Things to See and Do in Singapore
Immerse in Local Culture
A true experience of Singapore’s local cultures would not be complete without a visit to the different ethnic quarters of the island. There is Chinatown for the Chinese, Kampong Glam or Geylang Serai for the Malays, Little India for the Indians, and Joo Chiat & Katong for the Peranakans, descendants of 17th century Chinese and Indian immigrants who married non-Muslim natives from the Malay Archipelago.
Delegates can also go on walking tours to unearth the never-ending stories brought to life by our trained guides, make stops at historically significant sites and have a taste of our local delights. There are many local tour operators such as The Original Singapore Walks: https://www.journeys.com.sg/tosw/
History comes alive at the museums. With interactive exhibits, vivid replications of historical moments, heritage artefacts and photo evidence among others, visitors will be able to find out all there is to know about Singapore’s past. History-buffs are encouraged to start at the National Museum of Singapore, and then explore more about Singapore’s multiple ethnic cultures by visiting the Peranakan Museum, and the Asian Civilisations Museum – just a few of the many museums in Singapore.
From modern contemporary to Southeast Asian art pieces, the Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery have gotten it covered for the art enthusiasts, while the ArtScience Museum pushes the boundaries of art, science and technology.
For the Action Seekers
Delegates in search of thrills and spills will be spoilt for choice – on the Sentosa Island, fun does not cease and boredom retreats. Head over to the Universal Studios SingaporeTM, for an enticing selection of exhilarating rides and attractions for all ages or beat the heat at the Adventure Cove WaterparkTM with thrilling water rides, just to name a few. Alternatively, delegates can experience flight in a different way at iFly, an indoor skydive simulation.
For more adrenaline-pumping activities, take up the challenge with heart-stopping high-element activities at the Mega Adventure Park or experience the thrill of driving a supercar on the official FORMULA ONE circuit with the Ultimate Drive at Marina Bay. Avid trekkers wanting to enjoy the tranquility of walking above the trees can also head to the Treetop Walks, a 250-metre aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points within MacRitchie Reservoir.
For the Explorers
Singapore may be a cosmopolitan city but there is also a thriving ecosystem of nature and wildlife nestled within our city in a garden. Delegates can easily wander through the many landscaped gardens and parks on the island, with some even offering a scenic view of the city from vantage points.
Spend an afternoon exploring Singapore’s waterfront Gardens by the Bay set in the heart of the downtown city centre. This public garden was awarded the World Building of the Year 2012 at the World Architecture Festival and features two conservatories as well as the towering ‘Supertrees’. Delegates may also seek respite in the lush greenery at the historic Singapore Botanic Gardens, open since 1859 and newly minted as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.
The more adventurous looking for an undisturbed experience can take a day trip to Pulau Ubin, a living showcase of what Singapore was like in the 1960s. Gravel roads, lush forests and abundant wildlife, visitors can simply busk in the rustic charms of the village at leisure or uncover the rich marine life on Chek Jawa, a 100-hectare wetland on the island.
Animal lovers can get up close with the wildlife at Singapore’s award-winning wild life park – Singapore Zoo, featuring 11 distinctive global wildlife habitats. Next up, embark on a journey of discovery at River Safari and meet over 6,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals. At the park, visitors can explore eight river habitats from the mighty Mississippi to the majestic Yangtze before stopping by to visit the giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the lush Giant Panda Forest – the largest panda exhibit in Southeast Asia.
As dusk falls at the Night Safari, the world’s first park for nocturnal animals comes to life. With over 2,500 resident animals, visitors can embark on one of the four walking trails or hop on a tram ride to explore the seven geographical zones – from the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of Equatorial Africa.
For the Socialisers
In Singapore, socialisers can immerse in diverse entertainment and nightlife experiences and connect with great company. Lift your spirits with some of the most unique cocktail mixes. For delegates who are looking to taste rare wines or sample bespoke one-of-a-kind cocktails, there are many bars and lounges to choose from.
Lined with bars and restaurants, Club Street / Ann Siang Hill is a cozy enclave, right in the Chinatown precinct, popular for after-work drinks.
Club Street, Ann Siang Hill
Rooftop bars, sky-high watering holes, swish drinking spots, the Marina Bay precinct is replete with after-dark haunts that serve up solid cocktails and tasty bar grub.
Clarke Quay, distinguished by a state-of-the art roof canopy that cools the air while providing shade from the elements, is home to a stellar line-up of international and local establishments.
Singapore entices you with a variety of retail experiences, from alluring international fashion to lively bazaars. Explore heritage brands and uncover our thriving local design scene. Delegates can also indulge in leading luxury labels across the island and acquire cultural souvenirs from ethnic enclaves.
Our world-famous shopping belt of Orchard Road hosts countless international brands. Indulge in the international designer labels of ION Orchard and the Paragon.
Most shops open until 10pm, while some never close at all. Head to Mustafa Centre in Little India to purchase all sorts of everyday items, from clothes and furniture to watches and jewellery. Historical settlements like Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Little India teem with traditional garments, perfumes and jewellery, as well as a host of unique keepsakes and traditional decorations. For trendy clothes at great prices, visit Bugis Street, which is just opposite the multifaceted Bugis Junction.
Mustafa Centre in Little India
Shopping in Chinatown
For more information, please visit the VisitSingapore Official Site: https://www.visitsingapore.com/en/