A wonderful mix of culture, metropolitan delights, and awe-inspiring green spaces, Singapore is an unforgettable destination. The Gardens by the Bay are a must-see. Techno-trees, which light up as the sun sets, are just the beginning. There are sculptures and a cloud forest, complete with waterfalls to discover. You can walk between the "supertrees" on the OCBC Skyway, with views of the gardens, city, and sea.
Singapore's historic City Hall and Old Supreme Court buildings now form the city's breathtaking National Gallery, connected by a glass canopy. Spend an afternoon taking in some spectacular 19th-century and modern art, including pieces by great Singaporean artists such as Chua Mia Tee and Liu Kang. Food lovers should explore Chinatown. Restaurants and hawkers serving authentic Chinese food are here, as well as the chance to shop for souvenirs. You can also see the oldest temple in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng.
With 11 different zones and over 300 species, Singapore Zoo is worth a visit during your stay. It houses the largest colony of orangutans in the world and interactive exhibitions. If spotting wildlife in a more natural habitat is your thing, the MacRithchie Reservoir is for you. This jungle escape's trails meander through rainforest, past the calm water's edge and a treetop walk with a suspension bridge. You can see long-tailed macaque monkeys, blue-rumped parrots, or monitor lizards as well as the rather ornate jade tree snails. However you spend your time in Singapore, you are sure to create lasting memories.
Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore's southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk, and monorail. Explore lush rainforests, relax on golden beaches, or experience the views from Fort Siloso Skywalk.
To avoid the crowds, stick to weekday visits. Late afternoons and evenings are also generally quieter. At 7:45 and 8:45 p.m., the Supertrees twinkle and glow for the spectacular Garden Rhapsody show. Make sure to pre-book any exhibits or attractions that are ticketed to avoid disappointment.
You can hike through the Southern Ridges, a series of parks and hills connecting Kent Ridge Park to Mt. Faber and the Labrador Nature Reserve. The entire 10-kilometer route is relatively easy. Highlights include forest-canopy walkways and the chance to cross the spectacular Henderson Waves, a bridge suspended 36 meters above the ground.
Baba House is one of Singapore's best-preserved Peranakan heritage homes, built in the 1890s. The only way to see inside is on a guided or self-guided tour, which are held are held Tuesdays to Fridays. Self-guided tours are on Saturdays. Booking is essential. Keep your eyes peeled for the tenong, a wedding gift box, which takes pride of place among the period furniture and antiques.
As well as Michelin-starred restaurants and street-food stalls, local dishes such as laksa broth and chicken rice can be found across the city. Hawker centers are a Singaporean way of life, serving food and drink like tian tian curry, yong tau foo, Hakka Chinese cuisine, or bak kut teh, a pork rib dish served in broth.