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5 Best Shopping Places in Singapore

‘Treat yourself to a little retail therapy while in Singapore’

   Shopping is a favorite activity for both men and women. Singapore is a small island packed with numerous gigantic malls just closely. Guess, you could not see so many malls in any part of the world. When you see Singapore in a globe map, it appears as a small dot. But when you land in, you could notice some of the world’s best shopping destinations.

   Are you a shopaholic? Well, Singapore is an excellent destination to satisfy your shopping hunger. Here in this blog, we will be discussing top 5 shopping places in Singapore.

Singapore’s Top Shopping Places

1. Orchard Road:

Orchard-Road

   Orchard Road is a 2.2-kilometer stretch spread with numerous mega malls. It houses various popular shopping complexes like Paragon Shopping Center, Mandarin Gallery, Far East Plaza, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Central and ION Orchard. On both sides of Orchard road, you can see international and local department stores, hotels, salons, spas, offices, boutiques, entertainment spots, cafes and restaurants. One could lavishly spend their whole day in the stretch of Orchard Road without getting bored. Most shopkeepers remain open till 11.00 PM, especially during Saturday nights.

2. Chinatown Street Market:

Chinna-Town

   Chinatown is a place where you could spend even weeks by discovering a new range of shopping. If you wish to know what Chinatown offers in a quick manner, you need to walk across Sago, Trengganu and Pagoda streets. Here in Chinatown, you can see stalls and shops mostly filled with traditional candles, clothing, artwork, plants, pottery and various household items. The Mid-Autumn festival takes place in September and you could enjoy watching magnificent burst of lights and colors across the area. Some popular places to shop in Chinatown include China Square Central Flea Market, Chinatown complex, Chinatown Point and Singapore Handicraft Center, Ming Fang Antique House, etc.

3. VivoCity:

Vivo-City

   It is said to be biggest shopping center in Singapore. It houses an art gallery, numerous restaurants and bars, open air playground, a rooftop amphitheater and fifteen cinema screens along with never-ending high-end outlets and branded stores. Shopaholics will feel Vivocity as retail heaven. You can buy all kinds of luxury items like Armani Jeans, Switzerland Watches and Louis Vuitton handbags. It is definitely worth visiting VivoCity when you go for a Singapore trip. Vivocity is open from   10.00 AM to 10.00 PM.

4. Haji Lane:

Haji-Lane

   If you wish to experience a different kind of shopping in Singapore, you need to head to Haji Lane. It can be defined as a hipster haven. Though the road is narrow, it is beautifully decorated with vintage boutiques and stores. The beauty of the roads will tempt you to take a couple of pics. It is a place best for shopping and also for taking pics. The boutiques sell a different collection of accessories, clothes and antique cameras. If you have plenty of time, ensure to buy clothes that have unique quirky designs, bright colors and unusual materials as it is common here. I found few boutiques worth visiting in this fabulous street – Fabulous Fads, Tangers, Dulcet Fig, Zhai Eco Collection and Wicked Laundry.

5. Little India:

Little-India

   When you enter Little India, you can come across intriguing smells, exotic sounds and radiant colors at every foot. You can find lots of readymade and rough wear clothes all around the corners. It is said to be the most affordable place to purchase clothes in Singapore. Little India also houses dress stores, traditional fabric shops and mobile stores along with delicious curry houses. Some of the best shopping places in Little India include City Square Mall, Mustafa Center, Little India Arcade, Serangoon Road side street shops, etc.

       Singapore amazes people of all age groups. It has something interesting in its own style. If you have not tested your shopping skills in an international country, then Singapore is the best destination to land. Choose one of the best Singapore tour packages from Visiit.com and explore the gigantic shopping malls of Singapore this holiday.

5 Things to Do With Kids in Singapore

   Are you planning for a Singapore trip with family? Well, check out our exclusive Family Guide to visit Singapore. It is about everything that you should know when touring to Singapore with family especially kids.

   Singapore is a fabulous family-friendly country. It houses some of the world’s best attractions, pleasant weather, exciting cosmopolitan culture and walkable streets. Most people have a thought that Singapore is a business hub/financial center. In reality, Singapore has various beaches (man-made) along with several family things and fun activities to do.

    Universal Studios is the first thing that would come to mind for most people. Apart from Universal Studios, there is a lot of activities and things to do in the Sentosa Island. Young families will not feel hard to get around since pushchairs and strollers can be used everywhere and at the same time teens can enjoy active attractions and parks in Singapore. Take a quick look at ‘the best things to do with kids in Singapore’ below.

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1. Universal Studios Singapore :

Universal-Studios-Singapore

    If you are planning to enjoy theme park entertainment with kids while in Singapore, Universal Studios is the best option. You can spend one complete day here by riding some of the world’s popular rides. There are about twenty-four rides and eighteen rides are located within the park. The highlights include The Mummy Rollercoaster and 3D Transformers ride. I had very less idea about Transformers since I have not watched the movie. But when I started for the ride, it was mind-blowing. No matter, you watch the movie or not, you would surely enjoy Transformers ride every second. Universal Studios is open from 9.00 AM to 8.00 PM.

2. Gardens By The Bay :

Gardens-By-The-Bay

   The structures of Gardens by the Bay looks extremely out of the world and surely surprises children of all age groups. When you visit during night times, you can see a beautiful display of light. The popular Super tree structures provide imposing sky-walk along the gardens and the large-sized greenhouses create cool mountain climates. There are numerous plants and trees to discover. It is free to walk inside the park but you need to pay to walk in the midst of Super trees and inside climate-controlled greenhouses.  Gardens by the Bay is open from 9.00 AM to 9.00 PM.

