1. National Icon – Merlion Park
Getting there: Walk towards the Esplanade after alighting at Raffles Place MRT station (NS26 / EW14)
The eight-meter high Merlion statue that stands at the mouth of Singapore River has been recognized as its national icon. This half lion half fish mythical creature is said to symbolize the courage, strength and resilience of Singapore people. And Singapore’s foremost arts venue – The Esplanade – just sits opposite to the Merlion statue.
Getting there: Alight at HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1 / CC29), then take direct bus or Sentosa Express at VivoCity (Lobby L, Level 3)
Sentosa is undoubtfully one of the must-see places in Singapore. It’s an attraction not only for tourists but the locals as well. The newly opened Casino and Universal Studio definitely draw more attentions for this lovely island.
3. Singapore Zoo
Getting there: Take a taxi or buses departure from major hotel
This is the only and extraordinary zoo in Singapore, famous in Southeast Asia both for its variety of animals and excellent pedigree. You’ll see everything from pandas to orang utans to white tigers. Certainly worth a visit if you are interested in animals and the Night Safari (a night tour of the zoo) is as interesting.
4. Little Indian
Getting there: Alight at Indian MRT Station (NE7)
It’s a good place to experience the Indian culture. You’ll encounter from traditional temples to the culinary delights of the Indian curry or textiles. Having a walk along the Indian style colorful little houses, it’s a must-visit for tourists.
5. Clarke Quay
Getting there: Alight at Clarke Quay Station (NE5)
Clarke Quay is at the upper side of the Singapore River. Within this area, you can enjoy a decidedly festival atmosphere while hunting for shopping bargains. There are many air-conditioned shophouses and push carts selling never-seen-before mementos and curios. You will also find bars, discos and restaurants too.
6. Chinese Garden
Getting there: 1 Chinese Garden Road, alight at Chinese Garden MRT Station (EW25)
This garden is designed in a northern China imperial style and is built in a way to integrate and in harmony with the nature. The Suzhou style Bonsai Garden is a pearl in this garden. And through the “White Rainbow Bridge”, you will reach the nearby Japanese Garden.
7. Marina Bay
Getting there: Alight at the last stop of the MRT red line (NS27)
This area is the home to many steamboat restaurants that offer cheap and decent seafood. There is also a bowling alley. Lots of open space for kite flying, it is indeed an escape from the bustling city area.
8. Botanic Garden
Getting there: Take public bus via Holland Road (SBS 7, 105, 123, 174 / SMRT 75, 77, 106) or Bukit Timah Road (SBS 48, 66, 151, 153, 154, 156, 170 / SMRT 67, 171)
This is a green haven away from the crowded Orchard Road. There are also performances on weekend. Pack some sandwiches and have a picnic there. Noted the Garden opens from 5 to 24 daily, however, the Orchid Garden inside only opens from 8:30 to 19:00 and the last ticket sale at 18:00.
9. East Coast
Getting there: Take bus No. 401 from Bedok Bus Interchange, or take a taxi
East Coast Park, which is about 20 km long, is one of the largest parks in Singapore. You will find tents and BBQ setups crowd along the beach every weekend. And it is of lots of fun to watch the sunrise / sunset. If fond of activities, you can bring your rollerblade or rent bicycles in shops around.
10. Singapore History Museum
Getting there: 5-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24 / NE6) / Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2)
It sits in a building constructed in the mid-1800’s and houses artifacts and artwork dating as far back as the 14th century. Exhibits within the museum portray the development of Singapore from the time it a mere fishing village, through British rule, and finally through its opening its doors to immigrants throughout the mid-1900’s. The History Gallery is open from 10:00 to 18:00 and the Living Gallery is 10:00 to 20:00 daily.