As an avid traveller, I was buzzing for a trip somewhere that had both a good array of sightseeing adventures as well as gorgeous beaches for relaxation; after a few clicks I settled on Singapore. Although I’d never been to Singapore prior however I truly was pleasantly surprised. To help those who are thinking of travelling to Singapore, I’ve created my top 10 places to visit in Singapore.
Singapore is one of my favourite travel destination, the city-state country boasts of everything from glistening sea fronts and beautiful sandy beaches to an array of luxury high end shopping outlets and amazing restaurants. Travelling through Singapore made me want to not go back home and stay in Singapore permanently (for real). If you’re planning to go I would recommend you stay for 7 days or more to be able to see as much as you can; with the city being not very big this helps to be able to move about relatively quickly.
So you’re travelling to Singapore and wondering where you should go, here’s my top 10 places you must visit if your ever in town.
1. Orchard Road
If you love shopping, then head straight to Orchard Road where you will find everything from luxury brands to affordable prices. An additional benefit is the beautiful scenery on Orchard Road, so while you’re there be sure to soak in all the beautiful ornaments dotted around the area.
2. Marina Bay Sands
One of the most iconic buildings in the world and most especially in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands. This building is a luxury hotel with an indoor mall, along with an indoor mini canal for shoppers, which is called The Rain Oculus. It holds the famous and largest rooftop Infinity Pool, which overlooks the beautiful scenery of Singapore. Opened in 2011, the Marina Bay Sands is centrally located with many amenities located nearby, so very little chance you’ll ever get bored.
3. Garden by the Bay
The Garden by the Bay is located right by Marina Bay Sands, so if you intend to visit there definitely stop by the Garden by the Bay. This beautiful greenery site is for those who love nature and/or those who are intrigued by the aesthetics. It has three parts combined into one – Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden. The most popular part is the Flower Dome located in the Bay South Gardens, here you will find an array of different flowers and trees. Due to the vibrant colours and its immediate appeal, this area typically is the busiest part of The Garden, hence I would suggest you arrive quite early to be able to take loads of pictures because it gets too crowded.
4. Botanic Gardens
If you would like a less busy tourist attraction that still shows many wonderful and beautiful greenery, then your next stop should be Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens is more peaceful and calmer, and a lot less artificial than the Garden by the Bay. Although not as vibrant and inviting, the Botanic Gardens still draws in many tourists who come to experience nature on a calmer level.
5. Universal Studios
The Universal Studios is the perfect day out adventure for the kids and family. The theme park has 28 rides, with many shows and attractions so you are sure to find something for everyone. Be sure to have a ride on the water rides, which are perfect for those long summer days. The parks design and structure is done to imitate the Universal Studios dotted around the globe with the additional Asian twist to give its unique distinction.
6. Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is located right beside the Universal Studios theme park, so after a hefty day of rides, be sure to head over to the Sentosa Island for a relaxing nap on the beach. The island is separated from the mainland; hence you’ll need to hop on a train to reach the Sentosa Island (although a very quick trip).
7. Merlion Park
Merlion Park is one of the sculptures pertaining to Singapore, the half lion and half fish is a national icon to Singapore. The statue spouts water from its mouth, which attracts many tourists to look at it closely. Located right near the financial district, it is a distinctive statue that cannot be missed or overlook.
8. National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery is one of many hidden treasures in Singapore – the art museum makes for a great day out. Although, this museum is not as popular as the other buildings listed in this blog post however it is a must to see whenever you’re in Singapore. Firstly, the large Singapore sign in the front makes for a great Instagram travel post and secondly the central location makes it extremely easy to find. Inside you will find beautiful Singaporean & Southeast Asian art along with many more items from the Art & Culture realm. There is a heavy focus on how Singapore fits with other Asian countries, so the National Gallery provides an insight into Singaporean heritage and culture in more depth.
9. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a giant wheel which allows you to see the whole of Singapore in a few minutes. Located Downtown Core, the Singaporean Flyer has an overall height of 541 ft / 165 metres which made it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world until 2014, when another wheel was created to be taller and placed in Las Vegas. Similar to the London Wheel, the Singaporean Flyer is perfect to get a glimpse at how the whole of Singapore looks like from a bird’s eye view. The total seating capacity is 784 so be sure to get their early to ensure you get a seat.
10. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo also called the Wildlife Reserves Singapore / River Safari has 2530 animals with an annual visit of 2 million people worldwide and counting. This is one of my recommended places you should definitely visit, as the beautiful animals give your holiday a lovely balance and calmness.
Don’t forget to explore the airport!