Ranked highly in education, health care, and quality of life, the highly urbanized country of Singapore will never fail to make you think that “utopia” does exist. Let’s take a sneak peak and check out my list of the top Singapore tourist spots! I’ve also included links to great deals that can help you save while you visit these places! Purchase them in advance to save! 🙂
#1 Singapore Tourist Spot? Gardens by the bay
Singapore’s jaw-dropping 101-hectare nature park is the product of the national government’s propaganda in making Singapore as a “City in a Garden”. And because of this successful prop, the city became the premiere urban outdoor recreation space.
The conservatory complex at Gardens by the Bay comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The conservatories, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, are intended to be an energy efficient showcase of sustainable building technologies.
How to go to Gardens by the Bay?
- Alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
- Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
- Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay
#2 – Marina Bay
Located in the Central Area of Singapore, you can marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline of the Sand Sky Park. With Singapore’s reputation as a powerhouse business mogul, expect to see the epitome of city living in the form of men and women wearing suits and cyclists whiz by high-end cafes.
How to go to Marina Bay?
- Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to CE1/DT16 Bayfront Station on the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system. MRT services to/from Bayfront Station operate daily from (approximately) 6:00am to 12:00am midnight.
#3 – Merlion Park
Overlooking Marina Bay is Merlion Park. Merlion is Singapore’s national icon, the mythical Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese.
This icon is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore, similar to other significant landmarks around the world. This is one of my favorite Singapore tourist spots. In fact, I’ve already been to Singapore four times and I’ve visited this place every time I went there!
How to go to Merlion Park?
- The nearest Merlion Park MRT is Raffles Place MRT. Walk along the Battery Road towards Fullerton Road from Raffles Place MRT Station. Personally, I prefer you take the taxi because it’s easier.
#4 – Clarke Quay
Looking for one of the best Singapore Tourist Spots that’s perfect for chilling out? Well, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that has more selections than Clarke Quay. In the city’s most lively nightlife spot, you’ll definitely be satisfied to witness iconic dance clubs and rooftop clubs.
One of the most famous clubs usually visited by tourists is the Shanghai Dolly. This club boasts a cabaret-style theme and is one of Singapore’s infamous mandopop live music venues.
How to go to Clarke Quay?
- NE5 Clarke Quay MRT (about 5 mins walk)
- DT20 Fort Canning Station (about 5 mins walk)
- NS25/EW13 City Hall MRT (about 10 mins walk)
Clarke Quay Photo Credit: Singapore Guide
#5 – Universal Studios
My friends always ask me, “There are a lot of Singapore tourist spots. But what can compare to Disneyland?” Well, here’s my answer! Enter the thrilling world of fantasy and action and experience cutting-edge rides and amusements at Universal Studios.
For four consecutive years, the Universal Studios Singapore has been the recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice award for amusement parks because of its solid record in keeping its rides safe and entertaining for kids (and even adults).
How to go to Universal Studios?
- Option 1a: Take buses 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145 or 166 and alight at VivoCity. Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront. Alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point.
- Option 1b: Take bus 123 and alight at Resorts World Sentosa bus stop 14519.
- Enter via The Forum and turn left to take the escalator up to level 1.
- Keep left and walk till you see the Universal Studios Globe.
#6 – Raffles Hotel (One of the Singapore Tourist Spots that will make you feel like you’re in Europe!)
If you have the budget to stay in a luxurious hotel, Raffles Hotel is just the right place for you. Opened in 1887, this 103-suite heritage hotel in Beach road was declared as a national monument by the Singapore government. For more than 130 years, this colonial masterpiece has always been the state’s most cherished hotel for it has catered numerous royalties, celebrities, and infamous artists over the years.
Visit Raffles Hotel, sip in some of their finest champagne, and indulge in its historical significance.
If your budget is tight, I suggest you still go to Raffles and have your photo taken outside! I know that’s what I did and I was still left in awe at its beauty.
How to go to Raffles Hotel?
- Get down to the Raffles MRT and walk your way through the Raffles place.
#7 – China Town
One of Singapore tourist spots that I MAKE SURE I have the time to visit?! China Town, of course! My shopping-loving soul loves this place!
Chinatown in Singapore is somehow an ‘ethnic enclave’ located within Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. The place features mostly Chinese cultural elements and has a remarkable number of Chinese immigrants.
One of the places you can visit here is the bright blue house called Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. For a multicultural country like Singapore, a striking street food culture is always present. You can grab a cheap meal of laksa noodles or some affordable snacks like dim sum in this area. With good food and tourist hot spots, you can’t skip a visit to Chinatown.
How to go to China Town Singapore?
- Go to Exit A (Pagoda Street) of North-East MRT line’s Chinatown station
#8 – Orchard Road
This 2.2 kilometer-long boulevard is the retail and entertainment center of Singapore. Popularly known as Orchard, the area is a major tourist attraction because of its reputation as the ‘epicentre of shopping’ in the City. With nearly 30 malls to choose from, Orchard Road became comparable to London’s Oxford Street.
If you’re simply looking for a nice view to look at fancy city lights, you can go to Ion Orchard and spend a relaxing evening 56 stories above the Orchard Road.
How to go to Orchard Road?
- The MRT stations of Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall on the North-South Line will take you at the heart of Orchard Road
#9 – Singapore Flyer
Giant Ferris wheel, eh? This 165 m observation wheel is one of the top Singapore tourist spots and architectural icons. A masterpiece of urban architecture, Singapore Flyer is Asia’s Largest Observation Wheel that offers a 360° panoramic view of Singapore.
Travelers label the Singapore Flyer as one of their bucket list, with majority saying the views atop the wheel are simply breathtaking. Visitors say the 30-minute ride time gives people ample time to take in the great views and snap lots of pictures.
Even if you have fear of heights, I bet you’d never dare miss experiencing this beautiful structure.
How to go to Singapore Flyer?
- By MRT, go to The Promenade Station (Circle Line, CC4) and then walk for five-minutes to Singapore Flyer! Remember to take Exit A and look out for blue pedestrian signs toSingapore Flyer.
#10 – East Coast Park (One of my favorite Singapore Tourist Spots)
Probably one of the Singapore tourist spots that I miss the MOST is East Coast Park. It is a beach park stretching from Marina East to Bedok planning areas in the southeastern coast of Singapore. When I was there, I rented a bicycle and just emersed myself in nature. It felt serene and it was the perfect end to my vacation. Going to East Coast Park and spending the day just relaxing there was definitely one of the best experiences I had in Singapore!
How to go to East Coast Park?
- Take to Bedok MRT Station, walk to Bedok Interchange and take bus 196 or 197 and alight along Marine Parade Road (Check with bus driver). Buses 16, 31, 36, 55, 76, 135, 155, 196, 197 and 853 to Marine Parade Road.
- I recommend you take an Uber to go to this place. 🙂
East Coast Park Photo Credit: Just Run, Lah!
Singapore is such a small country but it’s a place where you can do a lot of things – shop, hike, go to a themepark, learn about new culture, etc. It’s one of my favorite out-of-the-country destinations, for sure! I hope you use this list to make the most out of your vacation in Singapore. Enjoy!!!