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The Alluring Lion City

By Rahuldev Rajguru

Last Updated: 10 Aug 2021

Holidays were round the corner and as usual I was contemplating on where to travel. Noticing my research on options for a family holiday, my daughter came up with the suggestion of going to Singapore. It is definitely an exciting destination as there are many attractions in Singapore for a teenager, so then it was decided...Singapore it was! Being one of the popular Asian destinations, there are many places to visit in Singapore for a fun and enjoyable holiday. There are many fun things to do in Singapore as a family and the sights and sounds of this modern city are captivating. I had been to Singapore earlier on a couple of occasions so I could plan a fabulous itinerary and we knew that this was going to be one hell of a trip. So here we were in the Lion City Singapore, ready to absorb and indulge in everything the city had to offer.

I had been to Singapore a few times for business, so I knew the geography and the most efficient way to get around. So we chose Park Hotel Farrer Park (now, Holiday Inn Singapore Little India) since it is close to Little India. The hotel lobby has direct access to the underground Farrer Park MRT station. MRT provides the fastest and most cost-effective way to reach tourist attractions in Singapore. The second reason is that Little India has a wide range of food outlets that serve diverse Indian cuisines, including vegetarian food options. This is not easy to come by in Singapore.

Our first stop was at the Marina Bay Singapore, home to the city's most distinctive architectural landmarks. A stroll along the waterfront bombards your senses with spectacular visuals. It is a real beauty of nature, embellished with the most glitzy skyscrapers and unique architectural buildings. The history of Marina Bay Singapore is as astounding as its current avatar. In 1971, Singapore embarked on an ambitious land reclamation project in anticipation of exponential growth of the city. The Marina Bay area covers around 360 hectares of reclaimed land that houses some of the iconic landmarks of Singapore. The 3.35-kilometer scenic waterfront promenade has so much to offer travelers, whether day or night. Marina Bay Singapore is a 24/7 live-work-play waterfront precinct. Marina Bay in Singapore offers a variety of activities.

Fun things to do in Singapore

While strolling around Marina Bay is one way to explore the area, we decided on a more fun way for moving around. Bike Tours in Singapore are a great way to see Marina Bay on bicycles and electric scooters. We hired electric scooters! These comfortable scooters can be ridden anywhere and are easy to maneuver. At approximately 15-20 dollars an hour, this was a convenient and worthwhile way to explore the area. This is one of the unique things to do in Singapore.

Having fun touring the city of Singapore on electric scooters at Marina Bay Sands.

A fun way to explore Marina Bay Singapore is by riding electric scooters

Singapore Flyer

Suddenly, my daughter excitedly exclaimed, "A giant ferris wheel!". Am sure you know what she was referring to. Yes, it was the enigmatic Singapore Flyer, Asia's largest giant observation wheel. A scenic spin on this gigantic wheel takes you 165 meters above ground (as high as 42 storeys) offering a 360-degree bird's eye view of the city. A 30-minute journey in the comfort of one of the 28 fully air-conditioned glass Singapore flyer capsules is an experience of a lifetime.

Singapore Flyer ride

From this unique vantage point, we could see the iconic and historical sights all the way from Marina Bay Singaore to the Singapore River. It was a clear day so our panorama view extended to seeing parts of Malaysia and Indonesia as well. The prettiest time for a ride on the Singapore Flyer is when dusk falls. From skyscrapers covered in a golden glow to the darkness illuminated by the buildings' lights, the view is known to be spectacular.

View from the Singapore Flyer of the Singapore skyline & Skyscrapers

A view of Singapore skyline & Singapore Skyscraper from the Singapore Flyer

While buying Singapore Flyer tickets online, we also included the Singapore Time Capsule. Trust me, it's one of the best history lessons you will ever take. This multisensory attraction takes you through seven centuries of Singapore's fascinating history accompanied by a time-travelling robot companion. Be dazzled by the colors and motifs of the city while experiencing the nation's transformation from past to present. Entry to Singapore Flyer Time Capsule is not included in Singapore Flyer ticket price. A combined ticket that includes both the Singapore Flyer ride and Singapore Time Capsule gets you a great deal and is worth every penny, A MUST do.

Singapore Helix Bridge

Stepping out of the Singapore Flyer, we spotted the intricately designed Singapore Helix Bridge. A bridge inspired by the structure of human DNA, it is one of the unique places to visit in Singapore and also a most visually striking landmark. Spanning the Singapore River, this 280-meter-long twisting bridge links the Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area. The Helix Bridge of Singapore is thoughtfully designed to provide visitors with shade from the sun and shelter from the rain. There are four viewing platforms that cantilever out from the bridge giving the best views of Singapore skyline and Marina Bay Sands. Also, these platforms make for perfect selfie spots! Ribbons of LED lights illuminate the bridge at night highlighting the two twisting helix tubes making for a striking sight.

The Singapore Helix bridge is illuminated purple at night.

The beauty of the stunning Singapore Helix bridge enhanced by lighting

Singapore attractions at night

We moved from one fascinating structure to another spellbinding one, the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This integrated resort is one of the city's largest venues inspired by card decks. The 3 towers with 55-storeys each are connected by a continuous lobby at the base. It has 2,600 luxurious rooms and suites and is the perfect place for those seeking ultimate luxury. This iconic landmark of Singapore spread across, totaling 2,860,000 square feet, has the world's longest elevated swimming pool, with a 146 m vanishing edge, 191m above ground. Incredible, right?

Nighttime trippy laser show at Marina Bay Sands

A psychedelic laser display at Marina Bay light show

When the sun sets, Singapore's skyline transforms into a lighting extravaganza and Marina Bay is one of the most vibrant and bustling spots at night. The spectacle that blew us away was the Spectra, an outdoor light and water show at Marina Bay Sands. It is a choreographer's masterpiece. It is a 15-minute nightly show with orchestrated music that wows its spectators. The futuristic laser shows also fill the night sky delighting tourists and locals alike. There are so many things to do in Singapore at night so, plan your activities accordingly.

