Every time you get together with your friends, you’re perpetually planning a trip. Most of these plans don’t work out because someone in the group vetoes the destination. The adventure junkie wants tan adrenalin rush; the beach babe just wants to chill at the beach; the nerd wants to go to a place with history; the nature lover wants to be amidst nature and the party animal, just wants to party. Is this scenario familiar?
Is there one place that can give each of these what they want? Highly unlikely. And in the end, you’re all on different holidays and the plan never works out. But there is hope for your friend circle yet … Here are 5 types of friends and 5 reasons you should plan a trip to Singapore with them:
- The Adventure Junkie: There is no dearth of an adrenalin rush in Singapore. You don’t even have to really go seek it – step out of a pub at Clarke Quay, and you see the G-Max Reverse Bungy. What’s that? Picture yourself sitting in a rocket launcher 3,2,1 … enough said.
There’s more where that came from. Head over to Universal Studios and go crazy at the sight of some of the best rollercoaster rides in the world. Each ride is based on a Hollywood movie theme. Wait in queue for the Jurassic Park experience (it’s totally worth it), don’t miss The Mummy, and pray you get the first seat at The Transformers’ 3D ride. If you have the heart of a lion, go for the Battle Star Galactica rollercoaster.
- The Beach Babe: If a cocktail and a good book at the beach is your kind of holiday, you’re in good company. Take the Singapore MRT (it’s the cheapest and most convenient way to commute in Singapore) and then the Sentosa Express from Vivo City to Sentosa island and choose one of the three beaches – Palawan, Siloso, Tanjong – to chill at. You can even book a resort and stay overnight. Siloso beach boasts some of the coolest bars and shacks, but if you’re looking for tranquility, try Tanjong.
There’s plenty to do at Sentosa too: the Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Madame Tussauds, iFly Singapore, the Segway Tour and more. Universal Studios is just a train station away so that makes planning your day a lot more convenient.
Psst … You might want to stop at a Nail Art salon to make sure your feet look gorgeous in flip flops!
- The Nerd: If you appreciate architecture, sci-fi and love gadgets, you will not be disappointed. While your friends lounge at the Marina Bay and click selfies with the Singapore Merlion, you can head over to the Esplanade or the Theatres by the Bay. Join the Esplanade Walk to understand the architecture and history behind the perfect performances that take place there. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Light and Water Show at 8pm at the Marina Bay Sands!
Head to Mustafa Centre in Little India or Sim Lim Square if you’re looking for good deals on electronics. You don’t have to worry about the time of day to go to Mustafa Centre – it’s open 24 hours, after all, the latest Apple gadget can’t wait till morning!
- The Nature Lover: Electronics and Nature seem like oil and water, but in Singapore, they’re two sides of the same coin! Rent a bicycle and take a ride down East Coast Park. Or spend quality time with animals from all over the world at the spectacular Singapore Zoo. Attend the special animal shows and even feed your favorites. All this, only a bus ride from the main city.
Walk around in the Botanic Gardens or Garden City, where you can jog, laze around and also view the National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids. You can dine or enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafes in the area and then head to Orchard Street for some shopping.
Psst … Plan half a day at Gardens by the Bay, designed as a city in a garden where spring never ends!
- The Party Animal: Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay are the ideal places for you. Both these waterfronts offer a huge variety of restaurants, bars and pubs to go to – so many of them offer live music. Dance to your favourite beat by the Singapore river in the financial district or grab a table by the bay and enjoy a view of the Singapore skyline.
Resist the urge to shake a leg at the restaurants by the waterfront as live bands lend a great amount of energy to the area. If this doesn’t satisfy the party animal in you – nothing will!