3. Singapore Night Safari :

Night-Safari

   It is a first-class attraction that offers wonder and entertainment for visitors. It is set up in dedication to rescue, research and conserve wildlife. During the Night Safari, you can see thousands of beasts from Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. It will be seen in open natural environments. This attraction is a major plus for Singapore tourism. It has earned a lot of reputation and has been voted as best family-friendly attraction in Asia. It is open from 7.30 PM to 12.00 midnight.

4. Wild Wild Wet Singapore :

Wild-Wild-Wet-Singapore

   If your kids wish to play in chill water amidst cool breeze, then enter into Singapore’s famous water park – Wild Wild Wet Singapore. It is best especially when you are bored up of roaming under heat and humidity of Singapore. This theme park has plenty of rides, pools and slides to entertain family members of all tastes and age groups. Some of the adventurous slides are The Water Works, Torpedo and the Side Up. Wild Wild West Park houses a right combination of adrenaline bursting slides. It is open from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

5. ArtScience Museum :

ArtScience-Museum

   It is situated in one of the best and impressive architectural structures of Singapore. It equally enormous range of exhibits that are designed through cutting edge technology seen in few parts of the world. The name is apt since different galleries pinpoint the association between arts and sciences. It is best to purchase All Access Ticket instead of purchasing tickets separately for each gallery. The cost of the ticket is S$19 for children and S$30 for adults. It is open from 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM.

    Hope, you have gained an excellent idea about the places to include in your Singapore trip itinerary. The above-mentioned places are highly liked and enjoyed by families with kids. This year, give a surprise gift to your loved ones by taking them to Singapore. It is sure it would remain unforgettable in their lifetime.

5 Aquatic Adventures To Indulge In Singapore

    Aquatic sports is one of the greatest attractions for tourist, whether International or national. Singapore is a city that has a large number of water sports attractions. These attractions are for people of all age groups. If the attraction area is equipped with proper apparatus and functions under good guidance, then they are a hassle and danger-free entertainment option.

Stand Up Paddling

    If surfing sounds to be an adventurous choice for you, then you can go for another better option – stand up paddling. This is a much easier alternative. This is a sport that can be tried by anybody above the age of seven. You can do this in positions of kneeling or while standing on the surfboard. You can move ahead by using a row. However, it is imperative that you are a good swimmer. Once you are comfortable with the style you can try pilates and yoga for more fun. You can get instructor support and advice for better safety.

Stand-Up-Paddling

    You can get training for Stand Up Paddling at SUP School. It is open even for kids above seven years. Once you master Stand Up Paddling, you can try yourself by adding  Pilates and Yoga to the sport. The training cost would be between S$60-S$100.

Venue: Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Outrigger Canoeing

Outrigger-Canoeing

   The outrigger canoe is water sport that is filled with excitement and adventure. There are instructing boards and experts who can give you important tips on the techniques that should be followed for better safety and support. These training sessions are often ninety minutes long where you can get to know about the positions to main while you are in the canoe, paddling patterns and the postures to be maintained. You can include kids over the age of 12. Singapore Paddle Club offers excellent training at a reasonable cost (i.e.) S$50 for three sessions.

Venue: Silosa Beach Walk, Sentosa

Sailing

Sailing

     Dinghy sailing is yet again another popular water sport that can be tried while you are in Singapore. However, prior to trying this please ensure that you have a good affinity for the sea. You can get training sessions where you will be taken to the northeastern coast of the city and will be trained throughout the day. You can learn tricks of tying sailing knots, get to know the various terms used by seamen. You can get to know the various trick of sailing. Kids above the age of 14 can try the sport. The cost of learning Sailing Proficiency Course is S$160.50 per session and the Level 1 Course is S$535 for four sessions.

Venue: 32, Netheravon Road

Adventure Water Rides

Adventure-Water-Rides

    Wild Wild Wet is one of the most popular water sports parks in Singapore where you can get a large number of adventure rides. The rapid speed and the adventure ride are super exciting and fun. Children must be accompanied by elders for guidance and better safety. There are rides where the age specifications are maintained which must be adhered to. You must abide by the rules of the park so that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Venue: Wild Wild Wet, Pasir Ris Close

Jet blending

Jet-blending

    The jet packs are yet again one of the most popular water sports that is done at the Ola beach club. This is one of the best attractions in Singapore that attracts tourist who has indulged from the various parts of the world. Prior to the experience, you will be given a good training on the various safety aspects and the ways the apparatus is to be used and secured. This will help you to be secure and enjoy to the fullest.

Venue: Ola Beach Club, Sentosa

           These water sports are for one and all. With good training and security apparatus, you can enjoy some best moments.

5 Best Night Clubs in Singapore

Where to party all night in Singapore?

   Singapore is known for its nightlife as the island city-state has many exciting, glamorous and vibrant nightclubs. Nightclubs in Singapore are the perfect venues to spend nights, celebrate with friends & global tourists, dance on DJ songs and party all night long.

Here are the 5 best nightclubs in Singapore:

1. Zouk :

Zouk-Singapore

   Zouk is one of the best and frequented nightclubs. It fascinates guests with colorful laser lights, disco ball equalizers, big screens, high-tech decoration, glamour and captivating music. The club is famous for its drinks, wine bar, lights and music. It has been reinventing itself for many years. The owners of the club have adopted the policy to always be cutting-edge. It was built on barren land with warehouse.  Zouk has always been the club for the youth in Singapore and tourists to party and celebrate.  Some of the very best international DJs are invited to make people dance on multi-level floor.

2. Altimate VIP Club :

Altimate-VIP-Club

   Altimate VIP Club at 61st level of Raffles Place is one of the most entertaining nightclubs in the city. This club is famous for special performances, disco lights, drinks, cocktails, thrill, Halloween dance performances, Al Fresco bar and music. Altimate’s music, ambiance and DJs are able to take clubbing experience to new heights. The views of the city from the club are amazing. Drinks here are about 15$ a shot.   Here, dancing with bottles on fire can be seen.

