"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

Singapore landmark Merlion with sunrise

Zipping Through Singapore: 5 Places Every Traveller Should Visit

Geographically, it may be small, but in term of economic and cultural impact, Singapore is among the giants. It is frequently listed as one of the top destinations to go to in the Asia Pacific region. From being one of Asia’s poorest nations, Singapore has developed into one of the most prosperous, with a gross national income of US$54,530 per capita.

The city-state has since developed a dazzling array of architectural displays and cultural features beloved by tourists the world over.

So whether you’ve long been planning to visit this beautiful country or simply got the idea right after watching the film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, the places listed below should definitely be on your list:

National Museum of Singapore

For a deep dive into Singaporean history, go to the country’s largest museum. With two main galleries showcasing cultural exhibitions (e.g. food, photography, fashion, etc.), and the island nation’s history since the 14th century, the visit will surely be an educational one.

The National Museum is located at 93 Stamford Road.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

For a green escape, visit one of Singapore’s oldest parks. Housing more than 10,000 species of plants, the park serves as an orchid research and breeding centre. Visitors can also safely observe some animals living here, including monitor lizards, spotted house geckos and a variety of birds.

Singapore Botanic Gardens can be found on 1 Cluny Road, Tanglin.

1-Altitude

Whether you’re looking to indulge yourself at a private dinner venue in Singapore or the highest al fresco bar in the world, 1-Altitude is a good place to have a splendid time with family or friends. The view at night is spectacular. You’ll get a great look at Singapore’s iconic skyline.

1-Altitude is located on 1 Raffles Place, Downtown Core.

Chinatown

Even tourist spots have their charm and shoudn’t be overlooked. For the quintessential touristy adventure, head over to Chinatown. Sample all kinds of food from different hawker stalls you’ll find along the Chinatown Food Street. You can find a number of souvenirs to choose from along Pagoda Street. There is also a nearby Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum for those interested in learning about Buddhist culture in Singapore.

You can find Chinatown along Southbridge Road or Cross Street.

St. John and Lazarus Island

If you’re looking for a bit of an escape from city life, consider visiting St. John’s & Lazarus Island. Take a dip in the pristine waters or be a beach bum all day. As you make plans for this, stock up on water, snacks and other essentials you might need as there are no restaurants and shops on the island.

You can find ferry trips in Marina South Pier. It’ll take you approximately half an hour to reach the island.

Final thoughts

 

Tourists walking the streets of Singapore

Singapore may be one of the smallest countries you’ll ever visit, but it isn’t lacking in terms of cultural and tourist attractions. No doubt as you explore some of the places on this list, you’ll find many more worth sharing to others as well. Have a safe and happy trip!

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