Must See Attractions in Singapore – Best Places to Visit in Singapore
The early morning sun shone through the window of the plane as it swerved to the right, I peered down from the window and was able to make out the shapes of fishing boats bobbing rhythmically in the water below.
I rubbed the remnants of sleep from my eyes and felt a surge of excitement. We would be landing soon in Changi Airport!
We had heard a lot about the tiny island, country-city of Singapore and when we got a chance for a short visit, needless to say, we had jumped at it. We relive those lovely moments spent in this post as we write about the must see attractions in Singapore in partnership with Expedia.com
So here we were about to land at Changi Airport, which along with Singapore Airlines is one of the most globally recognized international brands with many an award in its kitty.
We had a week to explore the city and we were looking forward to it. It would be worthwhile to mention here that even if you are only transiting through Changi and have at least 6 hours to spare you can avail of a Free Singapore tour, courtesy Changi Airport. But we had 4 days in Singapore and were looking forward to experiencing the best places to visit in Singapore.
10 Must See Attractions in Singapore
1. Must See Attractions in Singapore – The Singapore Flyer
We started our Singapore sojourn with the Singapore Flyer, visit Expedia to see more of the Singapore Flyer. It’s a good way to start because you get to see the city from a height. The flyer at 165 Metres is supposed to be the world’s largest observation wheel outside of the United States.
You enter into a safe glass capsule and the wheel starts moving slowly, the movement is almost imperceptible, till you see outside and see the height you have gained. You are treated to a panoramic view of Singapore including the iconic sights of the Merlion, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Sands etc..
The ride takes about 30 minutes. There are premium options also available like dining while treating your eyes to a 360-degree view of Singapore etc.. Trip to Singapore is incomplete without experiencing the Singapore flyer. If you just have 48 hours in Singapore, then the first place you need to head to is the Singapore flyer.
Please do refer to the official site of the Singapore Flyer for more details.
2. Must See Attractions in Singapore – The Gardens by the Bay
No Singapore Travel Guide can afford not to mention the Gardens by the Bay. It is a park that encompasses an area of about 250 acres of reclaimed land near the waterfront of Singapore. It is situated near the Marina Reservoir. The gardens are an effort by the Singapore Government to transform their city from a Garden City to a City in a Garden, by ensuring the preservation of the environment and the nurturing of greenery and flora. The garden is divided into three sections, namely, Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and bay South Garden. The gardens have different landscaping themes in different sections, like, tropical forests, the Orchid which is Singapore’s national flower, etc.
The place is lovely to spend some quiet time, take long strolls and in short cool off in the lap of nature. And finally what dominates the landscape of the gardens are the Supertrees, which are a tall tree like structures that tower from about 80 to 160 feet. The Supertrees are vertical gardens that house an exotic variety of orchids, ferns, vines etc.. There is an elevated walkway that connects two of the largest Supertrees where one can take a walk and take in a panoramic view of the gardens. As night descends, the Supertrees are illuminated and acquire a radiant beauty that has now become iconic with this city.
There is no admission fee for the outer gardens, but you do need to buy tickets for visiting the different conservatories or the Skywalk.
For more details please check out the official site of Gardens By the Bay.
3. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Merlion Park
Any Singapore sightseeing trip would be incomplete without a glimpse of the intriguing Merlion. The Merlion is an iconic landmark of Singapore. The Merlion which is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish is in many ways the personification of the spirit of Singapore and its history. The Merlion has become synonymous with Singapore in many ways over the years. We viewed the Merlion statue from close quarters from a boat as we cruised along the Singapore river, taking in the city’s skyline. The sight of the Merlion spewing water majestically against the Singapore skyline is indeed a sight to behold.
4. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Botanic Gardens
There are so many Singapore points of interest that will interest you but what will really enthrall you with its natural beauty is the Botanic Gardens. A beautiful garden set in verdant locations. The Botanic Garden has a long history. It was established as early as the year 1859 and has ever since been the home for the finest Flora, the garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favorite haunt of locals and tourists alike. We had a lovely evening sauntering in the 82-hectare garden which houses about 1,200 species of Orchids and about 2,000 hybrids. One of the attractions that fascinated us at the Botanic Gardens was the VIP Orchid Gardens which has the finest hybrid Orchids named after visiting heads of state, celebrities, and other dignitaries. There are Orchids named after Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and many others.
5. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is spread over 69 acres of land and has around 315 species of animals. The Zoo provides a natural habitat for the animals and ensures an open environment for them.
Moats and other hidden barriers separate the animals from the visitors. One of the highlights of the Zoo is, “Breakfast with the Orangutans”, which offers visitors the chance to interact closely with the animals.
The Zoo is a popular attraction that draws more than 1.7 million visitors annually. The zoo is an ideal place to visit while in Singapore with family and kids. There is a night safari also available which takes you into the interiors of about 40 acres of secondary forest that are adjacent to the Zoo and one can live the thrill of a nocturnal adventure of spotting wild animals in the dead of night. Singapore has so much to offer in terms of outdoor and wildlife experiences, that it is definitely a thrilling place for adventure enthusiasts. Exploring Singapore at night is altogether a different experience that one must include in their Singapore itinerary.
6. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Jurong Bird Park
The Jurong Bird Park is a giant aviary which covers an area of about 50 acres and can be considered to be one of the world’s best bird zoos. Jurong Bird Park is home to over 5,000 birds across 400 species. Bird life from across the world can be seen in Jurong Bird Park and this includes a magnificent fleet of flamingoes, penguins in specially climate controlled chambers, The Jurong Bird Park also organizes a number of bird shows that showcase the interaction of Man and Bird.
7. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Universal Studio
The place to bring to life all your Silver Screen fantasies as you ride a roller coaster of immersive and larger than life experiences. An exciting time for the entire family as you zoom through the seven zones of the Universal Studio, namely, Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. A day spent at the Universal Studios guarantees that there is not going to be even a single dull moment and you would create memories to cherish for a long time.
8. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Little India
A vibrant and ethnic historic area of Singapore that pulsates with the colors and diversity of Indian culture. Little India with its melange of temples, mosques, churches and Indian food options along with shop till you drop options is a must visit when you are here.
9. Must See Attractions in Singapore – China Town
China Town is a delightful blend of history, culture and modern cafes and stores. A walk in China street absorbing the aromas of Chinese food emanating from the wares of multiple street food hawkers and cafes is sure to remain etched in one’s memories. A place that is a slice of China is another must have an immersive experience.
10. Must See Attractions in Singapore – Sentosa Island
An idyllic haven for entertainment for the entire family. That is what Sentosa island is all about.
It is a custom built island just off the southern end of Singapore and can be reached by means of a scenic ride on a cable car.
The Sentosa island has some tranquil beaches, theme parks, museums, eating and shopping options all in a carnival kind of atmosphere. A day can be spent here with the entire family, bonding over some exciting activities.
Catch the glimpses of Singapore in our 2-minute video:
Transiting through Singapore Changi Airport: If you have a few hours of layover at Singapore Changi airport, then check out their free Singapore tour.
A little bit of Singapore history and some interesting facts about Singapore
- It was in 1819 that Sir Stamford Raffles founded modern Singapore, the official name being the Republic of Singapore
- The name Singapore originates from the Sanskrit language in which ‘Singa’ means Lion and ‘Pura’ refers to city
- It is the world’s only island-city-state
- Car buyers must pay for duties one-and-a-half times the vehicle’s market value, and bid for a Singaporean Certificate of Entitlement (COE), which allows the car to run on the road for a decade. This is to reduce traffic congestion and pollution
Where we stayed
If you are wondering where to stay in Singapore, there are many options to suit every budget. We chose to stay at The Regent, A Four Seasons Hotel and we were not at all disappointed. The hotel is centrally located with easy access to all the sights of the city as well as to the Business areas. The hotel was an ideal and comfortable location for us to explore Singapore and enjoy the experience to the full. To top it all, Orchard Road, the shopping hub of Singapore was a walking distance!
How we got around
If you are wondering how to go around Singapore then there are many options available. Singapore is relatively small and well-connected with an excellent public transport system, as usual, we used a combination of different means to explore the city.
- We used the highly efficient Singapore MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). Wherever you are in Singapore, an MRT station would be easily accessible
- As is our want, for orientation purpose we took the Singapore Hop on-Hop off tours
- We also did a cruise on the Singapore river and recommend this as it is a nice way to take in the sights of the city
There are many Singapore holiday tour packages available. However, one can also explore Singapore at a leisurely pace of their own without booking the entire Singapore packages as the public transport system is one of the best in the world.
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