3. Canvas Nightclub :

Canvas

    Canvas is the successor of Home Club. Both international and local DJs are invited to the club. It has special sitting arrangements for guests to relax, have drinks and view the artwork. A large number of Singapore youth and tourists regularly come to this establishment. Music synchronized with images on screen, flashlights, laser lights and effects are enough to stimulate even the non-dancers. DJs love to interact with people and lighting effects are awesome. Hip Hop artists and international DJs often come to make the nights more entertaining.

4. Club Kyo :

Club-Kyo

   It is one of the most admired underground nightclubs in the city. Situated in the basement area of Keck Seng Tower, world-famous DJs are regularly invited to make the nights extra special.  As compared to other clubs in the city, Kyo has quite good seating arrangements. There are rooms for more than 200 guests to dance and 150 to sit, relax, enjoy and have drinks. Unlike other establishments, it is not closed in the hours of daylight and entry is also free for day hours.

  All Japanese drinks and cocktails are offered, however, the specialty is Japanese Whisky. This establishment looks like a Japanese club having generous wooden furniture and flooring and large dance floor. The venue is ideal for house, minimal and tech music lovers. No official dress code is required to get an entry.

5. Attica:

attica-singapore

   The venue is perfect for dancing on latest top chartbuster songs. The doors of the dance club are open 7 days a week. There are three areas – one for chartbusters, R&B & hip-hop, second for DJ heavy bass beats and third to relax and have drinks. It is said to be a most happening nightclub in Clarke Quay. The crowd includes both expats and locals. If you wish to enjoy great cocktails, excellent dance and music, extremely fun atmosphere and exciting crowds, Attica will easily impress you. You can wear dress of your choice (i.e.) to impress the crowd.

   If you are confused where to enjoy night parties in Singapore, the above suggestions would remain really helpful. Clubbing in Singapore all night long is truly the best thing to do in your lifetime. Plan a Singapore tour for bachelor or bachelorette party and add some wonderful memories.

A Local’s Guide to Singapore

    Singapore has plenty of dining, shopping, exploring and sightseeing options. Due to a wide variety of options, it is difficult for first-time visitors to make an itinerary for their trip to Singapore. However, this guide will help you get to know the best and specialties of Singapore.

Singapore Local Pastries:

Singapore-Local-Pastries

     The Lion City is famous for local pastries, chocolate tarts, cookies and sweets. There are many confectionery shops near Mountbatten Road and East Coast Road. Therefore, in case you love to have pastries, chocolate tarts and other confectioneries, please head to confectionery shops prior to lunch for the reason that the best confectioneries are sold before the lunchtime.

Pasar Malams, the Street Night Markets:

     Visit a Pasar Malam, a street night market, in order to have some more local snacks at reasonable rates, including Ramly burgers (beef or chicken patty stuffed burgers), Kueh Tutu (steamed rice flour sweet snack) and Muah Chee (sugar and peanut coated glutinous rice balls).

Pasar-Malams

     Some Pasar Malams have game stalls, shopping tents and outlets, where you can get anything from stuffed toys to multiple design covers of mobile phones.

Reserving Seats with Tissue Paper or the Chope Culture:   

        In case you visit a hawker center (an open-air food center) on a weekday and especially in the lunch hour, you will notice a lot of tables accompanied with tissue packets. Do not be disturbed, it is an unexpressed arrangement and habit known to all locals.

chopped-table

          Tissue papers are put on tables to signify that the table’s reserved or occupied. In local language, a reserved table with tissue paper is known as a chopped table. In case you wish to have lunch at an open-air restaurant in Central Business District or Central Area, please make sure to carry a tissue packet.

Roadside Ice Cream Stands:

     The Lion City is famous for the roadside ice cream stands or carts. There are many street-side ice cream carts in busy locations like Marina Bay and Orchard Road. Ice creams sold at street-side stands are about SGD 1 each. The rates are quite reasonable.

Roadside-Ice

      The ice creams served are different from the traditional ones as they are not served in cups or cones. Moreover, they are sandwiched between bread slices, cocoa cookies, peanut butter cookies and biscuits. Also, the best comforting remedy for the scorching heat while traveling is enjoying ice cream.

Road Closures for Weekend:

Holland-Village

       Roads are occasionally closed to transportation at busy nightlife streets and neighborhoods like Club Street and Holland Village. The road to Holland Village closes every day at 7 PM, whereas the road to Club Street closes each Friday and Saturday for 7 hours (from 7 PM to 2 AM). During the last Sunday of every month, the Civic District and Central Business District areas become walking and cycling areas.

Farms in the City:

     A lot of urbanites have gone for urban farming in order to produce their own food. In case you love agriculture and if you wish to have food from farm to table, then please visit the Edible Garden City, Urban Farm and Barn and One Kind House.

Farms-in-the-City

        When you explore Singapore as a native, you can see a lot of interesting things that are hidden from traveller’s view. Plan for a Singapore trip and enjoy this beautiful country in your own style.

5 Hotspots To Visit in Singapore for Christmas and New Year Celebration   

Welcome New Year ’18 in Singapore

Like in the most Christian countries, Christmas in Singapore is celebrated with all-inclusive pomp and show on the 25th of December. New Year in Singapore is celebrated with beach parties, DJs, live music performances, countdown timers, choreographed fireworks, dance, drinks and more.

Here is our guide to know about celebrating Christmas and New Year in Singapore. Now go do some plans and we will meet you in 2018.

Orchard Road Christmas Light Up 2018:

For almost three decades, the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up has fascinated both local Singaporeans and international tourists. As a matter of fact, the majority of participants at the Christmas Light Up are reappearing visitors.

