‘WOW’ is the first thing that comes to your mind when you step outside the Singapore Airport, and glance at the view in the vicinity. Quite astonishing, eh?
Yes, this sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia, Singapore, has a vibe of its own. When you arrive at Singapore, after taking a 5 hour 30-minute flight from India, you feel insane about finding out your reason for not living here.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, has got a popular rumour about being the expensive-luxury destination in the world. The place is quite expensive, with the world’s most costly brands settling there. It is definitely not “pocket-friendly” when it comes to shopping in Singapore!
But don’t get disheartened. There are many places in Singapore that await your visit. Let us know the most amazing spots in Singapore one by one.
1. GARDENS BY THE BAY
Located in the central region of Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir, Gardens by the Bay is a nature park. It is quintessential amidst everything modern in Singapore, highlighting the peace and tranquil of nature.
Spanning around hundreds of acres, Gardens by the Bay natural park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden in Marina South, which is also the largest natural garden among the three, Bay East Garden in Marina East and Bay Central Garden in Downtown Core.
It is a major tourist attraction in Singapore and you will find a large crowd visiting the park each day. So, whenever you plan your travel, make sure visiting Gardens by the Bay natural park is the first thing on your to-do list for Singapore.
2. CLOUD FOREST
The adjoining picture is what you see the moment you enter the dome of Cloud Forest — the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Yes, Singapore hides this amazing spot in its landscape, located within the Bay South Gardens.
Cloud Forest offers scenes that one can never forget. The lush vegetation of the tropical highlands & a tall waterfall in a soaring, contemporary greenhouse, take you a major step closer to nature. There is a green environment, and pleasant moist breeze, to add more charm to its beauty.
Having visited this spot at the starting of the visit to Singapore, the tone for the rest of the sightseeing is already set. With that, make sure you visit the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist when you are in Singapore.
3. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
If there is a wonderland on the earth, it is called Universal Studios Singapore. This is one of the very few places in Singapore, which you must definitely visit. It is the place where all your wild-child fantasies come true.
Located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island in Singapore, the Universal Studios Theme Park features many wonderful shows, rides, and attractions in seven themed zones. The theme park in Singapore depicts the culture of many countries.
Though it is the second Universal theme park in the world, with the first one located in Japan, it still hosts a large gathering each day. It also has a Broadway-style theatre, which houses many restaurants and a variety of shopping genres. Not to anybody’s surprise, Hollywood is the main entrance to the park.
Bring out the child in you and go beyond the screen at Universal Studios Singapore theme park. Climb aboard roller coaster rides and be dazzled by an immersive entertainment experience!
Wondering what is Merlion? It is a mythical creature, depicted with a lion’s head and fish’s body. Also, it is the official mascot of Singapore, better known as Singapore Merlion. You can see the 8.5m tall Merlion statue in Singapore, at the Merlion Park, near the waterfront at Marina Bay.
The name and formation of Singapore Merlion, combine two elements, fire, and lion. “Mer" means the sea, and "lion" are combined to represent Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese and Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city" or "Kota singa".
The sight of the half fish, half lion statue with a fountain, is a mandatory thing for Singapore travelers. Don’t even think of missing on this if you are near the Merlion Park in Singapore. The iconic sculpture is nowhere else to be found!
5. MARINA BAY SANDS
Fronting the Marina Bay in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort owned by the Las Vegas Sands. It was billed as the most expensive casino in the world and has most of the luxurious facilities only a rich entity can afford.
The design of Marina Bay Sands is said to be inspired from a card deck. It has three hotels, which are built side by side, and comprise of more than 2000 rooms and suites. The structure at the top bridges all the three hotels together and has an infinity pool in it.
More of a mini-city, the iconic Marina Bay Sands aims to dazzle and entertain visitors of all kinds. This is Singapore found in glossy brochures, featuring a world-class hotel, casino, shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions all geared towards pure entertainment. Add it to your Singapore travel list today.
6. PALAWAN BEACH
The most speckless beach you will ever see is in Singapore – Palawan Beach. It is connected to the extreme southern point of Asia by a suspension bridge where there are facilities to arrange some great party events or a memorable special occasion.
The atmosphere at the Palawan Beach Singapore grows lively by the evening, as the tourists from all over the world start gathering at the place. The parties hosted in Singapore, particularly at this beach, are certainly one of the highest rated ones. There is no check on the cost of items.
The evening weather will boost your energy and you will be forced to put your dancing shoes on. It also has a variety of shops and eateries that are loved by all. Dreaming of visiting Palawan Beach in Singapore?
7. SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
Standing out as a place of divine solitude and peace, Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore offers you awesome art and architecture. Located in Chinatown, the temple dates back to 1827 and is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.
You can sit at the temple for hours, listening to the chants and prayers. You will find many birds whisperings occasionally. And caution, no western outfits, no misbehaving, no intoxication here. The reverence of a shrine remains the same everywhere.
This temple remains a major tourist attraction in Singapore irrespective of people's faiths and origins. When you have finished doing everything else in Singapore, you can sit here and relax.
Feeling excited already?
Plan your Singapore travel now!
This article has been contributed by Anivarya Gulati, who is an avid traveller and loves to do photo blogging.