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Singapore’s Seven Must-Sees

Coming up with a list of just seven things to do and sights to see in Singapore is nearly impossible. Unlike many other international cities, Singapore seems to have it all: it is known for its cleanliness, great balance of city and nature, name brand shopping opportunities, and fresh but creative dining options. If you have to choose one thing in each of these categories to see and do in Singapore, make them these seven, and your trip or stay in Singapore will be a memorable one.

1. Visit Gardens by the Bay

Singapore is famous for its clean balance between nature and city. Perhaps the best example of this balancing act is at “Gardens by the Bay”, a sort of fantastical park with otherworldly exhibits. The vision behind this attraction might just be what makes it so unique: the government sought to make Singapore a “City in a Garden” as opposed to having “Gardens in the City.” Be sure to stop by this 250-acre park and you’re guaranteed a few awesome photo opportunities as well.

2. Spend the Day at the Singapore Zoo

Known as one of the best in the world, the Singapore Zoo is the most diverse combination of habitats you’ll likely ever experience. Spread over 64 acres within the vibrant Mandai rainforest, Singapore aimed at avoiding cages and fake-looking exhibits and opted for open-air, natural habitats that benefit the animals as well as the visitors. Whether you visit a show, feed and pet some of the creatures, or simply enjoy the atmosphere, you can easily spend a day at the Singapore Zoo without any boredom at all.

3. Experience Culture in Chinatown

Chinatown in Singapore is something you should definitely not miss. Not only is Chinatown the best place to buy souvenirs and taste some delicious street food, but this part of town has arguably the best architecture and history around. And if you’re looking for a break from Chinatown’s hustle and bustle, you can find some peace and quiet in the Telok Ayer district nearby.

4. Go on a Shopping Spree at Bugis+

Even if you aren’t the biggest shopper or don’t quite have the budget, Bugis+, located directly in the heart of Singapore’s cultural district, offers something for every traveler or expat. Easily accessible by public transportation, this shopping and entertainment complex has a movie theater, great dining options, and countless shops from designer brand to affordable fashion. Spend a few hours here and you’ll get a feel for the local culture in no time!

5. Try Some Traditional Laksa

This delicious fusion of Chinese and Malay flavors is not only well-known in Singapore, but also available in nearly all parts of the city. Laksa is a soup and noodle type dish with some sort of protein and many vegetables and spices. Suitable for all diets, Laksa can often be customized to include or not include meat and the choice is often given for a creamy coconut milk base or simple water base.

6. Soar Above the City in a Cable Car

This well-maintained and efficient way to see the city from above is an experience unlike any other. Whether you want a quick 10-minute trip from one end of the city to the other, or a full-service dinner for you and your significant other in a cable car on a starry night, the Singapore cable car has something for you, with multiple routes and experiences to choose from.

7. Attend an InterNations Event

Expats and travelers often find themselves in need of new friends and local connections. If this sounds like you, or if you’re just looking for a local foodie or photography group to spend a day with, InterNations has got your back. No matter how long your stay in Singapore, be sure to check out the InterNations Singapore Community and discover countless opportunities to make new friends and explore the city like a local with the best company around.

Donald Moore

"I moved to Singapore to build up my own business. In fact, it was easier than expected. With InterNations I quickly got in touch with the lively expat community here."

Barbara Sciera

"Settling as an expat woman in a different culture is always hard. But with InterNations I got to know many other expat spouses that helped me."

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