Did you know that Singapore’s Changi International Airport handles one flight in every 90 seconds? It serves over 100 airlines from 300 cities around the world. And for the third consecutive year, the airport was voted as the world’s best airport.
For flights from the US, there are convenient connecting flights in European cities like Frankfurt and Amsterdam, in the Middle East cities like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, or in Asian cities like Tokyo and Seoul. Travelers have plenty of options and many ways to get to Singapore. Ready to take a vacation? Let us show you 5 things to do in Singapore:
1. Merlion Park
Start a trip to Singapore with a visit to Merlion Park where the iconic half -fish and half-lion statue has been residing since 2002. Originally, Merlion sat at the mouth of the Singapore River, the place where it all began in Singapore. A small fishing village called Temasek was established at the mouth of Singapore, which later became the Old Port of Singapore.
Blocked by the newly constructed Esplanade Bridge, Merlion was moved 120 meters from its original place. Besides admiring the Merlion and the surrounding views, visitors can walk along the river to Marina Bay, take a river cruise or enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants.
2. Gardens of the Bay
Gardens of the Bay has three bay front gardens occupying over 101-hectare (about 250 acres) of prime land in Marina Bay Singapore. The Bay South Garden is the main garden with two glass biomes, one known as Cloud Forest and the other Flower Dome.
The Cloud Forest Dome is covered with orchids, ferns and bromeliads. It also has the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
The Flower Dome, according to YourSingapore.com, replicates the cool-dry climate of California and South Africa. It has over 32,000 plants from 160 species and varieties.
Note: Walk the OCBC Skyway, a suspended 128-meter walkway between these domes if you are not afraid of height.
Admission is free to the garden but there is a fee to visit the conservatories.
More information: YourSingapore.com
3. Sentosa Island
Take the Mount Faber Line (green) from Mount Faber or the Sentosa Line (red) from Merlion to Sentosa Island. This ride offers a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s skyline and harbor.
Attractions in Sentosa Island include sandy beaches, walking trails, theme parks, golf courses, water activities and more.
Information: Sentosa Island’s attractions, beaches, dining, hotel and spa, and how to get there.
4. Visit Chinatown, Little India, and Kampung Glam
Singapore is a multi-cultural city with three main ethnic groups – Chinese, Indian and Malay. Each of these ethnic groups has their own enclave filled with traditional shops, markets, restaurants and places of worship.
Chinatown consists of five districts – Telok Ayer, Bukit Pasoh, Tanjong Pagar, Kreta Ayer and Ann Siang Hill.
Little India is one of the most vibrant districts in Singapore. It is located on Serangoon Road and its side streets. Check out Tekka Market and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Kampong Glam, the Malay enclave was once a fishing village. Check out Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre.
5. Orchard Road
Strolling along Orchard Road is one activity not to be missed when in Singapore. For over a century, Orchard Road has been the “main road” of Singapore with iconic shopping malls, trendiest fashion houses, fast food chains and exclusive dining and entertainment centers.
This beautifully landscaped road is about 2.2 km (1.3 miles) with over 5,000 retail, dining and entertainment outlets under 800,000 square hectares of space.
Check out TANGS Orchard, ION Orchard, Paragon and Robinson the Heeren
Information: Download Orchard Road Walking Trail Guide