A Complete Guide to Singapore!

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When we were researching for our trip to Singapore we didn’t find even one article providing a complete list of attractions in Singapore. So this is one last post on SG giving a complete list of places one can visit in SG. Right from attractions for nature lovers to shoppers to foodies & right up to the SG Changi airport this list has it all. . . An all you can do in SG list! ! You won’t have to look anywhere else after this ! 🙂

First and foremost the Singapore MRT map for convenient travelling 🙂

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ATTRACTIONS FOR NATURE LOVER’S

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. The zoo was built at a cost of S$9 million and opened on 27 June 1973. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighbouring Night Safari, River Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16 percent are considered to be threatened species. 40 hectares of secondary forest were later developed into the Night Safari. Shows are conducted at the zoo where visitors get to interact with the animals. Their latest attraction is the River Safari.

http://www.zoo.com.sg/visitor-info/park-map.html

Jurong Bird Park

jurong-bird-park-map-morning-routeJurong Bird Park is a tourist attraction in Boon Lay, Singapore. The bird park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometres (49 acres) at the western foot of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region.

Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a large flock of flamingos. It is currently the world’s largest bird park in terms of the number of birds and second largest both in the number of bird species and land area . There are 5,000 birds of 400 species in Jurong Bird Park, of which 29 are of threatened species. There Bird Shows conducted as well.

Botanical Gardens & Orchid Gardens

Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-MapThe Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 156-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Singapore’s main shopping belt. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013

The National Orchid Garden, within the main gardens, is at the forefront of orchid studies and a pioneer in the cultivation of hybrids, complementing the nation’s status as a major exporter of cut orchids. Aided by the equatorial climate, it houses the largest orchid collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids.

More than 10,000 species of flora is spread over its 82-hectares area, which is stretched vertically; the longest distance between the northern and southern ends is 2.5 km (1.6 mi). The Botanic Gardens receives about 4.5 million visitors annually.

Chinese Garden

chinese gardenChinese Garden also commonly known as Jurong Gardens is a park in Jurong East, Singapore. Built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, an architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modelled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping. It is located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and connected to the adjacent Japanese Garden by a bridge. You will see the twin pagodas, lake, bonsai garden, tea house and other such features.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

wetland reserveA trekker’s paradise, the wetlands of Sungei Buloh are a dream come true for keen nature lovers. At this sprawling 87-hectare ecological site, you can catch migratory birds escaping the cold on their way to the warmer climes of Australia – with some having come as far away as Siberia.

Elsewhere, crabs, mudskippers and mud lobsters can be found in their natural habitats, and viewed from a distance at observation posts that dot the park. The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a world-class eco-tourism experience first discovered in 1986 by a group of birdwatchers from the Malayan Nature Society.

Gardens by the Bay

gardens_by_the_bay_2015It  is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

The “Cloud mountain” itself is an intricate structure, consists of a number of levels, each with a different theme. . It features a 42-metre (138 ft) “Cloud Mountain”, accessible by an elevator, and visitors will be able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35-metre (115 ft) waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air.

The Flower Dome features seven different “gardens” as well as an olive grove with a bistro and a central changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory.

Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft). The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants. There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Sentosa Island

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One of the most famous attractions of Singapore where you can spend a whole day. The name Sentosa is derived from the Sanskrit word Santosha which means peace, joy & contentment.  Sentosa offers a variety of attractions, museums and other facilities to provide a variety of experiences, recreation and entertainment to visitors, children & adults alike. Some of the attractions are Underwater Aquarium, Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Tiger Sky Tower, Merlion Plaza, Light & Sound Show at night, Cable Car ride, Wings of Time Show, 4D Adventure Land, etc. Sentosa has a stretch of sheltered beach of more than 2 km (1.2 mi) on its southern coast, divided into three portions: Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach. These beaches are artificial, reclaimed using sand bought from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Universal Studio

universal studios SGUniversal Parks & Resorts markets the park as a “one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia” and promises that the park will be the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia for the next 30 years. Universal Studios is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Universal Studios Singapore is 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, occupying the easternmost part of the 49-hectare (120-acre) Resorts World Sentosa. There are a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park. The park consists of seven themed zones which surround a lagoon. Each zone is based on a blockbuster movie or a television show, featuring their own unique attractions, character appearances, dining and shopping areas.

Merlion Park

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Exit the Raffles Palace MRT and head towards the Esplanade for this.  Merlion Park, a landmark of Singapore, is a major tourist attraction at One Fullerton, Singapore, near the Central Business District (CBD). Half-fish and half-lion, the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront Merlion Park.

It is not as much a park as it is a standing symbol for all of Singapore. Spread out over 2,500 square meters, or about 27,000 square feet. Two structures of the Merlion are located at the park. The original merlion structure measures 8.6 meters tall, whilst a Merlion cub located near the original statue measures 2 metres tall.

Singapore Flyer

30 -wm2The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel in Singapore. The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, on 31 March 2014. The best time to hitch a ride is at dusk when the entire row of downtown skyscrapers is softly lit. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the city & beyond  with the finest champagne on board Singapore Flyer.

Marina Bay Sands

29 -pmwmMarina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost. Marina Bay Sands has three 55-story hotel towers which were topped out in July 2009. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare roof terrace, Sands SkyPark. The SkyPark has the world’s longest elevated swimming pool, with a 146-metre (478 ft) vanishing edge, 191 metres above ground. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands have close to 1,000,000 sq ft o f retail space with over 300 stores and F&B outlets, with luxury brand boutiques. A canal runs through the length of the Shoppes, similar to the gondola rides available in the Venice.

Helix Bridge

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Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge, previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. Canopies (made of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh) are incorporated along parts of the inner spiral to provide shade for pedestrians.

