Lion city, though lions never lived here. Garden city, city of world architecture, clean city, city of fines, but also a city where you can find Muslim mosque, Hindu temple and Buddhist temple on one street. This is only a part of labels that Singapore deserves. Singapore offers to tourists various attractions. We picked those that we have visited and you can see in one day. 🙂
1. Chinatown, Singapore
Stroll through Chinatown district. This part of Singapore preserved its original look. The development of Signapore is unstoppable and most districts changed its appearance. In this district you will find nicely reconstructed trading houses.
Singapore is definitely the most expensive city in Southeast Asia. Chinatown is in this luxurious city ideal place to buy souvenirs for reasonable prices. And you will have plenty options to choose from because this district is full of shops with various goods. The food in the city is also not cheap. In this district you will find many restaurants with good prices.
2. Buddha Tooth Relic temple
Buddhist temple called Buddha Tooth Relic temple lies in Chinatown. The interesting thing about this temple is that in this form it was built only in 2007. So it is quite young temple. Despite of this this temple is worth the visit. Temple is decorated in red and gold colours. Admission is free. You will find here also museum.
Merlion is a mythical creature with head of a lion and body of a fish. On the shore of the bay just opposite the splendid Marina Bay Sands you will find a fountain in the shape of Merlion. It is one out of five of such statues in Singapore. Merlion is the modern symbol of Singapore. Merlion park is very popular among tourists so you will take a photo without them only with great effort 🙂
4. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Another architectural gem and iconic structure in Singapore. Esplanade is the art centre of Singapore. Two main buildings designed according to so popular fruit in Southeast Asia – the durian, also called the king of fruit. It’s quite paradox because in Singapore you can get fine for taking durian in subway (as much as 500 SGD). Durian smells awfully and it is considered to be the worst smelling fruit in the whole world. 🙂
5. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is another iconic building in Singapore. Three 57-story buildings connected with the roof. On the roof is a famous swimming pool with view on Singapore skyline. You can find almost all famous world luxurious brands in the shopping centre called Shoppes. One out of two casino in Singapore is in Marina Bay Sands (the other one is on Sentosa island). Foreigners are allowed to enter with passport for free. Domestic people have to pay admission fee. Quite wise solution 🙂
The viewpoint from Marina Bay Sands hotel. Infiniti swimming pool is only for guests of the hotel. So if you have couple of hundreds euros (dollars) spare you can reserve a night or two and enjoy swimming pool with extraordinary views. 🙂 We choose not to spend so much money and went only to the viewpoint called Sands Skypark Observation Deck which is situated on the 57th floor. Admission fee cost us 23 SGD per person (around 15 EUR).
6. Gardens by the Bay
Singapore, the city of gardens – is not only a mere slogan. Magnificent project Gardens by the Bay proves that they mean it seriously in Singapore with change into garden city. A large part of the gardens is available free of charge. You can get here through hotel Marina Bay Sands 🙂
If you are a garden lover or flora lover you will be like in heaven here. Entrance to huge greenhouses Flower Dome and Cloud Forest is charged. Ticket that costs 28 SGD (approx. 19 EUR) allows you to go to both of them.
Myriad of plants from all around the world you will find in Flower Dome. Different kinds of palms, flowers, cactuses, even baobabs from Australia and Africa. The climate in this greenhouse is pretty cool so don’t forget to bring your hoodie with you 🙂
As you have already may guessed from the title this greenhouse represents flora from rainforest. Right at the entrance to the Cloud Forest the biggest indoor waterfall will impress you. Continue on the pathway to the top of 35 metre tall artificial hill completely covered with tropical flora.
OCBC Skyway is a viewpoint at 22 metres above the ground on the artificial Supertrees. From the walkway 128 meters long admire the green all around. Admission is charged (23 SGD, 15 EUR).
7. Clarke Quay district
After all-day walk in the streets of Singapore Clarke Quay district is a pleasant choice at the end of the day. This part of Singapore comes alive in the evening. You will find here lots of bars, cafés, restaurants and pubs. This is where people gather in the evening. Close to the Singapore river. Enjoy the life night atmosphere of the city here 🙂
One day for Singapore is definitely not enough. If you plan to visit this amazing city, reserve at least three nights here. There are many places that are worth to visit, i.e.:
- Sentosa island- beaches and amusement parks incl. Universal Studios,
- place where famous Singapore Sling was created – the Raffles hotel,
- statue of the founder of the city – Sir Stamford Raffles,
- shopping street Orchard road,
- ferris wheel – Singapore flyer,
- Little India,
- Arab street and many more attractions.