The Lion city being among the smallest countries in the world is one of the liveliest. Adventurous theme parks, serene gardens, appetizing culinary wonders or awe-inspiring temples- Singapore has it all. It is one of the only three city-states in the world but what makes it even more interesting is the diversity that this tiny land of cultures possesses. This array of ethnic assortment successfully draws a lot of tourists from all over the world making it Asia’s favorite tourist destination.
Singapore bursts with thrilling activities, tiny cafes, mesmerizing beaches and iconic attractions which makes selecting the best places in Singapore a tough task. You can engage in a delicious treat from a street hawker before you head towards the National Museum of Singapore and appreciate Art exhibitions inspired by the rich history of Singapore. Before diving in the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands resort you can hug the Coca-Cola machine at the National University of Singapore that dispenses a bottle of coke when a person wraps his arms around the machine. You cannot buy love but you can definitely satisfy your thirst.
Here are some of the best tourists spots to visit in Singapore:
1. The Gardens By The Bay
A perfect blend of nature and human artistry, a stroll in this hypnotic garden is an indispensable part of your Singapore experience. This popular tourist spot is an award-winning horticulture spot which encompasses an area of about 250 acres near the waterfront of Singapore. The construction of this exquisite park is an effort of the government based on the sustainability and the conservation of the environment. The park comprises of three areas Bay East Garden, Bay South garden and Bay Central Central Garden.
The gardens have different themes in different sections, Bay South Garden is one of the gardens which mimics an Orchid- the national flower of Singapore. The vertical gardens also called the Supertrees, are built in the shape of trees and are about 9 – 16 stories tall which features a variety of exotic plant species. This place with its vibrant plant life and strikingly fashioned green spaces is a dream come true for every nature lover. Some of the major attractions of this place are flower doom, Heritage gardens, Cloud forest Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lake.
2. Singapore Zoo
Home to various unique and wide varieties of animals, the Singapore Zoo follows an open captivity model aimed to display animals in their naturalistic state. The zoo is an ideal place to visit with family and kids. The animals are kept in large natural enclosures and surrounded by moats and low shrubs to create the maximum viewing experience without disturbing the close to the natural habitat of the animals. Only the dangerous animals are kept in large enclosures. Tourists, here, are provided with safari rides to several viewing galleries.
The zoo also features animal shows which are very popular amongst children. Most of the underwater animals can be seen through these galleries. Knowing how exploring at night is altogether a different experience, a night safari is also available which takes you into the interiors of a secondary forest right beside the zoo so you can enjoy some nocturnal adventure spotting animals. In addition, visitors can enjoy river safari and jungle safari where they can ride boats and jeeps to view creatures unique to that habitat. This zoo caters over 300 animal species, 15% of which are classified as endangered.
3. Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is a man-made island, off the southern end of Singapore which was made for the sole purpose of offering recreation to the tourists. You can reach the fun island resort using a 12-minute cable car ride, taxi trains or even a public bus. Its old name is Palau Blanag Mati, which means Island of the Dead Behind. The island offers a variety of attractions which include beaches, theme parks, museums and multiple dining and shopping options.
Siloso Beach is heaven for beach lovers. If you enjoy swimming, playing Volleyball with your friends or just lying on the sand in a desperate attempt to get gorgeously tanned, this is the place for you. You can also experience the beautiful marine life at the Underwater World or head towards the Madame Tussauds to click pictures with your favorite actors’ wax figures. If you’re into amusement parks, a visit to the Universal Studios is an absolute must. This is home to seven themed zones, so there is something for everybody. Other top attractions also include Wings of Time, Butterfly Park and Resorts World.
4. Little India
While most of the tourists’ spots in Singapore are ultra-modern with advanced architecture there is also a vibrant and ethnic enclave which booms endless streams of colors and cultural diversity. Little India is a perfect reflection of Singapore’s multiculturalism which is home to the members of Singapore’s Tamil community. It is Singapore’s most popular tourist destination since no one wants to miss out the fun of enjoying the glorious Indian culture while being in Singapore.
