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Having been to Singapore many times over the years, we decided to come up with a personal Top Five trip list based on the areas and attractions that we most enjoy spending time in when visiting the city.
This is a personal list that will not be consistent with everyone else. It simply reflects what we have enjoyed most during our trips to Singapore, something we hope will prove helpful to others in researching and planning their own travels to the city.
Inclusions in our list are arranged by their proximity to other nearby quality attractions, places we have enjoyed and felt were worthy of mention. They are not listed in a favourite-to-least favourite or chronological order.
Top Five Areas in Singapore
1.) Marina Bay
a) MBS Skypark, Shops and Light and Water Show
b) Gardens by the Bay
c) Waterfront Promenade
d) ArtScience Museum
e) Helix Bridge
g)Theaters on the Bay (Durian Building)
h) Merlion Statue
i) Fullerton One
j) Singapore Flyer
2.) River walk to Clark Quay
a.) Singapore River
b.) Asian Civilisation Museum
c.) Raffles Statue
c.) Boat Quay
d.) Clark Quay
e.) Gmax Reverse Bungy
a) Sri Marimman Temple
b) Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
c) China Heritage Museum
d) Pagoda,Temple and Food Streets
e.) Bee Cheng Hiang
f) Chinatown Complex and Maxwell Food Centre
4.) Outside the City (Flora and Fauna)
a) Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
b) Singapore Botanical Garden
c) National Orchid Garden
d) Jurung Bird Park
5.) Other Areas and Attractions well worth exploring
a) National Museum of Singapore
b) Asian Civilisations Museum
c) Orchard Road
d) Little India District
e) Bugis District
f) Sentosa Island and Universal Studios
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for Marina Bay.
Marina Bay continues to develop into a world class marina area with state of the art hotels, museums, bridges, promenades mixed with historical statues (Merlion) lots of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and ways to have a nice time.
Click the link above to read our review of the Marina Bay SkyPark, which offers visitors fantastic views of the Marina Bay area (but at a price)!
Check online for information about ticket prices to visit the Marina Bay SkyPark and other MBS attractions.
Click the link above to read our review of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a nicely designed shopping and dining complex that is very well situated next the MBS hotel and along the waterfront of Marina Bay. It makes up part of a great overall environment in this area of Singapore.
Click the link above to read our review of the Light and Water Show
This Wonder Full Light and Water Show takes place a 8pm and 9.30pm every night in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and is worth watching if you are in the Marina Bay area during the evening.
The light and water show is free to watch .
Click the link above to read our review of the recently opened Gardens by the Bay attraction in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay is a unique collection of attractions, well-situated at Marina Bay, that would inspire awe especially to fans of botanical gardens and conservatories. The Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove are very much something special to see.
Check online for information about ticket prices for visits to the Gardens by the Bay.
Click the link above to read our review of the ArtScience Museum.
The ArtScience Museum is the lotus shaped building next to the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel. It is a unique building design that is easy to distinguish from others and hosts temporary exhibitions like the recent 'Art of the Brick' - Lego Exhibition as well as the 'Titanic' exhibition in 2012.
Check online for information about ticket prices for visits to the ArtScience Museum.
Click the link above to read our review of the Helix Bridge.
The Helix bridge, which looks like a DNA Strand is 280 meters long and links Marina Center where you find the Esplanade, Suntec City Mall and Singapore Flyer to the collection of developments at the Marina Bay Sands location.
Click the link above to read our review of the Theatres of the Bay "Durian Building"
This oddly shaped building used to really stick out when it was first built. Now with the introduction of more creatively designed buildings like the MBS hotel, ArtScience Museum and Helix Bridge, the Durian Building has more architectural company on the bay.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for the Merlion statue, one of the iconic structures and symbols for Singapore found at Marina Bay.
Click the link above to read about the Singapore Flyer attraction found near Marina Bay
Check online for information about prices for this experience.
Click the link above to read our review of the Singapore River.
The walk along the river between Clark Quay and Marina Bay is just a great way to spend time in Singapore, particularly when combined with visits to these two great areas of the city to visit.
Click the link above to read one of our review for Boat Quay, a popular stop along the Singapore River between Clark Quay and Marina Bay
Click the link above to read our review of the Raffles Statue, found at Boat Quay, the supposed landing spot of Sir Samford Raffles in 1819.
