Today, I would like to introduce the Marina Bay Sands and the surroundings to you.
It’s well-known that the so-called Merlion is the town’s landmark.
But what can you do at the Marina Bay Sands, apart from booking a room there?
#1 You can take the elevator, pay 20$ and visit the platform on the top of the hotel. And, even the sky is often gray and there is sometimes a smog veiling the city, it is really impressive.
Just to mention a few points of interest: on the right side there are the Gardens by the Bay:
Tourists are not allowed to walk around the pool and disturb the guests, but I somehow disregarded this rule and tried to proceed for some pictures.
#2 On the roof, there is also a club, with an open air terrace and also a panoramic view at the skyline. Normally you have to pay about 35€ to enter the club, but every Wednesday there is Ladies‘ Night Party and everybody can enter the club for free. Ladies are also offered a free welcome drink. I highly recommend to pregame, before you go there because, as I mentioned in my first article about Singapore, liquor is very expensive. Here I drank my most expensive beer, just a common Beck’s beer (0.33l) at the price of about 12€. But I think, you pay also for the breathtaking view. There is also a myth that the DJ is not allowed to play some songs, which have too much beats. Together with the dancing guests, the beats could topple the building. I’m not sure, if that’s true, maybe it’s just an excuse for a boring DJ ;)? However, if you don’t like the music, maybe you would like the ladies at the ladies’ night 😉
#3 In front of Marina Bay Sands, there is a casino. I haven’t visited it, but according to my information, only residents have to pay 100$ for entrance. Probably that’s a method to prevent the Singaporeans from compulsive gambling and make the money leave the tourist’s pocket easier.
#4 Every evening there is a laser show at 8 pm and 9:30 pm. Just take a seat in front of the shopping mall and enjoy the show with wonderful lights and music. And, with some luck you will experience thousands of soap bubbles, flying over the audience, which reflect the laser lights. I really can recommend this: you don’t need to go to Sentosa to visit a laser show. This here is just perfect and it’s for free.
#5 To your right you can see the Art and Science Museum, which has the shape of a white lotus blossom. I haven’t been inside because I was busy with taking pictures of it all the time. If I should have missed something, then let me know. Last time, there was a Van Cogh exhibition inside, I think, but I had visited another in Amsterdam before, so I preferred to admire this handiwork from the outside.
#6 If you move along, then you will reach the Helix Bride. This bridge is supposed to look like a human DNA matrix. At night it shines in different colors, which change every few minutes and at this time it’s a real eye catcher. This evening I stood over three hours to take pictures of it and couldn’t get enough, even though I had already shot some really good pics.
#8 You absolutely must take a walk in the area around Marina Bay Sands: via The Esplanades you can reach the Fullerton Hotel and if you walk back to the shopping center, where you started (skyline to the right) you can make a short break under some big fans, which look like a palm trees made of steal. These fans are provided with movement sensors, so when you walk around and sit down, this will enforce the fans to start rotating. So, you can enjoy a short sweat-free break, which you do need often in Singapore.
At the Cold Rock Ice Creamery you can choose your favorite ice-cream and enhance it with some other ingredients like brownies, cookies, chocolate chunks, cereals, etc. Your ice-cream is mixed with these additional goodies and formed again to a scoop.
And if you’re lucky enough, the guy at the shop asks you to step aside and suddenly he throws this big, thick scoop, full of tasty caramel and chunks of chocolate, to the other side of the shop, where another guy is waiting with the ice cup to catch it, using the cup like a baseball glove. My jaw just dropped.
I hope, you enjoyed this article, and wish you a wonderful Sunday! Stay tuned!