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The Top 50 Best Places to Visit in Singapore

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Lady Rain is a daytime stock trader in Australia who likes to travel and has worked in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

Singapore is one of the cleanest and most orderly cities in the world, so much so that even the trees lining the main roads are planted at precise twenty-foot intervals. It is also one of the safest cities in the world, thanks in part to the top two local pastimes—shopping and eating. It is quite safe to walk the city's streets after dark because they are well-lit and busy with shoppers and diners at all hours.

This city is a shoppers' paradise, where you can find fashion items ranging from small store bargains to pricey brand merchandise. For those who are crazy about cool gadgets and cutting-edge technology, there are heaps of shops selling all the best electronics.

Singapore is also a food lover's dream. Rest assured, you will not go hungry here. There are restaurants, cafes, food courts, and hawker centres full of food stalls everywhere—many of which are open 24 hours a day—so you can find a darn good place to eat even at three in the morning.

Still, shopping and eating aren't all this city has to offer. Singapore is also full of natural attractions and cultural heritage sites, from botanic gardens and nature parks to temples and museums.

Getting Around Singapore

The cheapest and fastest way to get around Singapore is by travelling on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) which is the public railway system. The system is highly efficient, fast and convenient. All MRT stations have ticketing counters and self-serviced ticketing machines for purchasing the EZlink card that can be used on buses and trains.

For tourists who are visiting Singapore for a few days, I recommend getting the Singapore Tourist Pass EZlink that gives you unlimited travel on public buses and MRT trains for up to 3 consecutive days for just $30. A $10 deposit for the card is inclusive of the price and totally refundable unless you decide to keep the card as a souvenir.

Price for Singapore Tourist Pass as of March 2019:

  • 1-Day Pass : $20 (covers usage until 11.59pm on same day)
  • 2-Day Pass : $26 (must be used on 2 consecutive days)
  • 3-Day Pass : $30 (must be used on 3 consecutive days)

As an example, if you begin first usage of a 3-day pass at anytime on Thursday, you can get unlimited travel with the pass until 11.59pm on Saturday.

The Singapore Tourist Pass can be bought one day before you use the card.

That being said, recently I made a short trip to Singapore, arrived around midday on a Tuesday and a grouchy ticketing lady at Changi Airport MRT station refused to let me buy a pass to use from Wednesday onwards. I was told the card had to be used from the day of purchase. Feeling tired after a long flight, with half of Tuesday already gone and I had yet to check in at the hotel in the city, I decided not to get the tourist pass at the Changi Airport ticketing office. What a shame, considering the airport is the starting point where most tourists get their first impressions of Singapore. Later that day, I was able to buy the Singapore Tourist Pass for Wednesday at City Hall MRT station without any hassle. I am still puzzled as to why I could not buy the pass one day ahead at Changi Airport MRT station. Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions.

This is how the Singapore Tourist Pass looks like. It gives you unlimited travel on public buses and trains, with a few exceptions listed in a booklet that comes with purchase of card.

This is how the Singapore Tourist Pass looks like. It gives you unlimited travel on public buses and trains, with a few exceptions listed in a booklet that comes with purchase of card.

MRT train.

MRT train.

Here is my list of the 50 best places to visit in Singapore.

1. The Merlion

The Merlion is a mystical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a mermaid and is one of the symbols of Singapore. This 8.6-metre merlion statue used to be located at the mouth of the Singapore River. The Merlion is now located at Merlion Park near a cluster of stylish restaurants at One Fullerton and can be seen from the surrounding areas on the Marina Bay waterfront.

A merlion cub statue has been added to this new Merlion Park in recent years, the two statues are metres apart from each other.

Nearest MRT station : Raffles Place

A baby merlion can be seen at Merlion Park in downtown Singapore.

A baby merlion can be seen at Merlion Park in downtown Singapore.

There are so many shops to visit at Terminal 3 in Changi Airport.

There are so many shops to visit at Terminal 3 in Changi Airport.

2. Changi International Airport

Changi International Airport is one of the best airports in the world and has hundreds of awards under its belt. It has full facilities for every kind of traveller, from babies to adults with special needs. Here are some of the airport's top amenities:

  • Children's Playground
  • Several Open-Air Gardens
  • Fitness and Spa Centres
  • Transit Hotel
  • Internet Services
  • Post Office
  • Medical Clinics and Pharmacies
  • Restaurants
  • Swimming Pool
  • Napping Areas
  • Free Skytrain to Transport Passengers Between Terminals

Passengers with layovers longer than 5 hours can even register for a free tour of the city! Mass rapid transit trains (MRT), public buses, taxis, and free shuttle buses are all easily accessible to transport visitors to and from the airport.

Visitors in transit at the airport can try local delights at the Singapore Food Street in Terminal 3, though in my opinion, the food here is not quite up to standard. First of all, you will need to buy a food card at the entrance booth before using the card to pay for food. First-timers will find this system weird, but it actually prevents food vendors from overcharging customers or avoid paying their taxes!

