Singapore is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia in terms of places to visit. Merlion, Marina Bay Sands Hotel & SkyPark, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay and Chinatown are top of our list of places to visit in Singapore.
One of the few city-states in the world, Singapore is one of the richest places in the “Space East” in terms of places to visit.
Located in the south of Malaysia, this small country hosts millions of visitors from all over the world every year with its natural beauties and touristic facilities.
Even though Singapore‘s history goes back to the 11th century, it is a tiny country that gained its independence in 1965. This country is a very small country in terms of surface measurement, and is one of the richest countries in Asia with its economy.
Hotel recommendations: Some of the most popular hotels to stay in Singapore are: 3 ★ Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, 5 ★ Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore Travel List
First of our list of places to visit in Singapore is the Merlion Statue, the symbol of the city. The 8.6-meter-long half fish and half lion shaped statue is regarded as the symbol of Singapore.
The original name of the city comes from the word “Singapura”, meaning “Lion City” in English, “(lion city). You may be a little disappointed when you first see the 70-ton statue, but don’t even think of leaving the city without having a photo taken in front of the icon of Singapore.
Moreover, in the background, there is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, another landmark of Singapore, with these two landmarks you can take beautiful photos.
You can reach the area where the statue is located after a 5-10 minute walk from the “Raffles Place” metro stop.
3.Marina Bay Sands Hotel & SkyPark
Another symbol of Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which opened its doors to visitors in 2010. Do not say what the hotel is doing on the travel list. Costing 5.7 Billion Dollars, the hotel is one of the most extraordinary architectural structures in the world.
With 3 skyscrapers and the figure of the ship on it, the hotel is an indispensable element of recent Singapore visuals. Although we call it a “hotel”, it is actually a giant complex.
Apart from the hotel, there are many areas such as shopping malls, restaurants and show centers. The most striking part of the hotel is the Infinity Pool, which is located at the top of the hotel and makes you feel like swimming in infinity.
I have bad news for those who think that they want to swim in the pool even if they do not stay at the hotel, the pool is only available to hotel customers. But staying in the hotel is not as expensive as it seems. buraya otel linki kanka Click to review hotel prices and make a reservation.
The good news is that you can go to the viewing terrace called “SkyPark” at the top of the hotel. The observation deck is at the far end of the ship figure and offers an extraordinary view of Singapore.
Even though I have been to many buildings, including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, this terrace was the most impressive place for me because it does not cage you. It offers a view to the full in the open air. You have no time limit, if you are tired you can even sit on the floor in a corner.
However, going to the terrace in rainy weather may not be very pleasant. Going up to terrace is 23 Singapore Dollars . Visiting hours: Mon-Thu 09.30-22.00, Friday-Mon 09.30-23.00.
The entrance of the SkyPark section is different from the hotel, you can follow the arrows on the way to the hotel lobby. You can reach Marina Bay Sands Hotel after getting off at the “Bayfront” subway station and walking for a few minutes.
Note: If you have the opportunity, you can stay in this landmark of the city during your Singapore vacation. Buraya da hotelin linki Click to review the prices of the 5 star hotel and make a reservation
Sentosa Island is a magnificent island with many amusement parks and sightseeing spots that you can add to your list of places to visit in Singapore.
Located in the south of the city, the island is a magnificent project where Singapore entertains tourists and earns foreign currency for the country. There is nothing in the “Island of Fun”. If you do not have cash and time restrictions, you can visit this island for a few days.
Within Sentosa Island; You can see places full of fun such as Universal Studios amusement park, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, flight simulator named iFly Singapore, observation tower named Tiger Sky Tower, MegaZip Adventure Park, surf pool named Wave House, and extraordinary museum called Trick Eye Museum. If you want to enjoy the sea, Siloso Beach is just for you.
4.Gardens by the Bay
If you are asked what is your favorite place on the list of places to visit in Singapore, I would undoubtedly say “Gardens by the Bay” to this question. This is one of the most original parks in the world with a size of 101 hectares, where the relationship of plants with humans is described.
There are interesting sections in this park where you can find every shade of green. The most striking structures of the park are special trees called “SuperTrees”. These special trees meet many important needs for the park such as sun, rain water and shade.
If you wish, you can visit the special platform created among trees. The cost of traveling on this path called “SkyWay” is 8 Singapore Dollars.
The most beautiful activity of the park is the light and sound shows held every evening at 19:45 and 20:45 (may vary depending on the season). During the show, 18 trees are the scene of a very beautiful show.
Apart from SuperTrees, there is a very nice section called “Cloud Forest” in the park. Here is the world’s largest indoor waterfall with a height of 42 meters.
