Singapore

I have been to Singapore several times as it is nearby my home country, Thailand. Just to be clear, yes, Singapore is a country and a city in it's own for those who are confused. Singapore is a very modern and multi-cultural city with a blend of Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian, and English cultures and religion. For me, I would say that Singapore is known for it's luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and of course the shopping! Because Singapore is a well developed country, with excellent infrastructure and a green environment, getting around the city is very convenient. Public transport include Taxis, Buses and the underground SMRT train system. Here are the amazing attractions that I have been to in Singapore and they are all recommended to do and see!

The Merlion is a statue that has a lion's head and a fish's body and is located in the 2,500 square meter Merlion Park. The Merlion is Singapore's icon as it represents that country's humble origins as a fishing village. This large statue with water gushing from it's mouth was conceptualised by Kwan Sai Kheong in 1972. There is another Merlion statue located at Sentosa Island.

Merlin and Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is another famous attraction of Singapore as the building is shown in almost all marketing activities relating to Singapore. The Marina Bay Sands is a luxurious hotel and the property also contains convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, entertainment venues, retailers, casinos, and restaurants. When you are in the hotel, make your way up to the Sands Sky Park which offers a 360 degree view of Singapore's magnificent skyline. The Sky Park is not just an ordinary deck, but it is shaped like a boat and contains restaurants, gardens, and a 150-meter vanishing edge pool.

Connected to the hotel towers are the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Casino, and the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The Sands Expo and Convention Centre has more than 120,000 square meters of meeting space! The Casino also sounds really amazing (I am still underage but reading about it makes me really want to go and see it!). "Spanning 15,000 square meters over four levels of gaming, the casino features over 600 gaming tables and 1,500 slot machines along with two noodle bars". Lastly, you can not leave Marina Bay Sands without experiencing the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It is comprised of 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is considered to be Singapore's first large-scale luxury shopping mall in the Central Business District containing boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Cartier, and Prada. There is also a canal that runs through the shopping mall that resembles the Venetian in Las Vegas!

The Gardens by the Bay is located directly behind the Marina Bay Sands and it is worth a visit right after your browse around Marina Bay Sands. The Gardens by the Bay is a park in Central Singapore and was an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore Government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". This is aimed to "raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city"

Gardens by the Bay

If you are in Singapore to shop, Orchard street is the place to go. Orchard Street spans to almost 2.2 km and is a "one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive and iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. The shopping belt offers nearly 800,000 square meters or retail, dining, and entertainment options to please any taste of budget - from opulent brands to hight street fashion, an exclusive to fast food joints". After shopping at Orchard Street, you can make your way to Clarke Quay in the evening. Clarke Quay is a very beautiful historical riverside quay in Singapore and holds a strip of various restaurants and nightclubs. Also Clarke Quay is home to the G-Max Reverse Bungee, the first in Singapore which is a very thrilling sling shot up to the skies of Singapore! There are also river cuirasses and river taxis that will take you along the river. 

To glaze more at Singapore's magnificent skyline, The Singapore Flyer or the "Observation Wheel" is the place to go. The flyer has an overall height of 165 meters and it was named the world's tallest ferris wheel until the High Roller was built in Las Vegas with a height of 167.2 meters. 

View from the Singapore Flyer

All of the attractions mentioned above is what you can do in the city of Singapore. Singapore however also has a man made Island called Sentosa. Sentosa is home to several attractions including a long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, and the Resorts World Sentosa featuring the Universal Studios theme park. Because there are endless numbers of activities to do within the Resort World itself and the Sentosa Island altogether, here is the link to view all the attractions 

Singapore is an amazing country with several things to do and see! Singapore is no longer considered as a 'stop-over' when travelling to Asia