Singapore “The lion city” is the dream destination for many people over years.
The city blends Malay, Chinese, Indian cultures and religions. More than just a luxury shopping destination this small tiny island nation has the rich history, exciting attractions, colorful temples, clean beaches, stunning skyscrapers. It is one of the cleanest, structured and well planned city I have ever been to.
Singapore is one of the most safest city in the world for residents as well as for tourists. Personally the safety factor gave me lot of comfort to roam around this island nation without much worries. English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil are the official languages in Singapore and every sign boards reflects these four languages; If you know English it’s more than enough to roam around.
The public transportation in Singapore is well planned which makes it more accessible for the locals as well as the tourists visiting the city.
Singaporeans are calm, polite and welcoming people. Right from the immigration, taxi drivers and information centers in any tourist attractions you can feel it. They give your utmost respect and greetings with a smile. Try to talk to the local people there to get the feel of their special “LA” at end of each word they speak 🙂
Here’s my top list of places in Singapore :
MARINA BAY SANDS
The Marina Bay Sands is a uniquely designed high end luxury hotel which gives you the best panoramic view of city from its sky bridge. The boat shaped observation deck is at the 57th floor of the hotel. It is divided into two sections, on one side there is the famous infinity pool but it’s accessible only for the hotel guests. On the other side is the observation deck which can be accessible with entrance ticket of $23. There’s also a roof top bar. Once you get the ticket and reached the deck you can spend till the closing time, 10 PM.
Marina Bay Stands
From Entrance side : You can see the financial centre, Fullerton hotel/park, Merlion statue
TIP of the Sky bridge : You can see the Singapore flyer
From Exit Side: You can see the Gardens by the bay and Singapore port.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens By the Bay is one of the Engineering and Architectural marvel in Singapore, Spreading over 250 acres of land and made with whopping budget of 1 billion$ this is one of the must visit place for the tourists. This spectacular garden consists of 18 Super trees with heights that range between 82 feet and 160 feet.
There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Super trees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. Every night, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm, the Supertree Grove comes alive with a coordinated light and music show known as the Garden Rhapsody.
The Gardens By The Bay also have two conservatories named Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The “Cloud Mountain” itself is an intricate structure completely clad in epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike- and clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums. The cloud forest consists of a 7 levels, each with a different theme, including The Lost World, The Cavern, The Waterfall View, The Crystal Mountain, The Cloud Forest Gallery, The Cloud Forest Theatre and The Secret Garden.
- Bayfront MRT Station, walk to the Gardens By The Bay through the underground tunnel from this station.
- Bus Service 400 also serves the Gardens
- Taxi’s will drop you near the information desk in ground floor, you have to take the elevator/ stairs to go to the conservatory area.
- Wheel chairs can be taken in the information center at the cost of 2$ and to be retuned before 9 PM.
Opening Hours :
The conservatories and the OCBC skyway at the Gardens By The Bay are open daily from 9 AM to 8 PM. The outdoor gardens including the Supertrees, lakes and flora is open from 5 AM till 2 AM everyday.
Ticket for outdoor gardens is free and it includes:
- Supertree Grove
- Sun Pavillion
- Heritage Gardens
- World of Plants
- Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome :
Adult – S$ 28, Child – S$ 15
Adult – S$ 8, Child S$ 5
Merlion the iconic symbol of Singapore located near Fullerton facing marina bay sands hotel is also a famous Singapore landmark and a major tourist attraction, The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Two Merlion statues are located at the park one of 8.6 meters and other cub of 2 meters. The building of the Merlion was started in November 1971 and was completed in August 1972. It was crafted by the late Singaporean sculptor, Mr Lim Nang Seng and his 8 children. The sculpture measures 8.6 meters high and weighs 70 tons. It is one of the spectacular place for people who love “Selfies” and photography. There’s plenty of café’s available to dine and wine.
- MRT : Raffles MRT station, 10-15 mins walk to Merlion Park
- Bus : 100, 137, 57
- Taxi : Just tell them Merlion Park, they will drop you at the entrance
The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel at Downtown Core, Singapore. It has 28 air-conditioned capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers, and incorporates a three-storey terminal building which have gift shops, cafés and dinning place. With the cost of S$240 million, it is the largest single foreign investment in the Singaporean entertainment industry.
The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, on 31 March 2014.
The Flyer’s 28 air-conditioned capsules are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel structure, providing continuously unobstructed views. Each capsule has a floor area of 26 m2 (280 sq ft) and is capable of holding 28 passengers, or up to five wheelchairs and 15 other visitors when booked in advance for use by disabled guests.
The wheel initially rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, but on 4 August 2008 this was reversed on the advice of Feng shui masters.
View from Singapore flyer capsule
Ticketing Counter Operating Hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm Ticket counter is located at the entrance of the 1st floor.
There are different options of ticket available to suit your taste and budget.
The cheapest option is “Singapore Flight”, prices as below:
Adult : 33$
Senior : 24$
Child : 21$
The costliest option is “Singapore flyer sky dining” with price of 299$ per couple.
1) Board a taxi and tell the destination “Singapore Flyer”, all taxi drivers in Singapore will know where to take you.
2) There are taxi pick-up and drop-off points at the entrance of the Flyer, patiently wait in the queue for your turn.
The Promenade Station (Downtown Line DT15 / Circle Line, CC4) is the nearest stations with eight-minute walk to Singapore Flyer! Take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer.
