City Tour / Sightseeing

  • ► Marina Bay Sands
  • ► Merlion Park
  • ► Gardens By The Bay

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Marina Bay has been the biggest winner in the fast-paced development of this cosmopolitan city-state. The whole Marina Bay area has undergone a transformation of epic proportions & is now the de facto centre of Singapore for visitors. The S$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands complex is the focal point of the bay, & many of the great things to do & see in the area revolve around this epic building and resort. Our list of the best attractions at Marina Bay would of course not be complete without the famous Merlion, Singapore’s mythical symbol & most sought-after photo-op. Aside from pretty things to see, the area is packed full of fun and fascinating things to do too as well – all of which are great for the whole spectrum of different visitors that flock to this stunning spot every year.

1. GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens by the Bay is an incredible futuristic park featuring giant manmade tree structures (called the ‘Supertree Grove’) which towers into the sky. This Singapore attraction has won countless awards & continues to wow the endless succession of visitors who have the chance to get up close & personal with the trees by using the impressive Skywalk over the gardens. Come nightfall, the 50-metre-tall trees are brilliantly illuminated with a kaleidoscope of colours, making the whole park even more spectacular. The show starts around 8pm & is completely free (unless you want to use the Skywalk where there is a small charge)

Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. Among the standout features are the famous Supertree structures. These offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, with oversized seashell-shaped greenhouses that recreate chilly mountain climates. There are hundreds of trees & plants to discover within, making Gardens by the Bay a great destination for both kids & grownups, & simply for those looking for a respite with stunning views.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay covers 250 acres of reclaimed land on the waterfront. The best spot to get an idea of the sheer size of the Gardens is from the top of Marina Bay Sands, directly opposite the park. Getting here is easy, either via walkways from the hotel, which give you elevated views or by taking the slightly longer riverside promenade to enter the park near the 2 domes. Walking around the park won’t cost you a cent but there is a fee if you want to step inside the climate-controlled conservatories or walk amongst the Supertrees. There is no doubting the dominance of the steel-framed ‘tree’ plantation, towering over Gardens by the Bay with 12 of the large metal structures in the central grove and half a dozen others placed in other parts of the garden. Over 200 different species of plants and flowers cover the exterior of these tall upright gardens – twice a night, at 7.45pm and 8.45pm, they are a centrepiece of the gardens’ light and music show, casting a glow over the park, and making you feel like you are in a modern fairy tale. For those who like a view, take the trip 25 m up to the remarkable walkway that connects 3 of the trees together. The 50m tree in the centre offers 360-degree panoramas of the Gardens as well as Marina Bay.

The Greenhouses at Gardens by the Bay

If you need to cool down, head into Cloud Forest, the smaller shell-shaped structure with a 35-metre-high mountain covered in plants that usually thrive in tropical highlands. Don’t worry if climbing feels too much, there is a lift that takes you up into the mist and gives you a great view looking down over the walls of plants and orchids. The Flower Dome is also cooler than outside, recreating the drier climes of places like California and the Mediterranean. In this gigantic conservatory, you will find yourself on a journey around the world, with Baobabs from Africa, Olive trees from Spain, Kangaroo Paw from Australia. A visit to both greenhouses costs S$28 for adults and S$15 for kids. Inside the Flower Dome, you’ll also find Pollen, a Mediterranean restaurant that creates dishes using herbs and vegetables grown in-house.

The Rest of the Garden

If you arrive via Bayfront MRT you will first have to walk past the Dragonfly & Kingfisher lakes. If you have enough time, walk along the boardwalk to discover the many birds and insects that have made this area their home. In a nod to the different nationalities that have settled in Singapore over the years, there is a series of four interconnecting gardens with plants & trees from India, China, Malaysia & the Colonial garden. Besides Pollen & Supertree by Indochine, you can also find a host of casual restaurants to try: Cafe Crema offering sandwiches & snacks, Seventh Heaven serving up ice creams, and Verandah, a traditionally inspired black & white bungalow that serves Asian & International cuisines. Gardens by the Bay’s location makes it an easy getaway from Singapore’s traffic & skyscrapers. It offers a fun space to explore horticulture from around the world. But even better than that, the Supertrees, Cloud Forest, & Flower Dome bring plants to life in a way you’ve probably never seen before

 

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm, Outdoor Gardens open daily from 5am to 2am
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953,
Singapore Tel: +65 6420 6848

2. ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM
The ArtScience Museum in Singapore stands proudly as a landmark in itself at Marina Bay. While most traditional art or science museums attract visitors purely for what is found inside them, at ArtScience Museum, this is not the case. The iconic lotus flower design of the building is simply stunning – making this attraction worth a look purely for its spectacular architecture. Inside is just as impressive, with over 20 gallery spaces across a total area of 50,000 square feet highlighting all things creative and historical in Singapore (exhibitions are subject to regular change)

ArtScience Museum Singapore sits on the waterfront in the shadow of Marina Bay Sands. The museum is shaped like an outstretched hand – or perhaps even a bunch of bananas – and provides the city with ever-changing displays, from Dali to Harry Potter. A place of great interest for children and adults, a visit here is both entertaining and educational, exploring the links between art and science. The gallery is impossible to miss, on the bay side walkway of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel and 10 minutes’ walk from Bayfront MRT Station.

