Central Singapore is packed with gorgeous city views. Wherever you turn you’ll be treated to magnificent architecture, skylines and interesting people from around the world. Walking anywhere around the city is a visual treat.
So, I did a walking tour on my own. It was easy peasy actually. I started off at Raffles Place station then walked towards Ascott. The good thing about starting in that area is that you will be facing the Marina Bay Sands. Therefore, as long as you see it, you are in the right track. From Ascott Raffles Place, I walked a little bit more across the hard wood floor leading towards a fancy restaurant – The Pelican Seafood Bar and Grill.
Every stop along the way is a photo opportunity.
A few more steps and I reached the iconic Merlion – is a half mermaid half lion statue that was erected in the 1960s. The statue actually is the symbol of Singapore’s history and origin. The word mer which means water symbolizes the Singapore as the former fishing village while lion represents Singapura meaning the lion city.
Then, I crossed a large bridge bursting with colorful pink bougainvillea bushes to the Esplanade – Theaters by the Bay. Fondly nicknamed “the Durian” by Singaporeans for its resemblance to the popular fruit here, Esplanade holds a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat Theatre and several more intimate performance venues, which have been the setting for high-profile events such as the Singapore Arts Festival. You can also go to the other side of the bridge to get a better view of the CBD area.
Then, I continued along Esplanade shoreline then across the long Helix Bridge to Marina Bay Sands. You can catch a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline and watch events taking place at the Bay from one of its five viewing platforms sited at strategic locations. Fritted-glass and steel glass canopies providing shade and seats are also available at resting points. And, if you’re up for it, you may even visit the popular Gardens by the Bay just a few steps away.
Alternately, you can do the walk in reverse. Note that the views look completely different in daytime and night time. Try both!