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36 Reasons Why You Should Visit Singapore

If you are busy planning out potential travel destinations for the coming year, here's why you visit Singapore.

Located just off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula is Singapore. With a name derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “lion city”, once you visit Singapore, you’ll soon see why it’s a natural king of the jungle when it comes to bucket list travel destinations.

Background on Singapore Tourism

Singapore is a globally renowned travel destination known for its blend of modernity, culture, and natural beauty. As a bustling metropolis, it offers a wide array of attractions that cater to various types of travelers, including families, couples, and singles.

Singapore attracts millions of tourists each year. In 2019, before the pandemic, it welcomed around 19.1 million visitors. Post-pandemic, the tourism sector has been recovering steadily, with strong efforts to boost travel and tourism through various initiatives and campaigns.

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Why It’s Great For Couples, Families, And Singles

Here are a few attractions and locations that make Singapore perfect for anybody.

Family-Friendly Attractions

  • Universal Studios Singapore: A theme park offering rides, shows, and attractions for all ages.
  • Singapore Zoo and Night Safari: Known for their unique and interactive wildlife experiences.
  • Sentosa Island: A resort island with beaches, adventure parks, and family-friendly attractions like S.E.A. Aquarium.

Romantic Spots for Couples

  • Marina Bay Sands: An iconic hotel with an infinity pool offering stunning city views.
  • Gardens by the Bay: Futuristic gardens with beautiful Supertree structures and the Flower Dome.
  • Changi Point Coastal Walk: A scenic walkway perfect for romantic strolls.

Activities for Singles

  • Vibrant Nightlife: Areas like Clarke Quay and Orchard Road are packed with bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.
  • Shopping: World-class shopping experiences at places like Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands Shoppes.
  • Cultural Exploration: Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam offer rich cultural experiences and culinary delights.

Best Times To Visit Singapore

The best time to visit Singapore is between February and April when the weather is slightly cooler and less rainy, offering comfortable conditions for outdoor activities. Singapore’s tropical rainforest climate ensures warm temperatures year-round, ranging between 25-31°C (77-88°F).

December and January are also popular months due to holiday festivities, though they experience higher rainfall. The Southwest Monsoon season from June to September should be avoided due to heavier rains and occasional haze from regional forest fires. This period outside the monsoon season provides the optimal experience for enjoying Singapore’s diverse attractions.

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36 Best Reasons To Visit Singapore

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best reasons to visit Singapore!

1. It’s A Foodie’s Paradise

Whether you opt to eat at a world-renowned restaurant, a local modern eatery, or one of the city’s many bustling hawker centers, there’s no doubt that one of Singapore’s biggest draw cards is the food. Foodies who visit Singapore will not be disappointed. For such a small region, Singapore has an extensive array of restaurants that offer cuisines from all over the world to suit any budget.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway when it comes to eating in Singapore is the hundreds of hawker centers found all over the region, where tourists can sink their teeth into a delicious meal for under $10. Think of Singapore’s hawker centers as the love child of street food markets and mall food courts. Sounds like the perfect place to wet your appetite, right?  Hawkers like Newton Food Circus and Maxwell Hawker Center offer dozens of things to nibble on and try out, from fresh seafood to laksa, and plenty of local-style desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth.

We’re not kidding when we say it’s a foodie’s paradise. In fact, here are 4 standalone dishes that are worth visiting Singapore for.

2. Hainanese Chicken Rice

Often regarded as the national dish of Singapore, this simple yet flavorful dish consists of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and usually with cucumber garnishes.

3. Chili Crab

A famous Singaporean seafood dish, chili crab features succulent crabs cooked in a tangy, spicy tomato-based sauce.

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4. Hokkien Mee

A noodle dish made from a mix of egg and rice noodles, stir-fried with egg, prawns, and squid in a rich, flavorful broth.

5. Bak Kut The

A peppery pork rib soup that translates to “meat bone tea,” typically served with rice or fried dough fritters.

6. The City Comes Alive At Night

Party animals this one is for you! Since Singapore has some of the best bars in Asia, the nightlife makes this spot even more appealing. In fact, Singapore is always a top contender in Asia, with many local haunts frequenting the World’s Best 50 Bars list each year. This year the city had three of its best bars make the top 20 on the list, like sexy hotel bar, Manhattan, Atlas, and Jigger & Pony, which featured among the top 10.

