People from all over the world find themselves flocking to Singapore for many reasons. Tourism, for one, is a major industry in the country. Tourists are attracted by Singapore’s cleanliness and low crime rate, which makes them feel safe during vacations. Singapore is also dedicated to making things convenient, not only for its residents and citizens, but also for everyone who comes to visit. For example, the country’s public transportation system is the most practical option for navigating the city-state, and it’s used by people from all walks of life.
If it’s your first time visiting Singapore and you don’t know where to start, here are five activities you can add to your itinerary:
Start with the Attractions at Jewel Changi Airport
Famous for its beautiful architecture and cleanliness, Changi Airport is not just a world-class transportation hub. Home to many Changi attractions, Jewel Changi Airport offers a wide range of free and paid activities that you can take part in, giving you a chance to experience Singapore before you’ve even ventured outside.
Nature lovers will definitely want to explore the Shiseido Forest Valley, an indoor garden with over 900 trees and 60,000 shrubberies. Another must-visit attraction is called the HSBC Rain Vortex, a seven-storey waterfall located in the middle of Jewel Changi Airport.
Want to give both your mind and body a bit of exercise at the same time? Go to the Canopy Park and challenge yourself to navigate through the largest hedge maze in Singapore. Afterwards, why not try to find your way through the mind-boggling Mirror Maze? If you consider yourself a bit of a daredevil, check out the Manulife Sky Nets, which serve as giant trampolines that are positioned some 8 metres above the ground.
Experience Hollywood through Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located in Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Island. It is the only subsidiary of Universal Studios in Southeast Asia. Because of its location, the theme park is relatively easier for Southeast Asian travellers to visit compared to the location of its sister theme parks in Japan and China.
Universal Studios Singapore has several themed zones, each based on a specific film genre, trope, or era. The Hollywood zone, for instance, mimics the streets of Hollywood in the 1970s, with its own copy of the famous “Walk of Fame.” Meanwhile, the New York zone features sets based on landmarks and architecture from the city’s postmodern era.
There are also zones based on specific franchises. Sci-Fi City, for instance, is heavily influenced by Transformers and Battlestar Galactica. Similarly, Ancient Egypt is based on The Mummy, Far Far Away takes inspiration from Shrek, and The Lost World evokes the look and feel of the Jurassic Park movies.
Stroll through the Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is filled with themed gardens and boasts a gorgeous view of Singapore’s waterfront. One such themed garden is the Flower Dome. Considered to be the largest greenhouse in the world, it is filled with plant and flower displays, all of which are native to the Mediterranean region and South Africa’s savannahs and deserts.
Another popular attraction is Floral Fantasy, which uses suspended bouquets of flowers that cascade down from the ceiling and onto the ground. If you want a breathtaking view of all the themed gardens, go to the Supertree Observatory, which is the highest point in the Gardens by the Bay.
Ride the Singapore Cable Car
The Singapore Cable Car offers a different viewing experience as it allows you to move across the sky while getting a chance to see the sights of Singapore. It is also a unique way to get to Sentosa Island if you’re starting from the city’s Faber Park.
Get on the Mount Faber Line and check out the hilltops and rainforests before reaching HarbourFront Station. You can also see the cityscape change to an island view as you reach Sentosa Island.
Meanwhile, the Sentosa Line of the Singapore Cable Car allows you to tour the island from the sky. From this station, you’ll get to see the many attractions of Resorts World Sentosa such as Universal Studios Singapore, the Merlion Park, and Siloso Beach.
Sail on the Singapore River Cruise
The Singapore River Cruise takes guests on a guided tour of the city’s landmarks, which can be a great way to learn about the country’s history. The cruise lasts roughly 40 minutes and takes its passengers to various locations such as Marina Bay, Clark Quay, and Boat Quay. Taking the cruise is sometimes preferable to walking around the river, which can take hours and can be particularly challenging on a hot, sunny afternoon.
The cruise also allows tourists to alight at designated stations so you can get to different destinations like Marina Bay Sands or Merlion Park. However, if you leave the cruise and want to ride it again, you will need to purchase a new ticket.
Singapore offers a wide range of activities that you can enjoy, no matter if you want to go sightseeing or if you want to have new experiences. Just like the tourists who have marvelled at the natural and man-made beauty of multicultural Singapore, you, too, can have a great time in the city-state by adding these activities to your list.