There are few places on Earth as diverse as Singapore. Being a multicultural society, Singapore is home to a wide array of communities, cultures and people, each having a rich heritage all of their own. It is the combination of these individual elements that makes Singapore such an exciting place to live and work, with activities for everyone to enjoy. Art enthusiasts can visit the numerous galleries and exhibitions the city has to offer, while history buffs can explore a multitude of heritage centres and history museums. Those with the energy can revel in a vibrant nightlife scene, and there are also plenty of activities and events available for the family. We have included a few of our favourites below to get you started:
Take a spin on the Singapore Flyer
At 165m tall, Singapore’s giant observation wheel towers over its London rival by a good 30m. Offering unparalleled views of the city, eagle-eyed observers can spot Marina Bay, the Singapore River, The Esplanade, Raffles Place and Merlion Park. A great time to take a ride is at dusk, when the entire row of downtown skyscrapers is softly lit against the background of the early evening sky. Back on the ground, grab a meal at Seafood Paradise (a popular local restaurant specialising in dishes such as chilli crabs and drunken prawns) or experience the thrill of piloting a 737 at Flight Experience, Singapore’s first real flight simulator.
Travel back in time at Chinatown Heritage Centre
While the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum draw larger crowds, it is well worth seeking out this hidden gem right in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown district. Entire sets of bedrooms, kitchens and street scenes from the late 19th and early 20th century have been recreated in three old slophouses along Pagoda Street. The exhibits cover the arduous long journeys made from rural Chinese provinces, right through to the seedy underground practices of gambling dens and secret societies rife at the turn of last century. This glimpse into history chronicles the establishment of Singapore as an increasingly influential seaport and business hub, made all the more fascinating by the sight of soaring skyscrapers located just a few streets away.
Have a wander in the Botanic Gardens
Join the runners, dog walkers and practitioners of tai-chi in the Botanic Gardens. Between the hours of 5am and midnight you can admire over 1000 species of orchids and over 2000 hybrid species of plants, a technicolor delight!
Pamper yourself at Spa Botanica
Should you find yourself exhausted from all the activities on offer, it might be time to indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Winner of accolades such as Best Luxury Resort Spa and Best Luxury Destination Spa, Spa Botanica is home to Asia’s first mud pools, float pools and some intriguingly titled ‘meditation labyrinths’!
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