In addition to the glorious list of bars to frequent during your stay, one of the liveliest after-dark areas is Clark Quay. Set against a picturesque body of water, its colorful boulevards offer both bar-hoppers and dancing queens a chance to indulge in their after-dark activities at clubs like Attica and Zirca.

If the places above didn’t pique your interest, take a look at these 3 night life locations that are worth visiting Singapore for.

7. Orchard Road

While famous for its shopping, Orchard Road also transforms into a lively nightlife hub after dark. With trendy rooftop bars, chic lounges, and late-night dining options, it’s a great place to experience Singapore’s cosmopolitan vibe.

8. Haji Lane

Known for its bohemian charm, Haji Lane is a hotspot for eclectic nightlife. This narrow street in the Kampong Glam district features a mix of quirky bars, live music venues, and cozy cafes, making it a favorite among those seeking a more laid-back and artsy evening out.

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9. Ann Siang Hill

A trendy enclave located near Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill offers a mix of stylish rooftop bars, speakeasies, and chic dining spots. The area is perfect for those looking to explore unique cocktail creations and enjoy an upscale, intimate nightlife experience away from the hustle and bustle.

10. The Greenery

Another obvious reason for why Singapore is beautiful, and nicknamed the Garden City is because of its incredible greenery. The destination offers eco-attractions unlike anything else in the world. In fact, it is likely to feel otherworldly. From the world-famous Singapore Zoo with its ‘open cavity design where animals are kept in large enclosures surrounded by moats and non-intrusive barriers, to Gardens by the Bay with its Supertree Grove, which features a collection of giant metal vertical gardens. But make sure you don’t miss out on Haw Par Villa’s mythological sculptures, and of course the Botanic Gardens. Singapore basically promises that any flora and fauna lover will be amazed by every sight and sound.

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Want some more reasons to visit Singapore? Take a look at these 4 eco-tourist attractions!

11. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

A haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, this reserve offers a glimpse into Singapore’s rich biodiversity. Visitors can explore mangroves, mudflats, and freshwater ponds, spotting migratory birds, mudskippers, and even saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitats.

12. Pulau Ubin

A rustic island that offers a glimpse into Singapore’s past, Pulau Ubin is a great escape for nature lovers. Visitors can cycle through lush forests, visit the Chek Jawa Wetlands, and explore the island’s diverse ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrass lagoons, and coastal forests.

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13. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Home to Singapore’s highest peak, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a primary rainforest that offers hiking trails and rich biodiversity. Nature enthusiasts can explore the dense rainforest, spot native wildlife, and enjoy the serene environment, making it a must-visit for eco-tourists.

14. MacRitchie Reservoir

A popular spot for nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts, MacRitchie Reservoir offers scenic trails, kayaking, and the famous TreeTop Walk. This suspension bridge offers a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy, providing a unique perspective on the lush greenery and diverse wildlife of Singapore’s central catchment area.

Apart from bans on gum, there are a couple of other interesting methods Singapore uses to keep clean.

15. It’s Squeaky Clean

If you visit Singapore, you’ll probably be awed by how clean the city is. Despite welcoming a large influx of tourists on a regular basis, Singapore still manages to maintain its spot amongst the cleanest cities in the world. Thanks to its extremely strict rules which apply to both citizens and foreigners about spitting and littering, the city ensures cleanliness and eco-friendliness. This includes heavy fines for littering, a gum-chewing ban, and laws against trees being cut in protected areas. More cities should take a page from Singapore’s book here.

Apart from bans on gum, there are a couple of other interesting methods Singapore uses to keep clean.

16. Automated Waste Collection

The Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS) uses underground vacuum tubes to transport waste directly from residential areas to collection points, reducing litter and odors.

17. Smart Technology

The use of sensors and data analytics helps optimize street cleaning schedules and waste collection routes, ensuring efficient and timely maintenance of public spaces.

18. Eco-Friendly Policies

Comprehensive recycling programs and initiatives such as the Zero Waste Masterplan aim to minimize waste generation and promote recycling and sustainable living.

19. Green Building Standards

The Green Mark Certification promotes the construction of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier urban environment.

