Many Singaporeans thinks that there isn’t anything much to do in the island itself given the fact they can travel in the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) from Jurong West all the way to Pasir Ris station within 1 hour or so.
That is absolutely wrong. The list for one-day visitor to Singapore for the very first time can be absorbingly long especially it is something new to them. Upon exiting Changi International Airport, one wouldn’t have any idea where to begin first. Here are my list of must see or must-do:
1) Orchard Road
When it comes to shopping, Singapore is one of the shopping hub in Asia (besides Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur). Stroll down Orchard Road, you will find major shopping centres inter-connecting underground and concentrated between two MRT stations – Orchard and Somerset.
2) Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Make sure you stop by the world’s famous Raffles Hotel Singapore which was opened in 1887. Make sure you talk to the staffs there and you will be amazed of the stories they will tell you (some that you don’t even know it happened there). The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was invented sometime back in mid-1910s by the Long Bar bartender back then, Ngiam Tong Boon. The original recipe used gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak pineapples which enhance the flavour and create a foamy top.
3) Singapore Flyer
While you’re in Singapore, take a breathtaking scenery of the Merlion City in the Ferris Wheel. Dubbed as the Observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.
No trip is complete without visiting the Chinatown in every modern civilization world. Cramped, crowded and loud is what many would expect in Chinatown where traders begin their day in the wee hours till late at nights; some even till dawn as if the day never ended.
5) Clarke Quay
If you’re racing against time, head over to Clarke Quay in the evening to unwind next to the mouth of Singapore River whereby eateries are plentiful by the quay. Today, Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity. The waterfront godowns now play host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. The bustling market atmosphere of bygone days comes alive amidst the rows of charming shophouses, pushcarts, and five-foot-way merchants.