Exploring Singapore; a list my top attractions in this extraordinary micro country.
1. Gardens By The Bay
2. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is arguably Singapore’s most recognised and famous building. Made of three separate towers, it is connected with a ‘surf board’ shaped rooftop area, which showcases fantastic views of Downtown Singapore, the bay and Gardens By The Bay. If you aren’t as fortunate to stay at this hotel, like myself, be sure to visit the rooftop bar one night to enjoy the luxury atmosphere and spectacular views.
If you enjoy lively places and tasty food, then Chinatown is your place to be. On Smith Street, you can find the outside food court area which has many of restaurants and street carts to enjoy some food. You can find some beautiful buildings, like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and there are plenty of good, cheap souvenir shops to spend some of your pennies too.
4. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has thrived for 158 years. The tropical park includes a National Orchid Garden, which contains 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. It is a nice place to bring a picnic and people watch for an afternoon, plus it has many backdrops for some photoshoots!
5. Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a colourful, urban area with lots of paintings and street art. It has many boutique shops and cool cafes, aimed towards a younger crowd. When I visited, it started to downpour so I couldn’t explore it as much as I wanted, but I was still pretty impressed by it’s bohemian vibe. I can see this place being a nice, quiet area to chill at night time too.
6. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is a historical harbour situated North of the bay. It has been the centre of trade and fishing since Singapore was founded in 1819, but today you will find shopping centres and public canal boats for people to enjoy the river. At night, it is also a popular place as it has many bars and restaurants; many people believe that Clarke Quay has the best night life in Singapore.
7. Merlion Park
Situated near the Central Business District, Merlion Park stands overlooking the bay. The fountain, made with a head of a lion and body of a fish, is Singapore’s mascot and national emblem. It is a popular tourist destination, as it is a great place to view Marina Bay Sands from the other side too.
8. Arab Street
Arab Street is a neighbourhood in Singapore with many mid-eastern influences. The main attraction here is Masjid Sultan, a great golden mosque which stands high, used by the Muslims that live here. Near by, you will find many spice shops, textiles, markets and restaurants, selling things from places such as Turkey, Saudi and Pakistan.
9. Little India
Little India, as you can guess by the name, is a district which makes you seem like you’re in a mini-sized India due to the buildings, people, shops and foods that are present. You can find some beautiful areas here with brightly coloured walls, intricate temples and street carts full of marigold flowers. I’d recommend coming here for a curry one lunch time as it’s the best in Singapore.
10. Sentosa Island
Unfortunately during my short layover, I ran out of time to visit Sentosa Island. I was recommended to visit here, but since it has so many attractions, I decided to leave it until next time. You will find plenty of fun things on Sentosa for adults and kids! There’s a Butterfly Park, golf courses, 4D Adventureland, Madam Tussauds and a Universal Studios…you can see why I needed more time to explore this island!