Singapore is a highly revered place and is there on the list of most travel enthusiasts around the world. Situated at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is an exotic destination that welcomes tourists from far away lands every year. It is a very small country and the most popular destinations in Singapore could be covered in just a couple of days. Singapore is a growing country and is blooming with modern architectural styles that include amazing malls, sky-reaching structures, and a very vibrant lifestyle. The locals are welcoming and the best thing is that English is understood almost everywhere. You might have some difficulty understanding their "Singlish" accent but it will be fine in just a couple of days! Here are 10 places in Singapore that you just cannot miss!
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore is a hub for luxury hotels and the Marina Bay Sands is one of the most unique on the list. This place tops the list of impressive places in Singapore because of the one-of-a-kind structure that visitors get to behold. It looks like 3 immense, tapering skyscrapers, which are holding up a gigantic boat together. Within the walls, the "boat" houses a rooftop swimming pool from where the water seems to be seeping out continuously. You will get some of the most terrific views of Singapore from this spot. The poolside is also one of the most stunning places to click selfies for your Instagram. Entry into the pool is restricted to only the people who are staying at the hotel but you can relax and have a great time at the bar beside the pool which is open to all! You should also consider coming to the pool early in the morning or late at night since this is one of the most popular places in Singapore and generally remains extremely crowded.
The body of a fish and the head of a lion- the Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore and you have seen this epic sculptor in the numerous ads and posters for Singapore. This 8.6 m tall structure with the fish body represents the origin of Singapore as a fishing town while the lion's head signifies the lion city or "Singapura", the original name of the place. Water is spouting out of the mouth of the lion and it is one of the best places in Singapore to click amazing selfies. You might even get yourself clicked by others in amazing poses while having the most fun you will ever have.
Gardens by the Bay
Located near the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay is going to be a unique experience for you. The place is lined with “supertrees”- an artificial structure that is supposed to provide you with shade in the day and with light at night. All these supertrees are about 25 m to 50 m tall and the aerial walkway about 22 m above the ground through the manmade structure is a memorable experience. There are two indoor conservatives within the premises too which houses flowering plants collected from 5 continents. In fact, the Flower Dome Conservatory was designed to be the largest greenhouse conservatory back in 2015. The place is set up on a huge expanse and it takes you considerable time to go through the whole thing. You might as well plan a whole day’s tour if you are looking forward to visiting this one-of-a-kind attraction in Singapore.
The Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is one of the most exotic places in the country housing numerous species from all around the world. It was opened way back in 1973 and has done a great job in preserving some of the most endangered species in the world since then. There are over 300 different species of fauna available in this zoo covering over 2800 individual animals. About 16% of these animals belong in the list of endangered species and the Singapore Zoo has done a terrific job at supporting them by building them a home that mimics their natural habitat. There are fun exhibits within the zoo that keeps the visitors intrigued and entertained. For example, when you are visiting the giraffe enclosure, you can feed them and get your pictures taken while doing so! Another such feature would be the outdoor breakfast buffet wherein you can enjoy the company of orangutans while you enjoy breakfast- be sure to book your tables beforehand as this service is only available on prior booking. The zoo covers a considerable area and it will take you quite some time to go through the entire grounds.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Once you are done with the fauna of the place, it is time to immerse yourself in the flora that the place has to offer. Having a tropical climate, you will see great diversity when it comes to the flora of Singapore. The Singapore Botanical gardens are the perfect place to take a walk among nature. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only one of the three such botanical gardens in the world. It is also the only tropical botanical garden to have earned this title. The garden is divided into 4 segments- Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah, and Tyersall-Gallop areas. The gardens are located at just a 5-minute drive away from the center of the city and are very easy to reach using other modes of public transport such as the subway.
The subways in Singapore are amazing and will easily take you to the most happening places in the country. One such place is the Orchard Road- 2.2 km long and a paradise for people who are enthusiastic about shopping. There are 22 different malls and 6 humongous departmental stores along with smaller vendors along this street. If you do not like shopping you might get bored in just an hour on this street. However, if you do enjoy shopping, well, a full day might not be enough for you in this shopping heaven. Buses and taxis will easily take you to this amazing haunt in Singapore. You might also take the subway and you’d be surprised to know that this complex is so immense that there are 3 different subway stops nearby. Along with shops for souvenirs, shoes, clothes, etc., the place also houses many cafes and restaurants wherein you might find many authentic local delicacies to try!
If you are looking for a place in Singapore to have a great time filled with fun activities with your whole family, then there is no place better than Sentosa Island. The beach available here is also quite attractive, and you will enjoy taking a dip in the sea here. An aquarium, a water park, and a theme park are some of the major attractions for the family at the Sentosa Islands. One of the best things about this place is that is just 15 minutes away from the center of Singapore and can be accessed through various means. You could even enter this amazing island by foot or using a bicycle by traveling along the Sentosa Broadwalk. There is an entry charge at the gates and the fee depends on the mode of transport. Consequently, if you are walking or cycling into the island, you will be charged the least to enter the island premises.
Universal Studios is also a part of the Sentosa Islands and is a place to have a great time with your family, friends, or even if you are traveling solo. It is also the first of the Universal Studios that was set up in southeast Asia and has lots of attractive activities to help you pass time. The many fun activities will also keep your children busy and indeed a great way to have some fun and intimate moments with them.
A huge fraction of the population in Singapore belongs to the Chinese ethnicity and Chinatown is the place to find them. Chinese immigrants had set up their own space when they flooded into Singapore while it was a British colony and Chinatown is the place where they had settled down. The Chinatown Complex is an interesting place to visit if you want an insight into the lives of the people here. The place is filled with many stalls selling different kinds of Asian food and sundries. You would also find an amalgamation of the Chinese and the Malay culture here which is best represented through the colorful and terraced houses in the region. It is a scenic sight and makes way for tremendous photographs. The place also boasts of many Hindu temples along with Buddhist temples. The most captivating thing about Chinatown would be the food that they serve. Numerous Asian delicacies are very easily available in open food courts. While you are in Chinatown, you have to try the Hainanese chicken rice. Other notable dishes that you could try are the Bak Kut The, satay, chili crab, and laksa!
Singapore boasts of a night safari activity that you just cannot miss! The safari is conducted either on trams or by foot and there are 7 different geographic zones that the safari caters to. This night zoo is located just beside the Singapore Zoo and offers a thrilling experience for you. There are about 100 different animals at this pace and there are many nocturnal species available that would otherwise be sluggish or sleeping during the day. The animals are kept on enclosures that mimic their natural habitats just like in Singapore Zoo and thus gives you an exciting chance to see how they act in their natural spaces!
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