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Top Ten Things to do in Singapore

Things to Do — By mariannerogerson on October 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

1. Have breakfast with an orang-utan
If you are in Singapore with the kids, then skip the hotel buffet and head to the Singapore Zoo for breakfast. Here, the little ones can have their photo taken with an orang-utan, watch elephants having their morning bath and even cuddle a snake!

2. Take a walk on the wild side
The island of Singapore was once covered in primary rainforest, and it is still possible to get in amongst the flora and fauna of the jungle. The best places to experience this are MacRitchie Reservoir Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which both offer plenty of rugged walking trails in amongst the rainforest.

 

Photo: Marianne Rogerson

3. Discover Singapore’s religion
Learn about the religion, culture and background of the local population by visiting one of Singapore’s many varied places of worship. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Thian Hock Keng temple, the Masjid Sultan, and the Hindu temples Sri Mariamman temple, and Sri Veerama Kaliamman temple are all worth a visit.

4. Take in the View
The Singapore Flyer is currently the world’s highest observation wheel at 165m tall. The leisurely 30 minute journey on board the spacious capsules offers stunning views over the city and beyond.

5. Indulge in the nation’s favourite dish
Chilli crab – fresh Sri Lankan crabs smothered in a tangy, spicy chilli sauce, is the nation’s unofficial national dish. Head to the East Coast Seafood Centre for an al-fresco breezy atmosphere, where several open-air seafood restaurants face out to sea.

 

Photo: Marianne Rogerson

6. Enjoy drinks with a view
Roof bars are the latest trend in Singapore, so look out your designer gear and sip cocktails with the in-crowd while enjoying the views over the city. Ku De Ta, 1-Altitude and Lantern are all places to be seen.

7. Chance your luck in the casino
Strictly for the over-21s, the two casinos of Singapore – at Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands – opened in 2010 to great fanfare. Whatever your game of choice – roulette, blackjack, baccarat or sic bo, these are the places to head to if you are feeling lucky.

8. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise
The wooden bumboats you see cruising the Singapore River used to carry the cargo from ships anchored in the harbour into the city. Today they are the best way for tourists to take in the sights alongside river.

 

Photo: Marianne Rogerson

9. Join the locals for dinner
Do as the locals do and chow down in a hawker centre, the city’s version of street food. Some hawker centres have as many as a hundred stalls selling all manner of local cuisine, so take your pick and join a queue.

10. Shop til you drop
Orchard Road has the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world. It’s all about brands here, so dig deep and flex that credit card!

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