Monday, 29 July 2013

Singapore Attractions: Things to Do in Singapore

Written by Olivia Kane

Singapore has become one of the hottest destinations in South East Asia, thanks to the huge investment in the local tourism industry over the last decade.  Nowhere else in Asia can you find so much crammed into such a small place.
Raffles Hotel Long Bar ~ Singapore
Incredible food, world-class shopping, amazing architecture and tourist attractions can all be found in this vibrant city that never sleeps.  Singapore is safe, clean and has a variety of activities to suit any traveller, whether you be a lone foodie tourist or family group.

It can be difficult to find up-to-date information on foreign countries, with many of the best events going under the radar of big travel sites.  A good way to get an insider view of what's happening locally is to find a Singapore blog that is related to your personal interests.

Perhaps you want to check out the local art scene and pick up a piece from an up-and-coming artist, or have a passion for fashion and want to find the best market to find cutting-edge fashion; a Singapore blog will help you get your finger on the pulse of what's going on.

Visitors to Singapore always come back with their favourite experience or memory, but here are 5 of our top destinations to put on your itinerary.

1. Garden by the Bay
Located close to the new Marina Bay Sands district, the Gardens by the Bay development is a breath-taking urban oasis, complete with towering domes that house complete ecosystems from around the world.  After shopping and eating to your hearts content, the Gardens by the Bay is a perfect destination to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.


Garden by the Bay

2. Universal Studios Singapore
The Universal Studios theme park is located on the man-made Sentosa Island, a modern engineering marvel in itself.  Get a taste of Hollywood while in Singapore by visiting this fun park that's sure to be a hit with any family groups or movie buffs.


Universal Studios Singapore
3. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is world-class and you can spend an entire day wandering around the well-designed exhibit. It's considered the best rainforest zoo in the world, and features over 2800 different types of animals.


Singapore Zoo
4. Maxwell Market Food Hawker Centre - opposite China Town
Singaporeans are passionate about their food, and any visitor to Singapore would be crazy to skip a meal at a local hawker centre.  The Maxwell Market is famous with locals and tourists alike, and you can expect long queues at some of the more popular places.

Experience the hustle and bustle of the busy atmosphere and enjoy a steaming hot bowl of fresh noodles, wonton soup or other local delicacies such as Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.


 Maxwell Market Food Hawker Centre
5. Raffles Hotel Long Bar
No trip to Singapore would be complete without sipping a world-class Singapore Sling cocktail at the origin of this drink - the Raffles Hotel Long Bar.  Located at 1 Beach Road, this bar is classy and timeless.  The higher than average prices at the bar can be forgiven when you realize that you are sipping booze in such a famous place.

Author Bio: 
Olivia is a freelance travel blogger and street food fanatic. She often checks the Singapore blog on DirectAsia for information on travelling around Asia. She loves to explore South East Asia and discover new destinations to share with her readers.  She can be found blogging about her favourite foods and destinations online.