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Tourist Places To Visit In Singapore
Arguably the most expensive city in the world, you can definitely see the sheen of luxury in Singapore. However, the country has much more to boast of than its luxurious hotels, shopping experiences and fine dining. Though we believe a little indulgence is worth all your money if you wish to spend. Singapore has a vibrant culture, helpful people and a rich cultural history. It also has many family friendly attractions and beautifully landscaped gardens making this a futuristic city. From Universal Studios to the majestic Merlion, Gardens by the Bay to Sentosa Island... read on for more amazing tourist places to visit in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s most beautiful man-made gardens, Gardens by the Bay, houses an exceptional variety of flora right from the tropical rainforest species to the arid deserts in its two conservatories, the Cloud Dome and the Forest Dome.
The daily light and sound show underneath the Giant Super Trees are not to be missed. Other gardens that you might want to visit include the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which houses some of Singapore’s ancient species of plants. The National Orchid Garden is also worth a visit if you are fond of flowers.
Singapore isn’t exactly known as a beach destination. However, if you’re craving for some sun and sand, the Siloso beach at Sentosa is the place to be. You can enjoy a game of volleyball or go kayaking or skim boarding here. A swim with the dolphins at the Underwater World is also a fun experience. Fort Siloso, the country’s only preserved fort is also on Sentosa Island. We recommend you do not miss the Wings of Time show that happens every evening. Also, go to the top of the Merlion here to see the view of the entire island.
Singapore houses the world’s second largest Ferris Wheel with a total height of 165 metres. It’s 28 air-conditioned glass observatories can accommodate a group of 25 people each. The half an hour duration of the flyer will offer to you not just a view of the cityscape, but a panorama which extends up to the islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. You will be able to see over 20 of the city’s attractions from the flyer, including but not limited to Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, F1 Circuit, Gardens by the Bay and the Helix Bridge.
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
The Marina Bay Sands redefines luxury in Singapore. With a luxury hotel, the most sought after international brands, a mall with a canal running through it, some of Singapore’s best Michelin-starred restaurants, the Art Science Museum, the observation deck and the infinity pool on a ship on top of the hotel - this is an amalgamation of quite a few experiences.
The observation deck of the Skypark offers a panoramic view of the city’s impressive skyline. You can also view the Gardens by the Bay from the rooftop restaurant at the Skypark as you sip your Singapore Sling.
An iconic landmark in Singapore, Raffles Hotel has become THE place to stay in Singapore. Since its establishment in 1887, it has housed famous names like Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, and Ernest Hemingway among others. With its impeccable hospitality and top-notch services and amenities, the legendary hotel also gives light to the history of Singapore. It has 15 restaurants and bars of which we recommend the Long Bar, where the famous cocktail, Singapore Sling was invented.
The Quay area situated at the mouth of the Singapore River was the centre of commerce in the 19th century. However, it is still a happening place today attracting tourists with its busy nightlife, a myriad of restaurants, pushcart vendors, unique boutiques and thematic lounges. Clarke Quay will offer an eclectic blend of Asian and European influences. With river cruises available here, Clarke Quay is an ideal spot to relax in the evening after a tiring day of shopping in Orchard Road.
Sentosa Merlion Tower
One of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks, the Merlion Tower is like a symbol of pride on the country’s skyline. It is a statue 121 feet high, standing tall in the middle of Sentosa Island. It depicts the fierce Merlion — a mythical hybrid of a lion and a fish, the mascot of their culture. You must visit here for purely touristy purposes — for a stroll down the pier, for loads of pictures in front of the Merlion, and great food at the cafes under it.
Universal Studios Singapore
Oh the joys of being a child again!
A visit to the Universal Studios of Singapore is like returning to your childhood. With its theme zones (7, yes, crazy right), and more than 20 huge rides, the park is beautiful, adventurous and a real fantasy land. The themes revolve around Hollywood movies, pop-culture and Disney fairytales. A whole day sometimes may not be enough to enjoy the entire park. The most coveted ride here is the Transformers and possible the most glamorous area is the New York Boulevard themed walk. The water park is also open subject to weather of the day as Singapore tends to receive torrential rainfall later in afternoons almost every day.
