Top Activities you Must do in Singapore
Singapore is to me a city of wonders. I got told many times it's totally worth visiting but only for a few days. Yet, I went for a short period of 4 days and to be honest, it wasn't enough! Singapore is full of worthy activities and beautiful spots and I promised myself to spread the word about it : take all the time you want in Singapore.
I could have explored so much during my little holiday but I wish I had more time so I wouldn't have to rush.
There's honestly so much to see in Singapore. Here are the 10 top things to do, those you really can't miss out.
Go to the ArtScience Museum
Owned and operated by Marina Bay Sands, this lotus-shaped museum opened in February 2011 stages international exhibitions for the public to explore different aspects of science. We went to the Future World Show, created in collaboration with TeamLab, that you can also find in Tokyo and very soon Melbourne!
This exhibition now permanent is made of incredible interactive artworks for an intense immersion in art, science and magic.
Depending on what you want to do in the Museum, a single exhibition ticket costs $19, while a double one costs $32. If you're planning on staying all day, you can see it all with an all access ticket for $40.
Purchase directly through the Marina Bay Sands website : www.marinabaysands.com.
By the way, did you know that the Museum is environmentally-sensitive? Its roof has been built and designed to collect light and rain.
Watch the Marina Bay Light Show
You can watch the Spectra Light and Water Show every night from 8pm to 9:30pm for free! The usual best spot to watch it is from Merlion Park, on the other side of the river but it's more likely to be crowded. The big Ferris Wheel is another option but the prices can be too high. I would advise getting on a boat from Merlion Park to Clarke Quay, it's romantic and cozier.
Take a view from the Sands SkyPark Observatory Deck
From the 57th floor of the gigantic Marina Bay hotel, you can have a stunning 360 degrees view of the whole city. It is for sure the best spot to watch an amazing sunset on a clear day with drinks and music around!
The entry is $23 for visitors but free for hotel guests of course.
Speaking of guests, if you happen to be one, you have access to the iconic rooftop Infinity Pool where you literally feel like a king -or a queen- on top of the world.
$800 a night by the way. Just saying.
Here's a pic I took from the Observatory Deck. Beautiful.
Get a ride on the Singapore Flyer
Only because it's the largest Giant Observation Wheel in the world! With its 165 meters hight, it is a big part of the Singapore skyline. The best thing is you get a great panoramic view inside of a four meters long capsule, where it's also possible.....to have dinner. But it's for another kind of cost, still interesting for a special occasion though.
So if you decide to take a simple view of the city from the Singapore Flyer, count $33 for a 30 minutes ride, which is expensive, yes I know, $1.1 the minute but I mean, you don't come to Singapore everyday do you?
Wander around Gardens by the Bay
You can't miss that spot obviously. Gardens by the Bay are a national icon, created to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora to the city. Being one of the most popular spots of Singapore, this beautiful nature park is free to enter, and includes two cooled conservatories such as the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Now to enter thoses domes you'll need to get a $28 ticket.
The SuperTree Grove dominates the Gardens and for $8 you can get a panoramic view of the landscapes and find a whole variety of exotic plants. This is also the best spot to enjoy the Light Show that takes place every night from 7:30pm to 9pm, literally the perfect way to spend a successful date night!
Have a walk at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 160 year-old tropical garden has been ranked as the best botanic garden of Asia.
Within the main gardens, you'll find the National Orchid Garden that hosts the largest orchid collection for a $5 entry fee. This place is very enchanting, so you must visit it on a early morning to avoid the heat and enjoy a fairy walk among the most beautiful flowers.
Visit the Singapore Zoo
Take your family to one of the best zoological gardens in the world! Operated by Wildlife Reserves of Singapore, the zoo hosts more than 300 animal species, including 16% endangered ones and the world's largest captive colony of orangutans.
For $49 a ticket you can observe the animals in open exhibits and hidden barriers. Yes, no cages, only moats and glass.
The Singapore Zoo is quite far from the city but you can take the Mandai Express Khatib for $1 with your EZlink card.
Get to the zoo as early as 8:30am to enjoy The Breakfast with the Orangutan for a fun interactive experience, but also to avoid the crowd and the heat. The Night Safari is also a good option if you're a night owl but I heard so many opinions about that, so the choice is yours.
Stroll around Little India
Singapore is also characterized by its ethnic districts and Little India is one of them. Spend a whole morning appreciating the traditional markets and restaurants, the spicy smells, the temples and the colourful statues and walls. If you come to Singapore during spring season, celebrate colours and love at the Rang de Holi Festival.
Venture in one of the must-see spots of Singapore, to appreciate the history, architecture, temples but also the authentic flavour from the cheap and great food you can find at Lau Pa Sat.
Also, for as cheap as $6, you can enjoy a great panoramic view from the rooftop 1 of the Pinnacles @ Duxton nearby the district, Singapore's tallest public housing estate.
Have fun at the Universal Studios of Singapore
This is the opportunity to visit Sentosa Island, only a bus away from the city! The theme park is part of the Resorts World Sentosa and is the first one to open in South-East Asia.
I've made a full guide tour of the park in my travel series videos on YouTube : SINGAPORE PART III.
Great way to spend a family day!
Hope it helps filling your holiday schedule in one of the most inspiring cities in the world!
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