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Must-visit places in Singapore, that You also have to see!

Singapore is Southeast Asia’s peerless, unique destination. The tiny city-state is a total contrast to the traditional Asian areas. Singapore became independent from Malaysia in 1965 and since then has undergone rapid development, and today the city’s modernity rivals the major cities in Europe and America. Skyscrapers, structured processes, strict regulations, and cleanliness dominate so much that you easily forget that you are actually in Asia, but the Chinese and Indian districts, the local restaurants, and of course, the subway trains → which are designed for short people make you feel the Asian sense of life.

Today, Singapore has grown into a financial, innovation, and maritime trade center with an outstanding significance, not only in Asia but also worldwide, despite the fact that it is barely larger than Budapest in terms of territory.


When visiting Singapore, it is important to be aware of the strict laws of Singapore and to follow the rules even as a tourist, as this is partly the key to such a unique thriving economy. Drug smuggling, for example has a death penalty consequence. Spitting, littering, e.g. throwing away chewing gums and cigarettes results in severe fines. These are just a few of the many, but it already suggests quite well that the contrast in Singapore is really enormous compared to the neighboring countries.


Anyone traveling to Asia will have a good chance of changing flights in Singapore before their final destination. In this case, it is well worth planning to not just change flights but also to stay 4-5 days there to explore Singapore, as it is a wonderful city with breathtaking attractions, beautiful botanical gardens, rainforest tours, and modern buildings.


This modernity is also reflected in the prices. Accommodation, food and drinks are very expensive. You can catch a good value Airbnb, but the price of a night in a not-so-fancy accommodation can easily cost the same (or even more) than e.g. 3-4 nights in a good accommodation in Bali.

You shouldn't be surprised when in 7/11 (local supermarket chain) a piece of apple or a piece of banana costs 2 Euros.


Weather:

The weather in Singapore is quite unpredictable, it is common that the weather turns out to be completely different than what meteorology predicts.

Which is for sure, it’s always warm and the air is humid. The wet monsoon weather is typical for the winter months from November to February-March, but there are small downpours all around the year, thanks to which the humidity level, is quite often around 90%, which can easily cause tiredness for tourists who are not used to it.


Public transport:

Singapore has a very well-developed public transport system. The network of bus-, and metro lines cover the whole city, making transportation easy and fast. For public transport, it is worth buying an EZ-Link card: there is also an unlimited travel option for few-day periods and a top-up solution as well when the fee is deducted depending on the distance traveled. However, if you do not have a public transport card, you can also pay with cash on the buses, but you have to give the exact sum for the ticket price and it is good if you have coins because you don’t get back the change.


The cheapest and often the fastest solution to the airport is the metro. The air-conditioned metro trains are very clean and full of clear markings (also in English), so there are no difficulties with public transport at all.


The metro is otherwise very safe, as each station has shields along the platform that only open when the metro train stops.

So in this respect too, we may feel as if we are walking in one of the great metropolises of Europe or America.



Singapore's top sights:

  • Gardens by the Bay: Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skywalk, Garden Rhapsody

  • Marina Bay Sands: Skydeck, Infinity pool

  • Marina Bay: Merlion, Financial District, Laser show

  • Sentosa

  • Botanical Garden and National Orchid Garden

  • MacRitchie Treetop Walk

  • Southern Ridges Treetop Walk

  • Chinatown

  • Little India

  • Changi Airport



Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a huge botanical garden behind Marina Bay Sands. It is a completely unique artificial park in the world, which is made even more special by the 18 “supertrees”.

These supertrees are special not only because of their appearance, but also because of their functionalities. Some of them collect rainwater, feed the irrigation system, some have photocells that collect the sun’s energy. Their trunks are also flower beds, as many fern species, orchid species, and other plants cover the trunks of the trees, bringing together the duality of artificiality and naturalness. And of course, thanks to their huge size (25-50m), they also provide shadow against the strong sun.


These trees come to life twice every night (after sunset: 7:45 and 8:45) in the frames of the Garden Rhapsody, which amazes visitors with the supertree light-show designed for the rhythms of the well-known music hits played in the background. You can enjoy the play while lying on the benches at the foot of the trees, or perhaps a little further from where you can see all the supertrees together, with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background.

Despite the pleasant warm air in the evening, you might get goosebumps from this incredible show. If you are visiting Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a must-see place!


The park is free to visit, you can walk among beautiful flowers, orchids, and themed botanical gardens in the shade of the supertrees. The garden, on the other hand, has three paid sections, the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest, and the OCBC Skywalk.


Flower Dome:

The Flower Dome is the largest greenhouse botanical garden in the world. The characteristic plants and flowers of different Mediterranean landscapes can be seen in a beautifully arranged and well-groomed environment, where in addition to a permanent flower exhibition, you can also admire constantly updated seasonal specialties in a thematic environment.


Cloud Forest:

The Cloud Forest, the other greenhouse (the humpy one), which unlike the Flower Dome, does not show the Mediterranean vegetation, but the vegetation of the tropical mountains at an altitude of 1000-3000 meters above sea level.

From the top of the 42-meter-tall Cloud Mountain in the greenhouse, a waterfall rushes deep, providing humidity. From the top of the artificial mountain, you can descend on a winding promenade, admiring the beautiful vegetation, ferns, orchids, carnivorous plants, and other wonderful flower specialties.



OCBC Skywalk:

It is kind of like a suspension panoramic promenade between two supertrees, offering beautiful views of Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay as a whole. Here, due to the limited number of people who can walk on the bridge at one time, there is often a long queue, so in this case, it’s worth exploring the rest of the garden first.


Marina Bay Sands:

Marina Bay Sands is one of the world’s most expensive hotel specialties, with an estimated construction cost of nearly $ 7 billion, has been waiting for guests since 2010.