Singapore is a bustling city-state that has evolved into one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Asia. With an array of attractions and activities, it's no wonder why Singapore has been voted one of the world's best places to visit.
Here are 9 must-visit places in Singapore:
1. Sentosa Island
Sentosa is a tiny resort-island off the southern coast of Singapore, home to themed attractions, sun-washed beaches, lush rainforests, amazing spas and some popular resort hotels. The beaches are some of the best in Asia - they're clean and uncrowded, with plenty of space for you to relax or take part in various water sports like parasailing or jet skiing.
2. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a massive green lung space in Singapore which is home to two stunning gardens: the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Both gardens are filled with exotic plants from around the world that will leave you mesmerised! If you're lucky enough to visit during the right season (spring), be sure not to miss out on their flower shows which are absolutely breathtaking!
3. Marina Bay Sands
This is a hotel and casino built right on the water. It has been called the best hotel in the world, and the infinity pool at the top of the hotel is one of the most spectacular views in Singapore. The hotel also has an observation deck that overlooks the city. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie, who was also responsible for designing Habitat 67 in Montreal and Place Ville Marie in Montreal. Marina Bay Sands is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which also owns several other casinos around Asia and North America.
4. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is Asia's first Universal Studios theme park and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Singapore. It combines thrilling rides, heart-pounding shows, awesome attractions and an amazing array of dining options all under one roof for an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.
5. Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
The Night Safari is an open-air zoo where visitors can see more than 1,000 animals from over 90 species under the cover of darkness. This safari park is only open after dark so don't forget your sunglasses! It's also worth noting that this attraction is best experienced during the summer months when temperatures are cooler as it gets very hot here during the day. The park provides a great opportunity to see some of the nocturnal animals that live in our forests and jungles. You might even spot a few wild cats such as leopards and tigers if you're lucky!
6. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a horticultural oasis with over 22,000 plant species and varieties on display. There are multiple gardens within this park including the National Orchid Garden and the Flower Dome, which houses orchids, bromeliads and cacti from around the world. You'll also find outdoor exhibits like a treehouse playground for kids plus plenty of picnic spots for families.
7. Chinatown Heritage Centre (Chinatown Heritage Walk)
The Chinatown Heritage Centre was officially opened on 6th December 2017 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the junction of Smith Street, South Bridge Road and New Bridge Road. The centre showcases the history of Chinatown as well as its architecture, heritage buildings and culture. There are also unique exhibits on topics such as the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations and hawker food that you can enjoy with your family and friends!
8. Merlion Park
Located in front of Fullerton Hotel, Merlion Park is a popular tourist attraction as it features a statue of the mythical creature known as Merlion. The statue is actually made up of two parts with one part being the head and another being its body. It's quite an interesting sight to see and if you're lucky, you might even catch it spewing water!
9. Red Dot Design Museum (Singapore Art Museum)
The Red Dot Design Museum features works from local artists as well as international designers. Visitors can explore various categories such as product design, communication design and graphic design through interactive displays and multimedia presentations. You can also take part in workshops on creative thinking or even request for customised designs for your products!
It's easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of Singapore that you might miss the real highlights the city has to offer. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you, and have written a guide to nine of our favorite places. Use it as a starting point, and discover the hidden gems of this beautiful city.