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WHAT TO DO IN SINGAPORE




The number one question folks ask me when they're planning to visit Singapore is WHAT CAN I DO WHILE I'M STAYING IN SINGAPORE? Number two is how long should I stay before moving on to visit the rest of Asia?

Gone are the days when the Lion City was just a 1-2 day stopover before continuing your journey into Asia. Today's modern Singapore has come of age and grown into one of the crown Jewels of the asian world.

Today you may want to consider spending at least 6-8 days or more in this beautiful country. In fact you could spend a few weeks and explore exciting new places every day!


So I’ve decided to put up a list of great things to do and awesome sites to see and photograph in Singapore, so you can decide for yourself what you’d like to do and how long you should stay.


Below is a link to all my Blogs about Singapore designed to make your research easier.

See all our Blogs at Singapore Street Shots https://www.singaporestreetshots.com/post/see-all-our-blogs

 



SIGHTSEEING AROUND SINGAPORE




SITES TO SEE AND PLACES TO VISIT


My best advice is to spend some time and do your research before you arrive. Make a good plan for each day, and be ready to be flexible and alter your plans when needed. If you wait until you’re out in the hot sun and try to figure out what you want to do during the day, you’ll be wasting your valuable time and money.


Listed below are some fantastic sites and locations you can discover during your Singapore holiday.


  • Marina Bay - Marina Bay Sands and Sky Park

  • Clark Quay - Boat Quay - Singapore River Cruise

  • Gardens by the Bay - Botanical Gardens - Chinese and Japanese Garden

  • Macritchie Reservoir - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

  • Bishan Park - Fort Canning Park - Mount Faber Park

  • Far East Square-Dinning - Walk and discover Joo Chait Road - Explore the East, Geylang and Katong areas

  • Santosa

  • Orchard Road Shopping



See my Blogs about the Sites below for more information on discovering Singapore's neighborhoods.

Our blogs are packed with useful Tips and Information on how to explore and photograph Singapore's neighborhoods, where you can find the best Shophouses, Hawkers & Markets and Temples-Mosques-Churches...


 




YOU REALLY NEED YOUR PHONE





PHONE SERVICE and DATA PLAN

It is 100% imperative that you have a working Phone when you travel, otherwise you'll be walking around lost. It's much easier to find your way around using GOOGLE MAPS.


Personally I use an AIRALO E-Sim for my travel data plan. This has worked well for my wife and I and we travel all over the world. Plus it's very affordable... (5 GB for 10 Days works well, plus it's easy to Top up).

I recommend you setup an E-Simm Data plan before you start your trip. along with downloading and establishing a couple of TAXI APPS on your Phone.



SINGAPORE TAXI’S

Download and establish a couple of TAXI APPS on your Phone before you start your trip. In most cases you'll need to verify the APP using your phone via a TEXT MESSAGE, once you have activated your E-Simm your home number will be disabled and you cannot verify a Taxi App. So do this before you leave home...


TIP- Always take a couple of Hotel cards from the front desk, especially when in non-English speaking countries. You can show them to the taxi drivers and have no trouble getting back to your hotel..


Flag Down and Booking taxi’s - ComfortDelGro, Strides Premier, TransCab or Prime


Booking Taxi's only - Grab, Ryde, TADA, Gojek


Using Singapore's MRT & BUS System to save time and money

 



SINGAPORE'S TROPICAL WEATHER




WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS

Singapore's weather is Hot & Humid, but don't let that intimidate you. Singapore is a 1st world country so AirCon Cafe's and shops are everywhere. Also the MRT Stations along with all the trains and buses are AirCon'd, so anytime you feel over heated just pop in somewhere for a cold drink, no worries.


During the summer months if you see the sky is looking dark and you feel a few rain drops, you have about 30-40 seconds to find cover before it pours. Usually when it storms it's fast and furious for 20-30 minutes, then the sun comes back out.


IT'S HOT & HUMID (34C / 60-70%RH)

A great Tip for planning your day is to get out early. Plan your visits to Museums and Gardens by the Bay during the hottest time of the day (12-4pm)

Use the MRT and BUSES to get around town. It's a fast and inexpensive way to travel, plus the Aircon is a welcome break from the heat.


