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Top 10 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Singapore

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Have you taken a New Year’s resolution to travel the world and discover new places? Singapore should definitely be on your list then. There is something for everyone in this island city-state – theme parks, night safari, waterside attractions, and lush greenery. This city is also home to Merlion and the red and gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Other than the shopping malls, hotels and extravagant restaurants, Singapore is bustling with history and Asian heritage like the shophouses in Haji Lane. If you are a nature lover and enjoy the outdoors, make sure you visit the MacRitchie Reservoir and take the TreeTop Walk, a suspension bridge between the two highest points in MacRitchie.

Singapore has one of the most convenient and cheap public transportation system that makes travelling from one part of the city to another easy. English is commonly spoken in the city and there are sign boards in English across Singapore to help you have a smooth travelling experience. Explore all of these and much more, in BankBazaar Singapore’s list of the top 10 tourist attractions.
1. Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands resort is the world’s most expensive building due to its construction cost of a whopping US$5.7 billion. This resort opened in 2010 and is a classic example of modern architecture and engineering. This marvellous structure has it all – a high-end hotel, fine dining, shopping centres, and Asia’s largest convention centre. That’s not all, folks! The Marina Bay Sands has an ArtScience Museum and the structure of a ship (yes, a ship) on top of the hotel with an infinity pool. If you are not a hotel guest, you will not be allowed to use the pool, but you can visit the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, the highest point in the city to watch the impressive skyline.
2. Lau Pa Sat
Right in the heart of Central Business District stands the 120-year old Lau Pa Sat market. This market used to be the meeting point for pushcart street vendors in the 19th century. Lau Pa Sat has grown into one of the most visited destinations for Singaporeans and travellers for authentic local cuisine, Victorian columns, intricately designed architecture and old arches. While appreciating the art and culture of Singapore, do not miss savouring local delicacies like satay along the Satay Street, dim sum from Bao Luo Wan Xiang, and lechon kawali (commonly known as fried pork belly) from Ang Hapag Kainan. Hungry, aren’t you?
3. Singapore Flyer
The world’s largest Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer gives you a rare experience with mind-blowing panoramic views. The best time to take a ride is during dusk when the sunlight makes the city glitter like gold. When you are inside the air-conditioned capsule, you see the entire city, including the Singapore River, Marina Bay, Empress Palace, and the Padang. Opened in 2008, the Singapore Flyer has shopping centres, a spa facility and restaurants.
4. Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s Garden by the Bay is a gardener’s paradise. This garden is situated in Central Singapore and is right opposite the Marina Bay Sands. This futuristic park is great for kids and parents alike. The park is home to the Supertree skywalk over the gardens, greenhouses in the shape of seashells, and several plants and trees that you can discover. There are three gardens within Gardens by the Bay – Bay Central with a waterfront walk, Bay East with vibrant plant life and palm trees, and Bay South with tropical horticulture.
5. Chinatown
Have you ever visited China? If your answer is yes, then Chinatown in Singapore will take you right back to China. For those who are yet to visit, this place is sure to give you a taste of China. If shopping is your thing, then Chinatown has an array of stores you can shop from. Visit the Chinese Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street to see the beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Indulge in authentic Chinese delicacies from countless restaurants and street food vendors.
6. Orchard Road
If you are on a shopping spree, then Orchard Road in Singapore is your one-stop solution. The name of the street is derived from a nearby fruit orchard. This busy street is filled with malls, several restaurants and cafes, nightclubs, coffee chains, and hotels. You can shop till you drop and try out international cuisines with either your debit card or credit card. Orchard Road is often compared to London’s Oxford Street or Hong Kong’s Nathan Road.
7. Universal Studios Singapore
Located on the Sentosa Island, Universal Studios Singapore opened in 2010 and is the first Hollywood movie themed park with countless activities and rides. Take a walk down the Hollywood Boulevard and take selfies with statues of movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. The famous ‘Transformers: The Ultimate 3D Battle’ ride in the Sci-Fi City lets you fight with evil forces in 3D combat. This theme park also has spectacular shows like Shrek 4D Adventure at Far Far Away corner, which can be enjoyed by you and family.
8. Singapore Night Safari
Are you the adventurous kind? Then head over to the Singapore Zoo for a night safari to explore the nocturnal animal kingdom. Take a tram ride across the wildlife park and learn some exciting facts about the animals from your tram guide. See the exotic and endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros, the Himalayan griffon vulture, gazelles, giant anteater, and the gaur of Burma. No night safari is complete without tigers and leopards. Continue the tram ride to Equatorial Africa within the park and watch the activities of Malayan tigers, giraffes, lions, and Asian elephants at a stone’s throw away.
9. Raffles Hotel
This luxurious hotel is a sign of Singapore’s rich history and culture. Built in 1887, Raffles Hotel is a pure example of how colonial-style architecture looked back then. This hotel has welcomed some of the world’s famous guests like Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson. The magnificent Raffles hotel has 103 suites and 18 gourmet restaurants and bars. If you are feeling rich, then go to Raffles’ Bar and order yourself a Singapore Sling, the oldest drink in Singapore.
10. Clarke Quay
In the late 19th century, Clarke Quay was Singapore’s busy centre for commerce. It is situated around Singapore River and houses fancy restaurants, exceptional boutiques, pushcart vendors, and several other attractions. If you are tired of all the shopping on the Orchard Road, visit Clarke Quay for a waterside dining experience.

So the next time you head to Singapore, remember to revisit this article! 

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