Singapore is among the greatest cities in the world. It is a playground for the Rich. The blend of Asian and European countries makes it uniquely fascinating. After its independence, it prospered to be among the greatest of cities. Singapore no doubt has a glow of luxury but it offers a lot more other than just high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and fine dining.
Singapore has quite a fascinating history and a variety of ethnic quarters to browse. It is full of family-friendly attractions and public spaces. It has an easy and convenient mode of transportation, once you get used to it you won’t have any problem to explore the city. Now if we keep discussing the perks of Singapore they will never end (believe me), so let’s dive into the Top 10 places you should not miss when visiting Singapore.
1. Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands resort includes all the luxury such as a world-class hotel, restaurants, a Mall with a canal running through it, an ArtScience Museum, a Skypark observation deck, an infinity pool with a ship (yeah a ship on the top of the building 🙂 ), an endless collection of shops, theater and other hubs of entertainment. The icing on the top of it, literally, is an indoor skating rink made with synthetic ice. The Hotel guests only are allowed to the infinity pool but everyone can visit the observation deck. When you are up there on the top of the city you can grab a coffee or snacks or maybe grab some keepsakes from the souvenir stand. We recommend you take a picture with this hotel in the evening or night as the whole hotel is lit up and looks amazing.
2. Gardens by the Bay
You Might have got a glimpse of this green space from the top of Marina Bay Sands and now you can’t wait to visit it. It is a new addition to Singapore’s tourist attractions, open less than a decade. It has three gardens and is built on reclaimed land. To escape the city essence visit the Bay East Garden, it is perfect for enjoying the lively plant life. Next, you should visit the Supertree Grove, these are some futuristically designed trees that dominate the garden and perform environmentally sustainable functions. After seeing the future (jk), head towards the Cloud Forest Dome to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
3. Singapore Flyer
Hey if you weren’t satisfied by the view from Marina Bay sands don’t worry, this Giant Ferris wheel won’t disappoint you. When opened in 2008 it was the largest Ferris wheel in the World. It is full of benefits. You can choose between various packages which let you be served and pampered while enjoying the beautiful view. It starts from early morning to late at night. The flight lasts about 30 mins. So, you can access and enjoy the ride anytime. This Ferris wheel is built upon three floors of restaurants, shops, and other services. Upon advance notice, special arrangements are made for disabled guests in wheelchairs.
4. Botanic Gardens
Singapore received its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for its Botanic Gardens and one can see it is very deserving too. Containing more than 60,000 species of plants and animals, the Botanic Garden is also a must-see place. All the Gardens can be visited free of cost except the National Orchid Garden. But National Orchid Garden is very impressive as well. This Garden preserves the wildlife heritage of Singapore. It preserves the tree heritage as an effort to protect the city’s mature tree species. Apart from these other popular things include eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, sculptures, and several other formal gardens. The tropical greenery of the gardens is famous among past visitors.
5. Night Safari
For people who love Nightlife but are bored of partying and clubs, the Night safari is perfect for you. The Night safari spices up the zoo experience by introducing the nocturnal lives of the residents to the visitors. The habitats of the park are divided into four sections each having its own trial.
The Leopard trial, as the name suggests has leopards, as well as lions, flying foxes, civets, and porcupines among other animals. The Fishing Cat Trail gives a view of animals native to Singapore, pangolin, binturong, and other common and endangered species including fish-loving felines. East Lodge Trail tours the Malayan Tiger and also spotted Hyenas, and the Wallaby Trail bring in visitors to the marsupials of Australia. Private tours, Buggy riding, and educational tours are also a part of the night safari that you can enjoy.
6. Singapore Zoo
The Zoo in Singapore is quite impressive. The place is clean and appealing, the animals seem to be well treated. Singapore Zoo provides a lot of space for its Habitat. You can watch both adult and baby orangutans feeding on nuts and fruits above their platforms. The Zoo provides a large chimpanzee family, meerkats, a komodo dragon, zebras, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures. Visitors can feed some animals, you at least need 3 hours to get through the Zoo. You can visit the River Safari and Jurong bird park if the Zoo isn’t able to satisfy you.
7. Resort World Sentosa
Take a notepad and write down the things that this World Class Resort has to offer. Located on an island on the South Coast of Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa is a remarkable place in itself. This Resort features hotels, restaurants, a casino, theme parks – in short, everything for a person no matter their age. As it is located on an island it has a lot to offer from water theme too such as Marine Life Park, Dolphin Island, a water park and an aquarium. The main highlight of this place is the Universal Studios Singapore and nightly entertainment. Casinos here require a proper dress code. For the food-loving Guest, the Resorts provide 60 different dining options.
8. Orchard Road
The Road has been named after the fruit Orchards that the Road led to. This road boasts a number of malls and shopping centers. No doubt Singapore is a world-class city for shopping and Orchard Road is the main shopping destination in Singapore. The Orchard Road boasts 22 malls and six department stores, a variety of upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs, and hotels. It also has four movie theaters which include IMAX cinema and KTV karaoke establishment.
Apart from these it also boats the official Residence of the President of Singapore, the Istana. Orchard Road is famous for its Christmas decorations because this road is covered with fake snow, reindeer cavorting through palm trees, and Gingerbread houses. Now if you are hungry after burning the cash, this road has plenty of eating places that serve international food.
9. Raffles Hotel
This colonial building is the face of Singapore. Visited by some famous personalities such as writers Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, and Ernest Hemingway and the actor Charlie Chaplin, it became a place to stay in Singapore. Built in 1887, this masterpiece still doesn’t disappoint you in terms of excellent food and service. It has 15 restaurants and bars including the Long Bar where the cocktail Singapore Sling was invented. This place has a rich history and refined tropical gardens. The lobby is open for the tourists while the Museum is hidden on the 3rd floor.
10. Merlion Park
The Merlion signifies the city’s meek start as a fishing village. This park has a mythical structure that has a lion’s head and a fish’s body. It combines the city with its traditional Malay name ‘Singapura’ which translates to ‘Lions city’. This tall statue has a fountain coming out of its mouth. It is 8.6 meters tall and weighs up to 70 tonnes. The Merlion Cub sits nearby which is 2 meters tall but weighs whopping 3 tonnes. The city officially has 5 more Merlion statues. This place is perfect for photo freaks and you can take a great selfie with the statue.
Apart from these places, there are few others in Singapore you can visit if you have more time to pass:
-> Clarke Quay
-> Fort Canning Park
-> Fort Siloso
-> The Maritime Experiential Museum
-> Pulau Ubin (Granite Island)
-> Asian Civilisations Museum
-> Sentosa Island