A tourist has always a lot to see and several places to visit in Singapore. It is the city with one of the most popular attractions which can’t be all visited within a couple of days. So if you are planning to visit Singapore, take at least 10 days off from work.
This tiny country is renowned to have some of the cleanest streets and places in the world. Singapore has strict laws on spitting and littering on the streets. If you do litter on the road, there are chances that you’ll be seen picking up the litter in public wearing a bright vest.
1. Garden by the Bay
Garden by the Bay in Singapore has a special beautiful architecture. It is a nature park with 101 hectares of area and is located in the city’s Central Region. The park has three waterfront gardens: Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay South Garden. Bay Central garden is in Downtown Core and Kallang, Bay East is located in Marina East and Bay South is in Marina South. Bay South Garden is the largest one spanning 54 hectares and it is designed by Grant Associates. The Flower Dome of the Bay South Garden is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
Cool domes in the Garden are the most beautiful architecture to admire. The flower domes help to keep the climate cool-dry just like the California and South Africa regions. It has more than 32,000 plants comprising 160 species. You can’t afford to miss the misty Cloud Forest Dome with a height of 35 meters. It’s covered in orchids and contains a 30-meter -tall indoor waterfall.
Splendid Supertrees are the other special beauty of the Garden. These Supertrees are 25 to 50-meter-tall. They collect the rainwater and generate solar power. There is a 128 meters long walkway between 2 Supertrees which provides a magnificent view of the garden.
2. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay is the most luxurious and spectacular place to visit in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. It is an integrated resort fronting the Marina Bay in Singapore. In 2010, It was the most expensive standalone casino property billed at S$8 billion (Including land cost).
The hotel in the resort has 2,561 rooms. It also includes a convention-exhibition centre covering 1,300,000 sq ft area. A museum, a huge theatre, the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, two floating crystal pavilions, art-science exhibits, “celebrity chef” restaurants, and the world’s largest atrium casino are there to provide you with luxury services and entertainment. The extraordinary Skypark with an Infinity Pool is there on the rooftop of the resort.
3. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is also simply known as The Esplanade. This performing art centre is located in Downtown Core near the Singapore River. The theatre is named after Esplanade Park which is also located nearby. It is the oldest public park in Singapore. The theatre has 1600 seats and a capacity for 2000 performers. The stage area of the theatre is so big that a Concorde aircraft can be parked with some room to spare.
Domes of the theatre look fascinating. They are also ingeniously designed to let the light fall into the concert hall while the heat is kept out. Spikes of the domes take 2 months to get cleaned. Every spike of the Dome is cleaned with the hands by the trained Rope Access Technicians.
In the three-story Esplanade Mall, you can grab some coffee and food from the restaurants and cafes before attending the performances. There are also good retail outlets for a quick shopping in the mall.
4. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is fun for families and thrill-seekers. This is a theme park, located in Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It has everything to make children, youngsters, and families happy. Following things make the Universal studios the most happening place in Singapore.
In the rides, you’ll find Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, Accelerator, Revenge of the Mummy, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Treasure Hunters, Amber Rock Climb, Canopy Flyer, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Magic Potion Spin, Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round. All the pictures are available on Resort World Sentosa’s website.
The shows available at the studio are, Sesame Street Goes Bollywood, Lake Hollywood Spectacular, Elmo’s TV Time, Lights, Camera, Action!™ Hosted by Steven Spielberg, WaterWorld, Shrek 4-D Adventure, and Donkey Live. Click to read more details about the shows.
For Street Entertainment, Universal Studios Singapore has Sesame Street Goes Bollywood, Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade, Rhythm Truck, and Turntables. The pictures and more details can be found here.
Restaurants and Cafes
Sesame Street Character Breakfast, Mel’s Drive-In, KT’s Grill, Starbucks, Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor, StarBot Café, Stardots, Oasis Spice Café, Discovery Food Court, Fossil Fuels, and Goldilocks are the best options there. To have a look at pictures of the restaurants click here.
Shopping becomes necessary when you visit the locations like Universal Studios Singapore. Just like good food, people crave shopping as well. The options for shopping near the studios are categorized. The Brown Derby, Big Bird’s Emporium, and TRANSFORMERS Supply Vault are there for the kid’s toys. For apparel hats and souvenirs there are That’s a Wrap, Carter’s Curiosities, Jurassic Outfitters, The Dino-Store, Fairy Godmother’s Potion Shop, and Penguins Mercantile are the best options
5. Singapore Flyer
A giant observation wheel called Singapore Flyer is located in Downtown Core, Singapore. The construction of the flyer took 2½ years and it was opened on 15 April 2008. The flyer has fully air-conditioned 28 capsules with the capacity of 28 passengers for each capsule. The flyer is 165 meters tall and it was the tallest in the world before High Roller located in Las Vegas Strip in Nevada which was opened in 2014.
The flyer Opens on Thursday to Sunday and on Public Holidays, from 3 pm – 10 pm. Each capsule of the flyer has two synchronized doors and two platforms on each side. The ride of the flyer is very smooth and takes 30 minutes to fully rotate. Being on the Singapore Flyer, you can see up to 45 kilometres away. Technology Wonder Singapore Flyer uses a slim ladder truss rim, unlike the other observation wheels.
6. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Garden in Singapore is a 162-year-old tropical garden. The garden is located at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. It has been ranked as Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
National Orchid Garden
It is the main attraction of the Singapore Botanic Garden. The garden is on the mid-western side of the Botanic Garden and has more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. Burkill Hall is the historical landmark bungalow in National Orchid Garden and it was built in 1886. It used to be the house of the Director of Singapore Botanic Gardens. At the back of Burkill Hall, there’s a VIP Orchid Garden displaying hybrids of the most popular VIP orchids. Orchidarium in the National Orchid Garden is a heaven for serious orchids enthusiasts. Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse displays a colourful collection of different hybrids.
Rainforest is a small tropical rainforest spanning six hectares. It is older than the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Trees like rattans, the towering Jelutong, and fruit trees have economic importance among the rich species of plants in the Rain Forest.
Ginger Garden is located just next to the National Orchid Garden. This small garden covered 1 hectare of land. and contains the Zingiberaceae family. The garden has a restaurant named Halia Restaurant. It is a drop-off point along Tyersall Avenue as well as a waterfall.
Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Symphony Lake, Eco-Lake and Swan Lake are also attractions to explore within the Botanic Gardens Singapore.
7. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is a stunning riverside quay that is named after the second governor of Singapore, Sir Andrew Clarke. Sir Andrew Clarke played a key role to position Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.
Clarke Quay offers its own attractions for the visitors to make them see and do some alternative things. Mainly the quay is famous for its restaurants and bars, but it has some more things to offer to its visitors. Take a look at the things you can do and places you can visit in Clarke Quay.
Being the heart of the Quay, the Singapore river provides you with one of the most fascinating views of nightlife. Boats and cruises are open for everyone to witness every sight along the river. The river snakes under the historical bridges Anderson Bridge and Clemenceau Bridge. You will also see the Merlion and Esplanade on the way to Singapore Strait. These are important landmarks of Singapore.
North Bridge Road and Anderson Bridge are connected by the water area of Boat Quay. It is within walking distance from Clarke Quay Station. When you head to the section of North Bridge road while crossing the river near Clarke Quay station, you’ll see Singapore’s towering central business to your east and beautiful Marina Bay Sands in front of you. You can spectate the fascinating laser show which is played between 8 pm and 9.30 pm.
Asian Civilisations Museum, Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles, Fort Canning Park, Central Fire Station & Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, Hong San See Temple, The Arts House Screening Room, and Lockdown Singapore are other attractions to visit in Clarke Quay.