The Real Singapore Sling
Situated on a perimeter of just 269 square miles, for such a small place, Singapore is known to pack a lot of punch. As the world’s most rapidly growing economy and a premiere business hub, you may soon enough find yourself on your way to a meeting in this global capital. However, as many visitors pass through Singapore without much working knowledge of what the city-state has to offer, they tend to miss out on an opportunity to scope out one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Here are a few ways to indulge your inner excursionist on the fly in fabulous Singapore.
Stand tall, fly high
If time is a factor during your stay, it is imperative that you at least have a visit to the Singapore Flyer, where you can go inside the world’s largest rotating observation deck. With an absolutely stunning 360 degree full panoramic view of the city, this 541 foot tall Ferris wheel offers phenomenal views of Marina Bay and the Singapore Grand Prix, and you can even catch a glimpse of a couple of the Indonesian islands, as well as Johor, Malaysia. The Flyer can hold about 30 people per capsule and if you’re not in the mood to wait in lines offers an express boarding service for a bit extra. You can also save time by buying Singapore Flyer tickets ahead of time online.
Singapore is a busy place that is constantly moving. If you’re looking to just take breather and relax, Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great option. Free to visitors (with the exception of the orchid garden) and open at very convenient hours, the beauty of the Saraca stream, or the spacious open palm fields known as ‘Palm Valley’ is a great way to escape from an otherwise hectic city. The botanical gardens most notable attraction is the National Orchid Garden, sporting more than 6,000 orchids from more than 400 different species. Located in the Gardens highest hill, the orchid gardens spreads an area of over 7.4 acres.
See the pride of Singapore
One of Singapore’s most interesting landmarks is the innovative and modernized National Museum. Built with the intention of presenting history beyond cut and dry traditional display, the museum has a plethora of interactive and modern galleries that bring history to life. Whether you being recited history by someone who was actually a part of it at the Singapore History gallery, or smelling spices and feeling the life of city’s street life through sound fixings at the food gallery, you can be rest assured that the museum was built with all the senses in mind.
Go for a walk
An Original Singapore Walk to be exact. Widely considered to be one of the best ways to gain a first-hand understanding of the city, this service allowed you to choose amongst a variation of different walking presentations that focus on different parts of Singapore’s uniquely diverse history, engaging the more unexplored, yet relevant nooks you may never have thought to explore, including cemeteries, markets and the setting where historical battles once took place.
One of the most important historical landmarks in the city, the riverside Clarke Quay, was once a polluted trade center residing in the Singapore River that has since become a booming hotspot. Converted warehouses now house delicious restaurants and popping nightclubs, creating a terrific casual and expressly social atmosphere. For a romantic night on the town, Clarke Quay presents seemingly endless options for cuisine, and once you’ve eaten, have a few drinks on one of the available up-river boat cruises, where you can catch a beautiful nighttime view of the city while embracing some of its well-lit landmarks.
– Philip J. Heijmans