My first ever trip overseas was to Singapore together with my family. It was in the year 2010, when I was in 2nd year of high school. We stayed there for 9 days which was a very worth-remembering experience for me.
Fortunately, the ticket we (with my sister) booked for Vietnam last summer of 2016 has its stop at Singapore for 15 hours which we can visit places again and have the chance to fetch our eldest sister since she works in Singapore as a nurse.
Singapore is South East Asia’s most thriving and vibrant city. It is the world’s only island city-state and 2nd of the smallest country in Asia by land area (716.1km²) next to Maldives. Singapore is known as a progressive and rich country not only in wealth, infrastructure, and economy but also in tourism, history, and diversity. This country is also referred to as “The Lion City” or “The Garden City”.
Since Singapore is a small country you can visit the superb landmarks and impressive attractions for just a few days, moreover, Singapore’s transport systems are very systematic, so getting around the country is convenient. It is a city full of impressive things to see and do. Here’s a list of some tourist attractions you can find there. (The photos are from 2010 and 2016 visit.)
Merlion Park is Singapore’s major landmark and tourist attraction located at One Fullerton. It is a half-fish, half-lion, and served as their national icon.
Marina Bay Sands- Marina Bay was still under construction when I went to Singapore for the first time. It is the most expensive standalone casino property at 8 billion Singapore dollars, including the land cost. The majestic hotel towers slope and the sky park that connects the three 55-story towers gave the structure a unique look.
Chinese Botanical Garden is a 13.5-hectare garden that will bring you a taste of ancient China, you can see here majestic bonsai, statues of famous Chinese Philosophers, a series of stone bridges, and pagodas.
Chinatown- The best place to buy ‘pasalubongs’. The things to buy here are affordable compared to the malls and other places, moreover, there is a wide variety of stuff to choose from. It is located in the Outram district.
Singapore Zoo- The Zoo is a must-visit attraction in Singapore. It is spacious and it has many different animal species. You need to wear comfortable shoes since you’ll end up walking quite a bit.
Singapore Flyer – Towering 165 meters above ground, the giant Ferris wheel of Singapore is located at Raffles Avenue next to Marina Square. Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. Upon riding the Singapore Flyer, you can see the panoramic view of the whole city. The best time to visit is by night because of the lights of the infrastructures that contradict the dark sky.
Super Tree Grove at Gardens by the Bay- Super Tree Grove was not yet built when I first visited Singapore and when I went to visit the area last summer it amazed me. The Super Tree Grove has impressive artificial garden constructions that are breathtaking.
Sentosa Island is one of the most visited places in Singapore. There are many attractions in Sentosa including a 2 km long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Sentosa Merlion, 14 hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore. You shouldn’t miss the Skyline Luge & Skyride and the Songs of the Sea!
Orchard Road- Visit Asia’s most famous shopping street, it is a 2.2 km shopping belt. You can see here high-end shopping malls and numerous department stores.
Jurong Bird Park – Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the world it is a 20.2-hectare open-concept park. You can see more than 8,000 birds of 600 species and 29 of those are endangered species.
Singapore Night Safari- Unfortunately, it rained when we went to the night safari so the animals were all in their respective homes. It is the world’s first nocturnal zoo.
Science Centre Singapore is in Jurong East, Singapore, there are over 850 exhibits found here. Some of the exhibits here are interactive, it is very educational and promotes knowledge for the public.
Esplanade Park is one of the oldest heritage parks in Singapore. Whether at day time or nighttime, Esplanade offers a great and dazzling view. This is also the best place to take a picture of the Marina Bay Skyline.
Universal Studios Singapore- Stand in awe of this incredible theme park. This is the place suited for everyone, there are extremely fun and thrilling rides that you can enjoy. We didn’t waste our time and just tried all the rides we could, went to each themed area, and took a lot of pictures. It is a must-visit place when you go to Singapore.
We also had a short visit to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. We didn’t miss this chance because it was just a bus ride from Singapore.
Singapore is the best country I’ve been to so far. They’re so progressive and developed- the people are disciplined, the transport system is systematic, the tourist spots are well maintained and it is a very clean country. You can also observe how people follow the simplest rules and regulations they have, no doubt they are one of the most visited countries in the world because of the comfort they offer to their visitors.
Visit and don’t miss going to this place, put on your bucket list – Singapore. The place that is easy to enjoy yet so hard to forget.