Little India is a great place to enjoy rich traditions, delicious Indian cuisines with a unique Singaporean blend as well as a shopping spree featuring creative souvenirs. This place also has a lot of Hindu and Chinese temples that are intricately adorned with statues of deities and goddesses. This is a perfect place if you love art and want to educate yourself about different existing religious ideologies.
Chinatown was initially a residential area for the Chinese immigrants who settled in the British colony in earlier days. However, now it is so much more than a concentrated community of Chinese immigrants. It’s a whole new world rife with Asian and Chinese cultures, coupled with authentic Chinese delicacies, the traditional red lanterns and art which truly depicts the Chinese heritage. You see a miniature version of China in the beautiful land of Singapore, an offer you really don’t want to miss.
Once you visit the China street with its aroma of Chinese food emanating from multiple cost-friendly street food hawkers, the scent is definitely going to linger in your memory forever. The china town with its temples like Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple offers an immersive experience and opens doors to learning history and ethnic diversity. Apart from various other stunning temples, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is also a popular attraction and a classic example of Buddhist-Chinese architecture. The Giant Stupa where the tooth relic is placed weighs 3.5 tons is made up of 320 kgs of pure gold.
6. Singapore Flyer
Don’t forget to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Marina Bay, Merlion Park, Singapore with the world’s tallest Ferris wheel with a record-breaking height of 165 meters which can be equated to a 45 storied building. This flyer stands at the Marina Promenade and is one of the most loved tourist places in Singapore which is friendly even for the faintest of heart. It has 28 air-conditioned capsules and the ability to hold 28 passengers.
The flyer gives a 30-minute ride and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. The view becomes pleasantly beautiful at night when the whole land lights up. You can celebrate the evening with champagne or arrange a romantic dinner with your significant other. The flyer also includes a fish spa and Kenko reflexology center.
7. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Need to calm your senses after an eventful day at the universal studios? The Singapore Botanic Gardens is great for a relaxing morning stroll. This is a 150-year-old cultural heritage set in a verdant location with a distinct horticulture methodology and natural beauty which can stun any nature lover. This garden is home to over 10, 000 species of plants and animals. It is the only tropical botanic garden in the world to have its name under the UNESCO world heritage sites.
One of the attractions of this garden is the VIP Orchid garden which is a tribute to the National flower of Singapore. It has the finest most astounding orchid hybrids that are named after celebrities and dignitaries. Other interesting areas are the eco-lakes, sculptures and the bonsai gardens which are equally adored by the tourists.
8. Esplanade Theatre
If you’re someone who appreciates art, don’t forget to check out the Esplanade theatre. Its unique architectural design has earned it the name of “The Durian” because of its resemblance with a popular local fruit. This is a performing arts theatre with all kinds of events. With its huge cinema halls, carefully crafted theatres and live concerts, this is the definitive stop for cultural enlightenment.
9. Merlion Park
Just as the Statue of Liberty is synonymous with the United States of America, the Merlion has also become a symbolism for Singapore. It is a majestic half lion, a half mermaid with a height of 8.6m and weighs 70 tons which spews water. The ‘fish’ body represents the ancient fishery business of Singapore while the lion head represents the original name, Singapura which means the “The Lion City”.
Your trip to Singapore is definitely incomplete if you miss out on this grand fountain which overlooks the Marina Bay. The great thing about this place is that it’s absolutely free and open for 24 hours. Even at the night, this fountain is beautifully lit up, and perfect for capturing the infamous emblem of Singapore.
If you love beer or you’re just fascinated by how it is made, Tiger brewery is the perfect place to visit. It is one of the hottest attractions of Singapore, as it is a complete course on the art of brewing beer. What’s exciting is the fact it’s a very interactive tour with multiple beer tastings. Plus you also get to taste test several ingredients before they show you how the beer is packaged.
After going around the brewery, you can make your way to the tiger tavern where you can taste as many as 7 different types of beers with your friends and just enjoy a lovely time. At the brewery, you can definitely learn about the different interesting processes involved when making beer from fermentation to filtration.