It may be a tiny speck on the world map but the island city-state of Singapore is not to be underestimated by any means. The moment you arrive in Singapore you will be completely taken in by its dazzling, ultra-modern skyline and the chic cosmopolitan vibe all around you.
With a heritage that has influences of the British, Japanese and Malay, Singapore today is a global melting pot of culture, cuisine and art, attracting people from all over the world. You are sure to be captivated by the many awe-inspiring man-made and natural attractions you will discover in the city, such as a theme park, monastery, riverside shopping complex, zoo, galleries and museums and much more. Here is our guide to some of the top places you must definitely see in fascinating ‘Singapura’ as it called locally.
Singapore is one of the finest examples and great success story of a well-planned urban city overcoming many challenges of space and topography. At the same time the planners have been highly conscious of sustainability and their responsibility to the environment. In fact it is easy to forget that this highly developed top-class metropolis, a financial and economic powerhouse of South-East Asia and ranked as the world’s most expensive city to live in, has made this incredible transformation from a small fishing village.
The three-storied Singapore City Gallery is a great place to start exploring the country by understanding Singapore’s physical evolution. Browse through more than 50 interactive audiovisual exhibits tracing the story of the island nation’s amazing transformation. Be sure to look out for the main attraction – a huge architectural aerial-view model of Singapore city centre that is brought to life with a light and sound show! Don’t miss it.
Located right in the centre of Singapore and visible from most parts of the city, Gardens By The Bay is an intriguing creation combining biodiversity with scientific and engineering prowess. This mesmerising man-made wonder houses some four lakh plants, dome conservatories and the futuristic looking Super tree structures. The entire area stretches across 250 acres of reclaimed land along the famous Marina Bay Waterfront.
The Cloud Forest is a temperature-controlled conservatory for tropical plants from South East Asia, South and Central America. It also features the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. In the Flower Dome conservatory you can see exotic flora from Australia, South America and South Africa. One can only marvel at the imagination of its creators and their conservation efforts. If you are visiting Gardens By The Bay during the day, do return in the evening to catch the spectacular evening light show. You won’t be disappointed.
The award-winning Singapore Zoo is home to many rare and endangered species such as orangutans, white tigers, grey kangaroos, komodo dragons and pygmy hippos. It is a delight to see the animals here as they are healthy and well kept with plenty of space to move around in their natural habitat. The zoo actually feels more like a wildlife park with the vast expanse of lush greenery divided into 11 zones, all super clean and well maintained.
You can also attend any of the special shows that take place daily. Check the timings before you visit. To keep little visitors engaged, there is an activity called Keeper Encounter where 5-12 year olds can feed and tend to friendly animals and experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper. If you are on a family vacation to Singapore, then a day trip to Singapore Zoo should definitely be on your list of must-see places.
To know about other exciting sightseeing places in Singapore and start planning your trip, get hold of our Singapore Travel Guide. While planning your vacation and applying for your Singapore Visa, ensure that you also purchase Travel Insurance for Singapore. Getting travel insurance for your overseas trip will allow you to explore the sights and sounds of Singapore with total peace of mind, knowing you are covered just in case any mishap occurs or your trip gets cancelled.
If you prefer an action-packed trip, check out our guide on the top things to do in Singapore.