Often described as a playing field of the rich, Singapore is known for a prosperous sheen. However, contrary to popular belief, there are so many facets to Singapore attractions that it will take a lifetime for anyone to explore it thoroughly. If you’re backpacking across the city on a limited budget, or having a budget trip with the family, then you needn’t worry as there is more to the city than just high-end shopping malls, luxury dining, and hotels. With diverse ethnicity calling the city home, you will find a lot of variety in culture and history through old monuments and attractions.
If this is your first time in Singapore, and you need some help, then sign up for a Singapore tour offered by many tour companies in and around the city. However, if you would instead explore it alone, then there you can easily avail of a bus ticket booking via redBus. You can also use the services of the cable car Singapore that provides you with some breath-taking sights over the city. Here are some of the top attractions that one shouldn’t miss in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay
Once you have seen Gardens by the Bay on posters or online, you can’t just give it a miss. This majestic place with beautifully designed green spaces is home to some vibrant flora. The serenity will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and afford you with some calm and quiet moments to walk through the manicured paths and lawns.
It would be best if you did not miss the Supertree Grove with its iconic futuristic structures that boast of environmentally sustainable functions. You can easily find buses to the Gardens by the Bay, and if you’re in another part of Singapore, then avail of a bus ticket booking from redBus’s official Singapore website.
Globally famous as the world’s best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo features in as one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city. With abundant lush vegetation and habitat space, the animals are very well looked after and appear strong and healthy. What you should do is head towards the Orangutan sanctuary that houses many baby and adult members of the species swinging from branch to branch.
If you’re lucky, one might even come close to explore. As a guest, you can observe the feeding methods adopted by the zoo. In addition to zebras, meerkats, Komodo dragons, and white tigers, the Singapore Zoo is one of the highlights of a budget Singapore tour.
The Botanic Gardens
Yes, for an industrially developed city, Singapore has done a lot to conserve the ecosystem. Not to be confused with the Gardens by the Bay, The Botanic Gardens are an ecologically diverse attraction that hosts several unique plants and flowers.
Compared to the concrete jungle that Singapore is, The Botanic Gardens provide much-welcomed relief. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, these gardens are the pride of the city. Located at 1 Cluny Road, you can also add visits to the eco-lake, eco-garden, and the bonsai garden to your itinerary.
Marina Bay Sands
One of the most sought after Singapore attractions, the Marina Bay Sands, is a luxurious resort complex that includes a high-end hotel and a mall. While a water canal running through the latter will amaze you, the ArtScience Museum and the Observation Deck will ensure that you have a great time.
The views from the observation deck span across most of the city and are almost as good as the cable car ride. You will also find a ship on top of the structure (yes, the horizontal structure over the buildings is a ship!) that has an infinity pool from where you can relax and enjoy the views. While visiting the Marina Bay Sands, you can also take a look at the unique and modern double helix bridge. Several buses can drop you at the location itself, so check out the redBus website for bus schedules and itineraries.
Finally, Sentosa Island has to be on your travel list. Getting here is relatively simple. All you need to do is get on the Singapore MRT service from the Harbourfront Station and enter VivoCity Mall. Head to the third floor of the mall to purchase a pass on the Sentosa Express that will take you directly there. The passes would cost you around SGD 4 per person, so it’s not that expensive.
The monorail would be a brilliant experience, and if you’re with family, go for the combination tickets. Once there, you would not want to go back as it has multiple amusement parks, beach clubs, an ethnic village, and many more attractions. Head over to the Merlion Statue that has an elevator to take you to the top. Don’t give that a miss as the views are fantastic. End the day with some delicious Singaporean cuisine before heading back to the hotel.
As you can see, you don’t need a fat wallet for Singapore sightseeing. With redBus operating in the city, it’s relatively simple to book bus tickets for wherever you want to go. So go ahead, pack your bags, and set off on an incredible journey.