Hello all... I'm planning to do a trip to Singapore for about a week at the end of May 2014. It's gonna be my first trip back to Singapore since 1990 (ish). I'm open to eat, see and do anything that is unique to Singapore, and I'm more into the local stuff instead of the usual tourist stuff.
If you had a week in Singapore, what would you say are the top 10 places to eat and the top 10 places to go (or things to do)?
Well, one thing I can tell u, Singapore has changed tremendously ever since 1990. I only revisited Singapore in 2009 myself, and was really surprised with new sites, such as the Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Park, etc. But I guess since you are more into travelling like a local, such landmarks might not really appeal to you, eh!
In Singapore we have this thing called a "Hawker centre", which basically is an open-air complex where you can find local delicacies such as laksa noodle, minced chicken noodle, fried carrot cake, fish head curry, and many more. There are lots of hawker centres all around Singapore, commonly found near the residential areas. I would personally recommend the one in Bedok -- Bedok Food Centre (Bedok Corner), which is near the airport.
However, the challenge with going to a hawker centre as a tourist is that these stall owners commonly only speak Chinese. So ordering might be a bit problematic.
The good news is, there is this Singaporean-based startup called BonAppetour that offers travellers a chance to have a unique dining experiences at the homes of locals. You could check it out at www.bonappetour.com. Some of my friends are hosts on that platform, and they too, serve home-made Singaporean deliciacies. :)
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Places to eat-
Places to go/visit-
1. Night Safari - one of the most popular tourist attractions to get near the animals.
2. Jurong Bird Park- This park is filled with lush jungle plants and trees as well as with hundreds of different colorful birds.
3. Sentosa Island- an island resort with pristine beaches, 2 golf courses, 2 five star hotels and one resort. Here you can also see - Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, Images of Singapore (historical museum that exhibits culture and history of Singapore)
4. Universal Studios Singapore- This is an American film studio.
5. Singapore Flyer- is the world’s largest Giant Ferris Wheel. This offers dining as well.
6. Marina Bay Sands- This is an integrated resort towering over the bay. This property has hotel, dining, convention and exhibition facilities and theatres.
7. Botanical Garden singapore- the only garden in the world which opens at 5:00am till 12 midnight everyday and does not charge any admission fee except for National Orchid Garden. There you can enjoy flora & fauna and it offers dining as well.
8. Mangrove Kayaking (SECSEA)- a half-day kayaking adventure tour through the mangroves of Pulau Ubin. Along your route, you can also see the amazing species of birds, fish, and other animals.
9.Bukit Timah Nature Reserve- A natural reserve with large number of plants, animals and insect species.
10. East Coast Park- This is a man-made beach, it is a popular place for family and friends to relax. The park has many food and sports activities.
Let me know if you'd like to know more about any of the above! Happy travels."
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Hi Patrick, I can see previous answers covered almost everything but you can also try Southern ridges walk to end up on Henderson Waves : this bridge will offer you an amazing view on Singapore's canope and modern architecture at the same time: have a look
My favorite neighborhood is the Arab quarter. Haji Lane is picturesque and the walls are decorated with unique graffiti. At sunset, the sun’s rays hit the mosque and paint everything with a golden light. Another cute neighborhood is Tiong Bahru. The Tiong Bahru Bakery is the perfect spot for breakfast, then you can take a stroll in the “wet” market, so called because they sell fresh fruit, meat, and fish.
Collyer Quay is the touristy part of the city where you can admire the view of the Bay. It’s nice to take a stroll but food and drinks are expensive. On the other side of the Bay, you can spot the Sky Park. On the top of the three towers hotel, they built a fancy private area with the shape of a surfboard. The public can access it to enjoy the view, but it’s expensive. If you are looking for a panoramic point to watch the sunset with fewer tourists I recommend Marina Barrage
The highlight of our quick visit to Singapore was, with no doubt, Gardens by the Bay The attraction consists of two domes: one is called “flowers dome” the other is the “cloud forest.” You will see flowers and plants from all over the world surrounded by beautiful architecture. I recommend to see them both (around $20 per person), it’s worth it. They did an incredible job and the experience is a reminder of the natural beauty of the planet, to defend and preserve. After the visit, you can stroll in the park and admire the “Big Trees” another peculiar structure of the gardens. You can go on top of the platform they built to connect the trees but you have to add $8 per person to your budget. We didn’t do it. The photos that you can take from the bottom should be enough to satisfy your photo hunger.
It’s easy to get around with public transportation and everything is in English.
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