Few destinations are quite as colorful and diverse as this Southeast Asian city-state. It boasts the reputation of the region’s economic giant, being eco-friendly and protective of its natural wealth and simultaneously a futuristic hub of contemporary architecture. Such a vibrant mix of old and new does deserve to be on any traveler’s bucket list!
However, due to its unique tropical climate, you might want to rethink your typical travel wardrobe and replace the sassy sandals with something water-resistant, something light and plenty of layers. Let’s start with prepping you for this journey with a list of necessities as well as must-see spots within its vivid borders to keep your wanderlust burning bright for the next adventure!
Let’s face it, all those classy rooftop bars scream for your finest little red dress or a sharp power suit and a pair of pumps to go. And if there’s room in your luggage, go for it! But also make sure that you pack plenty of comfy, breathable tees, lightweight and loose trousers (linen and cotton work well for the sunny streets and high humidity). As for your busy feet, lightweight sneakers and gladiator sandals for dry days are absolutely perfect!
In case you’ll take any of the local hikes, you might need a pair of more durable boots, but a bottle of spray to protect your kicks is more than enough to keep stains and wetness at bay. Let’s also not forget about insect repellants and plenty of sunscreen, since this kind of climate is perfect for friendly bugs and that bronze tan, too.
Now that your luggage is all set, you should look into various accommodation options that are in line with your needs, but your values, too. For example, you can find an eco-friendly hotel in Singapore that offers comfort paired with perfectly balanced style and Earth-friendly design with the environment in mind. That way, you can easily stay in a district that boasts tons of local spirit and culture while you enjoy the modern-day perks of mindful living.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind in addition to committing yourself to city-wide explorations, then make sure that your accommodation of choice boasts a wide range of relaxing activities, such as the use of a swimming pool, and preferably a fitness center to stay true to your exercise regime!
When you’re thinking of high-end places where you can indulge in an Asian specialty, you most likely envision all those rooftop bars, shimmering lights with a panoramic view of the city and a delicious cocktail in your hand. However, there are less conventional, but very popular ways to peruse the city while you enjoy a sophisticated dining experience as well, one of them being a boat cruise in style.
No, we’re not referring to the famous sampan boats that tourists normally take, but a more upscale experience with a two-and-a-half-hour meal and all the delights of restaurant dining while cruising down the southern shoreline of Singapore. If you’re taking this trip with your significant other, the sunset sail is a perfect choice for lovebirds and a memorable experience for anyone who’d like to enjoy one of the most luxurious experiences in the city.
Most of the buildings you’ll see scattered across this city-state are majestic enough to be considered museum-worthy artifacts. You’ll find that many of them, some of the most impressive ones, actually are museums holding many priceless items commemorating their history and art. As a perfect example, the renowned ArtScience Museum safeguards some of the most immersive exhibitions that combine artistic presentations with the latest tech. The lotus-shaped building is a masterpiece on its own.
On the other hand, the Asian Civilisations Museum will give you a glimpse of more than 1,300 relics from the entire region of Southeast Asia, but also China and West Asia. A visit to this museum means taking a trip across all of these regions, and a trip back in time to appreciate their roots and their origins. Up for a more playful experience? Head to MINT, the museum of toys and collectibles that will instantly make you smile and remember some of your fondest childhood memories!
Nature lovers among you will want to get much more up-close and personal with the local natural wealth since Singapore still protects the vast majority of its green riches. Fortunately, in addition to the many gardens and parks around the city, including the famous Gardens by the Bay, you can take your pick among many genuinely untamed hiking trails to see the surrounding rainforest wilderness.
For the most daring treks, head to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve where you can spot birds, look for monkeys, and get to know the mangrove forest that hides all of these curious creatures. Of course, you can also trek through the treetops at Macritchie Reservoir for a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque emerald underneath.
Singapore might be gaining more attention as an urban center, but its cultural wonders and natural beauty are equally worthy of your travel list. Bring the right gear, keep your mind open, and Singapore will unravel some of the most fascinating experiences your travel-loving heart could desire!