Orchard-Road-Singapore

In case you are planning to visit Orchard Road this year, you will definitely see the traditional Christmas fare acts, dramas and carols played by church associations.  Visitors are captivated by the Christmas lights. Untold fairy tales, baubles, and bells beautify the whole 7 km distance from Orchard Road to Marina Bay. Activities to do during Christmas are traveling by open-top double-Decker buses and gazing at the decoration from the bus or from the road.

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018:

The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is a complete yearly festival to celebrate New Year’s Eve with magnificent fireworks, live music performances and wonderful arts and crafts exhibition. The countdown to New Year is mind-blowing because it presents more viewpoints from numerous major establishments close to the Marina Bay comprising the well-known Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, The Helix Bridge, The Fullerton Heritage, Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade as well as Youth Olympic Park.

Marina-Bay-Singapore

At the end of the year, millions of local Singaporeans and tourists visit and come together to the Bay and write their wishes and expectations for the New Year on Wishing Spheres to be floating into the bay in collections.

More attractions comprise a series of impressive and exhilarating shows at the Esplanade Outdoor Theater, amazing fireworks show with stunning scenery of Singapore attractions and island-city horizon, yearly photography contest to photograph the extraordinary instants of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown and an extraordinary light and sound show for the year countdown when everybody wishes farewell to the last year and welcomes the new year with happiness and enjoyment. The countdown to 2018 at Marina Bay will definitely be the most impressive celebration ever.

The Jewel Box on Mount Faber:

The-Jewel-Box-on-Mount-Faber

The Jewel Box lies in the peak of the 105 meters of Mount Faber where locals and tourists cheer and applause to the New Year for the Sky Symphony Countdown. It has the longest pyrotechnic fireworks choreographed to a symphony tune. Both locals and tourists celebrate the New Year with family members and friends with a range of dining options from Empress Jade restaurant, Black Opal or Sapphire surrounded by the calmness and splendor of nature in this well-known peak.

Siloso Beach Resort:

siloso-beach-resort

Party lovers and beach lovers can enjoy the celebration at Siloso beach countdown party 2018 which will definitely make you dance, jump and enjoy with 12 hours of continuous celebration on a beach themed dance floors distended beside 1.2 km long Siloso Beach in Sentosa Island. Siloso beach countdown party is all about dance, DJ music, band performances, fire eating performances, food, drinks, fireworks, excitement and enjoyment to remember.

     Plan your 2018 Christmas and New Year Eve in Singapore. Visiit.com offers the best Singapore tour packages at your pocket price. Book now to grab best deals and discounts.

List of Bollywood Movies Shot in Singapore

Singapore is a stunningly picturesque country which has all what a Bollywood movie producer can ask for – pretty beaches, exquisite greenery, amazing background locales to shoot in. Bollywood is the Hindi movie industry of India which generates multimillion dollar movies shot in exotic locales with mostly escapist themes which have both local and worldwide appeal and huge box office collections to boot.

There was a scheme ‘Film in Singapore’ recently released by the Singapore Tourism Board for film producers.

So let’s get to know which one of the Bollywood movies have been shot in Singapore.

  1. Krrish

Krrish was the first Hindi movie shot in Singapore under the above scheme which had many scenes and songs shot there. There were many locales which were seen in the blockbuster movie like Cavenagh Bridge, Fountain of wealth, Lau Pa Sat Clock Tower.
krrish in singapore
Some major scenes with the lead actor, Hrithik Roshan and senior actor, Naseeruddin Shah were shot at Esplanade, theatres on the bay in Singapore. There was a famous song, Koi Tumsa Nahi with Hrithik Roshan and the lead actress, Priyanka Chopra also shot there at the Mica building in Singapore. Krissh and the sequel, Koi Mil Gaya were so famous especially among young children that it gave rise to video games, new animated cartoons, comics and branded toys as well.

2. Badrinath ki Dulhaniya

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is one of the latest indian romantic comedy flim to have been shot in Singapore released in 2017. This movie was produced by Karan Johar, a very prominent and prolific producer and director. It was directed by Shashank Khaitan and starred the teen heartthrobs Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan along with many other actors. One prominent scene in the movie was shot in Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore.
Badrinath ki Dulhaniya

This movie also has a recreated and remixed version of an old Hindi song ‘Tamma Tamma’ which was shot in a Singapore nightclub and also around many places like Gardens by the Bay, Clarke quay and Universal studios.

3. Dear Zindagi

Dear Zindagi was another one of the prominent Hindi film to have been shot extensively in Singapore. This was a production from the Dharma Productions and Red Chilies Entertainment part owned by Shahrukh Khan, one of the top Bollywood actors and directed by Gauri Shinde. The movie starred Alia Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan and was shot in many locations in Singapore.dear zindagi in singapore
4. De Dana Dan

De Dana Dan was another big budget Hindi movie which was shot in different locations in Singapore. This movie had many actors in starring role including Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Katrina Kaif and was directed by famous director, Priyadarshan.

de dana dan in singporeA song in this movie was pictured in locations like Chevron house, raffles, East Coast Park, Marina Barrage and chain bridge. Many scenes in the movie were also shot in Fusionopolis and the Pan Pacific hotel as well.

5. Pyaar Impossible

Pyaar Impossible bollywood romantic comedy film released on 2010 was shot in Singapore was directed by Jugal Hansraj and starred Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra. A lot of the prominent scenes were shot in Elgin Bridge and also esplanade, theatres on the bay in Singapore.pyaar impossible singapore flyer
6. Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya

Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya movie released in 2009 starring Aishwarya Rai and Bobby Deol in the lead roles and directed by veteran actor Rishi Kapoor which released in the year 1997. There was a song in the movie ‘Ek Din Kahin Hum Tum Mile’ was shot at Sentosa, Southern islands, raffles place, tiger balm gardens in Singapore. Some scenes were also shot with their backdrop at Fountain of wealth at Suntec city, Singapore.Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya in singapore

7. Ajnabee

Ajnabee Bollywood suspense thriller film released on 2001 starring Akshay Kumar Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor directed by Abbas Mustan and produced by Vijay Galani. Ajnabee has been shot entirely on foreign locations -Mauritius, Singapore and Switzerland

Ajnabee bollywood movie

Singapore Tourism Board is ramping up its efforts to connect with Hindi and Tamil movie producers to increase the number of films shot in Singapore. In 2016, it was estimated that Indonesia was first, followed by China and Australia in the list of countries from which tourists were arriving in Singapore.

