Manal Assaad shares her recent visit to Singapore and tells us why the city-state experience is a not-to-be-missed one!
When you think of a “tropical island”, you think of green lush jungles, white sand beaches, blue seas, and small villages. Well, you wouldn’t be totally wrong if that’s what comes to your mind when you hear of Singapore… Except, it’s far from being a small village!
Over the past decade, Singapore has become known as a well-developed business and education center of East Asia… Little do people know about it being an emerging tourist destination! For being a small island, it is packed with touristic attractions, whether you’re into shopping, dining, nature, amusement or culture… And I got to experience all of it, so read on to learn about what awaits you in Singapore.
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Urban Strolling, Shopping and Dining:
If you’re looking for a laid-back vacation where you pass your time between the comfort of your hotel room and its amenities and out shopping and strolling, Orchard Road is the place to be. The stretch of malls and stores from luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Dior to local brands and all those in between is guaranteed to keep you busy for hours and fulfill all your shopping needs. Singapore Shopping Festival is said to be as grand as Dubai Shopping Festival, and quite possibly the biggest attraction in East Asia! Along the stretch are also countless restaurants and cafes with different cuisines for you to sit and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere when you want a break from shopping. If you’re looking for a more culture-rich experience, head to Chinatown which is one of the cleanest and neatest Chinatowns you’d see or to Arab Street where you’ll find Turkish/Arab restaurants and cafes, and some niche shops for distinct tastes.
Where to Eat: StraitsKitchen in Grand Hyatt Hotel for a wide selection of halal Asian delicacies.
What Not To Miss: The panoramic view of the city from Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool at the 57th floor.
Fun, Adventure and Theme Parks:
To get out of the city mode, head to Sentosa Island through the cable cart and enjoy a panorama view of the island from atop! Lots of fun adventures await you at Sentosa Island; the hardest choice would be where to begin… I’d say start with the MegaZip Adventure Park to get your adrenaline pumping right from the beginning as you zipline from the mountain top with green lush to the beach with crisp blue waters and white sands. Then keep the adrenaline rush going by heading to Universal Studios Singapore and experience being part of blockbuster movies like Transformers, Lost World, Madagascar and Shrek through fun and thrilling rides! And for an enriching experience, go on an unforgettable journey in Marine Life Park that has the world’s largest aquarium with hundreds of thousands of marine animals.
Where to Eat: Malaysian Food Street (The Bull Ring) to flavor authentic dishes in an old-town ambiance.
What Not To Miss: The Revenge of The Mummy ride in Universal Studios Singapore’s Ancient Egypt.
Nature, Wildlife and Reserves:
When it comes to nature and wildlife, Singapore will amaze you. In the heart of the city, you can spend a day enjoying and learning about nature, the environment and plants from all over the world in Gardens By The Bay which feature 5 different attractions with open spaces and closed domes such as the Cloud Forest and The Flower Dome. And for something a little more “wild”, you’d love Singapore Zoo! It’s known to have some of the most beautiful settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and natural habitats, most amazing of which is the Fragile Forest where you can come in close contact with some of the cutest and friendliest creatures! And just a few steps away from Singapore Zoo, you can also go on the Night Safari to see some of the world’s most fascinating nocturnal animals, or the River Safari where you can walk along freshwater aquariums or take a boat ride to see aquatic and terrestrial animals from iconic river zones in the world.
Where to Eat: Jungle Breakfast With Wildlife at Singapore Zoo for a buffet breakfast with Orang Utans.
What Not To Miss: The Garden Rhapsody evening light and music show at the Supertree Grove in Gardens by The Bay.
These are just some of the amazing experiences you can have in Singapore, the rest can be discovered by you as you journey in this tropical garden city!
Over to you! have you already been to Singapore? What would you add to the list of “What Not to Miss”? Share it in the comments!
(About the Author – Manal Assaad, better known as TheManalyst, is a Social Media consultant whose passion for exploring and sharing lead her to travel blogging. Read about her other adventures on her Blog)