The ‘Lion City’ as it is referred to attracts tourists from all over the world. Located off southern Malaysia, Singapore tourist attractions are so many in number that if one doesn’t plan their trip extensively, they may miss out on the fun the place is known for.
If planning a trip to Singapore, one has to make sure that they have made the necessary booking beforehand and carry a considerable amount of money with proper documents. It is not just the tourist spot that attracts people but the place itself speaks for its own. In short, Singapore is enchanting, expensive and exciting!
Here’s a list with the 21 places to see in Singapore that one cannot miss at any cost-
1. Merlion Park
Think about Singapore and what is the first thing that strikes one’s head? The iconic half lion half fish statue. Located in Merlion Park, this landmark symbol has become the main attraction of the park. It is one of the most famous Singapore attraction and the view can be best experienced either early morning or late night. The park extends out to the Marina Bay Sands which gives one a great view of the city.
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Highlight: The landmark half-fish half-lion statue will definitely make for a good online post!
Location: Fullerton Street, Marina Bay
Entry Fees: Free.
2. Marina Bay Sand
Marina Bay Sands is a resort complex which is counted among the famous places to visit in Singapore. It was started in 2010, is the most expensive standalone property of that time.
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Highlight: It has everything in store for everyone. There is the Shoppes Mall for the shopping freaks. Art- Science Museum for art lovers. It also has Celebrity- Chef- Restaurants and two floating crystal pavilion. Not just that, the world’s largest casino can be found here as well. There is also an infinity pool in the ship located on the top of the building which is accessible only to the hotel guests. To complete the list, there is also Spyparkl`s viewing deck.
Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue
- Monday- Thursday: 9:30 am- 10:00pm
- Friday- Sunday: 9:30 am- 11:00 pm
Children (2-12 years): SGD 17.
- Adults: SGD 23.
3. Universal Studios
When planning a Singapore trip with family or friends the must-see place is definitely Universal Studios. The Studio has 24 attractions across seven zones with each bringing out the child in everyone and a delight for the movie buffs.
Highlight: There are different zones in the Studio with each having their own set of attractions and rides. First, there is Hollywood followed by New York. Then comes the Sci-Fi zone after which comes the Ancient Egypt zone. The fifth zone is The Lost World followed by the Far Far Away zone. The last one is everyone’s favorite, the Madagascar zone.
Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Timings: Usually from 10 am to 7 pm.
- Children (4-12): SGD 56.
- Seniors (60 years and above): SGD 38.
- Adults: SGD 76.
4. Gardens By The Bay:
What developed with the idea of sustainable development, is now considered as the most famous Singapore tourist spot. It is a man-made garden which gives one an opportunity to escape the hard life of the city and spend some quality time with Nature. It is a visual delight for Nature lovers and also has a special area for children, Far East Organisation Children’s Garden. Enjoying the light show displayed at Supertree is the best thing to do at night in Singapore.
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Highlight: One visit to the garden and the number of surprises won’t stop!
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
- Outdoor Gardens: 5:00 am- 2:00 am.
- Conservatories and OCBC Skyway: 9:00 am- 9:00 pm.
- Garden Cruiser: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm (5:00 pm on weekend)
Entry Fees: SGD 15- SGD 28
5. Sentosa Island:
When thinking of fun with some beautiful location, the best stop is Sentosa Island. It is considered to be the most famous place to visit in Singapore.
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Highlight: Butterfly garden and amusement park. Underwater World, a breath-taking aquarium. In addition to this, there are beach clubs with music and an ethnic village. Fort Siloso, the only preserved fort of the island is also present here. One can even try their hand at volleyball on the Siloso Beach.
Timing: From 9:00 am; sea aquarium: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm.
Entry Fees: SGD 43- SGD 18.
6. The Night Safari
Located next to the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is the world’s first where people can experience night wildlife without any harm to the animals. This unusual tourist spot is a definite on the places to visit in Singapore.
