Our picks for the best things to do in Singapore
One thing’s for sure – no visitor to Singapore ever runs out of interesting things to do! Using the highly efficient public transport system, it’s possible to see many of the city’s most interesting sites in just a day or two if your schedule is that tight.
One thing’s for sure – no visitor to Singapore ever runs out of interesting things to do!
But Singapore isn’t a place where you should rush – make sure you give yourself enough time to fully appreciate this city’s many charms. If you’d like some ideas to help you get started, check out our handy Singapore Destination Guide.
When it comes to travel advice, Budget Direct has got you covered. We’ve partnered with some of the world’s most adventurous travel bloggers to bring you the best travel tips and on-the-ground experiences on the planet – so you can start planning your own global escapades today! And remember – all the destinations and activities in these videos can be insured with Budget Direct Travel Insurance.
#1. Hawker Centers
There are plenty of brilliant dining options in Singapore, but if you’re looking to eat like a local at rock-bottom prices, you can’t go past a visit to one of the many hawker centres.
Hawker stalls sell delicious and incredibly affordable food and provide an authentic Singaporean experience. How do you tell which hawker stall has the best value cuisine? Just look at the length of the queue in front of it!
Travel Tip: How do you tell which hawker stall has the best value cuisine?
Just look at the length of the queue in front of it!
Singapore is home to over 200 hawker centres, specialising in chilli crab (a signature dish), the ever-popular chicken rice and more exotic creations featuring cuttlefish, stingray or durian – a fruit that, according to Singaporeans, “tastes like heaven but smells like hell.”
Stalls are periodically inspected by the government and given a cleanliness rating, which must be prominently displayed for customers to see. Check out our video below on Singapore hawker stalls for top tips.
It’s hard to pick a favourite hawker centre, but Tiong Bahru Market, Maxwell Street Hawker Centre, Lau Pa Sat and the Tekka Centre in Little India are all extremely popular with locals.
Another option is the East Coast Lagoon, where you can enjoy a relaxed beach atmosphere while sampling the plentiful food stall offerings. 1
#2. MacRitchie Reservoir
When you’re looking for a pleasant spot away from city traffic and concrete for a leisurely stroll or energetic run, make your way to MacRitchie Reservoir. Try the Treetop Walk and nature trail, but bring plenty of water – exercising in Singapore will definitely heat you up. If shopping is your thing, Orchard Road will satisfy all your cravings.
Plant lovers might want to stroll through the Flower Dome, the National Orchid Garden, the Singapore Botanical Gardens or the Cloud Forest, and wildlife enthusiasts should visit the Jurong Bird Park and make the Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari a priority – it’s a truly unique experience.
Try the Treetop Walk and nature trail, but bring plenty of water – exercising in Singapore will definitely heat you up.
Singapore has a rich history and its quality museums reflect this. Visit the Changi Museum, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Kranji War Memorial, Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum for mesmerising insights into Singapore’s extraordinary past.2
#3. The Sky Bar at Ce La Vi, Marina Sands
Singapore’s skyline is truly impressive, and it’s not hard at all to find a lofty vantage point where you can marvel at the stunning panorama, often while enjoying a superb meal or sampling your favourite Singaporean cocktail. The 57th-floor view from the Sky Bar at Ce La Vi at Marina Sands will take your breath away; you could also sample the open-air brewery and restaurant at the Level 33 Bar, located in the MBFC Tower 1 building.
If you prefer to be moving while you snap high-elevation photos, hop on the Singapore Flyer – a massive Ferris wheel with unparalleled views.3
#4.Singapore Cable Car
When the sun sets on Singapore, the city really comes alive. No matter what your budget, you can find plenty to keep you busy at night. One fun choice is to take the cable car between Mount Faber and Sentosa Island. It’s a great way to get a 360-degree view of Singapore harbour – but make sure you don’t miss the last cable car back that leaves at 9:45 pm.
Night-clubbers are spoilt for choice in Singapore. Hardcore party people head to Zouk Singapore or the Saint James Power Station to dance the night away. Popular Clarke Quay is another convenient choice, offering restaurants and sophisticated nightspots galore. It’s also the perfect spot to join a Singapore Harbour night cruise.
For theatre entertainment and concerts (including the world-renowned Singapore Symphony Orchestra), The Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay is the place to be.4
Start planning your Singapore trip today
For Aussies, Singapore is a handy holiday option. It’s not too far away, English is widely spoken (it used to be owned by the British)5 and there is so much to see and do that you’ll never be bored. As with travel to any foreign land, make sure you’ve done your homework and know what’s required.
Make sure you organise travel insurance for Singapore before you leave home, so you’re covered for things like cancellations, lost luggage or unexpected medical issues.!
Is your passport up to date? Don’t assume the medications you use legally in Australia are legal in Singapore – double-check first. Have you booked accommodation for your stay? Don’t leave this until the last minute – Singapore hotels can fill up fast at any time of year.
Make sure you organise travel insurance for Singapore before you leave home, so you’re covered for things like cancellations, lost luggage or unexpected medical issues.
Look into the most convenient ways to get around while you’re there, too – fortunately, most Singapore attractions aren’t too hard to reach if you plan ahead.