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Singapore is packed with fun, thrill, and vigour. In spite of the nation being minuscule in size, it is overloaded with a plethora of attractions – be it iconic landmarks, avant-garde attractions or nature escapes. Nevertheless, in these jumble of exciting attractions, there are other points of interest that form a significant part of Singapore’s sightseeing lists. If you are an art or history lover, then Singapore museums are the right places for you.  Singapore’s history, its grit to pioneer as a global city, its cultural and creative essence can all be experienced at its vast array of museums. Not sure which museums to choose for your Singapore trip? Check out our top 5 must-visit Singapore museums.

ArtScience Museum

This Singapore attraction is quite hard to miss if you are in the Marina Bay area. Located right in front of one of the popular things to see in Singapore – the Marina Bay Sands, this colossal lotus-inspired structure is also one of the prominent landmarks of Singapore’s cityscape. The architecture of the museum symbolizes a welcoming hand of Singapore. Art meets science to weave fascinating tales that offer visitors with interesting knowledge about the world. The experience is further enhanced by fusing cultural elements and interactive technology. Art Science Museum has 21 galleries spread over 3 storeys and covers a total area of 50000 square feet. The museum includes permanent galleries – Curiosity, Inspiration, and Expression and is famed for its international touring exhibitions by famous artists from around the world. The museum often joins hands with other famous museums of the world such as British Museum, American Museum of Natural History and Biblioteca Ambrosiana to name a few. This Singapore museum also encourages visitors to express their potentials through art workshops.

How to get here: Located at Marina Bay Sands, on the edge of Marina Bay Waterfront, ArtScience Museum is just a few minutes away from Bayfront MTR Station and Marina Bay MTR station.
Operating time: Daily – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Admission Cost: varies according to the exhibits.

Peranakan Museum

Singapore is a vibrant, multi-ethnic hub and the same can be seen in various parts of Singapore’s lifestyle. One such primitive cultural sector is the Peranakan community – natives who are descendants of Chinese immigrants from Malay Peninsula. Occupying the Old Tao Nan School – a Chinese building at Armenian Street, the Peranakan Museum is first of its kind in the world that sheds light on the indigenous Peranakan heritage. The museum’s strait settlement architecture and a vast collection of Peranakan artifacts, historical exhibits and galleries pay tribute to this ancestral culture of Singapore.

How to get here:  The museum is 10 minutes’ walk from City Hall or Bras Basah MRT Station.
Operating time: Saturdays to Thursday – 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. Fridays – 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Admission Cost: SGD 13 per person.

National Museum of Singapore

Singapore’s largest and oldest museum, The National Museum of Singapore is one of the popular Singapore tourist attractions for foreign travellers and a renowned heritage landmark for the locals. Located on Stamford Road, this magnificent 19th-century colonial building with a dome on its roof is brimming with spectacular tales of Singapore and the world. The collection of galleries mainly highlight Singapore’s legacy that traces the journey of a nation’s evolution. From being a quaint settlement seized by British colonial rule, to the struggle for independence and progression towards one of the most developed global nations is beautifully conveyed through a series of creative displays and screenings. The Museum’s innovative and abstract art installations especially the “Story of the Forest” installation at the Glass Rotunda is a definite must-see attraction of this museum.

How to get here: Located at Stamford Road. This museum is 10 minutes’ walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.
Operating time: Daily 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Admission Cost: SGD 15 per person. Children below 6 years of age – Free of charge.

Trick Eye Museum

Enter into a world of creative imagination at Trick Eye Museum, Singapore. Nestled within the one of the most talked about Singapore attractions -Resorts World Sentosa, this unique museum introduces its visitors to Augmented Reality through its installations and exhibits. Divided into six theme zones, Trick Eye museum creates a surreal ambience and deceives the eye. It brings alive paintings and dioramas through realistic optical illusions combined with sound and light effect. It would take some time for visitors to believe what they are seeing here. They are left awestruck at witnessing themselves levitating, or suddenly become a giant. The exhibits are mostly influenced by Singapore’s landscapes and culture while some are created purely for fun. It’s a great place to take Instagram worthy pictures as you will be part of these uncanny exhibits.

How to get here: Located inside Resorts World Sentosa, near to SEA Aquarium, the museum is a couple of minutes away from Sentosa Waterfront Station.
Operating time: Daily – 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Admission Cost: SGD 25 per adult and SGD 20 per child. Children below 6 years of age – Free of charge.

MINT Museum of Toys

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A real treat for toy lovers, The MINT Museum of Toys is a one of a kind museum in Singapore that houses a vast collection of vintage toys and memorabilia. Being a museum for kids and adults alike, children would enjoy the toy collection and grown-ups can reminisce their nostalgic years of playing with their favourite toys and characters. In fact, MINT is an acronym for ‘Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys’. Located on 26 Seah Street, The museum is the first purpose-built arena for toys and collectables. It is home to over 50000 items from around the world sprawled in 4 themed levels namely Outer-space, Characters, Childhood favourites and Collectables. The rooftop and basement of the museum have dedicated galleries exhibiting Enamel signage from around the globe. The museum even hosts ‘Make and Play’ Seasonal Events for families which take place this year during 27 May till 24 June 2018. In ‘Make and Play’ event, special tours and workshops are conducted where toys bond grownups and kids together in fun time. Parents can let their children know about their favourite toys and childhood memories and participate in basic toy making and other craft skills.

How to get here: Located at Seah Street, the museum is 5 to minutes stroll away from Cityhall, Bugis, Bras Basah and Esplanade MTR stations.
Operating time: Daily – 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. Last Saturday of the month – 9.30 am to 9.30 pm.
Admission Cost: SGD 15 per adult and SGD 7.5 per child.

A visit to Singapore’s amazing collection of museums will give you an idea of the diversity and vigour of the country.  It also opens your mind about eccentric interests of Singapore’s art and creative scenario. So next time you apply for Singapore visa and plan which places to visit in Singapore, include few of these museums in your travel itinerary to get an in-depth Singapore experience on your holiday.

