Being named as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, the little red dot Singapore, certainly has no shortage of local and tourist attractions. Whether you are a shopaholic, a nature lover, an architecture addict, or an easy-going traveler, Singapore will always have a place that makes your heart melt.
There are endless things to do here, but if you ask us, below is our list of best places to visit when you are in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands
Since its opening date on June 23rd, 2010 Marina Bay Sands has become one the most famous tourist attractions in Singapore. There are so many things you can do around this area. If you are in the mood for shopping, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands with a refreshing mix of international luxury brands will satisfy your thirst. Or, if you are an art lover, check out Art Science Museum, which is located along the Marina Bay waterfront. You’ll be greeted with a beautiful Singapore skyline once you step outside The Shoppes. It’s a beautiful backdrop for a photo opportunity. One of the most popular tourist attractions at Marina Bay Sands is Wonder Full, a stunning 13-minute showpiece of visual effects by the waterfront, where the universal tale of the journey of life is told through the use of laser, light, and water effects. The Light & Water show (picture above) is free and open to the public, starting at 8 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm from Friday to Saturday, 8 pm and 9.30 pm from Sunday to Thursday.
Sky Infinity Pool & Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Floating in the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool is not impossible if you stay in Marina Bay Sands hotel. Although, this one-of-a-kind pool is only available to hotel guests, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Singapore glittering skyline from 57 levels above. Purchase a ticket of S$23 for adults, S$17 for children, and S$20 for senior citizens (aged 65 years and above), then you can enjoy the panoramic view as long as you want. This is definitely one of the top destinations in our list.
Gardens By The Bay
A few minutes walk from Marina Bay Sands will take you to Gardens By The Bay. Opened in June 2002, the award-winning horticultural attraction houses more than 250 thousand rare plants. It comprises three areas: Bay East, Bay South, and Bay Central. At Bay East, you can step into a picturesque world where beautiful pavillions, lush wide-open lawns, and elegant palm trees await. At Bay South, you can witness the impressive Supertrees (picture above), have a walk at the OCBC Skyway, enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Gardens, and have photos taken while at it. Bay Central remains mysterious as it’s still in the making. By the way, the movie Hitman: Agent 47 was filmed here just in case you don’t know so it’s definitely a place worth visiting.
Gardens By The Bay is open to the public with free admission, but if you want to go to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest at the Bay South area, you can buy the ticket here. Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By The Bay can be accessed by public transport or taxi. The nearest train station is Bayfront MRT.
A 2.2 kilometre long (1.3miles) boulevard, similar to London’s Oxford Street or Hongkong’s Tsim Sha Tsui, is a destination that you shouldn’t skip in your visit. Whether you like shopping or not, you will still love Orchard Road and its energy. Being flanked by pedestrian shopping centres, Orchard Road contains numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, nightclubs, and hotels. The most famous road in Singapore offers nearly 800,000 SQ metre (8.6mil SQ feet) of retail, dining, and entertainment options to please any taste or budget- from opulent brands to high street fashion.
The road will be closed on every first Saturday night of the month for various events including live performances and flash sales. If you visit Orchard Road during Christmas time, you’ll be able to witness Orchard Road lit up by thousands of twinkling lights and festive decorations while enjoying a huge promotion at every shopping mall.
Nearest train station: Orchard.
Only 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) from the chaotic Orchard Road, Botanic Gardens is a treasure trove for any plant lovers or nature addicts. Being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 4th 2015, the 156-year-old Singapore attraction spans 74-hectares and includes the National Orchid Garden which has over 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids on display. It’s also the only English-style garden in the tropics. Once you step inside, you won’t want to leave. But first, here are a few different ways to get to this paradise.
This buzzing historic area will offer you the best taste of Singapore’s Indian Community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping. While you are there, walk down Serangoon Road to explore the mix of Hindi and Chinese temples, mosques, and churches or try some delicious Indian cuisines at local restaurants. Before you leave, swing by the 24-hour mall Mustafa Centre where you can find anything from electronics to groceries. Or, the open-air Tekka Centre, goldsmith shops, and sari stores along the way. Visiting Little India from October to November gives you a chance to witness the joyous celebration of the local residents during Deepavali.
Nearest train station: Little India.
If Little India is known for its fragrances, Arab Street will mesmerize you with its colorful shops and rich Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures. The area remains one of the most atmospheric pockets of Singapore’s ethnic quarters, offering endless Islamic goods such as prayer rugs, rattan, silk, jewelry, textiles, and Egyptian perfume bottles. Start digging at every corner of the shops, you’ll never know what treasure you might find.
Nearest train station: Bugis
China Town, a little China in Singapore, is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with history, suspense and culture. It’s an amazing district to start wandering around from 2 pm to late night when neon lights hit the street and the district explodes with energy. An intricate range of shop houses from Maxwell Road to Pagoda Street blends the boundaries between China Town and the Tanjong Pagar district. You’ll find pretty much everything here, from dried seahorse to cackling trinkets, from unique souvenirs to Buddhist paraphernalia. Don’t forget to visit Chinese Heritage Centre and Sri Mariamman Hindu temple. While you are enjoying the views, feel free to connect the free Wifi and upload some cool photos on your Instagram.
Nearest train station: China Town.
Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson Quay
Situated 1 kilometre (0.6miles) from China Town, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay are parts of Singapore River. Each has its own uniqueness from design to history. Clarke Quay (Picture above) is buzzing with nightlife and activity. The waterfront godowns now play host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, retail shops and entertainment spots. Boat Quay, on the other hand, is the river’s most appealing pedestrian walk with bright neon lights, beautiful facades, and playful thematic restaurants. Robertson Quay is located at the furthest reach of the Singapore River and offers a tranquil ambience for an intimate dinner by the river or a great time with your good friends. Plan your day to visit Robertson Quay first, then head over to Boat Quay and walk across the bridge to Clarke Quay. If you feel like going for a River Cruise, buy a ticket and start cruising away. The last trip is at 10.30pm so don’t be late.
Nearest train station: Clarke Quay.
If you spend enough time exploring the city and want to get away from the skyscrapers and crazy traffic, Sentosa Island will be a perfect place for you. Only 15 minutes from the city, Sentosa is a home to endless fun and exciting attractions. Lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, magical marine world, and amazing water park, there are so many fun things to see and do in this little island. It gets really hot and humid during the day, but these activities will keep you away from the heat: indoor skydiving at iFly Singapore, going on an immersive 4-D movie at Singapore 4D Adventure Land, meeting the Dolphins at Underwater World, chilling at Tanjong Beach Club, experiencing high-adrenaline flow boarding at WaveHouse Sentosa. Going beyond the screen and riding the movies at Universal Studio Singapore is another great thing to do from early morning or late afternoon. You can never be bored whenever you are at this place.
Have fun in Singapore!