Places to visit in Singapore amaze people who travel here, although it is a small city-state. It is also known as the forbidden city. But it is a place worth seeing with its high living standards, magnificent skyscrapers, luxury life, business life, and tourist places. For example, you should definitely see Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Merlion Park. The city has also very nice nightlife you enjoy. If you wonder about the best things to do in Singapore, just read this travel guide.
This small city-state became independent in 1965. But Singapore’s history dates back to the 11th century. Now it is a rich country where different cultures and many foreign expats live together. Also, it is one of the most tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. If you are planning to travel here, I recommend you take a look at the list of places to visit in Singapore.
Places to Visit in Singapore
It is easy to travel to Singapore. Because it is a very small country and transportation is fast. So you can see all places to visit in Singapore in a few days. You can even walk to see tourist attractions. Because those places are closed to each other. The most famous spots in the country are the Merlion Statue and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, one of the hotels with its world-famous infinity pool.
1- Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with its construction costing 5.7 billion dollars. That makes the hotel one of the landmarks of the country with its unusual architecture. There is an infinity pool called Infinity Pool on the top. This complex contains 3 skyscrapers. It is one of the best activities to swim against the amazing city view here.
Marina Bay Sands is more than just a hotel. It is a very large complex. Many tourists visit the observation deck on the 57th floor called SkyPark. The entrance fee of SkyPark is 26 Singapore Dollars. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Visitors usually spend about 1 hour here. My advice to you is to come near the sunset and see the Singapore view with both day and night lights.
There are other things at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel too. There are shopping mall, casino, restaurants and the ArtScience Museum (Museum of Art and Science). Also, you can watch wonderful light and water shows in front of the hotel. If you want to stay at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, you can make a reservation by using booking website.
2- Merlion Park
Merlion Park is one of the most important spots in the country. It is famous for the Merlion Statue. Since the real name of the country means Singapura, meaning ‘Lion City’, the statue’s head is in the form of a lion and the body in the form of a fish. The height of the statue is 8 and a half meters. The meaning of that water comes out like a fountain from the mouth of the statue is the prosperity and abundance, according to Chinese belief. The weight of the statue is 70 tons.
Merlion Park is on the edge of the gulf. It is always crowded because of the tourists who come to take pictures here. You can take nice pictures of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the statue at the same time.
How to get to Merlion Park? You can reach this square by getting off at Raffles Place subway station and then taking a short walk.
3- Gardens by the Bay
Visiting Gardens by the Bay is one of the best things to do in Singapore. The most striking thing in the huge-sized park is SuperTrees. Some of the Supertrees harvest rainwater and solar energy. Walking on the SkyWay road between the Super Trees is also among the activities to do. The fee to do this is S$8.
Gardens by the Bay is one of the largest green parks in the world. Also, a light and sound show called Garden Rhapsody is organized for free in the evenings in the park. Apart from that, you should also see the ‘Cloud Forest’ region. You will see the world’s largest interior waterfall. The waterfall has an epic view with its 42 meter high. It is also worth seeing the park’s Flower Dome, which is full of greenery.
4- Orchard Road
Orchard Road is one of the most famous streets in the world. It is like a shopping paradise. There are many shops along the street. For people who love shopping, you should go there during ‘The Great Singapore Sales’ event in July. So that event makes Orchard Road is one of the places to visit in Singapore.
Even if you are not going to buy anything, I recommend you to see this place even just for a walk. There are also cafes, restaurants, and bars on the road. You can ride the subway to get to Orchard Road. Also, if you are wondering where to stay in Singapore, there are luxury hotels that you can stay on this street. Besides, there are good night clubs and bars for nightlife around here.
5- Sentosa Island – Places to Visit in Singapore
Sentosa Island, known as the entertainment island, is one of the most touristic places of this small city-state. Sentosa Island is a completely man-made complex. The island hosts over 20 million tourists every year.
What are the places to visit and things to do in Singapore Sentosa Island? Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios, Tiger Sky Tower (Viewing Terrace), Wave House (Sötf Pool), Trick Eye Museum, MegaZip Adventure Park (Zipline), Sentosa Merlion are worth seeing. There are also beaches on Sentosa Island for those who are wondering if swimming is possible in Singapore. Tanjong Beach, Palawan Beach, and Siloso Beach are good places you can go for swimming.
How to get to Sentosa Island? The easiest way of transportation is to use the Sentosa Express monorail train.
There are many Chinatowns in almost every Asian Country. So another one in a list of places to visit in Singapore. Chinatown, one of the most colorful living areas in the country, is also a suitable spot for shopping lovers. You should definitely come here to experience the culture of the Chinese. Because 74% of the Singapore population is Chinese in Singapore.
Where to go in Chinatown; Chinese Heritage Center, an Indian temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng (the oldest temple in the country), and Buddha Tooth Relic. This is a very lively and cultural area. You also buy souvenirs and try street foods and Chinese cuisine here.
