Best Things to do and Places to Visit in Singapore | AIB
Singapore offers the best of Asia while keeping Western hallmarks that give both comfort and security to many tourists who want to know this country. In one place you can find the best that West and East offer, a welcoming spirit gives all the comfort that the tourist needs to venture into a new destination.
Singapore is a city to enjoy walking and living their environment. We present the main sightseeing that you cannot miss.
1. Merlion Park
Half fish and half lion, Merlion is Singapore’s image, an image that you will meet everywhere in the city. It was designed in 1964 as the image of the Ministry of Tourism Singapore.
Head lion represents the lion discovered Sang Nila Utama Prince when re-discovered Singapore in the eleventh century. The fishtail intended to remember past fishing of the city when it was still known as Temasek.
In the park, you will find two figures of Merlion, one large and one small. The big statue spits water into the bay and is the most famous. The best time to hit Merlion Park is when Singapore dresses up at evening.
2. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay, on the banks of the Singapore River, is one of the liveliest areas of Singapore and there are dozens of restaurants, shops, and pubs. During the 19th century, Clarke Quay was the commercial center of Singapore.
For us, Clarke Quay is the loveliest and most atmospheric area of Singapore, where a large number of restaurants and cocktail bars are combined. The best time to visit Clarke Quay is at night when the lights and the atmosphere blend perfectly.
3. Little India
Little India is one of the most typical neighborhoods of Singapore: the smell of incense, colorful clothes, building, and shops are some of the things that make it so unique.
Although the most impressive is the atmosphere of the neighborhood, do not miss the chance to visit Tekka Center, Little India Arcade and the many temples that you will find. If you want to go shopping, the Mustafá Center is a must check; it is a significant shopping center that opens round the clock.
Walking through the streets of Little India is like going through some of the various streets of Mumbai. You should spend at least two hours to see the main streets.
Chinatown is the center of the Chinese community in Singapore, a legacy of the first Chinese settlers who lived in Singapore. Similar to the rest of Singapore, Chinatown also stands out for its cultural mix. In very few cities it is possible to see two Arab mosques and a Hindu temple in the heart of Chinatown.
In Chinatown, you will find the Heritage Center, a three-story museum where the life of the early Chinese settlers is shown. As in any self-respecting Chinese neighborhood, if there is one business that stands out beside the stores, it’s the Chinese restaurants. The prices are meager and the quality of the food quite good.
The architecture, the atmosphere, the restaurants and the shops are one of the best memories of the city.
5. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is a broad tree-lined avenue where you can find several shopping centers, the most exclusive hotels and some of the best shops in Singapore.
The name of the street comes from an orchid plantation that was there until the start of the 20th century. Due to multiple natural disasters, this plantation disappeared in less than a year.
You can join the visit to Orchard Road with a walk to Istana, currently the residence of the president of Singapore. Touring Orchard Road is one of the must-visit places for any traveler.
6. Gardens By The Bay
The ideal time to visit this garden is at night when it is illuminated with colors that make it almost unreal place. It is about 101 hectares with flora and fauna from different parts of the world and mini-gardens within each one with its particular style.
What is most striking are the 50 meter high structures surrounded by natural vegetation that light up at night and change color to the rhythm of the music. Without a doubt an impressive place. There is a way through bridges and escalators that drops you in the heart of the garden.
7. Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands is a 5-star hotel that has impressed the world of architecture worldwide. It is three high towers, and the park on the 57th floor has redefined the skyline of Singapore.
The Skypark at 57th floor is an open park at the top with its 12,400 square meters that connects all three towers of the hotel. In the Skypark, there is a viewpoint, a nightclub, a restaurant and what is probably the best pool in the world.
8. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a 165-meter Ferris wheel from which you can get the best views of Singapore. It looks similar to the London Eye of London, but it is 30 meters higher.
The central wheel of the Singapore Flyer measures 150 meters in diameter and has 28 compartments for 28 people each. It was the highest wheel in the world until 2014 when it was bettered by the High Roller of Las Vegas.
During the 30 minutes, you can see the central points of interest of Singapore. If you visit Singapore during the Formula 1 Grand Prix (at the end of September) you should know that the circuit goes through the feet of the Ferris wheel.
Eventually, you need to decide when to climb Ferris wheel whether at day or night?
9. Esplanade, Theaters on the Bay
The Esplanade Opera House is one of the icons of Singapore. It could be defined as the building even to the Sydney Opera House.
The Esplanade Theater is comprised of two large rooms: a theater with 2,000 seats and a performance hall with 1,600 seats. Also, there are several smaller studios, an outdoor amphitheater and a shopping center. It is currently one of the most reputed artistic centers in the world.
It is made by two large domes in which more than 7,000 aluminum panels are molded. These panels are placed in recurring bearings to ensure maximum natural lighting. At night the aluminum panels shine through the interior light.
It is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric areas to take a walk at night.
10. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world. Its variety of animals and the various activities it organizes are the envy of other parks. It occupies 28 hectares of expansion.
In the Singapore Zoo, you will find more than 3,600 animals of 400 species among which is an efficient collection of primates.
This Zoo popular because of its open ‘zoo style,’ where natural barriers only separate animals. Among the most exotic animals, we could highlight white tigers and white rhinos.
If you travel with children, the Singapore Zoo is a fantastic adventure. If you want to complete the day, nothing better than visiting the Night Safari when they close the zoo, it is another fundamental attraction of the city.
11. Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park has beautiful birds from all parts of the world, some of them in danger of extinction. With more than 20 hectares inhabited by more than 5,000 birds of 380 different species, It is the biggest bird park that exists.
Jurong Bird Park has very varied scenarios in which you can see different birds of great beauty. It offers an enjoyable environment to meet birds from all over the world, and it is particularly recommended if you travel with children or you are bird lovers.
12. Sentosa Island
Isla Sentosa is the primary place of leisure for Singaporeans. On the small island, you will find beaches, cultural visits, and various attractions.
Isla Sentosa has three small beaches where you can take a warm bath: Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong. These shores add a total of 3.2 kilometers of coastline. Palawan is our favorite beach. There are not as many people as in Siloso, and it has some bars and souvenir shops.
In addition to its tropical beaches, you will find some fascinating visits. An interactive museum where you can learn more about Singapore’s past. Rotating observation tower rising up to 131 meters above sea level. Great aquarium where you can also have strange experiences such as swimming with dolphins or bathing among sharks.