Singapore Tourism: A Quick Guide for a Short Holiday

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You’ve just arrived in one of the hottest tourist spots in all of Asia, the dazzling metropolitan city of Singapore. With so many things to do and only a weekend to spend, how best to spend your time wisely?

The tourism of Singapore attracted more than 8 million visitors in the first half of 2016.

If you’re looking for a safe bet, the quintessential Singapore attraction is the Singapore Mandai Zoo. Singapore’s tourism industry is one to behold, and its zoos are a living testament to that fact. river-safariRegarded as the best rainforest zoo in the world, this world-class attraction will blow you away with its gorgeous landscape enclosures and wide array of animal species. You will likely have a difficult time choosing from the wide selection of shows to go to; one can
watch seals and sea lions perform at the Splash Safari, an elephant show or enjoy a dramatic stage play involving performers alongside animals.

Alternatively, you can opt for a more authentic wildlife experience in the neighbouring River Safari where you can enjoy huge freshwater aquarium exhibits like the Amazon Flooded Forest, or embark on safari trails and adventurer tours in the Night Safari.

orchard-roadIs shopping til’ you drop more your thing? If so, look no further than Orchard Road, Singapore’s very own shopping paradise. This 1-mile district is the home to dozens of shopping malls hosting all kinds of luxury and mid-tier clothing brands, departmental stores, electronics-related stores and lifestyle accessories. A huge diversity of entertainment awaits those longing for a taste of the nightlife, with no shortage of pubs and bars when the sun’s down.

singapore-national-museumIf the history of this little metropolis intrigues you, you can find the answers you seek at one of the many museums in Singapore. Singapore’s National Museum is the oldest, hosting an enormous history of Singapore dating centuries back from its fishing village beginnings and its period of British colonisation to the Japanese Occupation during World War 2.

chicken-rice-singaporeWhat about dining options? Being a multi-racial nation, the vast range of cuisines to choose from in hawker centres everywhere is reflective of the ethnic diversity of Singapore. The food of Singapore is also heavily emphasized in Singapore tourism’s marketing efforts. Hainanese chicken rice, fish ball soups, nasi lemak, Indian roti prata and dosa are all common staples in local eateries.

universal-studios-singaporeNo trip to Singapore is complete without at least a visit to the island resort of Sentosa. Thrill-seekers will be delighted to find out that some of the most hyper-realistic 3D rides and amazing rollercoasters await them in the Universal Studios theme park within Resorts World Sentosa. On Sentosa also is Fort Siloso, a military museum that displays the old armaments and relics that were used in the Second World War.

gardens-by-the-bayFor those who are more into nature, the Gardens by the Bay is where you want to be. This nature park is 101 hectares large, containing three colossal waterfront gardens. More than just an ordinary botanical garden, the Gardens by the Bay is a complex work of tropical and garden artistry. One can find tree-like structures as tall as 160 feet with dozens of little gardens filled with exotic ferns, orchids and vines.

singapore-flyerFinally, what better way to end the night off than a ride on one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels – the Singapore Flyer? Couples can choose to indulge in a 4-course menu of Western or Chinese cuisine before the spectacular city skyline of Singapore. With a view like that, this will easily be a night to remember for the rest of your lives.

 

With just a brief 51 years of history, the city-state of Singapore has transformed from a fishing village to a metropolis. A large variety of attractions to choose from, Singapore’s tourism sectors continue to draw tourists from all around the world.