Top Travel Tips Singapore by Paul and Carole
We have now visited Singapore 3 times and wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. Here are our top travel tips Singapore for you to consider when planning a trip to this fascinating destination.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 1 – Take an Open Top Bus Tour
Easy to navigate and the majority of activities we have listed below can be accessed via the stops. Different options and prices are available and you can check out the details here –
This really is a great way to orientate yourself and make the most of your stay particularly if you are only in Singapore for a short time. We also used taxis which were very reasonable and the MRT Train system is also easy to use.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 2 – Go to the Gardens by the Bay
Spend some time at the Gardens by the Bay, spectacular in the day and the light shows at night are incredible too. Free to enter it really is a great way to spend your time and there is so much to do.
For more information do visit here – Gardens by the Bay.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 3 – Visit the Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel
On the 57th Floor of the Marina Bay Sands is the Sky Park. An observation deck that gives the most spectacular views of Singapore. It is open until 10pm, and you can stay as long as you like. We would recommend heading there before sunset to catch the views in day light, then watching the transformation as Singapore lights up the sky.
If you are feeling extravagant we would really recommend a stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, it is crazy money but it is definitely one of the best places we have ever stayed in our lives and then access to the Sky Park is free! You can read about our stay here.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 4 – Watch the Spectra Light and Water Show
This is a spectacular show which is held every day, is free, lasts 15 minutes and is held in at the event plaza in front of the shoppes at the marina bay. Consisting of lights, fountains and music, it really is a delight. For times and more information about the Spectra Show visit here.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 5 – Visit Chinatown
Check out the temples, museums and street markets. The smells, colours and taste are a feast for all senses, it gets very busy and mad, but just pick a spot, grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by, a great experience!
Top Travel Tips Singapore 6 – Visit the Merlion
Half fish, half lion the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront, merlion park. The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ and its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’. The statue spouts water out of it’s mouth and is a significant landmark. The view from the Merlion over to the Marina Bay Sands is pretty spectacular too.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 7 – Wander around Little India
This is such a vibrant area of Singapore, full of colour with endless eating and shopping opportunities. On one of visits we stayed in this area and loved it, we wandered for hours, soaked up the atmosphere, and ate fabulous food. We would love to go back. Find out more here.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 8 – Take a boat trip from Clarkes Quay
Take a trip on a Bumboat from Clarke Quay, which also visits Boat Quay and Marina Bay. You can get on and off to visit the sights and the narrative is very educational. Check out the details here.
Clarkes Quay is a great area full of restaurants and bars. There are also small convenience stores where you can buy snacks and beers so you don’t have to pay the expensive prices in the restaurants if you don’t want too.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 9 – Get catapulted into the air on the G-Max Reverse Bungy at Clarke Quay
If you like the thrill of the fair then there is the G-Max Reverse Bungee at Clarke Quay. The capsule seats up to five at a time, and catapults you 60 metres into the air, reaching speeds of up to 200 kmph and 5G of force. We happily just watched and heard the screams of the riders, but if adrenaline rushes are for you then this could be your thing.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 10 – Eat Chilli Crab at Jumbos Restaurant Clarke Quay
We were advised to eat Chilli Crab at Jumbos this and we were not disappointed. It wasn’t cheap but so worth getting into the sticky mess that we did and so glad bibs were provided! The flavour was amazing and it was a great experience. We would advise getting there early or booking in advance as it gets very busy.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 11 – Drink a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel
Head to the famous Raffles Hotel and head to the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling. It is not cheap but a worth while experience and the Singapore Slings and the jugs of beer went down very well.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 12 – Visit Universal Studios on Sentosa Island
We had a brilliant day out at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. We hit the rides, the Mummy was terrifying, had fun fighting the Transformers and got wet on the Jurassic Park Rapids. Waterworld was a fantastic show with audience participation and we all laughed our way through Donkey Live! We would really recommend a day here if you have time.
Top Travel Tips Singapore 13 – Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a large observation wheel takes in spectacular views over the Marina Bay area and over to Raffles. Food and drinks are available, a flight simulator and you can even get your feet nibbled by fish.
So there you have it, a few things to keep you occupied during your visit. We love Singapore, it is very safe and clean, easy to get around with plenty to see and do and we can’t wait to return!
As well as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel we have stayed at the Jen Orchardgateway Hotel on Orchard Road and you can read our reviews by clicking these links. We also spent one night at the Perek Hotel in Little India which was a good choice for those with a tighter budget.
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