From it’s humble beginnings as a trading post during the British Occupation, Singapore has firmly established itself as a premiere destination in Asia. Singapore was also formerly a part of Malaysia, but it has since established its independence. Singapore has made itself a center of commerce, finance, and transportation not just in Southeast Asia, but also around the world, and it prides itself in being a world-class destination.
Merlion Park Singapore
If it’s your first time going to Singapore there are three main attractions that should definitely be on your list. First is the iconic Merlion Park, which houses the iconic Merlion Statue in Singapore. The park is located at One Fullerton, near the Central Business District. The Merlion Park also features a laser and water show in the evening.
Fullerton Bay Singapore
Another must-visit place would be the Marina Bay. Started as a reclamation effort back in the 70’s, the Marina Bay features a gorgeous skyline, a scenic waterfront, a 101 hectare garden called Gardens by the Bay, as well as the iconic Marina Bay Sands. There’s also no shortage of dining places and shops within the area.
Marina Bay and Singapore Skyline
Transport within Singapore is a no-nonsense affair. You can purchase an unlimited 3 day pass for about 15 USD, which provides you with unlimited travel on any public bus, the MRT, as well as the LRT. Commuting within Singapore is very efficient, and you rarely ever need to hail a cab. A good map of Singapore will be your best friend while traveling.
For those looking for premiere accommodations, there’s the Mandarin Oriental. It’s located right in Marina Bay, and has all the amenities and services that you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Daily rates for regular rooms start at around 266 USD.
If you’re interested in a more conservatively priced hotel, the Hotel Ibis is a good alternative. The hotel is a 12-minute walk from Orchard Road, and it’s 8 minutes away from the Bugis MRT station.The Hotel Ibis also has meeting rooms as well as unlimited WiFi access, a bar, and a restaurant. A night’s stay at the hotel Ibis costs about 100 USD.
For the budget-oriented traveler, the Hotel 81 Dickson is a perfect place to stay. It’s within walking distance of the Rochor MRT station, and offers a different experience compared to places such as the Marina Bay Sands. A night’s stay costs about 60 USD.
A trip to Singapore would not be complete without trying all the exciting food that’s available. Singapore has a very diverse culinary palate as it boasts a blend of different western and asian cultures. For starters, a visit to a hawker center should be in order. Hawker centres offer a variety of local dishes at an affordable price. The Chinatown Complex Food Centre is a good place to start. Another dish that you should try would be the Laksa at Sungei Road. Locals swear by the amazing Laksa that’s served there daily. For fancier fare, there’s also CUT by Wolfgang Puck, located in Marina Bay Sands. It’s one of the top restaurants not only in Singapore, but also worldwide.
You’ll never run out of things to do in Singapore, and there’s always something new and exciting that’s waiting for you in the Lion City.