Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Aug 13 2012

Fun free things to do in Singapore

Seeing Singapore doesn't have to be expensive.

It’s no secret that Singapore is the most expensive city in Southeast Asia to be a tourist. But even if you’re down to your last Sing-dollar, it’s possible to sightsee without spending a cent. Here are some suggestions for fun and completely free things to do in Singapore. A visit to see the Merlion, Singapore’s … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

You don't want to anger this goddess.

In many religions women are considered to be the gentler sex. To see why this definitely isn’t the case in Hinduism, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, which is dedicated the fierce goddess Kali. Although she looks peaceful on the temple’s entrance sign, the statues inside show the Hindu goddess Kali … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Singapore’s best attractions for families, part 2

The safest way to meet a shark.

With Singapore commonly described as clean, safe, and modern, it’s no wonder the city-state is a popular choice for family holidays. In a previous post I discussed family-friendly attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo, and Science Centre. This post will cover Sentosa, Singapore’s island playground, which is bursting at the seams with fun places … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Singapore’s best attractions for families, part 1

Learn about physics while having fun at the Singapore Science Centre.

With its squeaky-clean streets and English-speaking population, Singapore is a hassle-free destination for a family holiday. It’s also home to some world-class attractions that kids will go crazy for. In fact, there are so many family-friendly attractions in Singapore I’m breaking this post into two parts. This one will cover the Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

Singapore’s Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)

Uhm.... why?

Despite what the glossy brochures tell you, Singapore isn’t all glitzy shopping centres and perfectly manicured gardens. See the darker, more dilapidated side of the city with a visit to the bizarre cultural theme park known as Haw Par Villa. Originally known as Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was founded in 1937 by Aw Boon … read the full post

Jun 08 2012

The Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park

Published by under Outdoors

Singapore is known as the Garden City, so take some time to relax and smell the pepper flowers at the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park. This lush hill near the city centre wasn’t a random choice for a spice garden — Singapore’s colonial leaders established one here nearly 200 years ago. When Singapore became … read the full post

May 17 2012

Singapore’s Labrador Nature Reserve

Published by under Outdoors

Singapore has many public parks, but if you want to picnic by the seaside, walk through dense jungle and learn about World War II history there’s only one that fits the bill: the Labrador Nature Reserve. Located along the south coast of Singapore quite close to Sentosa Island, Labrador Park was officially upgraded to a … read the full post

Apr 23 2012

Kampong Buangkok: Singapore’s last traditional village

When Singapore split from Malaysia in the early 1960s, the government implemented a number of policies to rapidly modernise the newly independent city-state. One of them was to move all the people from Malaysian-style kampong villages to the high-rise public housing apartments. Somehow, one of these traditional villages was spared from the bulldozer and survives … read the full post

Apr 02 2012

A walk along Singapore’s Emerald Hill

Emerald Hill is one of the most colourful streets in Singapore and makes an easy detour from the shopping belt of Orchard Road. Come for the beautiful Peranakan architecture, a bit of antiquing, or maybe a drink at one of the trendy bars? During Singapore’s early colonial days, the Orchard Road area was home to … read the full post

Mar 26 2012

A quick Little India walking tour

Published by under Walking tours

With its beautiful temples, exotic markets and delicious food, Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood is not to be missed. Even if you only have a couple hours to spare you can still see the highlights of this ethnic enclave. This quick walking tour takes about two hours, including time for some shopping and a cup of … read the full post

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