The bridge has four viewing platforms sited at strategic locations which provide stunning views of the Singapore skyline and events taking place within Marina Bay. At night, the bridge will be illuminated by a series of lights that highlight the double-helix structure, thereby creating a special visual experience for the visitors. One can view the laser light & sound show conducted every evening, projected onto the walls of the ArtScience museum from here.

Haw Par Villa

Haw par villaThe park, originally called Tiger Balm Gardens, was built in 1937 by the Burmese-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the developers of Tiger Balm, as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values.

The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese Mythology, folklore, legends, history, and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism. The best known attraction in Haw Par Villa is the Ten Courts of Hell, which features gruesome depictions of Hell in Chinese mythology and Buddhism.

MINT Museum of Toys

mint-museum-of-toysThe Mint Museum of Toys is a purpose-built museum showing a private collection of vintage toys. MINT is an acronym for “Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys”. The museum collection includes more than 3,000 toys and childhood memorabilia from the mid-19th century to mid-20th Century. All the toys displayed in the museum are the lifetime collection of Singaporean, Chang Yang Fa. Exhibits on display include Disney toys,Astro Boy, Batman, Popeye the sailor, Pre-war Japanese toys, including a ‘Door of Hope’ Chinese doll collection dating from the turn of the 20th Century,Teddy Bear collection as well as Chinese comics and comic covers dating from 1920s, and the Adventures of TinTin collectables.

Singapore Grand Prix

grand prix circuitAnother yearly grand attraction in SG is the Singapore Grand Prix, a motor race on the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The event takes place in Singapore on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and was the inaugural F1 night race and the first street circuit in Asia.

Cruising in SG

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Cruise_SGSingapore is the choice homeport of numerous cruise lines and so a variety of option are available from Star Cruises to Celebrity Cruises. One also has the option or river cruising in SG. The Singapore River Cruise will be cruising along Boat Quay which is one of the many area that it will cruising pass. This river cruise highlights the heritage of the famous Singapore River, especially Boat Quay, Clarke Quay  and Marina Bay.

 

SINGAPORE FOR SHOPPERS

Arab Street

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Arab Street is the name of a road and neighbourhood in SG. Spices, textiles, basketry items and songkoks are sold along this row of shophouses with five-foot way at Arab Street.

Shopaholics, head to colourful Haji Lane – a row of multi-label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and cafes. Or pick up traditional wares such as Persian carpets, kebaya dresses and handmade perfumes from Arab Street and Bussorah Street.

 

Little India (Map placed above)

Little India today is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. As you walk down Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, explore their mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. The 24-hour shopping mall Mustafa Centre offers everything from electronics to groceries, or takes your pick from open-air Tekka Centre, goldsmith shops and sari stores. Great place in Singapore to try Indian food.

Orchard Road

orchard-road-mapOrchard Road, a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard, is the retail and entertainment hub of SG. Often known colloquially as Orchard, the area is a major tourist attraction. This road got its name from the various orchards and plantations that existed in the area in the early 20th century. Orchard Road is flanked by pedestrian shopping centres. Orchard Road contains numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels.

Bugis  Street & Bugis Junction Mall

bugisstreetmapBugis Street is a cobblestoned, relatively wide avenue sandwiched between the buildings of the Bugis Junction shopping complex. On the other hand, the lane presently touted as “Bugis Street” by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board is billed as “the largest street-shopping location in Singapore”. The new ‘Bugis Street’ is a maze of lanes lined with stalls selling goods from souvenirs to boutiques selling local designer creations. Must check out the Bugis Junction Mall and the Night Market taking place on Bugis Street.

Chinatown

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Chinatown is where Hindu temples and mosques sit right next to Chinese temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and Jamae Mosque are on South Bridge Road, as is theBuddha Tooth Relic Temple. Want to shop? Buy souvenirs in Pagoda Street, ‘bak kwa’ (barbecued meat) in New Bridge Road or traditional Chinese medicine in South Bridge Road. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the Chinatown area so you can continue to be plugged in while you sightsee, shop and eat. Chinatown is a great place for souvenir shopping , also try authentic Singaporean dishes at the Chinatown food complex.

 

SG MUST VISIT NEIGHBORHOODS

Other than Little India and Chinatown there are 2 more neighbourhoods one must visit to experience the culture of Singapore.

Joo Chiat/Katong

joo chiatAs one of the country’s best foodie destinations, Joo Chiat/Katong is also well-loved by many Singaporeans. Your culinary choices are endless: explore cool cafes that sit next to old-world coffeeshops selling the famous Katong ‘laksa‘, ‘kueh chang‘ (dumplings) and other Nonya delicacies.

Keen on shopping? Snap up a traditional Nonya outfit – ‘kebaya’ and ‘sarong’, beaded slippers and accessories, or poke about in the little shops offering Peranakan wares and handicraft.

Tiong Bahru

tiong bahruMention Tiong Bahru, and locals will tell you it’s one of the most happening hoods in town. Lined with row after row of quaint art-deco shophouses, the residential estate is jam-packed with some of the city’s hottest food and lifestyle establishments, not forgetting the heritage-rich places that offer a slice of traditional Singapore. Carve out a day here in your itinerary, and be richly rewarded with wonderful eats, offbeat shopping, and a spot of culture.

& last but not the least . . .

Changi Airport

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It is one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently the World’s Best Airport (Skytrax 2016), for the fourth consecutive year and counting. There are a mind-blowing variety of things to do here. From Orchid Gardens, Butterfly Park, free foot massage machines, kinetic rain, duty free shops, spa & transit hotels with swimming pools. One can spend a whole day here enjoying these services as there ia an option of checking in 24 hours before your flight departure !

[Info Credit: Wikipedia & Yoursingapore.com]

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