It is safe to assume that most of us know of Singapore as the alluring backdrop of the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians. From the film alone, it is easy to equate this relatively tiny island city-state with Asian excellence. It is after all a global financial center and an important hub of the modern world. However, Singapore is more than just international banks and technological headquarters. It is a hotpot of cultures and the birthplace of an interesting history.
Singapore group tours will most probably take you to the sprawling conservatories of the Gardens By The Bay, from the stunning Cloud Forest to the Flower Dome, one of the world’s largest glass greenhouses. Following the touristy path is an excursion to the island resort Sentosa, home to the Universal Studios themed park and the Tiger Sky Tower, among others. Lastly, a trip to Singapore would not be complete without a photo with the country’s official mascot, the Merlion, a mythical creature featuring a lion’s head attached to the body of a fish.
But do not let Singapore’s size fool you. There are less touristy spots to venture to, if crowds are not your thing. In fact, Singapore is so rich with attractions and adventures that a single visit is not enough.
Singapore Highlights and Features
1. Visit three countries on one trip
Singapore is a multicultural center, and it is easy to find yourself feeling as if you have stepped into an entirely different country with a single train ride. If you are on a Singapore photography adventure, be sure to capture the country’s international neighborhoods. Begin with Chinatown, which incidentally became an important setting for Crazy Rich Asians. Marvel at traditional Chinese buildings and storefronts and indulge at the Chinatown Food Street. Then take a train to Arab Street, where you can walk through Haji Lane, especially popular for its storefronts and murals. End your “international” excursion in Little India, known for its busy streets filled with jewelry stores, tailor shops, and malls. Be sure to drop by the iconic Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, adorned with statues of Hindu deities.
2. Rock-climb with veteran climbers
If the hustle and the bustle of city life has become less interesting to you, take a trip to the Dairy Farm for some quarry rock climbing. This nature reserve is one of the very few regularly maintained outdoor climbing area offering bolted climbing facilities. You can take any of the mapped out routes, or go with veteran climbers who can guide and provide you with climbing equipment. It is among the less-known Singapore travel destinations, so expect less crowd and more opportunities for adventure.
3. Challenge your senses and eat durians
Curious and adventurous travelers must try the king of fruits known for its pungent smell and creamy flesh. And where can you find it? In the middle of Singapore’s infamous red-light district, of course. Head over to Fruits Top 1 Department Store and try the coveted Mao Shan Wang durian, famous for its soft flesh and bittersweet taste. It is among the more experience varieties, and rightly so.
We can go all day and talk about everything you can do in Singapore. This tiny island state is charming, quirky (in a good way), and unashamed of its rich history. Indeed, you haven’t seen the best of the world yet if you haven’t signed up for Singapore group tours.