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There was a time in Singapore when fountains were used as decorative elements to beautify the town, landscapes and important places. This was way before the augmentation of revolutionized tourist attractions in Singapore. Though with time these fascinating sprinklers and faucets of water structures diminished in existence, few of these charming water fountains still exists in Singapore. Some of these fountains have borne the test of time and some are interpreted as iconic landmarks of Singapore. Here are few handpicked water fountains of Singapore for you to check out during your Singapore holiday.

Merlion

The first ever iconic landmark of Singapore before being overshadowed by the new models of modern infrastructures in Singapore, Merlion is still a popular Singapore point of interest not to be missed on a Singapore tour. The half fish, half lion giant off-white statue is actually a water fountain that dominates the scenery at the Merlion Park at One Fullerton. The mythical creature symbolizes prosperity and honors Singapore’s modest history of being a fishing village. It is also the prime reason for country converting its name to ‘Singapura’ from ‘Temasak’ – Singapore’s original name.   Standing 8.6 meters tall, the Merlion was relocated to its current spot overlooking one of the famous Singapore attraction – Marina Bay Sands. It still attracts major crowds and is a famous photo stop for all Singapore visitors even in present times. There is also a smaller version of the Merlion which is just 2 meters tall known as the ‘Merlion cub’.

Fountain of Wealth

Recognised as the largest fountain in the world by Guinness Book of World Records, Fountain of Wealth is a sight hard to miss when you visit Suntec City Mall in Singapore. Built according to Taoist Feng Shui principles, this fountain symbolises wealth and prosperity. Made up of silicon bronze, the structure covers more than 1600 square meters of area and consists of a giant circular ring supported by four angled poles. Spurts of water jets cascade inwards from the circular ring from a height of 13 meters into the centre of the structure signifying wealth in Chinese culture. There is also a small fountain at the centre of the circular structure which shoots up water and is the main highlight during evening sound and light fountain show. It is also believed by the locals that if you walk around the central fountain three times, you will gain good luck.

Tan Kim Seng Fountain


Erected in the fond memory of renowned Singaporean philanthropist Tan Kim Seng by the British Colonial Government, this stunning fountain is an eminent national monument of Singapore. Originally built at Fullerton Square, the fountain’s creation is influenced by Victorian architecture and Greek elements and had undergone rigorous redevelopments since its formation. This blue-white hued iron structure has three tiers adorned with classic Greek figurines. It was finally relocated to its new location in 1925 to Esplanade Park where it stands alongside other Singapore tourist attractions such as Lim Bo Seng Memorial and Cenotaph.

Gemmill Fountain


Built way back in 1864, Gemmil Fountain was Singapore’s first drinking fountain opened to the public by John Gemmil – A British banker and auctioneer living in Singapore. Made out of marble, this water fountain doesn’t have any elaborate design or giant water spurts. It consists of a simple marble slab with a lion’s face carved into it; its mouth spouting a stream of water to quench the thirsty locals. There is an inscription on the slab “For the use of all nations, at Singapore, this drinking fountain of pure water is the gift of John Gemmill formerly of this island and now of London 1864”. The fountain presently stands in the grounds of National Museum of Singapore and is still functional.

The Iron-Cast Fountain

If you are staying at the eminent Raffles Hotel in Singapore, you might have noticed an iron cast fountain at the Palm garden. This elegant fountain dates way back to the 19th century and was originally constructed in Glasgow. This 6-meter high fountain is an elegant masterpiece and a remnant of historic relics in Singapore. The fountain was earlier set up in Lau Pa Sat and Orchard Road Market before permanently shifting it to enhance the lawns of a hotel already steeped in rich history. Today the lawns of Palm Gardens at Raffles Hotel are used for conference and meeting purposes as its subdued ambiance with the impressive fountain offers the perfect setting for such events.

Spectra – Light and Water Show

Not exactly a water fountain, but Spectra is a marvellous water show in present-day Singapore that has acclaimed fame for its sheer state of the art innovation and entertainment. This attraction demonstrates how Singapore has entered into the league of new age entertainment from simple beginnings. Marina Bay Sands promenade is one of the top places to go in Singapore for leisure time. The enchanting and dazzling sound and light water show is set at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands promenade have become one of the top things to see in Singapore. Synchronizing water jets and laser lighting with beautiful symphonies, Spectra is an intense display of brilliant colours and visuals. Each show lasts for 15 minutes and the public can catch this amazing spectacle for free. Spectra show timings are 8 pm and 9 pm every Sundays to Thursdays and 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Singapore was a destination speckled with charming water fountains, but with its modernisation, these landmarks had to give way for new-fangled constructions. However, these handful remaining fountains in the country tell a story of its times. The addition of Spectra speaks of how Singapore has remodelled over the years.  While Singapore is known for its fast-paced modernisation, these places of interests are a beautiful way to pause for a while and just enjoy the moment. Another way for some laid-back time on your Singapore trip is to take a deviation to spa resorts in Singapore which will indeed let you stop and refresh for your exciting times ahead in Singapore.

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Asia as a continent is rich in different culture and traditions. Countries in Asia see a mix of people from different caste, creed and religion. This eclectic mix of people makes Asia a place where festivals of each religion are celebrated with pomp and fervour.

This Christmas welcome Santa and celebrate New Year in one of the following paradisiacal places in Asia.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Christmas and New Year in Kuala Lumpur is one of the most celebrated occasions of a year. This bustling capital of Malaysia witnesses massive parties, fireworks, dance and music along with countdowns are attended by thousands of locals and tourists alike at street fairs. From booze parties to live concert you will be a witness to some of the most amazing parties at the backdrop of the Twin towers.

