Singapore is all about food, culture and fun, and gallons of it. Even if you spend several weeks in Singapore, you’ll find that there’s still more to enjoy in this vibrant, bustling city. NEHA SINGH shares the 10 attractions that you can’t miss:
- St John’s Island
Get on a bum boat and head straight to St John’s Island from Marina South Pier. St John’s Island is all of 39-hectares large, and is one of Singapore’s most remote places. The entire island is a lush garden, filled with remarkable flora and flowering trees. It’s like a little piece of paradise that you don’t want to miss. You can go trekking, swimming, dolphin-sighting, picnicking, and more here. The island is just 15 minutes away from Singapore but it’ll feel like you’re in a totally different world.
- Singapore River Cruise
Hop on a bumboat and take a Singapore River Cruise as the sun sets. Feast your eyes on the skyline as the lights come on. Check out the historic buildings as they pass by and enjoy the light breeze. Be sure to cruise for as long as you like, and play some exciting music on board to add to the mood of the cruise.
- Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands harbour puts on a spectacular display of water jets, fire geysers and lasers in a light and sound show that can beat any other in the world. The entire show took three years to put together and lasts 13 minutes. You will love the finale of the show when millions of bubbles fill up the night sky. Take your stand outside Shoppes@Marina Bay Sands and have the most exciting night of your life.
- Mount Faber Cable Car
One of the most picturesque things to do is to ride the cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island. Enjoy a lovely sky-high 4-course meal while taking in the most scintillating views of the forests and the sea below you. Mount Faber is located some 328 feet above sea level. You’ll get glimpses of the city’s fabulous skyline from this height so be sure to feast your eyes on it. Savour the best wines, starters, mouth-watering food and dessert and the incredible feeling of being suspended from a height.
- Esplanade Roof Garden
Stroll along the Singapore River first and build up an appetite. Then get to the Esplanade Roof Garden and enjoy a lovely dinner, while taking in the unobstructed views of Marina Bay Sands, One Fullerton and the Singapore River. Do take some pictures of the scenery from the angles of the roof garden, which provide a wonderful backdrop for your efforts. Stroll on the lush green lawns of the Esplanade Roof Garden. You can choose to picnic on the lawns if you like. The Esplanade Roof Garden is so lush and lovely, you’ll want to travel to Singapore just to enjoy it.
- Fort Canning Hill
Fort Canning Hill is a lovely park that’s peaceful and well lit at sunset. When you enter the park, you’ll completely forget that it is located in the middle of the busy city. Strolling around in the park is totally free of charge, so enjoy the tranquillity of the place for as long as you want.
How about drinks and dinner at the highest alfresco bar in the world? Then head straight to 1-Altitude, which houses three concept bars and restaurants. Choose where to drink and eat – 282 and City Golf, Stellar or 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar. Take your pick. The best part about 1-Altitude is the fact that you can enjoy simply spectacular 360⁰ view of the entire city on a clear night. What’s more, the views stretch all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia. Book your reservations on a week day so you can enjoy your time at the bar in peace!
- Gardens By The Bay
Stroll on the sky bridge at the Gardens by the Bay on a full moon night. Take a walk along the OCBC Skyway Suspension bridge with the lit-to-the-nines, extremely luminous Supertrees in the background and the fragrance of a million rare flowers in the air. With the perfumed air and the ambience and the lights, it’s a romantic place like none other during the evenings. Check out the native and exotic flowering plants as they start blooming towards sunset. Explore the lovely conservatories and the flower domes to your heart’s content.
- Clarke Quay
Singapore’s historical riverside hub, Clarke Quay, is the place to have good times. Clarke Quay stretches along the banks of the Singapore River, offering mesmerizing views of the river harbour and landmarks on each side. Clarke Quay has tons of entertainment and dining options – you simply won’t be bored here. If you are into adventuring, then try your hand at some reverse bungee jumping. Enjoy a lovely river cruise, watch the laser show at Marina Bay Sands and visit the Asian Civilisation Museum.
- Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is an immensely colourful and beautiful paradise, which is a recognized UNESCO National Heritage. Stroll here to your heart’s content in this charming and peaceful environment that attracts thousands who come to enjoy its wonderful ambience. Breathe in the fresh air and admire the many greenhouses with their rare and exotic flowers. Do visit the National Orchid Garden and breathe in the exotic perfumes that scent there air. If you want, you can get your pictures as a group or solo taken in front of the National Orchid Garden. What a background that will make!
A postgraduate in mass communication, Neha Singh loves everything about life. Travelling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker and explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering, she loves meeting new people and gets attached to their culture very easily.