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How to Be a Tourist in Singapore

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How to fall in love with your home city once more.

Booking.com have a few ideas on how you can holiday at home.

Book a Unique Place to Stay

Boutique stays continue to trend with travellers, as 59% of Singaporean travellers plan to stay in a unique accommodation for their next trip. Booking.com offers a variety of unique places to stay that give travellers the opportunity to experience a little adventure, coupled with a quirky experience right in your hometown.

Where to stay: KēSa House. Sitting in the heart of trendy Keong Saik Road, check out this inviting flexible-living concept housing a roster of some of the city’s most unique and eclectic bars and restaurants, all under one striking roof. An evolution of the regular hotel experience, the smartly transformed row of shophouses is designed for those who wish to stop-over or stay a while.

 

Indulge in a Spa Hotel

Escapism has always been crucial for travellers, Booking.com revealed that over half of Singaporean travellers are seeking simple, relaxing trips to get away from it all. Why not get pampered for the day or stay for a wellness weekend and experience pure bliss right on your doorstep? Select a place to stay that offers extensive spa facilities and enjoy a range of holistic treatments and come out with glowing skin and spirits.

Where to stay: Capella Hotel Singapore. Nestled in the lush rainforest of Sentosa Island, Auriga Spa at this luxury hotel is a perfect cocoon to rest, rejuvenate and tap into the celestial rhythms. It’s also the first spa in Singapore to receive a five-star status from Forbes Travel Guide.

 

Travel Through Time and Shop Vintage

Step back in time with a visit to this vintage store and get a glimpse of Singapore’s fashion and style through the decades. With its great value, rare finds and the possibility to uncover the hidden tales of the past, you never know what you may discover - and it’s sustainable to boot!

Where to visit: Vintagewknd. Head down to First Center to discover one-of-a-kind vintage clothing. The nostalgic trends of yesteryear are curated with the savvy eye of a contemporary fashionista; and from custom-made corsets to flouncy floral-print skirts, you’ll find vintage can be accessible to everyone.

 

Discover Secret Gardens

Embrace yourself in the tranquillity of Singapore’s hidden gardens and green spaces. Have a picnic in the park or simply uncover its lesser known beauty with a stroll to indulge in the most enchanting pathways in this oasis.

Where to visit: Hampsteads Wetlands Park. Though just a small pocket of green in the somewhat industrial area, the former marshland area looks like a lush English garden with a pond, yet still retains a rustic element. Easily explore the place in under 30 minutes but keep the peace – it's a favourite haunt for birdwatchers in Singapore. 

 

...and finally, Act Like a Tourist

Visit a Singapore Visitor Centre, take a city pamphlet from the hotel lobby, embrace a bit of history and culture and join a museum tour, take silly photos of yourself in front of tourist spots, eat at a popular restaurant, and visit the most well-known attractions that people travel the world to see.

 


Written by
Poppy covers a wide range of topics at Billionaire, having spent the past 13 years at companies including Singapore Tatler, Her World Plus and Harpers Bazaar UK. She has a passion for fashion, jewellery and travel as well as an avaricious fascination with crime novels. Follow her at poppypskinner on Instagram. 

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