Saying that Singapore is a tourist haven is an understatement. This island-country goes all out to give tourists an experience that they will never forget. Singapore is also the perfect amalgamation of many Asian cultures, which has resulted in a nation that lives in harmony. There’s much to do and see here., and just one vacation won’t be enough. However, there are a few attractions in Singapore that you must see to understand why this country is loved by tourists. They are nothing like anything you’ll ever see.
1. Singapore Flyer
Standing at a height of 541 feet (165 metres), the Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. The Singapore Flyer took 2.5 years to be completed. It has 28 weather controlled capsules that holds 28 people comfortably at a time. In the flyer, you are treated to views of Singapore’s breathtaking skyline full of skyscrapers. At the maximum height, you also get a glance of the neighbouring country, Malaysia. For the romantic ones, you can also book the premium sky dining service, where you are served a 4-course meal in the in the flyer’s cabin, and you go on a 1 hour ride (twice around). This is a must-see attraction in Singapore.
2. Night Safari
The credit for starting the world’s first nocturnal zoo goes to Dr. Ong Swee Law, who started the Night Safari. Animals are actually nocturnal, and the most active at night. Therefore, it’s best to see them at night. The Night Safari Zoo has over 2500 animals belonging 130 varied species, and many of them are endangered. You are taken around in electronic carts through the 86 acre zoo. There are many zones that replicate different natural habitats. The Night Safari also serves as a place of conservation, so, you have the chance to see animals that you probably won’t see in nature. Seeing the animals in the dark is a thrill like no other.
3. Gardens by the Bay
Singaporeans love and respect nature, and the biggest proof of that are the Gardens by the Bay. This massive park is built on 250 acres of reclaimed land, and is divided into 3 sections – Bay East Garden, Bay Central Garden and Bay South Garden. Each selection is different, but you can experience nature in all its glory in them. In the Bay East Garden, there are small gardens in the shape of tropical leaves. You can also see the main city area from this region. The Bay Central Garden has many developments upcoming. For now, it’s a waterfront promenade that connects East and South Garden. Bay South Garden is the man area and is home to the Flower Dome, Conservatories, Cloud Forest and the Supertree Grove.
Singapore has many immigrant Chinese and most of them live in Chinatown. This place is actually a popular stop for many tourists who want to do some bargain shopping. There many streets shops and markets where you can get good bargains. Chinatown is also famous for Chinese temples and their unique Chinese architecture. Though, there’s a Chinatown in most countries, the one in Singapore is unique and has it’s own spirit.
5. Little India
Similar to Chinatown, there’s Little India. It is home to the sizeable Indian population of Singapore. This is the place to be if you want to taste authentic Indian food. Many Singaporeans come here just for the food. You should try it too. You will feel like you are taking a trip through India. There are also many temples that are over a hundred years old. They are decked up during festivals season. Just like Chinatown, Little India is also known for bargain shopping. It is a must-see attraction in Singapore.
6. Sentosa Island
The capital of entertainment, Sentosa Island is the most popular attraction in Singapore. Sentosa Island sees more than 20 million visitors each year, and the number is only growing. There are many attractions on the island that draws the crowds. Sentosa Island has Fort Siloso, Golf Courses, Merlion statue, beaches, Resort World Sentosa, Insect Kingdom, and Universal Studios. Universal Studios is the most popular attraction here, as it has many rides and shows based on Hollywood films made by Universal Studios. It is loved by children and adults alike. Sentosa Island is like a world within itself, and should be on your vacation itinerary.
7. Marina Bay
The Marina Bay is one of the most unique locations in Singapore located right in the heart of the central area. This is a mix-use area full of commercial skyscrapers, residential buildings, and luxurious hotels. There are also many retail stores and restaurants that make for a great place to shop and dine. The famous Merlion Park is also nearby, where you can see the famous Merlion statue and the Singapore River. When you are here, also check out the view from the Marina Bay Sands hotel’s viewing deck. It’s breathtaking!
8. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Located at the end of Orchard Road, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are the only tropical gardens that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. The gardens are huge. They are spread over 212 acres. The distance between two furthest points is a staggering 2.5 kms. There are many features in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The must-see features here are National Orchid Garden, Ginger Garden, Rainforest, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate. It will take almost a whole day to explore this awesome place, so, plan accordingly.
9. Street Food
Singapore’s street food is famous the world over. Tune into any cookery show, and you will see many episodes dedicated to this unique cuisine. The best place to find it is on the streets. There are many hawker stalls that operate day and night, and serve the best food you’ll have ever tasted. The cuisine is a blend of the many cultures of Singapore. In fact, the food here is so famous that there are food tasting tours that will take you to the most famous food stalls. Therefore, when you are here in Singapore, make sure you taste the street food. It’s fast, tasty and clean.
The above mentioned are the most fascinating attractions in Singapore you must see. Therefore, when you are planning your Singapore trip, make sure your itinerary has these awesome places. They set Singapore apart from other tourist destinations.