Singapore is without any doubts the most developed, urbanized country in Asia, if not in the world. I have stayed there for 4 days, which appeared to be not enough to fully discover this unique country-city.
I had a lovely Russian couple showing me around. They live there, so they showed me the best spots to visit while in Singapore as well as how to save significant sums of money on sightseeing and restaurants in Singapore. Continue reading to know more.
Here you go, my TOP 9 things to do in Singapore:
1. SUPER TREE SHOW
Super Tree Grove is just WOW, seriously! I cannot even describe it properly, but I felt like I stepped in a fairy tale, “Yulia in Wonderland” maybe.
The Garden Rhapsody is a show (more like something from outer space) that is held in Gardens by the Bay every evening. The futuristic looking trees/mushrooms are lighted up in different ways together with the music. Every detail is perfectly tuned to create an atmosphere that will give you a fantastic feeling of wonder and stimulate your mind.
I think EVERYBODY should see it; it really went beyond my expectation and imagination. It is my dream to take my parents there now!
I tried to capture the beauty and the atmosphere with my camera – did not work. You will have to come see it by yourself, sorry.
TIP: The show is twice a day, at 7 45 p.m. and 8 45 p.m. and takes around 10 minutes. Make sure to come a bit in advance, so that you take the coolest spot!
By the way, the outdoors shows are all free in Singapore, for example like the next one:
2. WATER SHOW
Water show Singapore
We always missed this one for various reasons, but when we finally reached it, it was definitely worth it!
Singing fountains with projections on it, bubbles everywhere and this amazing atmosphere of a holiday everyday – don’t miss it while in Singapore!
The earliest one starts at 8 p.m. at Marina Bay Sands, the best view point is just near the Louis Vuitton boutique.
3. THE CLOUD FOREST
Cloud forest Singapore
Ever wondered how concrete jungles might look like?
Singaporeans have created a whole new concept out there with planted walls, artificial waterfalls – something’s absolutely surreal! You can learn a lot about rare plants, take some great pictures, enjoy a magnificent view from to the Marina Bay Sands and just walk around this mysterious world built by man.
The entrance prices are here:
Is it worth it to go to the Flower Dome? My friends told me “Not really”, so I skipped it.
TIP1: Make sure to have at least 1, 5 hours of your spare time, and bring a jacket, as it is quite chilly and moist inside the conservation area.
The prices are below. Note, that if you are a student, do not forget to take your student ID with you – the entrance fee will be just 1$ instead of 5 $ for you.
TIP2: Try to visit in the morning when it is not too hot.
Gardens by the bay price
TIP3: If you want to visit the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome with a private transfer, get this tour, it is a very good deal!
4. BOTANIC GARDENS
Orchid Park Singapore
I love parks and I that includes botanical gardens. I think I went to one almost in each country I visited! The one in Singapore is such a beautiful park. You can wonder it’s alleys and get lost. It feels modern, fresh and ordered. Then, out of nowhere you can just wake up with a huge water monitor lizard in front of you.
The entrance to the Botanic garden is free of charge, but I also do recommend visiting National Orchid Garden. Unless you are some kind of Orchid expert you will discover a zillion new types of orchids which offer a sweet synthesis of visual beauty and matching fragrance.
Various types of orchids are presented, many colors around, great photo opportunities, we took hundreds of beautiful pictures! Go there!
It is inside the Botanic garden, but has a separate entrance.
5. SINGAPORE ZOO
Singapore zoo entrance
The zoo in Singapore is one of the top attractions. There are 4 options to choose from.
I went to a classic one, but I’ve heard the night safari is also pretty cool! Different shows at each time are held, you will not get bored during the whole day. I recommend visiting the zoo if you are traveling with kids, or if you have more than 3 days to see the city.
TIP: Unless you are with kids, I don’t think there is any point of taking a train inside the Zoo. The queue is always long, and the distances are not that huge.
If you would like to save some money on tickets, try to buy them in advance (at least a week). Plenty of Group on promotions are available and will save you at least 25%, which is quite significant if you go with the whole family.