By Kianna Koh
Did you know there is a nickname for Singapore? It’s ‘The Little Red Dot’ because compared to the other countries, we are just a tiny island that you probably cannot even find on a world map!
However, in this Little Red Dot, we have a lot to offer. Anything you want can be found right here in Singapore. In this article, I will be filtering and sharing with you guys the places worth visiting, and any little tips and tricks to help you get the best experience you can! So now, let’s hop in and find out how to plan your very own tour in Singapore!
Editor’s Note: I believe that by the time you reach Singapore, you may be tired or even jet-lagged, so I do recommend resting up a day before setting off to explore.
First up, if you are a thrill seeker, check out Universal Studios Singapore! It’s a theme park that is located within Resort World Sentosa. In USS, the whole theme park is divided into seven zones; Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. Each zones has it’s own unique highlight. In here, you are able to see attractions based off movies or television series and you are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime. Some attractions include the famous roller coaster, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, TRANSFORMERS The Ride, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and even more!
Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269.
Do note there is also a Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited pass, which skips queues at all rides and attractions. Prices for that and more information will be linked here on the company website.
Shopaholics rejoice! Head down to the heart of Singapore, Orchard Road and have your credit card at the ready. From local boutiques to high end brands, there is definitely something for everyone there. After shopping, take a short break by going to a spa which are very conveniently located around Orchard Road, saving you the travel fare. Some spas/massage parlour with very good reviews includes, It Works Hama (Lucky Plaza), Celestial Sanctuary (Orchard Shopping Center) and Natureland (Orchard Point). After soothing and relaxing your entire body, you can head down to Telok Ayer Market, also known as Lau Pa Sat. It is a food centre that serves up delicious local delicacies such as chicken rice, satay, and many more. There are plenty of stalls around there, so do walk around a take a look at the menus before trying out the food.
Give some love and support for our local art and history museums! Starting from the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), take some time to look at the international contemporary art SAM offers, and visitors can also extend their SAM experience through tours and workshops that SAM holds. Afterwards, chill at the different cafes like 7 Kickstart and Dome Café, which are at the ground floor at SAM. Immerse yourself in history by dropping by at the National Museum of Singapore! It is the oldest museum in Singapore and is rich in diverse and culture. End the day off with dinner at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. The big burrito is to die for!
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) located at: 71 Bras Basah Road, 189555
Admission price: SGD 20 (standard)
National Museum of Singapore located at: 93 Stamford Road, 178897
Admission price: FREE (citizens and PR), SGD 10 (foreign visitors), SGD 5 (foreign visitors: concessions for students & seniors aged 60 years and Persons With Disabilities).
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill located at: 9 Bras Basah Road, 189559
This place may seem like a weird suggestion but hear me out. I know that there are plenty of malls in Singapore, however, this mall is a place not to be missed. IMM is a one stop mall where you can find lots of local shops, as well as branded goods, for a very discounted price. When you are hungry, all you have to do is to just pick a place to eat from the directory and you are free to shop more when you are done! Do I need to say more? When you are ready to leave IMM, you can go down to the other malls in Jurong East, because there are a total of 4 malls including IMM and all are of walking distance! So remember to don on comfortable shoes and light clothing!
IMM located at: 2 Jurong East Street 21, 609601
Singapore is well known for its humid temperature, but sometimes it can be too much to bear. Pack an extra set of clothes and your swimsuit and make your way to Wild Wild Wet, the largest water theme park! From thrilling rides to children’s play area, it caters to everyone! In 2012, Wild Wild Wet had expanded, and now there are even more rides, so be prepared to spend almost an entire afternoon here!
Wild Wild Wet located at: 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599
Some little tips when visiting Singapore:
- Bring sunblock and apply religiously when heading out to explore. Also don’t forget your hat and sunglasses.
- Drink plenty of water! You don’t have to worry about water because it is readily available and you can also drink straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organisation standards!
- You will be expected to use Singapore dollars for cash purchases so do remember to change money beforehand!
- Singapore is an extremely safe country to travel in but do beware of pick-pockets which can a minor concern in packed shopping malls, so do not take out a huge wad of cash or leave your belongings unattended!
- Please be aware of the strict rules and regulations we have here, or else you might be fined for some of the offences!
With these list, I hope that your stay in Singapore is pleasant and fun, and I also hope that you will enjoy the beauty of life here.