Things to Do in Singapore

If you like shopping, food, rich history and nice weather than you should come down to Singapore - a sunny little island, where Singaporeans generally have three top national hobbies - eating, shopping and enjoying life. There are eateries sprouted throughout the island, with so many varieties of foods that you would be literally spoilt for choice. No matter where you go, you will be able to spot Singaporeans eating at almost any time of the day.

While in Singapore, you could always go to the hotel concierge to enquire about the available tours or/and you could start your adventure all on your own. A fairly good place to start off would be the heart of Singapore, the central area, where there are plenty of shops and food side by side leaving you spoilt for choice; hotels are also peppered though-out this area, making it a great place to stay due to its convenience and accessibility.

Orchard Road, located in the heart of Singapore, is one of the areas' most frequented by locals as well as tourists - with its vibrant atmosphere, colourful shopping centers and easily accessible transport. Although transport is convenient, one recommendation if you are in Singapore for the first time would be to stick with the taxis or train (MRT - Mass Rapid Transport). You could attempt to take the buses, but the bus routes can get pretty complicated at times and are not as straight forward as the MRT routes. Here, you would be able to find foods ranging from Japanese to Italian, as well as Chinese. If you are here for an authentic Singapore food experience, you could always try the food courts, which sell local as well as other nationalities' food and hawker centers located at the Cityhall MRT stop.

When taking the MRT you can stop at Cityhall and walk your way up or down to shopping centers, restaurants and food courts. Food courts are basically hawker centers with air conditioning and can be found at almost all shopping centers. They are usually located with at the basement of the top floor of the shopping centers. One recommendation for a good variety of food from a food court would be "Republic Foodcourt" located at Wisma Atria shopping center. For authentic hawker centers, you could try the "Lau Pa Sat" at the Raffles Place MRT stop. As you walk around, you would be able to see the unique architecture of Singapore - with its shophouses from colonial times.

From here you can either make your way up to places with vibrant riverside views such as Clarke Quay or Boat Quay. Both are areas that have a good mix of high-end restaurants and lively pubs/clubs. When at Clarke Quay one of the must trys is satay - a Malay dish of skewered barbequed meat of chicken, mutton or beef served with slices of raw cucumbers, onions and steamed rice cubes.

You could also make your way down to Bugis instead where bars, discos, and shopping centers can be found. For those of you tech geeks, you can actually walk from the Bugis MRT station to Sim Lim Square, a hot hub for all things electronics at pretty good rates; it's really not that far away. Another place would be Funan IT Mall, where technology and gadgets are galore as well.

If you love seafood, especially at a reasonable price, than look no further the place to be is East Cost Park. To get there you would have to get on a bus or take a taxi as there is no direct MRT station. There are many seafood restaurants selling the famed pepper crab, chilli crab, buttered prawns and other mouth watering seafood dishes. So many that you would be more than spoilt for choice. Head down here to enjoy the sea breeze and good reasonable seafood during the night, or you could head there during the day to cycle or skate.

One of the best times to head to Singapore for shopping would be the Great Singapore Sale season which occurs yearly from mid May to mid July. During this period, majority of the shopping centers from the heart of Singapore all the way to its heartlands have discounts on items of up to 70%. There are even privileges for tourists who shop during this period as well. Be prepared for crowded shops and people jostling their way to the cashier. A must for shopaholics!

For those of you who rather have a less shopaholic experience, the places to be are the Botanic Gardens, Night Safari at the Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and most definitely Sentosa. Beautiful beaches and fun filled activities can be found at Sentosa - a small island accessible by car, ferry, train, bus or cable car. At Sentosa, you can visit the Underwater World (where you get to dive with the sharks or hang out with the dolphins), look at butterflies, take a skyride, and catch a 4D movie amongst countless of other available activities. All you have to do is take the North-East line and head for the last stop, Habourfront, from where you would be able to head down to Sentosa.

Looking for a more cultural experience? Head down to areas like Little India, Chinatown and Geylang where you get to experience their lively cultural experiences. Try the food and do a little shopping, while absorbing the rich heritage experience.

All of the above mentioned are but a fraction of activities you can do on your stay here. There are still museums and plays that can be visited, as well as more food to explore!