Top 9 things to do in Singapore

This South-East Asian destination packs a punch despite its small size, with myriad attractions old and new, plus a wealth of activities to enjoy whatever your interests. Read on for our top 9 things to do in Singapore
Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.
Singapore's Gardens by the Bay. Photo: martinho Smart/Shutterstock

Whether you're on a stopover or just want a whistle-stoptour of the most unmissable experiences in Singapore, our top 9 things to do captures the best that this tropical city-state has to offer

1. Having a Singapore Sling at the Raffles

This famous cocktail packs a delightful fruity punch. After a hot day in the sun, sip the iconic, chilled concoction at Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar, where the drink was created in 1910. Alternatively, make the Raffle's Hotel your base on Insight Guides' Indulgent Singapore holiday.

 The Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

2. Discovering Peranakan culture

Learn more about the Peranakan or Straits Chinese culture at the Peranakan Museum, where lavish artefacts and exhibits are presented. Experience more of this unique culture over at East Coast Road, a veritable living museum dotted with Peranakan restaurants and cultural galleries. Don’t forget to try some colourful, steamed Nonya cakes. 

Nyonya Kuih desserts in Singapore.

3. Strolling around Gardens by the Bay

The sprawling gardens are home to two massive conservatories filled with lush greenery as well as a dozen Super Trees. The Singapore Garden Festival held here every July showcases creations by internationally-acclaimed garden and floral designers. On your Uniquely Singapore holiday with Insight Guides, look out for other seasonal floral exhibits such as Tulipmania and War of Roses. 

Gardens by the Bay by night.

4. Cruising down the river in a bumboat

Hop on a bumboat, which takes you down the Singapore River. Enjoy views of gleaming skyscrapers juxtaposed with colonial-era buildings, restored conservation warehouses, historical bridges, and riverside sculptures. 

Bumboat cruising with a view in Singapore.

5. Exploring ethnic neighbourhoods

The eclectic ethnic districts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India are microcosms of multicultural Singapore. Put on your walking shoes and soak up their colourful atmospheres on foot. Sample authentic local cuisine in between your trails. Take a tour of Chinatown on Insight Guides' Uniquely Singapore adventure; be sure to arrive with an empty stomach.

Extraordinary colours on the facade of a building in Little India.

6. Tucking into chilli crab

In the food haven of Singapore, you'll be hard-pressed to choose just one single 'must-try' dish, but the spicy-sweet chili crab is one of the strongest contenders. Among the best places to savour this dish are the restaurants at the East Coast Centre. Find out more about the destination's best street food here

Singapore chilli mud crab.

7. Prowling with nocturnal animals

A diverse range of animals roam freely in the subtly lit and naturalistic enclosures of the Night Safari. On your Insight Guides' Singapore Family Adventure, this is a rare chance to catch creatures that are active only at night. But before it turns dark, be sure to visit River Safari, where two of China’s giant pandas have made their home.

Spot pandas at Singapore's River Safari.

8. Soaking in the views at the Sands SkyPark

Head up to the highest level at Marina Bay Sands to take snapshots of the city, a stop included on all of Insight Guides' trips to Singapore. There is an observation deck, landscaped gardens and a one-of-a-kind infinity pool with amazing views of the skyline. 

Sands SkyPark's incredible vantage point.

9. Christmas at Orchard Road

A little too soon for Christmas travel tips? Either way, between November and December, the whole stretch of Orchard Road is illuminated with sparkling lights and Christmas decorations. Splurge, window shop or simply experience the festive atmosphere at this mile-long shopping belt. 

Christmas Decorations on Orchard Road.

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