The S.E.A. Aquarium of Singapore is considered one of the best places to visit in the country. It is, as the name suggests, an aquarium that has a thousand plus species of aquatic and marine life. With about 50 habitats, creatures like bottlenose dolphins, rays, hammerhead sharks etc are found. A family day out with the kids is perfect here. With all those vivd fishes floating around the water tunnels, you will run your camera space out taking photos.
Night Safari Nocturnal Wildlife Park
Night Safari Nocturnal Wildlife Park can be classified in the top 5 places to visit in Singapore actually. It’s that good. Imagine a toy train, taking you through a jungle where various animals are found in their nature habitat at night, under the moon and the stars. But what if all this was controlled? No harm came to either you or the animals?
Well, that’s Night Safari Nocturnal Wildlife Park for you. There are special tribal fire shows, animal shows etc organised all night.
Trick Eye Museum
A place of illusions, the Trick Eye Museum is beautiful and sensational and fantastical in the same breath. It has been inspired by the Korean Optical art museums where Augmented Reality is put to play. The art pieces are painted in such a way that they come to life in 3D and trick your senses into believing that they are real. You can walk around clicking photos and entering the exhibits -- there are 80 of them. With the combination of apt music, beats and lights, the aura is just rightly created for you to have the time of your life.
The Singapore Zoo is divided into three zones — the Night Safari, Jungle Safari, and Jurong Bird Park. You can enjoy all three together. There are so many exotic animal species to see, so many colourful birds, that nature enthusiasts will enjoy every minute of it. The main zoo is of the open type, hence you get to view the animals in their natural world. There are also Kidzworld and Kidzranger tours specially designed to cater to children. Otherwise, a safari drive will be enough.
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is a great place for bird watchers and enthusiasts. It boasts of 400+ bird species, with more than 5000 avifauna. Do visit their Waterfall Aviary, a magnificent walk-in bird house that is home to more than 600 birds. A huge fountain waterfall flows here and you also have a Penguin coast nearby to make cute friends.
Wings of time
Wings of time is a unique place in Singapore where your entertainment is served in dozes of nigh shows and 3D projections and light and saber and laser displays. How awesome would it be to spend an evening here, at this glamorous place! The folktales of Singapore culture are narrated in most shows put up here. Themes like courage, friendship etc are displayed through these stories.
Singapore Cable Car
A ride in the Singapore cable car is a nice way to experience Singapore’s scenery from up above. A 360 degree view is guaranteed from this place. You can embark on the car from Mount Faber and reach Sentosa Island in a short duration. The rides are operational between 8.45 in the morning and 9.30 in the evening.
Royal Albatross Sunset Sail
The Royal Albatross Sunset Sail is a cruise, a luxury one at that, to take you through the nightlife of a lit Singapore city. Honeymooners, friend groups and even families can enjoy this cruise. You are offered food and drinks on the house, as well as onboard entertainment. Sunset cruises are highly coveted as you can see the sun take a tumble down the sea. The cruise operates everyday from 10 to 10.
MacRitchie Reservoir is the place in Singapore famous for tree-top walks. The suspension bridge is built right into the middle of the forest. It is a long walk, about 11 km, and you get food shacks at the end of the walk. McRitchie was originally built to conserve rain water back in the day. It was a catchment are in Singapore. Hiking routes, water sports, nature walks and cross-country runs are coveted in the area. The place has featured in many a movies and shows too.
The Singaporean community is majorly influenced by India. Not only because of the shared history between the countries or the subcontinental connect, but because a large chunk of the Indian diaspora is settled here. This is called mini-India. And it is like a step into the Indian life, especially the South Indian world. Saree shops and lungi shops line the street, playing lively Indian Bollywood songs. Colourful homes dot the alleyways. Serangoon road here is home to Hindu shrines and temples. As well some of the best restaurants where you get everything from idli to aloo paratha to thali.
Just like Little India, there is also China Town here in Singapore. Back in the day, Chinese migrants came and settled here. At that time Singapore was a British colony. Over the years, China Town has developed into a community of its own, influenced by the culture of China. Asian touch is visible here in the architecture, food, people and shops. You can get the best Chinese dishes here, be it on the road or in restaurants. Also, do visit the Chinese Thian Hock Keng Temple nearby and shop for the best Chinese wares.