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 14 May 2019  

As night falls, Singapore twinkles to life with Instagram-worthy skyscrapers – and scores of activities around the Marina Bay area and beyond.

Walk on the wild side

Night Safari

Forget the Singapore Zoo; if you’re looking for an experience with a difference, the Night Safari is the place to be. The world’s first nocturnal wildlife park is split into four zones – Leopard Trail, Fishing Cat Trail, East Lodge Trail and Wallaby Trail – that are best explored on the guided tram ride (it’s free!).

From creatures including the armoured Sunda pangolin and clouded leopard to Malayan Tapir, giant flying squirrel and common palm civet, it’s a rare chance to observe these animals in their habitats, so take plenty of photos.

Ride on Asia’s largest Ferris wheel

singapore flyer

We’re the first to admit this: the Singapore skyline is an enviable one by day, but even better at sunset. Which is why a ride on the Singapore Flyer is essential if you’re in the Marina Bay area. A full rotation in a spacious, air-conditioned capsule takes around 30 minutes, during which time you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city from 165 metres above ground.

Spot Sentosa Island and parts of Indonesia, or – closer by – the Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore River, a meandering body of water that runs through Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay before feeding into the Marina Reservoir.

Bask under Supertrees

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay

With its domed conservatories housing scores of plants from as far as the tropical highlands and semi-arid, subtropical regions, Gardens by the Bay is within walking distance from the Singapore Flyer.

While the last (ticketed) admission to its domes is 8pm, stay for Garden Rhapsody, a light and sound show in the Supertree Grove that takes place nightly at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

A show by the Waterfront Promenade


What’s a trip to the Marina Bay area without catching Marina Bay Sands’ free nightly extravaganza, Spectra – A Light and Water Show?

Taking place on the Event Plaza at 8pm and 9pm (or hourly from 8pm through 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays), this 15-minute show is a four-part exploration of Singapore’s journey to become a cosmopolitan city – told through the use of lasers, lava and mist effects, dancing water jets and an orchestral soundtrack.  

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Spectra is currently closed until further notice. 

Lounge in a waterfront bar or rooftop bar 


Cosy up at a waterfront bar – or take things sky-high at 57 storeys aboveground. The Sands SkyPark is home to a slew of rooftop bars, from Spago Bar & Lounge and LAVO to CÉ LA VI, each of which promises sweeping views of the illuminated CBD, Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Strait.

On Tuesdays, enjoy half-price signature cocktails during Social Hour at select restaurants and bars around Marina Bay Sands from 6-9pm. It’s a real steal, particularly if you’re looking for an affordable, quality drink to stave off the impending mid-week blues. 

Admire the Singapore River in a trishaw


Don’t just soak in the city on foot; do it in a trishaw. Singapore’s traditional mode of transport harks back to 1914 – even before the Japanese Occupation, the latter of which was a sordid and sombre time in the pre-independence nation.

Today, the trishaw survives primarily thanks to the tourism trade, and is led by a lean but fast-fading team of trishaw riders, many of whom have interesting stories to share. Hop on one around the Chinatown, Boat Quay or City Hall area (close to Raffles Hotel) for a small fee.

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