Merlion Park, © Can Stock / javarman
Visit Singapore – Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a popular attraction for those who visit Singapore. The Marina Bay Sands complex includes a ground level mall and three hotel towers. A 57th floor roof top sky terrace connects the towers. The roof top terrace is called the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. The SkyPark has an observation deck but the amazing infinity pool on the 57th floor is only open to hotel guests.
At ground level, in front of the hotel, is a mall with indoor sampan boat rides, Broadway theaters, a convention center, the ArtScience Museum, an ice rink and a casino atrium with 1,600 slot machines.
Gardens by the Bay, OCBC Skyway
Visit Singapore Gardens by the Bay
Near the Marina Bay Sands, visit Gardens by the Bay. Walk on the OCBC skyway suspended at over 70 feet high between the “trees” on the 16-story-high Supertree Grove. Also in the Gardens, escape to a cool Mediterranean climate in the Flower Conservatory or experience a rain forest climate in the Cloud Conservatory.
Then head to Marina Barrage – a freshwater reservoir where you can picnic and participate in water sports. The Double Helix Bridge connects pedestrians at the Marina Bay Sands with the Marina Bay Floating Stadium.
Marina Bay, © Can Stock / javarman
Visit Singapore Marina Bay – More Sights
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is beside the Marina Bay Floating Stadium and has artwork which can be viewed for no charge. The Singapore Flyer is nearby and is higher than the London Eye. Just after sunset, when the lights of the city appear, is an excellent time to take this half hour pricey ride. There’s a SkyDining option too. Hopefully the power problems from 2008 won’t reoccur and you won’t be forced to be rappelled down.
Also, wander along the Esplanade at night and stop by the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Then see the Merlion Fountain at Merlion Park. Take a bumboat cruise up the Singapore River. Visit the Asian Civilizations Museum while on this side of Singapore’s Marina Bay.
Esplanade Theatres, © Can Stock / heintjelee
Visit Singapore – Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is a very popular tourist destination close to downtown Singapore. This island has beaches, SEA Aquarium, a skyline lounge, Adventure Cove Water Park and Resorts World Sentosa. Sentosa Island includes many other resort hotels too. Universal Studios is also on Sentosa Island. Walk to Sentosa from the Singapore mainland on the Sentosa Boardwalk or take the Singapore Cable Car to Sentosa Island from Mount Faber. Also visit the Henderson Wave Bridge of Southern Ridges Trail while at Mount Faber.
Sentosa Island, © Can Stock / leungchopan
Sights Outside the Singapore Downtown Area
- Singapore Zoo including the famous Singapore Night Safari and the Singapore River Safari.
- Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
- Snow City
- Jurong Bird Park
- Singapore Turf Club – horse racing.
- Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
- Pulau Ubin – an island near Singapore that’s a trip into the country’s past in the mangroves.
Marina Bay, © Can Stock / leungchopan
Visit Singapore – Visas:
Singapore is unusual because it is a country with only one city and that city is also called Singapore. Most tourists staying less than 30 days will not require a visa to visit Singapore. To see a list of countries that will require a visa, check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Visit Singapore – Hotels
- Marina Bay Sands – on Marina Bay in the heart of downtown. It’s the only way to gain access to the amazing infinity pool on the 57th floor with views of downtown Singapore.
- Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Villas on Sentosa Island.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore