Singapore is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, and for good reasons. With a well-planned public transport system, beautiful architecture, vibrant street art, stunning parks and world-class accommodation — there’s never a dull moment in this island-city.
Heading to Singapore for your vacation? Singapore is home to prime tourist attractions ‒ here’s a round-up of the best places to go sightseeing and enjoy an adventurous day out.
Sentosa Merlion Park
No visit to Singapore is complete without visiting the statue of its famous icon — the Merlion. The tallest replica of the half-fish, half-lion is found at the Merlion Park in Sentosa, standing at 37 metres. There’s a lift that takes you up to the lion’s mouth so that visitors enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Sentosa and Singapore’s southern shores. There’s also a Prosperity Bell where guests can make a wish and buy prosperity coins for good luck.
For a more enriching experience, there’s a small theatre that shows a short animated film about the origins of Singapore, the Merlion and how it came to be the national symbol of the country.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a man-made park spanning over 100 hectares of reclaimed land in the southern part of the city state. It has stunning attractions including heritage gardens, art sculptures, lakes, a flower dome and many others. The park contains more than 1½ million plants, making it the ultimate horticultural experience with its lush greenery and beautiful flora. This destination is so popular that it has welcomed over 50 million visitors to date.
Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia’s first Hollywood movie theme park, perfect for families and thrill seekers. The park is filled with all sorts of attractions from exciting rides, immersive shows and Instagram-worthy backdrops. Universal Studios Singapore has seven zones, ranging from Hollywood to New York to Sci-Fi City. Hollywood Boulevard is the main shopping area of the park; New York is where you can have your photo taken with ‘movie stars,’ and Sci-Fi City features the world’s tallest intertwining rollercoasters. The other zones offer their own one-of-a-kind experiences, making the park a place of thrills and fun for everyone.
Visiting Chinatown should be on every SG itinerary because of its culture, history and food. Contrary to the skyscrapers of the central business district, Chinatown is filled with low-rise buildings, ornate temples, and bustling old shophouses.
Chinatown has busy street markets with hundreds of stalls selling everything from silk robes to lucky cat figurines. There are plenty of goods and lanterns on display, as well as a fantastic range of food carts loaded with fresh dim sum and crispy duck. For coffee lovers, Everton Park located on the edge of Chinatown is a must-visit. The neighbourhood is known for its hipster cafes and traditional sundry shops.
Singapore Night Safari
Complete your SG adventure with a trip to Singapore Night Safari. The park houses over 1,000 animals, including the Sloth Bear, the Malayan tiger and the endangered Asian elephant. The animals live in 35 hectares of dense rainforest and visitors embark on a tram ride that explores them across seven geographical zones. There are also walking trails for the more adventurous who wish to get up close and personal with the creatures of the night.
Singapore is a prime tourist destination because travelers find the best of both worlds — where history and culture blend well with technological advancements and state-of-the-art architecture. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a solo flight, a family holiday or a honeymoon trip — Singapore gives everyone amazing and unforgettable memories that’ll last a lifetime.