Click the link above to read one of our reviews for Clark Quay.
This is a very popular area along the Singapore River for evening and nighttime activity. Shopping, dining and bars aplenty at Clark Quay.
Click the link above to read our review of the GMAX Reverse Bungy attraction found at Clark Quay along the Singapore River
Check online for information about prices for the GMAX Reverse Bungy experience.
Click the link above to read our review of Chinatown
Singapore's Chinatown is a unique area of the city to visit where visitors can shop, dine see beautiful buildings and visit very impressive temples.
Click the link above to read our review of the Sri Mariamman Temple
This Hindu temple is easily recognised by its decorative tower and offers quite splendid and colourful sights within the temple grounds.
There is no entry fee to visit the temple but a SG$3 donation is requested to those who wish to take pictures during visits.
Click the link above to read our review of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum,
This temple is designed ofTang Dynasty architecture style with four levels and a rooftop, which can all visited. There are lifts that take you in between the different floors and photography is allowed throughout, with exception of the floor with the tooth relic.
There is no entry fee to visit the temple and photography is allowed in most areas.
Click the link below to read about the Chinatown Heritage Center found on Pagoda Street in the heart of Chinatown.
Museum entry fee is SG$10 per adult, SG$6 per children
Click the link above to read our review for Bee Cheng Hiang.
Chinatown in Singapore is supposedly where it all begins for Bee Cheng Hiang, which is one of the most popular brands of braised meat specialty snacks in all of SE Asia. Even in Hong Kong, many people love Bee Cheng Hiang and make sure to bring some home with them from Singapore when they visit.
Click the link above to read our review of Smith Street, locally known as Food Street in Chinatown.
This is a popular location to try this popular local pastime of dining in the hawker stalls of Singapore. You'll find this on the Chinatown Heritage map if checking out the attractions & places to eat in this area of the city.
Click the link above to read our review of the Maxwell Food Court, a nice place to try local hawker, food stall dining in Chinatown. Another nearby option is the Chinatown Complex.
Click the link above to read our review for the Singapore Zoo, which is easily one of Singapores best attractions and one of the finest zoo experiences in the world.
Check online for information about ticket prices to visit the Zoo and/or the Night Safari. Combo tickets are available.
Click the link above to read our review of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
This is easily one of the top attractions in Singapore and a highly recommendable place to visit in the city, along with a visit to the National Orchid Garden, which is found within the much larger Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is very large in scale, well-maintained and just a great place to spend time in Singapore.
There is no entry fee to visit most of the Singapore Botanic Garden but there is a fee if you want to see the National Orchid Garden.
Click the link above to read our review of the National Orchid Garden
Located within the Singapore Botanic Garden, this is largest collection of tropical orchids in the world and probably one of the world's finest attractions of this sort.
Ticket prices are SG$5 per adult, SG$1 for seniors and children under 12 are allowed to visit for free.
Click the link above to read our review of the National Museum of Singapore.
This is our favorite museum in Singapore, offering a very good historical account of this city-state. Galleries are informative and bring Singapore's past and present to life in coherent and logical manner. Displays are diverse, interesting and presented in entertaining ways, making this a museum that even children won't mind spending time in.
Entry price is SG$10 for the History Gallery and the Living Galleries are free to visit, see the museum website for more details.
Click the link above to read our review of the Asian Civilisations Museum.
This museum offers comprehensive exhibitions of the Asian cultures which have influenced Singapore's past and represent and those which represent the island’s diverse population, which focus on the peoples of Southeast Asia, West Asia, South Asia and China.
Entry price is SG$5 per ticket, see museum website for more details.
Click the following link to read our review of the Bugis District.
The Bugis District offers a street shopping experience similar to what you can find in Chinatown but it seems there are more stalls here these days. Items are quite similar so if you are short on time, you don't need to visit both Bugis and Chinatown for the street market scene. You can pick one or the other.
Click the link above to read our review of Universal Studios found on Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island is a source or much entertainment in Singapore, well worth looking into if you are visiting the city with children.
Click the link above for access to the Tripadvisor offline travel guides, which can be downloaded to your mobile devise and used to support your travel while you are in cities like Singapore.
We found the Singapore offline Travel Guide quite helpful during our last trip and will definitely use it when we next travel to the city.