Singapore is one metropolis I really feel fortunate to have known as dwelling! A giant cause why is, in fact, all of the enjoyable issues to do in Singapore however the surprising nature of a few of them is probably what actually made it so particular to name town ‘dwelling’ for some time…
My transfer to Singapore occurred proper intertwined with my time finding out at Cambridge College and I’ve gotta admit, I moved over armed with not a lot else than a stereotypical expectation of what Singapore, being the worldwide metropolis that it’s, could be like.
Shiny, sparkly and chock-filled with glass and metal towers, was just about so far as my expectations would stretch on the time.
And don’t get me incorrect, Singapore is shiny, sparkly and all of the belongings you’d count on from a worldwide metropolis (effectively, aside from the truth that the crime price right here is de facto low!
You’d really feel as protected wandering across the streets at 4am as you’d at 4pm) however right here’s the factor – Singapore is about a lot extra than simply these shiny lights.
It’s additionally chock stuffed with some surprising surprises (that’s a little bit of a tautology – like “moist water” however you already know what I imply 🤪😄).
And they’re nice surprises too!
The sort of shock that makes you realise why town isn’t just an important place to go to but in addition a tremendous place to name dwelling. The sort that made me actually need to keep on in Singapore lengthy after my preliminary plans right here.
However sufficient about that, let’s soar proper in, lets? 😁😁
1.) Ubin Island
So like I stated earlier than, Singapore is a shiny metropolis! It’s dwelling to many single multi-billion greenback corporations accessible and has the best focus of millionaires on the earth.
All the pieces about Singapore appears to shout shiny metropolis so that you’d be so simply forgiven for not realising there’s a extra pure and rustic facet to town! Stated place is Pulau Ubin, in any other case simply referred to as Ubin or Ubin Island. (“Pulau” in English interprets to “Island”).
I didn’t really discover out about Ubin island myself. I really received an invitation to a piece staff day factor on the island (a country retreat in Singapore!) triggered my curiosity so I signed up.
Arriving on the island (it’s a brief boat journey from the mainland), I realised this was part of Singapore that’s nothing like the remainder of it.
On Ubin island, you’ll discover cobblestoned footpaths, deserted granite quarries and conventional kampongs (villages) – conventional Malay attap homes – and are available throughout kingfishers and Southeast Asian birds within the wetlands. It’s like taking a step again to the previous in Singapore and is chock full of fantastic wildlife.
It’s the sort of island the place you may end up at a roadblock as you’re biking by as a result of the monkeys have determined to have a fruit break on the roads, or discover a wild pig rummaging by your bag searching for snacks, or the place seeing a hornbill or large monitor lizard is simply commonplace – undoubtedly very totally different from the Singapore you may count on when you solely spend time within the metropolis centre.
Ubin Island is wonderful and part of Singapore most travellers by no means actually suppose to go to. It’s such a unbelievable approach to “get misplaced” in nature and is so spectacular to discover. As briefly talked about earlier, attending to Ubin Island is fairly straightforward – it’s only a brief 10-minute boat journey!
To get round once you’re on the island, you’ll be able to hire a bicycle, which makes probably the most sense because it you cowl extra of the island, although exploring on foot can also be one other nice choice right here.
Suffice to say, that is simply probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore when you’re actually trying to get a extra balanced view of what Singapore has to supply, past bustling metropolis life.
2.) Lazarus Island
Singapore will not be a type of cities you’d look forward to finding a seaside in, and it’s not with out causes both. It’s by no means actually been a ‘seaside vacation’ vacation spot however that’s to not say you’ll be able to’t even have a very pretty day on the seaside right here.
Lazarus Island is one other a type of underrated locations in Singapore that the majority travellers visiting town by no means actually suppose to discover.
Most individuals may suppose as an alternative to go to Sentosa (there are stretches of synthetic seaside right here) however Lazarus Island is definitely the most effective locations in Singapore to go to in order for you a time out on the seaside.
Lazarus Island is rarely actually crowded (it’s usually locals you discover right here) and it feels such as you’ve stepped so far-off from town (you’ll be able to’t even see the skyline once you’re right here as a result of it’s trying away from town). A visit right here is definitely probably the most relaxed and most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
To get right here, you catch a ship from Singapore’s Marina South Pier to St John’s Island and simply stroll over to Lazarus island.
It is usually value trying out St John’s Island for a bit of bit right here and when you get the possibility to, after you’re performed with Lazarus island, the ticket you get can take you over to Kusu Island -pop in there too for a bit of bit.
Oh, by the best way, you received’t discover locations you should buy issues right here and there isn’t actually shade on the island until you step away from the seaside and head over to the coconut timber so be sure you convey all the pieces you want with you (sunscreen, meals, drinks…and so forth).
3.) MacRitchie Nature Path
Carrying on within the nature-based theme, one other surprising factor to do in Singapore was exploring the Macritchie Nature Path. The Macritchie Nature Path is a type of spots proper within the metropolis that feels such as you’re miles away from town. This 12-hectare nature reserve has mountain climbing trails, kayaks and canoes for hire.
You possibly can catch a taxi (or drive, if in case you have a automobile) right here, park up and inside minutes really feel such as you’re some place else solely.
We confirmed up anticipating a fast stroll round however at 11 kilometres of strolling trails (and with a number of choices as to how to do that), you may very simply spend an nearly a full day simply wandering across the trails right here (in fact, you’ll be able to select to be right here for as lengthy or as brief as you’d need). When you’re up for out of doors adventures, that is simply probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore for that!
I believe it was whereas we had been right here that I realised how energetic Singaporeans actually are. They take advantage of the character round them and it wasn’t unusual seeing individuals simply twice our age (greater than generally) energy strolling previous you at a tempo we couldn’t even sustain with (belief me, we tried… many occasions!!! 😄😄).
There are such a lot of alternatives to identify wildlife right here too – particularly these cheeky macaque monkeys and you may even discover flying lemurs right here. The Macritchie Nature Path has such lush tropical vegetation that it feels nothing like something you’ll be able to even hope to seek out in another international metropolis and is simply such a superb place to go to in Singapore.
4.) Little India
If you consider Singapore, it’s maybe its Chinese language heritage that involves thoughts for most individuals however Singapore is such a melting pot of various cultures and that is maybe most evident that with regards to the scrumptious meals on supply right here.
When you’re in search of among the finest Indian curries exterior of India, Little India in Singapore is without doubt one of the finest locations to go to within the metropolis.
Because of Singapore’s comparatively large Indian inhabitants, you get to dine on among the most wonderful meals once you’re in Little India and at such wonderful costs. It’s simply probably the most scrumptious locations and probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
If you’re performed consuming to your coronary heart’s content material, a bit of jaunt across the space is so value it as there are such a lot of alternatives to snap up a cut price or two on belongings you maybe don’t really want however actually need. 😄😄
5.) Marina Bay Sands
This one’s a straightforward one. It’s really not surprising in the best way you may suppose – in that everybody is aware of about Marina Bay Sands and would in all probability look to spend a while round right here.
Individuals even learn about that incredible swimming pool proper on prime of the lodge right here. What may shock individuals is that that is each the most important and the best infinity pool on the earth!
Though we had been residing in Singapore then (fairly actually down the highway from right here), I simply knew I needed to keep right here even when for only a night time in order that I may go to the pool (the pool is just for lodge friends).
Spoiler alert – it’s so value it! It felt like one thing of an pointless indulgence on the time however arriving there, I knew I’d made the correct name to not miss out on attending to benefit from the world’s largest and highest infinity pool! (Suffice to say, the view up there’s additionally fairly wonderful!). It’s a type of enjoyable issues to do in Singapore that I simply can’t advocate sufficient! 😁😁
I stayed up right here until lengthy after my fingers had gone as wrinkly as prunes! We had been the primary up there the subsequent morning too! When you ever get an opportunity to, even when you’re not a visitor on the lodge for the whole time, be sure you guide in an evening right here and arrive as early as potential to take advantage of that incredible pool!
6.) Gardens by the bay
This one is probably not a lot so ‘shocking’ or ‘surprising’ anymore however is barely included on right here as on the time, discovering such a tremendous place within the metropolis centre was a tad surprising – particularly so, the supertrees round right here that are as tall as a 16 story constructing!
Today, it’s simply probably the most common and most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore and with superb cause too.
