Yes travel: things to do in Singapore

EmmaBy Emma  •  16 Jan 2018 at 7:00am  •  Places, World Travel
Emma

by Emma

Turns out that I opened the blogging floodgates last week. Sharing my tips for planning a multi-centre honeymoon has finally spurred me on to blog in more detail about the incredible destinations we visited on our travels.

And they undoubtedly each deserve a little attention of their own.

Over the next few days, weeks (or maybe months if I’m a really bad blogger), I will share with you individual posts on our favourite places that we visited and ate across our three stops: Singapore, Bali {Ubud and Seminyak} and Lombok.

First up, it’s Singapore. A truly special city that is beautiful, vibrant and one of the cleanest places I have ever visited {by design rather than accident, I should add, they are very strict about dropping litter in Singapore}.

To read more about where we stayed in Singapore, head back to our multi-centre planning post. But here are our top recommendations for things to do in Singapore, a truly magnificent city:

 

Singapore Flyer

I’m kicking off with possibly the biggest highlight of our stay in Singapore: a nighttime trip on the Singapore Flyer.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

We booked in advance because our stay happened to fall on the anniversary of us officially becoming boyfriend and girlfiend {yes I made my Mr Yes officially ask, how else are you supposed to know when you go from dating to the real deal}?! Serendipitously, that very question was asked on the London Eye, so it seemed to fit perfectly that we celebrated on a similar massive Ferris wheel; this time serenaded by the twinkling lights of Singapore by night.

As an additional special treat, we opted for a glass of bubbles to accompany our ride. It would be rude not to, right? But the best surprise of all was that our champagne ride didn’t just entitle us to a glass of the good stuff, it actually bagged us a private pod. Yep, we got to see the bright lights of the city all by ourselves, with a glass in hand. I’m not sure if that was because no one else was booked on for our time slot, but it was sheer perfection and a total ‘pinch me’ moment to kick the honeymoon off.

BUT, I hasten to add that you don’t have to go the whole hog to enjoy the Singapore Flyer, it’s simply a great way to see the sights of the city from the perfect vantage point.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Emerald Hill Road

An apparently frangipani-scented road {though we didn’t catch a whiff of the sweet scent ourselves}, this beautiful street is well worth a stroll.

It plays host to some of Singapore’s finest terraced houses.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Be warned though, the houses are so pretty you will be stopping every few steps to grab a snap.

 

Little India

Speaking of places to wander, Little India is the most magnificent assault on the senses.

There are deliciously vibrant buildings galore, a buzzing vibe from the plethora of pavement stalls, and the incredible aroma of spices at every turn. It’s definitely worth a wander if you have some time to spare.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Merlion Park

If you’ve googled Singapore you will probably have seen the iconic images of the lion’s head fountain. Well, Merlion Park is home to that little beauty and so it naturally provides Insta opportunities galore.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

It boasts views of the bay, including the equally iconic Marina Bay Hotel.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

It’s also opposite Esplanade The Theatres on the Bay, which has regular free concerts. There wasn’t anything on while we were there, but it’s always worth a look if you are planning to head down there anyway.

 

Gardens by the bay

Although this was pretty high on our list to visit, we were still surprised by exactly how much we LOVED it.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

There’s bio-domes with waterfalls and gorgeous botanicals that I could have roamed for hours on end {there’s nothing I love more than getting snaps of beautiful blooms}. Plus the amazing architectural high-tech wonder that is Super Tree Grove.

We strolled over Helix Bridge to get to these beautiful gardens as well, which is another feast for the eyes.

 

Southern Ridges walk

Are you starting to get the idea that we like to explore on our feet? We hitched a ride on the MRT from China town to Harbour Front to pick up the Southern Ridges Walk from Kent Ridge Park all the way to Mount Faber.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

It’s the perfect way to surround yourself with Singaporean nature. You might even spot a monkey or two on the way. We particularly loved Henderson Waves, the sculptural part of the walkway. But there are gorgeous views to see aplenty at so many points.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

And from Mount Faber you can catch the cable car to Sentosa Island

 

Sentosa Island

This is a bit of a strange one to include because parts of it we loved, and parts of it we loathed. So I will recommend the bit we loved:

Getting the cable car across to the island was very cool, and Siloso beach was a beautiful idyll {it’s all palm trees, hot sands and sea views}.

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

Things to do in Singapore, Asia travels, honeymoon advice, via YearOfTheYes.com

But Sentosa Island itself was a little bit too weird for us. It felt like a make believe island, thanks to the Universal Studios park that it houses, and not necessarily in a good way. Whilst we loved spending an hour or so there – you don’t need to spend much longer unless you want to take part in the fun and games that the theme park had to offer.

 

So, there you have it. These are just our top recommendations, there’s lots more besides for you to see and do in Singapore {we’d recommend this funky travel guide from a favourite series of ours, and we always carry a lonely planet pocket guide with us when we visit new cities}.

I’ve already waffled on for long enough, so I will pop back in for another installment soon to recommend our favourite places to dine in Singapore.

Until next time beauties!

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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