Although Singapore may be a tiny red dot on the world map, it has become known as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. From its multicultural citizens to its thriving nightlife and state-of-the-art infrastructure, there’s no doubt that Singapore is truly an exciting city to visit.
Planning to visit Singapore for a weekend and have absolutely no idea what to do? Not to worry, Evolve Vacation’s done the work for you. Here’s our list of the 11 Things You Must ABSOLUTELY Do In Singapore:
Eat an authentic breakfast at a kopitiam!
The New York Times describes having breakfast at a kopitiam as one of the most authentic experiences one can have in Singapore. The locals here would agree that nothing spells local more than having freshly brewed coffee, soft-boiled eggs, and kaya toast for breakfast at a local kopitiam.
Take a stroll around the Singapore Botanic Gardens!
The 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens is a recreational park with an extensive collection of unique plants – including the world’s most comprehensive collection of tropical orchids – as well as one of the oldest remnants of a primary rainforest here.
This tropical garden certainly provides for one of the most beautiful views in Singapore and a restful respite from the bustling city area. There are also many cafes located within and around the park if you are looking for a quick bite.
Explore and have lunch in Chinatown!
Take a trip to Singapore’s Chinatown district and experience the sights and sounds of the busy Chinese quarter. Join an organised walking tour, or grab a map and guide yourself through the colourful alleyways to the vibrant Chinatown street market before heading over to the Chinatown Complex Food Centre for a local lunch experience.
With over 260 food stalls offering a full range of signature local dishes like chilli crab, satay, char kway teow, chicken rice and more, Chinatown Complex Food Centre is one of the largest and most popular hawker centres here in Singapore. There are plenty of dessert choices as well including popular local favourites like ice kachang, chendol, and soya beancurd.
Go shopping at Orchard Road!
Walk off your lunch and cool down in the air-conditioned malls of Singapore’s premiere shopping hotspot. Shopping on Orchard Road caters to all tastes and budgets from high street names and department stores, to designer labels and luxury boutiques. You can also pamper yourself with relaxing massage or manicure services conveniently available in the malls or catch a movie at any of the cinemas in located along Orchard Road.
Swim at the Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay Sands!
The infinity pool is the longest elevated swimming pool in the world, a 150-meter (478-ft.) infinity edged pool, which stands 191 meters from the ground on the 56th floor of the complex building. It is located at the magnificent Marina Bay Sands which is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay that offers a luxury 2,561-room hotel, an art convention and exhibition center, the Shoppes Mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating pavilions, a nightclub, lounges and a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
Visit the Singapore Zoo and River Safari!
The Singapore Zoo is an award winning zoological park and a great place to get up close and personal with animals. The Singapore Zoo is known for having among the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. The 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest with more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Located next to the Singapore Zoo is the Singapore River Safari. The River Safari offers an unforgettable adventure inspired by the world’s most iconic rivers. The park houses one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater fauna and over 6,000 animals including 40 threatened species along with Singapore’s resident pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
Visit the Gardens by the Bay!
Gardens by the Bay is a 101-hectare green zone filled with activities for nature lovers. The Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories located in the Gardens houses over 200, 000 plants. The site also features towering steel Supertrees that stretch up to 50 meters into the sky, giving you a panoramic view of the gardens and the city’s bustling urban hub.
Spend a night at the Esplanade
Experience a relaxing night with food, music and the arts at the Esplanade. There are many restaurants scattered around and across the Bayfront complex as well as free live musical performances within the Esplanade and outside by the riverside. Keep yourself entertained in comfort and luxury with the productions and performances playing at the 1,600-seat concert hall or the 2,000-seat theatre. Or simply take a stroll along the riverside after dinner and enjoy the scenery and ambience of night time Singapore.
Take a trip to Sentosa!
Located just 15 minutes from the city, Sentosa is home to a large exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats and golden sandy beaches. The island also houses the Resorts World Sentosa where you can find the world-renowned Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Adventure Cove. With many other activities like iFly Singapore, MegaZip and Skyline Luge Sentosa available around the island, there are certainly plenty of fun and exciting things to do at Sentosa.
Test your mettle at a mixed martial arts gym!
With all the indulging involved in visiting or living in a food paradise like Singapore, finding time to work out is necessary to keep yourself healthy and in shape. Why not train at a mixed martial arts gym to keep fit and learn to defend yourself at the same time? Singapore is home to the #1 ranked martial arts gym in Asia, Evolve MMA. Evolve MMA is located in central Singapore at three different locations and offers a comprehensive selection of martial arts classes taught by the award-winning Evolve Instructor Team.
With over 1,000 years of championship experience, the award-winning Evolve Instructor Team is Asia’s largest and most experienced team with authentic World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, Submission Grappling, and more. Evolve MMA also has the biggest class schedules in Asia. It offers a safe, fun, and supportive environment for everyone.
For more information on vacation training at Evolve MMA, please visit www.evolve-vacation.com.
Go on an adventure at the Singapore Night Safari!
Located just across the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, The Singapore Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife night park where visitors can witness the habits of nocturnal animals across seven geographical zones. Journey on foot or hop on the tram for a special guided tour through the park and catch the breath taking Creatures of the Night show available at three different timings throughout the night.
Whether you’re a foodie, shopaholic, animal enthusiast or a martial artist; there’s definitely something for you to do in the island nation of Singapore!