Things to do and See in Singapore
Singapore is one of the most advanced places on the planet. It is expensive, fast and throbbing. It is also one of the most diverse cities in South Asia. There are people from all walks of life on this dynamic island. As expensive as it is, you will be surprised that there are plenty of places to see and things you can do for free and have fun while enjoying the sophistication of this place.
Go to a festival
There are several festivals running at different times of the year. If you are artistically oriented, go to the Singapore Night Festival. If you want to listen to some music, go to the Mosaic Music Festival and if you like some wild fun, there is the Buskers Festival.
Visit a temple
With people of diverse cultures, Singapore has different beautiful worshipping places. The oldest Hindu temple on the island called Sri Mariamman is surprisingly located in Chinatown. It has well done colourful lifelike statues. The Buddhist temple Thian Hock Keng is also worth a look. You can also see a modern day Buddhist monastery Kong Meng San Phor Kark See, which is famous for its massive bell tower. Singapore has churches too. The largest is St. Andrews Cathedral while the Armenian Church is the smallest but the oldest church on the island.
Enjoy fresh air and quiet
It is surprising that such a densely populated city can have wide open green spaces. You will see many Singaporeans escaping the urban jungle and heading to one of the parks to enjoy some quiet and fresh air. Visit the Botanic gardens at the edge of Orchard Rd. district which offers free walking tours, and enjoy some beautiful sites and scents. There is also Fort Canning Park which overlooks the central city.
Go for a hike
Walk the 10 km long Southern Ridges Trail which takes you through Mt. Faber, Telok Blangah, Kent Ridge and Hort Parks. Along the way the trail will have you walking through the forest, taking a canopy walk, and walking on the highest bridge on the Island called Henderson Waves.
Visit Baba house
The Baba family was a wealthy Peranakan family on the island in the 1920s. You can take an organized free tour every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday if you make an appointment.
Singapore has a sizeable Chinese community. Buy some trinkets on Pagoda road, or enjoy tasty Chinese dishes on Smith Street. You can also head to Little India which is an Indian enclave 2 miles Northwest of Marina bay. Enjoy spicy Indian delicacies and shop for beautiful fabrics.