Marina Bay is a bustling area near Singapore’s business/financial district where one could explore and be entertained. Singapore River flows down the bay. Most of the land you can see here are reclaimed.
Some attractions here:
Merlion Park. This park proudly houses the well known tourist icon in Singapore, the Merlion. It is a giant statue of a mythical creature with a fish body as well as a lion head. The fish symbolizes Singapore as a fishing village in the past and the lion head represents the city’s old name, “Singapura”, or the lion city.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay– Durian shaped theatre building near the mouth of Singapore River
The Float@Marina Bay – is a multi million dollar steel floating stage. It is the world’s biggest of its kind. Various activities are being held here including the National Parade and Singapore Grand Prix.
Singapore Flyer– is the world’s tallest observation wheel. It is a giant Ferris Wheel that reaches 42 stories. Each of the capsules is air-conditioned and can hold up to 28 people. One complete rotation is equivalent to 30 minutes.
The Helix Bridge – is built to connect the National Youth Olympic Park and the Bayfront.
Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is an integrated resort with high-end shopping centre, hotel and casino. Topping MBS is Sands SkyPark where an infinity pool is also located. It is an iconic banana or boat shaped structure at the top of a three tall buildings serving as its base. In between MBS shops is a canal comparable to Venetian. During the night, the hotels building are utilised for a pleasing music and light show.
Art Science Museum – it is a gallery shaped like a lotus flower.
Lingering around Marina Bay could take one day. Aside from those posted above, there are a lot more. Shopping areas abound. Exploring the area during the night is a delight. It becomes aesthetically more pleasing due to various lights covering the area around the Bay.
Transportation doesn’t seem to be a problem, each of the destinations are walking distance to each other. If you need to take a train, the stations here are:
- RafflesCity Interchange – Red Line, beneath the Chevron House at the back of The Fullerton Hotel
- City Hall Interchange – Red Line, beneath RafflesCity
- Esplanade – Circle Line, beneath Marina Square
- Promenade – Circle Line, underground station near Singapore Flyer
- Bayfront – Circle Line, beneath Marina Bay Sands integrated resort
- Marina Bay – Red Line, an underground station located in a reclaimed lot with no existing infrastructures above. Contrary to its name, it is actually a little bit far from actual MarinaBay town.
Of course taking a cab or a bus ride is also an option. Keeping your EZ-Link on hand is a great relief for MRT and bus rides.
Hungry? Here’s just some of the places I’ve tried:
Just Acia at the Marina Square
Seoul Garden at the Marina Square
The Long John Silvers at the Marina Square
Not getting enough of Marina Bay?
Straying a bit far from the Bay, going up Singapore River, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay entertainment hub are there. Choose the area or establishment that suits your taste. Gimik places as well as a lot of shopping malls and restaurants are available. Not to mention Clarke Quay MRT Station of the Purple Line is just beneath the “The Central” as well as near the “Riverside Point” mall.
On the other side of Clarke Quay is The Fort Caning Park, where a new MRT Station is being built under the Downtown Line. Existing station near the park is Dhoby Ghaut Interchange Station which forms part of the Red Line connecting to City Hall Interchange for the Red and Green Line.
Going around Boat Quay and Clarke Quay is a good form of exercise. Walking is one of the name of the game. A reversed bungee jumping is also available here just beside the river.
It is an over statement if I will claim that I already stated all in this area. Find out more things, go and explore it yourself.