Weekend Breaks to Singapore
Planning a short break to Singapore? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Singapore. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Singapore. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Singapore on a Short Break
Nearly everyone who comes to Singapore ends up at Raffles Hotel sooner or later. The hotel has seen its fair share of kings and queens, presidents and movie stars while the rest of the population who for some reason or the other cannot stay there are free to come and marvel and gaze at its elegance and style. The hotel opened in 1887 and exactly one hundred years later in 1987, it was declared a national monument.
While you are there, you may as well try the Singapore Sling, a cocktail invented at Raffles in 1915.
For more info go to: www.raffleshotel.com
The east coast district towards the airport has a popular beach where Singaporeans usually escape for a day on the beach.
But if you want to do something more enterprising than lying on the beach, you can visit the Malay Cultural Village in the area, which is a Malay theme park with a museum. Next door in is the Geylang Serai Market that you can wonder through for more cultural insights and perhaps pick up a thing or two in the way of shopping.
Changi is a village at the far eastern end of Singapore for the which the international airport in Singapore, Changi International Airport, is named after. Although Changi no longer has traditional kampong houses it still retains its village atmosphere and will you an insight into Singaporean life. Do not miss the Changi Prison Museum which chronicles the prisoner of war camp operated by the Japanese during the second world war. There are buses running to Changi from Bugis Junction.
Singapore is predominantly Chinese and so this district, with the sights and flavour of India tells a different side to the city. Firstly, the area is a good hunting ground for spices and off course Indian food through the many restaurants and food stalls.
On another note, there are places of interest like the Temple of 1 000 Lights on the Race Course Rd, a spectacular building which has a 15 m high seated Buddha that sits in a halo of lights.
There is a market called Zhujiao Centre where fortune tellers will do their utmost to get you to see what lies ahead in your future. And if you want to touch up on your beauty, you can always have a henna tracery treatment in one of the many beauty parlours in the area. All in all, the atmosphere in Little India is as if you are in a bazaar, colourfu and busy.
West of the city centre in this district are two adjoining Chinese and Japanese gardens. If you know anything about oriental gardens, you will know that they are designed not only be to visually appealing but soothing and peaceful as well.
The Chinese Garden recreates a classic Chinese imperial garden with twin pagoda's, rockeries, a tea gallery and other Chinese architecture. The Japanese garden emphasizes simplicity with stone lanterns, shrubs, Zen rock gardens and traditional summer houses.
The Singapore Science Centre is also in this locality.
This zoo specialises in south east Asian animals where you can find the komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, and the largest group of orang utans in captivity. It is an open zoo where few of the animals are behind cages and bars which should please wildlife lovers.
If you miss this one, there will never be such an opportunity again because this is the world's first and only night zoo.
There are over 1 200 animals of various species that can be viewed either by tram or on foot through one of the walking trails. The Night Safari has created geographical regions like the south east Asia rain forests, the African Savanna, the South American pampas and the Burmese jungles to ensure that the animals are in an authentic environment.
North of the Singapore river which runs through the city is this district that, as the name suggests, is the symbol of colonial Singapore. Parliament is in the area as well as the stately Raffles Hotel.
Other places of interest are the Empress Palace building which was built in 1865 that houses a museum, art and antique galleries and a chic restaurant. There are some historic churches as well like St Andrews Cathedral and the Cathedral of Good Shepherd.
This is Singapore's most visited attraction where you can basically take your pick from the wide selection of things to do. There are museums, aquariums, beaches, sporting facilities, walks, rides and restaurants. You could describe it as Singapore's tourist corner as nothing here is rushed but is rather geared for just idling the time away.
There are lots of camping grounds, hostels, and luxury hotels. A day is not enough to take in all the sights.
This is the Muslim Centre of Singapore with everything that you would expect from this community that has a very old and rich history. Although the merchandise of silks, sarongs, rattan goods and flower essences that stick out in this community identifies the people and their culture but this part of the city tells more than that.
The buildings tell their story and while a lot has changed over the centuries, the rich culture is something that doesn't easily change and which is what makes this area so appealing. One of the things to see is the Grand Sultan Mosque, the biggest and liviest mosque in Singapore whie another, the Malabar Muslim Jama-ath Mosque is considered the most beautiful.
This nature reserve is one of two rainforests in the world within a city boundary. It contains more species of plants than the entire North American continent. There are over 800 species of indigenous pants including giant trees, ferns and indigenous wild flowers. All you have to do is just keep walking and nature comes alive before your very eyes.
There is some wildlife too as well like macaques, lemurs, pythons and others that you would expect to find in such a rich geographical area..
Carlsberg Sky Tower Sentosa Island
The Carlsberg Sky Tower is an absolute must see for everyone!! The Carlsberg Sky Tower is a public observation tower on Sentosa Island. It is situated in the Imbiah Lookout zone in the centre of Sentosa and can be reached by Cable Car, Sentosa Luge Chair Lift or by bus. The tower consists of a 110m high column and a constantly revolving cabin, which takes passengers with a speed of 1.2m per minute to a height of 131m above sea level. Up to 72 people can sit in the air-conditioned cabin and enjoy a 360° view of Sentosa, Singapore and the Southern Islands. Even the outlines of Malaysia and Indonesia can be seen on clear days. Passengers also listen to an informative commentary on key points of interest during the 7- minutes ride.
Clarke Quay Boat Quay - Local Interest
A very pleasant evening out for singles, couples and families is by the riverside at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. Restaurants, bars and street food hawkers abound at all budgets. Bric a brac is for sale and live bands are on usually on weekends. A flea market is held on Sunday. It is a very pleasant atmosphere and one can spend a few hours here quite nicely.
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