8. Singapore- Order: It’s like the country is an operating system running on code with no glitches. Sometimes it may be suffocating but the way things function like clockwork is a sight to behold.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Singapore is from December to February
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Universal Studios Singapore
From meeting Marilyn Monroe, well almost, to going for a Madagascar safari; from fighting a transformers battle in their jet, to the dragon ride, every experience was a new and rejuvenating one. Clearly The Universal Studio was the best and most adventurous part of Singapore.
Gardens By The Bay
Laneway Music Festival, baby! Although I didn’t know any of the songs played, I enjoyed the experience. There was a point when I almost wanted to pass out because of being squeezed in a crowd of hippies, but I just opted to close my eyes, listen to the lyrics, feel the beat, and let myself be swallowed by the music. This is ultimate art immersion.
Everything about Marina Bay screams opulence. The kind that courts the senses even if only for a short while. The 3.5 km Waterfront Promenade offers breathtaking views of the Marina reservoir and the skyline, especially at dusk. Whether you spend the evening taking a romantic stroll along the boardwalk or treating yourselves at one of the open cafes, you’ll be surprised at how much time you can while away here. For an unmatched view of the city, head to the Sand SkyPark Observation Deck high up above the 57 storeys of Marina Bay Sands. It looks out over the reservoir and the financial district on one side and Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s harbor on the other. Go there after 5pm, when it’s a little cooler. When you have finally had your fill of wandering about hand in hand, enjoy the setting sun at the famous Ku De Ta, a stunning rooftop bar right, while downing its signature cocktail.
The Singapore Flyer is as majestic as the London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel is actually an observation wheel that is about 42 storeys high, making it the world's tallest. The ride takes around 30 minutes and is an exhilarating experience. The entire city is visible and the view remains magnificent at each turn. This huge observation wheel boasts of unparalleled views of Singapore and even offers cocktails and some of the Singapore’s famed, exotic cuisine.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden.This is the place where one can spend some peaceful time. It includes National Orchid Garden, Rainforest, Evolution Garden, Ginger Garden, Botany Centre and Tanglin Gate, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden.
Jurong Bird Park
If you are a animal lover or a nature lover you would love this place. I really liked spending time here. Do stay and participate in atleast one of the many shows that they host. Its heartening to the feed the penguins or the storks. The tiny tots just loves the activities. My personal favourite is the Bird Show.
Changi Airport Singapore
Checked in at the World's Best Airport as with every single trip of mine. The flight was FD2940 from Singapore to Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. Thai AirAsia is pretty decent and cheap for flights to Thailand from Singapore. *TRAVEL TIP: Right now, Scoot's a much better way to fly, it goes to BKK and there are weekly sales that make travelling to Bangkok much cheaper!*
Ann Siang Hill Singapore and Clarke Quay
The areas of Ann Siang Hill and Clarke Quay really come alive at night, even on weekdays. We spent a fun evening at Club Street on Ann Siang Hill (a short walk from China Town), which is closed to traffic from 7 pm onwards. Tables brimming with people flood the street and there are so many watering holes to choose from-we headed to Gem Bar for a couple of drinks. Clarke Quay comes highly recommended, too, especially by the locals. It’s located along the Singapore River, so pick an open-air pub and you’ll get a riverside view. See clakequay.com.sg for a list of restaurants and bars to visit in this former fishing village.
The Merlion: The crown of the country, Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore. The Merlion statue has the head of a lion and the tail of fish resting on the crest of waves. The name Singapore has been derived from the name ‘Singapura’ (Singa-Lion, Pura- City) and hence the symbol of lion.
Pulau Ubin Singapore
It might be because Singapore has its superlatives that the small island of Pulau Ubin gets overshadowed, but it isn't as rustic as the Singaporeans consider it to be, even though it is Singapore's last village island. There's so much to experience, especially for kids, with beautiful ecosystems like lagoons, mangroves, swamps and forests to discover, wooden boardwalks bordering rocky beaches to stroll along, and panoramic views from atop the viewing tower. The best way to explore the island with your family is either on foot or on hiring cycles, and if you'd like to kayak along the coast or through the mangroves, Ubin Adventure Centre has you covered. Celestial Ubin Beach Resort is a great option at which bed down, or bring your camping gear along and spend the night under the stars at one of the designated campsites.
Merlion Park Singapore
Take a ferry ride from the Flyer wharf and proceed to the Merlion park. You can see the city of lion, with all the colours of the CBD towers which give you a fantastic memory! You can stroll about the pier clicking some memories. You can also enjoy the laser show from the Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore Zoo Singapore
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this is a right place for you. If you like to capture wild life through the lenses, this is the rigjt place for you. With more than a thousand species of animals in their natural habitat, this zoo is one of the bestestest zoos of the worlds and very very well maintained one. Definitely should be on the list.
