It may be a small city, but Singapore roars and is one of East Asia’s most powerful trading hubs. Singapore is a vibrant and culturally diverse city, which truly packs a punch. There are many places to explore and things to do in Singapore. Whether you’re travelling for leisure or business, the Quality Hotel Marlow is the perfect hotel located in the heart of Balestier on the fringe of the Central Business District of Singapore.
Singapore offers a delicious insight into a rich culinary history. Foodies will delight in the array of dining options, from traditional Malay dishes, sizzling Korean BBQ, complex Indian curries to cheap and cheerful hawker food.
To kick start your day, try a traditional breakfast of soft-boiled eggs and toast lathered with delicious ‘kaya jam’ (coconut and pandan jam). This is considered Singapore’s national breakfast and can also be a snack. You can find this breakfast all around Singapore throughout the day.
If you’re after another snack, give the Fried Carrot cake a try. This scrumptious snack is a wonderful blend of eggs, preserved radish and white radish flour cake, resembling a white carrot. Grab one of these carrot cakes on the go from Carrot Cake in the Chomp Chomp Food Centre.
You can enjoy awe-inspiring views of the harbour, while dining in the Singapore Flyer. This is Singapore’s version of the London Eye and is the world’s largest observation wheel, standing at 165 metres high. Sit in one of the sealed capsules and enjoy anything from soup to a seafood platter. It will be a memorable experience and you’ll be on top of the world.
Fancy a bit of dessert? Get some sweet relief from the hustle and bustle at Carpenter and Cook. This tucked away dessert house has quirky interior and offers decadent artisan treats. Or try a traditional dessert at the established Ah Chew. The desserts offer delicate flavour combinations and we recommend their famous Mango Sago with Pomelo!
If you’re after a bit of retail therapy, Singapore is your fashionista friend. There are a number of retail hotspots where you’ll come across Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other high-end couture labels. Be sure to check out Haji Lane, a hidden gem in the Muslim quarter where you will be amidst wonderful spice aromas and thumping music. For more affordable shopping, head to one of the many colourful markets or shopping strips around Singapore. We recommend Bugis Street, where you’ll find a variety of clothes catering to all tastes. Or try Far East Plaza, where you’ll find 6 floors of super deals on just about any type of clothing. If you’d like to shop for familiar brands like Cotton ON and Billabong, head to Anchorpoint.
There are many Singapore attractions to suit everyone’s needs! Escape the heat and cool down in the dense Botanical Gardens, and explore the diversity of flora and fauna in the Virgin Rainforest. Stroll through the National Orchid Garden, which has the world’s largest orchid display (over 60,000 varieties). Not far away is the roaring Singapore Zoo, where you’ll find animals roaming freely in their natural habits. This zoo is well-known for offering intimate encounters between visitors and the animals. Stand on elevated platforms to view giraffe exhibits, or see happy otters in the underwater gallery. Be bold and take a ride on the shoulders of an elephant!
Be inspired by the traditional aspects of pan-Asian culture by viewing the artefacts in the Asian Civilisations Museum. About 5 minutes away is the Chinatown Heritage Centre, where you’ll come across recreated sets of bedrooms, kitchens and street scenes from the late 19th century and early-20th century.
A trip to Singapore would not be complete without venturing to the Skyline Luge Sentosa- the first ever Luge in Southeast Asia. The Luge is a gravity thrill ride, while the Skyride is a scenic bird’s eye view of the glorious Sentosa Island, Singapore city and South China Sea. Don’t miss it!
On your last night, head to Singapore’s little Las Vegas, otherwise known as Marina Bay Sands. It’s an exciting integrated resort with a large casino and shopping mall. Walk over the Double Helix Bridge, which is a true architectural wonder. Take happy snaps with the harbour backdrop while listening to a live band. It will be the perfect parting note.