India was a close fourth in this year taking up the fourth position. Singapore Tourism Board wants to increase its marketing efforts significantly to even increase the number of visitors from India to Singapore. In the year of 2016 7.7% incrementally more Indian tourists visited Singapore as compared to the number in the previous year.

In the Singapore cruise market, Indians specifically accounted for the first position in terms of the total number of tourists arriving from the country and which marked a huge 26% increase over the last year.

Your trip to Singapore is incomplete if you miss out to taste some of the best local delights and foods that this place has to offer. It is not wrong to say that Singaporean food is a unique blend of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Indonesian cuisines. Singapore is also one of the best places to feed your appetite with its mouth-watering food and exotic local cooking.

While wandering in Singapore, you will come across plenty of amazing restaurants and street food stalls to satisfy your craving with their special cuisine and lip smacking Singaporean food.

Below we are listing the 11 Must Try Foods in Singapore to meet your hunger pangs :

  1. Bah Kut Teh

Bah Kut Teh

Also known as Meat bone tea, it is believed that Bah KutTeh is originally developed by Hokkien immigrants from China. This dish is also quite popular among people in Malaysia and Singapore. Though there is no tea used in the dish, but it received its name due to the fact that a strong tea is consumed with the pork soup to remove the grease.

This dish is mostly served with a bowl of rice, and Chinese side dishes like mustard greens or braised tofu. So next time whenever you eat a Bah KutTeh, don’t forget to pour a hot Chinese Tea over it to enjoy its amazing flavors.

  1. Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

It is another popular dish that you should definitely try in Singapore. The exotic and rich flavor of rice comes from the grains that are pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth.

The process of steaming the chicken goes on until it gets cooked with the a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. The dish is mainly served with chili sauce, which is prepared using chillies, garlic, ginger and chicken broth.

  1. Mud Crab

Mud Crab

The dish gets served in two different flavors that include Chili and pepper. The chili version of mud crab is quite old and has been prepared since 1956 using a single sea food. Whereas the pepper version came into existence in 1959.

This might surprise you, but both the versions of the dish are worldwide popular for its mouthwatering flavors. The whole essence of the dish enhances even more when it gets served with lush jackfruit sauce.

  1. Satay Satay

Satay Satay

Photograph by San MG

It is a small bite-sized pieces of mutton, beef and chicken with a sweet piquant preserve. These sweet and tangy pieces of meat are usually served skewered on giant toothpicks and fanned over a large flame.

The Satay Satay is mostly served with the side dishes like rice dumplings, cucumber slices, onions and peanut sauce.

  1. Durian

Durian

This is one of the dishes that needs no preparation and is perfect to eat just like that. The fruit basically grows in spiky and circular shape and has a very pungent and sweet jungle honey like aroma. The fruits taste sweet, tangy, creamy as well as buttery.The large number of Durian typically grows in Malaysia and are grown by Singaporean in Malaysia who brings the best quality fruit to the Singapore as well.

The large number of Durian typically grows in Malaysia and are grown by Singaporean in Malaysia who brings the best quality fruit to the Singapore as well.

  1. Sambal Stingray

Sambal Stingray

The dish is also known as barbequed fish or Ikan Bakar in Malay. Initially Stringay was considered as the dull, cheap and poor tasting fish, but later got famous as someone in Malay community spiced it with Sambal sauce. This amazing combination comes out so well that it made people go crazy over the dish.’

To retain its natural flavor, the fish is grilled using banana leaf. After the fish gets cooked, a sauce consisting of chili peppers, shrimp paste, shallots and spices also known as Sambal poured on the top of the fish.

  1. Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab

Chili Crab unofficially known as the “national dish” of Singapore is one of the favorite seafoods among people here. The ingredients used to prepare the sauce include green chilies, tomatoes, fresh eggs and many others.

The dish can be eaten on its own or by soaking a breadfor a spicy evening.

  1. Ice Kacang

Ice Kacang

As we all know all countries have their own unique desserts. Similarly, Singapore have their unique version of crushed and shaved ice dessert, which is also known as Ice Kacang in Singapore. Ice Kacang is prepared using jellies, red beans, fruits, and shaved ice, which later served by covering a variety of syrups, condensed milk as well as sweet cream corn.

The best thing about Ice Kacang is that it comes in different variety that you might have to visit the city again and again to try all the flavors and exotic tastes of Ice Kacang. While walking down the streets of Singapore, you’ll come across many Ice Kacang stalls.

  1. Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang

As Singapore is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from Indonesia and Sumatra, one can notice a great influence of Indonesia in its food flavors and cuisines. One such dish inspired by Indonesian flavors is Nasi Padang. For all those people who love curries and spicy foods will instantly fall in love with the dish like Nasi Padang.

This dish is also one of the most preferred dishes among visitors in Singapore. The dish includes a plate of rice, and served with a dish like rending, curries and vegetables with Sambal chili sauce.

  1. Murtabak

Murtabak

Mainly an Arab food, the dish is highly influenced by Indian flavors and is one such dish that reflects a lot of cultures and fusion of flavors in one dish. The dish is mainly prepared in the form of stuffed roti and is filled with the different types of fillings. From vegetables to chicken, you can pick any filling that best suits your taste.

