Grab Something at A Local Food Court
One of the most interesting things about Singapore is that it’s a totally foodie city. Everywhere you’ll find hygienically maintained street food stalls serving a plethora of cuisines at throw-away prices. Food centres are fully covered halls with stalls where hawkers make food right in front of your eyes and serve it. Don’t forget to try Singapore specials such as chicken rice, Dry Laksa (a spicy noodle soup), Sambal Stingray, Chilli Crab, Chicken Satay, fish head curry and Fried Hokkein Mee (egg noodles with pork). Do pay a visit to the Maxwell Food Centre – it’s one of Singapore’s oldest food centres. Also make a visit to Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, and the Newton Food Centre and the Makansutra Gluttons Bay.
Make Love to the Birds at Jurong Bird Park
Feeling alone and blue for a bit? Visit the colourful and highly motivated birds at Jurong Bird Park. Enjoy being amidst countless bird species, and participate in the feeding of them. Take plenty of pictures of the remarkably coloured birds as you stroll through the park. Some of the birds will hop over to you and eat from your hand, and believe us; that experience alone is well worth applying for a Singapore Visit Visa!
Shop till You Drop at Orchard Road
If you’re a girl that loves shopping, there’s no better place than Singapore. You can shop all day at Orchard Road, which is an entire street filled with malls, department stores, retail outlets and stalls selling everything on the face of the earth. You don’t even have to go from one mall to the next, as most of them are interconnected through passageways underground. Just grab a map and make sure you don’t get lost! Make sure you visit Orchard Central, Lucky Plaza, the Centrepoint, ION Orchard, Paragon and other malls on this road.
Check out Singapore’s Celebrated Nightlife
Want some glitter and glamour to liven up your nights? Then head to Clarke Quay, which has an array of clubs, cafes and bars. Music throbs from every door and laughter and merriment echoes through every street. Be sure to eat at Brizo’s famous Crab buffet, visit Fort Canning Park and get to know about Singapore’s colonial history and catch the spectacular laser show at Boat Quay.
Take in Some Culture
One of the nicest things to do in Singapore is to pay homage to other cultures. Visit the temples and churches that dot the country, such as the Sri. Mariammam temple in Chinatown, Singapore’s oldest temple. Visit the Tooth Relic Buddhist Temple, and check out the Cathedral of St Andrews and Good Shepherd. The Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the sea is a real beauty. You can also go on a Merlion hunt, something that visitors to Singapore undertake, just to spot how many of these mythical creatures dot the city. Learn more about the Peranakan culture by visiting the Intan, or the Peranakan Museum. Check out more of Singapore’s colonial history at Fort Siloso at Sentosa Island.
Visit China in Singapore
If you could parcel a piece of China and stick it within Singapore, it would be exactly like Chinatown, complete with little cobbled streets, row after row of outdoor stalls and bright colours everywhere. You can pick up pretty souvenirs, little knick-knacks, herbs, medicines and tons of Chinese tea. Pick up some quirky gift items for your folks and friends back home from Chinatown’s many alleys and hawker centres.
While you’re at it, enjoy a relaxing reflexology massage. There’s one shopping complex in Chinatown you shouldn’t miss – it’s the Yue Hwa Chinese Products at the corner of Eu Tong Sen and Upper Cross Street. This mall offers five levels of incredible goodies, from embroidered silk mandarin jackets to ginger-flavoured candy.
Go On a Night Safari
It takes up no more than an hour or two, but it opens up your eyes to the world’s creatures and their habitats. The nocturnal animals are situated in 7 geographical zones around the ginormous park. You’ll see Asian elephants in the Asia section, and Kangaroos and Wallabies in the Australian section. You can also explore several walking trails that bring you closer to the animals. If you like, you can enjoy breakfast with the Orangutans in the morning, one of Singapore Zoo’s unique visitor-friendly offerings that you’ll love.
Taste A Tiny Bit of India in Singapore
Taste A Tiny Bit of India in Singapore
If Chinatown is a slice of China in Singapore, then Little India is veritably a bit of India within this bustling cosmopolitan city. If you love Indian food, you can stroll through the colourful markets and buy all the ingredients you want. Or, you can enter one of the many wonderful South Indian hotels in Little India – Komala Vilas comes to mind, and have a fabulous meal.
Don’t forget to check out Indian gold jewellery while you’re at Little India. It’s unbelievably lavish, and gemmed up to the nines. Check out the lovely silk sarees with their lavish brocade borders and pick up a couple of easy to wear salwar and kameez top and bottom sets for yourself.
Try Some Eco-tourism
Feeling hot and bothered? You need a green break. Head straight to the MacRitchie Reservoir Park for some well-deserved nature. Walk along the suspended bridge over a rich forest. Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens and marvel over the collection of flowering plants there, not to speak of the National Orchid Garden. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an 80-hectare tropical paradise complete with a rainforest and waterfalls. While you’re at it, explore the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to spot some exotic birds and wildlife. If you have the time, visit the Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Chinese Mythological Theme Park in Jurong.
As a solo female traveller, you’ll be always aware of your surroundings and try not to be alone anywhere. While that is a good precaution, you needn’t worry yourself while in Singapore. You can explore the gardens and forests with impunity, and get to know the heartbeat of Singapore at your leisure. Travel to Singapore and explore this fabulous little city to its last tiny delight.