Singapore may be a small island city-state, but it certainly has no shortage of interesting sights and attractions. Museums and temples, parks and beaches, restaurants and nightclubs – whether you are here for a week or just one day, you’re sure to find plenty of fun ways to spend your time.
When the sun goes down, the animals come out play at the Night Safari. Open daily from 7:30pm to 12 midnight, this night-time zoo is home to 115 species, giving you a rare glimpse into the lives of many of the world’s nocturnal animals. A nine-time winner of the Singapore Tourism Board’s award for Best Visitor Attraction Experience, it’s safe to say that this is one of the country’s must-see attractions.
Jurong Bird Park
If it has wings and a beak, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at Jurong Bird Park. Covering 20.2 hectares and recognised as the world’s largest bird park, Jurong Bird Park is home to 5,000 birds and 380 species. From penguins to peacocks and toucans to hornbills, you can catch all of your feathered friends daily from 8:30am to 6:00pm.
Universal Studios Singapore
Hollywood comes to life at Universal Studios Singapore. Packed with movie-themed rides and attractions, the theme park offers fun and entertainment for the whole family. Check out the Transformers ride for an exciting multimedia experience or strap yourself in for serious thrills on Battlestar Galactica, billed as the tallest duelling rollercoasters in the world.
Singapore’s top choice for sun, sea and sand, Sentosa Island is perfect for a quick escape from the city. When the sun is shining, Sentosa’s beaches are a great place to relax with a book under a palm tree or unleash your inner architect with some sandcastle building. If you’re not the beach type, you will still find plenty to do amongst the island’s golf courses, spas, restaurants and other attractions.
Singapore Art Museum
Less than a five-minute walk from Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum is home to an impressive collection of contemporary Southeast Asian art. Immerse yourself in boundless artistic creativity that spans paintings, sculpture, photography, new media, installations and more. The museum is open daily, and on Fridays admission is free from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore brings local heritage to life through various permanent exhibits that document the culture, food and daily life of Singaporeans in years gone by. Housed in a majestic neo-classical building that has been tastefully fused with a modern glass and metal extension, the museum is open to the public daily. You can contact the museum or check out its website to find out about the various travelling exhibitions and events that are staged throughout the year.
See the world from on high at the Singapore Flyer. From a towering height of 165 metres, you can enjoy panoramic 360-degree views of Singapore from aboard the world’s largest observation wheel. The Singapore Flyer is open daily from 8:30am to 10:30pm, and one ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
If shopping sets your heart racing, then Orchard Road should be the first stop in your retail adventures. From fashion to electronics and housewares to jewellery, you will find it all here among the luxury boutiques and budget shops. Be sure to pace yourself, however, as there is one shopping mall after another lining both sides of the road, meaning you’ll need plenty of time and credit cards if you plan to visit them all.
You don’t have to get on a plane to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of India – you just need to take a short drive down the road to Singapore’s very own Little India. Bustling with crowds both day and night, this is the place to go for authentic North or South Indian cuisine at very reasonable prices. Saris, spices, gold jewellery and Bollywood movies are just some of the items that attract local shoppers and tourists alike to countless shops lining the streets of Little India.
Home to many of the city’s hottest clubs, bars and restaurants, Clarke Quay is the top spot to see and be seen in Singapore. You’ll find restaurants serving myriad cuisines lining the riverfront along Clarke Quay, making it a great spot for alfresco dining on a warm Singapore evening. If you’re in the mood for dancing or a pint in a bar with live music, just follow your ears to find a nightspot to your liking.