Top 10: Interesting Places to visit in Singapore
Republic of Singapore, or better known as Singapore is an island nation in Southeast Asia. It is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south.
Since independence in 1965, the small fishing village had turned itself into one of the world’s most prosperous countries and the world’s busiest port. Today, Singapore remains one of the most important economic cities in Asia, as well as a hub that combines both eastern and western community together.
Needless to say, I think most people have heard of or known about this “little red dot” country in the first place. So, I rather skip the long cum boring introduction. Perhaps, you are more concern about “What are the interesting places in Singapore?” or “What are the places I should/must visit in Singapore?”.
Major Tourist Attractions, Interesting Places in Singapore
Before I came back Malaysia, I had been working in Singapore for about 5 years and I realized that there are several interesting places worth a visit. For those who are planning to visit Singapore. Let me show you my selection of the top 10 interesting places you should visit during your stay. You may refer to the Singapore MRT map above to locate your destination and it is available at any MRT there. Click to enlarge.
Around Marina Bay & The Merlion Statues
The Merlion is a mascot of Singapore and it is said to be a mythical creature which is half lion and half fish. In fact, there are a total of 5 Merlion statues. But among them, I would recommend you to visit the 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park. It is located at Marina Bay/Singapore Riverside which is created on reclaimed land. From there, you can see some Singapore’s symbolic landmarks such as Esplanade , Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands Casino, Sands SkyPark and etc. The best way to catch good views of the impressive cityscape is to take a river-boat tour.
Esplanade is a mixture of retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment facilities and theatres/concert halls/studios. It is also known as “The Durian” by locals because of its spiky roofing. It is a premiere performing arts venue that used for lifestyle and arts-related events.
Getting there: From the Raffles Place MRT Station, heads to the riverfront. Ask for direction if required.
Sands SkyPark & Marina Bay Sands Casino
Marina Bay Sands Casino is the largest casino in Singapore that operates 24-hours. The entrance fee is free for visitors but S$100 for locals and residents. Actually, it is more than just hotels and casino. In fact, it has everything to become Southeast Asia’s next top entertainment destination.
Sands SkyPark is a uniquely designed architecture, the most dramatic landmark in Singapore where there is a boat or surfboard alike pool on the top of the 55 stores building. Get a panoramic view of the spectacular sights of Singapore there. Ticket are sold at S$20/adult, S$14/child and S$17/senior citizen at the hotel lobby.
Getting there: Take exit A from Promenade Station. Turn left towards the traffic junction and walk along Temasek Avenue about 10 to 15 minutes.
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island which is the latest addition to Singapore’s attractions. With a total of 24 attractions that includes seven uniquely themed zones such as Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. And each zone is themed on a blockbuster movie / a television show, featuring its own unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas. Since its opening, this place has became tourist’ favorite destination spots from all over the world.
Getting there: From the HarbourFront Station, then go to the 3rd level (Lobby L) of VivoCity shopping mall to transfer to Sentosa Express to enter the resort.
Sentosa Island is the famous theme-park-like recreation island which is hugely popular with both locals and tourists. The island offers a great numbers of attractions to tourists. For example: Beaches, Luge & Skyride, Songs of the Sea, Underwater World, Tiger Sky Tower, Dolphin Lagoon, Sentosa 4D Magix, etc. Probably, it will take at least one whole day if you want to visit the various amusement sites.
Getting there: Take the North-East Line and alight at the HarbourFront MRT Station. Then go to the 3rd level (Lobby L) of Vivo City shopping mall to transfer to Sentosa Express to head the destination.
Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Singapore Zoo is a modern and huge open concept wildlife park which houses more than 2,500 animals from 315 species in a large rainforest environment. There are many places, visitors even can get an close view of the exotic animals in action by feeding them. It is definitely a great experience for wild life lover and even kids can enjoy the feeding.
Singapore Night Safari is a unique world-class attraction which is the world’s very first nocturnal zoo. It houses about 130 different animal species and more than 1,000 animals can be seen. During the trip, they will bring you wandering around via walking trails and trams to see the exotic animals such as the Himalayan griffon vulture, Vultures, Wolves, greater one-horned rhinoceros, wildebeests, gazelles, the striped Hyena, giant anteater and the gaur.
