Singapore has a hot and humid climate, so it rains all year round, and the temperatures are always quite high. Northeast Monsoon brings the wet season from November through January with showers and downpours. Southwest monsoon arrives in June and stays through September. So spring and autumn shoulder seasons between those two monsoons are your best bet to witness relatively dry and moderate weather in Singapore. Besides, there are many exciting events and festivals taking place during this period, for example: Mid-Autumn Festival.
Singapore is a city-state, and it might seem like there is not much chance to encounter nature. However, there are still a few ways to take a break from megapolis in Singapore. Kayaking through a mangrove forest is one of them. Floating along Singaporean northern rivers named the Sungei Mandai Besar and Sungei Mandai Kechil will feel like being in a rainforest or jungle. A kayak can barely make its way through mangroves. Horseіhoe crabs and sea eagles all around you will make you feel far from a big city. The best time to try this activity is from February through May and October.
Riding a bike on Palau Ubin is another way to escape the stress of the city. Even beginners can safely pedal on flat gravel tracks enjoying the nature and wilderness of this place. Cycling is the best way to explore the remote Check Jawa wetland, observe its huge birds population and marine life. The trail features a few viewing platforms and a few small open-air cafes. If you feel confident on two wheels, you can challenge yourself with a ride in the rocky area, or master new skills riding around obstacles of Ketam Mountain Bike Park. February-May and October-December are the best periods for this activity.
Only during late May and early June, you can try traditional Malay Kuih Muih cakes that are prepared for Hari Raya Puasa celebration. The chewy and moderately sweet unusual dessert comes in many forms and colors. Start with kuih muih kinds, kuih lapis or a layer cake, kuih tart and kuih kukus buah-buahan (a steamed dessert stuffed with fruit bits). Kuih cakes usually consist of coconut milk, starch, batter, various colors, and flavors. A total abundance can be appreciated during Hari Raya Puasa Festival.
Singapore culture is very eclectic and international. You can fully appreciate it during the Singapore International Festival of Arts. You’ll be definitely carried away by amazing performances that take place right on the streets with the participation of both local and foreign artists. A colorful mixture of vibrant and versatile Asian arts, making Singapore a true Asian cultural capital. International Singapore Arts Festival founded in 1977, occurs in late May or early June. Currently, about 30% of participants represent Singapore while 70% are international stars of theatre, dance, music, and other arts.
Diving is an excellent activity in Singapore where the underwater environment is vibrant and diverse. Nudibranchs, clownfish, anemone fish, seahorses, turtles, nurse sharks, mantas, whale sharks, and schools of multicolored coral fish are swimming in great numbers porous corals and undersea pinnacles. The most famous diving spots include Pulau Aur (Johor Marine Park) and Pulau Hantu, including two islets named Hantu Besar(Big Ghost) and Hantu Kecil(Small Ghost). Divers can explore shipwrecks, like the sizeable Sudong Wreck submerged near the Sudong Island, a smaller wooden Hantu Wreck by Hantu, and the so-called Sisters Wreck. The water in Singapore is always warm, and the waters are rather shallow, most dives are under 20 m. The best time to dive is shoulder season March to May and October to November.
Vesak Day in late May is one of the most colorful Buddhists festivals. The traditional part of the celebration is focused on worshipping Buddha and bringing offerings of flowers, candles, and incense to Buddha statues. Devotees are chanting sutras in the temples, and many rituals are performed. The main highlight among them is a candlelit street procession.
Another ritual is when a believer kneels and bows at every third step while saying prayers to Buddha asking for blessings and peace. This ritual lasts for two hours. It is common to generous during the Vesak Day giving money to poor people, charities. People donate blood or release caged birds. The blessing from the gods will reward good things. You can learn a lot about Buddhist believes by observing Vesak Day celebrations.