Planning a city trip to Singapore and want to keep it eco-friendly? Here are some ideas, reviews and recommendations of eco-friendly things to do and places to stay. We’ve also included some links to healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants, the weather in Singapore and other useful travel information.
Singapore and sustainability
Singapore has seen a huge change in the last decades, emerging from third-world to a strong, self-conscious first world country. With little land and few natural resources of its own, Singapore – the City in a Garden – has been quite successful integrating environmental needs with urban growth and development.
Trees have been planted along most roads. Recycled sewage, rainwater catchments and desalinated sea water all form part of Singapore’s drinking water supply. Electric cars are a common sight, helped by generous subsidies “to do the right thing”. There is a “Clean and Green Singapore” campaign that has been going on for over two decades, with regular events, activities and community projects all over the country all the time. This social marketing campaign and high fines for littering make Singapore surely one of the cleanest cities in the whole of Asia.
Eco-friendly Singapore hotels and resorts
Siloso Beach Eco Resort on Sentosa Island
“Conveniently located along Siloso Beach on the island of Sentosa. Siloso Beach Resort is a tranquil and rustic eco resort just a few steps away from the beach front. With rooms facing the South China Sea, surrounded by lush foliage including a spring water landscape pool, longest in Singapore at 95m.”
If interested in Siloso Beach Resort’s approach to sustainability, we recommend the interview with Sylvain Richer de Forges by the Sustainability Leaders Project.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
“Welcome to the luxurious PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore hotel. Our eco-friendly hotel is the proud recipient of the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award.”
If interested in PARKROYAL on Pickering’s approach to sustainability, we recommend the interview with Lee Kin Seng by the Sustainability Leaders Project.
Marina Bay Sands
“Easily the most spectacular hotel in Singapore. Ultimate luxury and breathtaking views.”
More about the many sustainability practices implemented at Marina Bay Sands in the interview with Kevin Teng by the Sustainability Leaders Project.
Singapore tours, activities & urban adventures
China Town Food Adventure
Ever wondered what the food culture in Singapore is like? Or perhaps why Singaporeans call their Chinatown ‘Niu Che Sui’? Or just what the heck a hawker centre is anyway?! Join this Singapore food tour through Chinatown to leave no stone, rice cake, or poh piah unturned and to learn all about one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Singapore.
Start your food adventure here
Hop aboard two wheels and take in all the iconic sites of Singapore on this ultimate intro to the city. Pedal through the city’s oldest neighbourhood, biggest cultural hub, and along the famed Marina Bay as you zip in and out of Singapore’s nooks and crannies.
Start your cycling adventure here
Locals on Tap in Singapore
Orientation tour of the Clark Quay. Hang out with an in-the-know locals who can introduce you to the city and tell you what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Singapore.
Start your social adventure here
Gardens by the Bay
“Gardens by the Bay brings to life NParks’ vision of creating a City in a Garden. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work. Underlying the concept of Gardens by the Bay are the principles of environmental sustainability. Much effort was made to plan and design for sustainable cycles in energy and water throughout Bay South Garden.”
Southern Islands of Singapore
Singapore has a chain of southern islands, which provide an escape from the bustling city and are proof of surviving biodiversity in Singapore waters. The islands offer diving spots of different visibility and wildlife, some have beautiful intertidal zones to spot marine life during low tide.
Some local conservation community groups provide guided walks to these islands. Kusu island has temples where residents can visit at certain times of the year to pay homage to the different Gods. Islands open to the public include St. John’s, Lazarus, Pulau Hantu, Kusu, and Sister’s island – the latter about to become Singapore’s first marine protection area. Find out more about these islands on sentosa.com.sg, wildsingaporenews.blogspot.sg and blog.omy.sg.
“Kayakasia is to experience Southeast Asia as it is – the people, the culture, the vast archipelagos, thousands flowing rivers – with a kayak. Paddling is wonderful. With your own power, curiosity, humor, without strictures of time and place – all these and borrowing from our planet less than three inches of water at any one place. It is our belief that with each new paddler, southeast Asia and its waterways will be appreciated more.”
Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore
Exploring a city on an empty stomach isn’t much fun and Singapore has a great variety of healthy restaurants for hungry travelers. Most of them are listed here.
Weather in Singapore & other travel info
For all sort of useful travel tips and recommendation, visit Singapore on WikiTravel.
For latest updates on the weather in Singapore, here’s the forecast provided by Weather.com.
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