Just like its big brother next door, the ArtScience Museum has quickly become one of the icons of Singapore’s skyline. The building was designed with consideration to the environment: windows at the tips of each gallery let in natural light for the galleries, and the reflection pond at the base collects rainwater which is then recycled for bathroom use.
Surrounded by a large lilypond, lights shine upwards from the building at night, creating a connection between the earth and the sky. The museum allows for up to 21 gallery spaces, but it can be changed depending on the exhibition. Inside it is a blank canvas, designed to complement whatever works are being showcased.
The permanent exhibitions are split into galleries based around certain themes or ideas. Visitors enter Curiosity via a floating staircase, with questions about the relationship between art and science scrawled on the walls. Inside, you’ll find more information on the thoughts and designs that were considered when creating the ArtScience building, both in terms of engineering and beauty.

Upstairs, you’ll find the Inspiration gallery. This multimedia room is focused on 6 objects that helped shape the world today, which includes Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine – both a work of art and forward-thinking scientific concept. At the highest point of the building, there is Expression, a cinematic presentation emphasizing some of the great triumphs of both science and art, including buildings, flights, robots, and maps.
There are also several touring exhibitions that are on display at the ArtScience Museum. In the past, this has included artefacts from the Titanic, items from the Harry Potter film sets, and art displays dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. With such varied exhibits and a very interesting permanent space, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore is a great journey of discovery for both kids and adults.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956,
Singapore Tel: +65 6688 8868

3. MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK
Venturing up to the Sands SkyPark, perched at the very top of the awe-inspiring, 3-pronged Marina Bay Sands complex, is a great way of seeing the iconic Singapore skyline in all its glory.
Entrance is around S$23 for adults and S$12 for the kids, although some almost identical views can be enjoyed from the luxurious Sky@57 restaurant or the sumptuous CE LA VI Skybar – both of which are similarly located on the top floors of the Marina Bay Sands resort

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark offers a taste of the high life with views of Singapore from above. This large wooden decked area is on top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, at the edge of the city’s harbour. SkyPark offers a 360-degree panorama, with nothing but a sheet of glass and a few wires between you and the dramatic view.
Sitting on top of the massive, 3-pronged hotel that overlooks the bay and which practically puts Singapore on the map, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck offers an impressive bird’s eye view of Gardens by the Bay – Singapore’s futuristic park with its magnificent metal tree-like structures.

The remarkable resort complex comprises 3 55-storey towers, all connected to the 200-metre-high Sands SkyPark which offers 360-degree views of Singapore. The resort also features tropical gardens, restaurants, nightclubs and a 150-metre outdoor infinity pool.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel has a total of 2,560 rooms and huge shopping facilities with countless luxury stores bearing such names as Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Prada, and Patek Philippe. The resort also features a huge convention hall which hosts seminars, events, and all kinds of functions including wedding parties.
►The casino section is only 15,000 square meters and occupies less than 3% of the resort grounds.
►The casino is open 24 hours.
►Smart casual wear is required in the casino (casual short pants, sleeveless shirts, slippers, and flip-flops are not allowed).
Location: 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973,
Singapore Tel: +65 6688 8868

4.MERLION

The Merlion is not just any ordinary statue. This solid concrete, 70-tonne, water-spouting, half mermaid-half lion figure is a mythical symbol of Singapore, and probably the most sought-after photo-op for visitors to the city-state.
Whilst the iconic statue is the main focal point, the surrounding area has a nice terraced seating area (free to use) where you can relax, take in the view or have yourself a little picnic (or cheeky beer at night). There is also a purposely built jetty stretching out over the water, providing a great platform for that all-important photo of the Merlion, or the rest of the Marina Bay, which is just as stunning.

The Merlion is the mythical symbol of Singapore and easily the most popular attraction on the whole island. Come to visit this half-fish, half-lion statue during the day to witness crowds of tourists all bustling for position for Singapore’s most sought-after photo-op in front of the 70-tonne concrete figure. The statue stands 8.7 metres tall and has a fountain of water spurting out into the picturesque Marina Bay.
You can find the statue at Merlion Park, situated at 1 Fullerton near the waterfront at Marina Bay. This must-see Singapore attraction is just a short walk from Raffles Place MRT Station & can also be visited via day tours which stop off at all of the other most popular attractions in Singapore.