Head to one of the famous roof top bars and shake some leg while partying hard for Christmas and New Year. Do visit Chankat Bukit Bintang which is the city’s most happening pub, bars and lively restaurants centre. Bright lights, ever flowing drinks and some hep crowd is what you can find there. This late night boulevard is famous for its hip hop music, ground shaking electro dance, and some lip smacking delicacies at the time of Christmas and New Year Party. Malaysia is a hot spot for Asian holidays during December.

Singapore

In the Lion City Singapore, you can expect all the dancing and all the singing type of Christmas and New Year. Christmas is celebrated as a secular festival in Singapore with going crazy types shopping, exciting Singapore attractions, full on entertainment and Spending time with Santa Claus activities. When you are in Singapore, you can expect complete transformation of the city as a fantasy land with the entire city bedecked with lightings, and shops selling everything from candy canes to gum drops. The malls and city centres remain open for extended hours and offer attractive rates of almost all stuffs to celebrate the festival. This island country is a perfect destination to start your Asian tour, so if you haven’t yet, the time to book your Singapore holiday package is now!

Philippines

The Pearl of the Orient Seas as it is known, Christmas and New Year in Philippines is celebrated with full fervour. Christmas is celebrated by preparing lechon (roasted pig) and is celebrated with dance and music. New Year in Philippines holds a very important place in terms of festivals. The Filipinos believe in ushering in a prosperous New Year. Traditional noodles, sweets and malagkit (sticky) rice is prepared as they believe that the good luck will stick for an entire year. Fish and chicken are not served during new year as they believe these animals scrounge for food and eating them will leave you scrounging for food the coming year.

Filipinos go bang bang with fire crackers during New Year where you see types and magnitudes of firecrackers bursting all through the night. It is widely believed that the doors and windows of houses must be kept open for good luck to enter the house.

Thailand

Thailand’s shopping malls to luxury hotels get dressed up to serve tourists during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Christmas trees are decorated and special menus are prepared with delicacies to serve tourists. From Glitzy hotels such as Hyatt and InterContinental to small restaurants every place during Christmas and New Year comes alive. If you wish to tingle your taste buds go for an all out buffet dinner experience at Hyatt or Continental and have a blast. If you wish to go to a budget restaurant and yet not miss on the enjoyment go to local restaurants that serve local and international cuisines with a twist.

India

Unity in diversity is the national ideology of India. And what best occasion to judge the same than on festive occasions. Christmas is a festival that is celebrated by people of all religion in India. Christian families go to churches for mass and feast on delicacies. Though Christmas is celebrated across the length and breadth in India, special places to be during Christmas and New Year are Goa, Manali, Shimla, Kerala, Auli, and Gulmarg. Rave parties with music, dance, hep crowd and scintillating ambience keep you energized all night long for you to rock the floor. If you’re more of a cultural traveller, then simply choose any destination across the entire country and you’ll find a Christian festival being celebrated with enthusiasm everywhere across religions.

Vietnam

During Christmas and New Year Vietnam comes alive with streets and churches lit with bright lights. Prayers and carols are sung, confetti is thrown and plays are performed to charge up the atmosphere. Cathedrals are visited by Christians for Mass. The best part about enjoying Christmas in Vietnam is the fact that it is cheaper than most of the countries and you can enjoy a luxurious vacation at an extremely competitive price.

Hong Kong

Is your idea of an ideal Christmas and New Year celebration is to shop till you drop? Then Hong Kong is the place to be. Get some of the best deals in Hong Kong for your souvenirs and shopping goals. Other than shopping the city is known world over for its delectable cuisine. Easy to reach and perfectly affordable even by backpackers, Hong Kong is your place to be for a perfect Christmas and New year vacation.

Conclusion

Asia has been on the top priority list of travelers across the globe for its sheer magnificence, diversity, and abundant natural beauty. While there are several more amazing places to visit in Asia, the destinations on this list are the ones that are especially a must visit during Christmas and new Year.

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When you’re in Singapore, Friday evenings open up like a tulip with multiple spectacular options. You don’t have to frequent the same old bar hangout each day, no – not while you’re in Singapore. Singapore has many fantastic rooftop bars that offer scintillating views of the city. At night, when you sit at a table at one of these high rooftop bars nursing a drink in hand and looking out at the city, you’ll think just how many rooftop bars and views there, still to explore. That’s Singapore for you.

1-Altitude’s Gallery & Bar

1-Altitude’s Gallery & Bar stands proud at 282 meters above the ground. In fact, 1-Altitude has been credited the title of the world’s tallest al fresco bar and viewing gallery. If you’re looking for an absolutely best breathtaking view of Singapore, especially at night, head to this amazing sky bar in Singapore.

Aqua Luna Singapore, Park Hotel Alexandra

Alexandra is a laid-back area, so this swanky open bar comes as a surprise here. Aqua Luna is al fresco and stylish and offers an absolutely lovely view of Queenstown. It is not exactly rooftop but it is located on an open terrace with a 25-metre infinity swimming pool and a lip-smacking gourmet menu. Aqua Luna is considered one of the best rooftop bars in Singapore.

Bar Canary, Grand Park Orchard Hotel

Bar Canary is a sophisticated al fresco lounge area. Not many people know of this place and you have to be let into the secret by a regular. It’s laid back, but absolutely swanky and chill – just perfect for a cool night out with the mates. Ask for a boozy popsicle and you might pass off as a regular. Sucking on that boozy popsicle and chilling out here is one of the coolest things to do in Singapore.

Baywatch@ Jen, Hotel Jen

Want your drink and a drop-dead view of Singapore’s incredible skyline? Head to the Bay Watch, a rooftop bar perched atop Hotel Jen. It has an inviting infinity pool where you can lounge on a floater with your drink and check out the incredible lights and sound graphics show at the iconic Marina Bay Sands.

