Unless we count the day I spent in the Üsküdar neighborhood of Istanbul, I have not been to Asia. Admittedly, no country in Asia, other than Mongolia, has made it onto my travel wishlist. But in this guest post from Milda of AsiaRooms.com, a strong case is made for families to visit Singapore. Perhaps my family and I will make it to Asia after all?
Singapore is a fantastic holiday destination, but what some people don’t realise is that it is perfect for families too. It has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to activities and interesting things to do. You can lounge on the beaches of Sentosa, see wildlife at the Zoo or try your hand at wave riding. If it’s your first visit to Singapore you will not be disappointed.
Here are some of the most popular attractions which are ideal for families.
Meet the Animals at Singapore Zoo
If your kids are crazy about wildlife then they will be blown away by the Singapore Zoo. It has a wide range of wild animals to get close to. You can view the animals from the comfort of the park bus as it takes you through the different enclosures. Or if you want to take your time and learn more about the animals then simply wander the park on foot. There are stunning white tigers, gigantic giraffes and even cute little meerkats. Fans of monkeys can get really close to these charming creatures when the park rangers take some of them out of their enclosure. If you are feeling brave then you can pay to go on an elephant ride. For a really special experience try and go on the night safari to see the nocturnal animals.
Experience Wavehouse Sentosa
This is an adrenaline filled activity that is not for the feint hearted. Older kids will love it, but it is definitely not for really young children. But since it is based on Sentosa Island, the little ones will have plenty to do if you wanted to have a go.
The Wavehouse has a wave machine that you can surf on top of. It’s pretty tricky but the trainers are very helpful and you start on a body board to help get you on your feet. They say that it is a combination between surfing, skiing and snowboarding. Although getting out on the wave might seem a little daunting, it’s a fantastic feeling when you manage to stay up. Those who aren’t surfing experts should be prepared to fall over a few times. Any active, sporty kids will have hours of fun at Wavehouse Sentosa. Once you have finished you can sit back, relax and have a drink at the bar.
Enjoy the Activities on Sentosa Island
This charming little resort is located only 15 minutes from the city centre. It is a brilliant place to visit as a family because it offers so much; safe waters, pretty beaches and plenty of things to keep the kids entertained. The whole family can have a ride on the Skyline Luge Sentosa which takes you downhill through the jungle trail and down towards the beach, or go for a thrill ride on the jungle zip wire. Or if you fancy something a bit more relaxing you can go on a walk around the nature trail. For nature lovers, there is a butterfly and insect park to explore.
Visit the Stunning National Orchid Garden
If you go to Singapore you shouldn’t miss out on the breath-taking orchid gardens, which is a more relaxed activity for families. The children will love the abundance of bright, vibrant colours and the grounds are a fun place to spend the day. There are over 1,000 species of orchid displayed here. It is possibly the most popular attraction in Singapore and receives excellent reviews.
Go on a Family Shopping Spree
It sounds like an obvious one but if you take a trip to Singapore you should definitely have a browse through the shops. There is a huge shopping centre full of lots of different stores. If you have young teens who enjoy shopping then they will love the Forever 21 store. If the kids get hungry then there are lots of different restaurants to try with traditional Asian food.
There are also some more traditional shops where you can buy cheap garments and local produce. If you are visiting with your family it’s worth spending half a day exploring the shops.
See the Singapore Skyline
You cannot go to Singapore without seeing the magnificent city views. There are a few ways to do this. Younger families will probably enjoy a ride on the Singapore Flyer, which is a 165 metre high observation wheel. Or you can go up to the top of Marina Bay Sands, which is the world’s most expensive standalone Casino property. Once you get to the top of this hotel you can take a dip in the 150 metre infinity pool with views of the city. This luxurious hotel also has shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Have you ever traveled to Singapore? Adults only or with your family? Have anything to add to Milda’s list?
About the author:
Community Manager @ AsiaRooms.com . Born in Lithuania (love it!), studied in the UK, travelled around Asia and USA, taught in Africa and now residing in Singapore where, equipped with a strong cup of coffee and surrounded by an amazing team, I’m blogging about travels, cultures, events and hotels in Asia.