Looking for a destination to go on a week-end or a week holiday with the entire family ? Why not Singapore?
One of my colleague was looking for a destination to take his kids, wife and mom during the summer vacations. He had only 5 days, so could not go too far and at the same time he had promised his kids to take them ‘somewhere abroad’. Thailand : done, Sri Lanka: done, Nepal: done, Maldives : done.
“We want to go to Europe” cried the kids… but clearly Europe was too far, too expensive and not possible.
The best alternative : Singapore. He had been to Singapore before but it was always for business and he never really ventured out the business district. The tiny island-state, which is situated on the southern edge of the Malay peninsula, has good standards and hospitality. It’s clean, its safe, it’s actually almost like Europe in terms of activities offering and development but it has the advantage to be closer to India.
During my last trip to Singapore in November 2017, I discovered a wide range of new attractions for the corporates looking for some fun activities but it is actually also valid for the families. I listed the below ideas for him, he was happy and surprised to see that Singapore is not just about “business and skyscrapers”. I hope it also give you some ideas. Share your comments below!
Merlion Park & Garden by the Bay
You should perhaps start discovering the city from the bay area, with its famed Merlion statue, which is Singapore’s mascot. Close to the Merlion Park is Garden by the Bay. It’s a multi-award winning horticultural destination, where the world’s tallest indoor waterfall nestles amidst lush plant life from the tropical highlands. At this verdant garden with stunning waterfront views, you and your loved ones will not only be able to walk along Supertrees that are 16 storeys tall, but also catch the mesmerising OCBC Garden Rhapsody, a beautifully choreographed light-and-sound show, at sundown. If you happen to be here during Chinese New Year, Easter or Christmas time, the entire place is also decorated and it’s no more about the flowers and the trees but it becomes a visual delight for the kids too.
You should also try the Singapore Flyer, a huge Ferris wheel, and visit the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel for a breathtaking view of the city from the infinity pools sitting at the hotel’s roof.
Sentosa Resort Island
A former military camp which has been converted into a huge development, with dozens of theme parks and entertainment sites, and hundreds of restaurants! If you come with the kids, I would highly recommend you to stay in one of the hotels/resorts of Sentosa ; the attractions would be easily accessible through the various navettes. You can try the Trick Eye Museum, a 3D museum for some fun pictures to share with family and friends, visit the S.E.A. Aquarium that has an impressive collection of sea animals. Indeed, I have visited a LOT of aquariums around the world and I can tell you this one is worth the detour. It is home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats.
If you are looking for some adventure, Sentosa recently inaugurated the first Bungee Jumping in the island, AJ Hackett, so tick your bucket list and go for it! The instructors are understanding and cool, it’s safe and once you’ve done it, the feeling you get,… amazing.
If walking in the humid weather is not your thing, take your kids for a day to KidZania indoor theme park. It’s a great place that associate fun with learning. Kids can independently explore an 81,000 square feet kid-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and a functioning economy, just like in a real world. KidZania Singapore also prides itself to be the first KidZania in the world to house a full-wing fuselage of a Boeing 737.
Universal Studios Singapore
The most iconic theme park – the Universal Studios Singapore, which opened barely seven years ago. Armed with seven themed sections, it has countless rides, shows and replicas of some of the most famous sites that have featured in leading Hollywood films. Stroll down the Hollywood Boulevard and you could be forgiven if you believe you are in Los Angeles or New York, 10,000 km away!
The rides here are a huge pull for children and offer the complete range, from the Mummies in Ancient Egypt to the Transformers wreaking havoc in Manhattan, a 3D, spine chilling ride in which you are called upon to be the hero to save the world ! For those into sheer vertical drops, there are roller coasters that are guaranteed to bring your heart out of your mouth as your coaster hurtles down from over 100m high in the sky, seemingly straight into the ground, before climbing steeply up, just as a fighter jet would do during an air show!
Have a great meal at Little India
I always recommend everyone to try to the local food wherever they go but always come the moment when you miss the Indian spices. And if you are a vegetarian, the options might soon be limited. Not a problem in Singapore, head to Little India. As you walk down the Serangoon Road, the principal street here, the sights, sounds and the scents make you believe that you are in Chennai or in Madurai. You will have a large variety of shops selling saris and other apparel, decorative and household items, DVDs of Indian films, flowers, silverware, brassware and of course the Indian restaurants that serve you everything you can get in India – from a dosa or idli to a chicken tikka masala.
Restaurants >> I have tried and would recommend :
- The Banana Leaf Apolo
- Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
- Taste of India
The country boasts of the highest proportion of retail space as part of its total landmass. It has shopping experience in all formats – very large malls, specialist malls, stand-alone retail stores, discount stores, street markets, hawkers, duty-free shopping areas, etc.
Read more from my previous post here : WHERE TO SHOP IN SINGAPORE ?