What comes to your mind immediately, when you think of the “Lion City?” A small yet successful First World nation? A major trading hub in South-East Asia? How about a melting pot of cultures, infused with a diverse set of cuisines? Or shopping at the trendiest outlets? Perhaps you appreciate its cutting-edge architecture or its well-preserved nature; after all, it is the greenest country in Asia.
The Little Red Dot really has it all. Travelers and locals can feast their eyes on how far Singapore has come from when they see what the nation looks like from above. Here are eight vantage points that will not only boost your adrenaline but also encourage you to enhance your photographic skills and appreciate the sights of Singapore.
1. Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Best view of: Singapore’s Central Business District from afar
As of today, Marina Bay Sands is the sixth-largest hotel in Asia and the 34th in the world. This infamous, integrated hotel and entertainment resort is situated along the city’s waterfront and boasts the most spectacular views of Singapore from the 57th floor. Open to the public, the SkyPark features an observation deck, three restaurant/clubs and beautiful gardens. From the observation deck, you can easily spot the Central Business District and some landmarks, like the Singapore Flyer. By day, the observation deck is the ideal spot to see the city from above.
Marina Bay Sands also features the world’s largest elevated infinity pool that is exclusively (and unfortunately) open only to its hotel guests (unless you are cheeky and flirtatious enough to swoon the security guards, or you “stumbled upon” the access card). The allowance of guests to the infinity pool has become stricter as the security personnel have actually caught hotel guests passing the access cards to their friends. If you are a lady, however, there is an alternative. Drop by ‘CÉ LA VI,’ a bar and club, which offers free entrance, drinks on the house and night viewings of the city (and a sneak peek into the infinity pool) to all ladies on Wednesdays from 9 p.m.
Sands SkyPark Observation Deck
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Sands Skypark Tower 3, 018956
Website: Sands SkyPark Observation Deck
2. Mount Faber Park
Best view of: Singapore’s west suburbia
As Singapore’s second highest hilltop, Mount Faber offers a panoramic view of the city’s west suburbia. It was known as Telok Blangah Hill until July 1845, when it was renamed in honor of an innovative engineer, Captain Charles Edward Faber and Madras Engineers, who designed an electrical signal network in the vicinity. The cable car station was eventually built and is currently operating since 2005.
There are numerous entrances to Mount Faber Park; the main ones are via Lower Delta Road, where you will walk past high-end apartments, and another entrance via Pender Road. While there are other walking tracks through the park, you will enjoy a walk through Henderson Waves – an architectural modern gem. You can either enjoy the sights of Harbourfront and spot Sentosa Island from afar or dine in Spuds and Aprons restaurant on the hilltop.
Mount Faber Park
Address: Telok Blangah Rd, 099448 Singapore
Website: Mount Faber Park
3. The Pinnacle @ Duxton
Best view of: Singapore’s city layout
How could seven residential buildings coexist and interlink with one another through two bridges? It sounds bizarre, but the Pinnacle @ Duxton has rightly achieved this innovative architectural masterpiece. The award-winning multi-storied condominiums boast sharp 360-degree views of the city’s layout. Visitors can pinpoint certain neighboring areas and even Johor Bahru from afar.
The two main unique features of the Pinnacle are the jogging track on the 26th floor and the SkyBridge Garden on the 50th floor. However, the jogging track is exclusively open to its residents. If you want to gain access to the 50th floor, the entrance fee is 6 SGD (4.30 USD), and you need to bring a contactless payment card, such as EZ-Link. So be elevated to extraordinary heights when you reach the SkyBridge!
The Pinnacle @ Duxton
Address: 1 Cantonment Rd, 080001
Website: The Pinnacle @ Duxton
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Best view of: Singapore’s Skyline
This cutting-edge multi-complex holds the world’s highest alfresco bar, Rooftop Gallery & Bar, which boasts breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline. On a good day, you can soak in the sights of the city with your friends or colleagues. If the rooftop seems crowded, 1-Altitude also has an established restaurant on the 62nd floor – Stellar, which offers an exquisite, fine-dining experience of “progressive Australian cuisine” and matched views of the city.
Visitors to 1-Altitude have commented on the unparalleled views of the sunset from the rooftop. Stay until evening falls, as you are welcome to chill and drink there. Alternatively, dance the night away at their extravagant club and lounge on the 61st floor, Altimate which has hosted VIPs, A-List celebrities and the world’s best DJs.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, 048616
5. Singapore Cable Car Network
Best view of: Sentosa Island and Mount Faber from afar
It may be daunting to look down from this gondola, which perches on the track line of 60 meters (200 feet) above sea level, but the views of Sentosa Island and Mount Faber from afar are worth it. Singapore Cable Car Network has 81 cabins, which can carry up to six adults each, and three stations at Mount Faber, Harbourfront and Imbiah, Sentosa. The ride from Mount Faber to Sentosa takes approximately 12 minutes, so please ensure that you are well-nourished throughout the journey.
Singapore Cable Car Network
Address: 1 Harbourfront Ave, Keppel Bay Tower, 098632 Singapore
Website: Singapore Cable Car Network
6. ION Sky @ ION Orchard
Best view of: Singapore’s skyline
Situated on the 56th floor of one of Orchard’s high-end malls, ION Sky is an indoor open-spaced gallery, which is open to the public for free from 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors have experienced the unique sights of constant floating clouds. The best days to visit ION Sky are weekdays; on the weekends and public holidays, ION Sky is jam-packed and queues can be excruciatingly long! Alternatively, you can dine in Salt Grill and Sky Bar by Luke Mangan; the views from this Australian-eccentric restaurant parallel the views from ION Sky.
ION Sky @ ION Orchard
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, 238801
Website: ION Sky
7. Esplanade Roof Terrace
Best view of: Marina Bay and one of Singapore’s official Merlion from afar
If you have a phobia of extreme heights, then Esplanade Roof Terrace will surely calm your senses. A hip place to chill out with friends or family during the evenings, the Roof Terrace is landscaped with lush gardens and local plants. It is located on the fourth floor of Theatres by the Bay and is open to the public for free.
Esplanade Roof Terrace
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, 039802 Singapore
Website: Esplanade Roof Terrace
8. Singapore Flyer
Best view of: combined picture of Singapore’s Central Business District and Marina Bay Sands
Who could forget this humongous Ferris Wheel? Come on, guys - this is not simply a tourist attraction! Since 2008, Singapore Flyer has been the most iconic landmark, based on the experiences it offers. From a smooth 30-minute ride on one of its capsules to a lifetime experience of drinking the infamous Singapore Sling cocktail or a romantic dinner date, Singapore Flyer assures its guests will have an amazing and unforgettable moment with their loved ones.
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, 039803 Singapore
Website: Singapore Flyer
There is more to Singapore than meets the eye
Travelers can appreciate how far Singapore has come and why it is so diverse. Not only does the Lion City fuse a melting pot of cultures, but it also merges green environments and high-rising buildings into a vibrant nation. As the historian, Mary Ritter Beard quotes, “travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” And Singapore is living proof, that its upward development continues.
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