14 Must Visit Places In Singapore
Singapore is one of the cleanest and most orderly cities in the world, so much so that even the trees lining the main roads are planted at precisely twenty-foot intervals! It is also one of the safest cities in the world, and also known as one of the best for the two favorite pastimes - shopping and eating. It is quite safe to walk down the city's streets even during the night because they are well-lit and busy with shoppers and diners at all hours.
This city is a shoppers' paradise, where you can find fashion items ranging from small bargain stores to pricey branded merchandise. For those who are crazy about cool gadgets and cutting-edge technology, there are dozens of shops selling all the best electronics.
Singapore is also a food lover's dream. Rest assured, you will not go hungry here. There are restaurants, cafes, food courts, and hawker centers full of food stalls everywhere—many of which are open 24 hours as well — so you can find a darn good place to eat even at 3 in the morning.
Still, shopping and eating aren't the only things that this city offers. Singapore is also full of natural attractions and cultural heritage sites, from botanic gardens and nature parks to temples and museums. Check these best ones which shouldn’t miss on your trip to Singapore.
Singapore's famed Marina Bay is the place to go to see the city's most spectacular things. With the fast development of this cosmopolitan city, the whole Marina Bay area has undergone an epic transformation.
The S$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands complex is the focal point of the bay, and there are many great things to do and see in the area revolving around this epic building and resort, such as the Science Museum, Casino and various shopping, dining and nightlife options. The best time to be at the Marina Bay is around 8 pm to catch the spectacular light show, which illuminates the water as well as several iconic landmarks you've probably seen on postcards.
Exploring Chinatown is one of the best things to do in Singapore, no matter how many times you’ve visited the city. It’s great for shopping – and you’ll find the cheapest souvenirs here – you’ll also see all kinds of important attractions and find plenty of authentic Chinese food.
There are countless restaurants and hawker food vendors to choose from. Other attractions include the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Maxwell Road Food Centre, Eu Yan Sang Chinese Medical Hall and Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest temple in Singapore.
This delightful riverside development is packed full of bustling bars and restaurants, boutique shops and pumping nightclubs, attracting a steady stream of tourists alongside Singapore’s party animals.
Clarke Quay’s location takes full advantage of the picturesque body of water that emerges from the city’s main river, with alfresco-style dining to be had in an endless number of eateries set around the water’s edge. Head under the futuristic, jelly-like roof and you’ll find some great shopping options as well as a plentiful supply of bars, making this a real bar-hoppers’ heaven.
Sentosa is a purpose-built island off the southern tip of Singapore which was built with the idea of leisure and relaxation in mind. A collection of theme parks, dining, golf, beaches, shopping, and more are all available on this strip of reclaimed land that can be reached by road or a cable car.
You can choose to stay in Sentosa, but even if you’re not based on the island, you can easily access all the attractions via MRT in 15 minutes from downtown Singapore.
Sentosa's old name, Pulau Blakang Mati, meant Island of the Dead Behind. Since the 1980s, Sentosa Island has developed rapidly into a tourist area with many man-made attractions.
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore was the first amusement park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia in 2011. The park has more than 20 attractions in themed zones including the Lost World, Ancient Egypt, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away. There are seven themed zones, each with its own attractions.
Regarding the rides, 2 are water themed and 5 are thrilling roller coasters. Families with small children can also make the most of the various live shows, kids’ roller coaster, and a merry-go-round too. Located on Sentosa, it's easy to get to Universal Studios by MRT subway.
One of the city's most iconic streets, Orchard Road is the epicenter of shopping in Singapore and is much similar to London’s Oxford Street or Hong Kong’s Nathan Road. Flanked on both sides by local and international department stores, hotels, tiny boutiques, offices, spas, entertainment spots, beauty salons, restaurants, and cafes, you could spend a whole day trawling the main thoroughfare.
Shopping malls along Orchard are stocked with practically everything under the sun. Plus, there is always some kind of fair or activity taking place in the malls and shopping centers so there are probably more things to do Orchard than anywhere else in the whole of Singapore.
