Places to see in Singapore

About Singapore

Singapore is considered as the heart of New Asia. Well known in the past as "Garden City", this exciting city later came to be known as "City in the Garden" and next it will be known as "City in Nature".

Although a smart city, this city has retained its concern for nature to inter-mix it with development. This is amply evident from the forest along both sides of the road when you travel all the way to Singapore Zoo. Even in the heart of the city, the road dividers are full of flowers. The Hotel Park is covered by plants and flowers all around.

A multi-racial city has grown from strength to strength and attracts large number of tourists from across the globe to witness its growth and development.

A city which obtains its water from Malaysia, raw material for construction from Indonesia and consumption products from other countries, is one of the resilient economies in Asia.

How to reach?

Singapore is directly accessible from major cities across the globe. From India, it is accessible by air directly or via Malaysia or Thailand by air, rail or road. Indonesia is another country which is bordering Singapore.

For journey to and from India, tourists generally prefer flights from Chennai which is cheaper and it takes 3 hours 40 minutes to reach the destination.

Singapore Airport
Singapore Airport

Flower decoration inside the Airport
Flower decoration inside the Airport

Singapore Road
Singapore flowery Road

Trees alongside the road
Trees alongside the roadside

Where to stay?

Singapore has number of hotels. Some of the star hotels are Marina Bay Sands, The Park Royal, Pan Pacific, InterContinental, Holiday Inn, The Hilton, IBIS, Ramada, Marina Mandarin etc. There are number of lower budget hotels also in the city.

We stayed at Acqueen Hotel at Jalan Besar, which is located near the shopping complex of Mustafa. The rooms in this hotel are not very spacy but its location is convenient.

What to see?

Singapore has a lot of entertainment spots for tourists such as Sentosa Island with a cable car ride, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the famous light and sound show "Wings of Time".

Marina Bay Sands

Sands Skypark is an observation deck providing a panoramic view of Marina Bay Sands from its 57th floor. Some of the popular spots that can be seen are The Esplanade bridge, the Esplande, Helix Bridge, Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and Supertrees.

Esplanade

The largest performing stage in Singapore built in the traditional European Opera House. It is generally known an Durian owing to its ridged roof.

Esplanade Singapore

Helix Bridge

A pedestrian bridge that links Marina Center to Marina South. It has 4 viewing platforms providing stunning view of Singapore skyline and Marina Bay.

Helix Bridge Singapore

Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest is 35 metre tall conservatory with wold's tallest indoor waterfall and flowers found in tropical islands.

Cloud Forest in Marina Bay Singapore

Flower Dome

A conservatory located within the Bay containing sub-tropical region plants with some of the most beautiful flowers.

Flower Dome in Marina Bay Singapore

View of Supertrees in the Supertree Grove is a feast to the eyes. The architectural wonders are about 50 metres in height with large canopies. The night colour and sound show at this garden is an awesome experience.

Supertree in Marina Bay
Supertree Grove

Supertree in Marina Bay
Supertree closeup

Supertree in Marina Bay
Supertrees at night during show

Sentosa Island

The approach to Sentosa Island through cable car is very exciting. The cable car ride from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island, provides a panoramic view of the city below and glittering lights during the night.

Esplanade Singapore
Sentosa Cable Car Station

Esplanade Singapore
Cable Car ride from Mount Faber

Universal Studios :

Located in Santosa island, this studio offers variety of featured rides and unlimited entertainment. From 'Far Far Away Castle' in Shrek's Adventure, to terrifying TRex "The Lost World", world's largest roller coaster a Sci-Fi City, to ancient Egypt in "Ravenge of the Mummy" etc.

Some of the rides are thrilling such as Jurassic Park, Dino-Soarin, Battlestar Gallatica among others and some of them are scary like "The Lost World", Ravenge of the Mummy etc. Most entertaining was the dance performance by the Minion group.

Entrance to Universal Studios
Entrance to Universal Studios

Shrek 4D Adventure
Shrek 4D Adventure

Madagascar Ride
Madagascar Boat Ride

Puss in Boots giant Journey
Puss in Boots giant Journey

Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park

Canopy Flyer
Canopy Flyer

Dino-Soarin
Dino-Soarin

Revenge of the Mummy
Revenge of the Mummy

S.E.A. Acquarium

Located next to the Universal Studios,this glass partitioned acquarium holds more than a lac of fishes of over 800 species from 49 different countries from the smallest one to the sharks. It is a memorable experience to see such large number of marine species at one place at close quarters.

Entrnace to SEA Acquarium
Entrnace to SEA Acquarium

Shark in view
Shark Seas at the acquarium

Hmmerhead Shark
Hmmerhead Shark

Child and a fish
Child and a fish

Luge & Sky Ride

While at Santosa, indulge in the sky ride through cable car one way and return through Luge ride. Both these rides are very exciting and entertaining.

Cable Car ride
Cable Car ride

Luge Ride
Luge Ride

Wings of Time Show

At 8.40p.m. (local time), there is a light and sound show called "Wings of Time" at the beach side of Sentosa Island. This is a story of a boy and girl depicted through colourful lights and sound effects. It uses the sea water, laser efforts and sound for the show. This is one show you should not miss.

video of wings of time
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Singapore Zoo

A 26 hectares wildlife animal park houses more than 2800 animals of over 300 species including mammals, birds and reptiles. It will be a better experience if you carry the map of the zoo and select the species you wish to visit. Otherwise, it is a tiring experience travelling to the entire stretch of the area.

There are tram cars available to ferry tourists from one stop to other.

There are 4 such stops where you can embark or disembark to cover the different species of animals, birds and reptiles. There is a turtle feeding programme in the afternoon where huge turtles can be fed by the tourists on first come first serve basis and can be photographed along with the turtles.

The zoo also holds a show of elephants. You can witness elephants responding to various commands of their trainers. For the children, most preferred areas are dragons, elephants and monkeys. Tiny tots from Schools around could be seen visiting the Zoo. Large number of tourists frequent the zoo which provides an opportunity to see mammals of different species at close quarters.

The Zoo has Ah Meng restaurant providing good quality food.

Entrnace to Singapore Zoo
Entrnace to Singapore Zoo

Treetop Trail
Treetop Trail

Greater Mousedeer
Greater Mousedeer

Entrance to Jurassic Park
Entrance to Jurassic Park

Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus

Pterodactyl
Pterodactyl

Caribbean Flamingos
Caribbean Flamingos

Ice Bear
Ice Bear

Ah Meng Restaurant
Ah Meng Restaurant inside the Zoo

Tiger on the prowl
Tiger on the prowl

Elephant Show
Elephant Show

Tram Car
Tram Car

Summing up

Visit to Singapore is worth the expenditure and effort.

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