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Singapore is a unique combination of tradition and modernity. This is where you’ll find the famous Marina Bay with its futuristic buildings, the sky swimming pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands and one of the world’s largest “devil’s mills”. But that’s just one side of Singapore. The bustling and colorful neighborhoods of China Town and Little India, Buddhist temples and the so-called Hawker Centre filled with stands with local cuisine are also waiting to be discovered.
Singapore is a city-state located on several dozen islands on the southern edge of the Malay Peninsula. On the one hand, it is a place full of palm trees, trees and blooming shrubs (where the term “city in the garden” comes from), on the other hand, the most urbanized city in the world full of modern skyscrapers. Going to Singapore and wondering what is worth seeing and what attractions to use? Here are 8 things you can’t miss on the tourist map of the city.
Rest in the fairy tale Gardens by the Bay
In the heart of Singapore, a unique, state-of-the-art complex of two gardens “Gardens by the Bay” has been created. Open 20 hours a day, it is a great attraction for all those who want to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. Gardens are largely hidden under large glass domes – the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. In each of them, specific climatic conditions were created and typical plants were shown.
In the Flowe Dome you can see Mediterranean plants, plants from Australia, South America and South Africa. Cloud Forest, on the other hand, delights with its tropical mountain climate, giant waterfall and numerous footbridges suspended in the air, where you can walk and admire the beauty of the garden. Gardens by the Bay is a captivating combination of natural beauty and modern solutions.
Relax in the “Sky” pool
The impressive “infinite pool” is located on the roof of one of Singapore’s most distinctive buildings, the Marina Bay Sands. The object consists of three glass skyscrapers crowned with a boat-shaped structure – so called Sky Park. It is in this part, on the 57th floor of the building, there is a platform with a huge, sky-high pool. It is the longest swimming pool in the world “at height” – it is 150 meters long and 245 meters above the ground. It is certainly not an attraction for those who are afraid of heights! (Note: only Marina Bay Hotel guests have access to the swimming pool.) Those who do not spend the night in Marina Bay also have the chance to admire Singapore from above. On the 57th floor of the hotel, there is a restaurant, a bar and a large terrace from which you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. It’s worth going there in the evening, just before sunset – the views are amazing. In the nightlife, the city looks even more magical – especially the illuminated gardens of Gardens by the Bay.
Take a ride in Singapore’s Devil’s Mill
Singapore Flyer is what London’s Eye is to the British. Today it is one of the biggest attractions of the city. No wonder, considering that it is the second highest devil’s mill in the world. A ride on the 165 meter high wheel is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The attractions are worth taking advantage of both day and night – the views are equally stunning. It is obligatory to take commemorative photos from above!
Get lost in the streets of China Town
Bustling, colorful, full of intense fragrances – that’s what the Chinese neighborhood in Singapore looks like. Entering the streets of China Town, you can see stalls with colorful lanterns, patterned fabrics and a huge number of gadgets and souvenirs. There are also famous “galleys” with intense smells. While visiting Chinatown, you can not miss the temple of Sri Layan Sithi Vinayaga or newly built, gold shocking temple Relicion of the Tooth Relic Temple Buddha (Buddha Tooth Relic Temple), which contains the tooth of Buddha.In the early days of Singapore’s development, Chinatown was the center where the heart of the city was beating. Today there is little left of the former Chinese district. In recent years, the city has invested a lot of money in the renovation of architectural monuments and cleaning up the district, which once was so crowded with Chinese settlers.
Try Asian cuisine at the Food Centre
When you’re in Singapore, you’ll have to have a local-style meal at the hawker centre. It is a complex where small, but extremely cheap restaurants with a variety of cuisines are concentrated under one roof. One of the most famous Singapore hawker centres is Maxwell Food Centre (1 Kadayanallur Street). Although at first glance it does not look inviting (it’s just a kind of a huge hall without walls), inside it surprises with its bustle, mixture of various scents and over a hundred tiny stands offering an excellent overview of Asian cuisine. Those who will have trouble choosing delicacies for themselves should follow one rule: the best chefs can be recognized by the length of the queue!
See the world’s largest Orchid Garden
The National Garden of Orchids, as the full name of the place sounds, is a unique place. More than 3000 species of orchids have been gathered in the area of 3 hectares, which shock and delight with the richness of their shapes, size and smell. Hundreds of exotic birds sing in the midst of trees and shrubs. The National Orchid Garden, the largest of its kind in the world, is part of the gigantic Singapore Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy the attractions of the island of Sentosa
Located in the southern part of Singapore, Sentosa Island is a popular holiday and entertainment destination. The island (connected to the mainland by a bridge) can be reached by train, bus or cable car (with guaranteed beautiful views). There are many attractions on site, including the Underwater World aquarium, Tiger Sky Tower, MegaZip Adventure rope park and the unique Universal Studio amusement park. Many people also come here to relax on the beach. There are three of them on the island: Silso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. The fact that these are artificial beaches, made from sand brought from Malaysia.
Meet a substitute for India in the Little India neighborhood
This is one of the most colorful districts of Singapore. As the name suggests, it is a peculiar part of India with a perceptible Indian atmosphere. Walking along the streets of “Little India”, you can smell the smell of exotic spices and Indian dishes. There are also markets filled with colorful fabrics and souvenirs and small shops where women in colorful sari are crowded.