Singapore, the Lion City, has a little something for everyone. Here’s my list of the must-dos in the city –
1. Visit Sands Skypark Observation Deck
In my opinion, this is the first thing that you should do in the city. The Sands Skypark Observation Deck, situated on top of the Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, offers a splendid view of the city. And the deck also has information about all the significant places you can see from different view points.
The ticket to the observation deck costs $23 SGD, which is cheaper than the Singapore flyer. This is also be better than any half-day city tours you might be planning.
Fun Fact: You can also see the Batam and Pulau Bintan islands of Indonesia from the observation deck
2. See the laser show at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza
There is a free laser show at the Event Plaza in front of the Marina Bay Sands. It’s a beautiful show with a captivating story-line, and you must definitely watch it at least once.
3. Visit Gardens by the Bay
If gardens are your thing, Gardens by the Bay are a must-visit! There are two greenhouses in the garden, as you can see from the image above (taken from the Sands Skypark OD); The Cloud Forest and The Flower Dome. The gardens are also home to the magnificent and futuristic Supertrees.
The Cloud Forest replicates the temperatures of the tropical mountains, thanks to the astounding waterfall, the cooling jet vapors and the regulated air conditioner. Due to the temperature, it hosts a wide range of tropical flowers and plants. The waterfall in the center of the dome is quite magnificent and will have you reaching for your jacket. So be sure to carry one!
The Flower Dome houses a wide variety of plants from all over, and is a dream come true for every garden-lover.
If you’re on a tight budget, feel free to just walk through the rest of the garden and enjoy the view. However, I do recommend that you accommodate at least The Cloud Forest into your schedule. The walk inside the dome is absolutely breath-taking and worth every penny.
4. Visit Universal Studios
This obviously goes without saying. You cannot leave Singapore without visiting Universal Studios. From the high thrill Mummy and Transformers rides, to the nostalgic Madagascar river ride, and the Shrek 4D adventure, you’re going to absolutely love this magical place!
5. Visit Night Safari, River Safari, Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park
Yes, you must visit all 4! And try to catch as many special shows as you can. They are absolutely astounding. The main highlight of the river safari though, were the Red pandas and the giant pandas. So if you have no interest in them, you can skip this park. But I highly recommend visiting all the other 3.
6. Visit the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa
This magnificent aquarium is home to more than 100,000 species of marine life, and it provides a breathtaking experience. It’s difficult to take in all the beauty in the place, and once you’re in, you won’t feel like leaving. We spent a good 3-4 hours in the aquarium and still couldn’t get enough of it.
The aquarium has feeding sessions in lots of exhibits, so if you want to see it, be sure to check the timings beforehand.
7. Visit the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia
This bridge leads to the southernmost point of Continental Asia. It has two towers which you can climb to see the ships sailing on the strait, towards, what I assume, was the Indian Ocean. It’s place you can proudly claim to have visited!
8. Take a walk down Orchard Street
We visited Singapore around Christmas, and Orchard street was covered in beautiful lights all over. It was a wonderful sight around Christmas, but I hear it is equally beautiful all year round. So when you want to take a break, put on shoes and take a refreshing stroll down Orchard Street.
9. Try the Milo Dinosaur at Newton Food Centre
Of course trying a famous local drink also counts as a thing to do! You can’t go to Singapore and not try the delicious Milo Dinosaur. Yes, it is made from Milo, the chocolate malt powder. The ice cold beverage also has a topping of the malt powder on top of the drink, and if you love to eat malt, it is definitely your kind of beverage.
Signing off, with my Sinagpore travel adventure, urging you to go and make one for yourself 🙂