7- Little India
Little India is one of the most cultural spots in the country like Chinatown. You can visit Hindu temples, taste Indian street food, and buy something at the Mustafa Center. Mustafa Center is one of the most famous shopping centers in the country. Because it is open 24 hours. It’s a place that feels like you are in India.
Serangoon Road and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple are also worth seeing. To get here, you have to use the subway and then get off at Little India station.
8- Singapore Botanic Gardens – Places to Visit in Asia
Botanical Garden is a beautiful destination for nature lovers. This garden is one of the most beautiful parks in Asia. And there is no entrance fee. The botanic garden is a very peaceful place you can rest. It was founded in 1859.
It is an attractive place with greenery, flowers, and trees that you have not seen before. The most important part of the park is the National Orchid Garden. This is also the largest orchid garden in the world. You have to pay to see the unique orchids in this section. The entrance fee of the National Orchid Garden is around S$5.
How to go to Singapore Botanic Gardens? You can reach here by metro. The name of the station stop is Botanic Garden.
9- Clarke Quay – Places to Visit in Singapore
If you ask where is the best place for Singapore night, definitely the answer is Clarke Quay. You can spend a nice time at night in this region just near the Singapore River. Clarke Quay area has many nice restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs. You will enjoy the nightlife here.
In this region, formerly known as a trade center, you can relax in a quiet café or have fun in energetic nightclubs. In addition, if you want to take a river tour or sightseeing, the boats depart from this region. I do not recommend you to go here during the day, but at night the heart of the country beats here. To get here, you have to get off at the Clarke Quay stop of the MRT line.
10- Bugis Street Market
If you’re unsure about what to buy from Singapore, you can find a variety of souvenirs or other items at Bugis Street Market, like Chinatown. This makes is a multi-story shopping mall. In Bugis Street Market, more budget-friendly products are sold rather than brands.
If the purpose of your trip to Singapore is shopping, that place should be on your travel route. How to get here? You should get off at the MRT Bugis metro stop.
11- East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a coastal park that can be preferred by those who want to escape from crowded touristic spots. There is a beach here. This beach is an ideal option for those who want to swim in Singapore on the Malay Peninsula. Actually East Coast Park is mostly preferred by locals but it has gradually started to be known among foreigners.
In fact, although most people prefer infinity pools for swimming, this is a good option for sea lovers like me to swim. So If you have enough time, I suggest you add East Coast Park to your travel route.
12- Singapore Flyer – Places to Visit in Asia
Singapore Flyer is one of the tallest ferris wheels in the world. Its high is 165 meters. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see the Malaysia Johor Bahru border and some islands of Indonesia. An incredible view from 165 meters awaiting you.
There are also different tour packages for the ferris wheel. In other words, you can buy a tour with a meal other than just watching the view, or if you have a different activity, you can choose it. The ferris wheel tour takes 30 minutes. You can check detailed information for events and tour packages on this website.
13- Kampong Glam
I started this travel guide blog post by giving brief information about the country where people of different cultures, multiple religions, and ethnic origins live together. For example, the region where the Muslim and Arab communities live mostly in the Kampong Glam area. It is also known as the Arab Quarter, Arab Street, or Haji Lane.
You can see many kebab shops, Turkish restaurants, doner restaurants, cafes, mosques, etc. on Arab Street. A must-see place in this region is the Masjid Sultan. To go to Kampong Glam, you should use the Bugis metro station.
14- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple houses the Buddha’s tooth, which is discovered in 1980 in Myanmar. The entrance to the temple is free. The architecture of the temple is extraordinary. A magnificent building that should be on the list of historical and sacred places to visit in Singapore.
15- Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
First of all, I do not like zoos very much. But here, they have created a natural environment for animals as much as possible. Therefore, Singapore Zoo hosts almost 2 million tourists annually.
You can also get an interesting experience by taking a Singapore night safari tour called Night Safari. As for transportation, you can come here with buses departing from the city center. So, if you want to get a new experience, you should try Night Safari here.
Singapore Nightlife – Places to Visit in the City
Clarke Quay is among the places to visit for Singapore nightlife. In addition, Geylang and Boat Quay are other places to have fun. Especially in the Clarke Quay area, there are many bars and nightclubs. Many tourists are already choosing this place to have fun. As for the nightlife prices, it is a little expensive compared to other countries. But you can have a nice time at night here.
Don’t expect much like Bangkok, Thailand, Philippines, Budapest, Cambodia, or Amsterdam nightlife. But you will still enjoy it. Also, the Geylang region is a nice place and called as Red Light District. You can witness the unique entertainment stuff of Asian culture in this region.
Where to Stay in Singapore
Marina Bay, Chinatown, Orchard Road, and Clarke Quay areas for nightlife are the areas where you can stay. To stay cheap, you can search for hotels on booking sites and read reviews. Also, I recommend you to stay at these hotels and hostels;