Singapore is a city and country like no other. From its amazing cuisine and arts scene to the awe-inspiring architecture, historical landmarks and beautiful preserved green spaces, it is difficult to describe Singapore’s charm to someone who has not been able to experience it themselves. If you are planning a trip to Singapore (or you are already in the Garden City!), here are a few ideas for cool things to do in Singapore that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world.
Eat Michelin Star Food at a Hawker Centre
Dining at Singapore’s hawker centres is a cultural and culinary experience not to be missed. A number of these large food centres can be found around the city, serving as a meeting place for local and other Asian cuisines in a lively social environment. While street food stalls are not exclusive to Singapore, this city is the first place in the world where a street food stall has been awarded the celebrated Michelin Star rating. Several other hawker stalls around the city have also received Bib Gourmand awards from Michelin. The Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle stall in Singapore Chinatown Complex made history as the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world! The name of the stall has since been shortened to Hawker Chan and two additional locations have been opened elsewhere in the city, while the business has also expanded to countries like Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and Kazakhstan.
English is one of Singapore’s four official languages and is mainly used for business and education. The influence of the local lingo and elements from Chinese and Malay have resulted in Singlish, which is the variety of English commonly spoken in Singapore. If you spend some in Singapore, you will definitely pickup on a few Singlish phrases such as “eh”, which is how you address someone or grab their attention, or “lah”, which is used to emphasise a sentence or word. Then there is “leh”, “lor”, “aga aga”, “bojio”, “siau” and countless other phrases that you won’t hear anywhere in the world except in Singapore!
Visit the Tallest Indoor Waterfall in the World
Singapore’s famous Jewel Changi is a nature-themed retail and entertainment complex that is not only a world-class shopping destination and home to the best airport in the world, it also houses the impressive Rain Vorex. Standing tall at 40 metres, the Rain Vortex is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world! The waterfall lights up each night during an hour-long light and sound show — an incredible sight to see. Jewel Changi may also be the first airport you’ll come across where people are visiting the facility to simply hang out, grab a bite to eat or get some work done at a coffee shop even if they are not travelling anywhere.
Take a Nap among the Fish
If you are looking for unusual activities to do in Singapore, why not swap your bed for a night of camping underwater? Don’t worry — there is no need for oxygen tanks. The S.E.A. Aquarium located on Singapore’s Sentosa island and home to over 100,000 animals and more than 800 marine life species, has created a one-of-a-kind offer where visitors can sleep in a tent in the Open Ocean Gallery surrounded by the serenity of the ocean life. An experience you’ll cherish for a long time to come!
Do Late Night Shopping in Little India
Singapore is a cultural melting pot with a vibrant nightlife. The Little India neighbourhood is definitely a must-visit in Singapore with food, music, art and clothing that will transport to you a different world. The Mustafa Shopping Centre in Little India is a 24-hour shopping centre that never sleeps — the perfect place to explore if you are looking for an interesting midnight adventure.
Trade the City Lights for the Treetops
If you seek some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, why not take a trip out of the city to explore a lesser-known part of Singapore? Living up to its name of ‘Garden City’, Singapore’s greenery extends beyond the inner city parks. The Southern Ridges Trail just outside the city is a 10km nature-embraced hike that stretches alongside a series of parks, bridges and picturesque walkways. The entire trail takes around three to five hours to complete. There is no better remedy than spending quality time outside!
Visit the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse
No trip to Singapore would be complete without visiting the city’s prized Gardens by the Bay as well as the glorious Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gardens by the Bay is a magical nature park that is unlike anything you would ever have seen before, spanning over 100 hectares and housing the dreamy Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome, which holds the title of the largest glass greenhouse in the world. The Botanic Gardens is also a sight to behold with its crowned National Orchid Garden that accommodates over 1,000 species of orchids. This will make for a day trip you’ll never forget!
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