Local food at Changi Airport

Local food at Changi Airport

Sunflower Garden at Changi Airport

Sunflower Garden at Changi Airport

3. Orchard Road

For first-time visitors to Singapore, one of the first places to go is Orchard Road. This is an absolute must. There used to be spice and fruit plantations here in the mid-1800s, but in the 1970s, commercial development began with the emergence of major shopping malls and entertainment centres. It is now a popular shopping precinct for locals, expatriates, and tourists.

Nearest MRT stations : Orchard, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut.

There are many shops and variety of eateries available in practically every shopping centre along the stretch of Orchard Road.

There are many shops and variety of eateries available in practically every shopping centre along the stretch of Orchard Road.

The Esplanade, a.k.a. "The Durian" looks stunning at night.

The Esplanade, a.k.a. "The Durian" looks stunning at night.

4. Esplanade Theatres On The Bay

Nicknamed "The Durian" because of its resemblance to the smelly fruit, the Esplanade is a performing arts centre with all kinds of events and happenings. It contains theatres, a library, and various art galleries.

Nearest MRT station : Esplanade

5. Singapore River

Take a river taxi cruise along the Singapore River for some spectacular views of the city's skyline. You'll pass by the Merlion, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay, and Marina Bay. This is a great way to see the contrast between Singapore's rejuvenated colonial buildings along the riverside and its modern skyscrapers in the background.

Nearest MRT station : Clarke Quay

River taxis on the Singapore River waiting for passengers.

River taxis on the Singapore River waiting for passengers.

6. Clarke Quay and Boat Quay

These two attractions are built around the Singapore River and are great places to hang out at night. They are composed of several blocks of restored warehouse buildings that have been converted into entertainment spots, retail shops, restaurants, wine bars, and nightclubs.

Nearest MRT station : Clarke Quay

7. Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles

Sir Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore on January 29, 1819, immediately placing the city under colonial rule, where it remained until gaining independence on August 9, 1965. This statue in Boat Quay denotes the site where Sir Stamford Raffles first came ashore.

Nearest MRT station : Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay comes alive after dark.

Clarke Quay comes alive after dark.

8. Vivo City

Vivo City is claimed to be the largest shopping mall in Singapore. It is located at the former World Trade Centre site, now known as HarbourFront. The shopping centre is a shoppers' paradise with hundreds of shops, restaurants and entertainment centres.

Vivo City is also a gateway to Sentosa Island. Visitors can get on the Sentosa Express monorail train that runs across the bridge to Sentosa in under 10 minutes.

Nearest MRT station : HarbourFront

Vivo City at HarbourFront.

Vivo City at HarbourFront.

Vivo City is like a gateway to Sentosa.

Vivo City is like a gateway to Sentosa.

9. Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam is home to the city's largest mosque—the Sultan Mosque—which was constructed in 1928. You will also find the Istana Kampong Glam there, which was converted to the Malay Heritage Park.

Nearest MRT station : Bugis

10. Sim Lim Square

Sim Lim Square is the best place to shop for home theatres, cameras, computers, laptops, iPods, and anything else related to electronics and IT. Another shopping centre called Funan Centre also has plenty of these items. (Update: Funan Centre is currently closed and undergoing redevelopment).

Nearest MRT station : Rochor

The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City.

The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City.

11. Suntec City

Suntec City Mall was the largest shopping centre in Singapore until Vivo City opened for business in 2006. There is an international convention and exhibition centre within Suntec City, several foreign embassy offices, entertainment centres and food outlets. Together with Marina Square and a few luxury hotel buildings, they are part of the Marina Centre in new Downtown Singapore.

Nearest MRT station : Promenade and Esplanade.

12. Fountain of Wealth

The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City is one of the world’s largest fountains. There is a laser show each night in which it is lit up with dazzling displays of lights.

Nearest MRT station : Promenade

City lights at night.

City lights at night.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd before the restorations.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd before the restorations.

13. Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Built in 1846, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is located in the heart of the city on Queen Street. The cathedral has undergone numerous renovations over the years, and it is a popular place for Catholic worshippers in the city. Major restoration works were completed in 2016 and the cathedral now boasts a modern facade.

Two other catholic churches in the vicinity are Church of Saints Peter and Paul (Queen Street), and Saint Joseph's Church (Victoria Street).

Nearest MRT station : City Hall and Bencoolen

Inside Cathedral of The Good Shepherd.

Inside Cathedral of The Good Shepherd.

Stained glass windows from 1870s look amazing in this church.

Stained glass windows from 1870s look amazing in this church.

14. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll at the Botanic Gardens. It was built on 52 hectares of land, and many gorgeous floral specimens can be found in its nicely manicured gardens.

There are many attractions within the gardens that are worth visiting including the following:

  • National Orchid Garden
  • Ginger Garden
  • Bonsai Garden
  • Swan Lake
  • Botany Centre
  • Heritage Museum
  • Healing Garden
  • Evolution Garden

Nearest MRT station : Botanic Gardens

15. Geylang Serai

Members of Singapore's Malay community like to hang out in Geylang Serai. Come visit this cheerful place lined with shops selling traditional Malay items and restaurants with halal food.

Nearest MRT station : Paya Lebar

16. Mount Faber

Travel by cable car to Mount Faber from the HarbourFront MRT Station or Sentosa MRT Station. You will see panoramic views of the harbour, Sentosa Island, and other islands from the top of Mount Faber. For those who want to enjoy views of the surrounding areas at night, the cable car service also runs in the evening.

