International travel is finally back on the table, and our travel-hungry hearts couldn’t be fuller. We are so ready for all these sensations; the excitement of planning the trip, the anticipation of flying, and the thrill of landing somewhere new.
At the top of our list of excursions? Singapore, of course. We might be slightly biased, given that we just launched Urban List Singapore, but this electric city ticks all the travel boxes. Vibrant nightlife, Grammar-worthy greenery and cultural highlights – we’ll see you on the first flight there, courtesy of Singapore Airlines.
Although these guys have kept in touch between Australia and Singapore for the past couple of years, they are quite happy to welcome holidaymakers back. Make up those vacation plans – here are five things you must do in Singapore.
Now that adventures in Singapore are finally back on the agenda, be sure to travel with Singapore Airlines to kick start the good times as soon as you board your flight. From their dedicated, personalized service and binge-worthy entertainment to delicious bites, you can book with confidence knowing you’ll be well taken care of, arriving safely fresh and ready to maximize your vacation.
Sample tastes and sips
For its modest square footage, Singapore has one of the best food scenes in Southeast Asia. From more gourmet street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s a dish for every budget. As for hawker-style markets, head to the Maxwell Food Center and sample bank-friendly bites at over 100 stalls. We know for sure that Maxwell’s Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of the best in town.
And let’s not forget the bar scene – whether it’s creative cocktails or craft beers, Singapore knows how to deliver a killer sip. We’ll catch you having a drink filled with local ingredients at The Native or soaking up the sparkling views from the rooftop at the Lantern Bar. In fact, Singapore’s watering holes regularly top the list of the world’s 50 best bars, so you’re in good hands.
Soak up the history and culture
Singapore’s pristine streets are brimming with history and culture, ready to satisfy any history buff’s travel schedule. Whether you love immersive art experiences, royal temples, or colorful architecture, you’ll find it here.
For a taste of pastel life, plug Joo Chiat and Katong into Google Maps. This ‘hood is all about Peranakan culture, slinging handcrafted products from dreamy colorful facades. Meanwhile, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple are ways to connect with some of Singapore’s many cultural influences. For traditional museum and gallery vibes, visit the National Museum of Singapore and the National Gallery.
Immerse yourself in nature
Singapore has been touted as the ‘Garden City’, and let’s just say it doesn’t disappoint. From the moment you enter Jewel at Changi Airport, it’s clear that this city cares about greenery. Here you’ll find the immersive Canopy Park and the Shiseido Forest Valley, a natural playground connected by a falling rain facility and lush vegetation.
It goes without saying that the largest glass greenhouse in the world should be on your to-do list. Gardens by the Bay is a plant lover’s dream – with a cloud forest, a 35-meter-high indoor waterfall, flower paradises and even a treetop walk. This botanical wonderland will dazzle every sense, from the whimsical hanging bouquets of flowers to the 16-story viewing platform.
Opt for a wellness weekend
The days of incessant tourism are over – traveling is now about filling our cup with a bit of well-being. Luckily for us, Singapore is full of places to have a good time. For a moment of classic indulgence, book a session at one of the many spas; Aramsa Garden Spa, Remède Spa at the St Regis or the luxurious Auriga Spa. From astrologically inspired treatments to full body treatments, you’re spoiled for choice.
Want a different well-being? Try some salt therapies. Head to Pablo Blau, where the rooms are inspired by the salt caves of Europe and the walls are completely covered in salt crystals. Meanwhile, Singapore’s only floating club, Palm Avenue, lets you wash away your cares with sensory deprivation in an Epsom salt bath.
Fill your suitcase with shopping
Categorically, one of the best things about travel is post-vacation transportation. Singapore offers world-class shopping in spades, with plenty of local shops to deposit your dollars. Jewel Changi Airport is the starting point – here you will find local names such as Naiise Iconic and Supermama.
Things are heating up for fashion lovers in Orchard Road, which offers no less than 5,000 shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars to explore. Head to ION Orchard for a taste of all the luxury – we’re talking Dior in Dolce. On the other hand, head to Design Orchard, where you’ll find products from the most creative minds in town.
Want to start traveling the world again? Same here. Send Singapore to the top of your to-do list. Rich in incredible cuisine and culture, it’s the perfect destination for a short or extended vacation. Discover Singapore Airlines flight deals here, book with confidence, travel safe and arrive in style.
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