Operation hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm
Last admission time: 10:15pm
Ticketing Counter Operating Hours: 8am – 10pm
If you feel bit tired of seeing the concrete structures then it’s time to take the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 160-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore‘s Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has a small tropical rainforest of around six hectares in size, which is older than the gardens itself. Singapore is one of the only two major cities with a tropical rainforest within its city limits, the other being Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro. National Orchard Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Providing a place for 60,000 orchid plants – consisting of 1000 species and more than 2,000 hybrids – is the three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes.
Opening hours :
- Singapore Botanic Gradens :5 AM to 12 AM midnight every day, Entrance is Free
- National Orchid Graden :8.30am – 7.00pm daily (last ticket sales and entry at 6.00pm)
- $5.00 for adults
- $1.00 for students
- $1.00 for senior citizens (60 years and above)
- Free for children below 12 years
By MRT :
Nearest MRT is Botanic Gardens, 3 mins walk to the Gardens.
Tanglin Gate – Take bus number 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, 174 and alight along Napier Road. The National Orchid Garden is about a 15-minute walk from the Garden’s Tanglin Gate. Bukit Timah Gate – Take bus number 48, 66, 67, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170, 171, 186 and alight along Bukit Timah Road.
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. It’s must visit place for adventure and thrill lovers. The themes include Hollywood, New York city, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Jurassic world, Far far away and Madagascar. The park has been marketed by Universal Parks & Resorts as a “one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia” and promised that the park would be the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years. The park has diverse dining options, shopping, and live shows throughout the day and night.
Must visit ride/ events in Universal Studio:
- Hollywood theme – Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg
- Sci-Fi City – Battlestar Galactica: CYLON, Transformer 3D ride
- The lost world – Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Water world show
- Ancient Egypt – Revenge of the Mummy, Treasure Hunt
- Far Far away – Shrek 4D adventure.
- Senior (Age 60 and above)- $41.00
- Child (Age 4-12)-$59.00
- Adult (Age 13-59)-$79.00
Express pass with additional cost of $30 (One time entry at each participating attractions) and $50 (Unlimited access at each participating attractions)
All 7 days, 10AM – 6PM
Chinatown an ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, Chinatown has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. Though it is in the downtown the area is having fewer skyscrapers competitively however, it’s filled with unique architectural buildings. Chinatown is bustling with shopping streets, hawker centres, temples, churches and Mosques. This is the best place of shopping for budget travellers. You can spend a whole day in this area to explore.
Buddha tooth relic temple Mariamman temple Singapore City Gallery
Places to visit in Chinatown:
- Buddha relic tooth temple – Should wear proper dress, no sleeveless and shorts. Don’t worry if you wearing sleeveless/ shorts, they will provide a long cloth to cover yourself. Complete silence required inside temple. If you’re carrying kids please hold them and make sure they are not touching anything.
- Mariamman temple
- Singapore city gallery
- Nus baba house (Prior appointment is required)
- Chinatown street market, Operating hours (9:30am – 8:00pm)
Little India is another ethnic enclave located east of the Singapore River, it’s one of the smallest districts in Singapore so walking and cycling are the best ways of getting around within. You can see lot of colourful building and you can see lots of bars, night clubs, pubs, restaurants and Hindu, Buddhist religious sites. Don’t miss out to explore the 24 hour shopping complex “Mustafa centre”.
Places to see in Little India:
- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- House of Tan Teng Niah
- Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Mustafa Centre
- Temple of 1,000 Lights
- Indian Heritage centre
Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore, located within the Singapore River Planning Area. The quay is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. It is very vibrant waterfront having an array of restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and shopping stores. Buildings here are one of the best for the photography. Clarke Quay is known for its night life with colourful flashy lights and karaoke nights. Take a boat ride during evening to enjoy the surroundings and the beautiful skyscrapers. “G-Max Reverse Bungy” is best place to rush your adrenalin.
Things to see in Clarke Quay:
- Singapore River
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles
- Fort Canning Park
- Raffles Place
- Hong San See Temple
Sentosa Island, also known as Sentosa, is an island located at the Central Region, Singapore. It was once used as a British military base and a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp and now the Island is the paradise of attractions which is the must place to visit in Singapore. It is home to the fascinating Universal Studios, S.E.A aquarium, Insect Park, Butterfly Park, Tiger Sky Tower, the Madame Tussaud’s Museum, the Trick Eye Museum, Cove Waterpark, the Palawan & Siloso Beaches, the Wings of Time show and the Dolphin Island. Sentosa Island caters entertainment for all age groups.
Must visit places in Sentosa Island:
- Universal Studios
- Madame Tussaud’s Museum
- the Trick Eye Museum
- Cove Waterpark
- the Palawan & Siloso Beaches
- Just tell them as Universal studios’, they will drop you in the covered area, get the elevator and you can see the Universal studio’s globe.
- For Madame Tussaud’s Museum tell them specifically, they will drop you at the nearest taxi stand.
By Cable Car:
- Sentosa can be reached from the Singapore mainlandvia a short causeway or Cable Car, which originates from Mount Faber and passes through HarbourFront en route to its final destination at Imbiah Lookout
By Bus :
- 123: Board anywhere along this bus routethat begins at Bukit Merah Interchange and alight at Resorts World Sentosa bus stop 14519. As with regular public bus services, fees are dependent on distance traveled.
- 188R, 963R: This express public bus service operates only on weekends and public holidays.
- NR1, NR6: This night rider service to Yishun Ring Road departs from Resorts World Sentosa bus stop 14519 on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays from 11.30pm to 2am, and is perfect for late nights at the Resort. A flat fare of S$4.50 applies.
- RWS8: Board at bus stops outside VivoCity, Merrill Lynch HarbourFront and before Seah Im Road. A flat fare of S$1.00 applies when entering the Resort. Exiting the Resort using the RWS8 bus is free..