10 Top Tourist Attractions in SingaporeSingapore is one of the great cities of the world, with its blend of Asian and Europeancultures.
Graceful colonial buildings co-exist alongsidecenturies-old street markets and modern high-rises.
Though the government can be strict with residentsand visitors who misbehave, travelers who follow the rules can’t help but be fascinatedby this multi-cultural city.
An overview of the top tourist attractionsin Singapore: 10.
Marina Bay SandsIf construction costs are a traveler’s bag, then they’ll delight in seeing the MarinaBay Sands, a resort that cost US$5.
7 billion to build, making it the world’s most expensivebuilding when it opened in 2010.
The Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resortthat has it all: a luxury hotel, restaurants, an endless collection of shops, a conventioncenter that is one of the largest in Asia, theater, an ArtScience Museum and other entertainmentcenters.
It also has an indoor skating rink made withsynthetic ice.
Singapore FlyerThe Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel, only with benefits, that only start with thestunning views below.
Cars hold up to 28 people as they circle abovethe city.
When it opened in 2008, it was the highestFerris wheel in the world, reaching 165 meters (541 feet) up into the Singaporean sky.
With advance notice, the Flyer can accommodatedisabled guests in wheelchairs.
Located on Marina Bay, the Flyer’s terminalhas three floors of restaurants, shops and other services.
Buddha Tooth Relic TempleThe Chinese build temples to a lot of gods and other things, but the Buddha Tooth RelicTemple is one of the more unusual.
In the late 1980s when a Buddhist temple wasfirst proposed for Singapore’s Chinatown, it was supposed to become a more traditionaltemple.
Somewhere along the line it became the ToothRelic Temple, a home for a tooth relic from Buddha.
The temple, located in central Chinatown,also features other arts and culture of Singaporean Buddhists.
Night SafariTravelers who enjoy nightlife but are tired of the club scene should head over to NightSafari where nocturnal, not party, animals are on display.
Since it opened in 1984, it is one of Singapore’stop attractions, with more than one million people annually enjoying a tram ride throughseven of the world’s geographic regions.
Visitors also can take a trail walk to learnmore about animal habits while another section features a show on the organization’s workto preserve threatened species through captive breeding programs.
Three restaurants features menus and entertainmentthat reflect life in the jungle or rainforest.
Singapore Botanic GardensTravelers on a budget will appreciate the Singapore Botanic Gardens as most of the gardensare free; there is only a charge for the National Orchid Garden, the most visited section ofthe garden.
The garden contains more than 60,000 speciesof plants and animals, and is home to the world’s first children’s garden.
Past visitors rave about the tropical greeneryof the gardens.
Gardens by the BayGardens by the Bay is a recent addition to Singapore’s tourist attractions, but isone that gardeners won’t want to miss visiting.
Open less than a decade, Gardens by the Bayis built on reclaimed land in central Singapore.
It consists of three gardens: Bay Central,a garden with a waterfront walk that will eventually connect the other two gardens;Bay East, which is opening in phases as sections are completed, and Bay South, the largestgarden, which showcases tropical horticulture and includes tree-like structures up to 50meters (160 feet) high that dominate the Gardens’ landscape.
Raffles HotelRaffles Hotel, with its graceful colonial style, is the face of Singapore.
Since it opened in 1887, it quickly becameTHE place to stay in Singapore, with writers Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and ErnestHemingway, among others, adding to its fame.
This epitome of luxury boasts 15 restaurantsand bars, including the Long Bar where the cocktail Singapore Sling was invented.
The Raffles Hotel is legendary the world over,down to the uniformed Sikh doormen who introduce guests to this bit of Southeast Asian history.
The lobby of the main building is open tothe public while the hotel museum is hidden away on the 3rd floor.
Clarke QuayClarke Quay is another part of Singapore’s past that is still a happening place today.
One of the key tourist attractions in Singapore,the quay, at the mouth of the Singapore River, was the city’s hub of commerce in the late19th century.
It still hustles and bustles today, but witha different kind of commerce: trendy restaurants, unique boutiques, pushcart vendors and more,all of which blend Asian and European influences.
Once a market, always a market, except atnight when Clarke Quay teems with chic nightspots.
Resorts World SentosaResorts World Sentosa is a Singaporean destination unto itself.
Located on an island off Singapore’s southcoast, the property features hotels, restaurants, a casino, theme parks – in short, somethingfor everyone no matter how old they are.
With this location, attractions obviouslycenter around the sea: Marine Life Park, Dolphin Island, a water park and an aquarium.
Other attractions include Universal StudiosSingapore and nightly entertainment.
The casino offers a variety of table gamessand 2,400 slot machines; be forewarned, it does enforce a dress code.
The resort offers more than 60 dining optionsfor hungry guests.
Orchard RoadOrchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore, regularly frequented by the localsas well as foreign tourists.
Named after the fruit orchards that the roadled to, Orchard Road is flanked by malls, numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains,cafés, nightclubs and hotels.
It is also the site of the official residenceof the President of Singapore, the Istana.
The Christmas decorations along Orchard arefamous and entirely over the top, with reindeers cavorting through palm trees and gingerbreadhouses topped with fake snow.