TOP SINGAPORE SIGHTS

By LINDA JAMES |Updated JUNE 5, 2022 | SEE & DO

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The top Singapore sights in Singapore are the iconic things to do: Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, the hawker centres, Jewel at Changi, the zoos, shopping on Orchard Rd, Sentosa Island, Singapore Botanic Gardens and the National Museum of Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay

Where do I start? The flower and cloud domes, Supertree Grove, OCBC Skyway, Floral Fantasy, the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show … there are just so many top Singapore attractions and activities, you couldn’t possibly do it justice in a day.

For comprehensive information, check out my Gardens by the Bay article, which covers all of the attractions, ticket prices and times.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr
Open: daily 5am-2am but individual attractions have specific times
Cost: Many attractions are free; the domes cost about $S20 for travellers. 
More information: Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay Sands

One of the most well-known hotels in Singapore, the Moshe Safdie-designed 55-storey hotel is topped by the ship-like SkyPark and is one of the top Singapore sights.

Hotel guests get the best views from the impressive rooftop infinity pool on the 57th floor but visitors can get the same view by booking into the rooftop bars-restaurants, C’est La Vie or Lavo, and buying a cocktail or two.

Even if you don’t want to go all the way to the top, it’s worth dropping in to check out the stunning lobby and shoppes.

If you’re in the area around lunchtime, there’s a great food court, Rasapura Masters, and the hotel itself has some impressive fine dining restaurants such as Spago Dining Room and Cut by Wolfgang Puck.

Price: pay $S20 to access the observation deck or buy a cocktail at C’est La Vie or Lavo 
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave
More information: Marina Bay Sands

Singapore Flyer

Get a bird’s eye view of Singapore from one of the world’s largest ferris/observation wheels. The Singapore Flyer gives you a good overview of the key sights in Singapore and, on a clear day, you’ll see out to Indonesia and Malaysia.

The ride takes about 30 minutes. Keep an eye out for Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island and Mt Faber.

Address: 30 Raffles Ave
Open: Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 3pm-10pm
Cost: $S33 for 13 years and over, $S21 for 3-12s, under 3yrs free
More information: Singapore Flyer

Hawker Centres

Singapore is a foodie’s heaven. There are so many fine dining restaurants, but you can also eat fabulous food very cheaply at the hawker centres.

These food courts got a huge publicity shot from the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, which had scenes at Newton Food Centre.

There’s a huge variety of local dishes such as chicken rice, laksa, satay, fried kway teow, chilli crab and hokkien mee and prices are generally around the $S2.50 to $S5 range.

I’ve put together a guide to the main hawker centres in Singapore that has all of the details on how to get there and some suggestions for the best stalls.

Make sure you have cash and don’t leave your visit until late in the day as many stalls sell out and then close up.

Jewel at Changi

This is one of my favourite all-time shopping centres. In Terminal 1 at Changi Airport, it’s a destination all on its own.

It has a seemingly endless number of retail outlets, a stack of restaurants and cafes, a food court and then there’s a huge list of attractions to see and do, many of which are free.

Highlights include the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex, which features a light and sound show every night, the five-storey high Shiseido Forest Valley, bouncing nets, Canopy Park, mazes, slides and a couple of different gardens.

For more information, check out my comprehensive guide to Jewel.

Address: Airport Boulevard
Open: 24 hours though various outlets will have individual opening and closing times
Cost: mostly free but some ticketed activities
More information: Jewel at Changi

The Zoos

The zoos in Singapore are fantastic – and there are three all in close proximity so you could do them all in one very long day. The 28ha Singapore Zoo has no actual cages. Instead, the more than 2500 animals are in landscaped enclosures that are encircled by hidden moats. The 35ha Night Safari has a 40-minute tram ride (with English commentary) that will allow you to see most of the key attractions. The last zoo is River Wonders, which is based on the Rivers of the World and very popular with families with young children.

The zoos are always one of the top Singapore attractions and activities.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd
Open: Singapore Zoo – daily 8.30am-6pm; 
River Wonder – daily 10am-7pm; Night Safari – daily 6.30pm to midnight.
Cost: There are discounts when you book online directly as well as multi-park deals that include Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park
More information: Singapore Zoo

Shopping on Orchard Rd

Shopping is almost a national past-time in Singapore and Orchard Road is one of the top Singapore sights! With 2.2km of megamalls, your credit cards will experience some serious pressure.

There is one shopping mall after the other (I’ve put together a comprehensive list). Don’t miss ION Orchard and Paragon house for designer brands as well as Far East Asia and Lucky Plaza, which have great bargain buys.

Make sure you sample the ice-cream sandwiches in a kaleidoscope of colours and flavours sold from cute little carts for around $S1-$S2.

Address: Orchard Road
Open: 9am to 9pm but many shops open outside these hours
Cost: whatever your credit cards can take!

Sentosa Island

Sentosa is one of the top 10 attractions Singapore for many people. The big highlight for many, of course, is Universal Studios but there’s so much more.

As well as the bigger attractions such as Adventure Cove waterpark and the SEA Aquarium, there’s a stack of things to do and see: forest walks, beaches, a Madame Tussauds, bungee jumping, luging and a stack of others. I’ve put together a massive list of all the things to do at Sentosa.

There’s a free bus as well as beach shuttles that run around the island, picking up visitors from the various cable car and Sentosa express stations.

Cost: A range of prices
Getting there: Sentosa Express or cable car.
More information: Sentosa

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore is renowned for its beautiful parks and these gardens are in the top 3. It’s a perfect place for a picnic lunch if you have the time. In fact, many lunches – you could spend days and not see everything, which is why these gardens are one of the top Singapore sights.

If you don’t have a lot of time, I suggest you head straight to the Orchid Garden, which has an absolutely incredible collection of orchids, many named after famous people.

Address: 1 Cluny Rd (there are other entrances though)
Open: 5am to midnight; Orchid Garden 8.30am-7pm daily (last entry 6pm)
Cost: Open gardens are free; Orchid Garden for residents is $S5 adults, children below 12 are free; non-residents $S15 for adults and children below 12 are free
More information: National Parks Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum is “the” place to go if you’re interested in learning about Singapore’s culture and history. It has a range of exhibits that offer insights into the island’s development from fishing village to thriving metropolis.

It’s also one of the oldest buildings in Singapore, built in 1887.

Address: 93 Stamford Rd
Open: Daily 10am-7pm
Cost: $S15 adults and $S10 students
More information: National Museum of Singapore

Conclusion

It’s difficult to choose the top Singapore sights because there are so many things to do and see. However, if you’re short on time and want to make sure you hit the highlights, then you’ll definitely cover your bases with these top Singapore attractions and activities.

Want more of Singapore?

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