Singapore is undoubtedly the most developed country in Asia; it is a place to explore. We stayed there for 8 days at our cousin’s place, which appeared to be less as we missed some of the most interesting places & I hope to visit this country again as 8 days was not sufficient to fully discover this beautiful country 😀 Below are some of the places I feel one must visit while in Singapore.
Merlion Park – In front of the Fullerton hotel is the Merlion ; this half-fish half-lion (it has the lion head and fish body) is the major tourist attractions and if you have not visited Merlion, then you’ve not been to Singapore. I felt it’s the most iconic place of all times & I loved the backdrop as it’s the best scene to capture the heart of Singapore. We spent some time here with good food and a great view, and walked all over the place until Marina Bay Sands; you can even take a boat ride in the river.
Marina Bay Sands – We walked all along the path through the bridge from Merlion to reach Marina Bay which has a spectacular view during nights with the high rise towers of financial district, the Marina Bay Sands hotel, luxury brands shopping mall, theatres, museums, casino (we played and lost 😉 ) & some fine restaurants along the riverside. The best part of this place is the light & water show, which is free every night at the event plaza along the promenade. The show lasts for 15 minutes and timings are Sunday – Thursday : 8pm & 9pm ; Fri-Sat : 8pm, 9pm & 10pm.
Gardens by the Bay– This is another major must see attractions in Singapore. There are several places to visit inside this garden – Flower Dome, Children’s Garden, Cloud Forest & Dragon Fly Lake. The entry price to this garden can be found at this link http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/the-gardens/our-story/introduction.html
The interesting part is the manmade groove trees. For $8, you can have a walk on the Skywalk, which is a walkway on top of the trees to have a closer view of the grooves. Now, the most fascinating part is the Super Tree Grove Light show which was just WOW!! I cannot explain the beauty of this light show. The best way to watch this is to lie down under these trees (Don’t worry, you find everyone lying down in the similar way) I highly recommend you guys to watch this light show which has no entry fee and the show runs at 7:45pm & 8:45pm and lasts for about 15 mins. Make sure you reach a little early to grab a nice spot. The above two shows are worth watching and we covered both these shows in a row, just plan the timings accordingly.
Singapore Zoo – If you are an animal lover or travelling with kids (or if you are staying for more than 3-4 days in the city), then this place a must as it has 4 options to choose from – Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari & River Safari. You can go to all of them if you have time or choose something based on your interest. I have not been to this place but would definitely go when I visit Singapore with my daughter next time J
Tip: Do check out this Myfave website https://www.myfave.com/singapore/activity
Just select the country as Singapore and category you want to look for. This website offers deals for various places and you will get the tickets for cheap. For example, you can type there as Singapore Zoo & if there is a deal, you will get the tickets for cheaper price (almost 20-30% discount). If there is no deal for the Zoo, you will find deals for other places, which you may be interested in going. Make sure you book these tickets one week in advance as they will deliver the tickets locally – you may want to check with your hotel reception if they allow mails sent to their address.
Sentosa Island – This is another MUST see place in Singapore and I will write another blog post all about Sentosa Island as this place has ‘n’ number of things to offer.
Singapore Flyer – This is another interesting experience in Singapore, the entry fee is $33 per person, and the ride lasts for 30 mins (one rotation). This observation wheel gives amazing views of the whole city. Both, the day & night views are spectacular; you may plan your ride time perfectly so that you can see both day & night view at the same time. If you do not have lot of time, you can skip this, because there are many other things in Singapore that are more interesting.
Haw Par Villa – If you want to see the wierd & wacky part of Singapore, then this is the place. This is a theme park unlike no other and the best of all, the entry is free. This has theme areas where each theme area has different statues based upon the theme & each statue tells a different story.
Singapore Botanic Gardens – This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world and if you are a nature lover, then you will love this place. Well, the above two places are only to visit if you have too much time & not sure where to go. We have skipped these, as we wanted to explore other places.
Since we stayed at our cousins place, apart from visiting main tourist attractions, we have seen/did things more like localites & we travelled in MRT’s or buses most of the time. I will write all about other must visit places, shopping areas in Singapore & our non-touristy things in the upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned 🙂