Traveling in the midst of the pandemic may still present challenges in 2021, but the industry is gradually picking up, with more flights up and running when compared to last year. If you have had the opportunity to fly, Singapore is a highly recommended destination to visit. Known for its cleanliness, greenery and amazing food, this Southeast Asian country is a melting pot of culture that has something for anyone in the world. If you’re itching to splurge on a long-awaited holiday, these are the top places to visit in Singapore for couples and solo travelers during COVID.
It’s unusual for travelers to take their time to explore the airports of their destination, but Singapore is definitely one of the best places to begin or end your tour. The country has had the best airport in the world for some time now, and its winning streak has been consistent due to the ever-expanding terminals that come packed with new facilities.
Believe it or not, there’s so much to do in this globally renowned airport that tickets are up for grabs to take a tour that consists of gardens, art pieces, net-based trampolines, canopies, mazes, and much more. Jewel is a new mall added within the airport and offers even more sights like the HSBC Rain Vortex, Canopy Park, and a Changi Experience Studio. The airport alone will warrant a day set aside if visitors want to see what it takes to be the best airport in the world.
Little India or Chinatown
Singapore’s population prides itself on being a model example of racial harmony. The three prevalent races include Chinese Malays and Indians. With so many other cultures added into the mix and rapid technological advancement, it can be difficult to distinguish certain cultures at their roots - Little India and Chinatown are the ideal places to explore, should you want to experience traditional cuisines and shopping.
Many cities have a “Chinatown”, but Singapore’s version is possibly one of the truest to its name. With the majority of the local population being Chinese, the locale offers some of the best dishes made from familiar local staples. If you’re looking for cuisines that come directly from China, there are eateries at Chinatown that hold up to its namesake; providing delicacies from many different regions of China.
Shops, parlors, monuments, and even quaint neighborhoods add up to a culturally rich atmosphere that distracts visitors from the more urban portions of the city for just a little while.
Little India shares many similarities with Chinatown in terms of the cultural richness that many visitors can appreciate. South Asian cuisines are diverse and Little India has been the comfort spot for many Indian nationals and Bangladeshis. The locale offers a wide range of cuisines, retail shops, markets, services, and even media content that caters to locals and foreigners alike. For anything related to South Asian culture, Little India has something for everyone.
Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by The Bay
Another unusual landmark; there aren’t many hotels in the world that have gotten such a distinctive architectural and cultural image to the point where it becomes a national symbol. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the few exceptions, and much like Changi Airport, it introduces luxury in an incredibly unique way. The mall itself has a traditional Chinese boat service that tours visitors around.
Within the same proximity, guests can access the SkyPark Observation Deck and marvel at the view of Singapore. Light shows from the hotel itself are a perfect complement to the magnificent view. The hotel’s Infinity Pool almost pulls off its namesake, with the swimming pool stretching across the Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop, should guests want to admire Singapore from a different angle.
Gardens By The Bay is just a short walk away from the hotel, but it goes hand in hand to accurately present the blend of modern and traditional. As its name suggests, this attraction is filled with the botany of different sorts, backing Singapore’s informal title as the “Garden City”.
Its rich botanic spots include the Flower Dome, The Cloud Forest, Floral Fantasy, Supertree Grove, and much more. The blend of contemporary sculptures and natural botanicals bring Gardens By The Bay to life, and will successfully give you a complete day should you take your time to smell the roses.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Sentosa, an island in Singapore that is a haven of Singapore culture and one of the best destinations for an all-day outdoor experience. The island was a coastal fort that served as a station for Singapore’s defense during World War 2 and hosts an on-site military museum known as Fort Siloso.
Although somber, this is one of the best touring spots around for history enthusiasts. Siloso and Palawan beaches are the choice to pick for visitors who are yearning for more sea and sand. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants to keep you occupied, should you need to shop or cool off.
Resorts World Sentosa is more than just a place to stay. Opened to the public, some of its most enticing options include the theme park, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Dolphin Island, and much more.
It’s difficult to squeeze all these fun activities in only a couple of days while still covering other landmarks, but finding a place at Sentosa or nearby will ensure that you will never run out of things to do.