Top 5 experiences – Singapore

Bicycle rickshaw passing yellow wall in Chinatown
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In this extract from Lonely Planet India’s Singapore travel guide, we tell you about Singapore’s 5 best attractions that you just cannot miss.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is a triumph of modern architecture. You can spend an entire day or more at this huge complex that houses a hotel, a casino, two world-class theatres, an ice-skating rink, an indoor boat ride, a museum and a whole gamut of high-end shops and restaurants. The SkyPark on the 57th floor offers head-spinning views of Singapore. There is even an infinity pool on the top overlooking the city.

The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

The Singapore Zoo is home to more than 300 species of animals in open-air enclosures and several spectacular shows. The best part of the zoo is that it does not feel like a zoo at all. It’s no forest, but a huge effort has been made to make the habitat as close to the real thing as possible. The zoo offers boat and tram rides, making it super-easy if you’re travelling with young children. Come later in the day to catch the Night Safari next door. Since most of the big cats and other predators are nocturnal, it’s a good time to catch them in the act.

Orchard Road

More than 20 malls are packed into Orchard Road, a 2.5-km strip. You will find every imaginable brand in these shopping centres, along with affordable food courts, cinema halls and play areas for kids. Here, you can shop till you drop, drag yourself to a restaurant or coffee shop, and continue shopping some more.


Chinatown is noisy, crowded and packed with souvenir stalls where you can buy inexpensive gifts. There are a number of traditional Chinese temples and a few Hindu ones to boot. Here you will also find old-style tea houses and the best dumplings. At Amoy and Club Streets, however, the environment is more contemporary with edgy clubs and bars, quirky stores and extremely fine dining.

Sentosa Island

It’s all about thrill rides, fun-packed beaches, fine dining and chilling out in Sentosa Island. With the opening of Resorts World, the Singapore government’s dream of turning Sentosa into a world-class resort island has finally come true. The hugely popular casino has tons of cafes and fine dining options in the vicinity, while kids can go wild on the roller-coaster rides at Universal Studios.