5 things to see in Singapore

10 things to do in Singapore

Anna Abramenko

Singapore is small but small in comparison. It may take a few days to explore the island, but it takes a lifetime to get a taste of its many attractions. It makes you want to return here – with each new visit, the tiny country opens up a different, even more impressive side.

A pleasant bonus – Singapore offers 96-hour visa-free transit.

Getting around the center of Singapore on foot

The center of the country is called in abbreviated form CBD, central business district, or central business district. Giant skyscrapers, colonial-style buildings, the best shopping complexes, museums, libraries, waterfront, restaurants, temples – all here. Merlion Park with its eponymous statue of a half-lion-fish, the promenade of the famous Clark Quay (from and to air-conditioned), the trendy Orchard Road area and Chinatown are must-see places to visit. Other places of interest in Singapore include Little India with its colorful gopur temples, Arab Street with stores selling chic rugs, spices, antiques and jewelry, and Esplanade Park. It’s a pleasure to walk around Singapore. Its streets are clean, its drivers are polite, and its buildings are amazing.

2. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel

If you don’t have time or desire to walk much and long, you can get a bird’s eye view of Singapore by taking a ride on the world’s second largest Ferris wheel. You sit in a cozy glazed, air-conditioned booth and climb to a height of 165 meters above the ground. In front of you is one of the best panoramas of the island city-state. Beautiful!

3. swim in the pool of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a resort hotel consisting of three skyscrapers on which a huge gondola-shaped terrace is erected. The cheapest room in this luxury hotel costs about three hundred dollars. On the roof of the hotel is a swimming pool. It has no visible edges, so it seems that just a little more and you can splash down with the water. It used to be open to everyone, but the influx was so huge that now the pool is only for guests. However, there is a more or less budget option to be in the pool. The hotel has rooms for three, which currently cost about $450. If you decide to vacation in Singapore with friends, chip in for such a room so you can not only swim in the amazing pool at altitude, but also enjoy the other perks of the hotel.

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4. Walk at altitude.

Even those who have never been to Singapore know about the Gardens by the Bay Nature Park, the hallmark of which are huge futuristic trees braided with lush vegetation. Gardens occupy a huge territory of 101 hectares. Visitors can visit two greenhouses, where different climatic conditions and over 220 thousand plants are recreated. You should come to the super-trees in the evening as the lighting is turned on and there is a free light show. Do not miss the opportunity to admire the sunset from a height of 22 meters by walking over the bridge connecting the two trees. However, you need to calculate the time – although the entrance to the bridge is paid, for a walk given only 15 minutes.

5. Check out the museums

The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest in the country. It is housed in a magnificent Victorian-era building. The halls are equipped with touch-screen displays, headphones and screens that you can and should use to fully explore Singapore’s vibrant history. In one of the halls, you can even smell everything the island and its surroundings are rich in. For a complete immersion, take a guided tour. Movie buffs can learn quite a bit by checking out the local cinematheque in the cinema hall.

The Museum of Art and Science occupies a quaint lotus-shaped building on the Marina Bay coast. In the center of the roof is a hole where rainwater drains and is later sent for recycling. The lotus petals are designed so that the exhibition rooms are illuminated by natural light. The museum is dedicated to exploring the role of creativity in the scientific process and the arts, and there are frequent exhibitions of photographs.

6. Have fun on Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is located 500 meters from Singapore and can be reached on foot, by monorail or cable car. The island is an epicenter of entertainment for all tastes and ages. Choose from the oceanarium, orchid garden, butterfly and insect park, several museums, water park, golf club, beaches and more. Universal Studios amusement park with rides based on popular movies and cartoons (Transformers, Shrek, Jurassic Park, etc.) deserves special attention. There are also free light shows on the island.

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7. Visit the Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is considered one of the best in the world. The animals roam around in large aviaries, there is plenty of space and greenery all around – as if it were a natural habitat. The enclosures are separated from the visitors by deep ditches, and there is a current on the perimeter to prevent predators, for example, from daring to jump. Lemurs, ostriches, otters, hippos, monkeys, parrots, crocodiles – hundreds of tropical animals are here. There are even penguins and polar bears, also under constant air conditioning, like most people in Singapore itself.

8. See a laser show.

Marina Bay, twilight, and you are the three main ingredients you need to make a miracle happen. Laser lights color the sky and water. Images projected onto the water wall, fountains of fire.The scale of the action takes your breath away. It is better to see once than hear or read a hundred times.

9. Throw peanut shells on the floor of the bar at the Raffles Hotel.

The historic Raffles Hotel, built in colonial style in the heart of the city, is named after Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles. The hotel’s bar is famous for two things – the Singapore Sling cocktail (it was invented here) and the ability to toss peanut skins right on the floor. You walk in and immediately start crunching your feet. The peanuts are free at the door. However, be prepared for high prices for drinks – a glass of Singapore sling costs $35.

10. Try the Michelin Guide food.

And don’t spend a lot of money in the process. The Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle street food tent won a Michelin Guide star in 2016. Since then, the line to try noodles or rice in soy sauce with chicken has only grown. The owner of the spot, Chan Hong Meng, has been cooking this dish for more than 35 years and has apparently achieved perfection. The best part is the price – you can get a solid meal for about $5.

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