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Spain Travel Guide: Best Things to Do in Ibiza, Spain

Discover what Ibiza Spain has to offer from what to eat, things to do and what not to miss. 

Ibiza, Spain Travel List: Ibiza was the craziest, strangest experience I have had in a long time. I would compare it to being on a different planet – people are just in a different frame of mind here. No worries, just good vibes. An island of mystery and play.

6 day Croatia Itinerary: Things to Do in Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik

Discover how to make the most of your time during your visit to Croatia (including Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar). Wanderlist has prepared the perfect 6-day Croatia travel itinerary

 

Croatia (Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik) Travel List: Croatia offers a unique combination of all the things I love most: breathtaking natural beauty, hidden gems (and numerous hidden swimming holes!), delicious seafood, magnificent old city history and architecture and lots and lots of sun!

Hong Kong Travel Guide: What to Do & See in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has so much to offer that people often get overwhelmed with what to do. We have prepared a to-do list of where to go and what to see for your Hong Kong visit!

 

Hong Kong Travel List: Hong Kong has both city life and rural retreats. There is always such a bustle but also such a calm and that is part of why I love it so much. No matter what style of traveler you are, Hong Kong has something for you.

Spain Travel Guide: What to Do in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is well-known for its art and architecture. This Barcelona travel guide includes things to do and see in Barcelona Spain.

Barcelona is a “holy grail” city. It is the perfect combination of beautiful beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, awe-inspiring architecture and rich culture. You will never experience a dull moment in this Catalan oasis that is home to some of the best nightlife on the planet.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Thailand. The Wanderlist guide includes the the must-do activities while you're there

 

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand Travel List: Koh Phi Phi is definitely one of the most beautiful islands within Thailand, and arguably the globe. It has everything you can ever ask for as a backpacker travelling through SE Asia. From the best scuba diving, amazing pad thai, incredible adventures, and outstanding nightlife, Koh Phi Phi is a must-travel.

Singapore

Discover the most unique and interesting places to visit in Singapore. This Wanderlist will guide to you to the best things to do and best places to eat.

 

Singapore Travel List: Singapore is definitely not your ordinary city (trust me, you’ll see why once you read further). While not much bigger than the size of Toronto, this urban, multi-cultural city-state has something to offer regardless of whichever angle you look at it: from being one of the world’s largest financial and economic hubs, to being one of the world’s cleanest cities and a haven for foodies and fashionistas alike – Singapore does not disappoint its tourists.

An extremely open-minded and easy-going young professional with a great zest for life and adventure. I had the privilege of studying abroad in Singapore in 2013, which allowed me to explore much of Southeast Asia; since then, I’ve been consumed by wanderlust and aim to travel whenever the opportunity presents itself. I love learning and experiencing just about everything and anything.

 

Singapore

Singapore is definitely not your ordinary city (trust me, you’ll see why once you read further). While not much bigger than the size of Toronto, this urban, multi-cultural city-state has something to offer regardless of whichever angle you look at it: from being one of the world’s largest financial and economic hubs, to being one of the world’s cleanest cities and a haven for foodies and fashionistas alike – Singapore does not disappoint its tourists.

 

Useful information/Interesting Facts:

The four main languages in Singapore comprise of English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. For the most part, almost everyone can speak English (or “Singlish”, as they call it”), so you won’t have to worry about any language barriers.

Two words: Hot and humid. One of the best things about Singapore is that it feels like summer all year round, with the temperature almost never falling below 20 degrees. The downside, however, is that there is a considerable amount of rainfall (especially during monsoon season), but the showers don’t tend to last too long. They’re harsh storms, but quick. That being said, 1) bring an umbrella, and 2) don’t bring your nicest clothes because it’s just way too hot and they’ll get ruined. Less is more.

Singapore’s transportation system – the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) – is highly efficient and covers most of the city. Buy yourself an E-Z Link card and load it up for cheaper fares. No food or drink on the MRT train. Also keep in mind that the MRT’s last trains run until 1:30am the latest, which means that if you’re having a night out, you’re going to have to take a taxi home. Unfortunately, Singapore taxis have a peak hour surcharge of 25% of the meter fare after 6pm… so you’ll have to choose between paying a higher fare or partying until 6am to catch the MRT when it opens.

You may or may not have heard that chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. Well, that’s not entirely true. The act of chewing gum itself is permitted, but SELLING gum is illegal. And, if you’re chewing gum, DO NOT spit it out anywhere except in a garbage bin – because that’s also illegal. Oh, and don’t spit on the ground either, because that’s also illegal.

On that note, another key thing to keep in mind is don’t be a litterbug. Now, I don’t mean to discourage you with all these bizarre and strict rules in Singapore, but they are precisely the reason why you’ll be able to enjoy a safe and clean environment where you won’t see a single piece of litter on the floor. Singaporean authorities strictly enforce the law that prohibits littering. If you’re caught littering, you will end up getting fined and possibly even caned (which applies to males only).
 

 

What to do:
 

Take a walk along the Marina Bay Sands waterfront – day or night – and enjoy the incredible architecture, the Merlion fountain, and an overall amazing view (great photo opportunities!).

