Why Singapore Is a Great Destination for Families
In the past, Singapore has had the reputation of lacking character in comparison to other South East Asian destinations. I’ve ignored it for years thinking it had nothing to offer me. Boy was I wrong! Singapore is blowing that misconception out of the water. After a recent four-day holiday, it quickly became one of my favourite Asian cities, especially for travelling with kids.
It’s Safe, Clean and Organised
Asia can be a daunting destination for parents as it’s typically crowded, chaotic, dirty, and safety is not paramount. Singapore however, is an anomaly. It’s the perfect destination for families to get their Asian feet wet.
Singapore is so clean and organised and getting around is easy. Despite being a city and a country of its own of 5.5 million people, traffic flows without any beeping horns, and you can move effortlessly around the streets and busy malls without having your space invaded.
Sentosa Island is the tropical adventure playground for families. You can even arrive high above it on a cable car. The resort is a popular place for families to stay and be close to the action. Some of the more famous Sentosa attractions are Universal Studios, the S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark – Singapore’s famous Water Park filled with wave pools, gentle floating tube rides, and thrilling water slides.
The Singapore Zoo receives raving reviews as one of the best in the world, and I agree. Tastefully and meticulously organised, easy to get around, and a wide variety of interesting animals that you can get surprisingly close to, the kids will love it.
Plus, there are extra fun activities to try, like breakfast with the orangutans and the popular Night Safari.
Night Lights and Shows
“Wow. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen!” gasped my daughter as we watched the dancing neon lights wrapped around the Super Grove trees.
The Rhapsody Light and Sound show is a nightly event in the Gardens by the Bay area. There’s also the nightly laser and light show above the world famous Marina Bay Sands every evening.
The best view for this is atMerlion Park on the waterfront near the Fullerton Hotel.
Diverse and Delicious Food Choices
Singapore’s cuisine is influenced by Indian, Malay and Chinese, which means a depth in range of flavours. There are many food courts, and hawker markets for traditional and cheap meals. Keeping with Singapore flavour, the food markets are the most hygienic and well-regulated you’ll find around the world so never fear about eating the street food.
Keep an eye out for Uncle’s Ice Cream carts – ice cream wrapped in rainbow coloured bread!
Colourful Neighbourhoods to Explore
The kids will love the colourful traditional shop houses of Chinatown and the crowded markets selling all sorts of things from plastic squeezable crowing roosters, to durians and live eels. Also don’t forget to explore the colourful spices and fabrics of Little India and Arab Street.