Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an ethnically diverse island city-state in Southeast Asia. It is known for its diversity, safe streets, and clean public spaces. Singapore is home to exquisite tourist attractions such as Marina Bay, Sentosa Island, Chinatown, Little India, among others. The gardens, beaches, art galleries, architectural wonders, theme parks, rich flora and fauna in Singapore along with its vibrant nightlife makes it an ideal destination for solace and thrill seekers alike.
Orchard Road is one of the main shopping streets in Singapore. Besides luxury retail shopping you can explore the aesthetic coffeehouses and restaurants. You can also shop for souvenirs and Asian collectibles at TANGS, one of Singapore's oldest departmental stores. Marina Bay is replete with architectural masterpieces that add unique vibrancy to Singapore. With ultra-luxury hotels, world-class shopping complexes, exotic gardens, finest options for dining, Marina Bay is the prominent hub for almost everything. Connecting Marina Central to Marina South lays the stunning Helix Bridge. It shines glaringly at night and the view is a delightful treat to the eyes. To simply embrace the beauty of the city you can opt for the Singapore River which is a major waterway that runs through Singapore. Several pubs and bars are spread across Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Boat Quay.
Chinatown is an ethnic neighborhood in Singapore which stuns visitors with its diversity in almost everything. The first temple of Singapore called This Hock Keng Temple is situated here. This traditionally styled Chinese temple will leave you spellbound. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple stuns the beholder with its grand architectural brilliance. Sri Mariamman Temple is another beautiful place of worship in Chinatown. Little India is a prominent hub of Singapore's Indian community. India’s rich culture, ethnic, religious and traditional diversity is evident in this beautiful neighborhood. Beside diversity, Little India is famous for scrumptious street food and vibrant nightlife. Anguilla Mosque, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Abdul Gafoor Mosque are some of the famous places of worship in this neighborhood.
Singapore is home to world-class art galleries,theatres and museums. The National Gallery Singapore is beyond perfect for people seeking solace in the world of art. The gallery features exquisite local and Asian artworks offering a new perspective to art in general. Located in Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum brings together the best of both worlds stunning the beholders with its architecture and exhibitions. Haw Par Villa is the largest and one of its kind outdoor art galleries in Singapore. Through statues, dioramas and architecture it artistically displays Asian folklore especially Chinese folklore. Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore also exhibit exquisite collections of art and artifacts. Esplanade holds a 2,000-seat Theatre and 1,600-seat Concert hall which will leave you awestruck. There are several music, dance and theatre programmes held regularly in Esplanade. The picturesque Merlion Park is a prominent Singapore tourist attraction, housing two Merlion statues. The best time to enjoy this half-lion, half-fish marvel is either early in the morning or late at night. Unveiled in 1972, this mystical statue is a sight to behold.
Located at Orchard Road, the Singapore Botanical Gardens is featured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is reckoned to be a haven for over 10,000 species of flowering plants and trees. It also houses the National Orchid Garden and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Over 60,000 tropical orchids bloom inside the National Orchid Garden which makes it the largest display of orchids in the world. There are 7 theme based sections and within these are four zones each representing different seasons. Each zone has vibrant shades of orchids which will mystify you with its exquisite beauty. Revered as one of the best zoos in the world, the Singapore Zoo is home to more than 300 wildlife species, most of which are endangered. However, the prime attraction is the captive colony of Orangutans. There are several other exhibits including the technicolor play area Rainforest Kidzworld which overall makes this zoo ideal for adults and kids alike. Located on Jurong Hill, the Jurong Bird Sanctuary is Asia’s largest bird park housing more than 5000 birds. Besides the exotic birds, the Waterfall Aviary, Penguin Coast, Lory Loft Forest Enclosure are major attractions of this park. Singapore Night Safari is Asia’s first nocturnal zoo that houses over 130 species of animals. Exploring wildlife at nighttime is truly an unforgettable experience. The fire-spinning Thumbuakar Performance held daily at the entrance courtyard is not to be missed. Gardens by the Bay and River Safari Singapore both have a unique experience to offer.
Situated in the southern coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island is the perfect destination for adventure and solace seekers. It is home to lush rainforests, marvellous gardens, serene beaches, and amazing architecture. Fort Siloso, Singapore’s only preserved fort, is also located on this island. The Siloso Fort Museum exhibits realistically made wax arms and ammunition used by the British to defend Singapore during the Second World War. Beaches such as Tangjong, Palawan and Siloso offer an awesome experience to adventure junkies and peace seekers alike. S.E.A. Aquarium, Universal Studios, Butterfly Garden & Insect Kingdom, Adventure Cove Park are some of the most famous places on this island. Lazarus Island is one of the most beautiful islands and beaches in Singapore. The naturally sandy beach is perfect for a day out with family. The tranquil blue waves and glaring sun makes this isolated location ideal for picnic, sun-bathing, kite flying, swimming and nature walk. Another serene place for relaxation is Pulau Ubin Island. Its lush green forests, Puaka Hill, and vast meadows call for camping, hiking, kayaking and even motor biking. However, the prime attraction is the Chek Jawa Wetlands. Housing rich biodiversity, lagoons, forests, mangroves, coral rubble areas and sandy shores, Chek Jawa Wetlands is the most popular for sightseeing on this island.
With attractions such as iFly Singapore for unique skydiving experience, Wave House Sentosa for flowboarding, AJ Hackett-Singapore's first bungee tower, and MegaZip, an enthralling zip line, the Siloso beach in Sentosa Island is the most happening beach in Singapore. A crescent-shaped beach, Tanjong is another serene beach in Sentosa that offers a unique experience of unfound solace. Palawan Beach offers breathtaking views of sunset and an innate feeling of tranquility. Punggol Beach is like a tropical paradise for peace seekers. Renting bicycles or simply walking you can explore the Punggol Promenade, Punggol Waterway Park and Lorong Halus Wetlands. Changi Beach is another beautiful destination to enjoy scenic views and tranquil waters.
You can cover prominent places in Singapore on your trip for 4 to 6 days. You can spend fewer or even extra days depending on how many islands you wish to visit. You can spend a day exploring the city center (Central area) as major tourist attractions are located here. You can also visit the ethnic neighborhoods located across each other. Moving downwards you spend a day or two at Sentosa Island. It is home to 3 of the most beautiful beaches in Singapore. Besides sightseeing, you can enjoy different adventure activities with your friends and family.