17 Must Visit Singapore Attractions & Travel Guide

Singapore attractions

1. Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex located in Singapore Changi Airport. It was built at a cost of SG$1.7 billion and designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

The star attraction is the 40-meter-tall Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall which cascades through a huge oculus in the middle of Jewel. Recirculating rainwater is pumped to the roof to free fall at up to 37,850 litres per minute.

How to Get There: MRT – Changi Airport

2. Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Located in the business district, Merlion park with an area of 2500 square meters is home to Singapore’s mythical beast – Merlion, which has the body of a fish and the head of a lion.

The body symbolizes Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay.

Across the Merlion statue is the expansive panorama view of Marina Bay area thus making it a great photography place.

How to Get There: MRT – Raffles Place Station (East-West Line). Exit towards the United Overseas Bank Plaza. Merlion Park is behind Fullerton hotel.

3. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay
Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens. Inspired by an orchid, the design resembles Singapore’s national flower, Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’.

The Supertrees – Avatar-like, manmade structures fashioned from concrete and steel frames each between nine to 16 storeys tall. Roughly 200 species of orchids, ferns, and other tropical climbers scale the Supertrees’ trunks, forming a lush, colourful skin. Visitors can walk on the suspended walkway between two Supertrees to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gardens.

Outdoor gardens such as Supertree Grove is free. Apart from that, there are 2 spectacular light and sound show that takes place at the Supertree Grove at 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. every night.

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How to Get There: MRT Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16). Exit B and follow the underground linkway and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge.

Operating Hours: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm daily

For More Info: Gardens by the Bay

4. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort designed by Moshe Safdie. The 55 storey resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000-square-metre The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal, art-science exhibits and a casino.

On top of the building features a 340-metre-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool.

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How to Get There: MRT Bayfront Station (CE1/DT16). Exit C or D

For More info: Marina Bay Sands

5. Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore™ features an enticing selection of 24 rides, shows and attractions in 7 themed zones making it perfect for families and thrill-seekers.

The 7 theme zones are Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away & Madagascar.

Not only that, be amazed at their Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™, TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™ and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.

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How to Get There: MRT HarbourFront Station (North-East or Circle line). Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.

Opening Hours: 10.00am to 7.00pm

For More Info: Universal Studios Singapore

6. Orchard Road

Orchard Road is a 2.2-kilometre long road home to over 5,000 luxury boutiques, retail outlets & dining establishments offering the ultimate shopping & lifestyle experience to tourists and locals alike.

The name was derived from the fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms that the road once led to before the opening of the first department store – Tangs in 1958.

How to Get There: MRT Orchard Orchard or Somerset Station

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

7. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown is based on the elements of the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala. The S$75 million temple was conceptualized and designed by the temple’s Chief Abbot Venerable Shi Fa Zhao.

The temple gets its name from the left canine tooth of Buddha displayed in the temple, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India.

Inside the temple house a giant golden stupa weighing 3500 kilograms and made from 320 kilograms of gold, of which 234 kilograms were donated by devotees.

How to Get There: MRT – Chinatown Station. 5 mins walk

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00

8. Sultan Mosque

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The impressive Sultan Mosque in historic Kampong Glam is a prominent mosque in Singapore. It was built in 1824 for the Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore.

Each dome base is decorated with glass bottle ends, donated by poor Muslims during its construction.

How to Get There: MRT – Bugis Station or Jalan Besar Station. 10 mins walk from the station

Visiting Hours:

Saturday to Thursday – 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM & 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

Friday – 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

9. SEA Aquarium

The SEA Aquarium in Resort World Sentosa is home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats. It is one of the world largest aquarium with more than 42.8 million litres of fresh and saltwater. That is enough to fill more than 17 Olympic-size swimming pools.

With more than 50 habitats, including Shark Seas, Shipwreck and Open Ocean. It will easily take about 1-2 hours to cover all habitats.

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For More Photos: S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore

How to Get There: MRT HarbourFront Station (North-East or Circle line). Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.

Opening Hours : 10.00am to 6.00pm

10. Peranakan Row

Explore the distinctive Peranakan heritage houses at Koon Seng Road, a culture that’s unique in Singapore and Malaysia.

The Peranakans are largely the descendants of Chinese immigrants who migrated to Singapore in the 17th century and married local women thus infusing both Chinese & Malay culture.

How to Get There: MRT – Dakota Station. Koon Seng Road. 15 mins walk.

11. Dolphin Island

Dolphin Island is home to more than 20 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that reside within 11 large, interconnecting lagoons. You can swim and interact with the dolphins in close vicinity making it one of the best way to discover more about dolphins.

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How to Get There: MRT HarbourFront Station (North-East or Circle line). Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.

Opening Hours : 10.00am to 6.00pm

12. Clarke Quay

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Clarke Quay is a unique, conserved historical landmark located along the Singapore River featuring a variety of restaurants and one of Singapore’s most exciting nightlife scenes. By dawn, huge crowds can be seen hanging out at Clarke Quay making it a great place to meet up with locals and travellers.

How to Get There: MRT – Clarke Quay Station

13. Raffles Hotel

Home to the world-renown Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore was established by Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers in 1887.

Underwent multimillion-dollar restoration, the colonial hotel has hosted many of royals and celebrities from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling to Elizabeth Taylor and King Edward VIII.

One of the unique experience, visitors can order the original Singapore Sling and still throw peanuts skin on the floor like the hay days except this might be the only place in Singapore that allows littering.

How to Get There: MRT – Esplanade Station

14. Little India

Walk around Little India to experience the life of Singapore’s Indian community in this vibrant 200-year-old district filled with colourful shophouses that line up the street. In the epic centre of Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples.

How to Get There: MRT – Little India Station

15. Chinatown

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Once an enclave for the Chinese immigrants, the Chinatown is still bursting with culture from the old and new. On one side you are greeted with lively Peranakan shophouses while on another Chinese & Hindu temples and even mosque can be found in close proximity.

If you are a food lover, visit the Maxwell food centre for the taste of local cuisine. Alternatively, there are plenty of cafes and restaurant to explore within the vicinity.

How to Get There: MRT – Chinatown Station. 5 mins walk

16. Night Safari

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The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. It is home to over 2,500 animals representing over 130 species, of which 38% are threatened species such as the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger.

Visitors can explore the safari on foot or on a 35-minute tram ride with live commentary taking visitors across 7 geographical zones of the world – from the rugged Himalayan Foothills to the swampy banks of Equatorial Africa.

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Opening Hours: Daily from 7.15 pm to 12.15 am

For More info: Night Safari

17. Singapore Flyer

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The 165 meter Singapore flyer offers 360-degree city views of the city. The Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest giant observation wheel located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay.

There are 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules while a ride will take a 30-minute journey of stunning day and night scenes.

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Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 am–10.30 pm

For More Info: Singapore Flyer

Airport Shuttle & Wifi Modem with Changi Recommends

From Changi Airport to our hotel, we used the private airport transfer from Changi Recommends. It is better taking a private shuttle which shuttles you directly to your hotel if there is more than 2 people.

Changi Recommends also sell attraction tickets apart from airport transfer. You can rent a portable wifi modem at SGD10 per day (3gb data per day) that allows you to connect up to 8 devices as well.

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Luxury Hotel Reviewer & Destination Blogger. Passionate for travel, exploring new culture & indulging divine food, Tommy has traveled to 42 countries & 140+ destinations.


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