Attractions in Singapore
With so much to see and do across Singapore, getting your bearings can feel overwhelming for the first-time visitor. The easiest way to remedy that is to do one (or more) of these things.
First up, get up high and see what’s out there. The Marina Bay Sands Skypark observation deck is Singapore’s fanciest vantage point, offering panoramic cityscape vistas. It also maps the key landmarks across the city. For a more historical viewpoint, take a guided tour up the 54-metre-tall Clock Tower at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
Another popular way to get Singapore savvy is on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. While the commentary on board can be a little cheesy, the 24- or 48-hour tickets allow you to stop wherever you like, close to the main tourist attractions.
If you’re visiting Singapore’s resort-style Sentosa Island, take a ride on the new open-air revolving SkyHelix Sentosa gondola. You can even purchase snacks and speciality cocktails to accompany this 12- minute ride.
Shopping in Singapore
Shopping is to Singapore as coffee is to Melbourne, and there are some great bargains and unique items if you know where to look.
Orchard Road is Singapore’s most renowned shopping district. While it’s only 2.2 kilometres long, this bustling retail and dining boulevard is chock-full of interconnecting malls, international brands, and quirky local boutiques with products all vying for space in your luggage.
If you enjoy a good haggle, visit one of Singapore’s lively night markets. After sundown offers the most authentic hustle-and-bustle vibes, and a bargain or two. Head to Chinatown’s Street Market for a mix of fashion, electronics, antiques, and food. The Bugis Street Market is great value if you’re on a budget, and Haji Lane shopping houses are a must see.