The English-speaking city-state/country of Singapore gives Americans a great entry into Asia. But what to do when you’re in the Lion City? Skyscanner has you covered with the 5 best things to do in Singapore.
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1. Head to a hawker food market for something to eat
You’re never going to be hungry in Singapore as it has one of the widest selections of Asian food you can find anywhere on Earth. You can find local favorites like Hainanese chicken rice, dim sum, and the national dish of nasi lemak at food markets, like Lau Pa Sat or Maxwell Road. The food is awesome, and a person could easily get there fill at the hawkers (best spots being Max for no more than $20 USD.
2. Visit the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari for a walk on the wild side
Two of the world’s best zoological attractions happen to be in Singapore, so you simply can’t go there and not see them. The Singapore Zoo is known for how open enclosures are designed to make many of the animals look closer than they appear. Meanwhile the Night Safari – the first of its kind – gives you a tour of nocturnal animals when they’re stirring.
3. Stop and smell the orchids at the Botanic Gardens
Sometimes you need just need to take a moment to relax on your vacation. And there’s not a better place to do that than Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. You’ll find a rainforest, lakes and cool plants from around the world here. But the star of the show is the National Orchid Garden, where you’ll find 60,000 orchid plants on over seven acres.
4. Relax in the Arab Quarter
For those that are tired of all the shopping malls in Singapore (seriously, there are a lot of them), we suggest take a look at Haji Lane in the heart of the city’s Arab Quarter. Find unique designer dresses or a Persian carpet at the many unique shops. Kick back with a hookah as you look at the golden-domed Sultan Mosque, or take a tour of the inside. The possibilities here are endless.
5. See the city from a different view on the Singapore Flyer
Welcome to Singapore’s answer to the London Eye! At 541 feet tall, it’s one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world to give you a great look at the city during the 30-minute ride. Locals haven’t take a shine to it like you’d expect, which means the wait in line will be relatively small.