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore Night Safari is truly a unique attraction. It’s not only an interesting place worth a visit but a leading conservation and research center in Asia.
As a zoo, it offers an unusual glimpse into the nightlife of the animal kingdom, with more than 60 exhibits and 1,000 animals to be seen here from all around the world. These include greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Himalayan griffon vultures, gazelles, and wildebeests. You can just start with the ‘Creatures of the Night’ show for a good 20-minute overview of the animals to be seen here.
The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel. A one-of-a-kind experience and built over a 3-story terminal building, the Flyer is 150 meters in diameter, 165 meters high, and travels at 0.21m per second (it is somewhat 30 meters taller than the famous London Eye!).
With breathtaking panoramic views that are so radically different during the day and at night, it’s hard to choose the best time to take a ride. Passengers get to see the city sights like the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Empress Place, and the Padang during the ride.
Gardens by the Bay
Not far from the Marina Barrage is a huge, colorful, futuristic public park called Gardens by the Bay. The construction of the park was based on sustainability and the conservation of the environment. It has also won countless architecture awards. The garden's main attractions are its different species of tropical plants, multiple conservatories, an artificial lake and the giant tree-like structures called Supertrees. For a nominal fee, visitors can stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-meter long walkway that is elevated 22 meters above the ground. The skyway is suspended between two Supertrees on both ends.
Other areas of interest at the gardens include the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Dragonfly Lake, Silver Garden, and Supertree Grove. Many species of international exotic plants are displayed at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. There is a huge indoor waterfall at Cloud Forest that mimics a real forest with hills and valleys to explore. Admission fees are required to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.
Madame Tussauds Singapore
Located on Sentosa Island, Madame Tussauds Singapore is worth a visit if you wish to experience close encounters with your favorite celebrities, world leaders, and other heroes. Don't forget to take lots of selfies with Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Jacky Chan, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, and more. With over 60 life-sized figures on display, you will be totally star-struck in no time! Visitors can also walk the green carpet with Bollywood stars or get an adrenaline rush driving Formula One car on full-sized virtual reality simulators. If that sounds a little too exciting, then don’t forget to a relaxing fantasy boat ride on the ‘Spirit of Singapore.’
Jurong Bird Park
You will get to see about 5000 birds who belong from a diverse hub of more than 400 species. This bird park is located in the Western part of the city and is spread over 20.2 hectares. At Jurong, you won’t just look at the birds through a pair of binoculars but will get to be up close with some of the most beautiful birds in Singapore. When here don’t miss out on Waterfall Aviary which is one of the biggest walk-in aviaries present in the word and is home to 600 birds. As for the name, it comes from a stunning waterfall of around 30 meters.
Billing itself as the world's best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo is a pretty impressive place. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated, with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space. The orangutans are particularly impressive, and visitors can watch as babies and adults alike swing high above their platforms and snack on bananas. There is also a large chimpanzee family, zebras, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures.
Little India is an ethnic district along Serangoon Road in Singapore. It is located on the east of the Singapore River—across from Chinatown, located west of the river—and north of Kampong Glam. Little India is commonly known as Tekka in the Indian Singaporean community. You will find many members of Singapore's vast community of Tamils here. There are several Hindu temples, mosques, and churches in Little India, another reflection of Singapore's multiculturalism.
National Museum of Singapore
If you have time to visit only one place to learn about the history and culture of Singapore, then the National Museum of Singapore is probably the best to visit. It tells you the intriguing story of this country in a manner that is both fun as well as rewarding.
With its history dating back to 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest, and one of the city’s architectural icons. Its permanent offerings, the Singapore Gallery and Life in Singapore: The Past 100 Years galleries, piece together the past and present in a compelling narrative.
The building itself is a wondrous structure that has seamlessly fused the old with the new, enhancing the elegant neo-classical building with a new modernist extension of glass and metal.
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