Ce La Vie

Ce La Vie has won several awards as a prime nightlife destination in Singapore. If you’re in the city, you must check out this rooftop bar at least once. It’s worth the visit just for the billion-dollar 360-degree view of Singapore’s skyline and beyond. In fact, there are those who say that Ce La Vi offers better views than does the Singapore Flyer, but that’s up for debate. Apply for your Singapore tourist visa in Dubai now and experience this incredible bar.

Empire, Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower

This is the favorite rooftop bar haunt of Singapore’s Central Business District’s hard-working professionals. This is the place to head to if you’re in Singapore’s CBD The rooftop bar offers spellbindingly beautiful views of Singapore’s skyline that will have you snap happy.

Faber Bistro

If you’re not into loud club music and are looking for something laid back, head to the al fresco Faber Bistro. This rooftop restaurant in Singapore is located at Mount Faber’s peak. This means you get not only great food and drinks but the view of a lifetime.

Hi-So Rooftop Pool Bar

Hi-So Rooftop Pool Bar is nestled stylishly amongst Singapore’s tall skyscrapers. There are cool cabanas for you to lounge on hot evenings and enjoy the great city views and sophisticated ambience. This urbanized rooftop bar is a part of SO Sofitel Singapore; it’s been built to serve the needs of nearby working executives.

Kinki

This Japanese rooftop bar is situated in a prime location – on the second floor of the Customs House in Collier Quay. Professionals who work in this building frequent this gastronomic bar. It’s called a gastro-bar with good reason; even as you approach it, your tastebuds and nostrils will be assaulted by tantalizing aromas of signature Japanese dishes. The bar also provides a very unique selection of cocktails that’s a mix of East and West. Respect their dress code; no flip-flops and tank tops. Wear something business casual when you visit Kinki for some fabulous rooftop dining in Singapore.

Lantern Rooftop Bar

This lovely little urban oasis sits cozily on the rooftop of the 5-star Fullerton Bay Hotel. Sit back with a drink and take in the incredibly mesmerizing view of Marina Bay Waterfront. There’s a beautiful swimming pool as well, for you to float on as you savor the incredible cocktails at Lantern.

LeVel 33

LeVel 33 is has been hailed as the maker of the world’s best-tasting beer. This bar cum urban-craft-brewery located on the penthouse level of the Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower is a very highly sought-after destination. Be sure to enjoy enthralling views of Singapore’s city skyline whilst enjoying the house craft beers.

Loof

This eclectically-playful rooftop bar is located right across Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade. This is Singapore’s first standalone rooftop bar; it’s quirky, entirely local and has an attitude to boot. They also have an in-house Mama Shop which is a modern version of the old-school provision shops.

ME @ OUE

Me @ OUE is located conveniently at the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. It’s a very slick, full of attitude outdoor lounge that oversees the incredible, magnificent Marina Bay Waterfront. Be sure to check it out during happy hour on one your days in Singapore.

Smoke And Mirrors

This awesome new rooftop bar is situated on top of the National Gallery Singapore. It’s the city best rooftop bar according to TimeOut, and the locals apparently think this bar deserves that title. Be sure to get here before sunset to observe how Singapore’s skyline transforms in front of your eyes! If you’re on time, you can catch the daily Lights and Sounds graphic show at Marina Bay Sands in the evening. Smoke and Mirrors is one of the best bar-cum-restaurants with a view and one of the best places to visit in Singapore.

Conclusion

Singapore has more rooftop bars than we can list in this blog. When you’re there, don’t forget to check out South Bridge for the spectacular views, Sum Yi Tai for its incredible cocktails and view, Super Tree By Indo Chine for its location at the Gardens by the Bay, The Lighthouse Rooftop Bar, Tigers Milk and others. Each bar has something to offer, but most of them offer the amazing views of Singapore for which they are famous.

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When it comes to vacationing in Asia, Singapore seems to be the top-most choice for most people around the world. After all, it is clean, safe and crime-free. Plus, there are myriads of places to visit and things to do, especially for children, in this beautiful South Asian city state. However, before we check out the best places to visit in Singapore with kids, you need to make sure that you have the visa. You can apply for Singapore visa from anywhere in the world. You may be a resident of Dubai but a citizen of another country. You can still get a Singapore visa from Dubai easily. Once you have sorted out the visa process, it is time to check out the cool places you can take your kids to during your holiday in Singapore.

Sentosa Island

There is no way that Sentosa Island can be missed from this list. The Sentosa Island, away from the main island of Singapore, has been built just for recreation and fun. You can easily spend a few days to a week here and not get bored, especially your kids. There are world class resorts and hotels at the island, making it possible to have your exclusively Sentosa Island holiday if you want to. While at the island, kids would definitely love Universal Studios where they can meet their favourite movie characters and have fun on the various rides and roller coasters.

Apart from this, you must also check out SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Trick Eye Museum, Skyline Luge, Wavehouse, Palawan Pirate Ship, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Mega Adventure Park, Fort Siloso, iFly, Madam Tussauds, Nature Walk in Sentosa, Wings of Time, etc. at the Sentosa Island. If you want to relax while your kids can have fun in the water or make sand castles, check out Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach and Siloso Beach on the Sentosa Island Beach Area. Children want to see new things, play and have lots of fun when they are on a holiday, and Sentosa Island has all these in abundance.

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is an open rainforest zoo with natural barriers between the animals and the humans. It is home to around 315 species of animals, amongst which 16% are threatened species. Some of the animals that you would get to see include African lion, white rhinoceros, large flying fox, King cobra, Panther chameleon, Asian elephant, mountain lion, etc. The park has several zones, some of them being Frozen Tundra, Australasia, Treetons Trail, Wild Africa, Fragile Forest, Primate Kingom, Reptile Garden, etc. Apart from viewing the animals, you also get to interact and feed them. You must definitely try Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife where you can enjoy a lavish breakfast in the company of Orangutans. Splash Safari, Animal Friends, Rainforest Fights Back, etc. are some of the shows at this park. Once your kids are tired of walking around the park, they get to cool-water-play area at the Rainforest Kidzworld. You can rest your tired legs while they play with water slides, water fountains, jumbo water buckets, etc. The visit to the Singapore Zoo is not just informative and educational but fun too.

