Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore is one of the most prosperous city states in the world and among the best tourist places to visit in Southeast Asia. Arguably the most expensive city in the world, this small island city-state has certain sheen of wealth in the form of high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and fine dining. Besides, Singapore also boasts an array of attractions like nature reserves, riverside quays, marine parks, nightlife, and more. Here is the list of 16 most popular tourist places which can be visit as part of Singapore Tour Packages that solace a restless mind and a wandering soul.
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Located at One Fullerton, Merlion Park is one of the Singapore major tourist attractions as it houses the Merlion statue, the tourism icon of Singapore. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that represents the city’s humble origin as a fishing village. Spouting water from its mouth, this iconic statue has a height of 28 feet and weighs 70 tonnes. The park also houses a smaller Merlion statue known as ‘Merlion cub’ which stands at 2 meters tall and weighs three tonnes. Though there are 7 approved Merlion statues in Singapore, the original sculpture is the one in the Merlion Park. There is a viewing deck from where one can enjoy breathtaking views of the Merlion against the city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay.
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Marina Bay Sands
An extraordinary feat of engineering and an architectural marvel, Marina Bay Sands is a resort complex in Singapore. This is the most expensive building at the time of its construction in 2010 and is now one of the top places to visit in Singapore as part of Singapore Tour. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the structure fascinates with its three sloping towers rising 200 m from the ground and linked at the top by the boat shaped SkyPark Hotel. Besides, this integrated park contains ArtScience Museum, a mall with a canal running through it, restaurants, theater, skating rink, a public observation deck and an infinity pool. Though the access to infinity pool remains only with the hotel guests, the observation desk is open for all. From the observation deck, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the city’s impressive skyline.
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Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a beautiful man-made garden that encompasses an area of about 250 acres of reclaimed land near Marina Bay Sands in central Singapore. This mechanical garden is an icon of Singapore Tourism and is the must include in Singapore Packages. It comprises three distinctive waterfront gardens namely, Bay Central Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay South Garden. Sprawling over an area of 130 acres, Bay South is the largest of the three gardens which showcases the best of tropical horticulture which includes Supertrees. Bay East is the second largest garden which offers a stunning view of the Singapore skyline. Bay Central is a garden with a waterfront walk that will eventually connect the other two gardens.
Besides, the park also has two conservatories, the Cloud Dome and the Forest Dome which houses an exceptional variety of flora right from the tropical rainforest species to the arid deserts. Every day, a light and sound show is organized underneath the Giant Supertrees that is worth to see. Though, the outer gardens are free for all but one need to buy tickets for visiting the different conservatories or the Skywalk.
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Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park is a giant aviary situated on the western slope of Jurong Hill in Singapore. Spread across 49 acres, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park and among the most popular Singapore Tourist Places. This sprawling park is home to over 5,000 birds ranging across 400 species housed in various habitats. Bird life from across the world can be seen in the park including golden breasted starling, flamingoes, turacos, hoopoe, ostriches, emus, lories, lorikeets, penguins, owls, and pelicans. The park boasts of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries where one can enjoy a close view of African birds. The Jurong Bird Park also organizes educational and entertaining bird shows throughout the day like The High Flyers, The Kings of the Skies, and Lunch with the Parrots.
Promoted as an observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay. With a height of 165 m, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s second largest Ferris wheel and Asia’s largest observation wheel. It has 28 fully air-conditioned capsules and can accommodate a group of 25 people each. The ride lasts about 30 minutes which offers 360-degree of Singapore including the iconic sights of the Merlion statue, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Sands etc. Although the best time to experience the Singapore Flyer is after sunset, visitors can also get some panoramic views during the day.
Universal Studios Singapore
Recognized worldwide, Universal Studios is a Theme Park located in the Singapore’s ever thrilling destination Sentosa Island. Occupies nearly 49 acres, it is the first ever Hollywood movie-themed park in Southeast Asia and among the best places to visit in Singapore with kids. This amusement park is home to seven themed zones like Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. Besides, it also features 24 rides and live shows throughout the day and night that promise thrill, lots of laughter and memories to cherish for a long time.
Singapore Night Safari
Situated next to the Singapore Zoo, the Singapore Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals which was opened in 1994. The park covers an area of 86 acres and is home to more than 2500 animals of 130 species. Of these, almost 40% come under the category of threatened. With 1.1 million visitors annually, this is one of the most famous tourist places in Singapore. The park is divided into four sections namely the Leopard Trail, the Fishing Cat Trail, East Lodge Trail and the Wallaby Trail. The nocturnal park is famous for its unique way of exhibiting the animals includes invisible glass walls, wet and dry moats. One can explore the park on the trams or taking a walk on one of the four walking under the artificial moonlight. Besides animal sightseeing, there are many shows organized during the Night Safari. The Singapore Night Safari is a lifetime memorable thing and can be experienced as part of Singapore – Malaysia Tour Packages.
A Singapore Trip is mere incomplete if you haven’t been to Chinatown as it is a delightful blend of history, culture, modern cafes and stores. Earlier the residential area for several Chinese immigrants, the Singapore’s Chinatown is now proud of its heritage, and has so much on display. This place also has impressive Sri Mariamman Hindu temple, the first and foremost temple of Singapore named- Thian Hock Keng Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic temple. Designed after Tang Dynasty architecture, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a major tourist place in Chinatown. The Giant Stupa, in which the Buddha Tooth Relic is perched, weighs 3.5 tons and is made with 320 kg of pure gold, is located in the 4th floor of the temple. There is also a museum in the complex which houses various artifacts of Lord Buddha such as his Tongue and Bone Remnants. Besides, there are several eateries serving a variety of Chinese food at pocket friendly prices.
Whether you want a thrilling experience or really craving some fun in the sun, Sentosa Island is the place for you. Sentosa Island is a man-made island just off the southern end of Singapore and can be reached by means of a scenic ride on a cable car. Sentosa Island is home to some of the major attractions of Singapore namely the Resorts World, the entertaining Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, Sentosa Merlion and SEA Aquarium. Besides, Sentosa Island is also home to 3.2 km long Siloso Beach, Madame Tussauds Singapore and Fort Siloso along with many outdoor facilities. Don’t miss the show named “The Wings of Time’ in the evening, which is a multimedia performance with pyrotechnics displays, water fountains, and laser projectors.
Little India, the center of life for Singapore’s Indian community, is a buzzing neighborhood located opposite to Chinatown along the east bank of Singapore River. Commonly known as Tikka by the locals, a walk in the streets of Singapore’s Little India is sure to awaken all your senses as it is fitted with multi-coloured shop-houses, historical temples along with cozy cafes. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Tekka Center, Little India are the top places to visit in Little India. Besides, Little India is also known for Indian cuisines. Diwali is the best time to visit this area when the streets light up with eye-catching colourful lights.
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