Highlights of Singapore City

Singapore's Marina Bay by erwinsoo via flickr Creative Commons

Singapore is actually made up of over 60 different islands, with the largest island being home to the capital city and many great attractions.  It is very easy to get around, with an excellent train system linking almost all areas.  Many tourist areas are also easy to explore by foot, and there are many taxis waiting in the city to take you wherever you wish to go.  A city bus tour is a great way for those short on time to easily get around many of the highlights of this city. When visiting Singapore, there is a wealth of attractions within close proximity to each other, on the main island. For cheap tickets to Singapore, don’t forget to do your research online. Deals can be found if you spare the time to look.

Take a ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer.  There are different packages available, allowing you to take a basic flight, a cocktail flight, or a romantic dinner for two flight.  Whichever one you choose though, you are sure to be dazzled by the views of this modern city.  Choose to ride during the day, for panoramic and scenic views across the country, or ride at night for a different view; see the lights of the city shimmering and bouncing off the water, the tall lights of the modern skyscrapers and the cars on the organised roads below.  You can also enjoy visiting the surrounding complex, with many shops, bars, restaurants and exhibitions, as well as a spa centre for a spot of pampering and indulgence.

Near to the Singapore Flyer is the Singapore Food Trail.  This contains a range of eating establishments within a large food court.  It is themed from the 1960s to give a nostalgic dining experience, and diners can enjoy traditional and authentic delicious Singaporean foods.  There are also some outdoor hawker stalls selling good food.  Altogether, this is a delightful and charming place to experience the hustle and bustle of Singapore, eat great food and partake in a spot of people watching.

Singapore Flyer by Calistemon (creative commons)

Take a stroll around Singapore and soak up the blends of architectural styles at every turn.  See totally different faces of Singapore with visits to China Town and Little India.  Visit the interesting and informative China Town Heritage Centre to find out about early immigration and struggles of the Chinese community in Singapore, see some colourful and intricate Chinese temples, and grab some noodles from a street seller.  In Little India, let your senses be assaulted with a riot of sights, sounds and smells…hear the street sellers shouting to each other and the evocative calls from the Mosque, smell the aromas of mixed spices mingling with incense and cooking, see the vibrant colours and the busy community.

For shopping lovers, the area around Orchard Road will surely not disappoint.  With a dazzling array of shopping centres and department stores, you really can lose yourself in the shops.

See the national symbol, the Merlion, standing proudly at the waterfront.  A strange creature, being a mix of fish and lion, the Merlion is in a peaceful park, with the skyscrapers visible behind.

Thrill seekers may enjoy a trip to Bedok Reservoir Park, which houses Forest Adventure, a tree-top course with bridges, zip lines and canopy walks.

Finally, no visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to the famous Raffles Hotel. Perhaps one of the most well-known hotels in the world, Raffles has stood through many changes in Singapore’s history, including an occupation by Japanese Forces. Now, it is a delightful and grand building, where one can visit the new Long Bar and sip on a Singapore Sling cocktail. Invented at this very hotel, it really is a must-do when in Singapore.