Singapore is a little nugget of fun. Their national sports are shopping and eating–I can get behind that. It’s a great stopping off point in the region (well, mostly because Changi Airport is a gateway for everywhere).
Singapore was my first ever Asian country that I visited, and despite all the rules, remains a clean, orderly, tidy island. Most of the trips I’ve taken here have either been for work, or a quick stop-through on the way to or from somewhere else. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to cram in some fun and great food!
Jumbo’s: legendary chili crab (order a lot of those steamed buns), I like the East Coast Park location for the sea view
328 Katong Laksa: tiny and amazing laksa spot
Any hawker centre: because Singapore has amazing food
Singapore Flyer: very touristy, but gives a nice view of Singapore (I only went because it was “work sponsored”) Maybe skip it and head to the nearby gardens
MacRitchie Park: a good place for a sweaty hike, has a lake, some cool overlooks (Tree Top Walk), and great green space
Raffles Hotel: legendary hotel, apparently the Singapore Slings aren’t that tasty and overpriced, but the hotel is beautiful
Marina Bay Sands Rooftop: the place to go to really check out the view, great spot to catch a sunset
ION Orchard Road: It might be the only time I’ve ever gotten legitimately lost in a shopping mall. Singaporean’s sport is shopping, and their malls are extensive and underground to keep you in air-conditioned comfort. A meander down Orchard Road isa must.
Shangri La Hotel: A bit off the beaten path, but near Orchard Road, this beautiful hotel has a great pool and gardens, as well as one of the best buffets in town.
Crown Plaza Changi Airport: An easy place to stay for an early or late connection at Changi. Very convenient, and you can take the MRT into town.