Updated: Oct 5
I visited Singapore in April last year and it was the last destination of my ten week trip to South America, New Zealand and South East Asia. Albeit a short stay, I will never forget my time in Singapore and it was a perfect ending to my trip. I found it such a fascinating and exciting place and would love to visit again in the future.
1. Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay is the most recognised and popular tourist destinations in Singapore. When picturing Singapore, most people will think about the Gardens By The Bay and its beauty. With more than 1,500,000 plants, it has become the number one attraction in Singapore on TripAdvisor and more than 50 million visitors have been recorded to date. There are many attractions within Gardens By The Bay including: Floral Fantasy, Flower Dome, Supertree Observatory, Cloud Forest, Serene Garden, Art Sculptures, Bay East Garden and Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes. There are also several outdoor gardens including: World of Plants, Sun Pavilion, Heritage Gardens and The Canyon. The prices and opening times are dependent on which attraction you choose to visit with most of the attractions open from 9am-9pm daily.
2. Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens in Singapore are a UNESCO World Heritage and have been since 2015. With approximately 4.5 million visitors annually, the Gardens are the first and only tropical botanical garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Gardens are situated just five minutes away from Orchard Road which is one of Singapore’s busiest and most popular roads for tourists. Therefore, the Gardens are situated in the heart of the city and they are one of Singapore’s top tourist destinations. The Gardens have been developed along a Four-Core Concept including: Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah and Tyersall-Group. Each core presents an exciting array of attractions and you have plenty of time to explore all of the Gardens. The Singapore Botanic Gardensare open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight and costnothing to explore. However, the National Orchid Garden, which is the Botanic Gardens’ main attraction, costs SG$5 (about $3.75) for adult admission.
3. Hop on Hop off bus
On my last full day in Singapore I took the hop on hop off bus as I wanted to see all the main tourist sites before I left. The hop on hop off bus tour is the best and quickest way to do this. You can purchase 24 or 48 hour tickets which gives you plenty of time to explore each attraction you visit. There is also multilingual audio commentary which adds to the experience greatly. Your ticket gives you access to 6 routes: 4 hop-on hop-off sightseeing routes and 2 'Safari Gate' shuttles. Some of the attractions along the routes include: Singapore Zoo, Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, S.E.A. Aquarium, Marina Bay Sands, National Gallery and National Museum. The price for a Classic Ticket is approximately SG$40 for adults and SG$30 for children.
4. Universal Studios
If you are a fan of everything Hollywood, you must visit the Singapore branch of the Hollywood movie theme park! The park is divided into seven ‘worlds’ and is the star attraction of Resorts World on Sentosa Island, at Singapore’s south end. The park has something for everyone, especially for thrill seekers as the park is home to the world’s tallest dueling rollercoaster. The top tip is to purchase the Sentosa Fun Pass if you’re planning to visit other Sentosa Island attractions and get to the rollercoasters as soon as the park opens to beat the queues!
5. Explore the Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands dominates Singapore’s skyline and has done ever since it was built. It was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and is a massive hotel complex and of Singapore’s most popular tourist attractions. There is so much to see and do including: shopping at designer stores, eating in the mall’s many restaurants (of which several of them are Michelin-starred), watch a musical at the MasterCard Theatre and visit temporary exhibitions at the waterfront ArtScience Museum that looks like a giant lotus flower. One of the most popular attractions involves making your way right to the top, up to the overhang high above Marina Bay. There is not only an infinity pool but also a restaurant and a bar. The Observation Deck gives you one of, if not the best views of Singapore and is particularly impressive in the evening when Singapore’s skyline lights up. The hotel also stages ‘Spectra’ which is a free nightly 15-minute sound-and-light extravaganza that transforms the Bay into a spectacle of colour with the water acting as a screen for projected images. As a group we went to see the sound-and-light show on our last night together and it was the perfect way to end my time in Singapore and my ten weeks of travelling.