Despite the fact that Singapore is small, it features a wealth of fascinating experiences that make this country different from any other ones. The city is not only renowned for the cleanliness and orderliness, but its harmonious blend of cultures and cuisines as well. Here are top 5 experiences cannot be missed if you have a chance to take Singapore shore excursions.
1. Get a panoramic city view
Being a dense, high-rise city with a striking city skyline, Singapore always brings stunning city views as long as you can grab an ideal viewing position. There are a wide range of places offering spectacular views and amazing photo opportunities. Two popular places to view the Singapore skyline from high up are the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Skypark. The Singapore Flyer is a huge Ferris-wheel like the London Eye, in which you turn a rotation in glass-encased capsules. Not only will you get great view, it will get your heart pumping as you realize you’re 541 feet off the ground.
2. Kayak through a mangrove swamp
Paddle along the coastline where the sea was a bit choppier before turning inland and entering the calmness and serenity of the mangroves. It is highly recommended to stroll through the mangroves of Khatib Bongsu in the North or in Pulau Ubin in the East, against the backdrop of lush greenery. This experience presents you with the opportunity to take your appreciation of nature, you may even spot dugongs in the wild at Pulau Ubin. You may also try some chai tow kway (fried carrot cake) and spicy otah (minced fish wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf) in an excellent hawker centre right by the pier.
3. Feast on scrumptious dishes in Hawker centers
If you are a fan of Singapore cuisine, Hawker centers are the optimal choice where you may find best street food at reasonable prices. Singapore has hundreds of hawkers centers with thousands of food stalls that you shouldn’t miss such as Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre and Chomp Chomp Food Centre.There are an impressive variety of local dishes from Chicken Rice, Fried Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Satay, Laksa, and Chilli Crab to the vegetarian Yong Tau Fu dish.
4. Shopping along Orchard Road
The world-renowned Orchard Road will delight any shopaholics with its collection of single mall along this notoriously addictive tree-line promenade. Pristine malls line this bustling one-way street in Southeast Asia’s shopping capital. Swathes of shoppers barely feel the day’s humidity as they glide between air-conditioned plazas. Drop in at Tangs, a local Singapore institution with its luxurious cosmetic hall next to Orchard MRT, or the Far East Plaza for cut-price tailoring and electronics. Orchard Road has some gorgeous new malls that are worth visiting just to be wowed by their innovative architecture and visual displays.
5. Follow the Singapore river
Hop on a bum boat, which transported goods from the harbor to the warehouses along the river’s edge, and immigrants from all over Asia lived along the river. While you can stroll along the riverside promenade, you may catch the views of gleaming skyscrapers juxtaposed with colonial-era buildings, restored conservation warehouses, historical bridges, and riverside sculptures.