Striking Singapore skyline at dusk

The striking Singapore skyline at dusk, truly spectacular!

Singapore River Cruise is a classic experience. It is the perfect way to experience the heritage and modernity of this scintillating city. The best time to embark on the cruise is after the dusk. The Singapore Light Show and the striking colors splashed across the buildings in the surroundings is a sight to behold. Indulge in the city's rich history, enjoy the futuristic architecture, and discover the amazing story of the river that gave life to Singapore. Hop on a tongkang, commonly known as a bumboat for a 40-minute ride and enjoy the riverside spectacle.

A picturesque Singapore River cruise

After a splendid Singapore river cruise, we took Singapore hop-on-hop-off bus tour to Orchard Road to witness Singapore nightlife. It was our stopover for some retail therapy and a delicious meal before heading to our hotel in Little India. The Orchard road was an unnamed road of fruit plantations back in the 1830s. C. K. Tang's House of Tangs was the first store to be set up in 1958, which was the first step towards what it is today. This bustling 2.2 km boulevard leaves you spoilt for choice with luxury hotels, world-class malls and retail gems galore. A stroll down this road will leave you starry-eyed and dazzled with its pomp and show.

Orchard Road is famous for Singapore nightlife

Coming to the highlight of our trip, the Singapore Night Safari. I cannot say enough about this truly incredible experience. It is a journey into the wilderness. The Singapore night safari is the world's first nocturnal park that is home to almost 1,000 creatures of the night. As dusk falls the shutters open at the night safari welcoming you into an intriguing world of nocturnal animals and their nightly rituals. A 30-minute tram ride with live commentary treats you to the most overwhelming experience. Watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats and know more about their lives. We hopped off the tram to go on a trail through the zoo for an up close and personal encounter with these nocturnal animals, some of which are endangered. Humbled by the magnificence of nature and these nightly creatures we left the zoo, mesmerized.

An endangered palm civet is seen in its natural habitat during Singapore Night Safari at Singapore Zoo.

The cute Common Palm Civet in its natural habitat during Singapore night safari

Universal Studios Singapore

When in Singapore with family, you cannot miss out on Universal Studios. This 20-hectare theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa is the first ever Hollywood movie-themed park in Southeast Asia. Opened in 2010, Universal Studios Singapore has seven themed zones and numerous rides and shows all related to the film studios' significant hit movies. The zones are uniquely designed and promise thrill, loads of laughter and incredible memories. The Meet & Greet zone is a huge hit with kids and adults alike. My daughter was super excited as she got to pose with her favorite, the Minions! There are many other well known characters floating around giving visitors fun opportunities to pose with their favorite characters creating lasting memories.

At Universal Studios Singapore, Teeangers meet the Minions.

How cute is this? My daughter with her favorite, the Minions!

The Sci-Fi Zone is another place where we spent a lot of time for obvious reasons, another favorite of my daughter. Truth be told, this zone had me and my wife amazed as well. Recreation of the ambience of the movie Transformers was unbelievable. The hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride was truly exhilarating and as real as it gets. Another spectacular show was the recreation of the movie "Waterworld". The 16-minute show with mind blowing stunts and soundtrack makes for a true to life experience. All in all, Universal Studios Singapore is worth every penny and all the time spent.

Singapore's Universal Studios has a Transformers figure you can pose with.

My daughter posing with Incredible life-size recreation of Transformers figurine at the Universal Studios Singapore

Every trip that we take caters to some aspect of our wanderlust. Singapore though was an allrounder. Rich culture, architectural masterpieces and unique experiences, all boxes ticked, we boarded our flight back home, content and revitalised. Smiling at the fading Singapore skyline of this enchanting city, we reclined in our seats and drifted into memories of the Lion City Singapore.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should you not miss in Singapore?
Singapore Light Show and electric scooter ride at Marina Bay area are the best things to do in Singapore and not to be missed.

What the most popular things to do in Singapore with kids?
Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa is among the places to visit in Singapore when traveling with family and kids.

How is Singapore nightlife? What all activities can be done during the night?
The best things to do in Singapore at night is to take a hop-on-and-hop-off bus and pass through some of the buzzing areas like Orchard Road, Little India, etc. The other night attraction is Singapore night safari.

What is the best budget stay option in Singapore?

There are many hostels in Singapore that are suitable for budget travelers and backpackers. Accommodation in Singapore can be quite expensive, but hostels are the most cost-effective option if you are on a budget. Check out the best hostel deals in Singapore.

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Things To Consider

Singapore is a year-round destination but the best time to visit is October through June. If you travel by Singapore airlines then you get discounts at all major attractions including the hop on and hop off bus, by presenting your boarding pass.
Singapore is one of the most peaceful multicultural countries in the world. It’s art & culture is greatly influenced by China, India & Malaysia. It is the true testament of cultural harmony. English & Mandarin are the primary languages in Singapore.
The cuisine carries a history. Age-old recipes are carried forward and have adapted over the years to create a distinctive identity. While non-vegetarians have a large variety to choose from, veg food is not easily available except at Little India.
Singapore is one of the safest and cleanest cities in Asia. Having said that, please exercise caution while traveling to avoid any mishaps.
Singapore caters all kinds of travelers. With certain hidden gems, it is a paradise for explorers.
Some tips for traveling in Singapore; Grab is more popular, easily available & a tad cheaper than Uber. There are minimal Airbnbs in Singapore. Most of the major hotels are connected with an underground metro station so that it makes commuting easy.

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