Have you ever been to Singapore? If yes, you probably know that it’s not really a big place. In fact, it’s just slightly bigger than Metro Manila, Philippines! Despite of it being a small city-state, there are a lot of things to do here and a lot of Singapore tourist spots to visit. It’s actually an advantage for Singapore because it maintained its cleanliness and the people’s discipline ever since it became a developed country. It’s also a good thing for tourists because they can explore the whole country in just a short period of time!
Did you know that the public transportation in Singapore is outstanding? Even the streets are fascinating so walking and wandering around is also a good way to explore the city. All tourist attractions are accessible by tour buses. If this sounds like Singapore is such a nice place to travel, yes it is! But be warned that since it’s a big business center in Asia, it might be an expensive city to visit.
Another thing to know about this beautiful country is that Singapore is one of the world’s greenest cities since it is filled with lush greenery. Believe it or not, almost half of Singapore’s land area is under green cover. With various parks and gardens, there’s a bunch of undiscovered plants living in the most uncommon places. Singapore even holds the world’s first night-zoo called the Night Safari!
Best Time to visit Singapore
Singapore’s wet season is from November to January and it will be the hottest around May and June. So the best time to visit Singapore is from February to April between the summer and winter which has the most comfortable weather and temperature and bunch of outdoor activities will be best available that time!
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Singapore Tourist Spots
1. Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is one of the primary Singapore tourist spots with its wide range of attractions and places of amenity. There are short cruises and River Taxi rides which only cost $5-$6. The cruise will take you around the Bay to witness all of Singapore’s iconic sights such as the Five Boys by the River, Merlion, and the astounding Fullerton Hotel and you can even learn brief facts about Singapore’s history through the cruise ride. At night, there’s a water and light show that I bet you’ll enjoy watching! It also offers the best establishments- from restaurants to hotels, shopping centers, night life and scenic views, Marina Bay just got it all! It is absolutely a combination of both leisure and business into just a single place.
2. Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is truly one of stunning Singapore tourist spots that you can’t miss. This garden is home to thousands of plants, which is the reason why Singapore is aiming for their island to be a ‘city in a garden’. Wonderful sceneries are around the Flower Dome, where you will see tons of flowers and various rare plants that for sure, you have never seen before. You must also try to climb up and reach the top stairs level and see worthy magnificent view from above. At night, the trees in the Gardens come alive for a sound and light show. And it’s interesting since they use the solar energy they have saved up during the day. Gardens by the Bay has the best architects and landscape artists to present. There’s no doubt why it’s so powerful and beautiful!
3. Botanic Gardens
When you travel to Singapore, you can also enjoy and relax in the Botanic Gardens. There you will see The Orchid and the Ginger Garden where you will not get tired of taking pictures, or just for relaxing.
4. Sentosa Island
Obviously, Sentosa Island has a lot of fun and activities to offer- from waterparks, cable cars, beaches and many more! Sentosa has the Universal Studios, where there’s a massive themed-rides and this location is great for family and friends to enjoy live shows and Hollywood-themed attractions. You can also visit Sentosa beaches which has pristine white sands and crystal blue waters! And if you want some thrilling adventures, you can go to Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore try their fun ride and slides. Well, they say that Sentosa is a place of infinite possibilities because they sure have a lot of fun to offer.
5. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Located in the Chinatown District of Singapore, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which was built in 2007, is also one of the must-visit Singapore Tourist Spots. It is a place of worship for the Buddhists and also where Buddhist wisdom, relics, and artifacts are stored.
The temple is open from 7AM to 7PM everyday and there’s no entrance fee. Just make sure you wear proper clothes and will not bring pets and non-vegetarian food inside.
6. Night Safari
Just like what we’ve mentioned in the introduction, Singapore has the first night zoo, or the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. It is a unique adventure because it’s quite different to visit a zoo during night time to observe and watch 2500 night animals from over 130 different species. You can either do a walking trip or a you can also explore the 35-hectare zoo on wheels.
The night zoo is open from 7:30PM to 12AM everyday and will cost you around $60 for adults and $50 for children aged 3-12.
7. Infinity Pool at Marina Bay
Perhaps, this famous 150-meter Infinity Pool at the Marina Bay is the most popular pool in Singapore. It’s because of its location- at the rooftop of the said hotel. It’s actually the world’s longest elevated pool situated at the 57th floor. You can even have a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and breakfast from the poolside.
The pool is open from 6AM to 10PM everyday and exclusive for the hotel guests. You can click here to book with Agoda to reserve a room.
