Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, the city-state of Singapore offers more than just a stopover en route to other exotic locales. But with a tropical rain forest climate and its location only one degree north from the Equator, there are plenty of days when the humid weather takes a turn for the worse and clouds roll in dropping rain on everyone. In fact, on average, Singapore has more than 170 days of rain each year, so the probability of encountering some of the wet stuff on a stay is certainly a possibility.
But don’t despair.
Rain doesn’t mean Singapore cannot be explored. In fact, there are plenty of options for experiences in Singapore that don’t depend on the weather.
1. See some art
There are a lot of art exhibits in Singapore. Spend some time at Tanjong Pagar Distripark for a selection of art galleries ranging from eclectic to point focuses such as Indonesian work, Australian indigenous and more. Also, stop by the Ritz Carlton to view the three-ton Frank Stella installation in the lobby, along with a pair of Dale Chihuly crystals and another 4,200 pieces of contemporary art including works from Andy Warhol, Henry Moore and other renowned artists.
Read more: Art Galleries in Singapore
Want to know more about the description of Singapore? Head to the Chinatown Heritage Centre to get a glimpse of Chinatown’s past complete with recreations of the original interior of shop house tenants in the 1950s when it was apt an established seaport. Also, check out the Asian Civilizations Museum, the only museum in the region to focus on the art, culture and civilization of Asia. To learn more about Singapore’s description, spend some time at the National Museum of Singapore which includes exhibits from the country’s birth in the late 1800s to present day. Check the calendar, too. The museum hosts festivals year-round, so there could be a touch special during your stay.
Dining options in Singapore are numerous. For those in search of European food, head to the White Rabbit, a restaurant found in a former abandoned church and run by Chef Daniel Sia. For local treats, try the neighborhood of Geylang. Sure, it may be home to city’s Red Light District, but it also has a vibrant scene and a gift of food choices. If time isn’t of the essence, head to Sin Huat Eating House. Anthony Bourdain named this spot, where the wait for food is long, as one of the “13 Seats to Eat Before You Die”. On a budget? Marketer centers are plenty, but perhaps the most well loved is the Ancient Airport Road Food Centre. With a range of food items, the opportunities for cheap eats are many.
Orchard Road and Haji Lane are both known for their vast selection of stores ranging from upscale to boutique. But when it rains it might be better to place away the umbrella and explore some indoor shopping alternatives. Unless you are OK with a small rain in between stores, in which case, go! Open 24 hours, Mustafa Centre can meet any store-bought instant gratification need. For the doohickey-lover, head to Sim Lim Square, the largest IT and electronics center in Singapore.
5. Have fun
People in Singapore can have fun, as evidenced by the massive St. James Power Station. Home to one club with various different rooms, all adorned with memorable names like Peppermint Park, Dragonfly and more, there’s a scene for a diversity of partiers. Also check out Zouk, Singapore’s infamous nightclub. If it’s too ahead of schedule to head to the club, grab a cocktail at the simply gorgeous Raffles Hotel, also a 120-plus year-ancient landmark.