What makes Singapore such a fantastic country
10 things not to be missed in Singapore
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Singapore and stopover are two things that go perfectly with each other. The small city-state in Southeast Asia is ideal for a short stay. Singapore has tons of sights, which is why you should just as easily stay a few more days in the city. You won't get bored in Singapore, because the city has a lot to offer!
Singapore - 10 sights and tips
We have already been there twice and are absolutely thrilled by Singapore and its sights. The city is also very popular for a stopover from Malaysia to Indonesia.
To get to know the city better, 3 days are not quite enough, but you can definitely see the most important sights of Singapore in a few days. This is also best done with tours in Singapore, because you can learn a lot about the city-state or find exciting activities. So here is our little guide to 10 things you should see in Singapore.
Arrival to Singapore
Singapore owns with the Changi Airport not only one of the largest airports in Asia, but also one of the best in the world! Therefore, Singapore is very well connected to the route network of international flights.
You can fly direct to Singapore from many destinations in Europe as well as from many destinations in Southeast Asia. Both more exclusive airlines and low-cost airlines land in Singapore and you can find a good overview of flights with departure times and prices at Skyscanner and Momondo.
There are also bus and train connections from Thailand or Malaysia, as these can reach Singapore via the mainland. Further information and tickets are available from 12go.asia.
Overnight in Singapore - our hotel tip
Accommodation in Singapore is significantly more expensive than in other metropolises in Southeast Asia. For a decent hotel with a good location, you have to plan a little more budget. A good hotel that we can recommend is the Fragrance Hotel Riverside. It is located in the beautiful and popular district Clarke Quay, just 5 minutes from the MRT station. Although the rooms are relatively small, they are nicely modern and brightly furnished. There is also a swimming pool on the roof terrace to cool off after a hot day in Singapore. Top!
If you'd like to stay in an area other than Clarke Quay, please stop by here.
Singapore: Tours and Tickets
1. Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands was only built in 2010 and is therefore still a relatively new superlative building in Singapore. Nevertheless, in this short time it has developed into a landmark that you have certainly seen in connection with Singapore.
The hotel and casino, reminiscent of an airplane, is 55 floors (approx. 191 meters) high and absolutely impressive. The Marina Bay Sands not only offers a hotel, but also a casino, a shopping center, conference rooms, nightclubs, bars and much more at the same time.
It is more for wealthier people, but I can only recommend a visit. The architectural style is really fascinating and the Marina Bay Sands always attracts your eyes in Singapore anyway.
In addition, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel offers beautiful views of the Singapore skyline as well as the famous Infinity pool. Unfortunately, this is reserved for hotel guests, but the Skypark as a viewing platform with a 360 degree view is definitely worth a visit.
The Skypark at Marina Bay Sands is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. On weekends even until 11 p.m. Entry is 23 SGD. You can buy the tickets directly on site or online so that you don't have to queue.
2. Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay are an artificially created, huge park directly behind the Marina Bay Sands. The gigantic garden was created to improve the quality of life for the people of Singapore. But this is not only a popular place for the residents of the city-state, but also a great sight for tourists.
The three main attractions are the Flower dome, Cloud forest and the Supertrees. The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are two huge greenhouses in which different climatic zones were created and today you can marvel at many plants from different regions of the world.
The supertrees are artificially created trees within a steel frame that have solar panels on top to generate energy from the sunlight. Really impressive.
Even at night, when the supertrees are lit, you should definitely take a look at them. So it is worth visiting the Gardens by the Bay once during the day and once at night.
Visiting Gardens by the Bay is free, but some attractions require you to pay an entrance fee. This includes the OCBC Skywalk at the Supertrees. It is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and entry costs 8 SGD.
The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are also open at the same times. A combo ticket for these two attractions costs 28 SGD. You can often find these a little cheaper online.
3. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer stands across the river from Gardens by the Bay, so to speak. It is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world with a height of 165 meters (replaced as the tallest Ferris wheel in 2014 by the Las Vegas High Roller).
The 28 gondolas have window panes on each side so that they always offer you a 360 degree view of Singapore. A complete rotation takes about 30 minutes.
The Singapore Flyer is open 8:30 am to 10:30 pm daily and costs SGD 33 one way. However, there are also special offers such as dinner etc. You can find more information here.
