Standing tall and mighty at 679 feet, this iconic integrated resort building has transform the reclaimed area of Marina Bay into a tourism prime, something that even Lonely Planet has recognized and mentioned as one of the reason why they have given Singapore the top spot of Best in Travel- Country category for 2015.
The touristic appeal of the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and the downtown area is not something that could easily be dismissed, obviously there is more to the area than the buildings and with selfie stick or not, a picture with the Singapore River and Marina Bay Sands in the background is like a gravitational pull that even the most reluctant tourist cannot resist.
Bigger and better is expected for Marina Bay next year as the country celebrates its 50th anniversary, though it is fair to say that even without any national celebration, the downtown area provides plenty of reason why a visit is a must.
To begin with, the top thing to do at Marina Bay will not cost you a dime and that is to loop around the boardwalk circling the Singapore River.
A popular running trail for most locals, walking around the Marina Bay area will allow you to be up close with the famous Merlion, admire the Durian-shaped Esplanade, pay your respect at the War Memorial Cenotaph, cross the Helix Bridge, go inside Marina Bay Sands, be amuse by the Supertree Grove of Gardens By the Bay and admire the panoramic view of the business district skyscrapers.
I personally frequented Marina Bay area numerous times, did all sorts of touristic activities alone or with my siblings who visited me on separate occasion, and I can do the same thing over and over again and will show the same fascination and appreciation each time.
Though there is one specific reason why I like visiting MBS area, for one it is beautiful at night but primarily because of the lotus shaped ArtScience Museum and its various exhibition. Some of the exhibition I went to are National Geographic 50 Greatest Photographs, Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 and The Little Black Jacket- CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
Apart from Marina Bay, another most frequented and crowded destination in Singapore is Orchard Road.
A prime shopping destination, with buildings after buildings housing mostly international brands, a Singapore visit is deem incomplete without walking the 2.2km long boulevard.