Singapore is known as the Lion City. It is a very multi-cultural country being settled by many different nationalities over the years, those mainly being Chinese, Malay and Indian. It is ranked as the 4th leading financial centre in the world. It is also one of the most cleanest countries in the world where you can be fined or arrested for littering, spitting or selling gum! It is a very family friendly country with the best of Asian/Western fusion.
Universal Studios is a theme park located inside Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. The park consists of 7 themed areas that all relate to movies or tv shows. The areas are Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. Each area has its own rides and characters to meet and shows. Our favorite ride was the Transformers ride, which is in the Sci-Fi area. The park opens at 10am everyday so get there early to ride your favorite rides before the hoardes arrive.
Be sure to catch the Waterworld show when you at Universal Studios. This live watershow will enthrall you and keep you on the edge of your seat. If you don’t wish to get wet, follow seat signs carefully!The Morgans
Marina Bay Sands Light Show
The Marina Bay Sands light show is on every night at 8pm and 9:30pm with an extra show on Friday and Saturday night at 11:00pm. To catch the light show you have to be across the bay to watch it. We watched it from the Merlion Park and had a wonderful view. The show goes for 15 minutes. The lazer lights of all different colors are projected from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel rooftop, which amazingly looks like a large ship. The lazer show is also accompanied by music which gives it a more magical effect.
There is also a water show that can be seen from the Marina Bay Sands side. We did not see this but if you wanted to do both you could watch the 8pm light show from Merlion Park and make your way round to Marina Bay Sands to watch the water show at 9:30pm.The Morgans
SEA Aquarium at Marine Life Park Sentosa
The SEA Aquarium is the largest oceanarium in the world. There are over 800 different speices of marine life at the aquarium, including Manta Rays, Moray Eels and Sharks. The Aquarium is divided into 10 different zones covering different oceans/seas and marine life found there. The park can be covered in 1/2 a day, just remember to leave time to visit the museum at the entrance and learn about trade and early merchants to Singapore.
Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay is located behind Marina Bay Sands. It has 3 different garden areas. They are Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. There are also 2 cooled conservatories that you can visit. These are the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. Both are wonderful but if you had to choose one I would go with the Cloud Forest. We visited at night, and think that it was more magical as the lights of the trees were amazing!
Singapore Zoo is renowned for having naturalistic habitats where animals are free to roam. The park spans 26 hectares and more than 2,800 animals call Singapore Zoo home. Many of the animal exhibits have special viewing platforms, and the Zoo is also well known for its walkthrough exhibits that bring animals and humans together. Singapore Zoo also offers a Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife experience, as well as a Night Safari. There are also animal shows and feeding animal opportunites for those who are game. The Rainforest Kidzworld also offers a water play area so if travelling with the family don’t forget to pack your bathers to cool off after a hot day at the zoo!
Sentosa Island is a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. It is a resort island that is visited by 5 million people per year. Sentosa Island is full of fun activities for the family including a 2km long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, Resorts World Sentosa and also Universal Studios. You can purchase play passes to choose different activities to partake in while on island. We visited Universal Studios and SEA Aquarium. We also hired bikes and cycled around the island, rode the luge and visited the 4D Adventureland. We had to return a second day to fit all these activities in.
Amazing Hawker Food
Hawkers Centres (Large Foodcourts) were built around the 1960s to partly address the issue of unhygienic food. These days they have lost that stigma and are now not only frequented by locals, but tourists as well. The Singapore government has also made it much easier to assess the cleanliness of hawker stalls by issuing certificates that give a rating of hygiene. The food is fantastic and very cheap. Our favorite food to order was Chicken rice, and Roti Prata with fresh fruit juices, and our favorite hawker centre was Maxwells in Chinatown.
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