One of my favorite countries is definitely Singapore. The country is so tiny that actually it is just the city – and it is one of the most modern and best developed countries in Asia – and the world. Singapore has so much unique sights to offer – you could spend a month here and not get tired of the city.
1. Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953
If you visit Singapore but end up not seeing the Gardens by the Bay, you will have missed out big time. The Gardens by the Bay are Singapore’s landmark and have even won the title “World Building of the year”. The gardens are huge tree-like “statues” which glow at night. No matter the time of day, you can go up on the skywalk and enjoy a fantastic view of not only plants, but of all of Singapore.
2. Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
This is one of the first amusement parks in Asia and has all the typical rides and attractions you would expect. Two of the rides are actually the largest and the second largest rides in the world, so don’t miss out on those.
3. Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is an island specifically built for Singaporeans (and tourists). The island offers beautiful white beaches, a theme park, golfing, shopping, and great restaurants. It can easily be reached from Singapore by either taking a cable car or a taxi. Even though none of it is authentic, it is still worth a visit.
4. Merlion Park
1 Fullerton Rd, 049213
Merlion Park is another landmark in Singapore and also a very popular attraction amongst tourists. Here you can find the iconic half-fish, half-lion statue. But other than that, there’s not much you can do or see here.
5. Marina Bay (Sands)
10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
Marina Bay is located in the heart of Singapore. Here you can find anything from restaurants and museums to expensive stores like Louis Vuitton. Marina Bay Sands is an exclusive hotel in Marina Bay – you can book a tour to visit the rooftop.
Tip: Make sure to come here at night, when the lights of all the surrounding buildings are being reflected in the water. Every night at 8pm a spectacular light show will also take place.
6. Helix Bridge
This bridge serves to link Marina Center to Marina South – but is also one of the most popular tourist attractions. As one would expect due to the name, the bridge is shaped like a large helix and – like everything else in Singapore – illuminated at night, making it look almost surreal.
7. National Orchid Garden
1 Cluny Road, 259569
Orchids are without a doubt some of the world’s most delicate flowers. In Singapore’s National Orchid Garden, you can find more than 600 orchid species – I can guarantee you that you’ve never seen anything like it.
8. Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Rd, 179024
Clarke Quay is a small region in Singapore that is ideal for going out at night. The streets are packed with alternative bars, pubs, restaurants, and cafés, but you can also find clubs here. The Quay is directly next to the water, offering you an amazing view.
9. Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Rd, 189673
The Raffles Hotel has been home to many celebrities, including Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. This luxurious hotel is of a beautiful white and open to visitors. In the patio of the hotel you can even find a small shopping “street” with stores like Tiffany & Co or Gucci.
Chinatown – every big city has one. Here you will find the best and cheapest (Chinese) food in all of Singapore, as well as cheap souvenirs and other items. If you are looking for some culture, you can find the Thian Hock Keng Temple here as well – the oldest temple in all of Singapore.
11. Orchard Road
Orchard Road, 238897
Orchard Road is the main shopping street in Singapore. Here you can find the typical shops like H&M and Mango, but also Asian clothing chains, boutiques, restaurants and cafés, and beauty spas.
Tip: Treat yourself to a foot massage! They’re fairly cheap there.