Singapore is one of the most incredible places you’ll ever visit and we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you absolutely, positively HAVE to see and do when you’re in the Garden City! Here’s our guide to the top 10 things to do in Singapore.
Mangrove Kayaking at Pulau Ubin
The mangroves on the island of Pulau Ubin are teeming with some of the most jaw-droppingly incredible wildlife you’re ever likely to experience.
Winged-wonders include Oriental-pied hornbills, eagles, kingfishers and herons. Down by your feet you’ll find pink dolphins, manta rays, otters, crabs and monitor lizards, all surrounded by incredible sea grass lagoons, coral rubble and coastal forests and other types of wetland ecosystems.
Kayak from Changi Beach, past the cape of Chek Jawa and through the mangroves for four or six hours for a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Banana Leaf Apolo
There are certain dishes that define a nation. The UK has fish and chips and Singapore has fish head curry – and one of the best you’ll find is at Banana Leaf Apolo on Race Course Road.
The head of the fish is on its side with the eye looking up at you so you can dig into the cheeks which are the tenderest parts of the fish and it’s swimming in an unctuous, sweet, spicy, rich sauce full of vegetables. It packs a serious flavour punch.
World-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain raved about it so it must be good! Check it out for yourself!
The Raffles Hotel
In the same way that a dish can define a nation, so can a hotel. New York has The Plaza and Singapore has The Raffles, one of the world’s iconic hotels.
Described as ‘an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design’, The Raffles Hotel has been setting the standard of ultimate luxury since 1887 and was named for Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of the Garden City.
At least one night of your life should be spent at The Raffles, if for no other reason than to sit at the Long Bar and have the original Singapore Sling.
One°15 Marina Club
The best place in Singapore from where to charter a boat – from a solid but unspectacular fishing boat to a magnificently opulent ocean-going superyacht – is the One°15 Marina Club on Sentosa Island.
Charter rates start from around S$500 and can spiral up and over S$10,000 but for exceptional service and trips out into the Singapore Strait, the islands and even across to Malaysia and Indonesia, the One°15 Marina Club is the place to be.
Back on dry land the marina has an award-winning fine dining restaurant and a bar from where you can relax, drink a cool cocktail and watch the spectacular sunset.
Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool
Similar to the Raffles, no trip to Singapore is complete without a night (or more!) at the Marina Bay Sands hotel so you can experience the quite sensational infinity pool.
On the 57th floor sits world’s longest elevated swimming pool as well as the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool and it’s truly one of the world’s most iconic pools. It’s only for hotel guests but there’s nothing better than drinking a Singapore Sling with your feet in the warm water watching the world go by 200 metres below.
The poolside menu is by none other than Wolfgang Puck and if you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Singapore before you die, this is most definitely one of them!
There are lots of Chinese restaurants in Singapore, so what makes Imperial Herbal so special?
They focus on healthy cuisine but before you order, the in-house Chinese physician will give you a health diagnosis and then your meal will be prepared bespoke for you and you only. Packed with flavour, they add in ancient medicinal herbs that they think will best compliment your health diagnosis.
The menu is both delicious and unusual at the same time but it’s a true taste of the real Singapore and an experience that will live long in the memory.
The Black & White House
More and more of us are using airbnb at our destination locations and Singapore is no different. There are thousands of places to choose from but there is only one Black & White House.
It’s the most expensive airbnb property in Singapore at an eye-watering S$4,500 a night but it’s a place of stunning colonial proportions – to the tune of 600 sq. m. It has been used for movies, international product launches and star-studded parties but now here’s your opportunity to stay in one of the Garden City’s premier residential properties.
This is genuinely one Singapore experience that you will never forget.
Ah Seng’s Durian
Whatever side of the durian fence you sit on, it most certainly divides opinion! Some love it and some hate it but it’s one of the many delicacies that has come to define Singapore as a foodie heaven.
One of the best places to buy durian – judging by the daily queues around the corner – is at Ah Seng at the Ghim Moh Temporary Market. They have three main varieties and the best is supposed to be Mao Shan Wang – literally ‘cat hill king’ – at S$14.
The smell has been described as a mix of rotten onions, turpentine and raw sewage and it smells so bad that it’s been banned from public transport, but the taste has been likened to sweet, custardy almonds. You have to try durian when you’re in Singapore!
There are few experiences as life-changing as having breakfast with the orang-utans at Singapore Zoo – the world’s best rainforest zoo.
Every morning between 9.30am and 10.am as you’re minding your own business over breakfast at the Ah Meng restaurant, the family of magnificent orang-utans make their way over to you via their treeways and across a lowered drawbridge.
Can you think of a better selfie than breakfast with orang-utans at one of the world’s best zoos? No? Neither can we!
Haw Par Villa Theme Park
Haw Park Villa is a theme park with a difference! It’s dedicated to the stories of Chinese mythology and has been open since the 1930s.
The park’s most famous exhibit is the grotesque depiction of the 10 Courts of Hell, or ‘Diyu’, the realm of the dead in Chinese mythology but there are lots of beautiful tableaux and statues telling millennia-old stories.
Unsurprisingly this is the only theme park of its kind and anyone with even a passing interest in the tales from the east should pay a visit to Haw Park Villa Theme Park.