The thing that makes this dish even more delicious and exotic is that it gets served with an Indian style curry.

  1. Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

The dish is mainly influenced by Malay Cuisine and is a breakfast concoction of Peranakan. It is a form of steamed rice, which is prepared by using coconut milk, salt and Pandan leaves to add a little fragrance to the dish. Along with coconut rice, you get Sambal sauce, fresh fried fish, fried anchovies and egg plus cucumber combo to eat with it.

So next time you visit Singapore, don’t forget to try out these lip smacking and delicious food and delicacies in Singapore which are absolutely worth trying and will go crazy over their taste.

No wonder Singapore is a beautiful city with diverse culture, population, and food. If you are from India, you might be thinking just like what most of the people think. What comes to your mind when you think of visiting Singapore? Tourism, huge shopping malls, and picturesque islands, right? You probably won’t realise some of the exceptional things about Singapore until you make a visit.

How many of these usual things you already know?

  1. Singaporeans don’t just run on Tourism; it has other businesses too.

    Skyscrapers in financial district of Singapore

We all know that tourism is one of the biggest revenue generating industries. We cannot deny the fact how Singapore’s diverse culture of Chinese, Malay, and Indian attracts lots of tourists. But does that mean Singapore relies solely on tourism? No way.

With city-state’s unparalleled global connectivity, Singapore has got some of the best IT hubs to attract global players. Medical Technology is yet another industry that’s booming recently. Creative industries, financial technology, retail, and education are other money-makers which you may not be aware of.

  1. Singapore does not only sell cheap things, check out their hugest malls

    The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Gone are the days where your father gifted you nice little Singapore toys in your childhood. You will be surprised to know that Singapore has a lot of malls just for luxury items.

If you’ve been thinking that you can buy world-class brands only in US or UK, get yourself updated. With high-class luxury malls like The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City, and Ion Orchard, your search for cheap goods may fail.

  1. Love beaches? It’s all man-made

    Sentosa

For all the nature enthusiasts, though Singapore is offering plenty of beaches, remember one thing – it’s man-made.

Singapore has been conquering Asia sand by sand, literally. Don’t be shocked to hear the fact that Singapore has been accused of importing too much sand from Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

As a famous tourist destination giving a pleasant experience for travellers is important. Surprisingly, you will not even realise it when you visit a beach that bought sand.

  1. Singapore celebrates racial harmony?

    racial harmony singaporePhotograph by Jazzfrey Loek

We all know that Singapore has three major racial groups such as Chinese, Malay, Indian and others. You must know that fact that this city-state proudly celebrates “Racial Harmony”.

With all due respect to the Singapore’s diverse culture, racial harmony sounds a little unrealistic. Chinese dominates three-fourth of the population and you will not be surprised to see some jobs that require applicants to be bilingual, meaning English and Mandarin. It’s no surprise to see few property ads that say Indian tenants need not apply.

  1. An instant energising fruit – Durian (Some hate it)

    Singapore's DurianPhotograph by tyler roberts

Being a seasonal fruit, Durian fruit has lots of health benefits and has been used in various dishes and ice creams in Singapore.

If you happen to visit Singapore from June to August, you’ll surprisingly see these fruits sold in the streets. Its unusual flavour has appreciations and also strong dislikes from many.

You may be shocked to know that Durians are not allowed in the Singapore Subway.

  1. Singapore is the world’s second most free economy (after Hong Kong)

    Singapore is the world's second most free economy

Though Singapore is generating revenue with the Tourism, increasing IT and Medical technologies, people are still happy as they are not being burdened with heavy taxes.

Singapore is one of the world’s prosperous place ranking 25 in the standard of living. Wondering what the unemployment rate is? Unexpectedly, it’s only about 2 percent.

With low taxes and business-friendly environment, Singapore is a preferred destination for investors around the globe.

  1. Does Singlish take over English?

    Speak Good English Movement

Despite Government’s effort, kids in Singapore seem to like the colloquial English of Singapore. You may think Singlish is just a slag; it actually has become another language that kids and teens love.

Do you know that Singlish is discouraged in schools and mass media? Yes, it is. Parents get worked out when they hear their kids speak Singlish. You’ll be surprised to know that the Government even launched “Speak Good English Movement”.  Funny, isn’t it?

  1. People assume Indians to be Tamilians?

    People assume Indians to be TamiliansPhotograph by Jill Arce

We all know that Singapore has a good Indian population apart from Chinese and Malay. You will not be amazed to find Singapore as a mini-South-India which a good chunk of Tamil speaking population.

Sadly, Singaporeans don’t seem to differentiate this from the bigger group. If you’re an Indian and visit Singapore, don’t be offended if someone asks if you are a Tamilian. Unfortunately, you will have to live with it.

  1. Singapore’s delicious continental and bizarre food dishes

    Crocodile Paws

Barring the delicious continental food dishes, do you know that some restaurants in Singapore serve whacky food?

Live octopus (popular Korean dish known as Sananakji), Crocodile paws (even the crocodile claws are in the dish), fried fallopian tubes, raw beef topped up with egg yolk, goose web, and pig’s brain soup are a few weird food that you can get in Singapore.

Singapore has not only got people from various parts of Asia, but also all sorts of traditional Asian foods.

  1. Singapore is one of most expensive cities

    Singapore

Singapore has once again retained the title as the world’s most expensive city. Does it mean everything is expensive including the cost of living? Not necessarily. In fact, Singapore offers very affordable prices on personal care, household goods and domestic items.

If you use public transport, it’s very cheap. If you hire an Uber, it’s going to cost you more. Don’t even think of buying a car in Singapore. Groceries, food, and clothing will be on the expensive items list.

So, if you are planning for a Singapore vacation, you don’t have to panic too much about pricey stuff; you will find economical options as well.