Nearest MRT station : HarbourFront, then take cable car.

17. Downtown East

Downtown East is located in the Pasir Ris area. There is plenty of entertainment for everyone, with theme parks, resorts, food outlets, shops, and gaming zones galore. Singapore's largest water park, Wild Wild Wet, is also located here. The arcades and gaming centres are great entertainment areas for children. Another great location to indulge in the local foods.

Nearest MRT station : Pasir Ris

18. Chinatown

In the 19th century, the water supply in Chinatown was transported by animal driven carts. Hence, one of Chinatown's old names was Kereta Ayer (in Malay) meaning water cart. Two major roads runs through Chinatown - Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. Outram Park MRT station used to be the closest station to Chinatown. With the addition of Clarke Quay and Chinatown stations, commuters now have easy access to the heart of Chinatown. There are many food stalls, souvenir shops and interesting historical buildings that were built during the colonial times.

Nearest MRT station : Chinatown, Outram Park

19. Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre occupies three restored shophouses on Pagoda Street. This museum reveals the lives of early Chinese immigrants to Singapore who settled in Chinatown.

Interestingly, Pagoda Street used to house opium smoking dens and coolies in the 1800s.

Nearest MRT station : Chinatown

The Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street  is surrounded by shops and food centres in Chinatown.

The Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street is surrounded by shops and food centres in Chinatown.

20. Little India

Little India lies along Serangoon Road. Here, you will find many members of Singapore's vast community of Tamils. There are several Hindu temples, mosques, and churches in Little India, another reflection of Singapore's multiculturalism.

Nearest MRT station : Little India

21. Chijmes

Chijmes was a Catholic convent when it was built in 1840. It has since been restored and converted to a commercial building. The chapel is now a function hall, and the other parts of the complex have been made into shops and restaurants. This is a lovely spot to have a drink and chat.

Nearest MRT station : Bras Basah and City Hall

CHIJMES Hall entrance.

CHIJMES Hall entrance.

22. Fullerton Building

The Fullerton Building was built as a fort in 1829 with barracks for the soldiers who were guarding the entrance of the Singapore River. In 1874, the fort became the first General Post Office and Exchange building. During World War II, it was converted to a hospital for wounded soldiers. In 2001, the building was refurbished into a five-star hotel with 400 rooms, now known as the Fullerton Hotel.

Nearest MRT station : Raffles Place, and follow the signs for Battery Road.

23. Chinese Garden

This park is located right at the Chinese Garden MRT Station exit. The concept of this park is based on Chinese arts and designs. Some of the attractions at the park include pagodas, a bonsai garden, bridges, and a tortoise museum.

Nearest MRT station : Chinese Garden

24. Empress Place Building

This beautiful, historic building is situated on the northern bank of the Singapore River. It housed government offices during colonial times but is now a museum and one of the city's major landmarks.

Nearest MRT station : Raffles Place

25. Sri Mariamman Temple

The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, situated on South Bridge Road. It was first set up in 1827 and has a huge variety of Indian deities carved on its walls and rooftop. Every year there is a fire-walking festival at the temple, and the event attracts hundreds of visitors.

Nearest MRT station : Chinatown

26. Haw Par Villa

The Haw Par Villa theme park features thousands of statues from Chinese folklore, history, and legends. Visitors can also view live acrobatic shows and puppet shows based on Chinese folklore. Haw Par Villa was originally called Tiger Balm Gardens because it was built by the founders of the Tiger Balm company.

Nearest MRT station : Haw Par Villa

Spectacular light displays are happening every night at Marina Bay Sands.

Spectacular light displays are happening every night at Marina Bay Sands.

27. Marina Bay Sands

You can't miss the three monstrous towers of Marina Bay Sands which stand at the Marina Bay waterfront. Apart from the casino, the Marina Bay Sands also has a shopping mall, resorts, museums, theatres, an ice skating rink, and a Skydeck with an infinity pool.

Nearest MRT station : Bayfront

28. The Singapore Flyer

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Marina Bay on the Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It stands at the Marina Promenade, which is part of the reclaimed land in Singapore.

Nearest MRT station : Promenade

29. Helix Bridge

This pedestrian bridge links Marina Centre to Marina South. The bridge is lit up at night with special lighting effects that highlight its double helix structure. It is refreshing to take a walk along the bridge in the evening and breathe in some cool sea breeze after a warm and humid day. Visitors can enjoy the city's skyline all around while on the bridge. The bridge leads you to the huge Marina Bay Sands building.

Nearest MRT station : Bayfront, Promenade and Esplanade

30. Marina Barrage

The Marina Barrage is a dam in the city that was constructed to control the water supply in the catchment area in the Marina Bay. As with many man-made structures in Singapore, the Marina Barrage is a tourist attraction and is open to the public for tours and viewing.

Nearest MRT station : Bayfront, and walk!

The Helix Bridge connects Marina Centre to Marina Bay Sands.

The Helix Bridge connects Marina Centre to Marina Bay Sands.

