Singapore – The City of the Future.

Singapore’s 50th Anniversary seems like the perfect incentive to go back in time and relive the moments, flavors, and places that made this trip a special one for me. Singapore offers several iconic attractions that justify it as “a sustainable city of the future” and one of the world’s most important business hubs and vibrant cities, but here’s a list of the main attractions that you should definitely not miss if on a visit:

Marina Bay

Adjacent to the existing city centre, Marina Bay is the new growth area of Singapore but also its major business and financial hub. Surrounded by water and gardens and characterized by impressive cutting-edge architecture, it is not doubt the proud reflection of a thriving country that has positioned itself as a city of the future and a hub of great opportunities.

With 24/7 whirling energy and ongoing events and activities, Marina Bay is the main attraction of tourists, not to mention that it’s home to Marina Bay Sands. The most luxurious resort in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands host the iconic 5-star hotel known for its stunning infinity pool, along with the world’s most expensive standalone casino property, the huge Marina Bay Sands mall, and other attractions.

The Marina Bay Sands towers, the iconic structure of Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands towers, the iconic structure of Singapore
Marina Bay, the business hub.
Marina Bay, the business hub.
The famous infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands hotel
The famous infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands hotel

Clarke Quay

Known for its vibrant cosmopolitan nightlife, Clarke Quay is made of five blocks of renovated warehouses that are home today to stunning waterside restaurants, a wide choice of cafes and clubs, and the best Singaporean nightclubs. The Quay attracts millions of tourists every year with its many activities such as the river cruise, its quarterly signature events and the beautiful views it offers day and night.

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Clarke Quay, Singapore

Boat Quay

Originally the hub of trade and marine commerce of Singapore, Boat Quay is a short walk from Clarke Quay and constitutes today a lively stretch of restaurants, bars and cafes where locals unwind after a working day and tourists enjoy a laid-back evening by the river.

The waterside restaurants of Boat Quay
The waterside restaurants of Boat Quay

Gardens by the Bay

The most impressive garden you could see – as impressive as anything made in Singapore! Gardens by the Bay is a multi-award winning horticultural destination stretching over 101 hectares, and a true masterpiece. Showcasing extraordinary plant life from around the world displayed in awe-inspiring conservatories, the Gardens offer an escape into breathtaking nature where you will walk alongside suspended vertical gardens and super-sized trees, discover a 35-meter mist-veiled mountain enclosing the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls, venture into surreal nature-invaded structures, and enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city skyline as well as shows of light and sound.

The stunning gardens
The stunning gardens
Gardens by the bay - huge art installation
Gardens by the bay – huge art installation

Chinatown

A sweet escape from futuristic urban architecture to the modest side of Asia, where a bustling mix of old and new awaits to feed your need for a little bit of chaos amidst all this perfection. Discover the heritage of the largest ethnic group in Singapore by wandering its narrow streets filled with traditional shops, stopping at its small restaurants or kiosks to try delicious stir-fried noodles or “satay”, buying souvenirs, or even exploring its Heritage Centre and many temples.

Chinatown mood
Chinatown mood

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Jurong Bird Park

A landscaped park built on Jurong Hill, the Jurong Park is a beautiful journey into a world of colors and natural beauty. One of the largest collections of birds in the world, this famous attraction is truly paradise for bird and nature lovers. Spend a whole day discovering new bird species, watch interactive bird shows, walk in hectares of greenery, and enjoy a beautifully-conserved haven of nature.

Welcome to Jorung Bird Park...
Welcome to Jorung Bird Park…
Hello beautiful flamingos
Hello beautiful flamingos

Night Safari

An experience unique to Singapore, the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals is a multi-sensorial wildlife adventure not to miss! Take a 40-min guided tram tour and travel into the fascinating world of nocturnal animals through 7 geographical zones. Wander amidst changing scenery, vegetation, and various endangered species, while listening to the sounds of nature. For your bookings, click here.

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Sentosa Island

Your one-stop resort destination for endless fun! Take the Sentosa express monorail or cable car to reach one of the most visited attractions in Singapore, home to a long stretch of sandy beach, golf courses, hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa including the Universal Studios theme park.

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Far far away land in Universal studios, Singapore
Far far away land, Universal studios, Singapore
Jurassic Park, Universal Studios
Jurassic Park, Universal Studios
The Merlion, Singapore's national marketing icon, found at Sentosa island
The Merlion, Singapore’s national marketing icon, found at Sentosa island

Orchard Road

Even if shopping is not your thing, it’s a shame to visit Singapore and not pass by this great street once at least. Stretching over 2.2km, Orchard Road is an impressive shopping destination home to the most prestigious brands and iconic shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. Do not forget the fine colonial architecture and the vibrant energy that sweeps you off your feet!

Orchard street at a glance
Orchard street at a glance

Nice rooftops to try:

Good to know:

  • On the occasion of Singapore’s 50th Anniversary, Tripadvisor is offering 30% off its room rates. Another good reason to plan your trip this year! Click here to know more.
  • The country is celebrating its golden jubilee all year long through ongoing activities that you can find here.