Merlion Park is a 2,500 square metre park that is home to the iconic Merlion sculpture. Standing at 8.6 metres tall, the Merlion has the head of a lion and the body of a fish and represents Singapore’s origins as a humble fishing village. Located on the Singapore River with the bright lights of the city as its backdrop, Merlion Park boasts sweeping views of Marina Bay. Guests can also experience a river cruise from Merlion Park, as well as a 2-metre Merlion Cub, situated near the base of the original Merlion construction.
ChinatownSingapore's historic Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes. The cramped five-foot-ways, dingy alleys and raucous street hawkers are relics of Chinatown's past. Yet pockets of history remain, along with more modern sights, you could easily spend a few days wandering through these still-narrow streets. You will find shops like medicinal halls, teahouses, family run goldsmiths plying their trades next to sleeker neighbours such as hipster bars an lifestyle shops. There is also Chinatown Food street where you can try delicious local delicacies like satay and char kway teow.
Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore's Indian Community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping spree. As you walk down the streets, you get to explore a mix of temples, mosques and churches. Don't forget to shop, the 24 hour shopping mall, Mustafa Centre, offers everything from electronics to groceries. You can even take your pick from open-air Tekka Centre, sari shops and goldsmith shops. Remember to also fill your tummy with South Indian vegetarian food, North Indian tandoori dishes and local fare like roti prata and teh tarik. Try to spot the brewers pulling the hot milk tea! It's amazing showmanship. With its close proximity to the city and showing a bohemian vibe, many artists also call Little India home.
Kampong GlamDiscover Kampong Glam's rich history, living traditions, excellent eateries and trendy shops in this vibrant neighbourhood. Some say Kampong Glam is really glam ( a local term meaning glamorous). The area has an electric blend of history, culture and a super trendy lifestyle scene. You will love the culinary delights here, from local delicacies such as nasi padang and malay cakes to Middle Eastern, Japanese, Swedish and even Mexican fare. Shopaholics can head to the colourful Haji Lane which offers a row of multi label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and cafes. You can also pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, kebaya dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.
Clark Quay has become one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore. It is an entertainment area filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and shops lining the Singapore River. Once used as a trading port on the Singapore River with large warehouses and docks to transport goods, Clark Quay has seen a huge revival into Singapore's busiest entertainment area. You will also notice an unusual design of huge umbrellas covering the area to protect restaurants and bars from the rain.
A 2.2km shopping belt is definitely the place for everyone's retail therapy. Who would have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lines with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms? Today, it is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, choc-a-bloc with retail, entertainment choices for every taste and budget. Designer threads, fast fashion, art galleries, relaxed hangouts, you name it - spoilt for choice.
East Coast Park
Everyone flock to East Coast Park for the varieties of sporting and entertainment activities. Along this 15km stretch of beach, you will find hordes of cyclist and roller-blader enjoying the sun and sea breeze, while cable skiing and water sports are for those who prefer wetter pursuits. Not only that, many delicious delicacies can be found at the food lagoon or restaurants.