I have often transited at Singapore’s iconic Changi Airport and have always vowed to spend more than a few hours in this bustling island nation. I recently took the opportunity to stay a few nights taking in the sights of Singapore and am extremely pleased I did so. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city/island/country.
St Andrew’s Cathedral – Singapore
St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest religious building in Singapore and is the islands oldest Anglican Church. The current St Andrew’s started service in 1861 after being rebuilt twice between the years 1835 and 1860.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the most stunning hotel and casino in South East Asia. Construction on this integrated resort started in early 2007 and it was officially opened in 2010. At a cost of $8 billion it is regarded as the world’s most expensive standalone casino complex.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was opened in 1859 and is located at the fringe of Singapore’s main shopping belt. This beautiful lush tropical paradise is a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a ‘City within a Garden’.
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in the Marina Bay District of Singapore. The Flower Dome is one of the two conservatories in the gardens and is recorded in the 2015 Guinness World Records as the largest glass greenhouse in the world. The Flower Dome is spectacular throughout the year but even more so over the Christmas holiday period.
Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
There are eighteen Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, of which twelve can be found at Supertree Grove. Each structure measures between twenty five and fifty metres in height and two of the trees are connected by a twenty two metre high Skyway. These unique tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with colourful displays of light and sound at night.
Orchard Road, Singapore
Orchard Road is just over two kilometres long and is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. It is quite simply Asia’s most famous shopping street. During the festive season the whole of Orchard Road and some the streets leading into it are lit up with glittering lights and enchanting displays.