Visit the beautiful Raffles Hotel and drink a “Singapore Sling”: a rite of passage for tourists. Warning: Don’t go if you’re allergic to peanuts because the entire floor is covered with peanut shells; for some reason they give you peanuts to snack on, which you can then dispose on the ground!

Despite all the high-rise buildings and sky scrapers, the city still have a very “green” feel to it, and thus the city’s parks are worth a mention. Particularly, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is home to thousands of species of plants, which you probably will never see at home!

Continuing on with the “green” theme, check out the Gardens by the Bay or “Supertrees”, which are man-made trees that will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a scene in Avatar. It’s pretty epic, so you’ll just have to see it for yourself. While near Gardens by the Bay, visit both the conservatory Cloud Forest and Flower Dome for more botanical gardens (it sounds boring but you’ll be amazed by the beauty of it all and gain a new appreciation for nature (hopefully)!)

Sentosa Island: Take a day-trip to Sentosa Island for a small beach getaway, bet your luck at the Casino, visit the largest sea aquarium in the world, or check out Universal Studios if you want to feel like a kid again. Plenty of options to choose from here.
 

Where to eat: Singapore is a foodie’s paradise, as you’ll find a diverse range of cultural dishes and flavours.

While it’s nice to eat out at restaurants, you must visit a Hawker center if you’re in Singapore. They’re affordable, the quality of the food is good, and they offer a wide variety so you can experiment with different dishes. Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, near the business district, is one of the most famous ones thanks to visits by celebrities such as Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay. A local friend told me that the key to finding the best food is to order from the stalls with the longest line-ups (or queue, as they say in Singapore).

Local dishes to try: Hainanese Chicken Rice (main dish); Satay; Laksa; Chilli Crab


 

Where to shop:

Orchard Road is the 5th Avenue equivalent in Singapore where you’ll find an entire strip full of high-end, luxury brands. Visit the beautiful and flashy ION Orchard Mall and Paragon Mall where you’ll see familiar Western brands and be able to find everything you need.

Bugis Junction: A great budget shopping option where you’ll find affordable and fashionable clothing, accessories, and everything in between.  

Haji Lane: Lots of cute little shops where you can find art, antiques, textiles, and interesting trinkets. I guess you could say this is the “hipster” part of Singapore.
 

Nightlife:
While Singaporeans are generally known to be diligent and hard-working, they sure love to party. Not only do they like to party, but they like to do it in style. Since “face” – meaning reputation and prestige – is an important value in Singaporean society, you’ll find that the nightlife can be quite lavish and flashy with the rooftop parties and impeccably dressed crowds. Like Vegas, Singapore is another place where your gender alone becomes the sole basis that determines the price you pay to go out: Wednesdays are Ladies night where women are often treated with free entry and complimentary drink tickets (varies depending on where you go). Here were some of my favourite places that you must check out:

 

Ku De Ta Club Lounge: If, like most of us, you can’t afford to blow $400+ a night for a room in the Marina Bay Sands to swim in the famous Infinity Pool, then Ku De Ta is the closest you’ll get to the infinity pool. This bar/lounge is located at the top of MBS right beside the infinity pool, and it will afford you one of the best views in the city. Although the lounge itself is usually crowded and full of expats/tourists, I’ve always had a great time!

Clarke Quay: Better known as tourist central for Singapore, every foreigner/exchange student/expat/tourist needs visit this place as its surrounded by lots of great (overpriced, of course) bars and restaurants where you’ll have an epic night. Lots of places have Happy Hour before 6pm where they’ll have awesome drink specials, such as buy one get one free. Now, the highlight of Clarke Quay is the communal bridge, where everyone hangs out and drinks cheap beer from 7/11! If you’re travelling alone, this is the place to meet people.

Sentosa Island: Tanjong Beach Club (TBC) AKA The Ibiza of Singapore! – need I say more? Sundays are the big party nights here.

Zouk: Regarded as one of the top 10 clubs in the world, famous DJs often play at Zouk as it is Singapore’s biggest club. No doubt you’ll have a crazy good time.

Pangea: Located in the basement of the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall, Pangea is a great spot for a more mature and sophisticated crowd. You’ll find a good crowd, good music, and good vibes all around.

Swissotel: Every last Thursday of the month, the Stamford has a Helipad party from 8pm-10pm. Yes, it’s on a rooftop where helicopters land and the view is pretty damn amazing.  

Hong Kong Travel Guide

Hong Kong is a bustling city and a dream destination for millions of people. Here is our guide for the best things to do in Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Travel List: It’s hard to put into words how incredibly amazing Hong Kong is. You’ll instantly fall in love with Hong Kong’s thriving energy and upbeat atmosphere. Living there for four months, I found myself constantly wanting to be out and about, surrounding myself in all the liveliness and soaking up all the energy. Aside from having one of the world’s most breathtaking skylines, my favourite thing about this city is the wonderful diversity it has to offer. You have areas where you feel like you’re in a more extravagant version of New York City, while at times you’ll find yourself trekking atop beautiful high mountains and peaks. Hong Kong has something for everyone, and although there are endless things to do in this vibrant city, allow yourself to get lost aimlessly through the streets to really get in touch with the local culture and people.