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The pandemic has got us all daydreaming about the next time we will be able to travel to another country to enjoy its unique landscapes and beauty. This difficult time has also come with a revived sense of thirst, to not just visit place but really get up close and personal with the different cultures and ways of life. It has taught us to make the best out of our next travel adventure, because you never know when it could all come to a standstill again.
Singapore, like any other country in the world, is filled with hidden gems that often don’t come into contact with tourists. However, with the light at the end of the tunnel finally becoming visible, we’ve put together a list of things you can do on this majestic island straight from the local perspective, so your next trip is nothing short of a full, immersive experience.
The one thing that all Singaporeans have in common is their love for food. The island boasts of some of the best spots for Asian delicacies and unique dining experiences. One of the most authentic way to experience the food culture in Singapore is to go to any
“kopitiam” or food court and choose a dish from the array of choices available to you. The “kopitiams” are also a great way to interact with people.
A spectacular historical building turned museum, the National Gallery Singapore houses one of the largest collection of Southeast Asia art in the world. With lots of fun cultural activities to do within the space, this one is a must for all the art buffs out there. It is also a great place to visit if you are travelling with children.
The tourist board of Singapore has painstakingly organised several walking tours around the island that are a delight. From the largest Chinese cemetery and World War II Bunkers to the vibrant district of Little India and street art, there is something for every kind of tourist.
If you’re the kind of tourist that loves to take unique souvenirs back home from your travels, Singapore is one of the best places to visit. The tiny shops filled with curious antiquities in Chinatown is easily a half-day activity, whereas the quaint second-hand bookstores at Bars Basah Complex will have you browsing book-lined alleys for hours. There are also a number of thrift furniture stores in several parts of the island that are worth a visit.
For those that like to experience the night life of new places, a must-visit are the karaoke bars in Singapore. An intrinsic part of the culture, singing karaoke is an activity that all islanders cherish, especially during Chinese New Year celebrations. The karaoke bars are also a great way to make new friends if you are travelling alone.
Most of the tourists that come into Singapore don’t realise that there are a number of surrounding islands that they are able to access by short ferry rides. Pulau Ubin, the most popular one with tourists is a haven of nature away from the hustle-bustle of the city. You can also go kayaking in the mangrove forests that surround the island. Unfortunately, the island does not have amenities for you to spend the night there, but it still is a great day trip if you want to see Singapore’s wild side.
Can’t wait for travel to start again? Us, neither! Let’s hold on for just a little bit longer, and pray that normal resumes so you are able to enjoy your trip to Singapore just like a local.
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22 March 2021 4 min. Tanya Singh
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