Quite a few mummies asked about traveling to Singapore.
Here’s a quick summary for those who are considering traveling here. Warning: wordy post ahead.
We are well known for our “Garden City” (each shrub and flora along the street is chosen and grown to perfection, so you will be in a garden everywhere you go). Just think of us as a urban garden!
Favorite Singaporean activity: air conditioned shopping malls, eating hawker food
Getting around: bus, taxi, train (MRT) and lots of uber and grabtaxi. We are super connected especially by train so getting around is a breeze. Taxi fares can range from about $10-$30 depending on distance and surcharges during peak hours.
Weather : its summer all year round! That’s why we love indoor air conditioned places… temperature is at27-34 degrees (mostly 34!) and you do get occasional showers so make sure you have a brolly always.
Food: if there’s one thing we must be well known for (other than our “scared-to-lose-out” culture and our Singlish), it’s the food. Western, Japanese, chinese, Malay, Indian, Turkish, Korean, you name it, we have it. Not just everywhere, but at very affordable prices ($3-6) and taste good! Our locals enjoy hawker fare. Hawker Centres are non air-conditioned eateries with authentic yummy local food. Not that cafes and restaurants are not good, but hawker Centres are quite an essential part of our heritage and culture. To be honest, many expatriates living in sg have fallen in love with our local fare. So did Gordon Ramsay. So much so, we even have Michelin stars awarded to some of these shops.
Recommended Tourist activities in Singapore:
Fun activities for kids!
- Universal studios (located at Sentosa) you will need at least a day or two here so you can explore this whole tiny island lacked with a punch. If you have the moolah, go ahead and indulge in a stay at resorts world Sentosa boasting few hotels, or Shangrila sentosa)
- Gardens by the Bay (located at Bayfront MRT)
- Kidzania (located in Sentosa resort)
- Science centre (located at Jurong East)
- Wild wild wet water park at Downtown East (located at pasir ris) or Adventure Cove water park at sentosa
- Singapore botanical gardens and Jacobs Ballas Kids Garden (has water play and a big playground)
- Singapore zoological gardens
- Singapore night safari
- Singapore bird park
- South East Asian (S.E.A) Aquarium (at sentosa)
- Catch a theatre show at “Esplanade” aka the “durian” structure of singapore
- If you can’t take singapore climate which is hot and humid, get into the indoor playgrounds such as cool de sac & polliwogs (suntec city shopping mall), fidgets (marina bay sands mall and paragon shopping mall), polliwogs (vivocity), Royce kids and The City (Liang court shopping mall). There are many more, but i have only listed the ones in bigger malls.
Cultural activities (our three main races get a street each which is really fun to visit.) our minority races have made themselves some landmark out of streets or buildings.
- Chinatown (at Chinatown MRT) (lots and lots of souvenirs, street food, and gifts at really good prices)
- Little India (at Little India MRT) (get a feel of Indian culture with their restaurants, try on their trinkets, purchas sarees at good prices)
- Kampong Glam & Geylang Serai (whole stretch along Eunos and Paya lebar MRT) (Malay cultural centre with activities, food in hawker Centres). There’s less of a cultural focus here compared to the two above. This area only gets more festive and cultural during the Malay holidays especially Hari Raya Puasa.
- Arab street (fusion of many different experiences like Turkish food, famous mosque, shops selling quirky toys, handicraft shops – very pleasant place to stroll along in the day or night)
- Golden mile shopping centre – “Little Thailand” – eat your Thai mookata or mango sticky rice, get Thai ingredients from supermarket). This is a relatively old mall, so don’t expect very much. It’s more for the thais to gather, and the locals to eat.
Shopping: (according to MRT line)
Noteworthy that every MRT station has a shopping mall built right next to it. So, if you are lost and hungry, just alight and prowl around. Here are some of the bigger and more interesting malls with more shopping near to the mall. And for the kids, there are many activities such a water play, or indoor playgrounds in many of these malls.
Central shopping belt stations: (red north-south line)
- Orchard road MRT (paragon shopping centre has all the upbeat shops like LV and Prada and a small indoor playground)
- And along the orchard road belt, there is also the Somerset (many malls near it) and Dhoby Ghaut MRT (plaza Singapore)
- City hall mrt (raffles place shopping mall)
- Clarke quay – night life area. Our night life is really clean, so yes, everything is suitable for kids. There are quite a number of malls with lots of street pubs and cafe. This area is beautiful for sight seeing at night as our only famed river – singapore river is here and you can bring your kids on a bumboat ride to capture night views of singapore.
- Bugis – mish mash of every thing with a street alley shopping opposite the main bugis junction shopping mall
- Marina bay – has the marina bay sands (MBS) shopping mall with all the luxury brands. There’s also Suntec city nearby. You could also walk from from MBS to the “gardens by the bay”.
- Stadium – has a water play area at the stadium. A new mall called kallang wave with indoor rock climbing wall suitable for kids and adults.
Nearer to sentosa
- Harbourfront: vivocity shopping mall.
- Turf city (no MRT) but you get cool stuff like horse riding, indoor playgrounds here.
I have yet to mention the heartland malls. If you really are a heartlander, some of the more interesting malls include: Holland village (quirky nostalgic place to go to), NEX mall (huge waterplay & pet park at its roof top), united square (lots of kids stuff), and Changi Airport! Check out the free slides at terminal 3 (public shopping area) Will be a hit with the kids!