20. Cultural Diversity

It probably comes as no surprise that this cosmopolitan city is a literal cultural melting pot. Not only does Singapore leave all its neighboring countries in the dust when it comes to cultural and religious diversity, but anyone who steps foot into the city will easily fit in – regardless of their background. Singapore has four official languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English, and celebrates national holidays of many different global religions. Since this island nation is, after all, a foodie’s paradise – all this cultural diversity also translates into the kitchen. So, visitors can indulge in culinary and religious experiences from countries all over the world.

Apart from its 4 official languages, Singapore’s also home to many different cultural neighbourhoods. Here are 3 examples.

21. Chinatown

A vibrant district showcasing Chinese heritage with traditional shops, temples, and Chinese New Year celebrations.

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22. Little India

A bustling area rich in Indian culture, known for its temples, colorful festivals like Deepavali, and aromatic spices.

23. Kampong Glam

The historic Malay-Muslim quarter featuring the iconic Sultan Mosque, Arab Street, and a variety of Middle Eastern eateries.

24. The Marina Bay Sands

Of course, the iconic 3-pronged Marina Bay Sands hotel is a focal point of Singapore. Instantly recognizable, and visible from miles around, not only does it look the part, but the massive complex is also a good place to hit after dark. Highlights of Marina Bay Sands include the uber-chic CÉ LA VIE bar on the 57th floor, a 360-degree observation deck perched right at the top of the three towers, and of course being able to channel your inner Instagram influencer alongside the world’s longest elevated infinity pool, as the Singapore skyline twinkles in the background.

If you’re not already writing down “Visit the Marina Bay Sands” on your itinerary, here are a few more reasons why you should visit.

25. Infinity Pool

The world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, offering stunning views of Singapore’s skyline from the 57th floor.

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26. SkyPark Observation Deck

A spacious viewing platform providing panoramic views of the city, Gardens by the Bay, and the Marina Bay area.

27. Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

A luxury shopping mall with high-end brands, fine dining restaurants, and a canal offering gondola rides.

28. ArtScience Museum

A distinctive lotus-shaped building hosting interactive exhibitions that blend art, science, culture, and technology.

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29. Shop Till You Drop

Shopaholics will definitely have a reason to visit Singapore. Wait until you set your sights on the bustling shopping centers in Marina Bay and Orchard Road. The latter of which boasts nearly two dozen malls lining the two kilometers connecting Orchard MRT and Somerset MRT.

But if you time your trip around the annual Great Singapore Sale prices are slashed to bargain levels across the island. If you want to be extra savvy, try fly out through Changi Airport to take advantage of Singapore’s tax-free shopping policies, where the 7% Goods and Service Tax (GST) levied on shopping in Singapore can be refunded before your flight. This is thanks to their Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS).

There are a ton of malls you could visit – and they’d all be great. But here are 3 malls that should definitely be a part of your trip.

30. ION Orchard

A premier shopping destination on Orchard Road, featuring luxury brands, high-end fashion, and a variety of dining options. The mall’s unique architecture and stunning night-time facade make it a must-visit.

31. VivoCity

Singapore’s largest shopping mall, located near Sentosa Island. It offers a wide range of retail stores, entertainment options including a rooftop amphitheater, and family-friendly attractions like a sky park and water feature.

32. Jewel Changi Airport

An iconic shopping and entertainment complex located at Changi Airport, featuring a wide array of shops, the stunning Rain Vortex indoor waterfall, a lush indoor garden, and various dining options.

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8. Architectural Prowess

From hyper-modern futuristic condos, and Art-Deco-inspired buildings to the colonial-era Raffles Hotel and classic Peranakan-era shophouses, everywhere you look in Singapore is like something out of Architectural Digest. You can easily fill an entire itinerary with Singapore’s hidden architectural gems.

Ready to fill that itinerary? Let’s get you started with 3 must-visits.

34. The Parkview Square Building

Often referred to as the “Gotham Building” due to its Art Deco design reminiscent of New York City’s iconic structures, this building features ornate details, grand statues, and a luxurious lobby bar known as Atlas.

35. The Red Dot Design Museum

Housed in a striking red colonial-era building, this museum showcases innovative design works and hosts exhibitions that celebrate creativity and design excellence.

36. The Interlace

An award-winning residential complex known for its unique and unconventional design, featuring a series of interlocking blocks stacked in a hexagonal arrangement, creating a distinctive and eye-catching structure.

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