Things To See in Singapore
- Beaches and tourist resorts: Visit one of Sentosa’s three beaches or the southern islands’ beaches. On the East Coast, there are more beaches.
- Culture and cuisine: For Chinese delights, visit Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam (Arab St), or the East Coast for excellent seafood, including the renowned chilli and black pepper crab.
- History and museums: The colonial centre of Singapore, east of Orchard and north of the Singapore River, is home to historical buildings and museums.
- Nature and wildlife: Attractions for tourists The Botanical Gardens, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and the Night Safari are all located in the north and west of the city. It’s a bit more difficult to find “genuine” nature, although the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (in the same area as the zoo) contains more plant species than the whole continent of North America. Pulau Ubin, an island off the coast of Changi Village in the east, is a throwback to Singapore’s agricultural past. Everywhere you look, there are city parks filled with people running or doing tai chi. For a fun day with these amazing animals, visit the tortoise and turtle refuge in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town. Adult entrance is $5, and green vegetables and feeding pellets are $2.
- Skyscrapers and shopping: Orchard Road has the most retail malls, while skyscrapers are concentrated along the Singapore River; nevertheless, you should also visit Bugis and Marina Bay to observe where Singaporeans shop.
- Places of worship: Don’t overlook this facet of Singapore, where Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha’i religion, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all have significant followings. Non-believers are allowed to visit religious places outside of service hours. The huge Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Ang Mo Kio/Bishan, the colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown, the kaleidoscopic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier, and the majestic Masjid Sultan on Arab Street are all well worth a visit.