A GUIDE TO MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS
I was recently in Singapore on a girls vacation and had a magnificent time. There is so much to see and do in this fabulous country, from historic monuments to ultra-modern landmarks that are out of this world. In this guide I will outline the most epic sites to explore in Singapore, with details of all the must-see attractions that I’m sure you will love, as much as I did. I recommend spending a few days here at least, to do everything in this guide at a comfortable pace.
1. Marina Bay Sands
First on my list of epic sites is the grand Marina Bay Sands Hotel Casino Resort complex. It is huge and you could easily spend a few hours here. Guests of the hotel have access to all areas, including the fabulous roof top infinity pool. Visitors have access to all the following areas:
- observation deck,
- casino, and
The views from the top of this impressive building are nothing short of spectacular. So make your way up to the Marina Bay Sands roof top, called the Sky Park. Whether you go to the Observation Deck, restaurant or bar at the top, you must not miss seeing the breathtaking panoramic vista. It really has to be enjoyed during the day and night, when Singapore is lit up and comes alive. I recommend going before sunset.
2. Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay is like something out of this world. Think the movie, Avatar. A truly epic site you must experience in Singapore. The lush green gardens are famous for their gigantic, futuristic Supertree structures which rise up to 50 metres tall, with plants and lights decorating each tree, making then all vertical gardens. Furthermore, these Supertrees are very eco-friendly.
You can easily spend a day here enjoying everything there is on offer. I didn’t want to leave this magical place. Some of the amazing things you can see and do here include:
- 3 groves of Supertrees – free,
- Skywalk in the clouds,
- Cloud Forest conservatory with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall,
- Flower Dome conservatory,
- Art sculptures,
- Children’s playground,
- Satay By The Bay food hawker centre, and
- Night spectacular shows called Garden Rhapsody, twice every evening, which last for 15 minutes – free!
Tickets for Skywalk and both Conservatories can be booked below. I highly recommend doing these 3 things.
3. Raffles Hotel
If you want to experience a bit of Singapore’s history, don’t miss going to see the iconic Raffles Hotel. One of my favourite attractions in this country and famous for its colourful past. Here you can enjoy:
- High Tea in the Grand Foyer,
- the famous Singapore Sling cocktail, invented right here, and other drinks in the Long Bar,
- outdoor courtyard, and
4. Chijmes Hall
Located diagonally to Raffles is a national monument of Singapore, called the Chijmes. It’s a historic monument dating from the 1800’s, built in Neo-Gothic French style of architecture. Previously it was the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School. A French priest and nuns ran this school for impoverished and unwanted girls from Singapore and nearby Penang in Malaysia to educate and house the orphaned girls. The hall was rebuilt after Japanese bombs damaged it in WWII. The pioneering school for underprivileged girls continued until the 1980’s.
Today it is a popular tourist attraction and entertainment precinct. It’s one of my epic sites to explore in Singapore, not to be missed. Entry to the Chijmes complex and the main hall is free. Things to do here include:
- see the Chijmes Hall and learn the history of this Singapore site,
- entertainment in the evenings, and
5. Clarke Quay
If you’re after a fun evening, the place to go for nightlife is Clarke Quay along the Singapore River. This heritage part of the city is filled with old warehouses converted into bars, clubs, and restaurants galore. Plenty of live music is on offer which my friends and I enjoyed, whilst bar hopping the night away. My faves are Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar & Le Noir.
Also on offer here is shopping and boat cruises along the river. The original bumboats were used to transport goods from ships to shore. Now you can experience a ride on one to enjoy the city views.
6. Singapore Zoo
If you enjoy animal encounters, the Zoo is a must. It is a beautiful sanctuary, ranked the 4th best zoo in the world. I enjoyed Breakfast with the Orang-utans here, which is a very popular event. You must book this in advance and is an extra cost.
Activities at the zoo include:
- Zoo tram (included in ticket cost)
- Buffet Jungle breakfast with the animals
- River cruise
- Splash Safari Show
- Night safari
Normal entry to the zoo costs S$38 per adult.
Snazzy tips: Book on-line to skip the queue, and get there early to avoid crowds.
7. Little India
Little India is part of Singapore’s history with a large part of the population being Indians who settled here many years ago. It’s a charming vibrant area that is filled with all manner of Indian goods, food and jewellery shops. Did I mention jewellery? Gold jewellery specifically, 24 carat, very elaborate and almost orange in colour. But I digress.
Not surprisingly, Singapore’s healthy obsession with perfection and cleanliness carries to Little India, of course, which is far, far cleaner than many parts of the real India I visited recently. I couldn’t help noticing how beautifully painted and well maintained the Indian shops all are here, with so much vibrant colour. Perfect for photos, as you can see. I loved spending time here, browsing the shops, whilst Indian music played in the stores and the spicy aromas tempted me into submission.
Last of my epic sites to explore in Singapore is the island of Sentosa, which includes Resorts World Sentosa. You can get to Sentosa by car, walk, cable car ride or monorail. You could easily spend a few days here, with so much to enjoy for all ages, couples, singles, and families. There is a myriad of fun activities to enjoy and epic places to visit on the island, some of which include:
- cable car rides,
- monorail rides – free,
- beaches – Tanjong, Palawan & Siloso – all free,
- suspension bridge – free,
- Magical Shores light show – free,
- Butterfly Park,
- Fort Siloso – free,
- water sports, and
- boat rides.
Resort World Sentosa
- Universal Studios
- SEA Aquarium,
- Adventure Cove Waterpark,
- Trick Eye Museum,
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,
- Nestopia park,
- Lake of Dreams light show – free, and
- Crane Dance light show – free.
There’s also a plethora of:
- street food,
- pools, and
- many hotels.
How’s it possible to do it all?
It’s not. Unless you’re there for a couple of weeks. So I suggest you choose the main things you want to do. I only spent one day at Sentosa and I enjoyed the monorail, beaches, walking across the suspension bridge, Harry’s restaurant for lunch, shopping, Sofitel Hotel for drinks with friends in the afternoon, Coastes for dinner on the beach, Magical Shores show at Siloso, and finished with Rumours beach nightclub by the pool. I was exhausted. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it, right?!
Snazzy tip: Buses around the island are free and come about every half hour.
So, off you go and make the most of these epic sites to explore in Singapore.
If you’re planning to go, or if you’ve been to Singapore, leave me your comments below.
Bye for now.