8. 1-Altitude Bar
1-Altitude is the highest point in Singapore with al fresco restaurant and bar. The 360-degree view of the city that you’ll watch from here is insane! You can go for a drink at night and check it by yourself!
This bar is located in 1 Raffles Place and opens at 6PM.
Your trip in Singapore wouldn’t be complete if you won’t visit Chinatown. It surely has everything- from traditional temples to bars which are for explorers, party-goers, and history enthusiasts. If there’s a must-thing to do in Chinatown, it is to grab a meal! It is the best place to experience the authentic flavour of Singapore. Maxwell Food Centre is the most popular one to visit. You can also go to the Thian Hock Keng Temple which is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore.
10. Little India
There’s a bunch of must-see attractions in Little India since it is the center of life for the Indian community in Singapore. So explore the combination of their Chinese and Hindu temples, mosques and churches. Well, it’s awesome since the touristic spots are just near each other so you can visit all the beautiful places in a day and it will show you its vibrant culture and incredible shopping experience!
11. Walking Around Bugis Area
Bugis is a very busy area in Singapore. It’s always full of people and tourists. We visited the local malls and local markets in Bugis since we really want to eat local food offered there. If you want to taste fruit juices and different street food, this is the place to visit. There are so many choices for food, and prices vary, some even start really cheap. It’s also a good place if you are thinking of buying inexpensive local souvenirs. Also, it is definitely worth visiting even if you don’t want to shop. Just walk around and observe the typical life of simple Singaporeans.
More Awesome Singapore Tourist Spots
12. Masjid Sultan
Masjid Sultan, also known as the Sultan Mosque, is located in Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District. Sultan Hussein Shah, was the first sultan of Singapore and the mosque was built for him in 1824. The Mosque has domes with arabesque style, detailed decorations and ornaments. Its design is really interesting since it is a combination of traditional Indian and Islamic elements with European architectural features. It is so great and ravishing for the eye. It is indeed a masterpiece! Masjid Sultan also has a prayer hall which can accommodate more than 4000 people in mass prayer. Interesting, isn’t it?
13. Orchard Road
The Orchard Road is a very famous shopping spot in Singapore. If you love shopping like Rachel, you’ll love this place! You’ll find every type of store here- from luxurious shops to world-class international restaurants. You’ll also find yourself entertained from drinking the finest wines and trying out different outfits.
14. The ArtScience Museum
This museum will not just feed your eyes and mind, but will also entertain you for hours! There are several world-class exhibits here that are very educational so it’s a famous Singapore tourist spot loved by locals and tourists, especially kids.
The Art Science Museum is open everyday from 10AM to 7PM and is located at 6 Bayfront Ave. An all-access entrance fee for an adult costs $37 but there are packages you can avail if you are coming with kids.
15. National Museum of Singapore
This is the oldest museum in Singapore built in 1887. The structure of the National Museum of Singapore is already fascinating, but what’s inside is even more amazing! Discover many things about the history of the country, see beautiful art exhibits, immerse yourself in the rich Singaporean culture by taking part in the museum’s different presentations and film screenings.
The museum operates daily, starting from 10AM to 7PM. Entrance fee for adults costs $10.
16. Chinese and Japanese Gardens
The Chinese and Japanese Gardens in 1 Chinese Garden Road shouldn’t be missed, too! The beautiful colors of the rock formations and plants in the Chinese Garden will blend really well with the beauty of Japanese Garden. It’s a place you must go to for relaxing and walking around, or even taking pictures here is satisfying already.
17. People’s Park Complex
If you want to go somewhere that’s budget-friendly, then People’s Park Complex is for you! You can have a meal here and choose from a lot of variety of foods and cuisine. They almost have everything from meat, pork, chicken, and anything in between and it will just cost under $10 for a great meal already. It is also considered as the largest shopping complex along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. So, they have a lot to offer like gifts, souvenirs, clothing, food, and other things that hit their fancy and interests. And again, everything’s cheap in price!
18. Universal Studios Singapore
Your visit to Singapore won’t be complete without going to the Universal Studios. It’s one of the Singapore Tourist Spots that’s usually visited by tourists because of the fascinating exhibits that you can encounter inside. This theme park features 28 rides, attractions, and shows in 7-themed zones.
It is located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. Entrance fee starts at $41.
19. Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure Cove Waterpark is an aquatic amusement park in Resorts World Sentosa. It has an aquarium, few waterslides, a wave pool, and attractions like encounters with rays, and even diving with the marine life! There are restaurants and shops around the water park where you can dine and buy some souvenirs.
