THINGS TO DO

Explore things to do in Singapore with the best shopping on your doorstep, as well as great transport links, our handy location is a great place to stay in Singapore. Whether you are in Singapore for sightseeing, shopping, nightlife or for delicious food, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Here are some of our favourite things to see and do.

 

Singapore ION Orchard

Orchard Road

One of the liveliest shopping destinations in South east Asia, Orchard Road was once a quiet lane with fruit orchards and nutmeg plantations. In the 1850s people began moving to the area and brought with them markets and temple...

Orchard Road

One of the liveliest shopping destinations in South east Asia, Orchard Road was once a quiet lane with fruit orchards and nutmeg plantations. In the 1850s people began moving to the area and brought with them markets and temples; and in 1958 C.K Tang opened the first department store. Today, Orchard Road spans more than three miles (2.2km) of shops, malls and large department stores. 

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1859, the Botanic Gardens is one of Singapore's best-known attractions. Covering 200 acres (more than 80 hectares), there are more than 10,000 species of flora in the gardens, which include the National Orchid Garden,...

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Opened in 1859, the Botanic Gardens is one of Singapore's best-known attractions. Covering 200 acres (more than 80 hectares), there are more than 10,000 species of flora in the gardens, which include the National Orchid Garden, including Vanda Miss Joachim, the national flower of Singapore. The Gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and winners of a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award.

Singapore Merlion

Merlion Park

The mythical Merlion, with the body of a fish and the face of a lion, has become the unofficial mascot of Singapore. Overlooking Singapore River, the original statue (built in 1972) is 28ft (2.8m) tall, and spouts water from it...

Merlion Park

The mythical Merlion, with the body of a fish and the face of a lion, has become the unofficial mascot of Singapore. Overlooking Singapore River, the original statue (built in 1972) is 28ft (2.8m) tall, and spouts water from its mouth. The Merlion is spectacularly lit at night, with the city skyscrapers in the background, while close by to the original Merlion is a 6ft (2m) cub.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Singapore's giant Ferris wheel offers the best views of the city skyline. At 541ft (165m), the Flyer is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world (after one in Las Vegas). Each of the 28 capsules holds up to 28 people (28 si...

Singapore Flyer

Singapore's giant Ferris wheel offers the best views of the city skyline. At 541ft (165m), the Flyer is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world (after one in Las Vegas). Each of the 28 capsules holds up to 28 people (28 signifying “double prosperity” in Cantonese).  Each ride lasts 30 minutes, and tickets can be bought for experiences such as the Singapore Sling Flight and Sky Dining for Two.

Singapore Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is located on the waterfront, south of Marina Bay, and is home to the iconic Supertrees, which measure 80-160ft (25-50m). The park consists of three gardens spanning over 250 acres (100 hectares) and includes...

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is located on the waterfront, south of Marina Bay, and is home to the iconic Supertrees, which measure 80-160ft (25-50m). The park consists of three gardens spanning over 250 acres (100 hectares) and includes the Flower Dome, the world’s largest greenhouse, and the Cloud Forest, a 115ft (35m) tall mountain that replicates tropical highlands and is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

Singapore Orangutan Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo, known locally as Mandai Zoo, is home to over 300 different species of animal, many of them thre...

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo, known locally as Mandai Zoo, is home to over 300 different species of animal, many of them threatened or endangered species including mandrills, elephants, white tigers, flamingos, tamarins, meerkats, lions, and chimpanzees. The zoo has the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world, and all the animals are kept in naturalistic, ‘open’ environments, with hidden barriers, moats or glass panels between them and visitors.

 

Singapore River Safari

Singapore River Safari

This river-themed zoo and aquarium is based around 10 different ecosystems, such as the Nile, the Yangtse, the Mississippi, and the Amazon.  It includes a boat ride called Amazon River Quest and the Giant Panda Forest, a climat...

Singapore River Safari

This river-themed zoo and aquarium is based around 10 different ecosystems, such as the Nile, the Yangtse, the Mississippi, and the Amazon.  It includes a boat ride called Amazon River Quest and the Giant Panda Forest, a climate-controlled biodome that simulates a giant pada’s natural habitat. The Forest is home to a pair of pandas called Kai and Jia Jia, and the zoo grows bamboo specially to feed them. 

Singapore Night Safari

Singapore Night Safari

The world’s first nocturnal zoo opened in 1994, and deploys lighting that resembles moonlight to make visible some of the 2,500 a...

Singapore Night Safari

The world’s first nocturnal zoo opened in 1994, and deploys lighting that resembles moonlight to make visible some of the 2,500 animals (130 species) that it houses. The Night Safari  has four walking trails as well as a 35-minute tram ride with live commentary. Cocktail and dining packages are also available but must be booked in advance.

Singapore Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is an aviary on the western slope of Jurong Hill and teaming with exuberant birds. The p...

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is an aviary on the western slope of Jurong Hill and teaming with exuberant birds. The park includes several distinct habitats including the African Waterfall Aviary with 600 free-flying birds; the Lory Loft, which provides a true rainforest environment for thousands of free-flying lorries; and the Penguin Coast, which is home to Humboldt, rock hopper, macaroni and king penguins. 

Singapore Asian Civilisation Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum, by the Singapore River, exhibits more than 1,000 artefacts exploring ...

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum, by the Singapore River, exhibits more than 1,000 artefacts exploring pan-Asian culture. The galleries are organised by themes – Trade; Faith & Belief; and Materials & Design – with daily guided tours, lectures and special exhibitions as well as free lunchtime concerts (typically once a week).

Singapore Universal Studios

Universal Studios

Thrills and spills at the Universal Studios themepark on the small island of Sentosa, all of them linked to major hit movies. Rides include the duel Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon duel rollercoaster: the red coaster is a ...

