Singapore: voted the #1 most expensive place to live in the world, the world’s best airport and soon to be the worlds first “Smart” country when it comes to cyber & data technology. It’s surely enough to peak one’s curiosity to see what else this country has to offer. A business, government and trade epicenter, much is centered around this as you move through the clean and organized streets. With a country size of 278 miles – you can easily cover quite a bit in just a few days. One of the best times to visit is on the weekends as there is little traffic on both the roadways and public transportation. Speaking of, the public transit system is the way to go as it is quite efficient, inexpensive, safe and clean. You can even take the bus from the airport to a destination an hour away for less than $3. When planning your trip to Singapore you should highly consider visiting the below recommendations!
#1 Marina Bay Sands
Probably the BEST part about Singapore. By far. It includes the world’s longest infinity pool which sits on top of a 153 foot story hotel (Marina Bay Sands Hotel). You don’t have to stay at the hotel to get to the top and view the pool. The best way to check it out is to pay for a restaurant ticket which will get you to the very top of the hotel. Order a drink (Singapore Sling – is my recommendation….hey why not?) from the bar and enjoy the view! (By the way, when you order a drink, make sure you show them your ticket so that your drink is discounted) When you’re up top, you can enjoy 360 views of the harbor, downtown Singapore, Marina Bay Sands garden, and more! It’s a fantastic view that is worth the effort.
Another part of Marina Bay that is an absolute must see are the SuperTrees. These larger than life trees live up to their name. The best time to check them out is at night time when they are lit up with various colors. After you finish walking through the extensive SuperTree Groves, head on over to the harbor and watch the nightly holographic light and water show. It includes some pretty cool animated scenes synced to a score of symphonic music selections.
#2 Singapore Art & Science Museum
Which leads to the next pit stop you should try and make room for during your time in Singapore. The lotus flower statue alone in front of the museum is reason enough to visit this educational site. With rotating exhibits, you could catch a number of opportunities to both interact and/or admire. There are exhibits for all ages and art interests. A bit on the pricey side for experiencing all three exhibits, the value is better than the a la cart option of just choosing one or two.
#3 Botanic Gardens
Last but not least, mosey on over to the world renown Singapore Botanic Garden. It’s been selected as a UNESCO site which lives up to the acclaim. It’s massive garden is spread out of quite a few acres of land- so be prepared to do a lot of walking! Make sure you bring water too as it can get quite hot in Singapore during midday. So try and visit this exhibit either very early in the morning or early evening. The gardens offer several unique areas including an herbal, healing, orchid and fragrance garden. It’s a relaxing and beautiful experience, but make sure you keep watch while walking around as you may encounter a kimono dragon hanging out in the shade or crossing the pathway.
Of course there are many other things to do in Singapore such as the zoo, shopping, and checking out all some of the eateries that serve chili crab….but I found these aforementioned places to be in the top places especially if you don’t have many days to explore the country for the first time.