Located at the Downtown Core is one of Singapore’s most famous attractions—the Marina Bay Sands. Less than a decade old, the integrated resort was designed by Moshe Safdie to offer “a new kind of public realm”. Overlooking the Singapore River, the Marina Bay Sands has three 55-storey towers that are home to a 2,561-room hotel, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines, The Shoppes mall that features boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Prada, and Gucci, two large theatres, a museum, and restaurants by Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali. A 340-meter long Sky Park, wherein the world’s longest elevated swimming pool is located, tops off all the grandness of the Marina Bay Sands. It is important to note that the Sky Park’s infinity pool can only be accessed by hotel guests, but the observation deck can be accessed by tourists with a 23-Singaporean dollar fee for adults. Marina Bay Sands’ observation deck offers a majestic view of the Singapore cityscape and allows you to observe the city in a whole new level as you are elevated 57 levels above the heart of the city.
Although the Marina Bay Sands’ observation deck offers a superb view of the city, the Singapore Flyer allows you to be served and pampered while enjoying the beauty of Singapore. Standing 165 meters high, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Ferris Wheel up until 2014 when Las Vegas’ High Roller opened to the public. With 28 air-conditioned capsules that can fit up to 28 passengers, the Ferris Wheel offers a great view of the city for 33 SGD per adult passenger. The Singapore Flyer offers various flight experiences, with tickets ranging from 33 SGD to 299 SGD: the Singapore Flight that gives you an express boarding pass for a 30-minute ride at the ferris wheel; the Singapore Sling Flight that allows you to ride the ferris wheel for one rotation with a glass of Singapore’s best-known cocktail—the Singapore Sling; the Premium Champagne Flight that gives you a 30-minute ferris wheel access with a glass of champagne and an assortment of chocolates; and the Singapore Flyer Sky Dining Flight that enables you to ride the Singapore Flyer for an hour while enjoying a 4-course meal served by an in-flight host. Be it the most basic flight or the most luxurious one, Singapore Flyer is a unique way to experience the breathtaking panoramic views of Singapore’s finest attractions.
3.5 kilometers away from the Singapore Flyer is Singapore’s shopping mecca—the Orchard Road. Once lined with nutmeg and pepper plantations, it is now a 2.2-kilometer stretch of retail and entertainment establishments wherein shopaholics rejoice. With flagship Gucci, Zara, and Bershka stores, the Orchard Road is Asia’s most famous shopping street, and it’s easy to see why the street gained its fame. Orchard Road is home to over 30 shopping malls and department stores with over 5,000 brands, ranging from contemporary to luxury brands. Although famed as the retail capital, Orchard Road also offers numerous attractions that do not require the shedding of large amounts of cash. Inside the Orchard Central Mall is an aviation simulation wherein people can become a pilot and take control of an Airbus A320 with a 180 degree curved screen. In the intersection of the Orchard and Scotts Road lies the Pop and Contemporary Fine Art wherein works of Andy Warhol, Burton Morris, Keith Haring, and Roy Lichtenstein--among many others--are exhibited. Next to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT is the Istana, an architectural stunner that served as a former residence of Singapore’s British governors.
In concrete jungles like Singapore, an escape to a green space is a must. With its walking trail, eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, and sculptures, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great place to explore Singapore’s wilder heritage. Located in central Singapore, the 150-year old Botanic Gardens has always been a tourist favorite for relaxation. The 74-hectare garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to 300 species of vegetation, a patch of primeval rainforest, and the National Orchid Garden. Open from 8 AM to 7 PM, the National Orchid carries 60,000 orchid plants with a thousand species and more than 2,000 hybrids. The garden is located on top of the highest hill of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and can be accessed by tourists for only $5.
Another attraction that exhibits the natural beauty that Singapore has is the Sentosa Island. Although Singapore isn’t usually the go-to destination for beach hopping, Sentosa has great beaches that are perfect for a quick city getaway. Located at the west portion of the southern coast, Siloso beach is a good hangout spot wherein visitors can play volleyball on the free courts, and go kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, rollerblading, and skimboarding. In the center of Sentosa’s southern coast is Palawan Beach wherein numerous food and beverage establishments line the area. On a more secluded eastern part of the coast is the crescent-shaped Tanjong Beach wherein parties and special events usually take place. In addition to the beaches in the area, Sentosa also has an oceanarium called the Underwater World wherein visitors can observe more than 2,500 marine animals from different parts of the world. Merlion, Singapore’s most famous statue that possesses the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is also located in Sentosa. Visitors can take an escalator to the top of the Merlion to enjoy the beauty of Sentosa’s surrounding areas.
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