About the Author:

Vinayak: I am a professional content writer and I add value to businesses by offering unique, fresh, and engaging content. My areas of interest include start-up, traveling, yoga, spirituality, trekking, and personal productivity. When I’m not writing, you will find me having a peaceful time with family, friends or in deep introspection.

Are you the one who wants to explore incredible things in life? If yes, then you have countless choices in Singapore. Whether it is a family vacation, honeymoon, or a teens’ hang out, Singapore is one of the best places for travelers around the world. From nature enthusiasts to food lovers, everyone has something new to discover in this country.

Here are some of the unique things you can do when you visit Singapore:

  1. The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

    The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

Animal lovers get a visual delight as the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum has more than eight-hundred turtles and tortoises over fifty different species. You will find distinct varieties turtles, hard-shelled amphibians, and many tortoises. You will be thrilled to see tortoises roaming in the park where you can also get close to them to feed.

Many of these turtles and tortoises were once house pets and now being safely cared in this museum. Visit the tortoise museum and buy some unique ceramics, furniture pieces, and dishes.

  1. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

    Sungei Buloh Wetland ReservePhotograph by Patrick K T. Tan

As if you are entering a tropical rainforest, this place is full of natural greenery and rich biodiversity. You will be stunned by the fact that over 150 species of migratory birds can be found in this reserve.

Take your binocular and visit this reserve between September and March spot rare migratory birds. Apart from birds, you can also find Varanus Salvator, a Komodo dragon look-alike lizard, known as water monitor.

  1. Kayaking in the Mangroves of Khatib Bongsu

    Kayaking in the Mangroves of Khatib Bongsu

You can experience kayaking in the jungle just a few kilometres away from the city. To have the best view of the vegetation, do kayaking through Sungei Mandai Besar and Sungei Mandai Kechil rivers.

You can spot some wildlife like horseshoe crab and sea eagle, giving you a true jungle experience. If you spot Dugong in the river, you are lucky.

If you like to connect with nature, you will get attached to the stretch is a jungle, which gives you time to experience tranquillity.

  1. Scuba dive at Pulau Hantu

    Scuba dive at Pulau Hantu

If you are new to scuba diving, give it a try at Pulau Hantu, one of the favourite choices of divers. Pulau Hantu is made up of two small islands, Hantu Besar and Hantu Kechil.

You can explore the beauty of the marine life such as clownfish, starfish, crabs, sea slugs, turtles, and nurse sharks.

If you are looking for a diving spot within the city, check out this island between mid-November and February for a unique diving experience.

  1. Rock-climbing at Dairy Farm

    Rock-climbing at Dairy Farm

Looking for some real adventure outdoor? Head to the Dairy Farm for some quarry rock climbing and tone your arms and legs. Daily Farm is a natural climbing destination in Singapore at present and more travellers visit this place from December to March.

If you are a newbie, you can make an easy attempt to test your fitness. There are about few cliffs in the farm that range from forty to one-twenty feet tall giving you a bit of thrilling experience.

  1. Play underwater hockey

    Play underwater hockey

If you are a sports lover, you should try this unique game organised by Stirling Underwater Hockey Club. Anyone who simply loves to play in water can try this fun-filled game. If you have never played hockey, you can learn it from experts in this club.

The game is played for fun and there are championship matches held for serious sports people as well. Experience the feel of gliding underwater with fins and get competitive to show your talent.

  1. Go Karting

    The Karting Arena

Drive like a champ with no prior experience at Kart night Speedway. With electric karts that go up to a speed of thirty kilometres per hour, you will love this fun. You have an option to drive single or choose a two-seater kart if you’re a couple.

If you like karting, you can also try The Karting Arena that offers electrical karting tracks with superior acceleration. You will also find the race circuit challenging giving you an adrenaline rush.

Whether you are a casual racer or a serious sportsperson, fun is assured in The Karting Arena.

  1. Leighton House Museum

Whether you appreciate art or not, this museum’s amazing collection of artwork will leave you speechless. The museum was once a house of a famous artist, Sir Frederick Leighton.

Visitors get a delight discovering artist’s spectacular work that gives them a feeling as if they are in a palace. You will be astounded to see decadent peacocks, Arabesque features and amazing blue mosaics in the museum.

Do not miss this place if you love to learn history.

  1. Ericsson Pet Farm

    Ericsson Pet Farm

If you are a pet lover, you will undoubtedly discover this place in Singapore. Located in Pasir Ris, you will be surprised to see such a place dedicated to pets, both dogs and cats. This beautiful pet farm also sells rabbits and you can buy if you are really interested in making it your pet.

They also offer various other services like grooming, boarding, and re-homing services for pets.

  1. ZOVB Human Hamster Balls

    ZOVB Human Hamster Balls

Play like a kid when you get inside this huge inflatable hamster ball. Get rolling inside this huge ball on a grassland and play till you feel the adventure.

If you are travelling to Singapore, this is one of the things you should not miss. You can take the fun to the next level by taking it to the pool. Visit a pool and rent a ZOVB ball to have an ultimate fun experience like never before.

If you have a kid, you should try this rare outdoor activity once in a lifetime.

  1. Katong Antique House

    Katong Antique House

Katong Antique House is a treasure of Peranakan antiques, crockery, costumes, portraits, and furniture. Located in Katong area in the east, the two-storied shop is a representation of Peranakan presence in the country.

You can notice baju panjangs and batik sarongs that represent the native Malay dress. You will commonly find the gorgeous motifs of flowers, dragon, fish, and Phoenix all over the furniture in this antique house.

  1. Umbrella Trees

    Umbrella Trees Singapore

Perfecting in creativity, Umbrella Trees are looking vibrant in colours and offer shade to the visitors. Located in Little India, Umbrella Trees have transformed into a public park where travellers and local people enjoy relaxing under the shade.

