Singapore has shaken off its dull past and transformed itself into one of Asia’s premier cities and tourist destinations. So forget whatever authoritarian and boring image you have of Singapore’s past and instead discover the exciting tourist attractions of Singapore’s vibrant future.
The centerpiece of Singapore’s reinvention has been the addition of the casino resorts Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, both of which were completed in 2010. The cost of both resorts combined was an astonishing $12 billion and perhaps even more shocking, it appears the money was well spent.
Marina Bay Sands is the flashier of the two resorts, as it’s a 55-story architectural masterpiece built on reclaimed land near the Central Business District. The resort has three towers that are connected at the top by a rooftop park, which is home to an observation deck, outdoor park and infinity pool. Altogether the resort has 2,500 rooms, but with so much to see and do it’s doubtful that guests spend much time in them. Instead guests are more likely to be enjoying the city views from the pool, playing cards at the casino’s 600 tables or eating at the more than 200 restaurants in the building.
Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore’s other “integrated resort,” is located across town on the holiday island of Sentosa. This resort is more family-friendly than the glamorous Marina Bay Sands, and families will not be disappointed. High-profile attractions on the resort’s property include a Universal Studios theme park and the world’s largest oceanarium and water park Marine Life. Guests have a choice between six hotels that span most price ranges. Just be careful not to blow the family vacation budget at the resort’s 15.000 square foot casino.
Don’t think, however, that Singapore has placed all of its eggs into the casino/resort basket. In 2012 the city opened Gardens by the Bay, a top-of-the-line tourist attraction that lives up to the city’s nickname of “Garden City.” On paper this seaside garden may just seem like a botanical garden, but it is so much more than that. While the plants and greenhouses are present, there’s also amazing attractions like a Cloud Forest and 15-story tall vertical gardens known as “Supertrees,” whose colorful lights make them especially impressive at night. Another cool attraction is Dragonfly Lake, which, as you might have guessed, has a lot of dragonflies.