Why Singapore is worth more than just a stopover
Singapore is a country full of exciting contrasts and is undoubtedly one of Asia’s superlatives. The ultra-modern architecture, the first-class food and the fascinating mixture of people make Singapore a unique experience that has much more to offer than just a short stopover break. The sparkling mega metropolis is one of the most important financial centers in Asia and isn’t called “a fine city” for no reason. Singapore is a country with strict standards, hard punishments and rigid moral concepts. But this should not discourage you from visiting this mega destination, because Singapore really has a lot to offer. One thing is for sure: In this country you don’t have to worry about being robbed.
Together with the travel specialist tourasia I was allowed to travel to Singapore this September to discover the hidden diversity of this country. In this article, you will find our personal travel tips for your visit to Singapore and hope to inspire you for a longer stopover in Singapore.
The Marina Barrage is a reservoir like no other. The technically sophisticated dam not only protects the city from flooding but also separates the fresh water of the river from the salt water of the sea and is, therefore, the only drinking water supply that is not elevated in the hills. But that is not all. In addition to its wide range of leisure activities for families, the dam has become a popular meeting place for the entire local population. The water in the reservoir is ideal all year round for water sports such as kayaking or dragon boat races. If you prefer to take it easy and simply take time out with friends, visit the lush green area on the roof terrace, where the local people meet for a picnic or kite flying together. Breathtaking views included!
Clark Quay & Boat Quay
The nightlife mile par excellence – numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and dance halls cavort around the busy streets around the harbor and offer something for everyone! Also during the day, it is worthwhile to make a detour here, as the streets are very suitable for a leisurely walk. But let me say one thing: the alcohol tax in Singapore is not exactly without it, so it does not beat too hard over the strands.
The highest bar in the world
Singapore is definitely not a city for drinkers, because the alcohol tax here is high, quite high even. But if you can’t stop yourself from doing so and want to enjoy a drink with the best view over the city, I recommend the 1-Altitude Bar to you. The trendy 1-Altitude Bar is with its 282m the highest bar in the world and offers besides a cool club atmosphere a breathtaking view over the whole city and is definitely worth a cocktail. Music style? R&B & Chart Hits.
If you’ve never been to India before, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like here. The lively, colorful quarter is surrounded by numerous restaurants and small shops selling saris, spices, fruit, vegetables, jasmine garlands, and other snacks.
Tip: Explore the lively life of the neighborhood comfortably on a bicycle taxi and let the Trishaw Uncles drive you around – a unique experience is guaranteed!
If you are looking for an extended shopping trip, you should definitely go to the colorful Haji Lane – a small street full of shops, original boutiques, hip bars, and cafés. Parallel to Haji Lane is Arab Street, where you can browse for traditional products such as Persian carpets and handmade perfumes.
Tip: Visit the small Selfie Café for a different coffee experience. Definitely worth a Selfie. 😉
The MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore’s oldest reservoir and the largest rainwater collection system in Singapore. The park and nature reserve at Singapore’s largest reservoir is a popular destination for joggers (11km running distance), water sports enthusiasts and of course nature lovers. The Tree Top Walk leads to a freestanding suspension bridge that connects the two highest points in MacRitchie and allows you to observe animals unobserved in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you will spot long-tailed macaques or flying lemurs.
With so many attractions and scenic natural sites, MacRitchie is a great destination for anyone who loves nature.
We had the great honor to explore the reservoir with nature conservationist Subaraj. Subaraj Rajathurai is a well-known personality in Singapore and has been committed to the protection and conservation of ecosystems for more than 35 years.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Our next stop will take us to the wetlands of Sungei Buloh, a true paradise for bird lovers and, according to Subaraj, the last stop for migratory birds before flying on to warm Australia. In addition to birds, crocodiles, crabs, and other small animals can be explored from a safe distance from the observation posts.
So if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city jungle, this is the place for you!
The Chinese Quarter is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals and offers a good mix of new and old. The local cuisine invites you to linger and the list of culinary possibilities is endless. From trendy restaurants and cafes to local food stalls, you’ll find everything your heart desires and more! The best way to discover Chinatown is on a 2-3 hour walk and simply drift through the streets.
Tip: Order food at the Foodstreetmarket, try something new and be surprised! Also, the Sugar Cane Juice has to be tried once.
In one week a Vlog for our stay in Singapore will be released on my Youtube channel. So don’t miss it! 🙂
And now it’s your turn! Do you also have a secret tip about Singapore, which you want to share with us?
This blog post was created in cooperation with tourasia & Singapore Tourism Board. The image rights belong to Remy Steiner Photography & Claudias Movement