The sovereign island-state of Singapore transitioned from third world to first world status in just one generation and today is a hub of commerce, innovation and education. The tiny island packs a wallop of attractions, old-world to new-age, from amusement parks to temples. Its complex diversity of food, activities and culture makes it appealing to ages young and old; it’s a great place to discover with your family.
Learn About the Merlion
The official mascot of Singapore, the Merlion is a mythological creature that’s part lion and part fish. The original 8.6-meter-high, 70-ton statue spouts water from its mouth into the bay; he is the most iconic symbol of Singapore and a must-have photograph.
Discover Singaporean Hawker Food
Originally named for the hawkers who sold food pushing carts, today hawker centers have sprung up into elaborate outdoor food courts and markets. Considered some of the best and least expensive ways to dine in Singapore, you’ll find a wide range of eclectic foods in a casual dining setting. Be sure to wander Chinatown Food Street for curries, satays (grilled meat), char kway teow (stir fried noodles) and the internationally acclaimed chili crab.
Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum and Temple
Just like it says, this museum really does display the Buddha’s left canine tooth; who doesn’t want to see that? Both a museum and temple, you’ll also find art and the rich history illustrating Buddhism’s universal connection.
Take a Bumboat Ride
It’s not just a fun name to say, it’s a great way to see Singapore’s attractions from the river, including Marina Bay, the Esplanade, and the Fullerton Hotel and national monument.
Take a Cable Car Ride to Sentosa Island
It’s mind boggling to think about how this island was built – on purpose – merely for the pleasure of its visitors. It’s a wild collection of beaches, shopping, theme parks and, well, fun. To get there you’ll ride a cable car through the skies; you can spend the day relaxing or seeking out thrilling virtual reality experiences at 4D Adventureland.