With a reputation of being a world renowned Garden City, one can expect to find a blend of nature and modern architecture on our sunny shores. From mega-malls to nature reserves, the sights in Singapore are more than enough to keep you busy for a couple of days. We have curated 22 must see highlights in Singapore that we feel you shouldn’t miss whenever you’re in Singapore.
1. Gardens By The Bay
Hosting a plethora of plants, Gardens By The Bay is any nature-lover’s paradise. The garden comprises of conservatories such as the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, various gardens, and not to forget the Supertree Grove.
Tickets are priced around $28 and all standard exhibitions can be accessed. For such a garden to exist within a modern metropolis like Singapore is something rarely seen and definitely worth a visit.
2. Marina Bay Sands
Besides being one of the best hotels in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands also hosts various facilities that everyone can enjoy. Indulge in retail therapy at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where you’ll be greeted by luxury brands like Burberry and Chanel. Cruise through MBS and enjoy the sights on a Sampan (Chinese wooden boat) Ride for only $10 per person.
If you’re a guest at the hotel, take in the sights and sounds of the city from the hotel’s infinity pool which oversees the skyline. For those of you not staying at the hotel itself but want a taste of the high life, admission is available for $23 per person.
Get $3 off by booking your tickets below.
3. Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was officially created in 1859 and has since undergone great change to become Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. The gardens are only five minutes from Orchard Road and is accessible from several MRT Stations.
The gardens feature various gardens with different themes like “fragrant”, “rainforest” and “healing”. Look out for the National Orchid Garden which showcases countless varieties of orchids in controlled environments. Additionally, look out for the national flower of Singapore, the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (Previously known as Vanda Miss Joaquim).
The two durian shaped buildings in the middle of the Central Business District are none other than the Esplanade, which hosts a mall as well as performance theatres. If you’re a theatre or music junkie, catch a performance in one of the spacious halls. If not, shop and dine in the mall sections or simply snap a photo in front of these uniquely Singaporean structures.
Half lion and half fish, this mythical creature is the national icon of Singapore. This statue is erected at Merlion Park, in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Constantly spewing water 24/7, standard poses for photos include opening your mouth to “catch” the Merlion water. You haven’t truly been to Singapore if you haven’t taken a picture with the Merlion.
6. ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is situated right outside Marina Bay Sands and its design draws inspiration from the humble lotus. The museum exhibitions change from time to time and some highlights include a Marvel Exhibition to celebrate 10 years of Marvel superheroes and Futureworld: Where art meets science. To check what exhibits are on, just visit their website and purchase special discounted tickets below.
7. National Gallery
At the National Gallery, you’ll get to see the world’s largest public display of Southeast Asian art. The current buildings the National Gallery currently occupies were actually the former Supreme Court and City Hall, two national monuments that have been restored and transformed. So don’t be surprised by the classic architecture that you’ll be surrounded by while admiring the art pieces.
8. National Museum
Not to be confused with the National Gallery, the National Museum is the oldest museum in Singapore. This museum focuses mainly on the history and progress of Singapore herself. With a mix of classic and modern media, be enthralled by the galleries in the museum as they take you on a journey through Singapore’s short but rich and vibrant history.
9. Universal Studios Singapore
Located on Sentosa Island, just a short walk (or tram trip if you’re willing to pay) from the mainland, Universal Studios Singapore promises a day of thrills and fun for the whole family. Enjoy USS exclusives like the Battlestar Galactica Ride, or the Transformers 4D Ride. Whether you’re into thrilling rollercoasters or more mellow family-oriented rides, USS has something for everyone.
10. SEA Aquarium
SEA Aquarium is home to 100,000 marine animals, from starfishes to sharks and dolphins. Be amazed as you walk through giants tanks filled with various sea creatures and specially built habitats for more exotic creatures. You’ll even have the opportunity to touch starfishes and view jellyfish under colour-changing lights.
11. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo opens every day of the year and boasts a plethora of creatures including giraffes, orang-utans and pandas. It might seem like your typical zoo, but the Singapore Zoo offers various one-of-a-kind experiences.
Besides getting to feed some animals, you can opt to have breakfast with the orang-utans, an opportunity you might not get elsewhere. For just $35 enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread in the accompaniment of the cute and playful orang-utans.
12. River Safari
The Amazon River Quest, which simulates the habitat along the Amazon River is the highlight of River Safari. You’ll get the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat and try to spot them camouflaged among the lush and dense greenery. Jaguars and Tapirs are among the animals that you can try to find as you cruise along the river.
13. Night Safari
Get to see nocturnal animals such as the Clouded Leopard and Sunda Pangolin in their natural habitats in Singapore’s very own Night Safari. Built as an accompaniment to the Zoo, the Night Safari allows visitors to observe these animals in their active state at night, something you might otherwise miss in a regular zoo. Follow the various trails and visit the exhibits for an insight to how these animals behave.
14. Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is definitely the place to be if you’re a lover of our Avian winged friends. The park boasts exhibits like Pelican Cove, Waterfall Aviary and Wings of Asia, where birds of specific types or from specific regions can be found. The bird park also features shows involving trained birds as well as bird feeding.
For a limited time only, purchase Jurong Bird Park ticket and get FREE Mr Bean Classic Soya Milk.
15. Macritchie Reservoir Park
Macritchie Reservoir Park is definitely the place to be for both nature and fitness lovers. This park offer both land and water activities, ranging from hiking along the various trails, or paddling in the water to discover native flora and fauna.