The view is really fantastic. During the day you can even look as far as Sentosa Island in good weather conditions. In the evening, the experience is even more unforgettable with the illuminated Singapore skyline.
Tickets for a ride on the Singapore Flyer including a Singapore Sling Cocktail can be found here.
4. The Merlion
Marina Bay is the main stop for tourists and you can also find the next highlight of Singapore's sights here. The Merlion, a mixture of lion and fish, is the city's second landmark alongside Marina Bay Sands.
The statue represents the patron saint of Singapore and was developed as a logo for the city-state in 1964. It represents strength and the connection to the sea, as Singapore is one of the largest seaports in the world.
The Merlion attracts thousands of tourists every day, all of whom take a photo with some very funny poses in front of them. The view of Marina Bay Sands is also fantastic here. However, you always have to be prepared for a large number of tourists here.
5. The Helix Bridge
The pedestrian bridge, opened in 2010, connects Marina Bay Sands with the walkway around Marina Bay. The architecture resembles a spiral that is modeled on the DNA and offers 4 viewing platforms for a great view over the skyline of Singapore.
It is free to use and is particularly worth a visit in the evening. Then the Helix Bridge is illuminated in beautiful different colors. You definitely shouldn't miss this.
6. The Singapore skyline
We are fans of breathtaking skylines and Singapore offers one of them! Along the Singapore River to Marina Bay are countless skyscrapers that soar into the sky. During the day you have a great view from Marina Bay towards Merlion, but also directly on the Singapore River. Great location for a photo.
Even if the skyline is very impressive during the day, it is even more impressive for me personally when it is dark in the evening or at night.
Singapore then shines in a sea of lights from the numerous skyscrapers and reveals fantastic views. Strolling along Marina Bay gives you the best view of the Singapore skyline at night. Highly Recommended!
7. Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is also located on the banks of the Singapore River and is known for its countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Here you will find all kinds of international cuisine and there are also discos for every taste. It's not that busy during the day, but Clarke Quay fills with life in the evening.
Like (almost) everything in Singapore, partying or drinking is not exactly cheap. A beer in one of the bars can cost 10-15 SGD. Sometimes there are also cheaper offers in happy hour.
All the colorful warehouses and bars right on the water create a great and relaxed atmosphere that you should definitely experience when visiting Singapore. If you're traveling alone, why not join a Singapore pub crawl and meet new people.
8. Orchard Road
Orchard Road is the shopping center of Singapore. All high-class brands are located here, as well as huge malls, street cafes and a number of restaurants. Some of the buildings are very futuristic and modern. There is always a lot going on on Orchard Road and you can meet a few street performers too.
So you can walk down the street in a very relaxed way and just let the whole thing work on you. Even if you shouldn't buy anything, it's always impressive! In addition, you will always find a little cooling off from the heat of Singapore in the air-conditioned shopping malls.
9. Colonial District
The city's Colonial District lies on the east bank of the Singapore River. It was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and gives you a great insight into colonial Singapore. You can spot him on a walk. They are particularly worth seeing Victoria Theater, the City Hall, the Old Supreme Court or that Old Parliament House.
You can also visit the Colonial District in the evening. Then many of the buildings are illuminated and offer you a completely different, but beautiful atmosphere. But no matter whether by day or night, if you are interested you can find out more about Singapore's colonial district on a guided tour.
10. Singapore Zoo
The 28 hectare Singapore Zoo can hardly be compared with the usual zoos in Europe. On a huge area you can experience over 3000 different animal species. The animals live in different zones that correspond to their original origin.
If you still have time left in Singapore, it's definitely worth a visit. In the evening there are also those Singapore Night Safari. Here you take a train through the area and can watch the animals, which are particularly active at night. A great experience.
If you want to find out more, you are welcome to take a look at our report on the Singapore Zoo. You can also book tickets for the Singapore Zoo including tram ride online in advance.
Singapore is a brilliant city that has it all and is arguably one of the most modern we have ever seen. On the other hand, it also offers a lot of sights for culture and history junkies. A stopover is always worth it, if not a few days longer!
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How do you like Singapore and what did you see? Do you have any tips on what we should definitely see next time?
Photo 3 (Skyline) - Tatiana Popova / shutterstock.com, Photo 8 (Singapore Flyer) - Noppasin Wongchum / shutterstock.com
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