You can hang out for an entire day just around the Marina Bay area. There are lots of places for you to just relax and chill. There are also a number of icons to stop by! Fasten your shoelaces for a good walk!
So, we’ll start off with the top right hand corner of the map at the Singapore Flyer.
(Map from gothere.sg)
1. Singapore Flyer
You cannot miss the huge ferris wheel when you exit Promenade MRT station (Exit A). It’s the Singapore Eye. Lol~ Each capsule takes you up 165 metres high and then back down in 30minutes. (In Amazing Race 16, contestants had to climb out of the capsule from the top at its peak and climb to the next one as of their challenges. OMG!) Ticket prices are at $33 for adults. If you are hungry, there’s the Singapore Food Trial at the Singapore Flyer location serving local hawker fare. Tip: Visit group purchasing websites where you might find a discount on the tickets!
From the Singapore Flyer, cross the Helix Bridge to get to Marina Bay Sands. You can’t miss it because the bridge looks like a magnified version of DNA with metal bars criss-crossing over it. From the bridge, you would be able to see The Float @ Marina Bay, which is the world’s largest floating platform slightly larger than a soccer field. The seating capacity in front of it is 30,000. It has been used to celebrate major events like National Day.
3. Marina Bay Sands (Bayfront MRT)
Once you cross the bridge, the first thing that will welcome you is a structure that looks like a peeled onion, or to others a lotus. It’s the ArtScience Museum which holds certain exhibitions which are payable. Well, who wouldn’t pay attention if they saw a huge ship sitting on top of and across three buildings 57 stories high? This ship has become the icon for Singapore, sort of, since it docked there in 2010. The view is fantastic from the Sands SkyPark which is on the ‘ship’ itself. If you are not a hotel guest, you will need to pay $23 (for adults) for entry into the SkyPark. The famous infinity pool also sits there but only hotel guests can swim in it.
Most of the shops at MBS are high-end boutiques. If you are ready to splash some cash on fine dining, there are a number of restaurants by celebrity chefs to choose from. If you feel like having local food, there’s a food court “Rasapura Masters”. Whether you wish to play at or just visit the casino, you need to bring your passport (locals and long term residents pay $100 each time to get it) and follow the dress code. Tip: If you are taking the train directly to MBS, alight at Bayfront station, and not Marina Bay station (as many would assume from the station’s name).
For a dose of nature, take a walk to Gardens by the Bay, which is one of the newest attractions. From Bayfront station, take Exit B and follow the signs (and crowd) and you’re on the right track! There are 2 airconditioned ca
5. Stroll along the Bay
There a couple of places to chill out at for a drink along the Bay. There are also some pretty good spots for photography as you walk along the Bay.
As you circle round the bay, you will pass by the edge of the Central Business District as well as the preserved Clifford Pier, which was constructed in 1933 and was where migrants landed and merchants traded. When you get to the other side opposite of MBS, you will see Fullerton Hotel which is a historic building previously a post office during the colonial days. Across from Fullerton Hotel is One Fullerton, which has a couple of dining options. While you’re there, take some photos with MBS in the backdrop!
The Merlion Park is just next to the Fullerton buildings. The Merlion is a creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish and it has become a symbol for Singapore since it was created by the Singapore Tourism Board in the 70s. You will see a water-spouting 8.6-metre tall Merlion and a 2-metre tall Merlion cub at the Merlion Park. To see a larger version of the Merlion, you can go to Sentosa island, where you can find a 37-metre tall Merlion.
This is one of the icons of Singapore fondly known as the “durian” because of its spiky exterior. This is the art house where most musicals, recitals and plays are performed at. Have dinner at Makansutra Gluttons Bay which is an open air hawker centre at Esplanade serving local food.
To end of the day, hang around any of the 3 shopping malls nearby. Marina Square is just across the road from the Esplande. Beyond that are Suntec City and Millenia Walk (Esplanade MRT station).
Ta-dah! You have circled Marina Bay!