Experience the magic of Marina Bay in four hours
You’ve sat in meetings or long conferences all day, and have precious little time to explore Singapore. Start with the iconic Marina Bay. Here’s a guide to the culture, sights and scenes to take in in just four hours.
Marina Bay is an extension of the adjacent Central Business District (CBD). Fringing the Marina Reservoir in the heart of the city is a mix of fun activities and experiences, and of course the skyscrapers that make up Singapore’s iconic and picturesque skyline. No wonder it is known as one of the world’s liveliest entertainment hubs that everyone should check out on a visit to the city-state.
Take in culture at the ArtScience Museum™ (1 hour)
The centrepiece of the Marina Bay area is the Marina Bay Sands® integrated resort comprising various attractions including the ArtScience Museum™. Its quirky façade is reminiscent of a lotus flower, extending a “Welcoming Hand” to the displays of the latest innovations intersected with art, science, culture and technology housed within.
Visitors will be able to journey through a mix of permanent and specially curated rotating exhibitions including “Future World: Where Art Meets Science”, “Into the Wild” and “Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests”.
Indulge in excellence at The Shoppes (1 hour)
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands boasts the city’s largest collection of luxury watch and jewellery brands, as well as luxury boutiques under one roof. Waltz around the airy, glamorous mall and experience a refreshing mix of emerging labels, quirky new concepts and, of course, the familiar luxury brands. The Shoppes also hosts a theatre and a multitude of dining options of various cuisines.
Breathe a little better in Gardens by the Bay (50 mins)
Singapore is sometimes referred to as the City in a Garden. Visit the Gardens by the Bay and you’ll understand why. Home to Supertree structures and over 1,000,000 individual plants, Gardens by the Bay is a true representation of physical geography as modified by human action.
Immerse yourself in scenic tranquility in the canopy of the towering trees on the OCBC Skyway, a 128m-long aerial walkway 22-metres above the ground. As dusk falls, the night lights bring about a riot of colours that offer a one of a kind visual experience. At 7.45pm and 8:45pm daily, you can also enjoy a captivating light and sound show that is free to the public.
There are apps and resources that allow you to enjoy location-based information alerts at the two cooled-conservatories: the Flower Dome with a rotating roster of stunning floral displays year-round and the Cloud Forest (standard admission rate: $28 for both conservatories).
Soak in the sunset and scenery on the Singapore Flyer (20 mins)
After you’ve explored a few of Marina Bay’s sights, you can treat yourself to a visual spectacle seen from The Singapore Flyer. Standing 165 metres from the ground, the Singapore Flyer offers a panoramic view of Singapore’s fluid, effervescent skyline and beyond. Skyscrapers reach for the stars in the night sky and shine justt as brightly. Admire the unique architecture of the Marina Bay Sands complex, with the elegant ArtScience Museum juxtaposed against the shimmering Louis Vuitton island. For an amalgamation of man and nature, time your ride on the Singapore Flyer such that you start the journey around sunset as the view of the skyline drenched in golden light is breath-taking.