Singapore has been described as a playground for the rich, and it’s true that the small city-state does have certain sheen of wealth. But Singapore offers more than just high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and fine dining (though it’s worth indulging in those a bit if you can). There is also a vibrant history and diverse ethnic quarters to discover, along with the many family-friendly attractions and lovely public spaces that make visiting this slightly futuristic city worthwhile.
The delightful riverside development is packed full of bustling bars and restaurants, boutique shops and pumping nightclubs, attracting a steady stream of tourists alongside Singapore’s party animals. Clarke Quay’s location takes full advantage of the picturesque body of water that emerges from the city’s main river, with alfresco- style dining to be had in an endless number of eateries set around the water’s edge.
Chinatown is another Singapore icon; great for shopping, to see all kind of important attractions and trying out authentic Chinese food. There are countless restaurants and hawker food vendors to choose from. Learn more about its history from the Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street. Its main focus is on the Chinese immigrants who lived a hard life and were the main group of people who founded Singapore.
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari is truly a unique attraction. It is not only an interesting place worth a visit but a leading conservation and research centre in Asia. As a zoo it offers an unusual glimpse into the nocturnal animal kingdom, with more than 59 exhibits and 1,100 animals to be seen from around the world. These include Himalaya griffon vultures, greater one- horned rhinoceroses, wildebeests and gazelles. You can simply start with the “Creatures of the Night” show for a goof 20- minute overview of the animals to be seen here.
Sentosa Beach Bars
Don’t want to wait until after dark to start the party? Then your best bet is to head to Sentosa Island, which is home to some sumptuous Ibiza-style beach bars. Things kick off around mid-afternoon and weekend parties will often run through to the small hours. For the liveliest spots, head to Azzura Beach Club or Tanjong Beach Club which holds monthly beach parties like Smack My Beach Up and Full Steam Ahead. It’s a way off Thailand’s legendary Full Moon Party, but still lots of fun.
Explore Haji Lane
Take a walk down memory lane at Singapore’s Haji Lane located in the Kampong Glam area. This interesting lane is lined with rows of shop houses that are home to small boutiques and shops selling interesting and unique trinkets and even funky bars and bistros. You never know what “gem” you might find hidden in one of these shops.
Make an early pit stop by the Asian Civilisations Museum (closes at 9pm) and soak in some Southeast Asian culture and history in the state-of-the-art displays of Chinese, South Indian and Islamic heritage.
A walking distance away is the Merlion Park, one of the Popular Singapore Attractions favoured for its picture-perfect scenery of the Marina Bay. Visitors here often take time to admire the beauty of the scenic landscape. This is also the best spot to take a picture with the newly opened Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in the background.
One of the most stylish hotel bars in Singapore, Lantern provides a poolside oasis atop the uber-stylish Fullerton Bay Hotel. What this roof top bar lacks in height, it more than makes up for in style. With stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay and the CBD skyline, this urban getaway oozes sophisticated chic with its Latin-inspired cocktails and bar snacks, comfy seating and cozy candlelit ambience. A live Cuban band completes the tropical holiday atmosphere.