Wet hot Singapor Summer

Bored of the usual stuff? Here’s your guide to making the most of this summer in the city.

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Bored of the usual stuff? Here’s your guide to making the most of this summer in the city.

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They say there isn’t a best time to visit Singapore, but the summer holidays usually means summer crowds. Here’s our forecast on what to expect to see in the city. Avoid as required.

CHINATOWN More tourists than Clarke Quay The ethnic enclave is a refuge for tourists in sunglasses sipping on Tiger beer wherever shade exists. Anticipate high levels of body contact. 

SENTOSA A melting pot of culture The island runs the gamut of cheesy to cultural from Madame Tussauds to World War II landmarks.

CLARKE QUAY More tourists than the airport Come sundown, this cluster of clubs and bars is arguably the most popular nightlife attraction in Singapore. Expect to pay a hefty premium for drinks here.

KAMPONG GLAM Where hipster meets heritage Known for its heritage buildings, indie shops and hipster cafes, Kampong Glam will be brimming with tourists and Instagrammers looking for that perfect backdrop.

THE MERLION Silly poses galore Singapore’s equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Tourists and locals alike love to gather near our nation’s icon, posing with their mouths ajar. Not convinced? Look it up on Google Images. 

INFINITY POOL Infinite crowds You can’t say you’ve seen Singapore until you’ve seen Marina Bay Sands’ Infinity Pool – or rather, until you’ve been seen in it. 

SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS For heat and heritage This UNESCO World Heritage Site may possibly be the least-sheltered tourist attraction in all of Singapore. Perspiration is not done in moderation here. 

GARDENS BY THE BAY More people than plants Where you’ll find the world’s most spectacular trees – even Planet Earth II says so.