The city of Singapore has more to offer than just the standard tourist attractions and Orchard Road shopping. For those willing to explore and experience, you will definitely see a different side to the city. Here are some guides to aid in making the most out of your stay in Singapore. From great places to eat to the best spots for photography, it is hoped that you’ll find something of use here. In addition, there are specially tailored guides to get you started on where to go and what to do in this compact city.
Morning – Begin your day early by exploring the Singapore Botanic Gardens and a leisurely stroll as you enjoy the huge array and variety of plants and flowers. Entrance is free, with only the Orchid garden having a S$5 entry fee. Have a hawker-style breakfast within the Botanic Gardens. Once the sun begins to creep up, head to Chinatown, an ethnic enclave within the civic district of the city.
Lunch – Feel free to simply wander around Chinatown, where you’ll find authentic Chinese handicrafts amongst other gifts and antiques on the streets. There are also shopping complexes around, though they are not as colourful as compared to walking the streets. Choose from the many hawker centres around serving great Chinese dishes. After your belly is satisfied, you could continue exploring the area and visit icons such as the Sri Mariamann Temple or the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Afternoon – Make your way to the Singapore River where the Asian Civilisations Museum is located (the Empress place venue considering our next stop are the Quays). Here, the excellent ACM showcases the multi-facetted culture of Asia. Enjoy appreciating the art displays or take a guided tour.
Evening – Head down the river towards Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay where there is a huge array of restaurants, bars and pubs. Lots of tourists hang out in this area in the night as these nightlife spots tend to open till early in the morning. Choose your spot along the riverside and busk in the lively atmosphere. The occasional bar has live music, while most others screen live sports on screens.
Morning – Scoot over to East Coast Park, a 15km stretch of beach on the South-eastern portion of Singapore. Rent a bike, a pair of skates or simply stroll along the well-paved routes while enjoying the early morning sea breeze. You’ll get to witness the elderly gathering in groups to practise Tai Chi as you stroll along the beach. Breakfast can be had at either Marine Cove or Playground at Big Splash. There are fast food joints, coffee joints and restaurants in these 2 places. If you are taking a cab to the park, you’ll want to tell your driver to alight you at Marine Cove. That way, you’ll rent and return your bicycle or skates at a place where eateries are nearby.
Lunch – Little India is where you’ll be heading to next. As with Chinatown, it is best to try authentic Indian food here. Wandering around the streets and lanes are also a great way of picking out a small unique gift. There are spice shops, Indian sweets and traditional textile shops.
Afternoon – You’d probably be all hot and sticky by now. Therefore, head back to your hotel for a quick wash-up before making your way to the Singapore Flyer for a great late afternoon view of the Marina Bay City skyline. Following this, take a walk to the Esplanade-Theatres by the Bay. You can choose to check out what concerts or shows are playing that evening or simply wander around the promenade and enjoy the views.
Evening – End off your day with dinner at the top floor of the Swissotel Stamford at City Hall. Pick your restaurant, sit back and enjoy the splendid view of the lighted city in the evening while sipping your wine.
Morning – Experience the under-mentioned Changi Village on the north-eastern part of Singapore. Have a hearty breakfast of local hawker food at the hawker centres before making your way to Changi ferry terminal. Take a bumboat ride to Pulau Ubin, an offshore island, Singapore’s last unspoiled traditional kampong and forested area. You’ll want to dress lightly and appropriately for hiking or cycling. Once on the island, you’re free to explore as you see fit.
Evening – Head back to your hotel to wash-up before making your way to Orchard Road, Singapore’s iconic shopping district. Besides the glitzy malls, if you’re here during the festive period from end November till January, the streets will be magnificently lighted up every evening. Pick from numerous street-side joints for dinner or head inside the malls for even greater food options. After which, it’s shopping galore!