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21 Reasons You Need to Visit Singapore

It’s one of the coolest cities in the world. Don’t believe us? Here are 21 Reasons you need to visit Singapore TODAY!

Marina Bay Singapore.

It has one of the world’s best airports

Singapore’s Changi Airport is consistently voted among the best airports in the world. It has won the accolade “World’s Best Airport” at the World Airport Awards 12 times.

Not only that, but it is also home to the world’s largest indoor fountain. The HSBC Rain Vortex is 40m tall and can be found in Jewel Changi, attached to Terminal 1.

The food scene is out of this world

Singapore is a food paradise. The melting pot of cultures here means an incredible variety of food and so you are spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisines and restaurants.

You should head to one of Singapore’s best hawker centres to indulge in some of the incredible local Singapore food on offer, or treat yourself to a night at one of the city’s 53 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Aerial view of Ce La Vi on top of Marina Bay Sands.

You can enjoy cocktails with a view at some of the world’s best rooftop bars

With so many buildings crammed into a small island, it is no surprise that rooftop bars in Singapore are a thing.

And with such an incredibly picturesque skyline… what better way to appreciate it than with a drink in hand?!

The public transport system is one of the best in the world – and it’s cheap

Singapore’s public transport system is cheap, clean, air-conditioned and efficient.

Most visitors to Singapore choose the MRT (underground/subway) thanks to its ease of use, and it will connect you to most places you will want to go as a visitor. The public bus is equally as efficient.

Even taxis and ride-shares are reasonably priced in Singapore compared to most major cities.

Overland train in Singapore.

You can indulge in the most delicious seafood dish of all time

Did somebody say Chilli Crab? The nation’s unofficial national dish is a must-try for anyone visiting Singapore. 

The dish features fresh crabs stir-fried in a spicy tangy tomato and chilli sauce. Tuck in your napkin and use your fingers to get stuck in. It’s a messy business, but totally worth it!

It has a very cool national symbol: the Merlion

What is a Merlion, you ask? It is a mythical creature that is half lion and half fish. 

There are six Merlion statues around the city but you can find the most iconic one at One Fullerton in the Marina Bay area of the city. It’s the perfect spot to snap a souvenir photo.

Marina Bay Sands light show.

It’s one of the world’s most picturesque cities

Want to fill up your feed with incredible photos? You’ll find an abundance of Instagrammable spots in Singapore.

With its iconic skyline, lush greenery, and vibrant culture, it’s a treasure trove of photogenic hotspots. From heritage sites and colourful neighbourhoods to modern architectural marvels and serene nature reserves, you’ll be spoiled for choice. 

There are some really cool neighbourhoods to explore

Singapore is divided up into some really cool neighbourhoods, each with its own unique ambience and charm.

From the more tourist-trod areas such as Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Gelam, to the more off-the-trodden path areas such as Tiong Bahru, Katong and Holland Village, there are plenty nooks and crannies to discover.

Sultan Mosque Singapore

There’s always something to celebrate

Thanks to its multi-cultural population you can always expect there to be some kind of festival taking place in Singapore.

From Chinese New Year, to Deepavali to Hari Raya Puasa or the Singapore Grand Prix, there is always something culturally or socially exciting going on in Singapore. 

There’s some really cool street art to discover

The street art scene has really exploded in Singapore in recent years. Of course, graffiti is strictly frowned upon in Singapore, so most of this art has been officially commissioned. But that doesn’t stop it from being cool.

You’ll find some of this awesome Singapore street art in Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Gelam. Also, check out the Gelam Gallery, Singapore’s first outdoor art gallery on Muscat Street. It’s home to murals and framed art from over 30 artists

Street art in Singapore Chinatown.

365 days of Summer weather

Singapore is a year-round destination. No matter what time of year you visit, you can expect it to be hot and humid… with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms and showers. 

That being said, don’t believe the hype about it always raining in Singapore. Sunny days are plentiful.

You can shop til you drop

Shopaholics rejoice! Shopping is a major pastime in Singapore. Head to Orchard Road for one of the world’s largest concentrations of shopping malls. You’ll find everything from top designer boutiques to high street fashion stores.

If you prefer cheap and cheerful souvenir shopping, then the market stalls and roadside family-run stores around Chinatown, Little India and Bugis will be more your thing.

The architecture is incredible 

From restored shophouses to colonial masterpieces to the most impressive modern skyscrapers, lovers of unique architecture will find eye candy at every turn. 

For incredible neoclassical and colonial architecture, take a walk around the Civic District. For beautifully preserved shophouses, check out Chinatown, Little India and Katong.

If you’re a lover of modern architectural marvels, be sure to check out Marina Bay Sands, the ArtScience Museum, Jewel Changi Airport, the Helix Bridge, and the Apple Store at Marina Bay.

There are loads of fun FREE things to do 

Singapore is known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world… BUT there are loads of great free things to do in Singapore too.

Some of our favourites include:

  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
  • Jewel Rain Vortex
  • MacRitchie Reservoir Treetop Walk
  • Fort Siloso
Sentosa Island Beach with palm trees.

It’s a modern metropolis but has beaches too

Although photos of Singapore usually display skyscrapers and supertrees, there’s also a whole beach scene going on over on Sentosa Island.

You can spend the day bar hopping along the beach, hanging in one of the super-cool beach clubs, or just lay out a towel under a palm tree and watch the container ships drift by.

You can visit several world-class visitor attractions 

It’s not all about architecture, food and culture. Singapore does visitor attractions really well too.

It’s home to Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park, one of the world’s largest aquariums, the SEA Aquarium, one of the world’s most renowned zoos, the Singapore Zoo and one of the world’s most famous botanical gardens, Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the bay skywalk

It has an incredible selection of amazing hotels

Everybody has heard of Raffles Hotel and Marina Bay Sands, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. There is an abundance of amazing luxury hotels in Singapore. They offer incredible views, world-class restaurants, rooftop swimming pools and first-class service.

More of a boutique hotel fan? You’ll find an abundance of them too. Even the budget hotels and mid-range hotels in Singapore are a step-up from most other hotels around the world.

It is one of the greenest cities in the world. 

Known as a “City in Garden”, almost 50% of Singapore is green spaces, including parks, nature reserves, and gardens

Especially surprising and particularly unique, is the areas of preserved rainforest, reservoirs and wetlands within the concrete metropolis. At Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, you can find more tree species in one hectare than the whole of North America!

Brightly coloured orchids at National Orchid Garden Singapore.

You can admire the world’s largest collection of orchids

Set within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Orchid Garden is the world’s largest tropical orchid garden, with over 1000 species of orchid and 2000 hybrids on display.

This famous tourist attraction is known for its ‘celebrity’ orchid hybrids, created for visiting dignitaries and celebrities. These include the Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Ricky Martin and Jacky Chan orchids. 

It is clean and safe

Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, thanks to the severe penalties that are issued for even small crimes. 

According to the 2022 Global Peace Index, Singapore ranked 9th safest country in the world. As a city-state, Singapore also ranks as the second-safest city in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).