Singapore - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Great hiking and biking trails, tons of green space, recreational opportunities abound! Cultural activities are slowly coming back after the pandemic as well — plays and concerts at the Esplanade, art, music, dance, too many museums to name. Wildlife is everywhere. We’ve seen monkeys, monitor lizards, exotic birds, turtles, geckos, peacocks, all kinds of things, just out and about. Kranji Countryside has lots of farms that are fun to visit. Malaysia has been closed since we arrived but we’re excited to drive up and visit. The National Heritage Board has lots of interesting programming. Check out the Friends of Museums guided tours and walking tours, and any walking tour you can find, for that matter. Singapore is best seen on foot! Buy batik and other fabrics on Arab Street. Visit Mustafa Center to buy everything you can imagine. - Mar 2022

There are too many to name, so I will name a few: Running or walking through botanical gardens, grabbing Turkish food and coffee on Haji Lane, Grocery shopping in Tiong Bahru or hiking through Macritchie Nature Trail. - Aug 2015

Check out the hawker centers for great, cheap local food, river tours on bum boats through city, Singapore flyer, Sentosa Beach, zoo, River Safari, hiking trails, Botanic Gardens - Aug 2015

Lots of stuff. The Marina Bay Sands area is great for strolling around. The zoo is amazing!The botanical gardens are spectacular (and free)!Shopping on Orchard Rd great. Little India is fun. The movie theaters are affordable and nice. The Science Centre is great. Sentosa is fun but expensive. Singapore flyer, cable car, iFly, etc. - Apr 2012

Shop! Eat! Travel to neighboring countries to see ancient sites, scuba dive, hike, be a beach bum, etc. - Nov 2011

Go to the botanic gardens or parks, go to the beach, explore hidden gems of local culture (they are there but hard to find?, eat good food, go to the movies, go swimming in your pool, visit the zoo. - Mar 2010

Mentioned above. My favorite places are Pulau Ubin, an island off the north shore of Singapore that's green and undeveloped, few cars, lots of bike rental shops, and VivoCity, one of those horrible malls, but with rooftop run-around playspaces for my son. A rare and special place is the Arts House in a renovated public building downtown, the incubator for most of what passes for culture in Singapore. As above, it ain't New York. - Dec 2008

The Night Safari is a must. Sentosa is fun for people with kids. We enjoyed the ethnic enclaves the most. Chinatown's not exciting for anyone who's ever spent any time in any major American city, but Little India and Arab Street are terrific, and we hung out in those two areas the most. - Aug 2008

As I said previously, it can be a huge challenge to find anything truly creative here. Eating is a popular pastime, as is going to the movies (though only the larger blockbusters make it here-forget indie films) and the parks. But to be honest, I have found the lack of international film, music, art and culture offerings that are outside the mainstream to be one of the worst aspects of living as an expat in Singapore. - Jun 2008


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