Jurong Bird Park

One of the best ways to keep your kids entertained and happy during your Singapore holiday is to take them to Jurong Bird Park, one of the largest open aviaries in the world. The park has around 7 exhibits which are African Waterfall Aviary, Dinosaur Descendants, Wings of Asia, Lory Loft, Penguin Coast, World of Darkness and Pelican Cove. The park is home to 5000 birds from 400 species, some of which are endangered. Apart from viewing and interacting with the various birds, you can also enjoy High Flyers Show and Kings of the Skies Show. Moreover, you can have a unique experience while having Lunch with the Parrots, right next to the flamingo lake.

Night Safari

A unique experience that you should not miss when in Singapore with your kids is the Singapore Night Safari. Located next to the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is a nocturnal wildlife park and opens when the zoo closes. Here you get to see the nocturnal animals in their natural setting. The park is lighted by artificial moonlight which is brighter than the actual moonlight but does not disturb the behavior of the animals during the night. The best way to explore the park is with tram safari which is a guided tour that would take you to the different geographical zones that include Himalayan Foothills, Indian Subcontinent, Equatorial Africa, Asian Riverine Forest, Nepalese River Valley and Burmese Hillside. You can also choose to go on a walking safari as there are several interesting walking trails to follow in the park. Apart from this, do not miss the Thumbuakar Performance and the Creatures of the Night Show that are performed at the park. At the end of the journey, enjoy a late dinner at our Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.

Wild Wild Wet Water Park

While children undoubtedly love to visit zoos and nature parks, no holiday with kids can be complete without a visit to the water park. This is a place where kids can play in the water for long hours and Singapore has the perfect solution for this. The Wild Wild Wet Park is the second biggest water park in Singapore and has a zone dedicated to kids. The Professor’s Playground, Yippie!, Kidz Zone and Splash Play will keep your kids busy and entertained. However, this does not mean you would have to stick to this area too. There are several thrilling and gentle rides that adults can enjoy too. When you and your kids are tired of sightseeing and walking around the city, head to Wild Wild Wet Water Park to have the ultimate family fun.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Garden is a tropical garden and is home to around 10,000 species of flora. The garden has several smaller gardens which include the National Orchid Garden, the Rainforest, the Ginger Garden and the Botany Center and Tanglin Gate. The botanic gardens also have three lakes. However, what would interest children to visit this botanic garden is that it has a Jacobs Ballas Children’s Garden. Complete with a water play area, a playground, a maze, tree houses and a maze, this place has everything to keep your kids happy and entertained. Apart from this, you can enjoy some notable live performances and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the several eateries present at the park.

Visiting Singapore with your kids would definitely a memorable vacation as this city state is kid-friendly and has some amazing attractions for them. So, book your tickets today and get ready to give your children the best vacation of their lives!

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It is in your 20s where you can take decisions that can add experience into your life. One of such decisions is to travel as much as possible and venture into the world. Travel is a great way to mingle with people from different parts of the world. Singapore is an amalgamation of Asian cultures where you can find out how multiethnic people harmoniously live together. For youngsters, Singapore is a nation that exceeded expectation in innovative levels. There is so much to see and do here that every experience is worthwhile. But Singapore is far more than what it showcases. Yes, of course, you can’t miss the Gardens by the Bays, The Singapore Flyer, Jurong Bird Park, Resort World Sentosa, Little India and Chinatown. And who can stay away from the Singapore nightlife and shopping at Orchard Road?  But if you are looking for something other than these usually chosen Singapore attractions, then you are in for a surprise, as there are plenty of offbeat places to visit that can turn your Singapore holiday into an unforgettably unique experience. We bring to you top 5 off-beaten experiences you should enjoy on your Singapore trip.

Visit the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

       

Singapore has some amazing surprises in store for every genre of visitors. There are ample spaces in Singapore and its surroundings for nature lovers. But for animal lovers, there is more than just Jurong Bird Park, Night Safaris and massive Oceanariums. Head to the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum located in Chinese Garden in Singapore and get a chance to have a close encounter with these gentle exotic species, even pet them and feed them. The museum is a solely dedicated sanctuary set for the well being of more than 200 turtles and tortoise, some of which are rare species that you can only view here in Singapore.  You will be left amazed at the sight of such a marvelous collection of turtles and tortoises in different sizes and colors.

Feel on top of Singapore with unique high-altitude dining experiences.

       

Nothing seems impossible in Singapore. If you wish to have an extraordinary night out in Singapore, then take one of the high altitude dining experiences with spectacular aerial views of Singapore. Either you can opt for Singapore Cable Car fine dining experience or lounge with a cocktail and dinner at some of Singapore’s prominent Roof Top restaurants and bars. A dinner on Singapore Cable Car is an outstanding experience where you will slowly ascend above the Singapore city on a private gondola. Start your journey by twilight, so you can witness a gorgeous sunset while soaring above the Singapore cityscape. Enjoy a delectable 4 course Singapore gourmet dinner while gliding through the sky, relishing the bird’s eye view of the shimmering city below. A luscious dinner with an innovative concept is one Singapore experience you will not forget. Among Singapore’s premiere alfresco dining options are the SuperTree by Indochine, Ce La Vi on top of Marina Bay Sands and Equinox at Swissotel that offer astounding views of the sprawling city. However, the best experience of high altitude fine dining is at the Stellar at 1-Altitude which boasts to be the world’s tallest dining experience. It also happens to be one of Singapore’s best alfresco bars that offer spectacular 360-degree panoramas of the city along with stunning nightlife and fine dining.

Meander through the Mandai Mangroves on a kayaking experience.

