Visit here for must-see places in Chinatown.
Here are some ideas for other things to do while you’re in Singapore:
1. Visit Tourist Places
From Chinatown to Little India and Sentosa to the Singapore Zoo – there are activities for everyone regardless of age or interest. Visit YourSingapore.com, the countries official tourism website, for a list of tourist places to visit.
2. Go Shopping
Singapore is a shopping haven. You will find shopping malls all over the island republic – literally! The most famous of all is the the shopping belt along Orchard Road, where you will find a long stretch of malls. Make sure to visit the iconic Ion Orchard while you are there.
After a long day out shopping, you may want to relax those tired muscles. Go for a relaxing aromatherapy, or if you have a high pain threshold, a Thai massage in Singapore.
3. Eat to Your Heart’s Content
Food is synonymous with Singapore. Here you will find many local snacks like laksa (Katong Laksa), chicken rice, curry crabs (Jumbo Seafood Restaurant) and satay (Lau Pa Sat). Or you can get all the local snacks in one place by simply visiting a food court like Newton Food Center (near Newton MRT) or if you fancy something more upscale, Makansutra Gluttons Bay (near Marina Square – alight at City Hall MRT and walk along Raffles Link).
4. Enjoy the Nightlife
If you are into gambling, Singapore has two amazing casinos to keep you busy – Resorts World Casino in Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands on the mainland. Once you are done gambling, you can head down to the famous watering holes in Clarke Quay, or if you are feeling a bit more energetic, go clubbing at St James Powerstation.
5. Better Beauty and Health
Many tourists, especially from neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia, visit Singapore for medical and aesthetic treatments. It is not uncommon for an overseas tourist to visit a local dermatologist to get Botox injections or IPL hair removal during a 5-day holiday here.
6. Visit places of worship
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a popular tourist and local attraction that was initially founded by Venerable Shi Fazhao in 2002, Chinatown, Singapore. This majestic Temple was built and devoted to the Maitreya Buddha, which translates to, ‘The Buddha of the Future’. Visitors can partake in eating vegetarian food that has been prepared during their visit, whereby donations are also welcomed.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Known as Singapore’s oldest temple in Singapore, the Sri Mariamman Temple draws in a steady stream of visitors each day. With unique and colorful sculptures stacked up in a pyramid above the entrance doors, entering them for the first time is truly memorable. Admission is free, although a small donation is required if you would like to take some photographs. From the months of October to November, a fire-walking ritual is held annually in the temple. Do plan your visit within this time frame.
7. Enjoy a soothing foot bath
The ageless practice of stirring well-being and fitness is synonymous with Bath Culture. Unwind after a day at the office with a relaxing foot bath in a traditional tub. Enjoy an oriental foot massage; feel your tensed muscles being less cramped, the stress slowly ebbing away from your body, as comforting music plays in the background. You are bound to leave feeling refreshed and at ease with the therapeutic bath and foot therapy.
8. See relics and items from yesteryear
Everyday tools that were once common with our ancestors are laid out for all to see. Kettles, woven baskets made out of bamboo, knives made the traditional way, and woks – this is an eye opening experience that shouldn’t be missed by those who have an appreciation for vintage items. Chinatown Heritage Center is truly an authentic recreation of times gone by as its exhibits takes you through a timeline, from harsh living conditions, gang turf wars, the ramifications of World War 2, cramped living conditions, it is an insightful experience.
9. Have a nice cuppa
Can’t get enough of tea? This tea shop is well stocked on just about every tea variant and products imaginable. Enjoy a cup of refreshing tea or tea biscuits that have been painstakingly made for your delight. Tea haven personified, every tea leaf variant is as diverse and rich in flavor as the next.