Ann Gabriel | PinoyTrekker
Dubbed as the playground for the rich, Singapore, often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and one of the sovereign states in Southeast Asia and the world’s only island city-state.
True to what a lot of people believe in, the city-state does have a glimmer of wealth, as obviously seen through the multitude of high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, fine dining, family-friendly attractions and lovely public spaces that make visiting this country worthwhile.
Singapore has an excellent public transportation system that makes getting around convenient and easy. English is widely spoken throughout the country and signs are in English as well. In fact, Singapore is one of the easiest and most comfortable countries to tour in. Just don’t compare the prices of commodities with it’s other neighboring countries.
Here is our top five places to visit in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands – This iconic landmark is an integrated resort that fronts Marina Bay in Singapore. Before it’s opening, the resort was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion. It features a hotel, high-end luxury brand stores, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark. One unique tourist attraction is the ship designed infrastructure on top of the the Skypark’s viewing deck and infinity pool. From the Skypark, you can see the innovative double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay, and the impressive skyline. The luxury and elegance of the Marina Bay Sands exemplify Singapore’s taste, and help designate a major international city in Southeast Asia.
Singapore Flyer – Experience breathtaking, panoramic views on Asia’s largest observation wheel. There is only one place here that offers a bird’s eye view of the entire island city. Dubbed as the world’s largest giant observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer envelopes you in a safe capsule that is 165 meters above ground level, and gives you a 350 degree glimpse of the iconic and historical landmarks, such as the Merlion Park, the Raffles and Empress Place and the scenic Singapore River. You will also be treated with a view of Indonesia’s Spice Islands and the Straits of Johor, Malaysia.
Each flight will last 30 minutes and runs from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, giving you a choice of daytime and nighttime views of the city.
Gardens By the Bay – This scenic landmark brings to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. The Gardens capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work – making this country a leading global city of the 21st century. Described as a nature park that spans over a 100 hectares of reclaimed land, the park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The largest of the gardens is Bay South Garden at 54 hectares.
Sentosa Island – Singapore isn’t widely known for scenic beaches, but if you’re looking for fun under the sun in Singapore, Sentosa Island is the place be. Siloso Beach is a good spot for playing volleyball, kayaking and skim-boarding. You can also swim with the dolphins in its Underwater World aquarium. You should not miss Sentosa Island’s Merlion, Singapore’s famous statue that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Fort Siloso, the country’s only preserved fort, is also located on Sentosa Island. Adventurous types will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the SeaBreeze Water-Sports @ Wave House, where you can try your hand at flying strapped to a water-propelled jet pack.