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Pocket Guide To Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

Singapore is a ridiculously expensive city, but one that is super exciting, and a place that everybody wants to visit. If you are a traveller then it is likely that you will not be spending too many days here due to the costs so make sure that you check out the top ten before you head somewhere else.

1. Explore The Lion City

 

The Lion City

The Lion City

To understand Singapore, start with a walk along the banks of its river, it’s where the city was founded by the British East India Company 200 years ago. You’ll see the shop houses and keys that made an important trade hub between Europe and Asia, as well as the skyscrapers of the financial district that have recently made the city rich.

2. Head To The Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel, Singapore Sling

Raffles Hotel, Singapore Sling

Walking in the sun is going to leave you parched so head into the Raffles Hotel, a local icon named after the founder of the city, and home of the Singapore Sling. Sure, it’s touristy, but it’s the best place to get a taste of British Singapore.

3. Stop For A Meal In China Town

China Town, Singapore

China Town, Singapore

Singapore might have been founded by the British, but today three of every four Singaporeans are of Chinese decent. Despite Singapore’s rapid development China Town has retained its unique character through temples, bazaars and delicious restaurants.

4. Don’t Forget To Have A Curry In Little India

A Fish Head Curry In Little India

A Fish Head Curry In Little India

China Town is cool, but don’t overlook Singapore’s other ethnic neighbourhoods. Head to Little India for killer curries and colourful temples, or to Haji Street the Malay quarter and one of Singapore’s trendier neighbourhoods.

5. Save Some Of Your Dollars At A Hawker Center

Hawker Center

Hawker Center

Singapore’s ethnic diversity is reflected in its food, which is best explored at informal food markets called Hawker Centers. There’s a ton of options, but Maxwell Food Center is a great place to sample local favourites like chilli crab, Hainanese chicken rice and nasi lemak.

6. Explore the Southern Ridges.

Southern Ridges

Southern Ridges

The food is so good in Singapore, you’re guaranteed to pack on a few pounds. Undo the damage with a trail run up the Southern Ridges a beautiful natural park that leads to the summit of Mount Faber and also includes a cable car to Sentosa Island.

7. Have A Great Day Out At Sentosa Island

Underwater World, Sentosa Island

Underwater World, Sentosa Island

Now, Sentosa Island is not for everyone, but it is where you’re going to find all the resorts, rides and attractions. Some of the things are not great, but some are cool like Universal Studios or Southeast Asia Oceanarium, the largest in the world. You can even dive underwater in cool spacesuits so you can be like a “Starman.”

8. Learn To Surf At Wavehouse

Wavehouse, Singapore

Wavehouse, Singapore

If you prefer some more action, head down the street to the Wavehouse, where you can learn the basics of riding a standing wave, or try your luck at getting barrelled. After that, dry off with iFly,an indoor skydiving centre that’s a guaranteed good time.

9. Have A Cocktail At Marina Bay Sands Rooftop Bar.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Before you leave Singapore, you’ve got to go here. There’s an infinity pool that serves cocktails with a view of the whole city. Everybody that comes here has to take a picture of the incredible view as it really is special.

10. Dress Up For A Night At Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Lastly, finish your time in Singapore with a night out in Clarke Quay, the redeveloped riverside area that’s turned former trading houses into trendy bars serving a young and sexy crowd.

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