will not get bored during the whole day. I recommend visiting the zoo if you are traveling with kids, or if you have more than 3 days to see the city.
Sentosa Island is a resort island featuring attractions, hotels, restaurants, and a casino. Although you can reach it on foot, by bus, or by light rail, the most unique method is to take the Singapore Cable Car, which balances on a cable held up by high towers. Getting around the island means taking a bus that plies circular routes, or the beach tram that travels on the sandy shores.
Three attractions will please admirers of the life aquatic. The S.E.A. Aquarium displays over 100,000 marine animals in 49 different habitats. Adventure Cove is a water park that immerses you in a coral reef or tropical grotto. To personally interact with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, participate in one of the programs at Dolphin Island.
The island’s largest attraction is Universal Studios Singapore, the Southeast Asian version of theme parks located in Hollywood and Orlando in the USA and Osaka, Japan. One ticket gets you into all the rides and shows in seven zones, including Hollywood, Ancient Egypt, and Sci-Fi City.
Other sights on the island include a 24-hour casino, beaches, historical forts, a trapeze school, and an evening water and light show.
Tip: to save time and money you can use a day pass
Who say’s love is only for man? Well the Crane Dance will prove you wrong. Enjoy watching a magical journey of love, with the touching story of a pair of mechanical cranes and how their love for each other transforms them into real birds.
A show that’s not to be missed, the combination of groundbreaking audio visual technologies, and stunning light and water effects perfectly illustrates the cranes’ graceful courtship ritual.
Tip: Since its a free admission, be at the Waterfront before the show starts for you to have better seats and better view. The show starts at 8pm.