       

Even though Singapore has been in the forefront when it comes to rapid development and urbanization, it has managed to strike a balance between nature and modern development. Located on the northern edge of Singapore are country’s surviving sections of mangroves which is also a hidden gem for nature lovers visiting Singapore.  Venture out into the Mandai mangroves in a kayaking expedition where you can float past native Singapore villages and explore a haven filled with rich biodiversity, amazing wilderness and wildlife amid nature’s solace. An excursion to Mandai mangroves is one of the unique things to do in Singapore and a great way to appreciate nature and take a break from the Singapore’s extravagant city life.

Explore the secluded islands of Singapore

       

Singapore is an island nation, but in case you haven’t noticed, Singapore is actually more than just one island. The country is made up of a collection of 63 islands of which Pulau Ujong is considered the mainland of Singapore. Most of the islands are considered unsuitable for inhabitance but some nearby isles are the epitome of tranquil nature and serve as an ideal escape for visitors and locals from Singapore city life.  Among the islands, St. John’s Island, Lazarus Island, Kusu Island and Pulau Ubin are famous places to visit in Singapore as nature escapes preferred by locals and visitors alike. Spend a day here away from the buzzing Singapore city and revel in nature’s pristine beauty of lush forests, beaches, and azure waters. Moreover, the islands are just a short ferry ride away from Singapore Mainland.

Gear up for snorkeling adventures at the Sister Islands

       

Two beautiful islands set south of Singapore Mainland, the Sister Islands are surrounded with an underwater realm teeming with a diverse coral and aquatic life. With unparalleled views of turquoise waters and a rich biodiversity, the islands are famous as snorkeling destinations and have a section of it recognized as Singapore’s first Marine Park. Just a ferry ride away from Marina South Pier in Singapore Mainland, adventure junkies can look forward to a pleasant day of snorkeling in the pristine waters rich in hard and soft corals, along with an excellent collection of marine life such as starfishes, crabs, giant clams, seahorses, and octopus.

Singapore is a mix of exhilarating experiences, some are innovative, some unusual, but whatever Singapore points of interest you choose is sure to leave you spellbound about the country’s uniqueness. There are plenty of answers to the question “What to do in Singapore”? After you have toured the iconic landmarks and popular Singapore tourist attractions, take some time to explore these listed spots to appreciate the distinctive element of the country. Adding these off-beaten destinations to your Singapore holiday will guarantee you a memorable vacation. So when you plan your next Singapore trip, let us be a part of it and help you out regarding Singapore visa in Dubai and get you the best holiday ideas for a unique Singapore holiday.

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The UAE is a record-setter with impressive skyscrapers, including the tallest building in the world, world-class malls, an island dedicated to the Ferrari motor giant, redefining luxury and opulence with ultra-luxurious hotels, and plenty of yellow metal & other precious metal shopping centers. Adding to the features to its immensely popular cap is the ambitious projects of man-made islands in the UAE: The Palm Jumeirah, Al Maryah Island, Palm Jebel Ali, Yas Island, The World Islands, Saadiyat Island, Deira Island, Nurai Island, and Bluewater Islands. All these islands have made people go in awe and recognize the monumental conquest of man over nature.

These man-made wonders are settled on the coast of the UAE and offer an enchanting and luxurious accommodation facilities with top-notch hotels, resorts, fine dining establishments, water parks, shopping centers, and dazzling beachfront villas. We have listed some cool facts about these man-made wonders in the UAE. An Abu Dhabi City Tour would definitely feature a visit to these artificial archipelagoes. These artificial islands are a true reflection of a modern world and bold examples of state-of-the-art architecture and design.

  1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the brain behind these massive architectural marvels

The Emir of Dubai and the prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the mastermind behind these artificial archipelagoes. He spent the last two decades looking for ways to transform UAE into a world-class tourist mecca. Due to the declining turnover of oil in the Persian Gulf, we wanted the UAE to stand on its feet and survive without the petrodollars. His greatest challenges were geographic and to beat the monumental Mother Nature. Thanks to his persistence, the UAE stands as a hot-spot for tourists from all over the world and tourism contributes a major portion to the development and sustenance of the UAE economy.

     2. All the islands were made with a process called Land reclamation

Land reclamation is a process in which sand is dredged from the Persian and Arabian Gulf floors and sprayed and Vibro-compacted into various shapes using modern technology such as GPS for precision and nestled in between millions of rocks for protection. Several rounds of feasibility studies were carried out to review the major components of these man-made islands namely marina design, technology, civil engineering, and transportation. Sand, Geo textile fiber, and small & medium rocks form a breakwater crescent to shield the islands against natural disasters such as typhoons or storms. There are several tours in Abu Dhabi that are organized to give you a deeper insight into the phenomenal concept of Land reclaiming through artifacts and interactive displays.

     3. The top 10 artificial islands in the world feature 3 man-made islands in the UAE

The Palm Islands Dubai, the World Islands, and the Burj Al Arab Island feature in the top 10 artificial islands. These tourism-cultural projects were built for nature and preserving the Emirati cultural heritage. These artificial islands are probably the answer to the world’s growing need for land. These islands also act as unique platforms for several other purposes, including scientific, ecological, industrial, and other needs. These islands have housed residential floors and villas, ultra-luxurious hotels, water parks, theme parks, museums, and plenty of other world-class attractions. As these are planned properly, these islands can to an extent solve the problem of rising water levels in the world.

    4. These man-made islands were meant to pull tourism and expand the coastline of the UAE

Tourism and extending the coastline were the two major factors why the UAE government undertook these massive ambitious projects. The UAE was heavily dependent on oil reserves for running its economy post the oil boom. The Palm Islands Dubai bought a major revolution in changing the face of the UAE in the international community. With the depletion of oil reserves of the Persian Gulf, the UAE wanted something special to revive its economy and tourism was seen as one of the big factors which could influence the state of the economy. The UAE today is one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in the world. All thanks to this mighty revolution, these artificial islands have added to the aesthetic value of the world.

