Top Attractions in Singapore to add to your bucket list

Singapore has been described as a playground for the rich, no wonder the producer of the movie decided to film Crazy Rich Asians in this little island with sheen of wealth! 

But Singapore offers more than just high-end shopping malls, luxury hotels, and fine dining. Singapore has a vibrant history and diverse ethnic quarters to discover, along with the many family-friendly attractions and lovely public spaces that make visiting this slightly futuristic city worthwhile a top 3 destinations for many Australians.

Visitors to Singapore will notice the super convenient public transportation system that makes getting to the following 10 attractions fast and easy:

1) Marina Bay Sands  

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The opulent Marina Bay Sands resort includes a hotel, high-end luxury brands, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark - a vantage point for taking in the entire city.

The Skypark's viewing deck and infinity pool are found in the ship that tops the hotel. Anyone can visit the observation deck, sit back and enjoy dining or chilling up above 57th floor. From the skypark, you can see the innovative double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay, and the impressive skyline.

The luxury and elegance of the Marina Bay Sands exemplify Singapore's taste, and help designate a major international city in Southeast Asia.

Gardens by the bay

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You could also have a glimpse of the beautifully designed Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands. It is perfect for enjoying the vibrant plant life and escaping the city bustle for a moment. 

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

 
Where to dine: CÉ LA VI Restaurant & Skybar, Satay by the Bay, Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
 
2) Chinatown
 
From the small mom-and-pop stores and authentic Chinese food to the colourful Peranakan shop-houses and handful of historical attractions, there's an excitement and hustle in this district of Chinatown in Singapore. Chinatown still retains a distinctly oriental feel even though the city's ever-expanding CBD is gradually edging its way in. It is divided into four main districts, namely Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh with the centre of activities reolves around Smith and Pagoda Streets.
 
Chinatown Singapore
 
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You can visit the Chinese Heritage Centre, see the impressive oldest shrine at Sri MariammanHindu temple and James Mosque for its haven for hawker food lovers. Another temple worth seeing is the remarkable 4-storey Buddha Tooth Relic temple. If you're an early bird (think 4 am), you can even experience the morning drum ceremony! Come night time...make sure to visit the famous Chinatown Night Market, a permanent fixture of the streets open 7 days a week from 11am - 11pm.
 
There's a good mix of hotels in Chinatown too! From heritage boutique hotels to 5 star luxury boutique accommodation to suit all type of travellers especially culture seekers who wants to access plenty of cultural sights within easy walking distance. It is also great for Australian business travellers who wants to be closeby to CBD as well as Club Street Chinatown, one of the most popular nightlife areas of Singapore line with trendy restaurants and bars
 
 
Where to dine: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, Burnt Ends, Tippling Club
 
3) Singapore Zoo
 
Singapore Zoo isn’t your typical menagerie; inside, more than 300 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals roam in close approximations of their natural habitats. Visitors to the lush jungle park can observe an abundance of wildlife, including lions, white tigers, giraffes, flying foxes, sea lions, and Komodo dragons.
 
Singapore Zoo
 
This 64-acre (26-hectare) zoo is the ultimate family-friendly retreat! Since its so large, we recommend to take advantage of the zoo tram which runs in a figure-eight through the center of the park! Visitors can head to the underwater viewing gallery to see Asian small-clawed otters at play, check out the after-dark Night Safari tram ride, or head to the expansive River Safari attraction, which houses 5,000 animals from around the world. Other highlights include the onsite Rainforest Kidzword water park. 
 
 
4) Fort Canning Park 
 
Fort Canning Park, an iconic hilltop landmark is one of the country’s historical landmarks, originally known as Bukit Larangan, or 'Forbidden Hill' in Malay. Situated in central Singapore, the 18-hectare space is chock full of attractions – from ancient artefacts for history buffs to outdoor lawns for concerts, and of course, greenery for nature lovers. 
 
Fort Canning Park Singapore
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Whether you are drawn by the park’s ancient artefacts and rich heritage or simply its tranquility, this hilltop park offers something for the whole family from 7am - 6pm daily. 
 
 
Where to dine: Lewin Terrace, Flutes, Okinawa Diner Nirai-Kanai
 
 
5) Sentosa Island
 

If you're after sun, sand and at least some degree of surf, look no further than Singapore's Sentosa Island! 

It's two-kilometre stretch of sheltered beach is divided into three distinct beaches – Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong where you could cool off from the humidity. 

If you're an experienced surfers or thrill-seekers, you may want to check out part of a global chain of innovative surf attractions, Wave House Sentosa, features a 10-foot barrel which utilises cutting-edge technology to simulate real surf conditions.

Sentosa Island

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The Imbiah Lookout is another great feature of Sentosa island offering sweeping views toward mainland Singapore, parts of the Malaysian and Indonesian skylines.

This man-made island is perfect for the family! Children will love the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom – which houses more than 50 separate species of butterflies – a four-dimensional theatre called Sentosa 4D Magix, the MegaZip Adventure Park – boasting one of the steepest zip-wire lines in Asia – and the Sentosa Luge and Skyride.

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Located in the west of the island is Fort Silosi built by the British in the 1880s as a means of protecting the entrance to Keppel Harbour during World War II.

How to get to Sentosa island?

A Cable Car running from Mount Faber through the HarbourFront district terminates on the island, however the most popular means of entry is aboard the Sentosa Express monorail, which has three stations on the island and one on the mainland.

 
Where to dine: The Knolls, The Cliff, Silver Shell
 
6) Clarke Quay
 
Further up the Singapore River from Marina Bay and Boat Quay is another one-of-a-kind destination with a little more of a party vibe known as, Clarke Quay. It is a dining and party destination which has housed some of the city’s most-loved nightlife institutions. 
 
 
Clarke Quay is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and exciting collection of bars and clubs for many Australians. Some of the best spots for drinking and chilling out with your mates include the Crazy Elephants, Cuba Libre and the Hero's, known for its live music and sports bar.
 
Most of the top-rated attractions around Clarke Quay are also within walking distance from MRT stations. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline, great food, live music, or clubbing, this vibrant slice of life along the river can offer all of it.