Can Singapore get boring?

The Garden State of South East Asia remains one of the most enticing countries in the region for first time travellers – but can Singapore get a bit boring for returning visitors? After all, the country is small, and attractions are few and far between.

Raffles Hotel is a tourist attraction

I have been travelling to Singapore at least twice per year since 2011 and on most of those occasions I spent a good while in the country (sometimes even in luxury hotels – some backpacker!). I have always been fascinated by the local culture, which is a hotchpotch of Malay/Indian/Chinese with a splattering of western influence. However, speaking to other travellers recently, it seems that the star of Singapore is shining less brightly these days.

During special events, Marina Bay can be even more appealing than usual

“Once you’ve done the big attractions, there’s no re-visit value”, say some of my colleagues. They do have a point. Sometimes, this can be overcome by lodging in cheap accommodation and just hanging around for culture and food (like a lot of people do in Thailand, for example), but you cannot do this in Singapore as it is the most expensive country in the world. “Now I just use Singapore as a stopover for half a day then fly elsewhere” is something else I hear far too often. In the past, a transit visit to Singapore lasted for 2 or 3 days, yet now travellers know that there is not too much to keep them entertained here for a longer period.

The Singapore River runs through Clarke Quay

I often think about what is actually new in Singapore since I began travelling 7 years ago, and really I cannot think of anything! You have the theme parks and water parks of Sentosa, the glitz and the glam of Marina Bay Sands, and of course the world class Singapore Zoo and accompanying wildlife parks – but all of these have been around since at least 2010! Although there is a lot of infrastructure to transport and of course accommodation for locals and holidaymakers alike, there has actually been a lack of investment – up to now – in the tourist attractions.

As the local tourist board says “Visit Singapore” but really once you’ve been here once, why would you keep coming back?

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3 thoughts on “Can Singapore get boring?

  1. Hi! I think the latest “attraction” in Singapore might be the National Gallery, but time to time old attractions get updated with new stuff. I haven’t been to many tourist attractions myself since I’m a local. Personally, my favourites are Singapore Zoo and Gardens by the Bay. I love our local food too which I suppose is an “attraction” too? But you’re right about the cost of accommodation here which can be a major deterrent if you’re coming just for the food.

    I don’t usually revisit a city for leisure unless I’m there to visit friends because there just aren’t that many things that are worth taking the flight out, so I’m really amazed that you’ve been travelling to Singapore every year.

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  2. The same could be said for any city I guess. I would explore neighbourhoods etc if the big attractions have been seen, stay in a different area, out in a more local suburb and just wander at eat etc. The hawker food is cheap and always worth coming for, I get cravings and am always happy to have Singapore as a stopover especially after travelling to India, Nepal or Vietnam, I found Singapore a great place to regather myself and freshen up.

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