Singapore is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s second-busiest port, so it goes without saying that there are loads to see and do in the city-state.

Singapore boasts towering modern skyscrapers that are juxtaposed by a medley of ancient Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Combine all of this with a tropical climate, tasty food, good shopping and vibrant nightlife, and Singapore has something to offer expats from all walks of life.

Here are some of the best things to see and do in Singapore.

Recommended attractions in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands at night, lit up with neon coloursMarina Bay Sands

This lavish resort complex is home to an opulent hotel, an ArtScience Museum, a mall and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. Marina Bay Sands not only has a viewing deck with breathtaking vistas of the whole of Singapore but also an exhilarating infinity pool. Hungry guests can also sit down at the rooftop restaurant.

The Singapore Flyer

Said to be one of the world’s largest observation wheels, the Singapore Flyer offers expats an exciting one-of-a-kind panoramic view over the city. The ‘flight’ lasts 30 minutes, and sights to take in include the Singapore River, Marina Bay, Raffles Place, Empress Place and the Padang.

Sentosa Island

For a bit of fun in the sun, head to Sentosa Island. Catch some rays on Siloso Beach or any of the other gorgeous beaches of the island, play a round of volleyball or do a bit of kayaking. The island also boasts the SEA Aquarium, a waterpark and a golf course, among many other fun and wonderful attractions.

Singapore River

Every new arrival should try to take a short cruise down the Singapore River, which cuts through the heart of the city. For many decades, it was the British Empire’s main artery of trade and commerce – today, stately Victorian buildings stand side by side with towering glass skyscrapers along its banks.

Aerial shot of the giant trees and surrounding greenery in Gardens by the BayGardens by the Bay

This large, beautiful park area of Singapore stretches over 101 hectares, boasting an impressive skywalk over lush gardens, greenhouses that recreate chilly mountain climates, and several themed areas for visitors to explore.

Singapore Zoo

Kids, in particular, will enjoy a walkabout of Singapore Zoo, which is home to more than 300 animal species from across the world and is housed on 28 hectares. There are also opportunities to get up close and personal with the zoo’s denizens at feeding time. Each visit to the zoo also assists with its conservation efforts and supports wildlife protection projects.

Universal Studios Singapore

Expats families looking for a fun outing in Singapore should pay a visit to Universal Studios Singapore, situated on Sentosa Island. The park is arranged according to themes, each area paying tribute to a location, film or television show. Take a visual trip to destinations such as Hollywood, New York City and Madagascar, or even back in time to Ancient Egypt. Fiction-themed areas include Shrek’s Far Far Away, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Sci-Fi City, complete with movie-themed roller coasters.

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