Released: Sat Apr 30 2022

Singapore — 10 Highlights for your 2022 Trip

Whether you’re just stopping over in the vibrant city or spending a longer vacation here, you won’t want to miss these main Singapore attractions.

Mai Son

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay provide a home for exotic plants from around the world, occupying two bio-domes. These futuristic mega-greenhouses are called Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The main attraction, however, is the amazing Super Trees, a group of 50-meter tall, shimmering, planted structures that pulse with light and music every evening.

Stéphane OMANUS

The Riverfront Promenade

Between Marina Bay and Robertson Quay, there’s something for every nightlife taste. Clarke Quay is the perfect place to party (but not for the faint of heart at night), while a walk from the prestigious Fullerton Hotel to Robertson Quay offers plenty of options for a fancy meal. Marvel at the city-state’s skyscrapers and colonial splendors, and end the day on a high note with a cool drink!

Jit Lim

Street Food Delights

Strong nerves and a bit of courage are a must to be able to crunch your way through the diverse street food offerings. Singapore has the largest selection of food in all of Asia, and you can experience the diverse cuisine of an entire continent here: from Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak to Chinese classics like Chinese chicken or dim sum to Indian delicacies like dahl. Or perhaps you’d prefer Korean BBQ? In Singapore, you’re spoiled for choice! In the food markets of Maxwell Road or Lau Pa Sat you can enjoy a cheap meal surrounded by locals.

Ivan Tykhyi

Little India

Little India’s fragrant streets are filled with smells of various kinds: spices, flowers and food from all corners of India. The loud music and colorful houses create a seductive mix. Explore the many temples and shrines before visiting the always open shopping Mecca Mustafa. This 24-hour department store offers everything from perfume to special souvenirs created from Singapore’s cultural mix.

Ronnie Chua

China Town

Traditional sales houses nestle at the feet of skyscrapers and are one of the best examples of the two sides of the “Little Red Dot,” as Singapore is affectionately known in English — in reference to its size on a world map. Watch the locals play Chinese chess before trying more exotic food. Vegetarians will appreciate the wide selection at 8 Treasures, and seafood lovers should grab a cold beer and try the chili crab at Chinatown Seafood Restaurant. Afterwards, you can end the evening at a rooftop bar on Club Street nearby.

Tayawee Supan

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo and Night Safari is known worldwide as a unique attraction of its kind, as the zoo also opens to visitors at night. The zoo is also famous for its perfectly constructed enclosures, as it almost seems as if you can touch the animals. The undisputed VIPs of the zoo are definitely the pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia. However, be prepared for long lines if you want to see them on weekends or holidays.

Ben Wong

Botanic Gardens

If you’re still jet-lagged or just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Singapore’s 74-hectare Botanical Gardens offer an oasis of calm. The biggest attraction is the National Orchid Garden, but there is also a rainforest, several lakes, and beautiful plants from around the world. The gardens are open from 5am to midnight, so with a little luck you can be here all by yourself. Incidentally, the gardens are not only a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a “city in a garden,” but also the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Igor G

Marina Bay Sands

Singapore has its own piece of Las Vegas: The gigantic Marina Bay Sands resort features a huge casino and a department store large enough to offer its own canal, including gondola rides. Also, atop its three curved skyscraper towers is a ship-like structure that houses the largest rooftop pool in the world. All in all, this may seem very opulent to some, but the WOW factor is enormous and it’s hard to stop marveling.

Richard Kam

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Between all the skyscrapers and huge apartment complexes, you can easily forget that Singapore was once a tropical rainforest. Fortunately, there are still a few remnants of the jungle. Nature reserves like Bukit Timah Nature Reserve — at the highest point in the city — and MacRitchie Reservoir Park may no longer be home to tigers, but they offer an excellent way to escape Singapore’s urban neighborhoods and sweat it out with wildlife like tropical birds, lizards and cheeky monkeys.

David Gn

The Arab Quarter

When Singapore’s endless malls aren’t flooding you with souvenirs, try your luck at the hip boutiques on Haji Lane in the center of the Arab Quarter. From urban bicycles to bespoke designer clothes, this street offers endless delights — as well as Turkish specialties. So if you don’t want to eat South Asian for a change, order a mixed plate full of Arabic specialties at one of the countless cafes, puff on a shisha, and admire the sunset over the golden roofs of the mosque.

Anek S

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