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Are you planning for a fun and exciting vacation trip with your family? Then, you should think about visiting Singapore! It has been recognized as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. It’s a third-world country, meaning, it has a well-established tourism industry. It also has been the shopping capital for most of Southeast Asian origins because of its numerous shopping centers, hotels and magnificent landmarks.
The Arts House
This magnificent Art House was first designed and established as a Neo-Palladian private house on 1827 owned by a Scottish merchant John Maxwell. From being a private residence to a Court House for the usage as Court of Law, it was then transformed into a Parliament House in 1999.
It is one of Singapore’s oldest surviving government building and the only gazette government building supposedly used as a multi-disciplinary arts center. It has opened since 2004 as the Art House and contains a wide variety of activities that both enhances artistic appreciation in all its forms. Since 2011, it has been its primary goal in promoting Singapore writers to develop their artistic works. There is also an easy access to programs of both local and international talents from film adaptions to exhibitions.
This museum opens from ten in the morning until ten in the evening including Sundays and public holidays with a free admission, except for ticketed events.
Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum, also known as SAM caters to one of the world’s largest public pieces of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks. It has been opening its doors since 1996 as the lead presenter of international and local art showcases of exceptional art expressions. It has also been playing an active role in organizing visual arts education, research, exchange and development through strategic connections with international cultural and arts institutions.
This museum is open everyday from ten in the morning until seven in the evening where from six in the evening, the last admissions are allowed. General entrances would cost about ten dollars and five dollars for Senior citizens and foreign students. However, it is free for all Singapore Citizens, permanent residents and visitors below the age of six.
The Art Retreat has opened its doors since the year 2003 and is Singapore’s first private museum of modern Asian an European Art. It houses over 1,500 artworks from Southeast Asia, China and Europe.
Its main gallery presents temporary and traveling exhibitions by international and local guest curators of art. Its main feature is a huge gallery dedicated to the largest collection of pieces by a contemporary Chinese painter from the 19th century named Wu Guanzhong.
Their doors open from eleven in the morning to six in the evening from Tuesdays to Saturdays because it’s closed during Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.
People who visit here can enter with a free admission.
Universal Studios Singapore
Not just famous in Singapore but throughout the world, Universal Studios Singapore is definitely the place to visit for some fun and exciting exploration of the movie scene.
It is located in the Resorts World Sentosa which also houses the Integrated Resort.
The Universal Studios is composed of seven zones: Madagascar, the Palace of Far Far Away from the world of Shrek, The Lost World where dinosaur monuments an Waterworld can be found, Ancient Egypt where mummies are featured, a Sci-Fi city, a replica of New York City and Las Vegas as the last two of the zones.
Here, you can also eat and tour at the same time since this place has thirty restaurants and food carts and twenty retail stores and carts for you to buy your souvenirs and remember this trip by.
Another famous tourist landmark in Singapore is the Singapore Zoo. Composed of thousands of unique animals would entice the kindred spirits of the children.
As the day turns into night, you would also enjoy the magnificent view of the sunset as the Night Safari lights up. There are also vehicles that will take the children to the Rainforest Kidzworld. Also, the water play area are a favorite for the little ones.
To make things more exciting, there is also an animal-themed carousel catering to both old and young visitors. Since the animals live in cages that are open, people get to see them live in their natural habitat. Lions under trees, polar bears roaming around with their thick fur and Pygmy Hippos swimming by the lake with surely astonish you.
There is also an Australian Outback, Fragile Forest and the Great Rift Valley which are all equally as magnificent as the other activity areas in the park. Here, you will both get to learn about the ecosystem and culture of the tropical rain forests and likewise have the fun of your life while enjoying the rides and the tours.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Right in the heart of Singapore, you will find the exquisite Singapore Botanical Gardens. There lies small forests here that are right next to Gleneagles Hospital.
This institution has a wide collection of plants including those which are almost impossible to find because of its rarity or those ones that are already extinct. Trees and various flora and fauna decorate this garden like it were the Gardens of Eden.
There is a Swan Lake right by the entrance, the famous National Orchid Garden and the hilly three-hectare portion of the Garden that houses more than a thousand species and two thousand hybrids of orchids. It’s the sight that you would definitely not find in the city proper.
The admission to the Singapore Botanical Gardens is free of charge.
Boat Quay and Clarke Quay
Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are the coasts that have numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs. Tourists visit here, especially the party-goers since this is the nightlife central of Singapore. Other times, those who are just looking for a dine and leave type of itinerary, they would also go to these corners of Singapore since there are a lot of restaurants to choose from catering to different types of cuisines.