Universal Studios

Thrills and spills at the Universal Studios themepark on the small island of Sentosa, all of them linked to major hit movies. Rides include the duel Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon duel rollercoaster: the red coaster is a traditional seated one, while the blue Cylon train is “inverted”, with the trains running under the track. On Fridays and Saturdays, Universal After Hours extends its opening hours until 10pm.

Singapore Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum explores the Peranakan culture of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia and Singapore between the 15th and 17th centuries. The...

Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum explores the Peranakan culture of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia and Singapore between the 15th and 17th centuries. The museum is housed in a school building constructed in 1912, and hosts several galleries spread over three floors that showcase original clothing, artwork, furniture and other artefacts. Closed for refurbishment from 1 April 2019.

Singapore Sea Aquarium

S.E.A Aquarium

The Aquarium provides a captivating glimpse into the lives of marine animals. Watch as sharks, dolphins ...

S.E.A Aquarium

The Aquarium provides a captivating glimpse into the lives of marine animals. Watch as sharks, dolphins and rays drift past as you meander through the aquarium. Find over 100,000 animals spread out over 45 million litres of water and 49 distinct habitats here. The Open Ocean habitat is where 36 x 8 metre viewing panels provide breath-taking underwater views.

 

 

Singapore Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park

Not far away from YOTEL Singapore, Fort Canning Park is situated on a hill and steeped in history. The palaces of 14-century Malay kings once stood here, as did the headquarters ...

Fort Canning Park

Not far away from YOTEL Singapore, Fort Canning Park is situated on a hill and steeped in history. The palaces of 14-century Malay kings once stood here, as did the headquarters of the Far East Command Centre.  Today, the expansive lawns play host to weddings and tai chi sessions, as well as to festivals such as Films at the Fort, Ballet Under the Stars, and Shakespeare in the Park.

Singapore Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Built in 1881 in so-called Little India, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and is dedicated to the goddess Kali. She is depicted in a v...

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Built in 1881 in so-called Little India, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and is dedicated to the goddess Kali. She is depicted in a variety of settings including ripping apart her victims, wearing a garland of skulls as well as more peaceful scenes of her mothering her two sons. Kali has always been popular in Bengal, the birthplace of the labourers who built the temple.

Singapore Food

Chinatown

A city within a city, Chinatown’s low-rise buildings, ornate temples and vibrant street life are something of a contrast to high-tech Singapore.  A month before Chinese New Year (January or February) Chinatown is elaborately de...

Chinatown

A city within a city, Chinatown’s low-rise buildings, ornate temples and vibrant street life are something of a contrast to high-tech Singapore.  A month before Chinese New Year (January or February) Chinatown is elaborately decorated with lights and ornaments, as it is again for the Mooncake Festival in mid-autumn. Year round, you’ll find Chinatown brimming with street markets and shops selling clothing, pottery, furniture and fine food.

Singapore Masjid Jamae Mosque

Jamae Mosque

The Jamae Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore's. Built by Tamil Muslims between 1830 and 1835 on South Bridge Road in Chinatown, the mosque is home to some interesting architectural features. Worshippers enter thro...

Jamae Mosque

The Jamae Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore's. Built by Tamil Muslims between 1830 and 1835 on South Bridge Road in Chinatown, the mosque is home to some interesting architectural features. Worshippers enter through a gateway lined by two minarets with onion domes, with a palace facade above. It includes intricate features such as tiny doorways and cross-shaped windows. 

Singapore Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam is the heart of Muslim life in Singapore, featuring the historic Sultan Mosque as well as...

Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam is the heart of Muslim life in Singapore, featuring the historic Sultan Mosque as well as the Malay Heritage Centre. Visitors can enjoy seeing unique textiles, spices, carpets and craft goods from its many shop-houses. Haji Lane is the latest addition to its shopping credentials, offering independent boutiques and quirky cafes. Kampong Glam provides an antidote to flagship stores on Orchard Road.

Singapore Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Situated on the Singapore River near the Downtown Core, Clarke Quay is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor (from 1873 to 1875). Today, this block of  restored warehouses is popular with Singapore’s ex-pat...

Clarke Quay

Situated on the Singapore River near the Downtown Core, Clarke Quay is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor (from 1873 to 1875). Today, this block of  restored warehouses is popular with Singapore’s ex-pat community, who flock to the various bars and restaurants, as well as to Zouk, Singapore's award-winning nightclub, which is often home to guest appearances from international DJs. 

Singapore Vivo City

HarbourFront

HarbourFront and nearby VivoCity are two of Singapore's largest shopping malls. Both are home to national and international brands, including Smiggle, Crabtree & Evely...

HarbourFront

HarbourFront and nearby VivoCity are two of Singapore's largest shopping malls. Both are home to national and international brands, including Smiggle, Crabtree & Evelyn, Armani Exchange and Daiso; there are also plenty of cafes and restaurants, when the time comes to rest weary legs.  VivoCity has an open-air playground and a water-based Sky Park, where children can play under supervision while their parents shop.

Singapore Little India

Little India

Originally home to Singapore’s Indian community, Little India is as culturally rich as it is diverse.  The main commercial thoroughfare is Serangoon Road, where you will find shops selling traditional saris and brightly coloure...

Little India

Originally home to Singapore’s Indian community, Little India is as culturally rich as it is diverse.  The main commercial thoroughfare is Serangoon Road, where you will find shops selling traditional saris and brightly coloured jewellery as well as electronics, food, art and souvenirs.  Make sure you leave time to visit the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping centre that stocks a huge range of goods all under one roof.