I’ll be the first to admit, before moving to live in Singapore, I can’t say I knew much about this tiny country. I had a friend living there who gave me a quick low-down on what areas to look for apartments in and told me how safe it all was…etc but that was about it. I moved to Singapore to undertake research as part of my University work at Cambridge that I was so distracted by that part of it and didn’t focus as much as I should have done on the city itself.

I don’t even think I found my feet properly in Singapore until a couple of days in though that was probably the end of term time exam stress, an assignment deadline in 48 hours from when I arrived in Singapore, all mixed with some serious jetlag!

Once my assignment was in and I got the chance to step outside to explore the city properly, it’s safe to say I fell in love with the city straight away! Singapore will do that to ya. There’s so much on offer here and living here for almost half a year only served to further re-enforce that! 🙂

10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Singapore

Without further ado – here are (at least) 10 reasons why you need to visit Singapore.

1.) The food. 
Hungry In Singapore? Chinatown (7)
There’s so much variety on offer here and you’ll struggle to get bored with the amazing delicious choices available across Singapore. It’s also quite cheap so there’s that too!

2.) The nightlife is amazing.
Take A Peek Into The Highest Outdoor Bar In The World! (12)Seriously, we’re talking about starting your night with cocktails right at the top of the world’s tallest infinity pool, heading over to bars with stunning city views and then choosing from a whole variety of clubs or night time shows.

3.) The city is very VERY green!
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Despite its shining skyscrapers, Singapore is actually quite a green city! Heading over to places like the MacRitchie Nature Trail or even places like the Flower dome depict a little taste of how green this amazing city is.

4.) Singapore actually has some pretty good beaches.
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Case in point – Lazarus Island.

5.) There’s a more rustic part of Singapore that most tourists miss out on – it’s called Ubin Island.
Going Off The Beaten Track in Singapore: Exploring Ubin Island... (3)
Here the pig roam wild, the monkeys swing from tree to tree and you can only get around on foot or via a bike which you can rent for the day.

6.) The shopping! There’s pretty much nothing you can’t find in Singapore.
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Now, I’m not much of a shopper but even for non-shopper like me, there are those times when you’ve finally decided to get yourself new lens for your camera or perhaps even new swim-shorts because your post-Christmas dietting plan didn’t quite play out like you planned. Point is, you’re bound to find anything you need to buy quite easily in Singapore.

7.) Singapore is an amazing hub for you to explore Asia!
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This is more for long-term travel but Singapore is a great place to be located to connect to other Asian cities and see more of that part of the world. The connections at the airport are great and it’s so easy to get to!

8.) Public transport is pretty good here.
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Plus the taxis are also soooooo cheap so really, the choice is entirely yours here.

9.) There’s a Universal studios here and it’s amazing!
Universal Studios, Singapore
I can’t even pretend – I got myself a 6 months pass when I lived here and went almost every free weekend.

10.) Singapore is safe.
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You could walk home on your own at 3am in the morning and you’d be perfectly fine. In fact, in all my time there, I don’t think I ever saw the Police once! And the police station was right next to my nearest train station.

And here are a few more reasons why you’d probably want to visit Singapore…

10 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Singapore

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Yaya and Lloyd Travel Photos, Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Infinity Pool (1)

Under The Dome And Into The Forest... In Singapore, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay (23)

Going Off The Beaten Track in Singapore: Exploring Ubin Island... (5)

Hungry In Singapore? Chinatown (2)

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  • I wouldn’t know about some of those cool hidden parts of Singapore if it wasn’t for your blog.
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • Agreed, this is going to help big time!

      • HandLuggageOnly

        So glad you found it helpful Ellie 🙂 xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! That’s so great to hear Angie. xx

  • I m moving to Singapore in 2 weeks which was one of the inspirations for starting my blog – I’m really excited that Singapore seems to be getting much of a buzz these days! And obviously the fact that its a short boat or plane ride away from Malaysia/ Indonesia/ Borneo/ Philippines makes it so much better! Thanks for all your posts on Singapore- hopefully they will help me settle in before I find my feet! xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      In 2 weeks Ellie! Oh-mh-gooooshhhh! You’re going to have the best time!

      Please please PLEASE let us know your thoughts when you arrive – we’d love to read your post on it. Honestly, Singapore is such a great place – we LOVED every second! Flights are so cheap between all the places you mentioned too!

      Do you have any plans on what to do when you arrive? So excited for you!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx