9+ Instagram worthy places in Singapore that’s not Gardens by the Bay

At first glance, Singapore is not a very big country and the go-to image of it is Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by the Bay. While these places are iconic and beautiful, there are many other Instagram worthy places in Singapore you can go to! Here are some of my favourites beautiful places in Singapore

Explore with Singapore Sidecars

 

 

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For the ultimate instagrammable and fun experience, explore Singapore on the sidecar of a vintage Vespa. The tour was born out of a love for Singapore and Vespa, with a fleet of 10 Vespas in white, pink, baby blue, and red.

They offer several different tours from one to three hours including customisable options, which features almost all of the topInstagramm spots:

Haji Lane and Arab Square

 

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In the colourful Malay quarter of Kampong Glam, the historic buildings that reflects the Muslim and Arab influence combines with modernity give rises to two of the most beautiful places in Singapore: Haji Lane and Arab Square. Haji Lane is the narrowest street in Singapore, and we were able to drive down it in the Vespa which really is an experience in itself.

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Haji Lane

We also got a glimpse of the Masjid Sultan, the Sultan Mosque, as we roamed the backstreets. Built by the Sultan Hussain at the early 19th century for the Muslim population, it’s a glorious sight and looks equally beautiful from the Muscat Street.

Nearest station: Bugis MRT

 

Civic District

singapore-sidecar-Singapore-laugh-travel-eat-5The Civic District with its British colonial architecture and high rises are another popular place to visit with the Singapore Sidecars. We breezed passed the downtown area too and it was super adorable!

 

Crazy Rich Asians

A new and popular tours with Singapore Sidecars is a visit to some of the Crazy Rich Asians’ film location. We drove passed the Young’s family house and went right up to Peik Lin’s house (which is on sale, by the way). There is actually a lot of gorgeous historic mansion around the Botanical Garden area, just like the movie and book said.

 

Peranakan Houses and Joo Chiat

 

 

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Arguably one of the rising photo location of Singapore on Instagram, the colourful rows of Peranakan houses of 6 or so structures opposite each other on the semi-busy Koo Seng Road.

Spoiler alert: there isn’t really anything else near it, although the Joo Chiat and Katong area is worth exploring if you have the time and energy. While I Iove how beautiful it is, if you are short on time, I would give this a skip since it really is a bit out of the way!

How to get there (otherwise): we ended up taking a Grab from Bugis, which costed 9 SGD but only takes 10 minutes. I was told you can take buses but even with that you’ll have to walk 10 minutes or so, and longer for MRT.

The houses are on Koo Seng Road.

Old Hill Street Police Station

 

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An eye-catching building with window shutters of different colours, the Old Hill Tree Station was built in 1934 and is no longer a police station. It used to be a jail, and

How to get there: Walk from Clark Quay MRT or Bras Basah

Orchid Garden and Botanical Garden

 

 

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If you are a nature lover, head over to one of the world’s most esteemed botanical garden! Opened in 1859, they are the only tropical garden garden on the UNESCO list. Covering 82 hectares of grounds with 10000 species, it is a popular place for joggers and yogis. Since this is a post on instagrammable places, here are the top places to take your pics:

Orchid Garden

The heart of the Botanical Garden, Orchid Garden requires admission fee but it’s well worth it. With a plethora of species and colours, the flowers are beautiful but they are actually not the most photogenic parts of the garden. Several green archways are scattered across the grounds. The prettiest one that you’ll find in Instagram all the time are just right of the entrance, though personally I really like the Silver Arches, too.silver-arches-national-orchid-garden-botanical-garden-singapore-laugh-travel-eat

Palm Valley

Another cool place is the Palm Valley, which is as its name suggested. It feels as though you are transported to California with the rolling green hills and tall, swaying palms, but it’s just a patch of ground in the Singapore Botanical Garden.

Ginger Garden

belevade-ginger-garden-botanical-garden-singapore-laugh-travel-eatRight next to Orchid Garden is the Ginger Garden. The entrance to it is really cute with palm trees and inside you can get to a little pavillion.

How to get there: MRT Botanical Garden Station on the Downtown Line, Exit A

Admissions: Free 5 SGD for orchid garden

Opening times: 5am until midnight

 

Little India

 

 

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A cute neighbourhood by the MRT of the same name, Little India is arguably most famous for the Tan Teng Niah House and its colourful facade. It was once the house of Tan Teng Niah, a rich Chinese factory owner who lived in the area. It is now a kind of travel agency/office. There is room to take photos in front of the house, though it’s popular to go to its side and get a shot with the different colour background.

How to get there: Little India MRT

 

China Town (People’s Republic Estate)

With lanterns and colourful houses, China Town is definitely another photogenic area, but here’s an unique angle to see it:

 

 

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The People’s Republic’s Estate is a public housing complex with big green apartment blocks and Chinese Characters etched to its side. Many people also visit the courtyard to take photos, though I thought seeing it from the streets of China Town with the lanterns is a great way to combine the two into one photogenic spot!


How to get there: China Town MRT

 

Marina Barrage

 

 

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Want to see the view of Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, and the skyscrapers but is sick of the crowds? Head to the Marina Barrage!

Not so far from the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, Marina Barrage is actually a reservoir but also doubles up as a great place for picnic and family fun. With a grassy rooftop, it’s also one of the best sunset spot in town.

How to get there: we took a Grab that drop us directly at the back, but you can also walk over from Gardens By the Bay or even cycle there.

 

Ann Sang Hill

 

 

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Just a few minutes’ walk from China Town is Ann Sang Hill. A place where hip restaurants, bars, pubs, and pretty little houses reside, it’s not hard to see why it’s photogenic. The curved and inclined roads makes everything more quaint, especially with the colonial style houses.

How to get there: walk from China Town MRT or Outram Park MRT

At first glance, Singapore is not a very big country and the go-to image of it is Marina Bay Sands or Gardens by the Bay. While these places are iconic and beautiful, there are many other Instagram worthy places in Singapore you can go to! Here are some of my favourites beautiful places in Singapore #singapore #instagrammablespots
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Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.

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