Attractions, Things to Do, and Holidays in Singapore
Singapore is statistically one of the most visited travel destinations in the world, attracting over 11 million foreign visitors per year, which is actually twice its own population!
Read on to find out what makes Singapore such a wonderful place with so many things to do and places to see and why tourists love to spend their vacation here. If you are looking for a memorable tour or vacation, you certainly need to include Singapore on your agenda!
Some of Singapore’s main attractions include:
The Singapore Flyer
This giant Ferris wheel, finished in 2008 and standing at 144 meters tall, is the tallest of its kind in the world surpassing the Star of Nanchang and the London Eye. It has quickly become one of Singapore’s main attractions, welcoming over 2.5 million visitors in its first year of operation alone.
The Singapore Flyer is located near Singapore’s Marina Bay, in an area known as the Marina Promenade, and offers great views of the Marina Bay Street Circuit of the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Singapore Zoo
The zoo is one of the most frequent stops for tourists, attracting over 1.6 million visitors per year. If you are traveling with children, seeing the zoo is a must. The Singapore zoo is famous for its open landscape and roominess that provides shelter to animals in a way similar to their natural habitat.
You will find many unique animals here such as polar bears, Asian elephants and white Tigers. In addition, the Singapore Night Safari is one of Singapore’s major appeals. The prospect of seeing over 100 different types of nocturnal animals roaming about is simply intriguing!
Just south of the main Singapore Island is the island of Sentosa. It harbors Singapore’s extremely popular Sentosa Beach Resort. If you enjoy going to the beach, there is no better choice than Sentosa Beach. On the island you will find luxurious hotels that provide superb accommodation. Artifacts from World War II are among the many things waiting for you there!
If you want to read more about Sentosa, check out our review here: Sentosa Island, Singapore – the Tropical Paradise
The Singapore Botanic Garden
The Singapore Botanic Garden isanother place you don’t want to miss when on a trip to Singapore. The gardens are an impressive park of green spread over 52 hectares of land in the heart of the city. The garden is near the Cluny Road and Holland Road, just off the western end of Orchard Road and is a great place to relax and enjoy life!
Haw Par Villa
The Haw Par Villa has a tremendous appeal because of its colorful culture. You can find numerous different legendary monuments and Chinese folklore culture there. In addition, you will be entertained by dragon dances and other cultural events.
Shopping destinations in Singapore
Singapore is known to be an extremely busy place and Orchard Road is one of the busiest spots; a favorite of both tourists and local residents. There are many shopping malls, cafes and restaurants adding to the fun factor of any visit to Singapore.
- VivoCity – VivoCity is the largest shopping center in the city and offers a remarkable experience. With the its iconic architecture, arena on the roof and the Sentosa Express tram station on level 3 serving as a gateway to Sentosa Island, VivoCity is the number 1 place for entertainment, lifestyle and retail shopping.
- Ann Siang RD & Club St – If you are interested in fashion and clothing, Ann Siang Road and Club Street is the place for you. You can find a broad range of local brands there. Ann Siang and Club Street are full of adventures!
- 313 @ Somerset – This eight-floor mall has become very famous particularly for desirable retail brands such as Forever 21 and Zara. Zara has three locations and Forever 21 has four locations – making this mall a favorite shopping spots for the ladies!
- Hajj Lane – Hajj Lane is away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream shopping. This fashionista’s paradise is a tiny isolated lane in the Muslim Quarter, and offers unique shopping opportunities for those who like style and eccentricity.
Public Holidays in Singapore, Festivals
Singapore celebrates you when you celebrate with Singapore! When traveling to Singapore, be sure to check the calendar of public holidays and try to schedule your stay accordingly. If you don’t, you are going to be missing out on all the festivities. Here are some of the public holidays that travelers should consider.
- Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji – Hari Raya is a Malay ‘celebration’. These are two separate public holidays. The first of them is Hari Raya Puasa. It is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. The second of the Hari Raya is Hari Raya Hajj. This event marks the end of the pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
- Vesak Day – Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on Vesak day. During this time many of the Buddhist temples in Singapore organize special praying sessions and other festive arrangements. You can visit any of the main temples in Singapore for a delicious vegetarian lunch.
- Deepavali – Deepavali is a metaphor for lights. Visiting Singapore during this time is inviting for a magnificent display of lights. Plan a visit to any Hindu temple and you will find candles ripping the dark face of night. This is one of the most important events for Hindus in Singapore.
- National Day – No better day to land in Singapore than on its National Day. This is the main holiday for Singaporeans to commemorate their nation’s autonomy. August 9 is the celebration of the National Day.
- Chinese New Year – This is a great time of the year for the Chinese in Singapore. It usually is in late January or sometimes in February, since it depends on the Chinese lunar calendar. You will miss this special occasion if you are in Singapore and Chinatown hasn’t been your destination.
- Other holidays include New Year’s day, Christmas day, Labor day and Good Friday.
Where to stay in Singapore
Accommodations in Singapore are readily available in all price ranges and styles. If you want to stay at a sophisticated historic hotel, the best choice would be the five stars Raffles Hotel. Other famous hotels are Royal Plaza on Scotts, Orchard Hotel Singapore, Mandarin Orchard Hotel.
For those on a budget – you can find guesthouses and 2 star hotels starting as low as $20 per night.