Singapore is one of my favourite cities in the world. I just love the mixture of old and new buildings, the mix of cultures and the stunning water ways. It also makes a brilliant stop over city and it has the best airport I have ever waited around in. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed when my flight was called, as I was enjoying all the entertainment options on offer! Thinking about it, maybe this should be my top 6 things to do in Singapore, with the airport added in as the 6th!
1. Swim in the pool at the Marina Bay Sands
This swimming pool is just incredible and makes the crazy priced rooms at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel worth every penny. I have never swum anywhere like it. Whether you are in the pool in the day, or at night, the view across Singapore is stunning. I spent hours leaning against the edge of the infinity pool, taking in the view. Plus, David Beckham was swimming in this exact pool a week after I was there, so you never know, you may get to see Becks in his swimming trunks!
2. Drink a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at Raffles
Raffles hotel is stunning. It is an iconic haven in the centre of the bustling streets of Singapore. Once you step through the lobby doors you are met with peace, opulence and luxury. Walking around the courtyard is a must on the way to the long bar, as it is so tranquil there. The Long Bar itself has become some what of a tourist destination, but sometimes, this can’t be avoided in order to experience the ‘must do’ things. We were seated on a table with a great view of the bar and as we sipped on our Singapore Slings (sadly premade now) and crunched peanut shells onto the floor we felt a part of history, just for a moment.
3. Eat Chilli Crab at Jumbo Seafood in Clarke Quay
This dish is just delicious. A spicy, sticky, sweet sauce is drenched over beautifully fluffy crab meat and when you add in some dumplings for dipping into the sauce, it is just a complete gastronomic delight. The setting is also a hive of activity, right on the banks of the river with the lively night life of Clarke Quay surrounding it. You also get a bib, which is always a sign of a good meal to come. Anything that makes so much mess you have to provide people with bibs is a winner in my book.
4. Have a drink in the SuperTree by IndoChine Bar in Gardens By The Bay
Where else can you have a drink on the top of a huge tree like structure whilst looking across a stunning marina and city? This was one of my favourite nights in Singapore. You pay an entrance fee to get in but this entitles you to a free drink, so you get some of it back. We enjoyed a few cocktails, some great company and some delicious sushi snacks whilst looking out across Singapore as it was lit up at night. I seriously loved it here.
5. Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
I have just realised the majority of my must see/do things in Singapore are food and drink related (oops) so I better throw in some culture, as Singapore is full of that as well. This was one of the things I really loved about Singapore, the juxtaposition of old and new throughout the city. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is right in the centre of a built up, modern area, which makes the temple itself even more stunning, as it stands out against the background. The intricate art work, carvings and use of colours is just stunning, both outside and inside the temple. It really is a place where you can immerse yourself in, and appreciate, the history, religion and artwork that Singapore has to offer.
Ok, writing this has made me wish I was back in Singapore.
What are your top 5 things to do in Singapore? Anything you would add?