Singapore is a city-state island with a population of 5.6 million, which is famous for its delightful gastronomy, state-of-the-art accommodation places and thrilling nightlife. If you wonder about Singapore, one of the smallest countries in the world, then the Singapore Travel Guide will help you find travel tips to plan your trip.
1. Visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple!
Thian Hock Keng is one of the most visited historical temples in Singapore. The temple originated as a small building, which served the local Chinese population. However, the temple, which was expanded in 1840 and built with the best materials of the time, survived on the funds collected from the local community over years. This temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore, which was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea goddess.
2. Explore the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve!
Located in the only remaining rainforest in Singapore, Bukit Timah is the major eco-tourism attraction in the country. On the hiking and biking trails, you can get close to the macaques, squirrels, flying lemurs and various bird species. The reserve covers an area of 400 acres and is 30 minutes away from the city centre. It is open every day from 07:00 to 19:00. Since it is highly crowded on the weekends, you can explore it during the weekdays if you want to stay away from the crowds.
3. Walk around Chinatown!
Chinatown covers two square kilometers of traditional Chinese life situated beside the modern Central Business District. This area makes you feel the real Chinese culture in Singapore. The streets are surrounded by temples, craft shops, stalls and restaurants. Go to Chinatown Food Street for char kway teow (stir-fried noodles) or grilled meat. Eat at Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Hawker Chan), the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant across the world.
4. Try the street delicacies!
Singapore received the first Michelin star ever given to a street food stall in the world in 2016 and was recognized as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2020. Whether you visit the Newton Food Center or the Old Airport Hawker, you will never be disappointed. Don't miss tasting the delicacies like chilli crab, satay, dim sum or nasi lemak (the fried chicken with coconut rice).
5. Visit Pulau Ubin!
This island is on the northeast coast. It is completely different from the modern city. In fact, the local people still use diesel generators to produce electricity and supply water from wells. Rent a bike and explore the tourist attractions, villages and beaches on this island. Take a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, which takes about 10-15 minutes, to get to Pulau Ubin. There are no fixed departure times.