To get away from the city, you don’t have to go very far. Just go to these spots in Singapore and you’ll feel like you’ve been all over the world!
Are you bored in Singapore? Want to go somewhere but can’t? We know how you feel. The city is full of hidden cafes and parks that are hard to find, which is a good thing. So you can get away from the crowds and have some time to yourself. But if you want to take a vacation without leaving the island, we can help. There are beautiful places in Singapore that will make you feel like you’re in a different country. These places are great for a day of exploring, whether you want to remember the holidays or think you are somewhere else.
There are places in Singapore that look like they are in other countries
1. Little Guilin
This peaceful spot in Bukit Batok Town Park has a granite rock in a lake. It is one of the most beautiful places in the west. Little Guilin is a quiet place in Singapore where you can take pictures that look like they were taken “overseas.” It is named after the limestone karst hills in a city in China. You might forget you’re still in the Lion City as you walk along the banks and look at the tall rock walls, calm waters, and beautiful scenery.
Address: Bukit Batok Town Park, along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5
2. Park at Fort Canning
The room is symmetrical and has Javanese split gates and a pool with lily pads in it where you can meditate if you want to. It also has nice flowers and statues of frogs, fish, and ducks. Want to stay and enjoy how peaceful everything is? Sit down on one of the nearby benches and pretend for a minute that you are at Bali’s famous “Gates of Heaven.”
Address: bounded by Hill Street, Canning Rise, Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road
3. Bukit Timah Saddle Club
You don’t get to ride a horse through beautiful scenery every day. So, Bukit Timah Saddle Club comes into play. Want to see the beautiful animals where they live? There are stables, riding areas, trail rides, grass paddocks, and more than 40 well-trained horses and ponies on the large plot of land. Even if all you do is go to Riders Cafe for brunch, this is an interesting way to spend the afternoon. It feels like you’ve left Singapore and landed in the charming farmland of Europe.
Address: 51 Fairways Drive, off Eng Neo Avenue, Singapore 286965
4. Jurong Lake Gardens
The Lakeside Garden, Chinese Garden, and Japanese Garden, which are now closed, make up 90 hectares of green space. It has swamp woods, wetlands, and Jurong Lake, which has sparkling water. On nature walks with coastal plants, play areas, and flower fields with butterflies, it’s easy to get lost. Oh, and keep an eye out for animals in the grasslands that have a golden color. Think of a rustic getaway, but without the trouble of getting there. Also, you’ll want to check out the bamboo tunnel, moon lantern deck, and bonsai garden when the Chinese Garden reopens in 2021.
Address: along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way
5. Quayside Island
Quayside Isle is beautiful because of where it is. This Sentosa Cove spot is hidden from the people and is all about the view. As you walk along the beach and look out at the yachts, especially at night when the stars are out, it’s easy to reminisce about your favorite place by the water. We recommend getting a Spanish, Mediterranean, or Italian meal at one of the nearby places to add to the magical atmosphere. If you want to keep feeling like you’re on vacation, you can end your trip with a staycation at the nearby W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375
6. Lighthouse at Raffles Marina
This lighthouse at Raffles Marina Club was built in 1994. It looks out over the Tuas Second Link. Because there are no buildings in the way, photographers like to hang out there. The best time to see the building is at dusk, when you can walk along the pier and look at the orange-red hues around the lighthouse. Oh, and since it’s open to the public, it won’t cost you a dime to be taken to Australia’s beautiful beaches and boardwalks.
Address: 10 Tuas West Drive, Singapore 638404
7. Islands in the South
You can’t go to Phuket? Missing your monthly trip to Langkawi, Krabi, or even Bintan? It’s the islands off the coast of Singapore to the rescue! Just set aside a day to go from Kusu and St. John’s to Lazarus and Sisters’ Islands and back again. This is the best way to go on a beach vacation if you don’t have a passport. So pack a picnic, get your sun protection gear, and have a splashing good time in the turquoise waves.
8. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
This place of worship was built in 1921 as one of the first traditional Chinese forest temples in Singapore. It is also known as the Bright Hill Temple. Today, it is the biggest Buddhist temple in the city. On its 12-hectare site, there are huge prayer halls, a memorial museum, a park and pond, a library, a crematorium, and a columbarium. As you take in the art, culture, and Chinese architectural designs in its quiet surroundings, you’ll feel like you’ve been moved to China—without the crowds of tourists.
Address: 88 Bright Hill Road, Singapore 574117
9. Coney Island is a place in New York.
Do you want to enjoy the beauty of nature? Go to Coney Island if you want to relax in nature without being bothered. At this rough place, you won’t recognize Singapore as you know it. The park has a lot of plants and animals, as well as sandy beaches with clear blue water, tall trees, and a natural playground made from recycled materials. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city and feels like an escape back to nature, which we love.
10. Marina Bay Sands
The luxurious Marina Bay Sands resort complex has a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal going through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck, where you can see the whole city. The ship (yes, a ship) on top of the hotel is where the Skypark’s viewing deck and swimming pool are. The only people who can use the infinity pool are hotel guests, but anyone can go to the viewing deck.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
11. The Gardens by the Bay
You won’t be able to stay away from this beautiful green area once you’ve seen it, maybe from the top of the Marina Bay Sands. Walk through the Bay East Garden to see the beautiful plants and get away from the noise of the city for a while.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
12. Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are also worth seeing, but they are not the same as the Gardens on the Bay. The botanical grounds in Singapore were put on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the first time, and for good reason. The city can sometimes feel like a concrete jungle, albeit a clean and comfortable one, but Singapore’s wilder past is kept alive in the botanic parks.
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore
13. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is a pretty cool place. It calls itself the best jungle zoo in the world. The building is clean and inviting, and the animals look like they are well cared for. There is a lot of lush vegetation and room for the animals to live.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore
14. Orchard Road is in Singapore.
Singapore is a world-class city for style and brand chic, so you wouldn’t be blamed if all you did there was shop. The area around Orchard Road is a great place to start a shopping spree because it is full of high-end shops. When a neighborhood has 22 shops and six department stores, you wouldn’t expect anything less. There are also four movie houses, one of which is an IMAX theater, as well as a KTV karaoke place.
15. Singapore Flyer
If the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands doesn’t do it for you, try high tea while looking out over the city from the Singapore Flyer, the world’s biggest giant observation wheel. You can choose from different packages that let you be served and spoiled while taking in a view that goes as far as the Spice Islands of Indonesia and the Straits of Johor in Malaysia.
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
16. Singapore’s Raffles Hotel
This colonial building is one of the world’s last great hotels from the 19th century. Famous people like Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, and Charlie Chaplin used to stay here.
Built in 1887, the property has been a city landmark for well over a century, and its excellent food and service continue to live up to its upscale image. Classical buildings and tropical gardens create an elegant setting and show another part of Singapore’s long and varied past.
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore
If you’ve ever been to China, the Chinatown neighborhood in Singapore will take you right back there. From the small mom-and-pop shops to the real Chinese food to the bright red lanterns, this area is full of action and activity. You can see the beautiful and impressive Sri Mariamman Hindu temple at the Chinese Heritage Centre.
The Buddha Tooth Relic temple is also worth seeing. You can hear the morning drum ritual if you get up early enough (around 4 a.m.). Or, you can skip seeing the relic and just go to the closing event in the evening.
18. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is as busy as it was when it was the “center of business” in the 19th century. Today, it has a more finished look, so after a long day of shopping on Orchard Road, people can go to Clarke Quay to eat, drink, and have fun by the water.
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From here, river taxis and cruises leave, so tourists can see some of the city’s historic bridges and sites like the Merlion from the water. The biggest hit with younger tourists at The Quay is a giant bungee-jumping ride, which is a thrill ride full of excitement.
19. Night Safari Singapore
At Night Safari Singapore, tourists get a different kind of zoo experience by learning about the animals’ lives at night. The habitats in the park are split into four parts. Each section has its own trail where you can watch these elusive animals go about their “day.”
As you might think, there are leopards on the Leopard Trail. There are also lions, flying foxes, civets, porcupines, and other animals. The Fishing Cat Trail takes you through the homes of Singapore’s native animals, like the fish-loving cats, the pangolin, the binturong, and other common and rare species. On the East Lodge Trail, you can see Malayan tigers and spotted hyenas. On the Wallaby Trail, you can learn about Australia’s marsupials.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore
20. Pulau Ubin (Granite Island)
Visit the small island of Pulau Ubin, where fewer than 100 people still live the same simple way they did in the 1960s, to see what life was like in Singapore before it became all about glitz and buildings. The name of the island is “Granite Island,” which is Malay. It got this name because it used to be a big mining town.
Today, it’s a quiet, rural place where tourists can enjoy natural woods and a wide range of animals. The Chek Jawa Wetlands are also on the island. They have a coral reef full of sea life.
The island is easy to get to by boat. It’s a 10-minute ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to the island.
So, which ‘overseas’ places in Singapore are you planning to visit next?