View of the serene Dragonfly Lake at Gardens By The Bay with the gigantic Singapore Flyer in the distance.

View of the serene Dragonfly Lake at Gardens By The Bay with the gigantic Singapore Flyer in the distance.

31. Gardens by the Bay

Not far from the Marina Barrage is a public park called Gardens by the Bay. The construction of the park was based on sustainability and the conservation of the environment. The garden's main attractions are its different species of tropical plants, multiple conservatories, an artificial lake and the giant tree-like structures called Supertrees. For a nominal fee, visitors can stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway that is elevated 22 metres above the ground. The skyway is suspended between two Supertrees on both ends. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding bay areas.

Other areas of interest at the gardens include the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Dragonfly Lake, Silver Garden and Supertree Grove. Many species of international exotic plants are displayed at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. There is a huge indoor waterfall at Cloud Forest that mimicks a real forest with hills and valleys to explore. Admission fees are required to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

Nearest MRT station : Bayfront

A suspended walkway amongst the tall trees.

A suspended walkway amongst the tall trees.

32. Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is a hill within the CBD of Singapore which is often used as a venue for outdoor concerts. There are several areas of interest at the park, including some historical structures from colonial times. The Hotel Fort Canning was formerly a military headquarters. Other structures in the area include a memorial, gothic gates, and cannons.

Nearest MRT station : Dhoby Ghaut and Bencoolen

33. Lau Pa Sat

Also known as Telok Ayer Market and affectionally referred to as Lau Pa Sat (meaning "old market") by the locals, this landmark is situated right next to Shenton Way in the heart of Singapore's CBD. This is Singapore's first fish market and was just a wooden building when it was built on the banks of the Singapore River in the early 19th century. It has since been rebuilt and is now a food court area with a variety of food stalls serving thousands of people working in the nearby offices. The intricate structure of the building's interior still retains its Victorian design from colonial times.

Nearest MRT station : Telok Ayer and Downtown

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

34. Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum used to be St. Joseph's Institution, a Catholic school run by the La Salle Brothers. It was built in 1867 and designed by a French priest. The former classrooms of this old school have been converted into galleries. Though the chapel is now an auditorium, most of its original elements still remain.

Nearest MRT station : Bras Basah and Bencoolen

35. Bukit Batok Nature Park

This nature park lies across from the new housing estates in Bukit Batok New Town in what used to be a quarry site. The excavated granite surface and quarry lake are now features of the park where visitors can see exotic wildlife and marine animals.

Nearest MRT station : Bukit Batok

36. Eurasian Heritage Centre

Singapore has a multicultural population which includes a community of Eurasians descended from the Europeans who came to the region between the 16th and 18th centuries. The main groups of Europeans were comprised of Portuguese, Dutch, and British people who later settled in the area and married the local people. The Eurasian Heritage Centre situated in Katong provides interesting insights into the Eurasian people and culture in Singapore.

Nearest MRT station :Dakota

Merlion Lookout area near Merlion Plaza on Sentosa Island.

Merlion Lookout area near Merlion Plaza on Sentosa Island.

37. Sentosa Island

Sentosa's old name, Pulau Blakang Mati, meant Island of the Dead Behind. Since the 1980s, Sentosa Island has developed rapidly into a tourist area with many man-made attractions. Here are the top attractions on Sentosa:

  • S.E.A. Aquarium
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
  • Universal Studios Singapore
  • Wings of Time
  • Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
  • Resorts World Sentosa
  • Maritime Museum
  • Trick Eye Museum
  • Adventure Cove Waterpark
  • Lake of Dreams
  • Fort Siloso

Sentosa is accessible by public buses, cable cars, taxis, and trains. There is a free shuttle bus service from Beach Station that runs regularly to all the attractions during opening hours. The Sentosa Express train (Sentosa Station) from Vivo City stops at Waterfront, Imbiah and Beach Stations on Sentosa. The Sentosa Express ticketing office is on Level 3 of Vivo City. Train ticket is $4.

Alternatively, there is a bus service RWS8 in front of Vivo City to Sentosa (bus fare is $1), and cable car service at Cable Car Tower (next building). Tickets for cable car rides are around $35.

38. Palawan Beach

Located on the southernmost point on Sentosa Island, this lovely scenic beach is worth a visit. There is a children's playground, bar and restaurant nearby. Accessible by free shuttle bus service from Beach Station on Sentosa.

Beautiful sandy beach in Sentosa.

Beautiful sandy beach in Sentosa.

39. Resorts World Sentosa

Singapore did not have a casino until February of 2010, when the casino at Resorts World Sentosa opened in spite of the concern and disapproval of many locals. A few months later, another casino at the Marina Bay Sands opened, and Singapore now has two casinos within kilometres of each other.

Nearest MRT station : HarbourFront, then take Sentosa Express, shuttle bus RWS8 or cable car.

40. Universal Studios Singapore

Officially opened in 2011, this is the second Universal Studios theme park to open in Asia. It occupies an area of 20 hectares and is part of Resorts World Sentosa. There are seven theme zones, each with its own attractions. Visitors can enjoy rides, movies, live shows, and other entertainment at the theme park.

In front of Universal Studios Singapore at Sentosa.

