If you’re traveling to Asia, you don’t want to miss out on Singapore, the small island nation is jam-packed with beautiful sights and thrilling adventures. Here are eight of our favorite things to do in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay
If you saw the film “Crazy Rich Asians,” you no doubt saw stunning footage of the 250-acre nature park in the center of Singapore known as Gardens by the Bay. Next to the Marina Reservoir, the park is comprised of three different gardens, including Bay South Garden, which houses the Flower Dome, the world’s largest glass greenhouse. In addition to the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay includes the Cloud Forest and the Supertree Grove.
It’s easy to see why this attraction brings in millions of visitors every year. With its conservatories, lush walking spaces, and stunning views of the Singapore skyline, Gardens by the Bay has something for everyone. Little ones love the Children’s Garden, while people of all ages appreciate the park’s tranquility and feeling of spaciousness.
Part of the amazing Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Skypark is an observation deck 57 levels above the city of Singapore. Open seven days a week, the Skypark is free to hotel guests. Even if you’re not staying at the Marina Sands, though, you’ll want to visit this architectural thrill and snap some pics at the top.
Jurong Bird Park
If you’re a bird lover, you won’t want to miss the Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird park. With naturalistic habitats and walk-in aviaries, you’ll be able to get up close to some of the world’s most colorful species for pictures and even feeding. The Jurong Bird Park is an ideal stop for kids too.
Singapore Cable Car
The Singapore Cable Car takes visitors far above the city for breathtaking views of the island. Running between Favor Peak and Sentosa Island, a nearby resort, the cable car affords views of all Singapore has to offer, from beaches to lush greenways to city skylines. The Singapore Cable Car is perfect for both romantic dates or family fun.
If you didn’t get enough of a view with the Singapore Cable Car, try the Singapore Flyer, a gigantic Ferris wheel that is more like a masterpiece of architecture than an amusement park ride. You’ll get vistas of the city you can’t get anywhere else, as well as views of nearby Malaysia and Indonesia. Each group on the Flyer gets their own capsule where they can enjoy drinks or even dinner while slowly rotating through the sky.
National Orchid Garden
The National Orchid Garden is one of Singapore’s most popular and enduring attractions. Visitors pay a small fee to see rare and delicate orchids housed within the free botanical park. If you want an hour or two of peace away from the jostle of the city, this is the place. And if you’re a flower lover, you’ll never want to leave!
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Visitors to Singapore rave about this temple and museum, which offers programs in Buddhist history and philosophy, as well as artwork and architecture on display. Travelers interested in theology or world religions will want to put the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum on their itinerary. The sight does get crowded during peak tourist times. It’s best to see it during off hours if you want a more contemplative experience.
They don’t call Singapore the “Lion City” for nothing. The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore–a lion’s head on a fish’s body–and you’ll find giant fountain sculptures of the Merlion at this iconic park. If you take one photo to show you’ve been to Singapore it should be here. While the park can be hot and muggy during the daytime, it’s a lovely place for an evening stroll after sundown when there’s a light breeze and the temperature is perfect.
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