Where to Find Colour in Singapore

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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.

Brooke Paranakan

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 Singapore

Joo Chiat

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.
Price: Free!

China Town Singapore

China Town

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!
Price: Free!

Arab street singapore

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!
Price: Free!


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!
Price: Free!

Singapore Botanical Gardens

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!

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    Minh Nguyen
    June 26, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    To be honest, Singapore was my least favourite country as I have thought this one is too international and developed compared to other countries in South East Asia. However, I have changed my mind due to what I have read and watched about this country. It has its own beauty. And now, after reading this article, I have one more reason to check out this country some day. One more thing, I’d love to add Little India to your list!

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    March 13, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Beautiful! In your pursuit of color, you’ll have to visit India soon. Check my site for inspiration from my time in India 🙂

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    a. @ La Mangosteen
    February 27, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the post! Nice pics of houses in Joo Chiat! Love this area!
    If you visit Singapore again, maybe you would be also interested in the Tiong Bahru area, very charming with a lot of hidden gems:

    Kim Cohen
    February 27, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Thanks Brooke! This is perfect!!! Going to Singapore on Friday for 2 days, then India! Can’t wait to see Singapore! xoxo

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    February 20, 2015 at 6:01 am

    wow! Singapore just moved way up on my bucket list! ☺️ amazing photos!

    February 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Looks fab!! I am heading to Singapore next week before I move to the Maldives for work. Definitely excited to explore the real Singapore!!

    February 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Like the tips perfect timing as I’ll be in Singapore in April.

    Sabina Im
    February 17, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Brooke I love your outfits in this post and the great travel tips. How did you pull off boots in such humid weather?!?! 😮

    February 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Ok, fell in love with Singapore and now I know my 3rd stop on my Asia trip.
    Thanks 🙂

    Kayti Clayton
    February 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The Super Tree’s look so strange and alien-like and amazing. Before reading your last few posts and videos, Singapore wasn’t even on my radar but it’s slowly making it’s way up there. Such beautiful photos and I you really did go at the perfect time. Any city’s Chinatown is awesome around the Chinese New Year.

    February 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    The Supertree Light Show looks fantastic! So urban, I love it!!

    Chloe Rebecca
    February 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Loved this blog post!
    I visited Singapore for 3 days on my way back from Australia and would definitely love to go back and see more of the city.
    The Botanic Gardens were a favourite of mine too, so beautiful. 🙂

    Jake Ryan
    February 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

    These pictures are incredible.

    *Jumps on a flight to Singapore*


    Michael Gallagher
    February 16, 2015 at 4:37 am

    LOVE the color here Brooke! My girlfriend and I just launched a couple’s travel blog and are very excited to check Singapore off the list! Maybe we can plan a meet up next time our paths cross!

    Christie of The Butterfly Editions
    February 16, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Love the Botanic Gardens! Supertree Light show sounds incredible 🙂

    Dan Foster
    February 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Love the blog and I’m a massive fan of the botanical gardens!

    February 16, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Great photos! Visiting a place more than once really allows you to experience it!

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    Stephanie Rogers
    February 16, 2015 at 3:14 am

    This is so useful! We have a layover in Singapore in Summer but going to try and avoid spending too much money! Really excited to see some of these places!

    Michelle L.
    February 16, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Come to Malaysia too, you will find all of that and more over here! I’m also willing to be your tour guide, price: free! 🙂

    February 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Great Post! I love your Blog <3

    Greetings from Germany xo
    Jasmin from

    February 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Love your blog! I’m planning to visit Singapore soon as well 🙂

    February 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    The supertree light show looks amazing!!

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    February 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for moving on. The post is awesome and great for botanical garden.

    February 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Glad to know you’ve enjoyed Singapore! Wish I could have gone for your meet and greet but I was working. 🙁 Enjoy your Arabia trip! 😀

    Jessica Valentine
    February 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous shots Brooke 🙂 Looking stunning as always 😉

    Susan the farm quilter
    February 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Gorgeous! So glad you got to go back and really see more of the city!