Top 5 places to visit in Singapore
A unique fusion of Indian, Malaysian and Chinese cultures, Singapore is a beautiful country offering plenty of shopping, breathtaking views and rapid urban development. Upon arrival, Singapore’s Changi Airport itself is the reigning 4 year champion for the World’s Best Airport with spectacular gardens, a plethora of restaurant and shops and even a swimming pool! But stepping out of the luxury of the airport, there remains consistency with the beauty of the city on full display. Here are my top 10 places to visit in Singapore (not in any order):
Gardens by the Bay
Situated amongst the Colonial District, the Quays and Marina Bay, this amazing botanical garden features bio-domes, high-tech ‘Supertrees’ and unique sculptures. This technological masterpiece shows the rapid urbanisation of the modern world and even contains a Cloud Forest with a waterfall. A visit to the Gardens wouldn’t be right without a walk along the OCBC Skyway. The walkway is 22m above the ground and gives panoramic vistas of the Marina Bay Skyline and the city. It also allows you to see the grandeur of the futuristic ‘Supertrees.’ Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life and relax yourself in nature’s playground. Bring along your camera because you’ll want to take some Instagram-worthy pictures for sure! Finally, don’t be warded away by the entry fees – you’ll really get your money’s worth.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore: Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari
While I’m not suggesting going to every single one listed, you won’t regret any one of them. Jurong Bird Park is home to a wide array of beautiful birds unlike any place in the entire world. Singapore Zoo is touted as the World’s Best Rainforest Zoo with over 2800 animals. If you’re up for an early morning start, I would recommend the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife which is a morning buffet accompanied by orang-utans. This zoo is enormous: 26 hectares featuring a Fragile Forest biodome and even a Rainforest Kidzworld. The River Safari, nestled between Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari is Asia’s first and only wildlife exhibition on the river. It’s also home to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. However, I would strongly recommend checking out the Night Safari. Electric trams travel past animals and it’s incredible to see what happens when the sun goes down. You could even check out the shows that are on – all of them are worth the time.
Universal Studios Singapore
Who doesn’t love a theme park? Whether you’re young or old, this will sure get your adrenaline pumping again. Take the kids on a journey they’ll never forget with plenty of rides, shows and merchandise of famous films and television shows. The park is split into seven zones: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. I would recommend getting a map before getting to the theme park and planning where you want to go first, second etc. Make sure to jot down the times of the shows you want to go to or set an alarm on your phone. Lines get pretty long so get there early to avoid the queues! If you’re willing to pay a bit extra to avoid the lines, make sure you buy the Express Passes before the day of visit. This is because the price for express passes on the day are not fixed and will vary depending on the demand.
Orchard Road Shopping
Bring your walking shoes because you might need to dedicate more than one day to tackle this shopping galore. Stretching from Tanglin Mall on Tanglin Road to Plaza Singapura at the lower side of Orchard Road are local and international department stores as well as various offices, restaurants and designer brand stores. You can even experience Singapore’s incredible views on top of the ION Sky which is 218 m above ground level. Worried about the incredibly hot weather? Inside shopping malls there is plenty of air-con and tall angsana trees along the main footpath provide shade from the sun. There are also plenty of street food stalls for lunch or grab a bite from the local shopping mall. Buskers play some lovely tunes and there are always artists showcasing their caricature skills. My recommendation is to try one of the famous satay chicken skewers or grab an ice cream sandwich from a local street vendor. You won’t regret it!
Before or after visiting Universal Studios Singapore, I would recommend to explore this magical island. It’s an island for all ages with water parks such as the Resorts World Sentosa, or relax on the beach that stretches roughly 3km. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, there are plenty of affordable and fine dining restaurants at your service. The Tiger Sky Tower is an observation tower that offers stunning views across the whole island of Sentosa as well as the Southern Islands. A must is to take a nice picture with the Sentosa Merlion. This is the famous 37m tall Merlion statue that is always planted on Singaporean postcards and tourist websites. Or for those history enthusiasts, pay a visit to Fort Siloso which served as an important strategic position for the British back in the 1880’s. Take your pick amongst the plethora of attractions, shopping, dining and nature… not to mention there’s an incredible golf course.
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