Singapore Zoo Singapore
We love the way Singapore Zoo has been designed; there isn't a cage in sight. For the most part, all that separates the wildlife are dry and wet moats, rock walls and streams. You can sit with the Orangutans, gaze at a Polar Bear flopped down next to his ice cave and feed the Elephants. The zoo, which turned 40 this year, has over 2,800 animals. If you tire of walking around the 26 hectares these creatures call home hop onto a tram and experience the zoo at your own pace. Then, head over to the River Safari and don't forget to get to the giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, and make a stop at the Squirrel Monkey Forest, too, where the little ducks are free to run around you. After the entertaining Creatures of the Night show, hop onto the run for the 40-minute guided Night Safari.
Raffles Place Singapore
Who would have thought that a walk around Raffles Place is actually a walk down Singapore’s history? Raffles Place was formerly called Commercial Square and was designated for commercial activities by Sir Stamford Raffles himself back in 1822 as part of his Raffles Town Plan. The rectangular centre of Raffles Place was often referred to as Raffles Square. It was the first reclamation project in Singapore as it was swampy land next to the Singapore River. Part of the history of this place resulted in the naming of the streets such as Market Street and Chulia Street (know earlier as Kling Street) were named after Dr Jose D'Almeida, the surgeon, who had his dispensary and his business firm of Jose D'Ameida and Sons in Commercial Square.” Singapore’s very own (and oldest department store) John Little started their operations here in Commercial Square back in 1845. During World War II, and on 8 December 1941, Japanese planes made Raffles Place one of their targets of destruction. On 12 December 1987, Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station was opened with accesses from each end of Raffles Square. The station's entrance has detailing reminiscent of the John Little Building's facade dated 1911 which was fashioned in a Spanish style.
At Chek Jawa Wetlands entrance, pose for a photo with the wild boars (kidding...)! Go past the gate and follow the path. You could head for the Jelawi Tower for a panoramic view of the lush green canopy below. Keep a lookout for monitor lizards prowling in the undergrowth near the tower.
Esplanade: Esplanade is the arts and cultural entertainment of the city. From far off, the roof of the structure appears to be akin to a golf ball dipped half into the waters, but essentially, is a wire frame structure. What gives the structure its appeal is the spiked honeycomb design. This complex has been designed to meet the needs of a full scale musical and entertainment event.
There are some really picturesque nature trails from MacRitchie Reservoir Park to the HSBC TreeTop Walk suspension bridge that connects Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang (the two highest points at Mac Ritcheie), which are definitely worth your while (when the weather’s right). The trails meander through black forests and past unusual wildlife-we caught a glimpse of the bright blue baby snake-ending at the 25m-high suspension bridge. There are maps and directions posted everywhere, so whichever trail you choose, you won’t get lost. If you need a breather, stop at the Visitor Centre about 3km shy of the suspension bridge. We recommend Route 3, a 10 km walk starting from the park, and Route 6, a 7 km trek that starts from Venus Drive car park.
Art Science Museum Singapore
What can a humble brick do? Well, from the looks of what was displayed at the "The Art of the Brick" Exhibition at Singapore ArtScience Museum, a humble brick can certainly do wonders. I went there frankly because my son is crazy about Lego bricks and he basically pestered non-stop the minute he knew about the exhibition coming to Singapore. So armed with my trusty Nikon P7000, the entire family set off to see the exhibition on its 1st day of opening on 17 November 2012. 'Marvelous' is certainly a word that comes to mind when viewing the exhibition of sculptures made from the humble brick. Another word will be "WTW?" (aka "What in the World?" more a phase I know but with abbreviations, I can cheat ;)) - human torsos, gigantic skulls etc all conjured out with thought provoking ideas of what we are, who we are and what do we want to become. Finish off the exhibition with a ginormous 6m long Dinosaur (T Rex no less) and you know you have entered a world that you can only exclaim "Wow!" at the end. My best take-away was from my son, who basically summed in all by saying "I want to be able to do this with my Lego bricks!"
S.E.A. Aquarium & Adventure Cove Waterpark Sentosa Gateway Singapore
It's not cheap but i had a great time in the company with many underwater creatures! Very nice place with large numbers of small fish of all colors . Tunnels are filled with sharks and number of dolphin. Each aquarium is huge and beautifully arranged. Indeed there is a great diversity of sea animals, with very large aquariums and several tunnels as if you are really in the middle of the ocean. In addition each aquarium is nicely decorated.
Sentosa Island Singapore
DAY 2-SENTOSA ISLAND: - On the second day we visited the Sentosa Island. It is a popular island resort. We reached the island by a rope way. This island gives a serene and tranquil aura to its visitors. The island offered some excellent landscapes. I enjoyed various activities with my brother. One of my favorite was the luge ride which is like go- karting downhill. We also watched a 5D movie, dolphin show, visited the underworld (which is a huge aquarium built under the ocean) and lastly saw the water light show called the Wings of Time. After a long and action-packed day we headed back to our hotel for the night. The Sentosa island is a must on one's to do list in Singapore.