First Time in Singapore? 12 Places to Visit

Check Out These 12 Places!

Often when we think of going on a trip to a foreign country, we’re usually thinking about the places which have beautiful geographical features and vast lands for us to travel but the world isn’t always like this and the definition of beauty shouldn’t depend on the area covered by the country. In fact, some of the smaller countries in the world can have more beautiful places and attractions as compared to their bigger counterparts; an example of this is Singapore.

The small city-state of Singapore has often been defined as a playground for the rich and there is little doubt that Singapore can have that effect but Singapore is so much more than the luxury hotels and, high-end malls and fine places to dine. There are many places one can visit either individually or with family and friends using the excellent public transport system which makes moving around a breeze.

Marina Bay

The Marina Bay Sands Resort should be your first stop if you’re on a time-constrained trip and want to see as much of the city as possible in the time you have. Marina Bay is a microscopic view of the entire country. It is the home for a luxury hotel, a mall through which a canal passes, an Art-Science Museum and the most famous of all, Marina Bay Sands Skypark. The Sands Skypark is basically a ship on top of a hotel and the observation deck of the Skylark gives you an overview of the entire city. The shop also contains an infinity pool.

marina bay
marina bay singapore


Singapore Flyer

Even though the Sands Skypark is a great way of enjoying the city’s skyline but it is not as exciting as watching over the entire city from the world’s largest observation wheel while taking a sip from your cup of tea. The view from the topmost points not only allows you to see the entire Singapore but it also gives you a glimpse of Indonesia’s Spice Islands and Malaysia’s Straits of Johor.


Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay are one of the most beautiful sights in Singapore and you won’t be able to resist a trip here once you’ve caught a glimpse of this amazing place from the top of the Sands Skypark. This is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life for some time and enjoy the vibrant plant life. It also hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

gardens by the bay

Botanic Gardens

Singapore’s Botanic Gardens are different from the Gardens by the Bay but they’re equally deserving of a visit, in fact, Singapore’s first nomination for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site was for Botanic Gardens which it completely deserved. Even when the rest of the city appears to have become a jungle of concrete, these gardens are a window to Singapore’s wilder past.

botanic gardens singapore


Singapore’s Chinatown neighborhood is a glimpse of one of the world’s largest countries in one of the smallest. The neighborhood has authentic Chinese décor and this short trip here will satisfy the craving of any traveler to visit China even if it is going to be somewhat temporary. Authentic Chinese food is the real attraction here and some major places to see here include a Hindu temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic temple.

chinatown singapore

Little India

Singapore takes great pride in its diversity which can be seen almost everywhere but there are places which are entirely dedicated to other places and one of this is Little India and Arab Street – also known as Arab Quarter. You can purchase saris in this part of the city while mingling with the locals. There is also a beautiful mosque in the area which was built in the earlier part of the 19th century and the restaurants here provide an extensive list of Arab and Indian delicacies.

Raffles Hotel

This is one of the few remaining grand structures in the world from the 19th century and has served famous people around the world including the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel has a history older than the country and Singaporeans take great pride in it. 

raffles hotel singapore

Changi Chapel and Museum

Singapore was one of the countries which faced the brunt of Imperial Japan’s military might in the Second World War. The Changi Chapel and Museum is a place to the honor and give voice to the innocents who suffered under the Japanese occupation. The museum has a collection of letters, drawings, photographs and artifacts from the 50,000 Singaporeans who spent their time in the Changi prison.

changi chapel and museum singapore

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo claims itself to be the best rainforest zoo in the world and they have good reasons to have this claim. The impressive place looks clean and inviting and the animals in the zoo are treated with care and plenty of space. All the creatures look happy to be here and it is a delight to watch orangutans swinging around and snack on bananas.

singapore zoo

Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is another one of the remnants from the country’s colonial days. It was built in the middle of the 19th century and at the time of its construction, there was a real need for Singapore’s defense but the facility has now been converted and is a home for cultural shows, theater performances and a range of festivals. It also has relics from Singapore’s early history, some of which go as far back as the 14th century.

fort canning park

Orchard Road

Singapore is a world-class city for the style which is a reason why a large number of people only come to shop here. The Orchard Road in the houses the high-end stores in Singapore where high-end stores queue up and you can’t go wrong by shopping from anyone of those. There are 22 malls and 6 department stores on this single road along with a number of places to eat. Shopping from these premium stores is going to be an expensive affair; if you want to save money on clothes then you should check out Groupon.

orchard road singapore

Merlion Park

Merlion Park also deserves to be on the list of places you should visit in Singapore essentially because it houses the emblem of Singapore, the Merlion. The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The word Singapore itself translates to Lion City and the ancient name of the city was Temasek which meant Sea Town. Plus, it is a great place for selfies.

merlion park

- Frank Lee