If there’s one city that is the best example of what a modern, 21st century, city should be – it is definitely Singapore. Why? Because it is not only one of the safest, cleanest, and therefore nicest cities to live in, but it’s also a very advance one in terms of infrastructure, technology, and other necessities of a big, modern city.
In addition to that, Singapore has one of the best airports in the World – where the whole check-in process for an international flight can take less than an hour, while in some other major airports (such as: Paris’s Charles du Gaulle, or Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International) the check-in process can last more than 3 hours.
So if you get a lucky chance to visit this gorgeous city, even for a holiday weekend, there are some top sights that are not to be missed!
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Singapore:
1. Gardens by the Bay
This beautiful, futuristic garden is located right across the most famous sight in Singapore – Marina Bay Sands hotel, also known for its one of a kind infinity rooftop pool. You can kill two birds with one stone by heading straight to this garden, where you can not only enjoy an awesome walk in the park and ‘on top’ of some trees, but also take some great snapshots of Marina as well. Here’s the link to the Gardens’ official website, in case you need more information: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html
2. Singapore Flyer
Located not too far from the Gardens by the Bay, on a short walk from Marina Bay Sands, stands a cool observation wheel, similar to the one in London and some other big cities. Take a ride inside one of the capsules, and you will have a nice opportunity to see the city from above, and to even see the top of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel, as it is located right across from it. Visit http://www.singaporeflyer.com for more information.
3. National Museum of Singapore
This is one of the most important museums in Singapore, as well as the oldest. If you have time to visit only one museum in Singapore, we would highly recommend this one.
So why is it so awesome? It has an extensive collection offering an overview of Singapore’s past, most important historic events, and some great art exhibitions. It will help you to get a better sense of what Singapore has been in the past, and what significant events shaped its history, in order to better understand its present. Go here for more information on the tickets, current exhibitions, and the opening hours.
4. Little India
This awesome area is quite small, however has one of the best Indian ‘religious art’ that you will find in Singapore, and even in other larger Asian cities. True to its name, Little India offers some great Indian cuisine in its small local restaurants, some fun shopping opportunities, and even some inexpensive foot, or back massages. Go there when you’re ready to have some lunch, and be prepared to indulge in some amazing Indian food (and drinks).
5. River Cruise
This fun activity is a great way to see Singapore from an “inside” perspective. The river, called Singapore River, cuts Singapore right in half, and it is a nice way to take a sneak peak inside some of the main city areas. The tour departs from several convenient stops in the city. If you want more information on the river tour(s) and the timetable, click here.
6. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Named a UNESCO World Heritage sight, this place is definitely not to be missed. Spread across a beautiful and expansive territory, the gardens offer not only a nice retreat in a shadow of amazing nature on a hot day of sightseeings in Singapore, but also some fun guided walks, concert activities, and other events, that you can learn more about here: https://www.sbg.org.sg
Chinatown – is another great cultural area where you can do some amazing souvenir shopping and find some tasty and traditional Chinese cuisine. It’s a great place to stop for lunch, enjoy the sight of some gorgeous Chinese temples, and also take a few beautiful and colorful photos.
8. Wonder Full – Marina Bay Sands Laser Show
Wonder Full – Marina Bay Sands Laser Show – this activity is reserved for the evening time, when the sun sets, and you are all set to explore the city at night. The show is run from the Marina Bay Sands hotel area, and it normally runs twice in the evening, at different times. According to the show’s website – it is one of the “Southeast Asia’s largest light and water shows”. You can enjoy the show from the promenade or from any other area where you can see Marina Bay Sands’ beautiful front side.
9. Hop on-hop off bus
If there is one great way to see a new city and all of its major attractions, without renting a car, or using a public transportation – it is by hoping on one of the hop on/hop off tourist buses. There are a number of different buses offering their services with a slight variation of routes, however they will all take you to the same attractions around the city.
10. Sentosa Island
Saving the best for last, this amazing island is an entire day (or even two) activity in itself.
The island is full of fantastic attractions that will make anyone happy to tears, regardless of whether you’re a child or an adult. Some of the most famous attractions include: The Universal Studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Sentosa Merlion, Tiger Sky Tower, Underwater World Singapore and Dolphin Lagoon, and other fun places. Besides enjoying the theme attractions, you can also spend a day basking in the sun at one of the beautiful beaches located on Sentosa.
And finally, getting to the Sentosa island is a big attraction in itself – a cable car that runs to the island offers some of the most spectacular views in Singapore. For tickets and other information, visit the official website here: http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/
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Over to you – have you been to Singapore yet? What are your thoughts on this beautiful country? You can leave them in the comments section below, or you can even submit your own Singapore travel (or local) story here.