Once upon a time, you could easily cover things to do in Singapore in less than a week. These days, Singapore has sprouted an unbelievably impressive number of attractions that you’d need another week just to recover from all the activities that will surely jam-pack your vacation.

Apart from the museums, galleries, churches, temples and mosques, there are spots you can easily get lost – not bored – in.

Wander through Gardens by the Bay for starters. Take a day to stroll around this horticultural sanctuary in the heart of the city. More than just a botanical garden, this attraction features a 30m high waterfall, award winning buildings, and the unique Supertree Grove, where you can opt to walk the OCBC Skyway, a 128m long walkway that connects two 25m Supertrees. Be sure to stay til dusk to watch the amazing light show, synchronised to music.

Supertree Grove

Supertree Grove

Flower Dome

Flower Dome

Spend a day across the main island at Sentosa Island Resort, where you can play golf, visit Universal Studios or the various beaches, walk the Sentosa Boardwalk, or ride a luge.

Marina Bay Sands is another must-see. Ice skate, play a hand at the casino, dine at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s Cut Restaurant, and have a cocktail at Sky 57, enjoying panoramic views of the city below, then dance the night away at Ku de Ta, Singapore’s elite bar and nightclub.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Singapore river

Singapore river

Singapore river

Singapore river

Visit Esplanade for international performances then stroll down to have sumptuous authentic Singapore street food at the award-winning Makansutra Gluttons Bay.

Esplanade

Esplanade

More eating and drinking can be done at Clarke Quay, best known for dining and enjoying a drink by the river with friends.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Then there’s the other hobby of which Singaporeans are proud of – shopping. International and local brands are simply the tip of the iceberg on Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping strip. But if you’re game, make sure you head down to where you can explore, eat and shop like the locals in Chinatown, Little India, Geylang, and Bugis.

Chinatown

Chinatown

And finally, top off your trip with a round on the Singapore Flyer. Not to be outdone by the London Eye, which stands at 135m, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, standing at a spectacular 165m. It is also one of Asia’s biggest tourist attractions. So breathtaking is the scenery, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the Marina Bay skyline and silhouettes of neighboring countries, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

So if you ever find yourself in sunny Singapore, these are just a sprinkling of suggestions you could try.

Here’s the list again:
1. Museums, galleries, churches, temples, and mosques
2. Gardens by the Bay, including Supertree Grove
3. Sentosa Island Resort
4. Marina Bay Sands, including Ku de Ta
5. Esplanade, including Makansutra Gluttons Bay
6. Clarke Quay
7. Orchard Road
8. Chinatown, Little India, Geylang
9. Bugis
10. Singapore Flyer

Text: Nina Mostafa
Images: James Ser

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