Singapore is an island city state located on the southern tip of Malaysia sometimes referred to as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot. It is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. The city is full of many exiting and impressive things to see and do. The iconic Merlion is an image everyone has in mind when they think of Singapore and the area alongside the Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Singapore Flyer is the best place to go to see the breathtaking views of this image and of Singapore skyline.
1. The Merlion Park
The Merlion Park was named for the famous statue of the Merlion, a half lion half fish image which is the national symbol of Singapore. The park is located near Marina Bay and is home to two of the most famous statues of the Merlion around Singapore. Taking pictures of this iconic image is an experience that should not be missed. Its location, 21 Esplanade Drive, is teeming with tourists attractions and tourists will find many things to do along this drive.
2. Marina Bay
The famous Marina Bay is the place to go to see Singapore’s most spectacular side. Alongside the development of this cosmopolitan city-state is the development of the Marina Bay Sands Complex at the cost of S$5.5 billion making it the focal point of the bay area. There are many things to do and see around this epic building and resort. The Science Museum, Casino and various shopping and dining areas offer every tourist exiting experience. At night, catch the spectacular light show which illuminates the water as well as several icon landmarks surrounding the complex.
3. Clarke Quay
Set around the water’s edge of Singapore’s main river, the Clarke Quay is full of bars and restaurants, boutique shops and lively nightclubs which are favorites among tourists and Singapore’s party lovers. There are an endless number of alfresco-style dining restaurants and bars around the water’s edge. A huge futuristic jelly-like roof covers the area where some great shopping options as well as plentiful bars are located.
4. Universal Studios
The first amusement park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia, Universal Studios Singapore has more than 20 attractions in themed zones. You should not miss the Lost World, Ancient Egypt, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar and Far Far Away – the kingdom in Shrek’s movies. Two water themed and five thrilling roller coasters rides, two of which are currently the world’s tallest ‘dueling’ roller coasters, are must for those adventurous. Small children can enjoy the kids’ roller coaster and the merry-go-round.
5. Gardens by the Bay
You have to see to believe this huge, colorful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. Crowned as the World Building of the Year at the world Architecture Festival 2012, this area is a true architectural wonder. The famous Supertree structures offer impressive skywalk over the gardens. Experience chilly mountain climates inside the over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses where hundreds of trees and plants can be discovered. This is a great fun for both kids and adults.
6. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel at 150 meters in diameter and 165 meters in height, taller than the famous London Eye. It travels at 0.21m per second. A one-of-a-kind experience, the ride offers a panoramic view of such city sights are the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Empress Place and Padang. Equally breathtaking, the views are radically different during the day and at night.
The Island of Sentosa is located off the southern tip of Singapore. This island was built with leisure and relaxation in mind. There are beaches, theme parks, golf, shopping, dining and more things to do and see in this reclaimed land. You can reach Sentosa Island by road or through the cable car.
8. Adventure Cove Water Park
Located at Sentosa Island, this aquatic amusement park has aquarium, waterslides, a wave pool, tubing, snorkeling and more. Just like the rest of Singapore, this park is not only modern and stunning but is also the home of Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster.
9. Botanic Gatrdens
The Botanical Garden, which was established in 1859, is Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage site, joining the ranks of iconic landmarks such as The Great Wall of China and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The beautiful park covers 60 acres of land with wonderful gardens and a host of restaurants and cafés for tourists to enjoy during their visit. The Botanic Gardens offers free admission for both children and adults.
10. Little India
Little India is a gastronomic and a shopping hub in its own right and represents the incredible ethnic diversity of the country as Singapore also boasts of an area called Chinatown. This colourful and exiting area is located east of the Singapore River, north of Kampong Glam. Visitors will know they arrived at the right place by the exotic aroma drifting out from residences, restaurants and shops selling all kinds of Indian items from food to spices. Don’t miss the famous Mustafa Centre which is a haven for souvenirs and Indian cuisine.