If you have a day free, here are some top things to do in Singapore, the Lion City without rushing. Singapore is like our second home where we visit nearly every year to see family.
Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
There are 18 enormous Supertrees which are about 16 storeys high. 12 are located in the Supertree Grove and 3 each in the Golden and Silver Gardens. Due to the heat, I recommend that you come early (it opens at 5am) or later in the evening. The spectacular Garden Rhapsody light and sound show occurs daily at 7:45pm and 8:45pm which is a MUST SEE. It does get very busy so you should go earlier to get a good spot to watch it and take photos.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Gardens By the Bay Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Open daily 5am – 2am; OCBS Skyway 9am – 9pm
Cost: Free except for the OCBC Skyway $8
Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay
Walking further along, you will arrive at the Cloud Forest and Flower domes which are climate controlled conservatories where plants from all over the world are grown. When you walk in you stand in awe of the waterfall before you take the lift to the top and walk down. The temperature is much more pleasant than outside and is cooler at a constant 23 – 25 degrees celsius.
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
After the Cloud Forest, we explored the Flower Dome. We really enjoyed the Orchids of the Andes and Wizard of Oz exhibitions in the Flower Dome. Please note that the displays change regularly throughout the year.
Opening Hours 9am – 9pm
Mist Timings: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm, 6.00pm, 8.00pm daily
Cost: $28 for 2 conservatories
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
After visiting Gardens the Bay, walk across the connecting bridge to the Marina Bay Sands where you can buy or look at luxury and designer retail products at the Shoppes and have a blast of air conditioned air to cool down. You might like to have a bite to eat at the food court there or get an ice-cream from Venchi.
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
Nearby is the iconic ArtScience Museum which showcases contemporary digital art, design and science. The building is designed to represent the welcoming hand of Singapore. Inside is the popular instagrammable Crystal Universe exhibit which uses 170000 LED lights.
Louis Vuitton Island Maison
Close by to the ArtScience Museum is the Louis Vuitton Island Maison, the largest LV store in South East Asia. For lovers of Louis Vuitton, you can strut along the deck like a model before sashaying in. Your heart accelerates as you enter and are surrounded by luxurious goods that you think for a moment about selling your family for. You’re rendered speechless in awe taking it in.
The reality is that it is so humid that I’m sweating buckets doing my best strut on the deck taking that dang selfie, hoping that the sweat stains don’t show. Then rushing in to get my next fix of air conditioning. The beautiful interior and gorgeous products are so tempting that it gives the husband higher blood pressure that he retires upstairs to the outside lounge. Those stools look so stylish but I need two bring two of those stools together to be more comfortably seated. I have to remember not to touch the glass counter with sweaty hands and am grateful for the cold drinks offered. Ahhh … it must be ❤️ .
Fullerton Bay Hotel Clifford Pier Restaurant
As you walk around Marina Bay you will come to The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Outside the ground floor Clifford Pier restaurant is a great location to take a photo of the light show.
Continuing walking around Marina Bay you will arrive at the Merlion Park. The Merlion is the national icon for Singapore with the lion head and body of a fish.
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel is a 5 star luxurious grand historical hotel with its neoclassical facade built in 1928 and a national monument of Singapore. It was named after Robert Fullerton, the first Governor of the Straits Settlements. It is so beautiful that you may like to take a photo of it during the day and at night.
The Cavenagh Bridge
The nearby Cavenagh Bridge links Raffles Place and the Civic District where the Asian Civilisation Museum is located. It is the only suspension bridge in Singapore and was named in honour of the last British India appointed Governor of the Straits Settlement who governed from 1859 to 1867. You can still see the Cavenagh family coat of arms on the top of the bridge.
Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM)
The ACM focuses on Asian civilisations, culture and art. It is one of four museums in Singapore and also houses the restaurant Empress. My review of Empress will be provided shortly.
I hope you have enjoyed the relaxed sightseeing above. Let me know what you enjoyed most!