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A Guide to Singapore Attractions
Singapore's most well known and biggest tourist attraction is called Sentosa, an island located just off the south of Singapore developed specifically as an attraction for tourist and locals. It has become even better and more developed in recent years with the building of Universal Studios, Resort World Sentosa Hotels, Marine Life Park and the Casino. If you would like to explore everything on Sentosa, you would need at least 2 days. One day for the RWS attractions and the other for all the other Sentosa attractions.
Apart from Sentosa, other popular attractions in Singapore that are near each other include:
- Marina Bay Sands Belt - Marina Bay Shoppes / Casino, Marina Bay Skypark and Gardens by the Bay (Day)
- Esplanade Belt - Singapore Flyer, Esplanade, Merlion Park / One Fullerton, Singapore River (Night)
- In the north of Singapore - Singapore Zoo / Night Safari / River Safari
They are many other attractions on our island but these routes above are the major attraction areas to visit. Here are some popular attractions sorted by most reviews.
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Art, Culture & History
The most popular ethnic enclaves in Singapore has to be Chinatown and Little India. Chinatown covers a vast area where historic shop houses still stand today amidst modern architecture. The markets, largely elderly Chinese population and crowded alleys still give Chinatown a historic feel. Little India is another must visit for its colorful sights, smells - presenting a completely and perhaps even a more authentic experience to Chinatown. Arab Street in Bugis is also becoming increasingly popular where you can shop along Haji Lane then get a sense of the Muslim community in Singapore and smoke shi-shas at one of the many Middle Eastern restaurants.
For those interested in soaking up art & culture in the comfort of air-con head down to the Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore Art Museum or Singapore National Museum. For those wondering about Singapore's past head over to Fort Siloso on Sentosa, Fort Canning Park or even Kranji War Memorial to learn more about Singapore's part in World War 2.
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Popular night life destinations are the various pubs and bars in Clarke Quay which are located along the Singapore river like club Zirca and bars Brewerkz and Beer Market. Party goers head over to Zouk / Velvet underground at Zion Road or the clubs and bars located along One Fullerton where the Merlion park stands such as The Butter Factory. Timbre @ The Substation is another popular place with locals which is near city hall and has live bands. You can read up more in our comprehensive Singapore night life guide.
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These are basically "mini attractions" catered to locals. They are less extravagant then their Tourist attracting counterparts, significantly cheaper, and usually much less accessible. Point in case would be the Jurong East Swimming Complex - a $1.50 only water park for locals in the far west of Singapore.
There are also the cinemas, karaoke lounges, video game arcades and board game cafes that keep us entertained during the weekends when we're out having fun with friends. Family friendly Karaoke lounges have sprouted all over the island, as far as I know Singapore is one of the only countries that have that, in nearly every shopping mall so its unique in that sense. Good clean fun with friends. Of course we have the usual other variety of seedy looking KTVs that partake in other activities but those are far from the shopping malls and not something that will be covered on this site :)
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Sport and Recreation
East Coast park has a long cycling track for those interested in some sporting activity. They also have a newly built water skiing park where you can wakeboard and an extreme skating park for the very brave. Other popular recreation areas are the Henderson waves, an architectural marvel and chill out spot for joggers and Mount Faber, an area you can go with loved ones for drinks / dinner and nice view of Singapore up from above.
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Most of the tours in Singapore revolve around the Singapore river. You can take a "bumboat" which is a old wooden boat once used for trade, invoking memories of Singapore's past. As the Singapore river is right smack in the central business district, along the way you can view many attractions as well as experience a nice view of the city with the cooling sea breeze blowing in your face. Dukw tours has an interesting hybrid with their vehicle being able to go both in the water and on the road.
Other tours bring you around Singapore's culture and ethnic quarters. I would advise however to experience this yourself on foot as Singapore is small and easy to get around and that will give you a lot more flexibility.
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