    5. The man-made islands is not just a tourist attraction, but a major engineering project

Al Nakheel properties (Palm Islands) and Meraas Holdings (the World Islands) took more years than anticipated to finally conquer over nature. It is a true reflection of a remarkable design and engineering excellence to complete these ambitious and mega real estate developments in the UAE. These islands ooze class, elegance, and is opulent to the core. A perfect dream spot for the ultra-rich, this place comprises of everything you can probably dream of. The waters around these fabulous islands are full of spirited marine life on the Arabian Gulf and provide world-class facilities to tourists and visitors. The immaculate geometry has given these islands a unique shape and massive scale to the project. The Palm Islands on records stand to be one of the few rare landmarks in the world which are visible from space.

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Marina Bay is one of the most recognized landmarks, not only in Singapore but also over the world. For most tourists, Marina Bay remains the first place to visit in Singapore, and it is only after they have taken in the unbelievable views and ambiance that they head to other destinations. As Singapore visa application centers have become ubiquitous, it has quickly become a favorite among tourists.

There’s so much to do – in terms of sightseeing, photo-ops, dining, entertainment, and relaxation – that one post may not suffice. But, I will try my level best to give you a lowdown on the best things to do at Marina Bay. I have been to Singapore thrice, and on all three occasions, I made it a point to spend an entire day at Marina Bay. While travel is highly subjective, I believe my tips on the best places to visit can help you plan your itinerary (and may be save some dollars). So, without further ado, let’s check out the Marina Bay area and what to do once you are there.

Take in Panoramic Views at Singapore Flyer

 

The world’s second largest observatory is a must-visit at the Marina Bay. Once aboard, you will have exhilarating views of not only Singapore, but also neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. The capsule takes half an hour to complete a revolution, meaning you have ample time to take in the views. The flyer has also become one a thriving cocktail and wine venue, with many events lined up throughout the year. Ticket prices vary, so we recommend you to check the official website of Singapore Flyer.

Take a Stroll at Sands SkyPark

 

The Sands SkyPark’s observation deck is another great point to view the city in its full glory. You can still visit this place if you have been to the Singapore Flyer, as both places offer different experiences. There are dining and entertainment options in the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Entry to the renowned infinity-edge swimming pool has been restricted to guests who stay at the hotel.

Relax at Flight Bar & Lounge

 

After you have taken the views at the Singapore Flyer and the SkyPark, it is time for some relaxation. What better way to do that than sipping on amazing cocktails and wine at the Flight Bar & Lounge. The lounge is packed during the weekends; during weekdays, you may have some time for yourself. I had a great time at the Flight Bar & Lounge, and highly recommend visiting this place.

Gamble Away at Marina Bay Sands Casino

 

The casino at Marina Bay Sands is more than just a gambling den – it has gained reputation as an entertainment hub for its ‘jackpot’ machines. With over 500 gaming tables and 1,600 jackpot machines, spread over 15,000 square meters, you cannot ask for more. A photo-op for tourists is the world’s largest chandelier, made up of 130,000 Swarovski Crystals.

Experience Different Climates at Gardens by the Bay

 

If you are from Europe or cooler climes, and the humidity of Singapore has just started to irritate you, Gardens by the Bay can offer the much-needed relief. The climate-controlled conservatories give visitors an experience of different climates. Mediterranean, cloud forest, and tropical mountain weather – these are some of the climate types you can expect to experience at Gardens by the Bay. If you think this is it, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The highlight of the Gardens by the Bay is the “supertrees”, which are nearly 16 storeys tall.

Enjoy the Free Spectacular Water and Light Show

 

The water and light show at the river at Marina Bay Sands is truly spectacular. And, if you are wondering about the charges – well, it is absolutely free. The light and water show becomes a tourist hub, and by 7:45 PM, crowds swell at the place. On display is state-of-the-art technologies that create some of the most amazing scene that I have ever been witness to. I highly recommend being there at the right time so that you can get the best view of the place.

These were some of the best tourist attractions at Marina Bay. If you are visiting Singapore anytime soon, there’s no better place to be at than Marina Bay. Spectacular views, myriad entertainment options, and above all – a display of what human endeavor can achieve. Let us know about your Marina Bay travel experience.

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Singapore is an urban sprawl, full of glitzy buildings, shopping malls, and amazing nightlife. But, you will be surprised to know that the city state has made efforts to give its residents a taste of natural beauty. Whether it is the botanical gardens or man-made waterfalls, Singapore has always taken initiatives to ensure it doesn’t resemble a concrete sprawl. As Singapore tourist visa online services are seamless and affordable, one can easily check out the process and requirements to visit the country.

If you are someone who is in love with natural waterfalls that lie hidden in the national parks and jungles, we would like to tell that you may be disappointed by the lack of options in Singapore. However, if you are tired of all the shopping and visiting skyscrapers, you can take out time to visit some amazing man-made waterfalls. Many of these waterfalls lie indoors, and in the vicinity of city centers, so travelling around won’t take much of your time. Check out our guide to visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Singapore.

Waterfall at Singapore Airport

The waterfall at Singapore airport made news for being the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The government of Singapore, in a bid to beautify the indoors, has developed this amazing waterfall, which has led to the city state’s Changi airport gaining international headlines.

Dubbed as the “Rain Vortex”, the waterfall at Singapore’s Changi airport has added to the already magnificent amenities available to travelers. The other facilities for which the airport is known include 24-hour cinema and a day spa.

Waterfall at Cloud Forest

 

If you are devouring a beautiful natural experience, but don’t want to travel out of Singapore, visiting the Cloud Forest can be the answer for you. This man-made place offers amazing views of mountains, vegetation, and rare plants. It also serves to raise awareness about the climate change issue.

Amidst all the attractions, what catches the eye of tourists is the beautiful waterfall at Cloud Forest. In the tropical mountains, the mist seeps into the plants, which then release it to create a beautiful jet of water.

