Thanks to its location, right on the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, the islands of Singapore fall under the umbrella of Southeast Asia however, if you’re looking for an experience similar to Thailand or Laos then you might well want to think again.
The Singapore authorities long ago decried that their country was going to provide something a little bit different than the usual round of backpacker hostels and traveller digs which is why its population currently boasts the highest portion of millionaires as well as the world’s second most expensive building, Marina Bay Sands.
As one of Asia’s foremost hubs for bankers and ex-pats, Singapore has had to up its game with regards to exciting activities and if you’re wondering what to do after you’ve enjoyed the obligatory Singapore Sling at Raffles then read on as this thing’s taking off!
“Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings. It’s one of the first things you find out there. What you do in Singapore is eat. It’s a really food-crazy culture, where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker-stand environment.” Anthony Bourdain
1. Singapore’s F1 Grand Prix
Taking place around a circuit created within the boundaries of Marina Bay Street, the Singapore Grand Prix has become a permanent fixture on the F1 calender and is definitely the place to be come race night.
Thanks to the country’s unpredictable weather there’s always some kind of drama on the track and ever since the race began, back in 2008, at least one safety car has featured on each occasion.
If you can get tickets to watch the event then you’re in for a real treat as there’s just something about watching speeding cars whizzing past at night that makes Singapore a real draw for thrill seekers.
2. Wild Wild Wet
This is Singapore’s largest outdoor theme park and features a grand array of tubes, slides and pools to help visitors cool off on a hot and humid day spent exploring the city.
Featuring Southeast Asia’s original raft slide, the Ular-Lah, as well as a whole host of equally well named alternatives, including: Torpedo, Tsunami and Yippie!, Wild Wild Wet is a great option for anyone looking to make a splash in Singapore, just don’t forget your bathers.
3. Tiger Sky Tower
As one of Singapore’s tallest landmarks, the Tiger Sky Tower provides a unique bird’s eye view of the city and is well-worth a ride if only to tick the box and take some snaps.
Spiralling over 420 feet above sea level, visitors are able to reach the top of the tower via an air-conditioned glass-walled sphere that slowly revolves as it makes its way skywards.
The views of the city’s business district are fantastic and although you might be sharing the experience with up to 70 other visitors, it’s definitely a great option around sunset.
4. The Singapore Flyer
Another awesome idea if you’re visiting Singapore is to climb on-board the fabulous Singapore Flyer that’s a gigantic Ferris wheel and the second highest on the planet at almost 550 feet.
Similar to the London Eye, but a whole lot taller, the Flyer incorporates 28 viewing capsules which accommodate up to 28 people and if you fancy going all VIP then it’s possible to get a capsule all to yourself with a fine dining meal and private butler as part of a once in a lifetime experience.
With a wonderful 360 degree viewing angle over Singapore this is definitely one of the best ways to see the city with the twinkling lights of Marina Bay and the Central Business District providing a romantic backdrop as the night falls.