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Singapore: 10 Wonderful Hidden Gems to Explore

Explore 10 unique surprises in Singapore: hawker centres, Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, Merlion statue, cultural customs, 63 islands, Singlish, and more. This vibrant and multicultural city-state has something fun for the whole family.

The Night Safari Image Singapore Tourism
The Singapore Night Safari. Image: Singapore Tourism

Exploring the Best of Singapore: Must-Visit Attractions and Hidden Gems

  1. Singapore is made up of 63 islands.
  2. The first night safari in the world – Singapore Night Safari  – opened in 1994 and welcomes you into a world of nocturnal creatures at dusk.
  3. There are 107 markets and Hawker Centres in Singapore. To make eating like a local easy for families, all hawker centre food stalls are given hygiene ratings A, B, C, and D. This unique dining experience provides a perfect snapshot of the multiculturalism at the forefront of Singapore today.
One of Singapores fabulous Hawker Centres. Image Singapore Tourism
One of Singapore’s fabulous Hawker Centres. Image: Singapore Tourism
  1. Visit Maxwell Road Food Centre, one of Singapore’s most famous hawker centres and home to the renowned Tian Tian Chicken Rice for mouth-watering Hainanese chicken rice.
  2. A 10-minute bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal will get you to Pulau Ubin, a must-visit island for families. The bumboat ride will cost SGD 2 per person, and once on the island, you can hire bikes and have some fun exploring – for only SGD 8 per person for the whole day!
Bikes for hire at Pulau Ubin Image Singapore Tourism
Bikes for hire at Pulau Ubin. Image: Singapore Tourism
  1. Singapore’s beautiful Botanic Gardens were recently honoured to be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The National Orchid Gardens boasts the world’s largest orchid display – over 60,000 plants!
  2. The magical Gardens by the Bay is the city’s pocket of greenery and home to the tall and impressive supertrees, which are solar-powered and function like a real tree. Don’t miss the fantastic daily (and free!) OCBC Garden Rhapsody Light & Sound Show at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
The spectacular OCBC Garden Rhapsody Light Sound Show Image Singapore Tourism
The spectacular OCBC Garden Rhapsody Light Sound Show. Image: Singapore Tourism
  1. The iconic Merlion statue is angled at precisely 45 degrees. Visit one of Singapore’s national icons (five in total) dotted across the city-state—hint: the most iconic one overlooks Marina Bay at One Fullerton.
The iconic Merlion statue Image Singapore Tourism
The iconic Merlion statue. Image: Singapore Tourism
  1. Singaporeans believe turtles are good luck. Visit the Turtle Temple and Museum, home to over 900 turtles and thousands of turtle-shaped ceramics and furniture.
Turtle Temple and Museum Image Singapore Tourism
Turtle Temple and Museum. Image Singapore: Tourism
  1. Fit in with the locals by trying these simple customs:

     1) Put anything from a tissue pack to an umbrella on a chair to reserve your seat at a hawker centre while you hunt down delicious food.
    2) Everyone is your family – call anyone older than you an ‘Aunty’ or an ‘Uncle’ (it’s a sign of respect)
    3) Add ‘LAH’ to the end of your sentence for emphasis. Did you know that LAH was the 1st ‘Singlish’ word to be accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2000? Cool, LAH?

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