What to See in Singapore
This steamy, equatorial metropolis has become one of the globe’s premier holiday destinations. A wonderful contrast in colonial charm and modern urban flair, visitors will find that Singapore is filled with an endless array of sites and attractions. From cultural and historic landmarks to fun-filled islands and parklands, Singapore will both delight and amaze.
For excellent views of Marina Bay and the glittering skyline, take a leisurely ride on the Singapore Flyer, the world’s second largest observation wheel. With room for up to 28, its roomy, air conditioned capsules will take riders on a leisurely 30 minute journey around the 165 metre high wheel. Picturesque views of the city can be enjoyed from this circling perch both day and night and for a unique experience, opt for the fine dining option. In the evening, capsules are transformed into a formal dining room where an elegant dinner is served.
National Museum of Singapore
Located in one of Singapore’s most beautiful and historically significant buildings, the National Museum of Singapore maintains a vast collection of exhibits and artefacts relating to the city’s cultural and archaeological history. With its grand rotunda and stained glass windows, visitors can enjoy the classic Victorian elements of the museum before proceeding to the impressive museum and gallery spaces in the modernist extension. For a revealing look at the history and culture of Singapore, a visit to this museum is a must.
Long one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, the Singapore Zoo is considered to be one of the world’s best wildlife parks. Concealed barriers and wide open spaces give the animal enclosures a natural ‘in the wild’ look while, animal shows gives visitors the opportunity to get up close with several species. One must see attraction is the orang-utan wildlife breakfast where visitors can enjoy a morning brunch as the playful animals climb down the trees to the exhibition area. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get your photo taken with the beautiful apes before enjoying the rest of the zoo.
Gardens by the Bay
Located in Marina Bay Park near the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, this gorgeous 26 hectare green space not only features broad views of the bay and Singapore skyline but includes some of the city’s most inviting gardens and grounds. Known for its delightfully colourful ‘Supertree’ structures, the park features these and many other unique sculptures and works of art. Enjoy a stroll along the inviting foot paths that meander along the lovely ponds, gardens and fountains before heading into the Shoppes of Marina Bay for a lunch or some shopping.
Easily accessible by the MRT, Orchard Road is famous as one of Singapore’s top shopping destinations. That, it certainly is. Here you can find an endless list of local fashions, international designers and famous brands in just about every colour under the sun. You could spend days here, if you really wanted to. Twice a year, when Singapore goes on sale, that's actually not such a bad idea! Some people fly all the way to Singapore just for the shopping. Hotspots are TANGS department store and Kinokuniya, Singapore’s largest bookstore, which stocks around 500,000 titles. Other popular shopping centres include the ION Orchard, Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City.
Located just 500 metres off the south coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island is easily accessible by ferry and is one of Singapore’s most popular attractions. Having undergone a recent transformation, Sentosa Island is now home to Singapore’s Universal Studios theme park and a modern casino. If you're travelling with the family in towe, Universal Studios is a sure winner with the kids.
Nestled between Boat Quay and the Raffles City shopping and hotel complex, Singapore's colonial district is as charming as charming gets. Historic buildings here tell the story of the city’s British past; it makes for a fascinating wander, whether you stop to observe the final details or simply want to amble and soak up the amotsphere of years gone by. Don’t miss Old Parliament House, the Fullerton Hotel (which used to be the General Post Office) and Saint Andrew's Cathedral.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Established in 1859 as a leisure garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a boardwalk through rainforest, more than 10,000 types of plants and historic trees, and the National Orchid Garden, which displays more than 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. This mesmerising display of lush gardens poses a wonderful chance to escape the concrete jungle of downtown Singapore.