What not to miss in Singapore

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What not to miss in Singapore

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Singapore is an island located south of Malaysia, in South East Asia. Measuring only 721.5 Km2, the island has the status of sovereign City-State. Though it is a very small country, Singapore is a global financial center with a strong market economy. Its tropical climate and multicultural population make it a popular destination for tourists around the world.

Beyond all that, you might want to know what made Singapore receive more than 18 million visitors in 2018 anole. Well, it's not only a great place to live, but it's also where you can see some of the most beautiful attractions in the world. Here are some of the attractions you can't afford to miss on your trip to Singapore.

Sentosa

By itself, Sentosa is a tiny island located on the southern tip of Singapore. It is a seaside station with green lush vegetation. It was built purposely for leisure and relaxation. That is why it is named Sentosa, in Malay, which means «peaceful». The islet measures only 4.71 km2, and yet, 5 million tourists decide to visit it each year.

Sentosa is a set of beautiful beaches; the most popular one being Fort Siloso, stretching on 2 km with turquoise waters and white sand. There are so many other attractions that make people choose Sentosa when they visit Singapore. Among these, we can name Adventure Cove Park, MegaZip at Mega Adventure Park, an amazing place to do thrilling Zipline.

Another gem of Sentosa is Sea Trek Adventure, a huge aquarium filled with hammerhead sharks and other species of its kind. Of course, if you dare, and want to bring the excitement to a higher level, you can dive in to swim safely with these «supposedly» fearsome beasts and other marine creatures. If you want all that and more, do not bypass Sentosa.

Orchard Road

Whether this name sounds familiar or not, it is one of the city's most iconic attractions… Yes, it’s a street, and the least we can say is, it is a lively street. Orchard Road is said to be the epicenter shopping in Singapore. The street is even compared to Oxford Street in London and Nathan Road in Hong Kong.

Almost every store you can imagine can be found on Orchard Road. On both sides are sitting local & international department stores, tiny boutiques, offices, beauty salons, entertainment spots, restaurants, cafes, and even hotels. There are so many buildings that even a full day city tour won’t be enough to see everything. Besides, there is always an interesting activity taking place inside or outside the malls.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is more than just a botanic garden, it’s a vast colorful and futuristic park in the bay area. The park is home to the very popular supertree structures linked by a skywalk over the gardens, thus offering a magnificent view. Gardens by the Bay is the perfect place to take stunning sharp pictures.

The site is home to over 1.5 million plants and flowers, the Marina Barrage, OCBC Skywalk, and 2 conservatory domes, making it a world apart. Gardens by the Bay is far more beautiful in the evening because of all the colorful lights that illuminate the place. To date, it has received 50 million visitors, making it the most visited attraction in Singapore.

Chinatown

According to many people who have been to Singapore, Chinatown should be on the list of places to visit, and making it the starting point of your stay might be a smart idea. If you like to buy souvenirs, you should strongly consider going to Chinatown, because they say it is great for shopping.

If you are a Chinese food lover, it is one more reason to visit Chinatown because there are numerous restaurants and street food vendors. Beyond the shopping and the food, Chinatown is rich in history, and the Heritage Centre is the place to visit to learn about the Chinese immigrants who’ve lived there for so many years.

Chinatown alone says a lot about the contribution of Chinese immigrants to Singaporean culture. The best attractions reflecting that reality include Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Eu Yan Sang Chines Medical Hall, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore’s oldest temple, and Maxwell Road Food Centre. The museum is the best place to learn about Buddhist culture.

Marina Bay

Of all the amazing attractions of Singapore, Marina Bay is probably the most iconic one. There’s no way to talk about Singapore without mentioning Marina Bay. The famous and spectacular building Marina Bay Sands is what attracts the attention of every single tourist. Almost everything to do and see refers to this impressive building.

The whole area of Marina Bay includes a science museum, a casino, and countless boutiques and restaurants. In the evening, at around 8:00, a breathtaking light show that illuminates the water and some landmarks go on for the pleasure of everyone. Maybe that’s why Marina Bay is estimated at over 5 billion dollars.

Jurong Bird Park

Singapore can take pride in housing the biggest bird park on the entire Asian continent. The 20.2 hectares park is home to about 400 species for a total of 3500 individuals living in their natural habitats. Of those species, you can see beautiful flamingos, colorful macaws, sly birds of prey, captivating toucans, and many more. Be one of the 850 000 tourists that visit it annually.

Universal Studios

This great attraction is located on Sentosa island. An amusement park considered one of the top attractions in Singapore. Universal Studio is the best place to do fun activities with the entire family and friends. With the world’s tallest dueling rollercoaster, Universal Studio will let you taste a high dose of adrenaline.

Universal Studio is also home to 7 themed zones, making it ideal for adults, teenagers, and young kids. If you are a horror movie lover, you can go there in October to assist the Halloween Horror Nights. You might also love their shows: Light, Camera, Action™ and WaterWorld™; great shows that everyone will always remember.

Merlion Park

This park is named like that because of the statue that it houses, an enormous Merlion standing at 8.6 meters tall and weighing 70 tons. The statue is a mythical creature with the body of a fish and the head of a lion. There’s also a smaller size of the statue called Merlion cub, it is 2 meters tall and weighs 3 tons.

The Merlion’s body represents the time Singapore was a simple fishing village when they used to call it Temasek, which means «lake» in Malay. As for the head, it represents the original name of Singapore, Singapura, meaning «lion city» in Malay. Tourists love to see this statue, especially because there is water spouting out its mouth.

This iconic statue is not only one of the most significant and recognizable landmarks in Singapore, but also in the world. Built by a local craftsman, the statue was unveiled in September 1972 by the Prime Minister of the time. This park should not be missed during your trip to Singapore.

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