Top 10 Attractions – Well you can really
have an enjoyable vacation in Singapore with many
things to do and sights to see. We set down a list
of ten top Attractions and things to do but this list
is not exhaustive and there are many other besides.
We tell you a little about five of them.
1) East Coast Park
4) Little India
5) Night Safari
6) Telok Blangah Hill
7) Singapore River
8) The Esplanade
9) Downtown East
10) Malay Village
East Coast Park ─ For those who want the sun, the sand and the sea sports and excitements, head for East Coast Park and you won’t go wrong. From jogging to cycling, swimming to wind surfing, it has all the land and sea sports a sun lover will want. It is also a place where family can have picnic or barbeque.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the various leisure attractions such as bowling alley, golf driving range, tennis and squash courts. You can hire a bicycle or a pair of roller blade and brisk through the entire ‘Gold Coast’ of Singapore. You can blade though a McDonald’s restaurant, a world’s first skate thru outlet, to purchase drinks or ice cream to quench your thirst.
And when the hunger pang begins to groan after a day of activities, there are beach side restaurants, bars and pub to go for. The best part is this, there is a seafood centre located at this park. Trying out the famous Singapore chilli crab is a MUST!
Sentosa ─ Sentosa offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Singapore city. Also known as the Isle of Peace and Tranquillity, it is the perfect gateway for weekend trip, family outing or for a honeymoon. The island is located at the southern part of Singapore, it is accessible by car, bus and cable car. By cable car gives you an opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of one of the world’s busiest and best sea ports. You’ll be fascinated and mystified by the Merlion. The experience will energise you up. You ascend up Asia tallest observatory tower which gives a spectacular view of Singapore and its southern islands. What goes up must come down. And descend down into the Underwater world, one of Asia’s largest oceanariums. This will give you a close encounter with sharks and stingray before you get in touch with the pink dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon. After which go and look at how natural disasters strike at Volcano Land. Running away from the flowing lava, this will keep your heart beat in good condition for Cinemania. A safe heart racing ride at breakneck speed.
After all the day’s excitement, unwind at Sunset Bay, one of the many beach bars which also organise foam parties, at dusk. After dining, take a romantic stroll along Siloso Beach and walk across the suspend bridge to a small isle which is the southern most point of continental Asia. Watch marine world goes by while enjoying the sea breeze. Such a perfect day must end on a musical note. Catch the Musical Fountain show. It is a multi sensory show of fire jets, water geysers and computer animation.
For those who does not have enough of Sentosa for one day, there a number of hotels and resorts to stay over night.
Chinatown ─ Chinatown consists of four main districts. Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh – each have there own distinctive flavour. Its history dates back to 1821 when the first batch of Chinese immigrants arrived from Fujian province, China. The result ─ Singapore’s oldest Hokkien Temple, Thian Hock Keng, is located here. Also Singapore oldest Indian temple, Sri Mariamman Temple is here too, as the Indian immigrants settle down here first before moving off to Serangoon.
Experience the atmosphere of the “wet markets” in the early morning and catch a Chinese Opera before heading for lunch. In the afternoon, shop for Chinese antiques and herb and have a break in between with Chinese tea appreciation session. And end your day learning about cultural history of old Chinatown at the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
Little India ─ This is your chance to experience India in Singapore. This exciting, noisy and crowded precinct offers another aspect of this multi racial nation. History has it that together with founder Sir Stamford Raffles came 120 Indian assistants. They settled down at Chinatown but the enticement of cattle rearing drew them to reside at Rochor River. And thus, began the formation of Little India as we know today.
The Little India Arcade and Zhu Jiao Centre are the newly renovated shopping centres. Do not be mistaken that you are in Calcutta as the aroma of spices emerges from restaurants offer some of the best food from there. Also there are shop-houses selling handicrafts, saris and spices. Mustafa Shopping Centre is a popular shopping centre in this area among the local Indians.
Night Safari ─ This is the
world’s first night zoo. The 40 hectares award
winning attraction is located right next to the Singapore
Zoological Gardens, one of the world’s most
beautiful zoos. There are about 1200 animals, from
over 100 exotic species from countries like Africa,
South America and Nepal and India. There is a 45 minutes
tram that takes you round the Safari. Or you can walk
along one of the three walking trails. After the walk,
you can cool down and enjoy the twice nightly ‘Creatures
of the Night’ show.