Marina bay sands Infinity pool
Asia,  Singapore

Visiting Singapore for the first time

Next month I’m back off to Asia, spending a week first in Penang and then heading on to Singapore. This will be my first visit to this Asian hub and simply put, I just can’t wait!

What to do in Singapore?

I’ve been asking friends and fellow bloggers what are the best things to do in Singapore and here are some of the tips I’ve been given.

Singapore sightseeing

I always think it’s useful to do a short city tour when you visit somewhere new, as it gives you a chance to get a feel for the city and also get your bearings! So, with that in mind, on my first morning in Singapore I’m doing a short half-day tour, which should take in some of the city’s biggest sights.

From there I can work out the places I really want to return to and explore in more detail.

Singapore tourist attractions

From the looks of it I’m never going to fit in all of Singapore’s tourist attractions during my five-day visit, but that gives me a good reason to come back!

I’m calling this my taster trip, so I’m picking a couple of ideas out of the great, long list I’ve been given. I’ve been told not to miss The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands, with its epic infinity pool, and a trip to Sentosa Island is a must if you want a bit of fun at Universal Studios Singapore or some R&R on the beach.

I’ve also been told that Singapore Zoo‘s night safari is amazing, but in the end decided to do something a bit different, so before I fly home I’m spending my last morning having breakfast with the orang-utans!

When I need my shopping fix I’m going for a wander down Orchard Rd, but if you just want to pass time exploring the city, then I’ve been told you can’t do better than a trip through Little India or Chinatown.

Definitely on my list is a trip to Gardens by the Bay, with its iconic ‘sci-fi’ trees, cloud forest and skyway – it’s going to be like entering wonderland! I decided I just had to go here after reading Waegook Tom’s inspiring post about his own recent visit!


This is by no way a complete list of Singapore’s sights, but just some of places mentioned to me that really appeal. If there’s something I’ve missed that you believe is a must-see for visitors to Singapore, please do let me know in the comments below!

Singapore Sling

Of course it’s just wrong to travel all the way to Singapore and not have a Singapore Sling, and so during my visit I’ll be heading to Raffles Hotel Singapore and its Long Bar to experience the iconic cocktail in the hotel where it was born.

I’m also considering returning to Raffles as it’s always one of those places people always talk about taking afternoon tea, but with mixed reviews I’m unsure whether this should be the next stop for my Global Afternoon Tea Challenge, or if I should try somewhere a little different. Singapore-based travel blogger Sarika recently wrote about a Singapore heritage afternoon tea at Clifford Pier, which has taken my fancy. Are there any more recommendations out there I should consider?

Singapore food tour

Singapore is renowned for its food and I can’t wait to explore the hawker markets, which is where I’ve been told you can find the best food in the city.

The kind travel bloggers at Expat Kiwis have generously offered to take me and my boyfriend on a little food tour of the city, so we can’t wait to try some of Singapore’s speciality dishes such as chilli crab. Keep an eye on our Instagram account for pics of the weird and wonderful dishes we try!

Visiting Singapore

So there you have it, that’s some of the plans I’ve been making for my time in Singapore. It doesn’t sound like much of a relaxing trip at the moment, but I can’t wait to get over there and explore. Have you been to Singapore? I’d still love to hear some more recommendations for sights and restaurants to check out, so if you’ve got some stories to share, please do comment below. I’d also love to hear if this post has inspired you to book your own first trip to Singapore!

Update!

Having now returned you can see what I thought of Singapore by reading my post on 15 of the best things to do in Singapore and checking out my review of Afternoon tea at Clifford Pier.

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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