There are five such trees in red, orange, purple, blue, and yellow in the grassy park. Whether you want to escape the rain, hide from the sun, or capture beautiful moments with your friends, check out this distinct place in Singapore.

  1. MacRitchie TreeTop Walk

    MacRitchie TreeTop WalkPhotograph by G. McKay

Located in the central area, this popular suspension bridge is a treat for nature lovers. Offering a beautiful and refreshing experience, the TreeTop Walk is easy and yet tricky. If you reach the highest point of MacRitchie TreeTop, you are going to standing twenty-five metres above the ground level.

You can enjoy the sounds of chirping birds in the trees throughout your walk. Photography enthusiasts will have their best time capturing scenic aerial views of the rainforest.

  1. Fly a kite

    Marina Barrage

Have you ever wondered that you can fly a kite in Singapore? Yes, you can. Singapore has not just one but lots of places where people just come to fly a kite like a child.

Marina Barrage is one such spot which has a wide open space and popular place to fly kits. East Coast Park has a fifteen-kilometre long coastline that makes it an ideal place for flying kites.

There are several other places like Punggol Waterway Park, West Coast Park, Sembawang Park, Jurong Central Park, and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park where you can have a great time flying kites.

  1. Bukit Brown Cemetery

    Bukit Brown Cemetery

Being the largest Chinese cemetery packed with rich Singaporean history, the cemetery has an estimate of over one lakh people who lie buried in two acres of land. This place was originally owned by private Chinese for burials which later became a municipal cemetery in 1922.

The grand and impressive tombs, beautiful and unique Peranakan tiles over the graves attract the attention of the public and researchers from everywhere.

  1. Changi Junk Store

    Changi Junk Store

Located on Joo Chiat Road and run by Pak Haji Basman, this shop contains no junk but high-value antiques of a wide variety, time periods, and culture. You can find relics like Kris (knives) of Indonesian Princes, WWI bayonets, European typewriters, and Qing dynasty porcelain.

The shop is fully stuffed with ancient antiques that you will only have a narrow one-way trail to walk through in order to observe it.

  1. Singapore’s White House

    Singapore’s White HousePhotograph by Ramesh Kabra

With lush green gardens and a spectacular architecture, visiting the official residence and office of the President is worth it. The public can enter Istana five times in a year and the entrance is free of cost.

You can also choose an optional guided walk of the Istana Gardens and the main building. It is open in the Chinese New Year, Labour Day, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa and Diwali.

  1. Fish for your dinner at a floating restaurant

    Smith Marine

Food lovers cannot miss fish, and so does the nation that loves fish dishes. How about travelling to an island and catch fish for your dinner? You actually can, on Kelong off mainland Singapore.

Take a bumboat to Smith Marine, located near Pulau Ubin to experience a unique floating restaurant that began with an idea of promoting fresh seafood.

You will have a memorable experience to actually catch fish with a rod and bait provided to you.

  1. Try Durians

    Durians in Singapore

If you haven’t heard before, Durian is a famous tropical fruit in Singapore that is used to flavour lots eatables like traditional Malay candy, milkshakes, ice kacang, dodol, and ice cream, etc.

Some people like the unique sweetness of the fruit and there are about thirty different species of Durians that are available. It is a seasonal fruit that can be tested between June and August.

If you happen to be in Singapore during this season, try the flesh or pulp of Durian that is rich in nutrition.

  1. Udders Ice Cream

    Udders Ice Cream

If you like to add liquor in ice cream, you will love Udders, a local home grew ice cream shop in Singapore. They offer unique flavours of ice cream like Snickers Mars Honeycomb Vanilla, Mao Shan Wang Durian ice cream, and Wineberries.

If you like ice cream and happen to visit any of the five Udders’ branches, do not wait any further as the distinct flavour will make your day.

  1. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

This sixty-two million dollar complex is a popular attraction for travellers. The temple claims to have recovered a relic tooth in 1980, which is available for public viewing only for few hours.

You will have a visual delight as the temple has multiple floors of Buddha statues, nagas, and ceremonial venues for prayer and meditation.

  1. Basheer Graphic Books

    Basheer Graphic Books

It is an independent bookstore, which offers a huge variety of books for designers, photographers, copywriters, and any creative professional. Located inside the Bras Basah Complex, it is a one-stop shop for all your art-related book requirements.

If you are looking for some inexpensive books, check out the clearance section and you may find some good picks.

  1. Singapore’s Rooftop Pool

    Singapore’s Rooftop Pool

Boasting the largest swimming pool in the world, this massive pool is a great attraction in Singapore. Located on the top of three fifty-five story high hotel towers, the design and architecture is stunning, which gives an aerial view of the city.

  1. Crab Buffet Dinner

    Crab Buffet Dinner

We all know that Singapore is famous for its delicious food, especially crab dishes. But, have you ever had endless crab for your dinner? Well, you can, at Park Royal on Kitchens Road. You will get about twelve varieties of crab dishes from the new cheesy crab cake, Snow Crab in Steamed Wine, Wok Fried Crab in Wu Jia Pi Wine, and also Flame-grilled Mentaiko Lobsters.

  1. Get Henna Tattoo (Mehendi)

    Mehendi in Singapore

Have you ever had a natural tattoo made from Herbs? Yes, Henna Tattoo, popularly known as Mehendi in India, is also famous in Singapore. Women who are worried about permanent tattoos can try the Henna Tattoo, which causes no pain and stays for about two weeks.

If you visit Little India, you would have lots of choices to get a beautiful Henna Tattoo on your palm or arm.

About the Author:

Vinayak: I am a professional content writer and I add value to businesses by offering unique, fresh, and engaging content. My areas of interest include start-up, traveling, yoga, spirituality, trekking, and personal productivity. When I’m not writing, you will find me having a peaceful time with family, friends or in deep introspection.