Singapore overwhelms even the most discerning tourist with its wide range of sightseeing attractions.Whether you are an adventure lover, a party animal, an art lover, a foodie, a shopaholic or a nature lover – you’ll be spoilt for choice when in Singapore.Thankfully, there are guided city tours Singapore available for travelers of almost every taste and budget. Even then, you should know more about the city before deciding what to include in your travel itinerary.
Here’s a rundown on the history, traditions, flora and fauna, foods and sightseeing options in Singapore.
Transformation from the colonial past
The British ruled Singapore for more than 140 years until 1963. Over the next 50 years, Singapore has transformed itself from a colonial backwater into a modern, high-tech city.
A cruise down the Singapore River is a chance for you to see the old buildings and heritage centers reminiscent of the city’s colonial past. Want to know more? Hire a professional guide and they’ll tell you interesting stories about each colonial landmark. Consider visiting the Singapore Sling, the historic Raffles Hotel and other colonial buildings standing in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers, shopping malls and luxury buses.
Something for everyone
Singapore has something for almost every type of tourist. If you come with kids in tow, you can visit the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Universal Studios, Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Zoo, among others. On the other hand, shopaholics can head to Orchard Road, Haji Lane, Mustafa Centre, Chinatown Street Market, and Clarke Quay, just to name a few.
With night clubs and casinos at Marina Bay and amusement parks and adventure activities at Sentosa – a Singapore trip always packs a mighty punch. When in Singapore, you should also delight your taste buds with the local foods, such as, Kaya toast with soft boiled eggs, skewered kebabs, shrimp & pork wonton soup, and fried carrot cake.
While it is almost impossible to cover all major Singapore attractions in a single tour, your Singapore tour would remain incomplete if you miss the below spots.
Gardens by the Bay – A park where lush greenery coexists with skyscrapers, Gardens by the Bay was built with a mission to make Singapore “a City in a Garden.” If you are a nature lover, visit Gardens by the Bay and get up close and personal with the Mother Nature.
Marina Bay Sands – The largest resort in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands hosts both business meetings and leisure events. It has world-class casinos, night clubs, restaurants, theatres and a lotus-shaped museum.
The Merlion – Located at Marina Bay, the Merlion is a statue of a mythical creature with a head of a loin and the body of a fish, shooting water out into the bay.
Other major attractions include Sentosa Island, Universal Studios, and a 42-storey-tall Ferris wheel called the Singapore Flyer.
A melting pot of cultures
Singapore boasts of a rich and diverse cultural heritage and is home to the Chinese, Indian and Malay communities. When in Singapore, you must also visit ethnic precincts of the three communities, namely Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.