Things to Do in Singapore
Singapore is an amazing city to visit and in this Travel Blog post, I have outlined some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy during your time in Singapore.
Ride the Singapore Flyer
One of the icons of Singapore is the Singapore Flyer – you can see it from all the major areas and if you are staying in Singapore, it’s worth visiting. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel and is a stunning 165m high. (30 metres taller than the London Eye in the United Kingdom). As the Singapore Flyer turns, you get a visual 360-degree view of the city of Singapore landscape and historical landmarks. The Singapore Flyer gives you breathtaking views of the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang – it is also worth visiting at sunset. The ride on the Singapore Flyer takes about 30 minutes and if you time it right you can get day and dusk views of the city from the Singapore Flyer. This is certainly one of the best Things to Do in Singapore.
For the more adventurous, you can enjoy a dining experience on board the Singapore Flyer if you wish.
Visit http://www.singaporeflyer.com/ for details of the Singapore Flyer.
Flight Simulator Experience
If you have been on the Singapore Flyer (or you find yourself in the environs of it), you might want to try your hand at flying a plane. You can take command of a Boeing 737-800 NG in this 100% realistic flight simulator. The cockpit is exactly as per the 737-800, with overhead panel, rudder and throttle controls, complete avionics, full auto-pilot etc and almost exact flight model to the 737-800 series jet. You get full instruction from your co-pilot who is fully trained on this aircraft simulator and can help you get the most from the flight simulator experience.
This flight simulator is exactly the same as pilots use for flight training and you can choose from over than 20,000 worldwide airports (I chose to fly into Kai Tak at Night – the old Hong Kong airport where you flew over the houses to land … see more below) and use the same operating procedures as the real airlines. No experience necessary as full instruction will be provided. You can get 30 minutes to 2-hour flights, and if you do this, you should really get the DVD which is only S$20 extra.
I did the 30-minute flight from Hong Kong international to Kai Tak (now decommissioned as an airport but was one of the most iconic landings in recent flight history). I then had time to do a touch-and-go at Dublin Airport followed by a Full Stop Landing. (However the Traffic Collision system onboard, TCAS, told me that I came with 1km of an inbound flight which would have been frowned upon in real life). Thankfully, all my landings were completed successfully and I was told to perhaps consider taking some lessons as my instructor said flight skills were very good. I hope to upload some of the flight videos very soon… This was one of MY favourite Things to Do in Singapore.
Visit http://www.flightexperience.com.sg/ for details of this excellent flight sim attraction.
Take a City Tour – Tour East
When in Singapore you should certainly do a guided tour of the city, especially if you are on a brief visit. There are so many things to Do in Singapore, a city tour can cross off a lot from your list of attractions to see. The reasons for doing a city tour are two-fold, (a) Singapore is a very busy city and it would be hard to cover everything if you were only in the city for a short time and (b) it can get quite hot in Singapore and getting from one sight to the next via an air-conditioned bus is most welcome.
The tour company we used was Tour East and the sights covered the
Visit https://www.toureast.net/tour-item/singapore-city-tour/ for details of the Tour East Singapore Tours
Eat in a local restaurant and a walk around Clarke Quay
One of the best Things to do in Singapore is to enjoy the excellent local food, great seafood and plenty of choices. There are many restaurants around Clarke Quay, a busy venue worth visiting in the early evening and on into the night; it becomes a buzzing nightlife area after 6 pm. Clark Quay is nice to walk the circuit before you make your decision on food as all tastes are catered for, from Indian, Japanese, Italian and Chinese food, Look for the restaurants with the most locals as this is usually a good indication. We found the “Jumbo Seafood Restaurant”. Excellent food, try the fish in ginger and spring onion dish, the fresh juices and the fruit platters to finish.
Check out http://www.jumboseafood.com.sg for details on the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, Singapore
Get a fish pedicure while you have a Back Massage
On Level 2 of the Singapore Flyer complex, you can get your feet manicured and nibbled at by tiny fish … and you can get a great back massage as this is happening. The fish foot spa is where Doctor Fishes or “Garra Rufa Fish”, give you a pedicure you won’t forget (and they do a great job too). The back massage is excellent and reflexology is also provided in this area … don’t forget to try out the Chinese tea if you are there for a while. Of all the many things to do in Singapore, this was one I was most squirmy about, as I found it very ticklish.
Details: Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa, Located at Level 2 of Singapore Flyer Complex, #02-08 : Tel: (65) 6565
Recommended Hotel in Singapore City
Singapore is a fantastic city to visit and if you are planning to go there and you are looking for a good hotel, then the Fairmont Singapore is worth looking at…. check out the review of the Singapore Fairmont Hotel on this site for more details!
I hope you enjoyed this list of tours and activities to enjoy in Singapore and if you liked this post, please share. You can find more ‘Things to Do‘ City Guide posts on my website.
If you have an addition to this list of activities you can to enjoy during your time in Singapore which are not on this list please let me know.
My Travel Plans , 2022 and beyond
I’m hoping I can get back to Singapore again very soon. It has been a tough 18 months, with track locked down etc, I’m just looking forward to 2022 and beyond, maybe then we may be able to travel long distance again. Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong are all on my list – as is Japan (but it’s a little more expensive). I thoroughly enjoyed Singapore as a destination, very clean, very nice people, great food and great prices, fantastic hotel at the Faimont, good city tours … so here’s hoping I get back there soon.
- Singapore Flyer 90% 90%
- Flight Simulator Experience 100% 100%
- City Tour 85% 85%
- Clarke Quay 93% 93%
- Fish Pedicure 80% 80%