In front of Universal Studios Singapore at Sentosa.

Some of the attractions on Sentosa Island.

Some of the attractions on Sentosa Island.

41. Jurong Bird Park

There are several thousand birds of over 300 species at the Jurong Bird Park. Visitors can use the monorail to go around the park and view the many displays. There are also special bird exhibits and daily live shows at the park.

Nearest MRT station : Boon Lay, then take bus 194.

42. Armenian Street

Armenian merchants were some of the early settlers in Singapore in the 1800s, and the oldest Armenian Church was built on the nearby Hill Street. There is a small community of Armenians in Singapore until this day.

There are a few notable landmarks along Armenian Street including The Substation which is a contemporary arts centre. The street used to be open to traffic but it is now a paved pedestrian walkway with box planters and warm street lightings.

Nearest MRT station : City Hall

This was how Armenian Street used to look like.

This was how Armenian Street used to look like.

A modernised Armenian Street.

A modernised Armenian Street.

43. Peranakan Museum

The peranakans are descendents of immigrants from mainland China. They settled in Malaya during the British rule and had assimilated local cultures with their own cultures. Peranakans are known for their Nyonya cuisines that are influenced by their mixed cultural background.

More information on the origins of the peranakan people can be viewed at this Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street.

Here is where you can learn about the Peranakan culture in Singapore.

Here is where you can learn about the Peranakan culture in Singapore.

The National Museum is another interesting place to visit in Singapore.

The National Museum is another interesting place to visit in Singapore.

44. East Coast Park

A popular picnic place among local Singaporeans, the 185-hectare East Coast Park is the largest park in the city. It has facilities for cycling, squash, water sports, rollerblading, swimming, and barbeque pits for picnics.

45. Science Centre Singapore

The Science Centre is a great and educational place for children. It has hundreds of science and technology exhibits.There are also an Omni Theatre, Snow City, and Observatory in the area.

Nearest MRT station : Jurong East

46. Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo has an open concept, displaying the animals in naturalistic environments. Visitors and animals are separated by moats and low shrubs to create the maximum viewing experience. Only the dangerous animals are kept in glass enclosures. There are animal shows during the day, and visitors can ride the tram that goes around the zoo.

Nearest MRT station : Khatib, Choa Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio, then transfer to connecting buses.

47. Night Safari

Located at the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal zoo and has over 1,000 nocturnal animals on display. It is an open-air zoo and only opens at night. There are also performances with the zoo animals.

48. MacRitchie Nature Trail

Enjoy a stroll on the MacRitchie Nature Trail and see the rubber trees, tropical rainforests, and vegetation. This is a popular place for nature lovers and fitness-conscious people who enjoy working out or jogging.

Nearest MRT station : Marymount and Caldecott

49. The Civilian War Memorial

This memorial was built in memory of civilians who were killed in World War II. Located in a park near City Hall MRT Station, it is said that the remains of some of the unidentified civilians are buried under the monument.

Entrance to Madame Tussauds wax museum.

Entrance to Madame Tussauds wax museum.

50. Madame Tussauds Singapore

Located on Sentosa Island, Madame Tussauds Singapore is worth a visit if you wish to experience close encounters with your favourite celebrities, world leaders, and other heroes. Don't forget to take lots of selfies with Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Jacky Chan, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, and more. With over 60 life-sized figures on display, you will be totally star-struck in no time! Visitors can also walk the green carpet with Bollywood stars or get an adrenaline rush driving Formula One cars on full-sized virtual reality simulators. If that sounds a little too exciting, take a relaxing fantasy boat ride on the ‘Spirit of Singapore.’

While you are there, take a look at the history of Singapore by visiting Images of Singapore LIVE.

Image is provided by Madame Tussauds Singapore for this article.

Image is provided by Madame Tussauds Singapore for this article.

Other Islands

Kusu Island

Kusu Island (also known as Tortoise Island) is accessible by ferry from Marina South Pier. It is located about 6km from Singapore. On the island, there is a Chinese temple, several shrines, a wishing well, and a Tortoise Sanctuary.

Pulau Hantu

Pulau Hantu means Ghost Island. Despite its name, Pulau Hantu is a popular destination for outdoor adventures like swimming, fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, as a wide variety of marine creatures live in its waters.

Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is another island off Singapore and is a great place for cycling and outdoor activities. You can travel there by bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Explore the beaches and mangrove areas on your own, or take a guided tour of the island. This island is unique because it is home to animals and plants that are already extinct in many parts of the world.

Sisters' Islands

There are two islands located south of Singapore called Big Sister's Island and Little Sister's Island, separated from each other by a narrow but dangerous channel. The islands are popular places for picnicking, snorkeling, and camping.

Singapore Is a Fine City in More Ways Than One

To keep the country clean and tidy, there are rules everywhere, including:

  • No Littering
  • No Spitting on the Ground
  • No Jaywalking
  • No Food Consumption on Public Transportation
  • No Urinating in Lifts

Offenders will have to pay heavy fines, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the city's rules before you go. Another penalty is the Corrective Work Order (CWO), which requires offenders to wear luminous work clothes embossed with the letters CWO and then clean up public areas. The punishment obviously works. Who in their right mind would want to be named and shamed in public?

Final word

Do not bring prohibited drugs into Singapore, the death penalty applies to ALL who are found with drugs on them!

Singapore and Sentosa

Questions & Answers

Question: Are there shows in Singapore?

Answer: Yes, shows and musicals are popular in Singapore.

Question: Do I have to pay for each sightseeing visit in Singapore?

Answer: Outdoor public areas are free; other attractions do have admission fees.

Question: Where can I see one of the shows in Singapore?

Answer: You will have to go to Singapore and visit the place that has the shows you want to see.

Question: Where is Singapore located?

Answer: Singapore is located in Southeast Asia at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.

Question: Is Wendy's in Singapore?

Answer: Wendy's is no longer operating in Singapore, but there are many other similar restaurants available.

Question: Is Kpop popular in Singapore?

Answer: Yes, there are lots of Kpop fans in Singapore!

Question: How do I go to the science center to visit the dinosaur exhibition in Singapore?

Answer: Take the train to Jurong East, follow the signs and walk from there. Alternatively, hop on a taxi and you will arrive at the entrance of the science centre.

Question: Is Singapore the safest country in the world?

Answer: Singapore is a safe place, but you still need to be vigilant at all times when you are visiting a foreign place.

Question: Is there marijuana in Singapore?

Answer: I am sure there is but it is illegal.

© 2011 lady rain

Comments

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 13, 2019:

This is my favorite city in the world and I've visited many of the places you mention. The Singapore Museum of Art is one that I make time to see every time I'm in the city. It is, sadly, currently closed for redevelopment.

khan on July 05, 2018:

Really its wonderful place. I want to visit there its my dream

GSE Hotels on June 19, 2018:

Very nice places to visit Singapore. I had visited.

Cealfa on March 17, 2018:

Singapore is the home to many of great locations. surely it will be so nice to enjoy huge and fun-filled travel experiences.

NIk on August 25, 2017:

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Le Trong Ha on February 05, 2017:

The ambition to go to Singarpore is the ambition which began when i was very small.i'm going to make it become real.Singapore-a beautiful place, a wonderful country.What an interesting tourguide!

genmartsg on April 28, 2016:

This is a good hub. Very informative. Our country is good place to be in especially during festive seasons. Christmas in Orchard, Chinese New Year in China Town, Deepavalli in Little India, serangoon and the coming fasting month and Hari Raya in Geylang serai. These places came to live with glitters of colourful lights. It is a wonderful experience.

Marc on June 24, 2015:

I live here.

Audrey DS from MNL | PH on May 29, 2015:

Great hub! I shall bookmark this for future reference :)

Manu on April 18, 2015:

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m on December 04, 2014:

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heshan on August 24, 2014:

singapore is great!!!!!!!!!!!

Padamyar on May 02, 2014:

A wonderful list, very informative indeed

Cloudlee from Vietnam on April 26, 2014:

Nice place to visit! I will come back it soon

aiko on January 27, 2014:

What a wonderful list of places to check out and visit in Singapore.... we plan to go this coming feb10 need help no idea yet

pradeep on January 10, 2014:

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oldiesmusic from United States on December 15, 2013:

It seems Singapore has endless possibilities to have shop, eat out and to have fun! Who knew that this little nation had so much to offer? It looks like I wanna go there! Thanks so much for this hub. :)

Rachel on November 23, 2013:

Hi! I m a Singaporean and I really recommend people to come here for holiday. @lady rain The food in Singapore is really tasty and i guess that's the reason I am fat :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 05, 2013:

Shops along Haji Lane change frequently and you can find lots of nice clothings and fashion items that are not available elsewhere. I hope you'll have a great time in Singapore next year. Thank you for voting :)

Levy Tate from California, USA on November 04, 2013:

Going there next year, so this is perfect! Another spot I'm excited to see is the Haji Lane -- really keen to visit those boutique stores!

Thanks for sharing :) Voted up!

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 01, 2013:

AvineshP, I hope you'll have a wonderful time in Singapore. Thank you for leaving a comment here.

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on October 31, 2013:

As I am to visit Singapore, this hub will surely help me in exploring the mentioned places. Thanks Lady rain.

lady rain (author) from Australia on July 15, 2013:

tastiger04, it's nice to hear you were born in Singapore. I am sure you can't wait to eat all those delicious food when you go back there! Thank you for voting :)

tastiger04 on July 15, 2013:

Great list! I was born in Singapore but I have not been to all these places. I do love the Merlion though! Great hub I can't wait to go back! :) voted up!

travelholidays from India on June 22, 2013:

My first votes go to Orchard Road, Gardens on the Bay and Sentosa Island. Wants to visit Singapore soon for its fantastic tourist spots . The discipline information in Singapore is very good I like the content below 'Singapore is a FINE city.' . Useful Hub :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on April 29, 2013:

srsddn, thank you for sharing your holiday experience with us. I hope you'll get more time to visit the other places on your next trip to Singapore. Thank you for voting, too.

srsddn from Dehra Dun, India on April 29, 2013:

lady rain, I wish I could have one more trip to Singapore. I agree with your observations about Singapore and found it a beautiful and disciplined country. But I could not see more than 7-8 places enlisted by you. Many be next time I get more time to roam around and appreciate other tourist spots of Singapore. Thanks of sharing the list. Voted up.

lady rain (author) from Australia on April 28, 2013:

Vacation Trip, that's fantastic! Thank you for stopping by and voting :)

Susan from India on April 27, 2013:

Great hub with excellent photos. Now I need to plan a trip to Singapore after reading your hub. Voted up.

