Singapore has a lot to offer in and of itself, given that it’s such a huge, diverse and international city, but one of its lesser-known bonuses is its proximity to Malaysia, giving tourists to the city the change to explore two countries in one trip. If you want a taste of Malaysia while in Singapore, set aside a day or two to visit Malacca City.
Universal Studios brings the Hollywood cinema experience to a theme park setting, and while Universal Studios Singapore isn’t quite as large as its sister parks in the United States, it’s still well worth a visit, particularly if you’re traveling with kids.
Singapore is a living Epcot — a microcosm of Asia and the Middle East with myriad ethnic enclaves serving authentic cuisine. It’s also a shopper’s paradise, whether you’re looking for designer brands or cheap knockoffs. The city’s mix of history, culture and modernity ensures there’s plenty to do, no matter what your interests. Here are a few tips for your first visit:
Located on the southeastern coast of Singapore, East Coast Park attracts more than 7 million visitors a year to its man-made beach, barbecue pits, bike paths and various entertainment facilities. Singapore’s largest park is also its most popular beach and outdoor recreation area.
Singapore‘s Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research may not rank among the city’s top attractions, but animal and natural history lovers will enjoy the collection, particularly on those days when the weather’s not cooperating and you need to get out of the rain.
Siloso is one of the nicest and most vibrant beaches on Sentosa Island, and the area around it has a lot to offer as well. The following features distinguish Siloso Point as the go-to destination for Singapore’s premiere island retreat.
Just outside of Singapore‘s international metropolis, you’ll find quiet islands with sandy beaches, ethnic enclaves and handicraft villages. You can even take a quick trip to another country and be back in your hotel for dinner. If you’re ready to escape the city, give one of these day trips a try.
The best bet for recreation in West Coast proper (an actual city otherwise known as Clementi West New Town in Southwest Singapore at the end of the imaginatively named West Coast Highway) is, you guessed it, West Coast Park. Covering more than 120 acres, the park contains a bicycle course, camping areas, barbeque pits, and the largest playground in all of Singapore.
In a city not otherwise known for the wild abandon of its citizenry, a profusion of theme parks and amusement parks have come to flourish. If you’re looking for some excitement and/or educational entertainment you can start with the following.
Singapore has quickly become one of the party capitals of Asia and whether beer, wine or a cocktail is your poison there is a pub or bar to suit your whims. The best pubs and bars in Singapore are not necessarily all in the same area so you may need to plot your evening via cabs or the underground before heading out on the town.