You need 45-60 minutes to visit this area, which includes thematic episodes such as Cloud Forest, “Secret Garden” and “Lost World”. The entrance fee is 18 Singapore Dollars.
Another famous part of the park is “Flower Dome”. In this section, you can examine the best examples of the art of betting and floristry. Flower Dome + Cloud Forest entrance fee is 28 Singapore Dollars with promotion.
You can reach the park from the “Bayfront” metro stop. There is a pass between the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the park with a mini bridge. If you want to visit the hotel and then the park like me, you can go upstairs by taking the elevator in the outer part of the hotel, and from here you can reach the entrance of the park with the suspension bridge.
One of the most colorful parts of Singapore is Chinatown. Considering that about 70% of the population living in Singapore is Chinese, you can guess how important Chinatown is for the city.
While visiting this neighborhood, which is one of the important parts of our list of places to visit in Singapore, you can visit the Chinese Heritage Center, the museum where Chinese culture is told, and the temples called Sri Mariamma Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic.
Chinatown is also a paradise for shoppers. You can find the widest and most affordable souvenir options in Singapore at the shops along the way.
Also, if you want to shop for Chinese tea and herbal medicine, Chinatown is just for you. You can reach the area by the “Chinatown” subway stop.
6.Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, one of the most striking structures in Chinatown, is one of my favorite temples on my Singapore trip.
If you are lucky to attend the temple, where the entrance is free, if you come to the prayer time like me, you can watch the worshipers. Moreover, there are no restrictions on taking photos and videos inside the temple.
The inside of this temple dedicated to the god of rain is as impressive as the outside. You can take original photos from each other in this temple.
Orchard Road, one of the most important places in our list of places to visit in Singapore, is about 2 km long and is one of the most famous streets in the world. What makes the street important is the shopping centers located along the street.
Singapore is called a paradise for shoppers. Orchard Road is one of the most famous shopping spots not only in Singapore but also in Asia with 22 shopping malls on it. Even if you don’t like shopping, be sure to see this street, at least walk from the beginning to the end.
If you are thinking of shopping but your time is limited, ION Orchard by the street is the most famous shopping mall. In addition, Paragon and 313 @ Somerset are the most remarkable shopping malls of the region. Plaza Singapura, on the other side of the street, is a shopping mall with fewer brands.
Lucky Plaza is a shopping mall with a bad reputation. It is stated in many sources that it should be avoided especially for electronic shopping. Even if it is not for electronic shopping, you can shop from the gift shops. (Chinatown is better at this.) Also, Lucky PLaza has Pizza Hut and Mcdonald’s.
It can be useful for those who are picky about eating and drinking. There are also many exchange offices. To Orchard Road; You can reach it via the “Orchard”, “Somerset” and “City Hall” subway stops.
Hotel Recommendation: The 5-star Mandarin Orchard Singapore is a luxury hotel where you can stay on this main shopping boulevard in the city.
8.Singapore Botanical and Orchid Garden
Singapore Botanic Garden, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is one of Asia’s most beautiful green areas. Founded in 1859, the park is ideal for those who want to get away from the noise of the city and relax.
However, the air of the city, which is already hot and humid, is as if it is even warmer in this park. You better carry water with you, and walking around the park can be troublesome in rainy weather.
The most striking part of the park is Orchid Garden. The Orchid Garden, located 1.3 km from the park entrance, has the world’s largest orchid garden with 1200 species. If you want to examine the orchids, the symbol of Singapore, do not miss the park.
You can find original gifts in the souvenir section of the park. You can reach the park via the “Botanic Gardens” metro stop. Be prepared to walk a lot in the park.
The 165 m high Singapore Flyer is the city’s world-famous ferris wheel. This building, which has the title of being the world’s tallest ferris wheel between 2008-2014, is one of the iconic structures of the city.
There are many tour options inside the Ferris wheel. You can ride the ferris wheel for cruising purposes only, or take part in tours with meals.
1 full tour takes 30 minutes in the Ferris wheel, which is open every day from 08:30 to 22:00, and the ticket price is $ 33 Singapur dollars. Shortly before my trip to Singapore, I missed this place because I got on the similarly structured London Eye in London.
If you go to the SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, you can skip it. Of course, it can also be fun to go to one during the day and the other at night. You can reach the area via the “Promenade” metro stop.
10.Arab Quarter (Haji Lane)
Singapore is a beautiful country where different nations live together peacefully. There are various streets and neighborhoods belonging to these different cultures throughout the country.
Perhaps the closest to our culture among these is the Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan), the most striking point of the Arab Quarter. The history of the building, which has a very beautiful architecture, dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.
The small street named Haji Lane in the region is one of Singapore’s most photogenic places. There are many clothes shops on the street.
