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Quick guide to Singapore

Updated on August 31, 2013


The country

Singapore is one of the most developed country in South East Asia boosting quite a few modern architecture. If you are visiting Singapore for business or for leisure purpose and not knowing what to do with your free time - here is a quick guide for you to save you time and money.

Singapore is a small country with good subway system and you will not get lost no matter which connection you have taken or where you have dropped off. At the most, you might be lost maybe for 5 minutes; if it is more than 5 minutes than you are probably the worst map reader. :).

This is a easy and quick guide to Singapore.Did I mention that Singapore is a tiny country and all most all the places are walking distance away and you can always look at the city map to find out where you are exactly? Nope? Well it is!!! The place is friendly and no need to worry about getting mugged or harassed.

Main attraction for the Singapore is the Mariana Bay Sands and Sentosa Island. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from Skypark. A must visit for every people traveling to Singapore. Skypark is on top of Mariana Bay Sands building - The three building that looks like its holding up a big ship. Yep Skypark is on that.

Sentosa Island is completely designed for getaways and enjoy the day with your family with themed park by universal, or play casino, or shop or just enjoy the night with their special song of the sea, or take a flying lesson in the largest wind tunnel in Asia called "iFly". iFly is worth every bit of experience if you are interested to fly or feel how it feels if you are parachuting.

Or another activity is to take a bird eye view of Singapore on Singapore Flyer.

Have a great day!!

The latest MRT map
The latest MRT map | Source

Firstly- a guide to MRT (the subway)

MRT (the general term - subway ) stands for Mass Rapid Transit and its cheaper and easy way to get around the country. Of course you can take taxis too. There is four colour code for the MRT - North-South Line (NS -the red colour), East-West Line (EW - the green colour), North-East Line (NE - the purple colour) and lastly the Circle Line (the yellow colour).Plus there are bus transit terminals near MRT stations. Where-ever you want to just follow the colour and the lines and hop on the train.

There is also an interactive map on and you can just see the line map or calculate the fare by clicking the start and end destination. A very helpful site if you are planning ahead.

Shopping and city tour

1. Vivocity

  • A relatively new and big shopping mall with nice views at the spacious balconies at the shopping mall looking towards Sentosa Island.
  • Easily accessible via Harbour Front MRT station (North-East Line).

2. Marina Bay Sands

  • easily accessible via Promendade MRT station (Circle Line)
  • nice and new high-end shopping mall with casino
  • nice to walk around the walk-ways outside the shopping mall with good views of surrounding buildings

3. Raffles City, Marina Squares, Suntec City, Esplanade, City Link Mall, Singapore Flyer

  • easily accessible via City Hall MRT Station (accessible from North-South Line or East-West Line)
  • Shopping malls, river views, views of business district

note- can combine with visits of Marina Bay Sands on same day as they are all relatively near to each other, in fact, can easily walk to Marina Bay Sands from Marina Square area

4. Orchard Road

  • Long stretch of shopping malls, newer malls in recent years include ION, Orchard Central, Somerset 313
  • easily accessible via Orchard MRT Station or Somerset MRT Station

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands | Source
Marina Bay Sands-the model
Marina Bay Sands-the model | Source
Marina Bay Sands-the model
Marina Bay Sands-the model | Source
View from the Skypark
View from the Skypark | Source
The infinite edge swimming pool, Skypark
The infinite edge swimming pool, Skypark
The infinity Pool
The infinity Pool | Source
View of Singapore from the Skypark
View of Singapore from the Skypark | Source
Martina Square mall
Martina Square mall | Source
Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer | Source
Singapore Flyer model
Singapore Flyer model | Source
View from Singapore Flyer- Esplande on the other side
View from Singapore Flyer- Esplande on the other side | Source
View from Singapore Flyer- Mariana Bay Sands
View from Singapore Flyer- Mariana Bay Sands | Source
View of from Singapore Flyer
View of from Singapore Flyer | Source
Opposite Marian Bay Sands
Opposite Marian Bay Sands | Source
A Buddhist temple
A Buddhist temple | Source

Visit to places of interest

1. Day Zoo and/or Night Safari

  • Note-tickets are purchased separately, one can choose to visit only the Day Zoo or only the Night Safar

2. Sentosa

  • island next to Harbour Front
  • easily accessible via Train from Harbour Front MRT Station
  • new attractions include Resorts World and Universal Studio

3.Botanical Gardens and parks, MacRitchie Reservoir

4. Beaches: Singapore is an island city, so there are a number of beaches that are easily accessible

Part of attraction at Sentosa Island- Universal theme park
Part of attraction at Sentosa Island- Universal theme park | Source
Shrek theme
Shrek theme | Source

Souvenirs and specific shopping areas

  • Many souvenirs shops in Chinatown and Little India
  • Little India- Mustafa shopping centre in Little India (it is 24 hour shopping mall- has a wide variety of goods such as household items, electronic goods, toiletries, groceries)


  • Wide variety of nice local food:chicken, bak kut teh (pork ribs soup), rojak (mixed items with nice sauce), laksa (spicy noodle), etc.
  • Visit hawker centres and local coffee shops to experience the local food experience
  • also many varieties of other countries' food in restaurants as well: Thai, Korean, Japanese, Western food, Asian Food, Peranakan, Indian, Malay, Chinese, etc

ifly Singapore- indoor skydiving

Song of the Sea-Sentosa

Singpore history and guide book


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    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      awww.. that's kind of a shame, but the view is worth the trip up anyway!! :-)

    • mysticalrose profile image

      mysticalrose 5 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by. :) yes, Infinity pool is worth checking out. Sadly, I don't know how to swim so I was just a bystander clicking pictures.

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is a beautiful travel blog to a very interesting destination-- I especially love the pool at the Skypark Hotel! Great post.


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