Singapore is known for its cleanliness and safety. Apart from that, it is also popular as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Even though the costs are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, many continue to visit the city for its unique and incredible attractions cater to almost every type of traveler.

Before exploring the off the beaten path of any country and as first time travelers, we definitely want to see the essentials. The main attractions that people have been talking about to be exact. Here are the top attractions in Singapore for first time visitors.

*Images are captured by my brother and his camera.

Merlion Park

Meet the myth of half-fish and half-lion, the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront Merlion Park. It is the perfect spot to start your Singapore escapade. Not only could you get a good photo with this iconic monument, but there are more wonderful views around it like the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. Admission to the park is free.

Merlion Park

Marina Bay Sands

One of the famous Singapore’s architecture icons is perhaps the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The SkyPark sits on top of it offers a 360-degree panoramic stunning views of the city. Admission is free if you just walk around the mall and bay side area. Entrance to Marina Bay’s Infinity Pool is available only to guests staying at the hotel.

Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is one of the beautiful places to visit in Singapore. It showcases exotic flora and fauna from around the globe at the bio-domes Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Our favorite is the incredible Supertrees that enchant visitors with a musical light show every night. Admission is free if you just want to walk around the outdoor gardens. The conservatories & Skyway bridge charge varying rates on admission.

Gardens by the Bay

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore or USS can be a sole reason to visit the country, especially when traveling with family or friends. This exciting world theme park features great attractions to choose from and our favourite was the Transformers the Ride. It’s a place that you want to dedicate a whole day as the queue really gets long if you don’t have the VIP pass. Entrance fee at Universal Studios Singapore is SGD74 per adult.

Universal Studios Singapore

Sentosa Island

The island is home to Universal Studios Singapore, the first theme park in Southeast Asia, beaches and other fun attractions. Most attractions are easy to get to with the free bus service that runs round the island as well as a free monorail service too. We enjoyed the 15 minutes cable ride at Sentosa. It was higher than I expected!

sentosa cable car

Sea Aquarium

Part of Resorts World Sentosa, the Sea Aquarium is a whole heap of amazing marine animals and sea creatures. A huge ship greets you at the entrance and a story is told on your way to the start of the underwater displays. Each one is as fascinating as the next that the kids and kid at heart will surely enjoy. Admission is SGD 32 for adults.

Sea Aquarium Singapore

China Town

China town is a total contrast to the rest of the modern city, with low rise buildings and culture overflowing out onto the streets. There are decorative temples, museums galore and plenty of opportunities to soak up in the bustling streets lined with old shops. Entrance fee is free if you just walk around the area. Museums and galleries may have admission fees.

Chinatown singapore

Other main attractions we haven’t visited as we have limited days only are Clarke Quay, Botanical Gardens and Singapore Flyer. Have you been to Singapore? Do you have any attractions you would like to share to our readers? Feel free to comment below.