Along Arab Street, there are many Turkish restaurants, carpet shops and souvenir shops. You can get here by getting off at the “Bugis” metro stop.
Hotel Recommendation: If you want to stay in this part of the city, you can check out the 4-star Destination Singapore Beach Road hotel.
Another cultural spot on our list of places to visit in Singapore is Little India. There is a significant Indian population in Singapore, as in most places, Indians have created their own territory here. Anyway, one of the most important features of Singapore is to provide equal rights to ethnic groups living in the country.
Everyone can live their own culture without fights and noises. You can visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, which is located in the area whose main street is Serangoon Road.
Again, Mustafa Center, located here, is one of Singapore‘s most famous shopping points. Mustafa Center, which is open 24 hours, is a large multi-storey arcade. There is everything inside. You can find everything from chocolate to souvenirs, from electronic products to clothes.
I can’t say that the prices for souvenirs are crazy cheap, but if you come to Little India, even if you don’t like to shop, be sure to stop by.
By the way, if you like foreign food cultures, there are dozens of restaurants in the area where you can try Indian food. You can reach the area with the “Little India” metro stop.
Opened in 1973 and spreading over 28 hectares, Singapore Zoo is one of Asia’s most important zoos. The place, which includes approximately 315 species of animals, welcomes 1.7 million visitors annually.
Although I do not like zoological gardens, this is a facility that has received many awards for being a facility where animals can roam as freely as possible. If you wish, you can join the night safari tours called Night Safari and you can see wild animals.
13.Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios, located on Sentosa Island, is one of my favorite places on my list of places to visit in Singapore. To explain briefly for those who do not know the Universal Studios theme; This is a movie-themed amusement park.
Some of the activities are children and some are adults. The difference from the amusement park is that the park has various sections with the themes of famous movies. In other words, while there is a Transformers theme in one part, there is a Madagascar theme in the other part.
In order to experience the park to the fullest, you need at least more than half of a day. It is difficult to describe the park briefly here, so you can read general information about the park, entrance fee, important sections and my advice in my Universal Studios Singapore Guide.
Clarke Quay is the highlight of Singapore nightlife. Located on the banks of the Singapore River, this place has many restaurants and nightclubs. If you want to have a drink at the end of the fun and tiring day, you can head to Clarke Quay after dark.
Since it is the center of nightlife, you may be disappointed if you go during the day. You can reach the area with a short walk after getting off at the “Clarke Quay” metro stop.
Hotel Recommendation: If you want to stay in a luxurious place close to Clarke Quay area, the 5-star Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore can be a nice option.
15.Bugis Street Market
It would be more correct to call Bugis a multi-storey shopping center, or rather a large and closed market area, with hundreds of small shops / stalls.
The difference from other large and luxurious malls is that only folk items are sold here. In other words, while wandering around the market, you can see and buy beautiful things that are friendly to your budget.
My favorite for souvenirs is Chinatown, but there are also many gift shops here. Apart from that, plenty of shoes, bags and similar accessories are sold in the market. In this respect, it can be a favorite of women on the market. You can reach the market via the “Bugis” metro stop.
Other Places to Visit in Singapore
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Singapore is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of places to visit and things to do.
It is very rich in terms of both natural and touristic opportunities. For this reason, it would be unfair to limit the list of places to visit in Singapore to 15 places.
For this reason, try to visit the above mentioned places first on your trip to Singapore. If you have time or are looking for a different place, you can also take a look at these places:
- Raffles Hotel
- Sri Mariamman Temple
- Jurong Bird Park
- Asian Civilizations Museum
- Boat Quay, Riverside Point
- Singapore Art Museum
- ArtScience Museum
- National Museum of Singapore
- Esplanade Theater
- St Andrew’s Cathedral
- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- Siloso Beach
- Madame Tussauds Singapore
- iFly Experience
Where to Stay in Singapore?
Singapore is a slightly more expensive country for accommodation than other Asian countries, so it is important to do a good hotel research. As everywhere, you can stay in a central place here and experience comfort in transportation.
One of the most ideal areas for accommodation in Singapore is around Orchard Road, especially Dhoby Ghaut metro station and its surroundings. This is one of the central points of Singapore as well as the intersection point of metro stations.
I stayed at this point on my own trip to Singapore and I was very comfortable in transportation, I could easily reach everywhere I wanted by metro.
Hotel prices may be slightly higher compared to the edge points of the city, but if you stay in the area close to the subway stops, especially near the intersections, you will use your already limited travel time efficiently.
Let’s come to the hotel recommendation. Frankly, I was not satisfied with the hotel I stayed in on my Singapore trip. So if I were to go to Singapore again now, I would check out the 4-star Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Center hotel or the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road and Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen hotels.