You will find Singapore is the most developed and urbanized country in Asia. See their infrastructure and economic growth. Once you land here you will feel like to be in some kind of ultra urban city.
Whatever I have experienced about Singapore, I am trying to share with you. Let’s talk about top 9 things you can do it in Singapore.
1. SUPERTREE GROW
SuperTree Grove Light Show is simply WOW. You will feel a jaw dropping experience to see this.
The Garden Rhapsody is a show (more like something from outer space) that is held in Gardens by the Bay every evening. The futuristic looking trees/mushrooms are lighted up in different ways together with the music. Every detail is perfectly tuned to create an atmosphere that will give you a fantastic feeling of wonder and stimulate your mind!
TIP: The show runs twice a day: at 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. and it takes around 15 minutes. Make sure to come a bit in advance, so that you take the coolest spot!
For your information, all the outdoors shows are all free in Singapore, for example like the next one:
2. WONDER FULL LIGHT AND WATER SHOW
It is one of other great free show that you should watch in Singapore – the Wander Full Light and Water Show.
The show is about a choreography between singing fountains and projections on their splashes with many beautiful themes. There are bubbles everywhere and this holiday atmosphere goes on everyday.
Sunday – Thursday: 8:00pm, 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm
NOTE: the time of the show might change, please double check here before going
If you want to enjoy the Marina Bay Sands show form a perfact location, it is on the left if you are facing the Louis Vuitton store. Or just go outside from the main exit of the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall and you will be in the center of the show.
TIP: It is about 12-15 minutes to walk between Wonder Full and Super Tree Grove. Just look for the signs and follow!
3. THE CLOUD FOREST
Personally I love to be in parks. i love botanical gardens too. The Cloud Forest in Singapore is such a beautiful park. You can wander on its alleys for hours.
The entrance to the Botanic garden is free of charge. I should recommend visiting National Orchid Garden (S$5) if y you are some kind of Orchid expert.
Get lost with various types of orchids, its many colors around and great photo opportunities.
Please note it is inside the Botanic garden, but it has a separate entrance.
5. SINGAPORE ZOO
The Zoo is one of the top attractions in Singapore without any doubt.
You can watch many creatures like otters, pygmy hippos, giant crocodiles, lions, zebras, rhinoceroses and orangutans.
There are 4 options to choose from.
- Singapore Zoo – see more than 2 800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles
- Jurong Birds Park – 5 000 birds across 400 species, it is one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world
- Night Safari – see over 1 000 animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats
- River Safari – one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater fauna, more than 6 000 animals including 40 threatened species
If you have time, you can cover them all or you can choose the ones that look more interesting for you. I went for the Night Safari. And it is pretty cool!
Different shows at each time are held, you will not get bored during the whole day.
TIP: Unless you are with kids, I don’t think there is any point of taking a train inside the Zoo. The queue for the train was always long, and the distances are not that big. Prefer to walk.
If you would like to save some money on tickets, try to buy them in advance (at least a week). There are plenty of www.myfave.com promotions are available and will save you at least 25%, which is quite significant if you go with the whole family.
6. SIP A SINGAPORE SLING ON A ROOFTOP BAR
This one is my favourite. I have a couple of places to choose from for you:
1) The first one is located on the top of Marina Bay Sands hotel and it is FREE to go up. The rooftop bar is called KuDeTa, it is right above the SkyPark Observation Deck. While the price to go to the observation deck is S$23, I suggest you go to KuDeTa (which is a bit more elevated) and spend those money for a drink. How about that?
The trick to enjoy the same view for free is to go to the bar instead. It’s at the same floor, and just past the observation deck entrance (which is usually where 2 or 3 stewards are waiting to check tickets).
You can enjoy the view with a drink in your hand for more or less the same money. Just make sure not to wear flip-flops and shorts, and you will get in with no problems!
2) The other rooftop bar that I highly recommend is One Altitude. No wonder why – it is one of the tallest buildings in the country!
I liked One Altitude even more than KuDeTa because it has the view TO Marina Bay Sands it is more spacious, with a 360 degrees view.
The entrance is 30 SGD$ if you arrive before 9 pm, or 35$ if you arrive later. 1 drink is already included. As the place is quite fancy, the dress code is the same – smart casual. No flip-flops and no sleeveless tops for man.
TIP: Remember that city skyline from a rooftop at night perfectly matches with a Singapore Sling cocktail!
7. VISIT SENTOSA ISLAND
Tired of sightseeing and want to just relax on the beach? Singapore has one beach too!
Sentosa is a world popular island resort. But please don’t expect a commercial type beaches from it. However it is very alive and easy to get to beach in Singapore.
Universal Studio amusement park is also located near by.
HOW TO BUY CHEAP TICKETS TO UNIVERSAL STUDIO SINGAPORE:
TIP: On the official website 1 adult ticket is S$76 while on Fave it is S$91 for the admission to the Universal Studio + Wings of time show + Dinner buffet. Now you decide if the deal is good for you!
HOW TO GET TO SENTOSA ISLAND:
There are 3 ways to get to Sentosa:
- By foot.Hours- Open 24 hours, Price- free. From the Harbor front there are travelators that will help you go faster, about 20 minutes to get to the island by foot. If you use this choice, you can go back to Harbor front free of charge by train!
- By train. Hours-7 a.m.- midnight. Price – 4$. If you are tired and don’t feel like walking, you can use the train.
- By cable car. Hours- from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Price – 29$ return.
8. BUY CHEAP ELECTRONICS
If you were planning to buy a new smartphone or, say, a new camera, there is no better place to do it than Singapore!
Sim Lim shopping center would be the best choice for travelers – it is in the city center and it has 6-7 stores of all electronics you can think of! Even if you are not looking to buy anything, I still advice you to stop by. There are plenty of little gadgets that you might need as a traveler.
There is also a great food court downstairs that offers all kinds of Asian food for 2-3$!
TIP: If you are going to buy some electronics, do not forget to ask the seller for a tax refund form. You will be able to receive 7% back in cash when you leave the country.
9. CHECK OUT THE CITY VIEW FROM SINGAPORE FLYER
For a panoramic view of all the city get into an observation wheel. It claims to be Asia’s largest ferris wheel! You get to enjoy a breathtaking view of Singapore from 165 mt (540 ft) with all the iconic landmarks right in front at a bird’s eye view! In a good day you can see as far as Malaysia and Indonesia!
The full circle takes about 30 minutes and the price for an adult is S$33. If you don’t want people on your picture you can upgrade to a Private Capsule. Or, say you want to celebrate a special occasion, – they also offer Premium Champagne Flights!
PRO TIP: For the best view, try to avoid visiting Singapore Flyer on a rainy day. If it rains, you can check out a museum, National Museum of Singapore for example.