Sentosa Island is a resort getaway just 500m off the Singapore coast. The island is literally packed with activities&attractions planned to give visitors a break from routines.
The south coast has several beaches for beach and watersports, Universal Studios are located in the north. Between these is the Imbiah Lookout area with several attractions including sky tower, butterfly park and the 450m mega-zip. You can tune your surfing skills at the wave house next to the beach or try sky diving in the indoor skydiving experience.
Unlike in traditional zoos where the day-night cycle of animals has been reversed, Night Safari gives the chance to see what the night animals are really up to during nighttime.
The Night Safari currently houses over 2,500 animals representing over 130 species, of which 38% are threatened species. The consept is pretty interesting and you can either walk around the three trails or you can take the tram. The tram takes you past tigers, elephants, anteaters and lions, and some of the species often sidle up close to the tram.
If London Eye is not enough, take a ride on Singapore Flyer. It was the worlds tallest Ferris wheel until 2014 when high Roller in Las Vegas opened.
Also called an observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer has an overall height of 165m. It has 28 capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers. The ride is a bit pricey but the view from the top to every direction is unobstructed and pretty magnificent.
The “flight” takes 30 mins and if you select the special capsule, you can celebrate the ride with glasses of champagne. Perhaps the best time to hitch a ride is at dusk when the downtown skyscrapers is softly lit.
Next best thing to flying a Boeing 737 is to fly the full scale simulator. Here you´ll have the chance to experience what it feels like to be the captain of a commercial jet airliner.
The simulator is not just any computer game, it is actually approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Category B Synthetic Trainer. In addition to the flight experiences offered to everyone, the simulator is also used to offer initial Pilot Training and advanced Type Rating courses to suit FAA, EASA/JAA or ICAO regulations.
Orchard Road is the top spot when it comes to shopping and entertainment in Singapore. It is also a major attraction for those admiring architecture of this part of the world. On Orchard Roead and the surrounding streets you can see many buildings from the Victorian era, witnessing the colonial past of Singapore. One of those is the Goodwood Park Hotel, opened in 1900.
The architecture in the Orchard Road is truly impressive, but the fact is that most of the tourists are here for shopping. All the major retailers have at least one shop in this street, ranging from upscale luxury vendors to the stores with fairly affordable items.
The Chinatown in Singapore is the name of a district with predominately Chinese cultural influence. The area is a myriad of various architectural styles, ranging from baroque to Victorian, all with a touch of Chinese culture. The Chinatown has a long history, but its modern-day look it owes to architects from the 19th century onwards.
Important landmarks of the area include 2 places of worship – the Jamae Mosque and the Sri Mariamman Temple. These 2 buildings stand in a predominately Chinese neighborhood. The mosque was built by the Tamil Muslim community, while the Sri Mariamman is an Indian temple.
Singapore government has a plan to transform the city from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. The 1st step in that process was the construction of the Gardens by the Bay. This huge area is located on the waterfront giving a great view from the gardens and perfect conditions for the plants.
Every part of the Gardens by the Bay is truly amazing. The buildings in the park are peculiar, designed by world famous architects and have even been compared with the Sydney Opera. They are mostly made out of glass, allowing the plans inside to get the essential sunlight.
On the very top of 55 floors of Marina Bay Sands towers is set the Sands SkyPark. It is an amazing recreation area from where you can have a breathtaking 360 degree view of the sea and the city at the same time.
The Skypark is however best known for its completely over the top infinity pool. This is something you wont find anywhere else in the world. Swimming and sunbathing over the marina bay in 200m height is kind of surreal...
To make the experience even more remarkable, you can dine in the SkyPark restaurant. This is another upscale venue where you can try dishes made by world-class chefs.
For over 30 years, the Pow Sing Restaurant is a favorite place for Singapore gourmands. Every year the flow of people from around the world is increasing and the main reason for that is the signature dish – ‘Pow Sing Hainanese Chicken Rice’.
If you decide to dine here, don’t miss to try that dish. The rest of the menu is not bad either in case you had the famous one already. Everyone wants to dine here so the place can get a little crowded. But you´ll cope with as soon as you get the food in front of you.
Another modern-day wonder of architecture in Singapore is ArtScience Museum. It is a part of the Marina Bay Sands district and one of its main attractions since the day it opened, in 2011. The building of the ArtScience Museum has a stunning design inspired by a lotus flower, symbol of this part of Asia.
The exhibitions at ArtScience Museum can be fascinating. From time to time the museum hosts touring exhibitions with works of art from such artists as Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, etc. But as its name suggest, the ArtScience museum doesn’t deal only with art. Here you can see dozens of exhibitions with astronomical, historical, or biological themes as well.