Highlight: This well- managed experience gives the tourists a chance to have a peek into the natural habitat of nearly 2500 animals. Malayan tiger, Malayan tapir and Asian elephants are some of the main highlights of the safari. The option of a tram ride is also available.
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd.
Timings: 7:15 pm- 12:00 am.
Entry Fees: Children: SGD 3, Adult: SGD 47 and Seniors: SGD 20.
7. Singapore Botanical Garden
The country’s first garden to be enlisted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list houses a number of flora and fauna. It is the world’s most visited botanical garden which offers a walk through the beautiful surrounding.
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Highlight: It comprises of several sections such as eco- lake, eco-garden, bonsai garden and many more. The main attraction is the National Orchid Garden with an excellent collection of orchids.
Location: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569.
Timings: 5:00 am- 12:00 am.
Entry Fees: Free (except for some attractions).
8. River Safari:
What one reads and sees across in the Amazon, Nile, Ganges and Mississippi, they can find it here, in the River Safari of Singapore. Part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, this, Asia’s first-ever river-themed zoo and aquarium gives visitors a sight of the river-dwelling animals.
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Highlight: This park is spread across ten unique ecosystem and houses around 6000 animals of over 300 species. One can find the world’s largest freshwater aquarium here as well as a number of endangered and exotic animals here.
Location: Between Singapore Zoo and Singapore Night Safari
Timings: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm; Visitor Services Counter: 9:30 am- 6:30 pm
Entry Fees: Children (3- 12 years): SGD 21, Adults: SGD 32 , Seniors: SGD 15.
9. Singapore Giant Wheel
It is Asia’s largest giant observation wheel which pops up in mind when the name Singapore is mentioned. It is built in the middle of the city and gives a complete view of the country from the top.
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Highlight: One can get a view of The Float at Marina Bay, Esplanade Theatre, Merlion Park and the F1 Circuit. Apart from this, one can even experience these added attractions- a built-in rainforest, galleries, 6D Theatre along with Singapore’s first real 737 flight simulator. Fish foot spa is also available here.
Location: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Timings: 8:30 am- 10:00 pm.
10. Singapore Zoo
Considered one of the best zoos in the world, Singapore Zoo is the natural habitat of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. It is a place where the animals are taken care of with affection. For children and adults alike, Singapore Zoo is a definite place to visit in Singapore.
Highlight: It is considered the largest habitat of orang-utans where the visitors can even have breakfast with them! Tourists can also enjoy feeding the animals on their own.
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Timings: 8:30 am- 6:00 pm
Entry Fees: For children (3-12 years): SGD 22 and for adults: SGD 33.
11. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Situated in the Chinatown district of Singapore, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a Chinese Buddhist temple dedicated to the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, said to be the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha. It was constructed in 2007 and replicated the design of Tang Dynasty and Buddhist Mandala.
Highlight: It is a one- in all place as one can find an extensive Buddhist museum here depicting Buddhist art and history. The shrine exhibits rare artifacts and holds cultural programs, talks and film screenings in the specially designed theatre.
Location: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
- Buddhist Cultural Museum and Relic Chamber: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
- Eminent Sangha Museum: 7:00 am- 7:00 pm.
- Guided Tour: Saturday: 2:00 pm.
Entry Fees: Free.
12. Lazarus Island
Located just south of mainland Singapore, this quiet and beautiful island asks for a definite visit when on a trip to Singapore. It has not been explored much because of which it is not that crowded. There are daily ferry moves to and fro Marina South Pier and St. John’s Islands. Lazarus Islands is a must-visit place in Singapore for couples and those who want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Highlight: One can go camping or for a picnic with friends. The island is large enough for taking a walk around the sea or one can even go swimming. For couples or those planning to host a party, booking a yacht is also possible. ( SGD 1900- SGD 3300 for a five-hour travel)
Timings: There are no timings specified for visiting the island.
But for the ferry movement.
- Weekdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- Sunday and public holiday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Entry Fees: Entry to the island is free.
However, when opting for a ferry, one has to pay. Children (0-12): SGD 12 and adults: SGD 18.
