It is a city (ok a country) bursting at the seams when it comes to attractions and activities. Travelling Singapore could often get to be overwhelming with the sheer number of places to choose from. Unless you have a good ten days at leisure to cover it all, it is wise to make a choice and only pick the must see attractions in the time you have at hand. This tiny island country has something to offer for every kind of traveler. But there are a few that every tourist must see.
You would have caught a glimpse of this along with the iconic Merlion on almost all things related to Singapore.
Marina Bay is the place to go when in Singapore. The best time to be here is in the evening hours, to catch the spectacular light and sound show. From the sky park located here you could catch a glimpse of the double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay, and the impressive skyline of Singapore.
Irrespective of whether you are actually going to shop, Orchard Road is a must. Catch a glimpse of the world class designer outfits at the high end stores located at every turn. It is a neighborhood that boasts of twenty two malls and six department stores.
This was originally a center of commerce on the banks of the Singapore River. However today Clark Quay is a bustling area packed with bars, restaurants and boutique shops. It is a perfect destination to enjoy the night life of Singapore. Do try out the concept bars and retail outlets for souvenirs. However being a place frequented by millions of tourists through the year, the prices at these stores are generally steep.
Yes, technically it is an amusement park located at Sentosa. But trust me it’s got a great number of rides that’s not to be missed. If you are on a holiday with children, then this is surely a must. The park is divided into zones, such as the Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away.
There are water themed rides as well as thrilling roller coasters; two of this is currently the world’s tallest ‘dueling’ roller coaster.
Sentosa requires no introduction. This island was built with the sole purpose of leisure in mind. It comprises of a water front, shopping, dining and much more, all on a strip of reclaimed land. Sentosa could be reached by road, MRT or cable car. If you already have the Zoo planned, then club it along with it, on the same day.
Gardens by the Bay
A futuristic park created in the bay area of Singapore, this has been crowned the world building of the year at the world architecture festival in 2012.
Find the famous Super tree structures, a skywalk greenhouse retreat, re-created chilly mountains and hundreds of rare trees and plants from across the globe. Be here as the sun sets, to witness the beautiful lighting effect.
This is the world’s largest observation wheel. And trust me; it’s a one of a kind experience. At 165 meters high and moving at a snail pace on 0.21 m per second, it lets you soak in some breathtaking panoramic views. The view is stunning at night as well as during the day. It’s entirely your choice, what would dazzle you more, the city lights or the city’s major iconic structures.
Irrespective of whether you are traveling with kids or not, the zoo is an absolute must.
The Singapore Zoo follows the trend of displaying animals in its natural habitat, the open exhibits, with hidden barriers and moats are a complete delight. It is the closest you could get to the animals. Some of the must see animals are the Tapir, the Asian Tigers, and the largest captive colony of Orangutans in the world.
And if you did find the Singapore zoo fascinating, hold your breath. The night safari is an altogether different spectacle. This is a totally unique experience to get a glimpse of nocturnal animals. You get to meet Himalayan griffon vultures, greater one-horned rhinoceroses, wildebeests and gazelles. Do start with the ‘Creatures of the Night’ show which lasts for 20 minutes before you head to see the animals
Aquarium at Sentosa
The S.E.A Aquarium at Sentosa gives you a glimpse of the ocean and marine life. You get to observe over a million creatures in the marine world. Meet the leopard shark, manta rays, and the goliath grouper.
The whole experience would mesmerize you. You would find species from across the globe- Bay of Bengal to the Straits of Malacca. Walk through the dome, and watch the fishes swim over you. From endangered species to some rare ones, the aquarium is an experience.
Singapore is a spectacular place with a mix of various cultures, cuisine and people. Apart from the attractions, do allot a few hours to just roam around the streets, to observe people and soak in the place better.