I have a few great friends in Singapore who has been working there for the last 5 years. They come home to the Philippines every quarter to spend their vacation leaves with their family and friends. I asked some of them if they could give me a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in Singapore and here are the info I gathered:
1. Singapore Botanic Garden
There’s no entrance fee except for some gardens like the National Orchid Garden which charges $5 for adults and $1 for Students, this is the most visited section of the garden. Everyone will appreciate it for sure even if you’re not into flowers or nature.
For you to fully appreciate the Botanic Garden, you have explore it by 3-4 hours coz the garden contains 60,000 species of plants and animals. Most people I know who have been there said they originally planned on staying there for only 2 hours but they ended up spending more time coz it’s so worth it to see this different breed of plants!
I suggest that you go there in the morning where the weather is not so humid. Singapore Botanic Garden is open between 8:30am – 7pm. Last ticket sales at 6pm. 🙂
2. Singapore Zoo
Go there in the morning coz it’s the only zoo where you can have breakfast with the Orangutans! 🙂 Enjoy the variety of food in the international buffet in the company of the charismatic primates. These beautiful apes don’t walk around but they were trained to stay up in their own area and eat together.
Hop on a tram with an expert guide where it will take you around the zoo for 25 minutes so you can explore the zoo’s landscaped gardens and it will give you a better understanding of where everything is in the park. After you get off the tram, don’t miss the animal feeding! Giraffe, baboons, lemurs, etc. 🙂
3. Marina Bay Sands
It’s the world’s most expensive building in April 2010, it cost 5.7 billion USD to built it. Marina Bay Sands is one of the two Integrated Resorts in Singapore, they have it all!
Casino, sky park, hotel, restaurants, cafe, food kiosk, convention center, museum, entertainment centers, indoor skating rink and an endless collection of luxury shopping centers. It’s a paradise for shopaholics, considered as the biggest shopping mall in Singapore.
4. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
This temple is located in Chinatown, it has rich features and exhibits on Buddhist art and culture. Don’t be surprised if you find bones and tongues relics at the 3rd level, they consider it scared coz it belongs to the Buddha.
You’ll be amazed at the great needlework and silk paintings too. What can I say, this is an impressively opulent temple! 🙂
Tip: If you’re wearing shorts or tank tops, you have to put on some shawls or sarong if you want to go inside. Don’t miss the golden stupa at the roof garden, it’s a great spot for quiet time.
5. Singapore Flyer
The highest Ferris Wheel in the world, built on 2008. This is for observatory and not to be confused with amusement ride coz it runs really really slow. Each ride would last for 30 minutes with an admission fee of 33SGD.
You’ll be scared at first especially if you have Acrophobia but don’t worry the capsule is spacious and secured. (good for 12 people) You will also be given a map so you can pinpoint where you are.
Riding the Flyer would give you a fantastic view of the city at 360 degrees, out over the city and well worth a birds-eye view.
Tip: Try to go when the sun is setting on a clear day. that way you’ll get both views of the harbor and neighboring countries, as well as the magnificent lights of Marina Bay! Don’t forget to bring you camera for that great aerial view.
6. Gardens by the Bay
There’s a relative high entrance fee of 28SGD but it is well worth the experience. You know what they say, everything in Singapore comes with a price. 🙂 Anyhow, you will need to walk quite a lot to cover all the gardens area.
The main feature of the garden are the 2 large domes; The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forrest. You’ll see a lot of flora from all over the world that is nicely presented at the Flower Dome. And at the Cloud Forrest, they have this artificial mountain with a 100 feet waterfall that is simply amazing. 🙂
FYI: It was recently awarded by the Themed Entertainment Association, they got the 2014 International Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement Botanical Garden.
7. Asian Civilizations Museum
It is one of the pioneering museums in Singapore that specializes in Pan-Asian culture and civilizations. The museum want to promote a better appreciation of the country’s multi-ethnic society.
Recommended for people who are slightly familiar with Asian culture. They have exhibits from China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
8. Clarke Quay
This historical riverside quay was the city’s center of commerce in the late 19th century. Fast forward to today, it is now an entertainment district where the nightlife is.
Clarke Quay has a great vibe about it, most people would come here to walk around, eat, drink and appreciate the colorful architectural designs of the buildings. Food and drink is quite overpriced but a lot of restaurants have some good happy hour offers.
9. Orchard Road
This is the central business district where you’ll find shopping malls. Mall hopping is your best bet, everything is walking distance and if you’re brand conscious, you just have to name it and you will find it next to you.
All high end brands in the world are here like Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton or Fendi. But if you want something cheaper, just go to Paragon, Lucky or Tang Plaza.
Tip: If you want a clean public restroom, go to Ion Orchard. It’s styled like a five-star hotel bathroom.
10. Resorts World Sentosa
They said you have not been to Singapore if you have not visited the Resorts World Sentosa. The key attractions in this integrated resort are the RW casino, Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove water park, and the Marine Life Park (biggest oceanarium in the world).
You will not get bored here coz there’s a lot of things to do in one complex for every age group.
Tip: Use the free shuttle in Sentosa for easy access and try to avoid the weekends/holidays if you can- the queue for the rides get crazy long.
I hope you enjoyed reading this guide to the top places in Singapore that my friends recommended.
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad