Choosing the best attractions in Singapore was no easy task; this is a city bursting to the seams with impressive things to see and do. Almost everyone will have seen an image of the city’s symbol, the Merlion, and this makes our list alongside the nearby Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Singapore Flyer – both of which offer breathtaking views across the iconic Singapore skyline. You will need to obtain a visa for Singapore in advance of your travel.
With a diverse range of cultures and experiences in this small island, we have included a must do list that will get you covered everything from shopping to dining out and the ubiquitous nightlife experiences.
1. Clarke Quay
This amazing riverside development is packed with bustling bars, restaurants, boutiques and thumping nightclubs. This place attracts plenty of tourists alongside locals. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that has more options than Clarke Quay and Boat Quay – two of the city’s most lively nightlife spots.
From iconic dance clubs to live music venues and rooftop bars, we are kicking this off with venues for drinking and partying in both Clarke Quay and Boat for anyone looking to have a boozy good time in the city.
Attica is a stylish institution known for its amazing ladies' night deals. Lovers of R&B and chart-toppers, visit Level 1, but if you're more of a house, progressive, or trance type of person, then head to Level 2.
If you are in the mood for music check out, Crazy Elephant which provides rock and roll fans with all the hits. An added bonus is the jam sessions every Sunday so if you're feeling brave, take the stage and show the audience what you've got.
Cuba Libre Café & Bar is another music paradise for Latino musi. Dance the night away with music by resident live bands, and of course, don't forget to try signature cocktails like the Caipirinha and the Mojito Grande.
2. Marina Bay
Singapore's famed Marina Bay is the place to go to see the city's most spectacular side. With the fast development of this cosmopolitan city-state, the whole Marina Bay area has undergone a transformation of epic proportions. The S$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands complex is the focal point of the bay, and many of the great things to do and see in the area revolve around this epic building and resort, such as the Science Museum, Casino and various shopping, dining and nightlife options. Arrive at Marina Bay around 20:00 to catch the spectacular light show, which illuminates the water as well as several icon landmarks you've probably seen on the postcard.
3. Universal Studios Singapore
Southeast Asia's first Hollywood movie theme park, Universal Studios Singapore, features an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill seekers. Indeed, 18 out of the 24 movie-themed rides here were designed just for the Singapore park.
There are seven movie-themed zones, and each is uniquely designed. You will find the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Hollywood zone, and as you venture into New York, the landscape evolves into impressive city skylines, including a mock-up of a subway entrance. Here, you can step onto a movie set and experience the destructive force of a hurricane with special effects produced by Steven Spielberg.
4. Gardens of the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a huge, colourful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore; and has been crowned World Building of the year at the world Architecture Festival 2012. The famous Supertree structures offer an impressive skywalk over the gardens, over-sized seashell-shaped greenhouses recreate chilly mountain climates and there are hundreds of trees and plants to discover, making this destination great fun for both kids and adults.
5. Raffles Hotel
This luxurious colonial-style hotel has a long history dating back to 1887 and has become one of the most important Singapore landmarks. Among famous guests are Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II and the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Many come for the Raffles Bar experience and you can be sure to enjoy the best Singapore Sling in town. After all, it was invented here and they’ve had almost 100 years of experience at making them.