The small city-state of Singapore offers a ton of options for things to do. If you’re looking for art, culture, gambling, sports of all sorts, or luxury spas, it’s the place for you. Hop a flight to this Southeast Asia getaway and explore all it has to offer. Want to check out some awesome but unique things? Look no further!
Take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin, or Granite Island, from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to see the last kampong (village) in Singapore. When you land on this island, you’ll be instantly transported back to the 1960s–back to a time when life was simpler. Rent a bike and explore the island! Be sure to check out Chek Jawa, which has awesome and rare animals, plants, and ecosystems. A little tip though, pack your Deet, because the mosquitoes run rampant on this island!
Singapore Cable Car
Shake off your fear of heights and hop aboard the Singapore Cable Car. The cable cars connect Mount Faber (on the main island of Singapore) to Sentosa, which is a resort island. The Singapore Cable Car was the first ever of its kind to run over a harbor (the Keppel Harbour, to be exact!) and opened in 1974. Soar 200 feet above the water and check out the amazing views of the city along the short journey.
Here’s another one for those of you who don’t mind heights (or can convince yourself to go anyway!). The TreeTop walk is a little over 800 feet long and 80 feet above the ground. This suspension bridge connects two of Singapore’s highest peaks: Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang and has you walking through a forest canopy, checking out tons of wildlife along the way. Something to note, however, is that to get to the TreeTop walk, you have to walk about 2 hours from the Macritchie Reservoir Park or about 1 hour from the Venus Drive car park. Make sure that you plan to be walking for about 3-5 hours total–wear the right shoes and pack some water and snacks!
Called Tekka by the local Tamil community, Little India is located across the Singapore River from Chinatown. It’s a great place to wander and get lost, taking in all this neighborhood has to offer. Check out the various places of worship from Hindu temples to Muslim mosques; follow your nose to delicious curries; and pop into a few shops to stock up on plenty of souvenirs to take home to your friends and family.
Istanas, or palaces, are aplenty in Singapore, but if you want something a bit different and are willing to work to get there (by taking a bit of a hike through some relatively thick vegetation), check out Istana Woodneuk. This is a former royal palace that is still owned by the royal family of Johor. If abandoned buildings and urban decay are what you’re into, this place is a dream.
If you’re looking to get a bit off the tourist track in Singapore, all of these options should fill that need. Just be sure to build in a bit of extra time to fit everything in.
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