Despite being a tiny city-state, Singapore is one of the most popular destinations for travellers. This is not just because of deliberate action from the Singaporean government to attract tourists but also due to the vibrant cultural and historical experience the country provides.
But the sheer variety of places to visit often tends to confuse some travellers who are pressed for time. They would prefer a list of best places to visit which will help them organise their trip and make the most of the time they have.
Although making such a list is difficult in a country that offers myriad options, here are 10 of the top places to visit in Singapore. Keep in mind that many of these attractions have an admission fee and it would be a good idea to carry a travel card with you for secure, hassle-free experience.
1. Resorts World Sentosa
Perhaps the best place to visit in Singapore is not on the main island itself, but on one of the adjacent resort islands, known as Sentosa, off its southern coast. Resorts World Sentosa is a destination resort spread across almost 50 hectares of land with several unique attractions in it. Some of these include the Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Dolphin Island, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and a wide range of restaurants. In fact, if you are a foodie, this is an ideal place for you because it has more Michelin star outlets than any other single destination. Other attractions at Resorts World Sentosa include a casino, spas, and frequent concerts and shows.
2. Marina Bay
Marina Bay is considered one of the most happening places in the whole of Singapore. In fact, some even call it the epicentre of tourism in the country. At the heart of this is the Marina Bay Sands, a resort that has almost everything to satisfy your senses. Whether it is nightclubs, casinos, spectacular shopping centres, performances, or even luxurious accommodation, Marina Bay Sands has them all.
But the attractions of this spot don’t stop there. Offering a wide range of exhibitions, there is the ArtScience Museum in a lotus-shaped building. You will also be able to find The Float at Marina, which is the biggest floating stadium in the world, and the Merlion Park, which has the iconic statue that has a lion’s head and the body of a fish.
3. Gardens by the Bay
One of the best things about Singapore is that it has something for everyone. For instance, if nature is your thing but you are not looking for an exhausting trek through the wilderness, head to Gardens by the Bay. This urban jungle is located at Marina Bay itself, but requires special mention for the one-of-a-kind experience it offers.
Top attractions within this nature park include a Cloud Forest and a Flower Dome. The former is home to the tallest indoor waterfall in the world on a mini-mountain. Things get more scientific in the Flower Dome, which is a greenhouse with plants categorised by their native countries. Apart from these, don’t miss The Supertree Grove, a cluster of tall structures supporting a skyway.
4. Singapore Flyer
If you have seen the London Eye in the UK or the High Roller in Las Vegas, US, and wanted to try a Ferris wheel in Asia, Singapore is the best place to do it. This 42-storey-tall observation wheel will give you a panoramic view of not just Singapore but places as far as Malaysia and Indonesia.
There are different options to choose from when taking a trip on the Flyer. These range from a Singapore Flight that costs about S$33 per person to a more luxurious Premium Champagne Flight that would set you back by S$79. Use your travel card and enjoy a breathtaking experience.
5. China Town
Fancy an experience of Chinese culture in Singapore? The country is home to a significantly large migrant Chinese population and this has played a major role in its development. Located in the Central Area of the country, Chinatown, with its characteristic stores and food stalls, is an ethnic enclave where you can get a taste of authentic Chinese culture.
Different parts of Chinatown are known for different attractions. Pagoda Street, for instance, is the place to go if you are looking to pick up some souvenir trinkets. The district of Tangong Pagar has several pubs, bars, and the quintessentially Asian karaoke stores.
6. Singapore Zoo
If you are an animal lover and wish to see wildlife in their natural habitat without worrying about your safety, the Singapore Zoo would be a great place to visit. Located within a rainforest, this zoo has over 2,800 animals housed across a staggering 26-hectare compound. One of the the most attractive features of this place is the chance to experience wildlife as they would in their native regions such as the African savannah grasslands.
There are other enticing activities to engage in as well. For instance, you can have breakfast with orangutans for company. How much closer to nature can you get?
7. Little India
Besides the Chinese, Singapore has a thriving Indian community as well. And if you want to get a taste of India without actually going over to the subcontinent, Little India is worth checking out. From aromatic spices to bright, colourful clothes, and scrumptious food, this place will feed your appetite for an authentic Indian experience. If you visit during any of the Indian festivals like Deepavali, you would even be able to get a glimpse of how the celebrations go.
Little India is also a popular shopping location, with its Mustafa Centre that is open round-the-clock and Tekka Centre that is popular for saris and gold.
8. Orchard Road
If you are looking for an incredible shopping experience, head to Singapore’s commercial avenue, Orchard Road. The place got its name from orchards that existed in the area during the 19th century, but it has come a long way since then. Orchard Road is now a vibrant stretch of malls and food outlets.
When venturing out to shop till you drop, a good idea would be to use your travel credit card to ensure safe and secure transactions.
9. Asian Civilisations Museum
Little India and Chinatown are guaranteed to get you a taste of Singapore’s migrant culture, but if you want to have a more comprehensive experience, head to the Asian Civilisations Museum. With over 1,300 artefacts that include religious scriptures, relics and ceramics from across the continent, this museum is a great place to learn and understand the different Asian cultures.
Apart from the permanent exhibition, the Asian Civilisations Museum frequently hosts various events that throw light on different cultural aspects.
10. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Spread across 60 acres of land, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was the first site to get the UNESCO World Heritage title in the country. Whether you are just interested in being close to nature or are an avid scholar of botany, this place has enough attractions to keep you engaged for hours.
Start with its famous library if you are interested in checking out some academic resources on the subject. There is an orchid garden if flowering plants in a multitude of colours excite you. The whole place is great for activities such as picnicking or even a casual jog, although the weather can get rather hot during the day.
All Set to Go? Don’t Forget These
In the excitement of deciding what to see and do in Singapore, do not forget to take some basic precautions to avoid any difficulties during your trip. The most important among them is to buy a travel insurance that would cover things like medical expenses and loss of personal possessions when you are at your destination. Check with popular insurance companies to know what they offer and purchase a plan that suits you.
If you are planning to use your credit card abroad, remember to inform your card issuer of the same to avoid transactions being blocked on fraud-related concerns. As mentioned before, a safe option is to carry a travel credit card that would be accepted anywhere you go.
Claire Huang Is Financial Advisor & Travel geek and has also interest in entrepreneurship & Digital marketing world . He is also working as a freelancer in Sales Team : www.bankbazaar.sg
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