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GTPP Episode 15 – Insider’s Guide for First-Time Visitors to Singapore

In episode 15 of the Global Travel Planning Podcast, join me on a journey through the stunning city of Singapore with my expert guest, Paula Barnes. 

Together, we explore the top things to do in Singapore for first-time visitors, sharing insightful tips on must-visit locations, cultural experiences, wildlife adventures, and even the best spots for shopping and escaping the heat. 

Join us as we delve into the fascinating and diverse attractions of Singapore, offering valuable recommendations to help you plan your next travel adventure. 

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or looking to uncover hidden gems, this episode is packed with travel inspiration and practical insights to enhance your Singapore experience. 

So sit back, relax, and get ready to embark on a virtual journey to the vibrant and captivating city of Singapore!


– Tracy Collins introduces the podcast and welcomes the audience to the episode about Singapore.

– She mentions that she is sitting next to her friend in Singapore, Paula, who is an expert on travel in Singapore.

– This episode will focus on things to do in Singapore for first-time visitors

1. Marina Bay Area

– Marina Bay Sands Hotel and iconic boat on top.

– Unique experiences at Marina Bay Sands, such as sunrise yoga and sunset views.

– Marina Bay shopping mall, including entertainment options, restaurants, and cafes.

– Gardens by the Bay, including the Super Trees and laser show.

2. Sentosa Island

– Resorts, swimming, and beach clubs on Sentosa Island.

– Activities for kids and families, including cable cars and monorail.

– Historical sites and attractions, such as Suloso Fort and Universal Studios.

3. Cultural Exploration

– Ethnic areas in Singapore including Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street (Kampong Glam).

– Unique sights and experiences in each ethnic area, including food, markets, and historical landmarks.

4. Clark Quay and River Valley

– Historical walks and attractions in the Clark Quay area.

– Recommendations for exploring the riverfront and taking a river cruise.

5. Orchard Road

– Vast shopping options, luxury brands, and international and local dining choices.

– Emerald Hill and other interesting sights in the Orchard Road area.

6. Wildlife and Nature

– Wildlife attractions in Singapore, including the bird park, night safari, zoo, and river safari.

– Insight into the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the beauty of the orchid garden.

Practical Tips

– Practical advice for visitors, such as carrying an umbrella and walking during cooler times of the day.

– Tips for cooling off in shopping malls and using public transportation to get around.

Links to relevant articles and podcasts

Guest Bio – Paula Barnes


With 17 years of expat experience, I embarked on a transformative journey in Taiwan, shaping Truly Expat. As a mother to three Third-Culture Kids (TCK), I offer insights into expat life and serve as a one-stop resource for expat-related advice and travel inspiration. Whether seeking practical tips or hidden holiday gems, Truly Expat caters to diverse expat interests.

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