13. Siloso Beach
A complete contrast to Lazarus Island, Siloso Beach is filled with people and exciting activities. A hit among the locals, this man-made beach, along with Palawan and Tanjong, attracts people for all the right reasons.
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Highlight: Adrenaline rush activities both underground and in the air. The place also offers some delicious food and hosts beach parties with live music.
Location: 51, Imbiah Walk, Sentosa, Singapore, 099538
Timings: Open all day.
Entry Fees: Free.
14. Sri Mariamman Temple
The most sacred place for the Hindus present in Singapore, this temple is located in the Chinatown district of Singapore. It is known for its Dravidian style architecture and is visited by tourists and pilgrims from everywhere.
Highlight: It is known for its religious significance. The Dimitri or fire- walking ceremony, held one week before the festival of Diwali is the grandest event of the temple.
Location: 244, South bridge road, Singapore.
Timings: Morning- 5:30 am- 12:00 pm and evening- 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm.
Entry Fees: Free.
15. Tiger Sky Tower
One should visit this place to make sure they have covered all the tourist places on their list. How do they do that? Simple, one just has to stand on the disc-like cabin on the ground level. As the disc rotates, it takes one slowly to the top giving one a panoramic view of the city.
Highlight: The view from the top is too mesmerizing to ignore. The broadcast of commentary, available in foreign languages as well, gives one an idea of the Sentosa Island below.
Location: 41 imbiah road, Sentosa island, Singapore 099707
Timings: 9:00 am- 9:00 pm
- Single Ride: SGD 10- SGD 1
- Unlimited Rides: SGD 15- SGD 2.
16. Asian Civilisations Museum
In this museum, one can find relics from all over the world. As the name suggests, here one can find the history of some of the most famous civilizations of Asia.
Highlight: A delight for history lovers, the museum is like a complete guide on the various civilizations. Not only that, the location of the museum gives one a chance to relax and enjoy the evening in a nearby restaurant.
Location: The Historic Empress Place Building
- Saturday- Thursday: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
- Friday- 10:00 am- 9:00 pm.
- Permanent Galleries: SGD 15- SGD60.
- Exhibition and Permanent Galleries: SGD 12- SGD 60.
17. Haw Par Villa
One of the most unconventional places of travel found in the whole world, a visit to Haw Par Villa, formerly known as Tiger Balm Garden, makes the Singapore sightseeing complete.
Highlight: Depiction of Ten Courts of Hell along with the Eight Immortals and the Journey to the West. The theory of Chinese Mythology is also explained here.
Location: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Timings: 9:00 am- 7:00 pm
Entry Fees: Free.
18. The Helix Bridge
Ever thought of a bridge in the form of human DNA? No? Well, Singapore has one constructed which is three stories tall and can house 16000 people at once.
Highlight: It connects all the major attractions of Singapore in the form of a curve. A look of it at night, with lights on and the beautiful location, make the journey complete.
Location: Marina Bay
Timings: Any time of the day
Entry Fees: Free.
19. Orchard Road
One can visit the place for shopping. If one can find the best cheap products in Bugis Street, they can find high- end stores here. One can visit the place for having a great nightlife.
Highlight: Dedicate one day to Orchard Road and half the Singapore tourist spots are covered. The way to Orchard Road is covered with a lot of tourist attractions.
Entry Fees: Free.
20. Puala Bin
If one wishes to visit Singapore in its truest form, come to Puala Ubin. It acts as a perfect vacation destination with a number of fun activities.
Highlight: Mountain biking is available. Those interested in bird watching can have the best of their time here. Chek Jawa Wetlands accounts for the main attraction of the area.
Timings: Boats to Puala Ubin: 5:30 am- 9:00 pm
Entry Fees: Boat Ride: SGD 3 (per person).
21. Raffle’s Hotel
Ending on a luxurious note is what everyone wants. Then why not give a visit to The Raffles Hotel.
Highlight: The hotel has been known for being a host to some of the biggest names of the world and is still alive because of its magnificent service.
Location: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Entry Fees: Free