An international financial and trading hub that houses multicultural population and enjoys a tropical climate; Singapore is an island city-state megalopolis that is an oasis for all things nature, culture, art, and recreation. You could be a solo traveler or the one that enjoys traveling in a group with family and friends, or you could be a thrill seeker or someone wanting a slow-paced holiday; Singapore has something different to offer to every kind of .
Listed below are 10 things that you must see on your visit to Singapore.
1. Marina Bay
Marina Bay is a famed tourist epicenter. Central to it all is the $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands that houses everything from museums to casinos, to nightclubs, to shops, to spectacular eating options, and a variety of activities and views that offer an unrivaled walking experience be it at daytime or night.
ArtScience Museum and the world’s largest floating museum; The Float, Singapore Flyer, Merion Park, Gardens by the Bay, and more, are some of the best viewing points of the island, all situated within walking distance of each other.
Don’t miss the spectacular light show organized by Marina Sands at 10.00 PM every night!
2. Singapore Flyer
Second largest observation wheel of the world after the Las Vegas High Roller, the 165-m tall observation wheel overlooks the waters near Marina Bay. Part of the Singapore skyline, the Ferris wheel offers a mesmerizing view of the Bay, skyscrapers of Singapore CBD, historic buildings of Colonial District, the river, and the ships in the South China Sea, for 30 minutes.
ProTip: Tickets purchased online come with a discount.
3. Gardens by the Bay
Supertree Grove featuring 18 ‘supertrees’ is the most recognizable feature of the park. The ‘supertrees’ support the 419-foot long aerial OCBC Skyway that affords the priceless view of the Marina Bay and surrounding gardens.
The colorful futuristic bio park encases several seashell-shaped biomes having different climatic conditions and over 800 species of plants. The Desert Dome centerpiece is a giant cactus, Flower Dome recreates the Mediterranean atmospheric conditions, Cloud Forest Dome has a 35m mountain from which cascades a sinful waterfall.
The supertrees and various whimsical sculptures around the 101 hectares of reclaimed green space get lit up at 7.45pm every night as part of Garden Rhapsody sound and light show.
4. Botanic Gardens
West off Orchard Road lies Singapore’s largest green space, Botanic Gardens, having the most extensive orchard garden of the world. Amongst lush vegetation, three tranquil lakes, and themed gardens, there are 314 species of plants, pretty Swan Lake; home to mute ‘Dam swans, and the National Orchid Garden.
From 1928 till now, the Tropical Orchids have grown to 1000 species and 200 hybrids. Quite a few of them are named after famous political figures like Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher, etc. Ginger Garden comprises of over 250 varieties of ginger and a couple of restaurants as well to keep those hunger pangs in check.
Themed tours and an opera performance by Symphony Lake are not to be missed.
One of the largest enclaves in Singapore is formed by the Chinese inhabitants. This is best visible in the city’s vibrant Chinatown. Not only do you get to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and get cheap souvenirs, you can imbibe the cultural heritage through their Eu Yan Sang Chinese Medical Hall, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple that is said to have left canine of Buddha on-site in the solid gold stupa, Siang Cho Keong Temple having the dragon ‘wishing well’, country’s oldest temple Thian Hock Keng, Maxwell Road Food Centre, and so much more.
6. Singapore Zoo and Night Safari at the Wildlife Park
Designed in the Upper Seletar Reservoir over 28 hectares of lush vegetation, is one of the world’s best zoos. Wildlife from all across the globe roams around their large natural enclosures, without any care.
Rainforest Kidzworld caters to the younger crowd with pony rides and water slides. A tram through the zoo takes you across Great Rift Valley to see the cascading waterfall and Nubian ibexes and mongooses, to Frozen Tundra where polar bears and wolverines welcome you to Fragile Forest dome where flying foxes, sloths, and lemurs can be seen after climbing up the tree canopy.
Sharing a wall with the zoo is the wildlife park that offers only night safari from 7.30pm onwards up till midnight. It is also a leading research and conservation center of Asia. besides the nocturnal kingdom, the wildlife park is host to over 1,000 animals from around the world. So don your walking shoes and get ready to be up, close and personal with the wild animals!
7. Sentosa Island
An island built especially for fun and relaxation, the Sentosa Island is only 12-minute cable ride from Vivocity. Located towards the south of Singapore CBD, the island offers a perfect getaway from the city hustle-bustle in the form of Resorts World, Tiger Sky Tower, Universal Studio, Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, and S.E.A. Aquarium, besides sandy soft beaches.
8. S.E.A Aquarium
A Sentosa Island attraction, the S.E.A Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium and is home to more than 100,000 aquatic life and 49 marine habitats. You can journey through the shark tunnel where various sharks swim right above your head in joyful abandon, learn about the various sea creatures from different oceans around the world and the watery ecosystems of coastal mangroves, kelp forests, Lake Malawi.
The 8.3-m wide, 36-m long Open Ocean tank allows you to see barracudas and stingrays and sharks, up close and personal.
Discovery Touch Pool and daily feedings are a couple of activities and another underwater tunnel, that kids enjoy immensely.
Maritime Experiential Museum explains Asia’s Maritime heritage in detail.
9. Universal Studios
A branch of the Hollywood movie-themed park, the Singapore Universal Studio is a popular family destination. Divided into seven different ‘worlds’, the park offers attractions that are suitable for children and adult alike.
3D thrill rides, roller coasters, and water rides riddled with explosions, thrills, daring stunts and more is what you can enjoy at the theme park.
If you are planning to visit more of Sentosa Island attractions, buy the Sentosa Fun Pass and beat the queues to the rollercoasters.
10. Clarke Quay
A vibrant riverside development offering restaurants, bars, boutique shops, and nightclubs for the party loving population.
Begin the night at the Beer Market where the least popular brew becomes the cheapest in stock exchange style. You can binge on classic rock and blues at the cheap Crazy Elephant. Bungee catapult or swing on GX5 at the G-Max Reverse. At Attica, you can groove on electronica, hip-hop or house till wee hours of the morning.
Singapore’s maiden Ibiza-styled superclub is for those for whom dance music is nirvana. The club has hosted legends like David Guetta and Chemical Brothers.
Shopping Bonus: Orchard Road
If you don’t shop in Singapore, have you even visited the country? Designer shops, fashion stores, departmental stores, malls, and more, are all widely littered at Singapore’s main shopping street, Orchard Road. Shop till you Drop for your high street fashion, international luxury brands, independent labels, accessories, carvings, ornaments, art, and much much more. Get sustenance from finger-licking food court food from the malls and get ready to begin again and max out those cards!