Packing all the attractions of a country into the size of a metropolis, Singapore offers a well-ordered view of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures with Western amenities and convenient access. If you want to see the best that this destination has to offer, check into one of the Singapore accommodation and then check out these top sights.
For a quick introduction on the city-state that is Singapore, spend some time in its museums. The National Museum of Singapore explains the history and growth of this Asian powerhouse through several galleries as well as permanent and temporary exhibits. The Asian Civilizations Museum displays artifacts from the country’s major cultural groups, including such highlights as Javanese temple sculpture, early Buddhist art from India, and Chinese calligraphy. Enjoy international contemporary art at the Singapore Art Museum. For the best in modern Southeast Asian art, visit the National Gallery Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay
Covering over 100 hectares of reclaimed land, Gardens by the Bay offers several conservatories, gardens, and plant-related attractions next to the Marina Reservoir. The Cloud Forest puts tropical mountain regions under climate-controlled glass and is highlighted by a 115-foot waterfall. Take the elevator to the 42-metre high Cloud Mountain and then stroll leisurely down a circular path. At the Supertrees Grove, you can take elevated walkways among several metallic tree-like structures ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres. Come back at night to enjoy a light and sound show. To appeal to the little ones, the Children’s Garden features an adventure trail with hanging bridges, trampolines, and a tree house.
Orchard Road reigns as the city’s most famous shopping street with over 20 malls vying for your cash. If you can choose only one mall to visit, try ION Orchard. Its distinctive undulating facade also attracts attention as a giant video screen. Inside, you’ll find luxury brands, restaurants, and a food hall. Head for the top floor, about 218 meters high, for 360-degree views of Singapore. Find out what you’re seeing on the interactive telescopic screens. Admission is free and there’s a grill and bar as well if you want to dine among the clouds.
To provide a natural break from the urban crowds, Singapore boasts four wildlife reserves. The most comprehensive is the Singapore Zoo where animals like pygmy hippos, white tigers, and polar bears inhabit environments ranging from Wild Africa to the Frozen Tundra. Come back after 5:30 PM and next door you can trek through the Night Safari and observe the animals of the dark. Catch the 20-minute Creatures of the Night show or have dinner on the moving tram.
If you prefer your animal experience on the wet side, the River Safari simulates the world’s great water systems, such as the Congo, Yangtze and Nile. Delight to two giant pandas at the Giant Panda Forest. For a focus on feathers, the Jurong Bird Park lets you admire and feed species ranging from cassowaries to flamingos. If you plan on visiting two or more parks, spring for a combination ticket to save you money.