It is open from 10AM to 6PM daily and an all-day entrance fee for a tourist adult starts at $38.
20. Pulau Ubin
On the northeastern part of Singapore, there’s an island sanctuary called Pulau Ubin or simply Ubin. It is different from the island of Singapore because it is underdeveloped area, resembling how Singapore looked in the 1960s. In Pulau Ubin, there’s an abundant wildlife and thick green forests waiting for you. You’ll also see the old village houses of Singapore called kampong.
For you to get here, take a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal which costs $3. It will bring you to the Pulau Ubin Jetty. A lot of things can be done here like hiking, biking, just walking around, or even kayaking.
21. Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park is located at the Fort Canning Hill. It’s a famous park in Singapore because of the rich history behind it and it was actually converted into a historical park by Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister. Today, it’s a popular venue for music shows and concerts.
22. Singapore River Safari
The Singapore River Safari is a river-themed zoo and aquarium between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. You’ll see different species of monkeys, piranhas, pandas and other animals as you ride the famous Amazon boat ride and explore the zoo.
The zoo is open from 10AM to 7PM, and entrance fee starts at $34. You can avail the Amazon Boat Quest (boat ride) for additional $5.
23. Library Orchard
Library Orchard is a public library under the National Library Board of Singapore located on the 3rd floor of Orchard Gateway. If you are a bookworm and just really fond of books, this is the right place and a heaven for you! There are plenty of variety of books in this huge library. There are also spots where you can sit down but it can be limited and at times, the library can get a little crowded so the table and chairs are first come first served. But it is still a cozy and attractive place to relax and just geek around!
The library is open from 11AM to 9PM everyday.
24. Helix Bridge
The Helix Bridge is previously known as Double Helix Bridge that’s connecting Marina Centre and Marina South. The bridge is definitely very eye-catching and stunning especially at dawn when you get to witness the mesmerizing night views. It will be the best experience too if you’ll walk through the bridge to get some fresh air, and there will be viewing points to stop along the way where you can capture great and beautiful photos! This bridge for sure, will satisfy your instagrammable feed desires! It is indeed an masterpiece of engineering and architectural design.
25. Old Hill Street
Police Station Old Hill Street Police Station is one of the National Monuments in Singapore. It is located at the end of Clarke Quay and is a great example of restored colonial architecture. It is a neon-colored building and the station just stands out the most. The building is a nice and great photography spot especially during twilight. And may it be day or night, it is absolutely one of the best Singapore tourist spots!
26. Changi International Airport
Changi International airport is the most modern airport in the world and it’s a pleasure to have a stopover here. You can find almost everything that you can imagine inside the airport. You can experience almost all the comfort for free– from foot massage, comfortable couch, video games, and even enjoy the Botanic Garden inside the airport, and use the computers everywhere to stay connected online.
27. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is a unique, conserved historical landmark located along the Singapore River. The quay is located upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. Today, there are a lot of establishments here like various nightclubs and restaurants. If you would like to try the river cruises and river taxis on the Singapore River, it can be accessed from Clarke Quay.
28. SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
Another spot you shouldn’t miss in Singapore is the SEA Aquarium at the Resorts World Sentosa. It’s an enormous aquarium with over 1,000 species of marine animals.
The aquarium is open from 10AM to 7PM everyday, and entrance fee starts at $40.
29. Asian Civilisations Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum is one of the 4 main museums in Singapore. The other 3 are Peranakan Museum at Old Tao Nan School, the National Museum of Singapore, and the Singapore Art Museum. In Asian Civilisations Museum, you’ll witness a lot of exhibits showing the rich culture and history of Singapore and Asia through artifacts, art galleries, and shows.
The museum is open from 10AM to 7PM daily. Entrance is free for Singaporean residents but adult tourists must pay $8 to enter the museum.
30. Singapore Cable Car
Opened in 1974, the Singapore Cable Car is the first aerial ropeway system in the world to span a harbour. It’s a gondola lift that links Mount Faber to the Sentosa Resort Island.
It operates daily from 8:45AM to 9:30PM. An adult round trip pass costs $35 while the same pass for kids costs $25.
Where to Stay in Singapore
After visiting a lot of these Singapore tourist spots, you surely need a god, comfortable place to sleep at. If you’re looking for a cheap place to crash, there are dorm rooms in Singapore that only go for $20 or less. Another inexpensive lodging option is AirBnB, where you can get rooms for $40-50. Click here to get a $30 USD discount on your first booking when you sign up on AirBnB! Those who want to treat themselves can always book luxury hotel rooms starting at around €200 per night.
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