If you’re looking for something more unique, the Treetop Walk is the thing for you. Spanning over 7 kilometers, hike on a specially built pathway where you will overlook the entire park and have the chance to encounter some wild monkeys.
16. Lazarus Island
For something a little more exotic, you can take a ferry to Lazarus Island, a tranquil, peaceful island just offshore from the mainland. A regular ferry takes visitors to St John’s Island for only $18 (round trip) and walk across the link bridge to this island. Unlike its neighbours Kusu and St John’s Island, Lazarus is known for its undeveloped beaches and undisturbed nature so do consider visiting for a different experience.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Sentosa. With three beaches to choose from (Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong Beach) and many other beach clubs, be spoilt for choice on where to let loose and enjoy. Being a man-made beach, expect clean and pillowy sands. Engage in sports and games like frisbee, volleyball, cycling or simply having a stroll along the beaches.
If you’re willing to spend some money, other activities include iFly (indoor skydiving) and flowriding at Wave House Sentosa.
18. Singapore Flyer
It’s almost impossible to miss the Singapore Flyer, our very own version of the London Eye. Even though it’s a little smaller, you’ll still be able to catch a glimpse of our beautiful skyline. Get a ticket for around $33 and enjoy the stunning architecture of the building in the day, or the bright lights in at night. For a more memorable experience, the option of dining in the flyer is also available, but bookings do have to be made in advance.
There’s a special package curated just for you. You can now book Singapore Flyer and Gardens By the Bay together for a special online price.
19. Fort Canning
Besides being a park, Fort Canning also holds much of Singapore’s history, especially during World War II. Hike along trials that used to be former British military sites including gates, bunkers and even a cannon. Tours that you can sign up for are also available, in which visitors are brought into former bunkers that have been restored for a depiction of what war was like in the 1960s.
Chinatown used to be the enclave for Chinese immigrants during early Singapore times. Today, it is a bustling area filled with countless dining and shopping options, together with temples and shops selling traditional items. Visit during the Chinese New Year period to experience the hustle and bustle, with snacks, decorations and clothes sold all over the main street.
21. Little India
In Little India, you’ll find many shops selling traditional Indian apparel as well as herbs and spices. Here, you can get your daily dose of prata or thosai.
One highlight would be the Mustafa Centre, a 24 hour mall that has a total of 6 levels, including 2 basement floors. Find anything from fresh food and snacks to clothes and electronics. Definitely a must-visit if you’re in the area.
22. Kampong Glam
Lastly, being a melting pot of cultures and races, Kampong Glam has a rich history that originated from the Malay and Arab settlers. Aside from mosques, visitors can go to the Malay Heritage Centre for a deeper insight and understanding of the area. Visitors can purchase traditional Malay baju and Persian rugs as souvenirs. For something more modern, hit Haji Lane up for a more hipster area, selling trendy blogshop clothes.
These are our top recommendations for a truly Uniqely Singaporean experience. Hit these places up, snap some pictures and let us know what you think!
MOS Burger to open at Waterway Point in Aug 2019
Easties rejoice! It seems that a new MOS Burger outlet will soon be opening at Waterway Point in August this year.
The famous fast food chain is still under construction at the mall where pictures were snapped.
The construction signage claimed that this new MOS burger outlet will be opening in August so you’ll be able to get your fix really soon.
The restaurant will be located at B1 next to Breadtalk.
The new MOS burger outlet will not be alone though. Famous Fillipino fast food joint, Jollibee, recently opened a new branch in the mall on the same level to massive queues.
Are you excited for the new eateries coming to Punggol?
Jollibee is finally open at Waterway Point and the queues are insane
It is no secret that Singaporeans love their fried chicken, especially the ones from the famous Filipino fast-food chain, Jollibee.
When people heard that an outlet would be opening at Waterway Point on 18 July (Friday), you can bet that many people were pretty excited about the news.
And to show their enthusiasm, some people started queueing outside the store from as early as 7.30am.
Jollibee snapped some pictures of the insane queues and shared them on Facebook to show everyone how well-loved their fried chicken is.
One reason for the long queues was that the first 100 people in the line were entitled to the very adorable Jollibee pillows. The lucky first 5 customers managed to walk away with the limited edition Jollibee Funko POP! Figurine.
So, if you’re a fried chicken lover and you live near Waterway Point, you definitely need to check Jollibee’s new outlet out (maybe after the queues have died down)!
Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828763
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Punggol
Photo credits: Jollibee Singapore
Famous Burger Joint Five Guys is opening an outlet in Singapore by end of 2019
Queued 2 hours for Shake Shack but it didn’t quite make the cut? Fret not as you can look forward to sinking your teeth into another popular American burger joints burgers pretty soon.
Five Guys is slated to open an outlet at Plaza Singapura by the end of 2019 and they will most likely be situated near the main atrium at the ground level of the mall.
For those of you who have been living under a rock and do not know what Five Guys are, they essentially are a burger joint that specialises in outrageously juicy and lip-smackingly good burgers that are made from 100% freshly ground beef.
The brand has 8 burgers on their menu which ranges from the classic Cheeseburger to the more sinful Bacon Cheeseburger.
One thing that makes Five Guys so popular is the fact that you are given the freedom to choose as many toppings as you please; from tangy relish to juicy grilled mushrooms, you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice!
We are unsure if the Singapore menu will be the same as their American counterpart but we are sure that either way, it’ll taste amazing!