Opening time: 7.30pm to 12mn daily (last entry 11pm)
Getting there: From Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, then transfer to Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange and look out for bus service number 927. The distance will take about half an hour to arrive at Singapore’s Zoo, which is the ending point of the service. Or from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, transfer to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange and look out for bus service number 138. It takes about 45 minutes to arrive the destination which is also the ending point of the service.
Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel
The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel. The Flyer is about 150 metres in diameter, 165 metres high, and travels at 0.21m per second. It is a great experience to take a breathtaking panorama views either during the day or at night. It is also a very great experience to enjoy a romantic dinner in the capsule of the Flyer.
Ride duration: 30 minutes
Getting there: Align at Marina Bay Station.
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is the largest and most remarkable open concept bird park in Southeast Asia, houses more than 8000 birds of 600 different species from all over the world. This is the place where you can see the most beautiful birds in the world. It offers visitors an experience that is entertaining as well as educational. Visitors also can enjoy the shows at the Pools Amphitheatre that featuring flamingoes, macaws, hornbills and cockatoos.
Getting there: Alight at Boon Lay MRT station, then transfer to bus service 194 or 251.
Orchard Road is a road in Singapore that is the retail and entertainment hub of the city-state, as well as being a major tourist attraction. There are numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. It is a great place to getting around, shopping and stop for some nice meals. You can also enjoy the nightlife here as there are many bars, clubs, restaurants, and lounges.
Getting there: Alight at Orchard MRT station
Clarke Quay is mix of modern and traditional nightlife hot spot in Singapore. Along the path, it is are lighted up in neon blue and lined with restaurants sheltered in red lily pad-like shelters which reflect the entire mood of the place- eclectic, sensual and heaps fun. A perfect place for diners alike. You can find plenty of bars, discos and restaurants here. This is the perfect place to have your hangout, enjoy the peaceful environment.
Getting there: Align at Clarke Quay MRT station
Vivo City & Harbour Front
VivoCity is the largest retail shopping mall and lifestyle destination in Singapore which is designed by a famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito. It is one of the greatest places to getting around and shopping in Singapore.
Harbour Front is another shopping mall, is connected next to Vivo City. It is a great place to have dinner and enjoy the evening ocean view.
Getting there: Align at HarbourFront MRT Station
* Note: Actually, there are several ways to get to the destinations. But I only list down the easiest way in particular for tourists.
Other Interesting Places to visit in Singapore
- Chinatown – It is originally designated for Chinese settlement by Raffles. Today, it is a prosperous commercial area and famous with the culture of the largest ethnic group in Singapore.
- East Coast Park – East Coast Park is the largest park in Singapore which is built on reclaimed land. This places is always crowded during weekends as it offers various activities from water sports to cycling, rollerblading, bowling, a manmade sandy beach, shops/kiosks, rest-rooms, barbecue stations and holiday chalets.
- Pulau Ubin – A small island off the northeastern coast of Singapore main island. This could be the very last kampung or village in Singapore that would bring you back into the lifestyle Singapore had in the 1960s.
- Marina Barrage – Is a dam built across the mouth of the Marina Channel with a catchment area of 10,000 hectares. It is used to create a freshwater reservoir. On the deck, visitors able to see the scenic picture of Marina Bay.
- The Southern Ridges – Is a 9-kilometre trail that connects Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. There are 8 trails at Southern Ridges such as Marang Trail, Faber Trail, Henderson Waves, Hilltop Walk, Forest Walk, Alexandra Arch, Flora Walk & HortPark, and Canopy Walk. It’s a nice places for outdoor activities, especially for runners, nature lovers and hikers.
- Mount Faber – Mount Faber offers superb panoramic views of Sentosa and the harbour, islands to the south. Visitors can enjoy the scenery by taking a cable car to Sentosa.
- Science Centre Singapore – The Singapore Science Centre is a perfect place to educate children about the wonders of science. There are more than 1,000 interactive exhibits to be explored. Probably one day is not enough to explore completely.
- The Singapore Botanic Garden – The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a national landmark and features a small tropical rainforest and flora garden which has more than 300 species of flora.
- Shopping Malls: Bugis, Suntec City, …
Recommended Singapore Hotels
There are way too many hotels available in Singapore and you may find it quite difficult to make a decision. For me, I’d prefer those hotels that located near to the city area as it’s convenient, save time and accessible to the tourist attractions.