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 26, 2013:

r3z4_1x, I'm glad this article helps you in planning your next trip to Singapore. I trust you'll have a great time there!

r3z4_1x on February 26, 2013:

I'm from Indonesia, I several times going to singapore but this web is very useful for me to arrange the place i want to visit. Thank you Lady rain. I bookmarked this page

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 07, 2013:

Frangipanni, that's great! You can start planning your next trip now... ;)

Frangipanni on February 06, 2013:

Have actually been thinking of going to Singapore for my next holidays. You have inspired me to go even more. Thanks

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 05, 2013:

corapicgiyim, I'm pleased to hear you've visited some of the places in Singapore :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 05, 2013:

johndnathan, yes.. Singapore is a great stop over for travellers visiting South-east Asia. Thank you for your feedback :)

Çorap İç Giyim from Istanbul-Turkey on February 05, 2013:

I have seen a few of those places. It was a great experience for me. But, :) we have similar and sometimes much more interesting places here in Istanbul. We hope to see all friends soon in Turkey.

John D Nathan from Dallas, Texas. USA on February 03, 2013:

This is an excellent list. I heard that if you want to visit Southeast Asia that Singapore is a recommended first stop to get yourself acquainted with the area.

shahpriya on January 22, 2013:

Yes yes ..hope so soon..:)

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 21, 2013:

shahpriya, thank you, I hope you get to visit all those places in Singapore :)

shahpriya on January 20, 2013:

Great hub...so much in detail information about the places in singapore!! Would love to visit them.. Thanks..Cheers!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 19, 2013:

Mike Robbers, thank you for your comment and encouragement!

Mike Robbers from London on January 19, 2013:

Thumbs up! A very useful and informative article! Keep up the good work! Cheers!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:

Glass-Jewelry, Singapore was already a popular destination in southeast Asia back in the seventies. Thank you for stopping by to share some good memories, and for voting, too!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:

Magdaleine, I appreciate your comment here, thanks!

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on January 17, 2013:

A list of 50 things to see is amazing, especially if it's 50 things all of them unique and extraordinary to see, really unusual for any other normal city.

I remember my father, when he made several trips to Singapore in the seventies, very often appointed the magnificent hotels, including Jaja-Puri hotel where inside, the lobby I believe, had been set up a real equatorial garden.

Voted Beautiful, and if available I would have voted Extraordinary!

Magdaleine on January 17, 2013:

Singapore is one of my favourite places to visit. Great article, thanks for sharing. I should come again to Singapore.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:

cianeko, you are absolutely right..

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 17, 2013:

Hezekiah, most, if not all, of the sightseeing places are open the whole year round, and the humidity stays the same anyway. It narrows down to when you can get the best deal for the air tickets. I book my tickets when the airlines have special deals :)

Nik Abueva from Manila on January 17, 2013:

Interesting place to visit...

Hezekiah from Japan on January 17, 2013:

Perfect, I live in Japan (not born here) so close but never been. Flight are soooo cheap there but was wondering was the best season would be? Seems humid all the time.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 16, 2013:

rumanasaiyed, I'm pleased to know you visited Changi Airport, it has great facilities for transit passengers. Thank you for your votes :)

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on January 15, 2013:

I have only visited Singapore Airport.. But it was just amazing. Interesting hub..Voted up interesting!!!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 15, 2013:

CZCZCZ, Singapore is a great destination to have a stopover, I hope you get to visit the country on your next trip to the Philippines.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 15, 2013:

aspop, you're absolutely right, Singapore is on another whole level of awesome!

CZCZCZ from Oregon on January 15, 2013:

What a wonderful list of places to check out and visit in Singapore. My wife and I have discussed taking a trip there either before or after our next trip back to the Philippines. I am saving this hub to have a bunch of fun ideas when we get the chance to travel here.

Jen from Texas on January 15, 2013:

Ugh, I want to go so bad! All of South East Asia is interesting to me, but Singapore is on another level of awesome. (:

Thanks for the guide!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 14, 2013:

Riviera Rose, I hope you'll get to see many more places on your next trip to Singapore! Thank you for your comment :)

Riviera Rose from South of France on January 14, 2013:

Wow, I thought I knew Singapore relatively well, but I hadn't heard of many of those places! Must get back sooner rather than later. Great hub, thanks!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 14, 2013:

Jason Jones, thank you for your feedback on Sentosa, much appreciated!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 14, 2013:

Samith Jhon, thank you for stopping by, I'm glad you like this hub :)

Jason Jones Japan from Japan on January 14, 2013:

Sentosa Island is very nice, they made a great job of that

Samith Jhon from Los Angeles, California on January 13, 2013:

Really Informative and interesting hub.I love to visit the different countries & places .I think this hub guide me to much great hub.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 13, 2013:

SINewsome, it's great to know you've been there. Thank you for your comment!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 13, 2013:

carolinabinkoster, I hope you get to visit Singapore very soon!

