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This blog is a continuation of my previous blog on Singapore. After reading my last blog, most of the people asked me how can you spend 7 nights in Singapore? People who have already visited Singapore, were of the opinion that Singapore is worth only 3-4 nights. I hope that after reading this blog, their opinion would change. Merlion statue and Wings of Time have already being covered in my last blog. Next set of amazing places are spellbound and is a must visit as well. Let’s deep dive into a world of adventure and fun.
3. Universal Studios: Who hasn’t heard about this place? For a newbie, it is a theme park located on Sentosa island. You need an entire day to thoroughly enjoy this place. The timings are 10 AM – 7 PM and reaching early will provide you with enough time to visit and enjoy all the beautiful seven themes. I would recommend to go on a weekday to avoid the long waiting queue for each ride. Also, look out for weather forecast in advance before visiting this place since most of the rides are in open and rain can be the fun spoiler. The cost of the ticket, if buying at Universal Studios counter, is S$76 for an adult and S$56 for a child. My advice would be to explore websites like Klook and Groupon for better deals and save some time as well. This place makes you feel like a kid who want to get into a world full of fantasy and adventure. Highlights of this place are Roller Coster ride, Hollywood Studios, a 3D transformer ride and the Lost World – a water ride where you get the opportunity to experience Jurassic Park. If travelling with kids, do visit Minion and Madagascar themes. Overall, this place will make you excited and you will like to visit it again and again.
4. Singapore Zoo: Spread across 70 acres with more than 2800 animals over 300 species, Singapore Zoo has a lot to offer for everyone from kids to adults. For early risers, Jungle visit provides you with an opportunity to have breakfast with Orang-utans. The main highlights of this place are the 30 minutes shows – Elephant show and Seal show. With elephants sprinkling water with their trunk and seals playing with ball in the water, you will be awestruck with the kind of abilities these adorable creatures have. Next are the Australian Kangaroos, White Tigers, long neck Giraffes, Polar Bear and many more that will make you fall in love with this place. Right after you enter the zoo, there is a Dinosaur park that is a must visit. The theme park is equipped with motion sensors and as you walk through it, dinosaurs will start scaring you with loud noises and their movements. For hungry bellies, zoo also has a food court that offers 4-5 different cuisines, Indian being one of them. Since it requires a lot of walking around, zoo also has eco-friendly trams that you can board for exploring the zoo. We included that as part of our tickets and it indeed proved helpful. Timings for the zoo are from 8:30 AM – 6 PM. Tickets are available online at a price of S$33 for adult and S$22 for child above 3 years. Group pass is cheaper if you are planning to visit Night, River safari and Jurong bird Park as well. Overall, it is worth spending one day for the best zoo that you would have been to in your life.
5. River Safari: For the lovers of Kung Fu Panda, River Safari is a must visit as you get to see Pandas – Kai Kai & Jia Jia. There is also a panda theme restaurant that offers dumplings and it is worth tasting. You also get to experience a 15-minutes boat ride that takes you through the natural habitat of Jaguar, Wolf and many more. Overall, river safari experience will take only 2-3 hours of your time. Timings for the park are 10 AM – 7 PM. The cost of entry ticket is S$25 for an adult and S$17 for a child.
6. Gardens by the Bay: If you are in Singapore and have time to visit only one place, this is the place that is worth visiting. In fact, Trip advisor has also rated it as the number one attraction of Singapore and I couldn’t agree more with them. The garden comprises of Supertree Grove and two cooled conservatories: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the largest glass greenhouses in the world. While Flower Dome offers themed gardens with many exotic flowers and plants, Cloud Forest brings to you the mesmerising 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Each of these wonderful places are beautiful in their own way and you will be completely awe-stuck by the time you will be exiting these conservatories. Though the conservatories timing are 9AM – 9 PM, I would advice visiting this place around 3-4 PM in the evening which will elevate the overall experience. Next in line is the most picturesque and fascinating man made place, I have ever been too – the Supertree Grove. It consists of 18 beautiful supertrees that act as vertical gardens. These structures are series of man-made frames that support tropical flowers and other plants forming a layer of colourful skin around the trees. With Avatar like experience, this garden is unlike any other that you would have seen before. There is also a beautiful light and music show on these solar photo-voltaic powered super trees. No matter how much I write, this place will always fall short of words. Timings for Supertree Grove is 5:00 A.M – 2:00 A.M. Do not miss the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show that happens daily at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM. Even though entry to Supertree Grove is free but combined ticket cost for conservatories are priced at S$20 for adults and S$12 for children.
7. Jurong Bird Park : With a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species, this park is Asia’s largest bird park and is a must visit for bird lovers. Get to experience the mesmerising view of the penguins as they dive and swim through the waters. One of the most picturesque sights in the park is the Flamingo Lake where you get to see hundreds of flamingos hanging out in the open area. The best part of this bird park is the High Flyers and Kings of the Skies show. While High Flyers boast of world’s largest number of performing birds in a single act, Kings of the Skies show will leave you amazed and fascinated by the strength, ability and performance of Hooded Vultures, Eurasian Eagles and many more amazing raptors. If you are bold enough and ready for an adventure, pick up your hand and you might be picked for trying out falconry during the show. Overall, this place is worth half a day visit; however, travel time to Jurong Bird park takes around 30-40 mins from centre of the city. The entry fees is S$29 for adults and S$19 for children. Timings are 8:30 AM to 6 PM.
8. SEA Aquarium: It’s home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, across into 49 different habitats, each one as fascinating as the next. For aquatic animal lovers, it is a fantastic learning experience. My niece and nephew were very excited to see the sea horse and the star fish. I would recommend to visit the aquarium on a weekday to avoid crowd. It would easily take 4-5 hours to enjoy this beautiful place. It is located in Sentosa and ticket price is S$34 for adult and S$24 for kids. You can visit the aquarium anytime between 10 AM and 7 PM.
9. Shopping at Orchard Road: This is for all the beautiful ladies and shopaholics who want some retail therapy in Singapore. Head down to 2.2 kms long Orchard road, also known as shoppers paradise, and immerse yourselves in all the big brands that you can think off. It has shopping malls, exclusive showrooms, retail outlets, street fashion, and departmental stores. Some of the best shopping malls that I explored were ION Orchard, Somerset, Plaza Singapura and Ngee Ann City. You can pretty much spend the entire day here and you would still want to come back again the next morning. The other good part about shopping in Singapore is the tax (GST) refund that you can claim at Changi Airport while returning to your home country. Overall, this place is a one stop shopping destination if you are looking for buying something for yourself or for your family from Singapore.
We had a gala time together in Singapore and trust me it will live up to your expectations as well. Tell us about your experiences in Singapore. I bet you will have something to share!!!