You don’t have to travel far and wide to get a taste of some of the world’s most beautiful places. If you find yourself in Singapore, a quick tour around the city will have you itching to travel. Maybe grab a friend and take a few photos and pretend you’re abroad, as you save up to book your dream vacation later on. Here are 8 Insta-worthy Singapore places that will give you some serious wanderlust. Who knows—that dream vacation may come sooner than you think!
1. Japanese Cemetery Park: Germany’s Rosengarten Auf Dem Beutig
Visit the German counterpart of Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the rose capital of Germany!
Fun Fact: Enthusiasts see Baden-Baden as the secret rose capital of Germany.
German Experience: Rhine Valley Tour
Nearest Singapore MRT: Serangoon
2. Bukit Timah Railway: Myanmar’s Burma Railway
Also known as The Death Railway connecting the border of Burma (currently known as Myanmar) and Thailand devised by the Japanese Army during the Second World War to transport troops and supplies from Bangkok back to Burma.
Fun Fact: One man died for each wooden sleeper. This was one of the most tragic yet “forgetten wars”.
Myanmar Experience: Half Day Tour of Mingun
Nearest Singapore MRT: Hillview
3. Singapore’s Japanese Garden: Japan’s Hakone Park
Famous for their “Floating” Torri, it has been designated as a Geopark by UNESCO for its unique flora and fauna. Hakone has flourished as a favorite spa destination, and still attracts many visitors from all over – there are more tourists than locals.
Fun Fact: There’s a belief that Owakudani, a crater that was created by the last major eruption of Mount Hakone 800 years ago, is known for its healthy eggs that add 7 years to your life.
Japan Experience: Kimono Experience
Nearest Singapore MRT: Chinese Garden
4. Singapore’s Clarke Quay: Korea’s Petite France
Located near Nami Island, this French cultural village is located in the countryside, consisting of 16 different French-style building.
Fun Fact: Petite France was featured on many dramas and variety shows such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, My Love From The Star.
Korea Experience: Petite France
Nearest Singapore MRT: Clarke Quay
5. Raffle’s Marina: Australia’s St. Kilda
You can’t visit St Kilda and not take a stroll along the Pier. It would be like going to Vegas and not going into casinos or playing roulette.
Much loved by many visitors and locals, St. Kilda is Melbourne’s seaside playground where it is renowned for its extensive beach activities, stunning sunsets and most importantly, FOOD! My tummy’s grumbling!
Fun Fact: St. Kilda was Melbourne’s ‘red light’ district’ following the Second World War.
Melbourne Experience: Mornington Penninsula Tour
Nearest Singapore MRT: Tuas Link
6. Chinatown: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ah, we’ve come to the land of Hypebeast. They even have a street entirely filled with sneakers (yes they do), and it is named “Sneakers Street”.
How do we describe Hong Kong in a sentence? It’s part capitalist, part communist, basically built on a rock and it is well-known in Asia for police-crime related drama serials and movies.
Fun Fact: Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world, surpassing what we thought would be New York City.
Hong Kong Experience: Peak Tram and Fast Track Package
Nearest Singapore MRT: Chinatown
7. Sentosa: Greece’s Milatos Cave
If you’re looking for a place that tells tales, this is the one – Rich in history and of sentimental importance for the locals, 3,600 people were slaughtered in this very cave by the Turks during the Revolution times. A White Chapel is then built to commemorate this tragic incident.
Fun Facts: Some of those victims’ remains still lie deep in the cave which is only accessible by ropes and harnesses.
Greece Experience: Tour to Ancient Thera
Nearest Singapore MRT: Harbourfront
8. Siloso Beach: Krabi, Thailand
A less crowded version of Phuket and arguably the most relaxing part of Thailand where it has such magnificent scenery and sunsets, beautiful white beaches that stretch from one end to the other. The best part – it also has almost every water and physical activity you can think of off the top of your head.
Fun Facts: Krabi is possibly Thailand’s oldest history of continued settlement where much of the province consists of several national parks, with over 200 islands off its coast.
Krabi Experience: Krabi 4 Islands Day Tour
Nearest Singapore MRT: Harbourfront
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