Top 10 Places Of Interest, Singapore
Whether you are a foreigner on vacationing or a local enjoying your staycation holidays with loved ones in Singapore, visitation of attractions or places of interests is surely a necessary part of any travel itineraries in Singapore. Here we have gathered today an update of the top 10 places of interest among visitors to Singapore for the year 2020 thus far. Let's go!
1. Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay is a man-made nature park that opened in the year 2012. It is located in the heart of central Singapore. The nature park is made up of 3 divided sections; namely the Bay South Garden; Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The one thing that stands out with The Gardens is its Super Tree Grove Section where there are 18 super trees or gigantic tree-like structures that not only stand tall and mighty in their outwardly display but also each having their own individual serving purposes to the conservatory. They act individually as exhaust vents; mediums for harnessing of solar energy or even collection of rainwater for the purpose of plant irrigation. Gardens by the Bay was awarded the the World Building of the Year title at the World Architecture Festival held in year 2012.
2. Sentosa Island
Sentosa island is a resort island just off the coast of Singapore. Also known as Pulau Blakang Mati previously, which in Malay means the "Island of Death Behind". There are currently about 14 Singapore hotels located on the island with numerous tourist attractions, including the highly rated international franchise of Universal Studios and Madam Tussaud Wax Museum. It is also home to one of the only two casinos in Singapore; the Resort World Sentosa casino which is owned by Genting Singapore. Sentosa is supposedly a must-go itinerary for any visiting tourist to Singapore. Separated by only a small body of water, Sentosa can be easily accessed via various modes of transport: bus; private car; tram; cable car or alternatively, one could take a 5-10 mins stroll from the Sentosa Boardwalk to reach the island. Sentosa Island reportedly gets up to 20 million visitors on average in every year. Amongst those are a sizable percentage of local Singaporeans having their staycation Singapore trips with family; partners or friends during this hot latter season of year 2020 with heaps and bounds of Singapore hotel deals and Singapore hotel promotions that abound freely in today's competitive hospitality industry.
Chinatown is located in the central region of Singapore. Needless to say, Chinatown in the past, was a place called home for many immigrants of the Chinese ethnic stock. Even till today, one is still able to find strong Chinese cultural influenced architectural buildings like temples and even clan associations scattered all across the vicinity. Chinatown is also a place famed for its good food and great drinking bars. From the iconic open-air Chinatown Food Street to the famous Red Star Restaurant at Chin Swee Road and then to the iconic drinking bars along Ann Siang Road. Chinatown is definitely a place not to be missed for any visitors to Singapore.
4. Orchard Road
Probably one of the most well known and recognized shopping strip in Singapore by which foreign visitors and locals alike should be familiar with. The 2.5km long stretch of road consist of numerous big and upscale shopping malls, housing famous international big brand retail outlets and departmental stores; wide range of high-end dining restaurants; flanked by world-class Singapore hotels; and not forgetting the chilling places for the younger crowd like coffee houses and etc. One notably interesting place of interest that is located along this stretch is the Istana, the home to the President of Singapore. The Istana would typically be opened to public for visitations during certain selected public holidays. Do check out their official site below for updates if you are making plans for a visit OR staycation trip if you are a local bred and born Singaporean!
5. Clarke Quay
Clarke quay is the famous bars and pubs district located just alongside the Singapore River. It sees a healthy mix of expatriates and local visitors on many of the nights, in especially during the weekends. It also houses acclaimed restaurants like the Jumbo Restaurant; The House of Seafood and etc. along its riverfront. Overlooking the Singapore River are the popular Singapore hotels choices amongst foreigners and local staycation seekers alike; the Hotel Swissotel Merchant Court and the Robertson Quay Hotel. Just at the end stretch of the line of bars lies a note-worthy snippet of the iconic tourist attraction: The GX5-Extreme Swing; which is a thrilling experience of doing a reverse bungee jump. Despite being a reverse plunge, the scary factor does not seem to diminish even by a bit; piercing screams that seemingly trails off the end of each bounce to the top of the sky is a daily affair that could be heard as throngs of thrill seeking tourists and locals visit.
Located on the Sentosa Island is the USS or the world renowned theme park franchise Universal Studios Singapore. Opened on the 28th May 2011, it has since grown to be the one of the most coveted tourist attraction in Singapore. Sporting a total of 24 rides; attractions and shows, the theme park is segregated into seven different zonal areas, with each zone having its own unique theme. Possibly one of the all time favorite rides among visitors to the park, is the magnificent Battlestar Galactica. The Battlestar Galactica is a dueling roller coaster, which means it is an intertwined hybrid between a traditional seated roller coaster and an inverted roller coaster. The Battlestar Galactica is currently the tallest dueling roller coaster in the world at the moment.
7. Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is a small island that is located off the north-eastern coast of Singapore mainland. It takes just a short 10 minutes bum boat ride to reach the island from Singapore. It is in essence, very much still a rural area where many kampungs could still be found in the area. Popular activities that visitors seek out on the island includes cycling; camping and hiking. A visit to the famous wetlands and mangrove destination; Chek Jawa, is also highly recommended by many. Chek Jawa remains a home to an impressive collection of wildlife, in specific marine creatures like small crabs and fishes. If you love to be in touch with the nature and like getting out under the sun doing adventurous stuff OR if you simply just wish to be cut off from the outside world just for a day; this may well be the perfect place where you belong!
8. Little India
Little India is THE home to the Singaporean ethnic Indian culture. When one sets foot into Little India, it's as if you have just visited a miniature version of India. A common congregating ground for Indian nationals after working hours and especially so during the official non-working days on Sunday. Delicious food with a magical touch of Indian cultural influence are all but aplenty in the area of Little India. Also located within the vicinity is the ever popular 24 hours shopping haven for many: the Mustafa Shopping Centre. It is known to be the popular go-to place for cheap and bulk buying of goods, in especially the wee hours of any morning, a time where it virtually has little to no competition.
9. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo, also formerly known as the Mandai Zoo of the Singapore Zoological Gardens, is a popular destination for holiday-makers in Singapore. Awarded as one of the top 3 zoos across the world just recently in 2018, by the TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award. The Singapore Zoo houses over 2,800 animals, spanning across 300 species. Among which, up to 16% are considered endangered animals. These include the electric blue geckos; orangutans and king penguins etc. The Singapore Zoo is strategically located at the Upper Seletar Reservoir area which is housed within Singapore's forested water central catchment area. It is projected that up to 2 million people visit The Singapore Zoo every year.
10. Singapore Grand Prix
Last but definitely not the least, is The Singapore Grand Prix. It is THE yearly motor car racing event that has captured the hearts of motoring racing fans worldwide. It forms part of the FIA Formula One World Championship where races take place across different locations during the full course of the competition. The Singapore-based leg takes place on Singapore's very own uniquely constructed Marina Bay Street Circuit. Also known to be one of the most physically challenging track with 23 corners, boasting the rarest features of any racing tracks in the world, including the infamous Turn 18, a drive-by right underneath a grandstand; a spectacular view for sure, for both the audience and the drivers themselves. The Singapore Grand Prix collaboration began in the year 2008 as the 15th round race for the 2008 Championship, where it was also the first ever night time race event ever held in the history of Formula One racing.