Often known as the playground of the wealthy and rich, Singapore was first settled in the early 2nd century. This beautiful island was earlier called Temasek and was a trading port for a long time. The island has seen British colonization, the destruction during the second world war, the ruthless Chinese occupation, merger with Malaysia and finally independence in the year 1963.
Singapore started from being a 3rd world economy and reached to the list of the first world affluence, all in a single generation. Such a feat is almost impossible for many bigger economies too.
Now a world tourism hub, Singapore is rewarded for all its hard work by a regular inflow of millions of tourists from around the world and island ensures that the tourists are ecstatic with the island’s superlative attractions.
Here’s the list of the 12 best places to visit in Singapore, so that you can make the best use of your holiday.
12 Best Places to Visit in Singapore
1. Clarke Quay
This lovely riverside development is always bustling with packed restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and boutique shops. It’s a great place specially for an evening stroll. A favorite of the Singapore’s party animals circuit, the eateries around the water edge of Clarke Quay can give serious competition to even the best of the high end restaurants.
Opening timings– 10am to 10pm
2. Marina Bay
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Singapore, Marina Bay shows one of the best spectacular side of Singapore’s affluence. This complex has almost everything- from high end luxury hotels to an affluent shopping mall with a canal running past it, the Skypark and the Art- Science Museum and so much more.
3. Gardens by the Bay
It’s hard to love any other garden once you’ve witnessed the beauty and grandeur of the Gardens by the Bay. Escape the hustle- bustle of the city for a moment and indulge in to natural greenery all around at the Gardens by the Bay. Visit the Supertree groove with iconic futuristic structures specially designed to perform environment friendly and sustainable functions.
Open timings: 5am to 2am
An iconic market street of Singapore, Chinatown is especially popular amongst tourist as it offers the cheapest souvenirs to buy from Singapore. With numerous restaurants, hawkers selling sumptuous street food alongside, shopping here is too much fun. You can also learn about the inspiring history of Chinatown from the adjacent Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda district. for the best time, go at night.
Timings: Round the clock
5. Universal Studios
A first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the Universal Studios is a sprawling park with over 21 themed attractions including the Hollywood, New York, Egypt, Far Far Away, Madagascar, lost world and many more. The place also includes five electrifying roller coaster rides out of which two are the world’s tallest dueling rides. The exciting park takes your entire day without you realizing how the day passed by.
Open Timings: 7am to 11pm
6. The Merlion
More than a statue, The Merlion is the icon of Singapore’s tourism and development and a famous spot for tourist photo shoots. The statue attracts over a million people every year and is considered to be one of the most famous spots to sit, relax and admire the view of the Marina Bay sands.
7. Singapore Night Safari
The Singapore Night Safari is a must experience attraction in Singapore. Such is the fame of the Night Safari, that almost all the good Singapore tour packages include it as an itinerary. Get an unusual glimpse of the nocturnal animals loitering around in their natural habitat, the place is no less than an exotic animal kingdom. The zoo has over 1000 exotic animals bought from all around the world.
Timings: 7.30pm to 12:00 am
8. Singapore Flyer
One of the world’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyover is a must have experience for one and all. Offering some of the best panoramic views of the Singapore skyline and Malaysia (on a clear sky); it is always the best time to take a ride. It also offers refreshments and exclusive dinner on special bookings.
Timings: 8.30am to 10.30pm
9. Changi Chapel and Museum
A tragic place filled with the horrors of the world war II invasion, the Changi Chapel and Museum echoes the story of sufferings under the Japanese invasion. Letters, drawings, photographs, and so much more are on display that speaks volumes of the terror and tortures on the innocent people of Singapore. You can also opt for the audio tour to get a detailed knowledge about the place.
Timings: 9.30am to 5.00pm
10. Sentosa Island
Sentosa island has given fame to Singapore as a beach destination too. Not known as a beach destination before, with Siliso beach at the Sentosa island and exciting water sport activities, Sentosa is now the icon for beach destination in Singapore. The island also has underwater world, Fort Siloso and various other exceptional attractions for spending a great day.
11. Orchard Road
The whole world knows Singapore is a crowned king of shopping and Orchard road is a shining jewel in its crown. With the best of international styles and designs, boutique shops at every turn, Orchard road boasts of 22 malls and six departmental stores. There’s no dearth of great restaurants and eateries in case you feel hungry after burning all the cash.
12. Arab Street and Little India
Optimizing on the diversity of its population and adding to the already exceptional shopping experience of the city, Singapore offer the Little India and Arab shopping streets. From centuries old Veeramakaliamman temple in Little India to the Sultan Mosque in the Arab street, the streets are filled with history, culture and heritage and innumerable opportunities to shop. Once inside, you won’t believe you are not in India or Arabia but in Singapore.
Best time to visit Singapore: Between December to June
Come to Singapore and enjoy the best of the world’s shopping, entertainment, adventures, and man-made wonders. These are my 12 best places to visit in Singapore. Have you already been there? Want to highlight some more attractions to add to the list, that are a must visit? Please do share them, we would love to read more and more about them.