Sophie Newsome from New York on January 13, 2013:

Such an amazing place! I hope to go back one day and visit more places. Nice hub.

Carolina Bin from London on January 13, 2013:

After reading your article I have a great desire to go visiting this amazing city!

Very interesting.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 13, 2013:

livewirez, I'll have to agree to that!

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on January 12, 2013:

Singapore is really a great tourist destination...

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 22, 2012:

freecampingaussie, it's nice to hear you are planning a stopover in Singapore. The humidity level is very high the whole year round, and there is plenty of rainfall between November and March. Watch out for thunder (really LOUD!!) and lightning before the rain!

freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on December 20, 2012:

Hi, What a helpful hub as we are planning on visiting Singapore soon. I was going to book a 3 day stop over but looking at this we need at least a week . I am not to keen on the heat as where we are at the moment is very hot (up to 43) & humid . What is it like in Febuary ?

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 19, 2012:

Aussieteacher, I'm pleased to hear you love the place and have seen most of the attractions. There's so much to do in Singapore and never a dull moment. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

Di from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. on December 18, 2012:

It is one of my favourite places in the world - I love it. I have seen MOST of those places on the list.

Theodore S. Sumrall from Fl, USA on December 18, 2012:

That's a huge fine to pay!

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 17, 2012:

theodoresumrall, there are some people who just never learn after serving the CWO, but when the Singapore government introduced a fine of $5000 for littering, it effectively reduced the number of offenders by half. Thank you for your kind comment.

Theodore S. Sumrall from Fl, USA on December 17, 2012:

The idea of CWO sounds great! This is also true who would want to be named and shamed in public.

Thank you Lady Rain for sharing informative hub, here.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 16, 2012:

agusfanani, thank you for sharing your experience on the Singapore Flyer. I am sure you had a very memorable holiday in Singapore.

agusfanani from Indonesia on December 14, 2012:

Cool information . I've tried to ride Singapore Flyer and it was great to view Singapore by this ride at its culmination point.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 10, 2012:

itsmejohnsmith, thank you for your feedback. I hope you'll have a lovely trip to Singapore. Have fun!

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 10, 2012:

Thank you snakooz!

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 10, 2012:

logoquiz, it's great to hear that you've been to Singapore. I hope you get to explore more places on your next visit :)

John Smith from London on December 10, 2012:

Fantastic hub, I am planning a trip to Singapore in 2013 and this has really helped me out! Very comprehensive list with no pointless entries or useless locations. Brilliant.

snako0z on December 10, 2012:

great hub

Missy from London on December 10, 2012:

Great hub, I only wish I'd discovered it before going to Singapore! I loved the architecture there, amazing buildings! Will have to go back to do the rest of this list now now. Thank you:)

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 05, 2012:

worldtravelexpert, the Raffles Hotel is definitely worth a visit and to have a sip of the iconic drink! Cheers! Thank you for your comment :)

Kirsty Stuart from London, UK on December 05, 2012:

Great hub - really detailed. I had to read it as I was intrigued to find out if there were really that many things to do in Singapore and of course there are. I also think visiting the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling is in order for a good trip to Singapore! Well done again for a great hub.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 05, 2012:

safiq ali patel, many thanks for your feedback, cheers! :)

safiq ali patel from United States Of America on December 05, 2012:

An absolutely spectacular hub. Just amazing thank you.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 04, 2012:

tabrezrocks, yes there are many places in different countries sharing the same names, especially famous places and landmarks. Thank you for stopping by :)

Md Tabrez Alam from Calcutta, India on December 04, 2012:

hey really it is a nice place to visit, i think some of the place's name are taken by Kolkata(India) from here like esplanade etc.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 03, 2012:

ignugent17, I'm glad you like this article. Thank you for leaving a comment :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 03, 2012:

guy, there are toilets located in all the shopping malls and most public areas. The most impressive toilets can be found at the Singapore Zoo, where the toilets are surrounded by natural vegetation and wildlife sounds.

ignugent17 on December 03, 2012:

Very beautiful. Thanks sharing the information. :-)

guy on December 02, 2012:

might want to visit a toilet as well

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 30, 2012:

CraftyMcClever, I hope you get to experience the Singapore cultures and traditions in the near future. Thank you for your kind comment :)

Cecelia Kramer from Everywhere but mostly Cali on November 30, 2012:

such beautiful places to visit because of the cultures, traditions, and architecture. That is definitely on my bucket list now more than ever. Thanks

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 29, 2012:

vibz, I am glad you enjoyed reading my hub. I hope you get to visit Singapore soon. Thank you for stopping by :)

vibz from India on November 29, 2012:

thanks for the well and nicely written hub. Will definitely again look out when I visit Singapore. Bookmarked it.

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 27, 2012:

nmuktadirbd, thank you for your kind comment :)

nmuktadirbd on November 27, 2012:

Nice hub, thanks for a great travel guide.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 05, 2012:

Jack, thanks! I hope you get to visit the east some day :)