Singapore surprised me for a lot of reasons. Not in a bad way, in a good way.
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Located smack dab in the middle of Southeast Asia, which is known as one of the cheapest places to travel, live, and explore second and third-world countries, Singapore is an anomaly. Mostly because it is a completely developed and modern city that is a global commerce, finance and transportation hub.
There are a lot of things you should do during a visit to Singapore, but I’m only going to tell you about the one thing you absolutely must do.
Watch the sun go down on the top of Marina Bay Sands
Recently I told you all about The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I told you the resort was so big and so impressive it was basically in its own little world. Marina Bay Sands is a lot like the Atlantis Resort.
Marina Bay Sands is a 5-star luxury hotel. It’s know for its distinctive look, 3 towers with what looks like a boat sitting on the top of all 3 towers. Marina Bay Sands includes a casino, dozens of restaurant and lounge options, shows, shopping and amenities.
Even the most basic rooms at Marina Bay Sands will cost hundreds of dollars a night. If this kind of money is not in your budget (it sure as hell wasn’t in mine). I would recommend staying somewhere else and taking a cab to Marina Bay.
The Marina Bay Neighborhood is full of plenty of things to see and do, along with some of the best food and shopping in all of Singapore. I did some shopping, ate some out-of-this-wrold dim sum, and had an awesome afternoon just exploring the area.
I don’t want to take anything away from how awesome the rest of the city is, but the top of Marina Bay Sands blew my mind. I sat there just starring out at the view for so long because it was such an incredible sight to see. I really could not believe my eyes.
I’ve seen a lot of big cities at night, but this beat out everything I have ever seen in my life. I have never wished for a wide angle lens so badly as when I got to the top of Marina Bay Sands.
If you’re not a guest of Marina Bay Sands and you’re planning to visit other areas of the hotel you may need to pay to have access to those areas. The Sky Park Observation deck will cost you $20 per person and the CE LA VI Club Lounge will run a cover charge on the weekends. So be prepared to possibly pay a charge to get in.
This should be obvious, but you should also expect cocktails to be expensive. They’ll be good, but pricy. Even with these added expenses it was 100% worth it for the experience as a whole.
And I swear to you, my pictures really don’t even do it justice.