Must-visit places in Singapore
Singapore is the most amazing city I’ve visited. Everything that I will tell you here doesn’t compare to the feeling of being there!
Its geographical location has helped this country become one of the most important centers of finance and commerce in Asia. But beyond that, it is thanks to its government it has become in one of the greatest places to live and visit in the world. Singapore has everything, it will make your jaw drop.
This incredible city has been built with the idea of being “a city within nature”, not a city with some pieces of nature here and there, as any other. Wherever you turn your head you’ll see trees and flowers. It’s really amazing! Avenues covered by bougainvilleas, orchid parks, waterfalls, and animals.
Singapore is a really small country, more like a big city. It is very modern and extremely organized. You’ll find sparkly skyscrapers, impressive hotels, luxury malls and a wide choice of international restaurants. Singapore’s airport, Changi, is the most modern of all airports in the world, when you’re there you feel like you’ve traveled 10 years into the future!
They have a controlled car registry, so there is never traffic, you can get anywhere pretty fast. It is a good place to hop on one of the Big Bus Tours. But you can also walk to many places. Of course, it is very hot and very humid, so keep that in mind.
There are so many things to see in Singapore, I’m sure that you will not be able to visit all of them. I spent four days, well spent, but I still wanted to do much more. Here I share a list of eleven places you have to go, some that I visited and others that I will leave for the next time because I hope to return!
1. Orchard road
An avenue that is full of shops, shopping centers (I recommend going to ION Orchard, Paragon or Mandarin Gallery), bars and restaurants. It could be compared to the 5th Avenue in New York or Ginza in Tokyo.
You have to take the picture with the Merlion, the lion with a mermaid’s tail, which is on the shore of Marina Bay. Take a walk around Marina Park and admire the view of the entire city.
3. Marina Bay Sands / The Shoppes
The Marina Bay Sands hotel is so famous that if you are looking for photos of Singapore it is the first thing you will see, the three buildings linked by a boat-shaped deck are iconic. On the rooftop, you will find bars and restaurants, a huge flown pool and the SkyPark, which is the observation deck. If you are not a hotel guest, you can only visit the SkyPark, for $23 dollars.
The Shoppes is the mall that is on the grounds of Marina Bay Sands, it is very cool so if you like shopping this is the right place.
4. ArtSience Museum
This museum is part of the Marina Bay Sands complex, you will recognize it for its parabolic architecture. I recommend you to check their calendar to see what are the exhibits available during your stay.
5. Singapore Flyer
With 165 meters high, it is the second-largest fortune wheel in the world, only exceeded by the Las Vegas High Roller by two meters. This was undoubtedly an incredible experience for me because I had never been on a fortune wheel, not even a small one. Regular admission costs $33 dollars but it is worth it. I went up at night and the view was phenomenal.
This is the cultural center of Singapore and where you will find plays, concerts, cinema and more. There is also an area of restaurants and shops. When I entered I was able to watch a concert by children and I loved it, it was also free.
7. Gardens by the Bay
You really must go to Gardens by the Bay, this is the park that seems to have come out from a science fiction movie; I felt like in Avatar’s city of Pandora. You can go at any time, but the amazing towers that seem like trees are illuminated at night, in addition, they make a light and sound show. Every day there are two shows: at 7:45 pm and at 8:45 pm.
Visiting the park and watching the show is free, however, there are also other attractions within the gardens which are not free, among them are The Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway.
Surely you will have gone to other Chinese villages in different cities, but the one in Singapore has the peculiarity that it is beautiful and tidy. This place is ideal if you want to find cheap souvenirs. You will also find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and the Thian Hock Keng Temple, which is really beautiful.
9. Little India
Here you will find Indian food restaurants and super nice shops where you can buy carpets, fabrics and spices. You can also go to the Sri Mariamman Temple.
10. Masjid Sultan
If you have been in a mosque in the United Arab Emirates or in Turkey, this building probably won’t seem spectacular, however, it is super beautiful inside and out!
11. East Coast Park / Beach
If you feel like going to the beach, relax and take a walk, this is the perfect place. The park in front of the beach is very quiet, it has both garden and sand, the sea is perfect for swimming and observing an endless number of cargo ships sailing.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
These series of gardens are the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore. Among them, you can find a bonsai garden, a tropical one, and an orchid garden.
The first concept in the world of a night zoo. I think it is a good idea if you visit with children, I didn’t go to it, but I imagine it’s a nice experience to remember.
Sentosa / Universal Studios
Sentosa is a small island in front of Singapore, in my opinion, it is another destination, you could spend a whole holiday on this island. It has a lot of attractions and things to do: there are beaches, shops, restaurants and a golf club.
Among the attractions are Madame Tussauds, Kidzania, Lake of Dreams, Adventure Cove Waterpark, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Universal Studios.
If you go to Sentosa, the most fun way to go is by cable car, it is one of the few in the world that crosses a bay and has fabulous views of Singapore.
I’m sure you’re dying to get to Singapore, you’ll love it! You may also feel that there are so many things to see, but the most important thing is that you enjoy! Whatever you see, it will be unique! Remember to share your photos with me on instagram using the hashtag #friendlytouring.