No one needs an excuse to visit Singapore, one of only three city-states in the world besides Vatican City and Monaco. Spectacular architecture, virtually no crime, superb cleanliness throughout the city, and friendly locals who speak English fluently – what more can you ask for? If you really need more reasons, here they are!
Singapore is worth visiting because of its great food, warm weather, and shopping paradise, Orchard Street. However, its best feature is architecture, like Marina Bay Sands, a hotel with the biggest rooftop infinity pool in the world, or Gardens by the Bay, the nature park bordering Marina Bay.
In this article, I’ll explain why you shouldn’t just pass through Singapore and instead explore it for a few days. I’ll present the best it offers, beautiful sights, good food, and wonderful people.
6 Reasons Why Singapore Is Worth Visiting
There are so many reasons Singapore is worth visiting, ranging from fantastic weather and diverse cuisines to impressive architecture and exciting events. But here are the six that immediately come to mind when you think about Singapore.
1. All the Fantastic Food
It doesn’t matter if you prefer fine dining or street food, Singapore has something for you either way. With 44 Michelin-star restaurants and neverending food festivals, Singapore is the place to be if you are a foodie.
If authentic ethnic food is more your speed, as a melting pot of ethnic diversity, Singapore offers some exceptional cuisine – try the fantastic food in Chinatown, Little India, Arab street, or Geylang Serai.
Also, check out Newton Food Circus and Maxwell Hawker Center, a paradise for hawker enthusiasts.
2. The Perfect Holiday Weather
With its warm weather year-round, Singapore is the perfect location for shopping sprees, nature walks, tanning on the beaches of Sentosa Island, or watching the Wings of Time – a 3D projection, light show, and fireworks on the open sea.
Here is a small sample of everything that can be seen at the Wings of Time show in a video you can find on YouTube:
The best time to visit Singapore is between March and August. Even though temperatures never fall under 77 °F (25 °C), months from September to February have higher humidity and a higher chance of rain.
3. Architectural Wonders
Although the city itself was built in a brutalist style, Singapore’s modern architecture is oriented towards sustainability and the integration of nature into buildings for living and working.
The best examples of this are Funan, ParkRoyal Collection at Marina Bay, and Gardens by the Bay.
- Funan is a retail mall with a plethora of restaurants, shops, and a multiplex cinema, but it also has a green wall that spans over seven floors and an urban garden run by Edible Garden City.
- ParkRoyal Collection is the perfect fusion of concrete, glass, and plant life. It’s a high-end hotel with all the luxuries it can offer hidden behind glass walls, sky gardens, ponds, and walls covered with plants.
- Gardens by the Bay is a nature park where nature and art intertwine. It has three gardens that border Marina Bay – the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, and the Supertree Grove. It is the home of neon futuristic tree gardens that collect rainwater, the Cloud Forest indoor waterfall that stands at 115 feet (35 m), and the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
Let’s not forget the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Jewel Changi Airport.
- Marina Bay Sands is a luxury hotel built on three towers with the biggest infinity rooftop pool in the world. Perfect for Instagram pictures and active nightlife, this most recognizable silhouette in Singapore offers highly sought-after bars and a 360-degree observation deck.
- Jewel Changi Airport is a complex located within Changi Airport. This is one of the few airports worldwide where you won’t mind if your flight has a layover. Jewel Changi Airport offers countless shops, restaurants, and the Shaw Theatre cinema. It also has a beautiful indoor garden and the highest indoor waterfall in the world, the HSBC Rain Vortex, at 131 feet (40 m) tall.
Here is a video of the light and sound show at the Jewel Changi waterfall you can watch on YouTube:
There is also the Merlion, the sculpture of Singapore, a lion with the body of fish. It is 28.2 feet (8.6 m) high and spouts water into Marina bay. According to Feng shui masters, this preserves good luck.
4. The Night Safari
The Night Safari in Mandai is a part of an open-air zoo that houses more than 2500 animal species and is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. It is based on the fact that more than 90% of tropical animals are actually nocturnal. The zoo also has more than a hundred species of animals, of which 41% are endangered.
The Night Safari is only open from 6:30 PM to 12 AM. Besides seeing the animals, you can also enjoy two shows available at the venue: the Thumbuakar Performance and the Creatures of the Night.
Here is a small sample of the Thumbuakar Performance you can watch on YouTube:
5. A Shopping Paradise
With a superabundance of shopping malls, Singapore is a dream come true for every compulsive shopper. Orchard Street, the place to be if you are looking for high-end designer names, has the highest concentration of shopping malls in all of Singapore.
If you’re looking for slightly more affordable shopping, the city is full of flea markets. The most famous ones are those around Pasar Bella, Chinatown, and Bugis Street Market.
6. The Singapore Fashion Week
If you’re yearning for a dose of high fashion, unlike the Paris, Milan, London, and New York fashion weeks, you’re in for a treat at the Singapore fashion week (SGFW). It is the only fashion week open to the public, so anyone can attend.
It is usually held in the last week of October, organized by Mercury Marketing & Communications, and it brings together already established and just emerging talented designers from all of Asia.