Must-see Places in Singapore for First-timers

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MUST SEE PLACES SINGAPORE

Singapore is a small country but the amount of tourist attractions to see is completely overwhelming. Honestly, a 5 day vacation at this place is never enough. If it's your first time to visit this country, make sure to use your time wisely especially if you only plan for a 3-5 days visit. It is best to choose places that are closer to each other or maybe just a train ride away from each other. That way, you will be able to maximize your time, avoid the inconvenience of being lost and see as much attractions as you can. To help you out, here's a list of recommended places to see in Singapore for a first-timer. These places are popular tourist spots that are located close to each other.

1. Marina Bay Sands

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The world's most expensive stand-alone casino property, Marina Bay Sands. It's out of this world and futuristic architecture is beyond compare. I mean who would have thought you can have an infinity pool atop of 3 towering buildings interconnected to each other? The Architects and Engineers behind this are just the best. Next to the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands has become an icon of Singapore to the world. This grand architecture and what it can offer definitely mustn't be missed. The best time to see this place in my opinion is at night time when the entire city is in flickering lights. Also it is the best place to see Singapore's fireworks display while having a romantic dinner at one of the fancy restaurants up there or while having a dip at their famous infinity pool in the sky.

2. Gardens by the Bay : Supertree Groove,  Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

top places to see in singapore, must-see places SG
top places to see in singapore, must-see places SG

Gardens by the Bay is part of Singapore's strategy of transforming a "Garden City" to "City in a Garden" with the aim of raising the quality of life by enhancing the greenery and flora in the city. Here you could see the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest from afar with the luscious landscapes surrounding it. This garden is vast which will take you hours to entirely cover every nooks of it all. Gardens by the Bay is where you can find the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Aswell as the Supertree Groove where you can find the OCBC Skyway and the famous "360 deg. dining in the sky" restaurant atop of the tallest supertree in the groove. Other than these, there are also pocket zen gardens randomly situated within the vicinity.

3. Singapore Flyer

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The Singapore flyer is probably the largest and tallest Ferris wheel in Singapore. It is an observation wheel with air-conditioned capsules that can hold up-to 28 passengers. It will spoil you with the grandest view of the city.

4. Merlion Park

The Merlion again 2
photo by: fad3away at flickr.com
An icon - the mystic half fish, half lion. A distinct symbol for Singapore that is known to the world. The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city" or "kota singa". The Merlion Park is Singapore's landmark and a major tourist attraction that mustn't be missed.

5. Sentosa Island : Universal Studio Singapore, Vivo City, Resorts World Singapore

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top places to see in singapore, must-see places SG

Sentosa Island is a place to be if you wanted to experience both fun and relaxation. For fun and exhilarating experience, there is the USS ( Universal Studios Singapore) to offer you the utmost fun you could possibly imagine. Then for relaxation, other attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Merlion, 14 hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa.

6. Jurong Bird Park

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A world-famous bird zoo and currently the largest bird sanctuary in terms of the number of birds, and second largest both in the number of bird species and land area. There are over 400 species of birds within this huge aviary, including a large flock of the majestic flamingos. If you wish to see a flamingo in real life, this is the place to be.

7. Singapore Zoo 

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photo from wikipedia.org
Singapore zoo or locally called as Mandai Zoo, is a 69 acres wildlife sanctuary. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16 percent are considered to be threatened species. What's unique about this zoo, is the fact that animals are displayed in their naturalistic habitat and behavior. It also houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world.

8. Night Safari

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Night Safari is another unique zoo that is just adjacent to Singapore zoo. What makes it one of a kind is the fact that it only opens at night time. Tourists can interact or observe the animals' behaviour at night time.

9. Clarke Quay

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photo from wikipedia.org
Clarke Quay is a historical riverside in Singapore. During the olden days, this place is the commercial center of the country. As the years go by, it became very polluted and was flocked by hundreds of Bumboat thus, the government decided to clean-up the river which lasted for a year. After the rigid cleaning and plan to revamp the area, it is now a flourishing commercial, residential and entertainment precinct. If you are into trying out authentic singaporean cuisine and / or just want to chill out or grab some drink, this is the place to be. The place becomes very colorful especially at night time.

10. Haji Lane

top places to see in singapore, must-see places SG
photo from expedia.com
Haji Lane is a place where the most colorful shophouses in Singapore are. Independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes occupies the area. This place is a pure haven for those who love shopping. The items here are very unique and are very budget friendly. It is also the best place to try out new cafes.

Plan ahead and have a deserving break. Book an organized and hassle-free trip at Advent Tours. They specialize on ticketing, tours & itineraries, and even document processing. Singapore is waiting for you. Go on and make that dream come true.

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