Singapore is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. This modern city is at par with any Western country in terms of development, architecture, luxury and such other facilities. At the same time, Singapore has been able to preserve its Asian culture and traditions beautifully. Most people associate Singapore with the Merlion, the Singapore Flyer, the Sentosa Island, the huge adventure parks and the enormous buildings towering its skyline.
Although these things do define the city, Singapore is much more than that. There are several unique things that you can do in the city which are not available anywhere else. Here we present to you 9 unique things to do in Singapore.
Singapore Night Safari
Most countries around the world have zoos and national parks where you can see and even interact with wild animals. However, Singapore offers a unique national park with Singapore Night Safari. The night safari park is a zoo exclusive for nocturnal animals. The park opens in the evening around 7 when the other zoos close. You can take a tram and get to meet several wild animals like tigers, elephants, deer, etc. in a natural setting. The best thing about this place is that it is constructed to create a natural environment for the animals. The place is flooded with lights that resemble natural moonlight. While taking the tram is ideal, if you are adventurous, you can explore the place on foot.
Haw Par Villa
While most of know about the Sentosa Island and other adventure parks in Singapore, not many of us know about (not even Singaporeans) Haw Par Villa. Built in the year 1937, this park is based on the theme of Chinese history, mythology, legends, folklore, etc. The statues here also depict different features of Confucianism. There are almost 1000 statues in this park, which range from amazing to weird but are worth seeing, at least once. If you are really interested in knowing about Chinese culture, make a visit here. The entry fee is free.
Breakfast at Jarong Bird Park
Singapore has several restaurants and street food stalls that serve delicious food. However, if you want to experience a unique way of breakfasting, you must visit the Jarong Bird Park. This is the most famous bird park in Singapore which is home to almost 5000 species of birds, several of which are endangered.
While watching the flamingos, sun parakeets, penguins and different types of birds is pleasurable, you also get the opportunity to have breakfast amidst the melodious chaos of all these birds. Here, you would get to enjoy a delicious Western breakfast in the company of parakeets, parrots, multi-coloured macaws and such other tropical birds. If you are not able to make it for breakfast, you can also choose to have ‘Lunch with Parrots’ at this bird park.
Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
One of the highlights of the Singapore skyline is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. If you are staying at this super-luxurious hotel, you should not miss the opportunity to take a dip in the Infinity Pool on the top of the hotel complex. The best part of this infinity pool is that it is the highest as well as the longest infinity swimming pool in the world. Moreover, as it is on the top of the building, it also offers you some amazing views of the entire city. However, the infinity pool is accessible only to hotel guests.
Mangrove Kayaking in Singapore
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Singapore is the steely surfaces in and around the city. Hence, it would be surprising to know that you can go mangrove kayaking in this island city. If you are a nature lover and are interested to know about earth’s ecosystem and such other things, head to Palau Ubin where you can go mangrove kayaking. While you get to go kayaking amidst greenery, you also get the chance to enjoy different species of birds like hornbills, kingfishers, egrets, eagles, etc. If you are really lucky, you would also be able to spot otters and dolphins while kayaking.
Another unique experience that Singapore offers is forest adventure right in the city. It is a theme park that offers tree adventures. You get to choose amongst several tree top courses where you have walk on wobbly bridges and try to cross several obstacles before jumping down from the tree. While the tree course for adults is challenging, the one for children is fun and prepares them for the adult version. You do not have to worry about your safety as the park follows strict safety regulations. If you love adventure, this is the perfect place to go to while you are in Singapore.
There are several countries and cities that offer sky diving adventure to tourists and locals. Singapore too does that but with a difference. Here, you can go sky diving at iFly Singapore which offers indoor sky diving opportunity. Although you do not have to jump off from a flying aeroplane like in an actual sky diving session, the effect you get is the similar. Here, you jump into a wind tunnel which is covered with glass and so you can see the surroundings around you while diving. This is a great opportunity to try diving if you want to try this adventure sport but have not because you are apprehensive of the height.
Mint Museum of Toys
Singapore is a city that is home to one-of-a-kind vintage toy museum. The Mint Museum of Toys has almost 50,000 vintage toys that were manufactured 100 years ago. MINT or Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys is a museum that showcases the toy collection of Chang Yang Fa, a Singaporean. Some of the toys that you would be able to see here are Batman, Tintin, Popeye, etc. from the year they were created. Also, the collection of teddy bears of yesteryears is extremely adorable. While kids would enjoy this toy museum, even adults would have a great time in this nostalgic museum of toys.
The Stimulator Flight Experience
Have you always wanted to fly a plane but do not have the necessary training for it? If yes, your wish is to be fulfilled at Singapore. This is a city that offers flight experience with the simulator which has been fashioned as per Boeing 737 NG. It has a fully functional cockpit and replicates a flight environment to the T. It is a state-of-the-art simulator that gives real life experience of flying a plane. The fact that it is used for real pilot training makes the experience almost real. So take a break from sightseeing or adventure and take the pilot seat and enjoy taking off and flying out.
The Password Only Bar
Singapore has a vibrant life with various pubs, restaurants, night clubs, night markets, etc. When in Singapore, you need to go out at least once in your entire tour to enjoy the night life of the place. While there are several bars and pubs in the city, one interesting place is the Library. The Library is a secret bar which is camouflaged with a tailor shop. All you need to do to get entry into this secret bar is to tell the staff at the tailoring shop the right password.
Once you do this, you would be taken though a mirrored secret door into a bar which serves some amazing cocktails. The trick to get the password is to check out the Facebook page for a clue or visit the restaurant next door (The Study) and ask the waiters to reveal it. The password changes every week so you need to be vigilant if you want to get entry.
Singapore is a unique city that blends the modern and the traditional beautifully. Hence, you would get to see and do several unique things here. You can apply for a Singapore visa, and know all the visa related queries. Once you get the visa, all you need to do is pack your bags and fly out to this wonderful city.