Noted for its visually stunning mix of contemporary and historical architecture, obsessive cleanliness, and multicultural influences, Singapore is incomparable to other places in Asia and, indeed, the world. Its attractions are gloriously eccentric and unique.
Step back in time and experience the traditional way of life in Kampong Buangkok Village, slink into one of the secret speakeasies, walk over the Henderson Waves Bridge, or lose yourself hiking in one of the hidden parks.
Entertainment for night owls
Singapore is perfect for those who favour nocturnal adventure. You will find plenty to do, and exploring the area at night is much cooler, not to mention less crowded. Of course, traveling at night has limitations unless you have a private plane, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
One of the most impressive places to visit is the Marina Bay Sands Casino, a 15,000-square-metre, traditional casino set over four floors. You will see the world’s largest Swarovski crystal chandelier in this lavishly decorated space.
The casino can accommodate 15,000 patrons, providing a wide variety of games, over 600 tables, and more than 2,300 slot machines.
Take your winnings for a rooftop drink at 1-Altitude, where you can enjoy live music alongside panoramic views of the whole city. Watch the Marina Bay Sands light show and then venture for a sneaky drink at the Library Speakeasy, where the ambiance is so trendy you need a password to get in.
Favourites for foodies
Whether you’re into street food or fine dining, Singapore has something for you. Walk around the street food markets and find famous Singapore delicacies, including Roti Prata, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Bak Chor Mee, Chili Crab, Char Kway Teow, Fried Carrot Cake, and Laksa.
Singapore is also home to the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant in the world. The Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle Restaurant is a must for food connoisseurs.
Originally a food stall rather than a restaurant, this unpretentious gem opened shortly after receiving its Michelin Star. The original stall is still in the hawker centre, but be prepared to queue for your food.
Those with a sweet tooth looking to try something different should pop to Slurp Ice Kachang, where they can enjoy a bizarre treat of shaved ice covered with sweetcorn, condensed milk, and red beans. You will find a grass jelly surprise underneath if you eat it all!
If you are heading to the Marina Bay Sands Casino and have money to burn, you should stay in the futuristic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, complete with an infinity pool and beautiful views of The Helix Bridge. However, some argue that there are quirkier and more affordable
alternative hotels that allow you to enjoy the views without the hefty price tag.
Hotel 1929 has been tastefully modernised and is located in the heart of Chinatown. This charming boutique hotel was a former brothel, so it’s a conversation-starter!
While public areas have an industrial chic design, The Wanderlust hotel offers guests a choice of themed floor designs, including ‘eccentricity,’ ‘industrial glam,’ ‘comforts,’ or ‘black and white.’
The Hotel Clover/The Arts is another unique hotel inspired by street art and manga illustrations. Each room has a modern mural featuring retro or minimalist art.
If you prefer the outdoors, Singapore has parks ranging from Rower’s Bay, where you will find dragon-boating enthusiasts and fans of kayaking, to more remote and secluded eco gardens hidden between buildings and offices like Ann Siang Hill. The latter is set back from
the street and offers respite while boasting many different tree species, including nutmeg, tamarind, and breadfruit.
Duxton Plain, renowned for its busy precinct, has lively eateries and bars and is home to a mysterious Muslim tomb that is said to have mystical powers.
Orchard Central is a park with a difference in that it is found on the roof of a busy mall and adorned with unusual sculptures, but if you are looking for something offbeat and genuinely memorable, head to Haw Par Villa, which is part city park and part amusement park. It
features haunting sculptures and creepy depictions of Chinese mythology and the afterlife.
Conclusion: A culturally diverse adventure
There is something for everyone in Singapore. You will not be disappointed if you appreciate diversity in food, culture, architecture, and entertainment. Visit the parks and rainforest, test your luck at the casino, stay in a weird and wonderful hotel, and take in the breathtaking
sights of the Marina Bay Sands resort.
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