There are people who visit Singapore and make it a point to stay for a week or more.Â There are also those who pop in for a day. If you qualify for the latter, check out some must-see stops and activities in the foremost city-state.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Shops and almost all of the major malls in Singapore open at 10:00 a.m.Â The Botanic Gardens, however, opens at 5:00 a.m. – perfect for early risers.Â Join local residents and take a brisk stroll, run or practice tai chi.Â The park is also a good place to have a typical Singaporean breakfast of toast with kaya spread and soft boiled eggs procured from a nearby food stall.
Shop for Electronics
Singapore is one of the best destinations for electronics in Asia, bar none.Â Sim Lim Square and Funan Digitalife Mall are two typical places to seek out bargains onÂ cameras, mobile devices, laptops, DVD players, computer accessories and a whole lot more.Â While most mall vendors offer better deals compared to other locations in the city, haggling is still the way to go.Â There are also stores that only give big discounts for cash purchases.
Everyone must make time to visit Singaporeâ€™s most famous street, Orchard Road. Gigantic malls and world-class labels like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, and HermÃ¨s dot the busy thoroughfare.
Singaporeâ€™s Chinatown, given the ethnic composition of the city-state, is understandably vibrant. Beautifully-restored shop houses sell all sorts of oriental trinkets, silk products, exquisitely embroidered bags, pottery, and jade. A great area of the city to amble, photograph and people-watch. Visitors in the city for Chinese New Year can enjoy the festive atmosphere, with shows like the Lion and Dragon dance performances and myriad fireworks displays.
Little India is the heart of the Indian community in Singapore.Â It is considered one of the most vibrant spots to visit. This section of the city is full of women garbed in saris of different colours.Â The smell of different spices is quite evident and strains of Bhangra and Desi music sets an authentic tone.Â Best of all, however, is the food. If you had to choose one area to single out for a meal in Singapore, this could be it.
Mosque in Little India – Photo credit
A trip to Singapore can never be complete without a visit to iconic Merlion Park. Take the requisite photo of the Merlion sculpture, gaze out from the observation deck at the Esplanade â€“ Theatres on the Bay and other landmarks, and then be on your way.
The park’s locale in Marina Bay, close to some of the best hotels in Singapore, makes it ultra-convenient.
Singapore’s 165 metre-high observation wheel is one of the most conspicuous points of interest on the city’s horizon. For a good 30 minutes, one can get a fantastic panoramic view of Singaporeâ€™s skyline as well as islands in both Malaysia and Indonesia.Â The best time to hop on for a ride is undoubtedly at sunset.