Summers are here and that could only mean one thing: it’s time for summer vacay! Now, before you go crazy deciding where to go, ED Times is here to help you out. Singapore has always been a tourist’s dream destination and we’re sure the beautiful Marina Bay would leave you speechless.
Marina Bay is located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas. The surrounding 360-hectare area is basically an extension of the Central Business District.
How to reach?
There are currently 7 rail stations: City Hall, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Bayfront, Downtown, Esplanade and Promenade serving Marina Bay. By 2020, Marina Bay will boast a comprehensive transport network as Singapore’s most rail-connected district.
Of course, there are innumerable flight from Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata/Chennai and other major cities directly reaching Singapore.
Where to stay?
Imagine yourself at the floor-to-ceiling windows of your 5-star hotel room, drinking in magnificent views of Singapore’s glittering city district or picture-perfect Gardens by the Bay.
Or swimming in the world’s highest and longest infinity pool with its unrivalled panoramic views – a once-in-a-lifetime experience available exclusively to guests of Marina Bay Sands hotel.
In case you don’t want a hole in your pocket, there are a number of budget hotels too. Unlock Singapore’s rare local finds at the best prices around the Ibis hotel. Members enjoy daily SGD 10 dining benefit.
What are some of the famous events?
The list is endless and I am not even exaggerating.
The Formula One Singapore Grand Prix has taken place annually since 2008 on a street circuit adjacent to Marina Bay.
Since its construction in 2007, The Float@Marina Bay has hosted events such as the National Day Parade, New Year’s Eve Countdown and Singapore Fireworks Celebrations, and also serves as a spectator stand for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Furthermore, it also played host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.
The area also hosts the annual i Light Marina Bay, a sustainable light art festival. The event space next to Marina Bay Sands, known as The Lawn, hosted the first overseas and Singapore edition of ArtBox Bangkok.
Some travelling hacks
Public transport is easy, cheap, safe and reliable in Singapore; you can purchase an RFID EZ-Link or Nets Flash Pay card, a stored-value card to which you can add credit. These cards are valid for public buses and for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains.
Staying connected is also easy in Singapore, with visitors being able to register for a free Wireless@SG account and get public Wi-Fi access.
The weather is generally warm so, you might want to carry a lot of loose comfortable clothing. Also, some upscale clubs may allow entry on a “no effort, no entry” basis.
Some worship places might require you to dress conservatively and take off your shoes before entering.
VISA issues are pretty simple at Singapore. In some cases, you might require a Letter of Information(LoI) the details of which are readily available at the Singapore embassy.
Now, stop wasting any more time and click here to book that plane ticket to Marina Bay already!
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