It’s 6am in Singapore, and you are wide awake. Thanks for nothing, jetlag. Don’t fret though, early mornings in the Lion City are often cool and breezy — so jump up and beat the commuter rush by stretching your weary limbs.
After living here for 20 years, two things are crystal clear to me when it comes to walking. One is that Singapore has some incredible inner-city walks, and ones that frequently combine culture, food, heritage — and then some more food.
The other thing you learn? Never attempt these walks at midday. Believe me, locals will back me up on that — and there’s plenty to do indoors, besides just jumping in the pool. Which is never a bad option either.
On that basis then, let’s explore two great strolls that embrace the hidden secrets of this great island-state.
But first though, some basics. Bring a small, lightweight bag, into which you should put: a bottle of water, a foldable umbrella, a pre-loaded MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) card, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a spare T-shirt.
Wear shoes designed for walking, and light but modest attire. Note to the boys: inner city Singapore is not the place to wear your mankini.