It’s one other good instance of how Singapore does such an important job at balancing nature with metropolis life and is without doubt one of the the explanation why Singapore is lauded as probably the most pure (or, I assume inexperienced) cities to go to.
7.) Hawker Centre
Singapore being one thing of an costly metropolis is one thing most guests have come to count on of town.
Like I discussed earlier, town is dwelling to the most important focus of millionaires on the earth and is consistently ranked as probably the most costly cities to purchase a property in and even to dwell in.
As such, it’s comprehensible that most individuals count on to must spend some huge cash once they go to however this couldn’t be farther from the reality with regards to meals.
A number of the finest meals in Singapore may be present in its hawker centres, the place you’ll discover a plethora of scrumptious native meals accessible at fairly unimaginable costs (generally as a lot a 1/10th of the costs you’ll discover in additional formal eating places).
In order for you the very best meals in your travels, consuming the place the locals eat is one thing of a no brainer and in Singapore, that place is the hawker centres.
Living proof – do you know that Singapore’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Rooster & Rice at the moment holds the honours because the world’s least expensive Michelin-star meal at beneath S$3 (roughly round £1.70 ) – how wonderful is that?
Why was this surprising? Effectively, I assume once you arrive in a metropolis that’s well-known for being fairly fancy, discovering out that that is so not the case with regards to one thing as important as meals is unquestionably one nice shock to seek out within the metropolis (particularly so when the meals is so good).
8.) Tasting Durian Fruit
For the uninitiated, durian is that pungent fruit that for lack of a greater approach to describe it, smells like sun-ripened rubbish. For some cause although, it’s so common right here in Singapore and is one factor you need to do once you’re right here.
Everyone seems to be so fascinated with it and it’s nearly marmite-like in that individuals both actually like it or actually hate it – no in-between! Nobody is ever ambivalent about it.
It took me a number of months to lastly work up the braveness to do this and spoiler alert – it’s tastes fairly much like the way it smells.
If for nothing else, it’s essential attempt durian right here to see when you’re gonna be a type of who thinks it’s a lush, creamy fruit or certainly, one thing you by no means need to scent once more! 😆😆 It’s undoubtedly of probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore for foodies and the culinary-adventurous!
9.) The World’s Tallest Waterfall
Singapore’s Changi Airport has for some time now been broadly considered the most effective airports on the earth. There’s simply a lot to see and do once you’re right here that’s it’s change into greater than only a place to catch a flight from!
As a substitute, it’s extra of a enjoyable hub for travellers and locals alike. It’s a spot that you simply may need to arrive early simply so you’ll be able to spend time in and is really probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore.
Probably the most thrilling addition to the airport now’s the spectacular round waterfall which is definitely probably the most spectacular installations in any airport – it’s additionally the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. When you’re performed right here, there’s really much more stuff to rise up to on the airport however I’ll depart you to seek out these out once you do go to.
10.) Common Studios
It’s not fairly often that you simply discover a full-on theme park smack inside a metropolis.
They’re often loads additional out of town and are locations you don’t actually consider simply “popping in” for a number of hours so this one completely took me without warning once we had been in Singapore, as we had been making our approach to a wholly totally different spot within the metropolis. After we noticed the signal for it although, we determined we needed to test it out.
It was such a sizzling day that we simply selected a whim to pop in simply to get soaked on the Jurassic Park journey. One journey later and we promptly upgraded to a season ticket and even threw in a queue soar to the combo. Finest impromptu choice we made in Singapore for sure! 😄 😄
In London, now we have to traipse out of town to seek out something like this so whereas we lived in Singapore, I made it a mission to go to as a lot as potential, particularly contemplating how straightforward it’s to get to.
When you’re right here with pals, household and even children (‘large children’ 😉😄 and little ones, in fact), it’s completely value popping in for a fun-filled day! (Take into consideration how a lot money and time individuals spend to go to locations like Orlando for a full-on vacation and right here you’ve the choice to take action proper in your doorstep).
And there you’ve it! A number of the components of Singapore probably the most enjoyable issues to do in Singapore that completely shocked however completely thrilled me once I lived on this wonderful metropolis!
When you end up in Singapore, be sure you verify not less than one of many above out (if not all of them!).
Have a tremendous journey!
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