Merlion Park, which is completely free to visit, includes several cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops, and onsite restrooms. You can get up close to the statue or walk along the purpose-built jetty that sticks out into the bay, which presents the best position for that all-important holiday snap. Bonus points if you can position yourself so it looks like the fountain of water from the Merlion is falling into your own mouth!
It’s said that the fish’s body of the Merlion represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a small fishing village at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula. The Lion’s head is derived from the country’s original name, Singapura, which means Lion City in Malay.
Whilst nowadays most locals regard the Merlion to be more of a shrewd marketing tool rather than holding any deep mythical or historical significance, the statue remains an iconic symbol of the country and certainly is a must-see Singapore attraction. Come early enough in the morning or late at night to avoid the crowds & enjoy the particularly pleasant view across the bay.

Location: Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213, Singapore

5. SINGAPORE FLYER
The Singapore Flyer is one of the world’s largest observation wheels and is a perfect way getting a great view of that stunning Singapore city skyline. Towering 165 metres into the sky (it also has a similar diameter – being a giant circle), guests can get some breathtaking views all whilst making their way around the loop at a very leisurely pace (at 0.21m per second).
Famous sights such as the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, and the CBD can all be seen from the comfort of your air-conditioned capsule. A capsule fits up to 28 passengers, although there’s usually much less on a single ride

The Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest observation wheel. A one-of-a-kind experience and built over a 3-storey terminal building, the Flyer is 150 metres in diameter, 165 metres high, and travels at 0.21m per second (it is some 30 metres taller than the famous London Eye).
With breathtaking panoramas that are so radically different during the day and at night, it’s hard to choose the best time to take a ride. Our own favourite time to ride the Singapore Ferris wheel is around dusk when the sunlight gives way to millions of sparkling lights.

As a passenger on the Singapore Flyer, you’ll get to see such city sights as the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Empress Place, & the Padang. Each of Singapore Flyer’s 28 city-bus-sized, air-conditioned capsules can carry up to 28 passengers. A complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes.
If shopping is your thing, there are plenty of opportunities here from luxury watches to jewellery but it’s not all about extravagance – you can sample various types of delicious food at many of the city-state’s restaurants as well as relax at a spa offering such treatments as a ‘Dr. Fish’ spa & foot reflexology. Those who love the idea of flying can try the flight simulator under the Flyer & be a pilot for a day in a well-equipped cockpit.

Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 10.30pm
Location: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803,
Singapore Tel: +65 6333 3311

6. Marina Bay Sands Casino

The gigantic 15,000-sq-m Marina Bay Sands Casino is part of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Inside, you’ll find over 500 gaming tables, 1,600 slot machines and in the centre of it all, a huge seven-ton chandelier made up of more than 130,000 Swarovski crystals.
This Singapore attraction is much more than just a place where you can throw away your holiday savings money or win big in an evening. In fact, many of the visitors here come simply just to watch the intense betting action (particularly the poker and blackjack games) or play small on one of the 5¢, 10¢, 20¢ machines for a bit of fun.

Marina Bay Sands is part of the megaresort project, Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. It’s much more than just a hotel and casino – it has everything to be one of Southeast Asia’s top entertainment destinations. Only less than a month after its opening in 2010, a few Lotus Evora cars from the casino’s ‘Mystery Car Jackpot’ found new owners. Not bad at all for those who played on the 5¢, 10¢, 20¢ or multi-denomination machines and won. Place your bets and hope you’re lucky. Lost the lucky streak? Head up to the Sands Skypark for jaw-dropping city panoramas and a fun-filled night at the many rooftop clubs (the uber-chic CE LA VI is one worth checking out). Even if you’re out of luck, you’ll never run out of entertainment.

The lavish 15,000-square-metre casino features about 500 gaming tables, 1,600 slot machines (locals call them ‘jackpot machines’) as well as more than 30 private gaming rooms. In the casino’s own words, “Marina Bay Sands offers a vast selection of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines worldwide. Their collection of machines features more than 250 themes and game titles to choose from.”
When entering the main gaming floor, guests will immediately notice the amazing chandelier – it’s the world’s largest, made up of more than 130,000 Swarovski crystals and weighs just a bit over 7 tons! The casino also caters to non-smoking gamers as well.

The remarkable resort complex comprises 3 55-storey towers, all connected to the 200-metre-high Sands SkyPark which offers 360-degree views of Singapore. The resort also features tropical gardens, restaurants, nightclubs and a 150-metre outdoor infinity pool.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel has a total of 2,560 rooms and huge shopping facilities with countless luxury stores bearing such names as Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Prada, and Patek Philippe. The resort also features a huge convention hall which hosts seminars, events, and all kinds of functions including wedding parties.
►The casino section is only 15,000 square meters and occupies less than 3% of the resort grounds.
►The casino is open 24 hours.
►Smart casual wear is required in the casino (casual short pants, sleeveless shirts, slippers, and flip-flops are not allowed).
Location: 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973,
Singapore Tel: +65 6688 8868