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6 Classic Must-Visit Tourist Spots for First-Time Travellers to Singapore

6 Classic Must-Visit Tourist Spots for First-Time Travellers to Singapore

Getting around Singapore has always been easy, given the city’s size and its excellent transportation system. If you’re a tourist, you don’t even have to take a cab to reach your destination without getting lost.

Singapore’s tourist spots are accessible by bus and train – and from the MRT, you can easily find what you’re looking for by foot. It certainly helps that the city’s streets are clean and well-organised, and since the internet is super fast, you can use your SmooveX maps effortlessly to visit these top attractions.

1. Marina Bay

Marina Bay is home to the Merlion, Singapore’s main icon, and several other attractions that make this part of the city a perennial tourist draw. Walk or wheel around the riverside to reach Merlion Park, where you have to wait for your turn to have your picture taken beside the water-sprouting lion-fish.


Photo: Jeyakumaran Mayooresan on Unsplash

The bay’s jewel is the unmistakably distinctive Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort that houses a hotel, shops and restaurants, convention centre, theatre, event plaza, and a museum.

Nearest MRT station: Bayfront

Marina Bay

Price: Free
Address: 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805 (Map)
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

2. SkyPark Observation Deck

Also within Marina Bay is the SkyPark Observation Deck. Take the elevator inside Marina Bay Sands and go way up to the rooftop to get the most amazing 360-degree view of the city. From here, you can visit the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum and walk along the scenic Helix Bridge. Don’t miss the spectacular lights and water show, which regularly happens in the evenings.

Photo: Dimitris Argyris on Flickr

Nearest MRT station: Bayfront

SkyPark Observation Deck

Price: From SGD 20
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Map)
Contact: +65 6688 8826
Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 9pm

3. Gardens by the Bay

Take a walk around the bay until you reach Gardens by the Bay, a sprawling 101-hectare horticultural park showcasing themed gardens and the famous Super Trees. While you’re in the area, head over to the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest giant observation wheel. Board one of the 28 fully air-conditioned glass capsules for another take on the Singapore skyline. Both the gardens and the flyer are wheelchair-friendly.

Photo: Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Nearest MRT station: Bayfront 

Gardens by the Bay

Price: From SGD 6
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 (Map)
Contact: +65 6420 6848
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm

4. Sentosa Island

Known as the State of Fun, Sentosa is Singapore’s haven for families, beach lovers, and adventure seekers. The resort island is a cluster of top tourist attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark, the S.E.A. Aquarium, beaches (Tanjong, Siloso, and Palawan), Imbiah Lookout (where you can find interactive museums Madame Tussauds and Images of Singapore).

Photo: Lily Banse on Unsplash

Sentosa is also home to many luxury hotels and resorts, such as the massive Resorts World. Generous thrill-seekers’ options include riding the luge and zipline, bungy jumping, indoor skydiving, and many more.

Nearest MRT station: Harbourfront 


Price: Free
Address: Sentosa, Singapore (Map)
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

5. Chinatown

Here is where the Singapore-Chinese culture is most alive, a melting pot of locals and tourists excited to navigate the maze of narrow roads and sample local hawker food, shop along with the street-side shops, and visit the historic temples.

Photo: Lily Banse on Unsplash

Make sure to spend quiet time at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, marvel at the view atop the Pinnacle@Duxton Skybridge (the world’s tallest residential building), and haggle for silks and lucky cats at Smith Street. Don’t forget to check out the scores of trendy wine bars along Club Street if you’re a nightlife lover.

Nearest MRT station: Chinatown


Price: Free
Address: Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059432 (Map)
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

6. Little India

Walk along the streets of Little India, and you will immediately see why this area is hailed as one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts. Here you will find the best of the city’s Indian community, from mind-boggling shopping options to its fascinating culture.

Photo: _paVan_ on Flickr

When in Little India, food and shopping are the order of the day. After you’ve exhausted your feet at the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre, satisfy your tummy with local favourites such as roti prata, teh tarik, and an endless selection of curries at the rows of Indian eateries that line the streets.

Nearest MRT station: Little India

Little India

Price: Free
Address: 60 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229900 (Map)
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily

Effortless sight-seeing is guaranteed here in Singapore. Get to know how the simple MRT and train system works by downloading the SmooveX app today!

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