So maybe you’ve decided to go on a solo trip, and Singapore happens to be your destination. Well, you made a good choice – it’s very safe and also easy to use public transport, so you can save your budget for fun activities instead of spending it all on taxis. This sunny island is paradise to all foodies and shopaholics out there. With so many attractions to see, shopping districts to visit, and restaurants to sample, you will have a hard time knowing where to start. But don’t worry, this list will help you to narrow down the best experiences
The 7 Top Things to do in Singapore on your Solo vacation are;
1. Go on a group tour
You will read about various tours that are designed for people with different interests, such as history buffs, foodies, and explorers. These tours are the perfect way for solo travellers to see the fascinating sights of the country without worrying about their safety or getting lost. So go ahead and enjoy your time in Singapore with one of these delightful tours of the city! Check out Singabites, a culinary exploration through Singapore’s expansive hawker scene that will have you sampling the best dishes across Singapore’s iconic food neighbourhoods. For something more active, check out Biking Singapore which offers tours curated by locals and run by cycling guides. Choose from the Best of Singapore, a trip around Pulau Ubin, Singapore’s last traditional village and many more options besides.
2. Go on a shopping spree
Ah, retail therapy. Who doesn’t love a good shopping spree? Have you ever had the experience while you’re shopping where your friend or partner is getting bored and is ready to leave the mall before you are? As a solo traveller, you can spend an afternoon or even an entire day trying on clothes and wandering around Orchard Road, which is basically made up of a row of malls – so it’s easy to access your favourite stores and treat yourself to some fabulous new stuff at your own pace. If you feel like you need a break from all that walking and shopping, you can always head to a nearby cinema and catch one of the latest blockbusters!
3. Eat at a Local Food Court( Hawkers Centers)
One of the most unique things about Singapore is the Hawker centres. You can get delicious local food for very little money. Most dishes range from SGD$2 to $5. Similar to a food court in the western world, food vendors are grouped in a marketplace type of environment, in a community-style seating, these places make for some interesting food and great conversation with a local. The most difficult part is to choose what to eat, as it all looks so sumptuous and deliciously weird. It is a great experience to walk through all the hawker shops, and familiarise yourself with the variety of Singaporean cuisine.
Must-Try: Chicken rice, Fish head curry, white rice cake, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Fried Hokkein Mee (egg noodles with pork), Sambal Stingray, fishball noodles, Chilli Crab and Chicken Satay. This mouth-watering list can go on and on.
Popular Food Courts:
Maxwell Food Centre – 1 Kadayanallur St (MRT: Chinatown); One of the oldest food centres in Singapore
Lau Pat Sat – 18 Raffles Quay (MRT: Downtown); choose any of the vendors on satay street!
Old Airport Road Hawker Centre –51 Old Airport Rd (MRT: Dakota); serving food from the 1970s
Chinatown Food Complex – 335 Smith St (MRT: Chinatown); try “the cheapest Michelin meal in the world”
Newton Food Centre – very close to Orchard Road, one of the most popular hawker centres
Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre – 110 Pasir Ris Central (MRT: Pasir Ris); a modern hawker centre that has traditional food and “hipster cuisine.”
Makansutra Gluttons Bay – A food court with a fitting name, located in the upscale Marina Bay District
4. Head to a museum
From the cultural Peranakan Museum to the contemporary ArtScience Museum and the newly opened National Gallery Singapore, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing which one to visit. Nothing is more annoying than someone who insists on reading every single information card in a museum except maybe for the person who doesn’t read any of them and waltzes through the exhibitions like they are running a race! But the good news is that because you’re flying solo, you don’t have to worry about anyone else getting bored! And you can spend the entire day (or as much time as you want) museum hopping and immersing in all the art exhibits.
5. Explore nature
For such a small, densely populated island, Singapore has a lot of options for exploring nature and since the island is so safe, there’s no danger in doing this as a solo traveller. Visit the manicured lawns of the Botanical Gardens, Chinese Gardens, and Gardens by the Bay. You could also take a walk in the Jurong Bird Park or go for a hike in some of the outlying parks like MacRitchie Reservoir or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
6. Soak up the sun on the beach
It’s practically summer all year round in sunny Singapore, so you should take advantage of that and get a fabulous tan by spending a day at SentosaApart from having the option of choosing from 3 different beaches, you can get your heart racing with activities such as iFly and the Luge. In the event that the weather isn’t good, you can always chill out at Vivo City, which is a mall just beside Sentosa.
7. Let Your Hair down at Clarke Quay and Riverside
Singapore is one of the most cosmopolitan and happening places in Asia. An evening at Clarke Quay is a stark reminder of all the glitter, glamour and enjoyable nightlife that this fascinating island can boast of. The Riverside area, just as the name suggests, is on the waterfront, and attracts crowds for its array of bars, clubs, and cafes. If you walked by the riverside, music reverberated from clubs, sounds of laughter and merriment echoed through the streets, and colourful lights glittered on the water. It surely is a happy place to be at.
Singapore is a fascinating country, and despite being small in geographical size, it’s a country with a large heart and an appetite to match. There is so much to explore in the local food centres, boutique shops, the museums, the man-made beaches, the Gardens, the parks and the unique amalgamation of something old and something new. Don’t think twice before booking your trip to this truly special place. Who knows, this might be just what you need to unleash your greatness!