Where to stay in Singapore – a guide to the Lion City
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If you think Hong Kong is the only city in Southeast Asia with a magnificent skyline filled with incredibly high skyscrapers, then you haven’t visited Singapore and witnessed the perfect combination of skyscrapers and nature. This unique island-country consists of the mainland, and around 63 smaller, and mostly uninhabited islands. Despite being quite a small country, it is a financial and economic giant.
In the ‘’Lion City’’, which is the translation of Singapore from Sanskrit, you can feel a whole range of diverse and multiple influences. Malay, Chinese, Arabic, Indian, and even English cultures are just some of those strong effects present in the cultural and historical landmarks, local cuisine, and lifestyle in general.
Singapore is famous for having the most developed and cost-efficient network of public transportation on its mainland. As a result, it is very easy to grasp how the system functions, and without the need for a rental, visiting all the major sights, especially in the town, is a piece of cake. If you want to find out more about the ways for zipping around town, you can do so here.
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This beautiful country is considered the 5th safest country in the world. Violent crimes are a rarity while petty crimes such as pickpocketing are most common. They usually take place at the airports, the city’s main attractions, and public transportation. The greatest problem the tourists face is rental scams. Make sure to check your sources twice and always use the services of the accredited agents.
Five best neighborhoods to stay in Singapore
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While this anomaly of being a city-state may be interesting, we will focus on the city part only since the vast majority of popular activities and significant landmarks are set here. Despite being quite compact, Singapore has many diverse districts where you can stay in. Every neighborhood is specific and unique, with a lot to offer to every kind of tourist. Often, while wandering around these districts, you discover different cultures at every turn. However, if you want to make the most of your visit to this global city, you have to carefully select the place to stay.
Depending on whether you are visiting Singapore for the first time, for nightlife, on a budget, or looking for a long-term stay, don’t worry, there is a perfect neighborhood to suit your needs. Since Singapore is well-known for being one of the most expensive travel destinations in the world, your travel budget will largely have a say in where you will stay in the city.
Some of the most popular neighborhoods are:
- Marina Bay
- Clarke Quay
- Tiong Bahru
And here is why we have selected precisely these neighborhoods for you:
|Marina Bay||First visit to Singapore||Great location for visiting all major cultural and historical landmarks|
|Clarke Quay||Nightlife||Numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are located here|
|Chinatown||On a budget||Cheap and affordable accommodation|
|Tiong Bahru||Bohemians||Trendy and hipster places|
|Katong||Long-term stay||Away from the crowd, local experience|
Neighborhoods in greater detail
If you are visiting Singapore for the first time, then you should base yourself in Marina Bay, as this area contains the majority of tourist attractions, as well as a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. Similarly, the greatest nightlife options are available in Clarke Quay where you will surely find a restaurant, bar, or a nightclub to your liking.
However, if you are traveling on a budget, with limited resources, then select Chinatown, or Little India as your base, since these areas not only offer affordable accommodation options but also diverse activities which you can enjoy without adding unplanned expenses. Moreover, in Chinatown, you can witness the mixture of traditional Chinese medicine shops and places of worship with modern restaurants and bars.
A more urban side of Singapore is Tiong Bahru district which used to be the first public housing area in this town. Tiong Bahru is far from the crowd with many trendy and hip cafes, shops, and restaurants. For the long-term stay in Singapore, Katong seems like the wisest choice because it is a well-known residential area with the best local cuisine. Staying in Katong will provide you with a unique experience of the local life in Singapore.
Where to stay in Singapore for the first time – Marina Bay
The first impression you get when you come to this area of Singapore is the sense of space. Instead of skyscrapers and densely packed buildings, here you have a view of the city from the water surrounding it. With wonderful sights and bright lights, this area will simply take your breath away. It is the city’s central location and quite near other great districts such as the Quay area.
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Things to see and do in Marina Bay
Marina Bay offers plenty of fun activities to do and many attractions to visit. Some of the sights worth seeing are the following ones:
- Marina Bay Sands
- The Merlion Statue
- Gardens by the Bay
- Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
- ArtScience Museum
- Singapore Flyer
This is Singapore’s most marvelous hotel facing Marina Bay. In the form of a giant ship, this skyscraper is home to the largest rooftop Infinity Pool in the world, along with numerous dining, entertainment, and shopping facilities.
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The Merlion Statue
Tourism Board of Singapore designed this mythical-like creature back in the 1980s. It is half fish, half lion, and has been one of the greatest symbols of Singapore ever since.
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This is a futuristic botanic garden with huge man-made trees called ‘’Supertree Grove’’. It is quite popular among tourists who love to explore this site by signing up for a Skywalk over these gardens.
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Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay
This is a multi-purpose arena where cultural displays and live performances are usually held in its concert hall, theatre or the outdoor performance area. Also, families regularly visit this complex because it hosts free events.
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This exquisite museum in the lotus flower shape is one of the greatest attractions in Singapore, if not the greatest. With over 20 galleries, tourists can get familiar with the highlights of the cultural and historical heritage of Singapore.
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If you are interested in Singapore’s skyline, then don’t miss a chance for a ride on the Singapore Flywheel, an amazing observation wheel, and enjoy the view of the most iconic sights from above.
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Where to stay in Marina Bay
Marina Bay offers a wonderful view of the bay and the city’s outskirts. This area is also home to many luxurious and expensive hotels and resorts, but it is possible to find comfortable Airbnbs as well. The average price is 109$ per night.
Our top 3 picks are the following ones:
Affordable option – This studio perfect for single travelers
Moderate price – These serviced suites
Luxury option – This brand new studio apartment
Find more Airbnbs in Marina Bay here.
Where to stay in Singapore for nightlife – Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay and the river neighborhood was once an important trading station. Today, located perfectly between Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands, it is a lively district famous for its wild nightlife and parties. Apart from distinguished restaurants, you can find numerous bars, clubs, and pubs to suit everyone’s taste. This area is a subtle mixture of serious and modern business buildings, and old and traditional shops, while posh clubs and bars are found in between. If you take a short walk west, you will find yourself in Riverside and Robertson Quay which are more withdrawn and private areas with a more relaxed version of nightlife.
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