During night time, loud music or light jazz could be heard from any corner of the coast. Most business people come here after work, bachelors go out and party and couples having a romantic dinner enjoying the ambiance of music and fine dining.
Singapore Flight Experience
For the adventurous type, come aboard the world’s most famous and successful Boeing 737-800NG airplane maneuvered by expert pilots. This plane also has the most modernized cockpit and sound quality. This feature is available for tourists where you will be toured to the different parts of the plane and will be accommodated by a classy staff.
For the thrilling experience of a lifetime in Singapore, you should definitely ride the Singapore Flyer. This world’s largest Ferris Wheel current soars as high as 165 meters giving you a breathtaking 360 degrees and a whopping view of Singapore’s cityscape . This magnificent architecture is located in Marina Bay right next to the Retail Terminal with three levels that have shops and food stores to choose from. There also lies a central atrium where a rich tropical forest and an outdoor theater showing stage programs are accessible. The Flyer also gives tourists a great view of the Marina Bay Street Circuit and Singapore Grand Prix.
Singapore Science Center
For those geeky tourists who are fascinated by the wonders of science, this place will surely amaze you. The Singapore Science Center will definitely make you gaze in wonder over its hundreds of interactive rides that would educate you on the aspects of science.
This establisment is open everyday except Mondays from ten in the morning until six in the evening while its Omni-Theater are open until eight in the evening.
Little India Singapore
Historically, Singapore has been open to all during the trading era. Given this, it has been visited by many Indian nationals, thus, the Little India is formed.
Located east of the Singapore River across from Chinatown, this ethnic neighborhood caters to Tamil cultural aspects. Also nicknamed as Tekka in the local Tamil community, this is a great place to find different things about the culture of India. Here you can buy fresh fruits, sweets, clothes, shoes and many more only for a cheap price.
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort in Singapore which opened just recently in 2010. This establishment has complete facilities which makes it the center of fun activities and exciting tourist itineraries.
This resort has a casino, sky park, hotel, restaurant, cafe and a food kiosk where dishes such as chicken rice, curry Indian team and western-style roast chicken and sandwiches are served.
Not only is this place the center of fun activities but also a shopping destination as well. It has luxury shopping centers catering to world-class designed clothes and restaurants making it the largest of its kind.
Lau Pa Sat Market
Feeling kind of hungry?Get your fill at food stations located at the Lau Pa Sat. Here, dishes inspired by Asian cuisine are offered. From Malay dishes such as nasi lemak to local Chinese food such as Hainanese chicken rice , dim sum, dahl and Korean Barbecue are offered.
Much like Little India, Singapore also has a special place for the Chinese. Get down to Chinatown’s traditional shop houses and gaze upon the skyscrapers of portrayed “little red dot”. You may also check out the local people playing Chinese chess before you venture on for a food hunt.
Restaurants cater to vegetarians, seafood lovers, and big meal foodies at the 8 Treasures and Seafood Restaurant. If you’d want to have fun and party, you can likewise relax at the rooftop bar near the Club St. afterwards.
Gardens by the Bay
Have you ever seen the blockbuster movie Avatar? Here in Singapore, you can see up close and personal the virtual world of that movie come to life. Here at the Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare area is decorated by exotic flora and fauna from around the world housed in Bio-domes Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The Supertrees which are shimmering fifty feet tall structures dazzle visitors with lights and music every evening.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
As mentioned, Singapore is a third-world country. It is packed with buildings, skyscrapers and roads to last a vacationer. However, if you’re getting tired of all the city atmosphere, you can come visit the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. This is the one area of the city that would remind people that Singapore was once rich in rainforests. Here, local wildlife such as birds, monkeys and lizards are encountered by the visitors.
Another race-oriented area of Singapore is the Arab Quarter. For those shopping enthusiasts who are getting tired of buying stuff at the mall for higher prices, this is the place to go to next. The Haji Lane in the center of Arab Quarter sells designer clothes and stylish items that will sure to make the shopaholic get his or her fill of the vacation.
Feeling kind of hungry? You might want to take a break from all that Asian food and savor yourself with a mezze platter at one of the cafes in Arab Quarter while smoking a shisha pipe as you soak up the sunset and appreciate the work of art put into the Sultan Mosque.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Just when you think that I’ve left out the most iconic tourist destination of all, well, you have to save the best for last right? The Merlion Park is located at the Marina Bay as well. It has been worldly known for its unique monument of a Merlion, a creature with the body and tail of a fish but with the head of a lion, is spitting water to the bay. The park is free to visit at all times of the day making it more attractive to tourists. Aside from the free entry, it is also neighbored by famous landmarks as well which is definitely ideal for a tourist who wants to have his or her fill of Singapore.