Checkout Singapore’s Weather http://www.weather.gov.sg/home/


The RAINY SEASON (28C / 80-100%RH)

NOVEMBER to FEBRUARY, it usually ends abruptly around Chinese New Year. In many years the Singapore rainy season is not that rainy, so it's still a good time of year to visit the Lion City.

Don't worry if it is rainy, it's easy to get around and stay dry using the MRT and BUSES, and there is still tonnes of stuff you can do.

In fact the MRT actually stops inside many of the largest shopping Malls and attractions, plus there are covered walkways in most places.


For more details on what you can do in Singapore when it rains, see our blog below.

A Rainy Day Holiday in Singapore

 



GETING OFF THE BEATEN PATH




TAKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

You won't find Temples like the White Temple pictured above in the heart of the city, you'll have to get out into the out-lying neighborhoods to discover hidden gems like this.

I highly recommend you spend a few days exploring Singapore's outlying neighborhoods or some of her islands.

In my experience you discover the most amazing things in the little Mom & Pop store's nestled deep in the neighborhoods.


  • Sembawang - Punggol- Sengkang- Pasir Ris

  • Geylang - Kallang

  • Toa Payoh - Serangoon

  • Ang Mo Kio - Choa Chu Kang - Bukit Panjang

  • Bukit Batok - Bukit Timah


Singapore - Off the Beaten Path



SINGAPORE'S ISLANDS

These islands are very interesting to explore and a great day trip for the entire family. Open the links below and read about what you can do on each island, how to get there and how to prepare.


  • Pulau Ubin island

  • Kusu island

  • Saint John's island

  • Sister's island


Singapore island cruise ferry service at Marina South Pier


 



FOOD




DINNING AND NIGHT-LIFE

  • Fine cuisine or Hawkers/Street food



For more information on Fine Dinning, Hawker Food and Night-life see our blog SINGAPORE-HAWKERS-MARKETS & RESTAURANTS

 



ARTS - CULTURE - HISTORY


Peranakan Museum SINGAPORE STREET SHOTS

MUSEUMS

This is where to spend the hottest time of your day and Singapore's Museums and Art galleries are spectacular. My experience with Singapore is when they do something they spare no expense.


  • National Museum of Singapore

  • Science Center Singapore

  • Art Science Museum

  • The Children’s Museum

  • Asian Civilization Museum

  • Indian Heritage Museum

  • Peranakan Museum

  • Vintage Camera’s Museum

  • Lee Kong Chian National History Museum

  • Gilman Barracks

GALLERIES

  • National Gallery Singapore

  • Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar District

 


THEATRE'S AND PLAYHOUSES

It's no secret that Singapore is the crown jewel of Asia and as such they attract the world's top talent when it comes to the Performing Arts.


  • Esplanade

  • Sands Theatre

  • Victoria Concert Hall

  • Singapore Repertory Theatre

  • British Theatre Playhouse

  • The Star Performing Arts Centre


Shows/Performances - See What’s on in Singapore

https://www.sso.org.sg/whats-onThe 

 



SHOPPING MALL'S

If you want to shop until you drop you're in the right town, Singapore has shopping to accommodate every budget.

Check this site out for Malls & Shopping Centers with MRT access. 86 Malls and Shopping Centers connected to the MRT


  • Plaza Singapora

  • Marina Square

  • Vivo City

  • Great world

  • Concord Shopping Mall

  • Paragon Shopping Mall

  • City Square Mall

  • Suntec City

  • Ngee Ann City

  • Mustafa Center

 


TOURS


  • Photo tours

  • City bus tours

  • Historical tours

  • Bicycle tours

 

Closing Remarks




Ilonka and I hope you enjoy reading our Blogs at Singapore Street Shots. Our goal is to make them informative and helpful in researching what to do in Singapore.

We hope you create some fantastic memories and photos, find some new friends and learn something of Singapore’s fascinating history.


Lastly we encourage you to take the road less traveled and get off the beaten path Singapore - Off the Beaten Path 


Cheers,


Mark Stevens & Ilonka Guenther

Business Owners, Photographers & Travelers


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