Going to the same place twice has never been something I have avoided. Of course I love going new places and will seek out new adventures wherever possible, but I have never set out to visit only new places and not return to the cities and countries I loved, or even loathed.
I first visited Singapore a year ago for just two days. It is without hesitation that I can admit I didn’t give it the chance it deserved and can say with 100% certainty that you need more than two days to explore Singapore, or any country for that matter. Those two days were jam-packed with touristy hotspots on lists I had trusted would show me the “Top Things To Do in Singapore”.
Those lists were wrong.
I’m wearing: Topshop hat (similar), Escapada dress, Zara boots (similar), Prada Handbag
They had only directed me to the top priced tourist haunts, despite claiming to cover the only attractions worth visiting whilst in Singapore. Of course the Marina Bay Sands was great to visit, as was the iconic Merlion. But they were nothing more than an opportunity to take a photo and say I had ‘done’ Singapore. I hadn’t.
Needless to say I was excited to return back to Singapore this year and give it a second chance. This is the first in a series of blog posts that will uncover the strangely wonderful side to Singapore you probably haven’t heard about or know existed!
Where to Find Colour in Singapore
Paranakan culture has survived the test of time and lives on in Singapore to this day. Nowhere was I more taken back by this than Joo Chiat, an area filled with colourful Peranakan houses and intricate architecture.
Perhaps it was the timing (visiting right before Chinese New Year), but I couldn’t get enough of Singapore’s China Town. It was vibrant and packed with colour, as well as loads of crowds – perfect for people watching!
Haji Lane & Arab Street
Particularly popular among the younger crowd, Haji lane and Arab street are both great pit stops throughout your Singapore adventures to have a quick (and delicious) bite to eat and explore the street art, material and carpet shops, or even visit Sultan Mosque!
Supertree light show
The supertree light show was the very first thing I did on my second visit to Singapore and I would highly suggest you make it your first night stop on your visit, too. Come before sunset to see the trees light up in dim early evening light for great photos, followed by the light show and perhaps even dinner in a Supertree!
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Much less off the beaten path but certainly worth a visit for those in search of colour are the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It’s inexpensive to visit and a great chance to view up close Singapore’s famous national flower – the orchid flower.
Price: Free! (National Orchid Garden $5 SGD)
World of Wanderlust was welcomed to Singapore as a guest of Singapore Tourism Board. As always, my opinion is my own!