Waterfall at Jurong Bird Park

 

The Waterfall Aviary at the Jurong Bird Park is another cool example of the ingenuity and creativity of the developers. The waterfall has been created keeping in mind the expectations of travelers; so, you are greeted by warriors in full regalia. The Aviary waterfall is nearly 13 stories high, giving visitors a great view of the falls.

The developers of the waterfall at Jurong Bird Park have also kept the eco-friendliness in mind, as the water that plunges from the top is again recirculated to the top. In addition the waterfall, tourists are offered with other sightseeing avenues. As the name suggests, the Jurong Bird Park is primarily for bird lovers; it is host to over 1,500 free-flying birds from over 80 African species. The park is also home to over 10,000 plants. So, if you are looking for an experience that includes both the falls and natural beauty, the waterfall at Jurong Bird Park is the one for you.

So Spa by Sofitel

 

The Sofitel hotel in Singapore is known for its beautiful spa. If you are in Singapore, and are yearning for something of a semblance to natural beauty, the outdoor spa pool can be the ideal place for you.

Relaxing by the pool and taking in the views of the waterfall is an enjoyable experience. For idling the day around, there are few places as relaxing and as soothing as the outdoor pool. One of the reasons why this spa has gained popularity among tourists is because of the word-of-mouth about the waterfall.

These were some of the best man-made waterfalls in Singapore, where you can spend an ideal day out. If you have visited waterfalls in Italy or taken in the breathtaking views of the waterfalls in U.S., you may think of the waterfalls in Singapore as not the real thing. But, in the urban sprawl of Singapore, where there is a general lack of greenery and natural environs, both government and private entities are putting in the effort to give residents a feel of the natural beauty.

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Not many people will envision green spaces and lakes when touring Singapore comes to mind. A modern city, lined with skyscrapers and dotted with busy roads, the city is the ultimate chic traveler’s paradise. Easy visa requirements to Singapore have meant that the country has become one of the most visited places on the face of earth. However, green spaces abound in the city, offering something to the tourist who also wants to spend some time in the nature. In this series of Singapore tourist guides, we tell you about the best Singapore lake holidays.

Jurong Lake

 

The Jurong Lake, primarily built to serve as an additional water supply to the country, is one of the most famous lakes in Singapore. Surrounded by a parkland and Jurong Lake Park, which was built in 2006, the lake attracts both local and international tourists. Key tourist attractions in Jurong Lake include a Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden. After taking the breathtaking views, most tourists head to the Science Centre in Singapore which is located in the Jurong Country Club.

Lower Seletar Reservoir

 

Located in the Yishun New Town, the Lower Seletar Reservoir has quickly gained reputation as a sailing hub in Singapore. Tourists who want to indulge in some sports fishing can also head to some designated areas around the reservoir. In addition to sailing and sports fishing, another key tourist attraction for tourists is the Lower Seletar Reservoir Park. You will find locals jogging and fishing and other activities provided by the People’s Association Water-Venture outlet.

Bedok Reservoir

 

One of the best places to visit in Singapore, the 88ha reservoir is popular among tourists visiting the Bedok New Town. The reservoir remains sought-after for tourists who want to indulge in dragon boating and kayaking. However, if you are looking to spend quiet time, just observing the nature, the surroundings of the reservoir offer great views. Of particular significance is the floating deck which offers serene views of the reservoir. The Bedok Reservoir Park is frequented by tourists from all over and offers a diverse mix of flora and fauna.

MacRitchie Reservoir

 

A great place for nature lovers, the MacRitchie Reservoir and the MacRitchie Reservoir Park offer a host of recreational activities. The MacRitchie Reservoir has the distinction of being the first reservoir of Singapore, and has quickly become a popular destination for schools and universities to hold cross-country events. You can partake in hiking trails and kayaking, or simply take a stroll along the reservoir to take in breathtaking views. If you are looking for some adventurous activities, you can be a part of the TreeTop walk, where you will also get a host of amenities.

Fort Canning Reservoir

 

More than anything else, Fort Canning Reservoir has history to it. It has been the backdrop of many developments that have shaped Singapore’s destiny. For these reasons, the reservoir assumes special significance, not only from the aesthetical part, but also from the historical part. Today, the reservoir has become one of the most frequented natural tourist spots in Singapore. From Shakespeare in the Park to Ballet Under the Stars, the reservoir offers a range to keep you entertained and educated.

Keppel Hill Reservoir

 

Keppel Hill Reservoir had been forgotten for more than a century, and since the news of its discovery gained media attention, many Singaporeans have started flocking to the place. The reservoir, believed to have been built in 1905, received no mention in the maps, meaning it was lost to local and international tourists. Owing to the neglect, the reservoir is not well-maintained, but it has gained a fan following among minimalists and nature lovers.

Kranji Reservoir Park

 

Do you love fishing? Are you looking to spend a day out doing your favorite activity? Well, if fishing and day out are on your mind, we highly recommend heading to the Kranji Reservoir Park in Singapore. The reservoir has two fishing grounds, and there are designated fishing areas for tourists. In addition to the fun and quiet retreat, it can be worth a visit to pay tributes to the soldiers who went down fighting in the Battle of Kranji in World War II.

Pearl’s Hill Reservoir

 

Peace, tranquility, and a quiet retreat – Pearl’s Hill Reservoir offers this and more to tourists who have reached a saturation point after navigating the concrete urban sprawl of Singapore. The ambience is relaxing and rejuvenating, thanks to the shade and cool breeze offered by the Tembusu trees. If you are a voracious reader, and spending a day out reading your favorite book is your idea of relaxation, Pearl’s Hill Reservoir can offer the perfect setting.

These were some of the most attractive reservoirs and lakes in Singapore. After the shopping, nightclubs, skyscrapers, and urban hustle, tourists often yearn for some quiet time. If you too are looking to spend some time in the nature, these top lakes in Singapore can offer the perfect setting.

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