What to do in Singapore

 

 

Singapore, the Little Red Dot, is an exciting city in South-East Asia. Besides the conference there are many things to do, to see, to visit, to have fun - a good reason to extend the stay for a few more days.

Travelling within the city is convenient, MRT, bus and taxi bring you for reasonable costs everywhere. Details on getting around Singapore can be found here.

Listed below are some of the major attractions in Singapore. There are much more to be seen in this little Red Dot! We can only present a few highlights of this exciting and vibrate city.

For more information, please visit the Official Singapore Tourism Board: Your Singapore

 

There are many guided tours available, introducing the history, the nature, the architecture, the life, the markets and - very important - the food in Singapore.

There is much more to explore, ask us, talk to us - we will help you to find what fits to your interests.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, joining the ranks of iconic landmarks such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and The Great Wall of China.

Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today. As well as being a favourite recreation venue for jogging, dining or just lazing about, the sprawling grounds are also a leading centre for botanical and horticultural research.

Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids.

The garden is located quite near the centre of the city, convenient to reach by bus and MRT.

Free music events happen on a regular basis at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, and on weekends free guided tours are available.

Please visit www.sbg.org.sg for more information.


Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo has been known for having among the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world, where more than 2,800animals representing over 300 species roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. The 26-hectare wildlife park, home to over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, has been providing exciting wildlife experiences to visitors for over 40 years.

Singapore Zoo is also well-known for its walk-through exhibits that bring animals and visitors together in one space for incredibly intimate encounters. Wander into the spectacular diversity of the Fragile Forest where flying foxes soar freely, mousedeers tread gingerly across your path, and ring-tailed lemurs bask in full view on the open sundeck.

The zoo is located outside the centre of the city in a lush green environment beside a water reservoir. You can access the zoo via bus or taxi.

Beside the zoo there are many other attractions, such as the Night Safari, the River Safari located together with the zoo.

For more details, pleae visit www.zoo.com.sg.


Gardens by the Bay
A national garden and premier horticultural attraction for local and international visitors, Gardens by the Bay is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way, entertaining while educating visitors with plants seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.

Located next to Marina Reservoir, Gardens by the Bay offers breath-taking waterfront views. This multi-award winning horticultural destination spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land, and is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden.

Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens. Inspired by an orchid, the design resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’. You can’t miss the massive Supertrees here. These tree-shaped vertical gardens are between nine to 16 storeys tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens. In the evening, catch the sky show of choreographed lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Supertrees.

Unique to Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest. Within the enclosed compound, a 35-metre tall mountain is veiled in mist and covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Here, you will find plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level.

The natural beauty of the gardens translates indoors. Dine in style at a range of eateries across the gardens, from casual cafes to posh restaurants, all with interiors designed to reflect the splendour of Gardens by the Bay.

Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sgfor more information


Chinatown
Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes.

Chinatown is where Hindu temples and mosques sit right next to Chinese temples. Sri Mariamman Temple and Jamae Mosque are on South Bridge Road, as is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. You can also visit the nearby Peranakan Baba House & the Chinatown Heritage Centre.

If you’re a foodie, try 'char kway teow' (stir-fried noodles) and 'satay' (barbecued meat skewers) at Chinatown Food Street, a row of hawker stalls, shophouse restaurants and kiosks along Smith Street.

For trendier tastes, chic restaurants and bars are in Neil Road, Duxton Road and Keong Saik Road. The vibe is electric in Club Street and Ann Siang Road on Friday and Saturday nights, when locals and expats head down for dinner and drinks.

There is a range of guided tours that leave from Chinatown Visitors’ Centre. Please click here for more information.


Little India
Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.

Little India today is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.

Fill your tummy with South Indian vegetarian food, North Indian tandoori dishes and local fare like roti prata (round pancakes) and teh tarik (pulled tea in Malay). Try to spot the brewers ‘pull’ the hot milk tea – it’s amazing showmanship.

Don’t forget to shop. The 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre offers everything from electronics to groceries, or take your pick from open-air Tekka Centre, goldsmith shops and sari stores.

Visit Little India's website for more interesting information.


Kampong Glam
Discover Kampong Glam's rich history, living traditions, excellent eateries and trendy shops in this vibrant neighbourhood.

Some say Kampong Glam really is glam (a local term meaning ‘glamorous’). The area has an eclectic blend of history, culture and a super-trendy lifestyle scene. See if this is true on your Kampong Glam journey. Start from the landmark Sultan Mosque, and wander through the many side streets.

You’ll love the culinary delights here, from local delicacies such as nasi padang (steamed rice served with various dishes) and Malay kuih ('cakes') to Middle Eastern, Japanese, Swedish and even Mexican fare.

Shopaholics, head to colourful Haji Lane - a row of multi-label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and cafes. Or pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, kebaya dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.

Visit the Malay Heritage Centre for more information on guided tour around Kampong Glam.


*Write-up & photos of places listed above are taken from Singapore Tourism Board

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Dining in Singapore
Here are 10 recommended hawker centres to eat for around SGD$12/pax:

  • - Lau Pa Sat, Boon Tat Street (Raffles Place MRT)
  • - East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park (best reached by taxi)
  • - Geylang Serai Markets, Jalan Pasar Bahru, (Paya Lebar MRT)
  • - Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 335 Smith Street (Chinatown MRT)
  • - Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell Road (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
  • - Newton Food Centre, Newton Circus (Newton MRT)
  • - Glutton's Bay, Esplanade Mall (City Hall MRT)
  • - Chomp-Chomp Food Centre, Kensington Park Road (best reached by taxi)
  • - Zion Riverside Food Centre, Zion Road (Tiong Bahru MRT)
  • - Tiong Bahru Market, Seng Poh Road (Tiong Bahru MRT)

There are a number of websites with information about restaurants and food in Singapore, but do explore on your own. Many are in walking distance from your hotel or the conference venue.

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