Insider’s Guide to Singapore: Top Things to Do

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While perusing the stores in Little India and Chinatown, tourists often enjoy the eccentric nature of the tiny island of Singapore, the land of contrasts. Visiting the multicultural Singapore is like traveling the world without ever leaving the island. It gives you the sense that you’re wandering the alleyways of Mumbai, experiencing China’s sprawling wet market scene, or barhopping through the back streets of Bangkok — there’s something new in every corner. Singapore offers fascinating and unique hotels that are just as amazing as the city itself. Get to know the best of Singapore with these top attractions.

Take a Walk in the Jungle

Take in spectacular views of the jungle carpeting Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park, and Labrador Nature Reserve. Walking enthusiasts will also find plenty of alternate forest walks along the Southern Ridges, which spans about 9 kilometers.

Travel Back in Time

A trip to Pulau Ubin will transport you back in time to the 1960s, for the island still retains the beauty of a bygone era. Rent a mountain bike and ride across the undulating granite hills and aquamarine lake. While you’re here, visit the Chek Jawa wetlands, Singapore’s richest ecosystem.

Meet the Animals

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Have you ever imagined dining alongside orangutans? Singapore Zoo, considered the world’s best rainforest zoo, is a place where animals live in their natural habitats. Out of 11 exhibits, the frozen tundra, home to polar bears and the Arctic inhabitants, is perhaps the most exotic, but bird lovers won’t want to miss a trip through the Jurong Bird Park, where they can see some of the world’s most exciting birds living together under one roof.

Singapore Zoo also offers a truly unique experience for nature and animal lovers with its night safari, the first of its kind in the world. Visitors get to experience nocturnal life in a forest and take an unforgettable journey through the wilderness.

Fill Those Shopping Bags

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Who wouldn’t set aside a little extra to go shopping at one of the most affordable places in the world? Head out to Orchard Road for a shopping experience of a lifetime! If a splurge is what you need, then head to Marina Bay Sands, where you’ll find the world’s leading brands waiting for you.

Have a Fun Day in Asia’s Favorite Playground

Take a hair-raising cable car ride to Sentosa Island, just south of the mainland. This island resort attracts over 20 million visitors every year and is one of Singapore’s most famous tourist attractions. Adrenaline junkies can also head out to the MegaZip Adventure Park and iFly Singapore, the world’s largest themed vertical wind tunnel.

Learn more about the world of bugs at the Butterfly Park and the Insect Kingdom, dive deep into the aquatic world at the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon oceanarium, or just enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafés overlooking the majestic Sentosa Merlion. Sentosa has it all!

No matter where you are in the world, you’ll want to revisit Singapore again and again.

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