Let's start with the first place where the journey begins, the world famous Changi Airport!
Changi Airport Singapore
1. “World’s Best Airport”Changi Airport has been awarded “World’s Best Airport” for the seventh consecutive year by Skytrax. It has managed to stave off any competition from all the other countries for 7 years! And for good reason too, of course.
2. Slide at T3Did you know Changi has the tallest slide in any airport in the world and highest in Singapore itself! There’s a 12-meter high slide at Terminal 3 that will make you go down the slide at a speed of 6 meters per second. All you need to do is spend 10 dollars at the airport, and you’re good to go for a glide!
3. World's Tallest Indoor WaterfallRecently opened Jewel Changi Airport in 2019 is another Infinity Stone added in Singapore’s gauntlet. One of the main attraction here is the World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall called the Rain Vortex. It’s a 40 meter high, man-made waterfall supplied with collected rainwater, pouring down amidst a lush greenhouse forest through an inverted steel and glass dome, which by the way is made up of 9000 glass panels! This magnificent seven-storey high cascade is going to leave you awe-struck.
4. Kinetic Rain Another awe-inspiring fact about Singapore is the Kinetic Rain Structure at Terminal 1 at Changi Airport. This marvellous piece of art coalesces 1216 copper coated aluminium droplets of rain, moving in harmony to form sixteen different shapes such as an aeroplane, hot air balloon, or a dragon even!
There are four terminals at the Changi Airport, with each one overpowering the other by presenting spellbinding attractions for its travellers.
Gardens By the Bay
5. Singapore’s Most Visited Spot!Gardens By the Bay is home to 2000 exotic species of over 7,00,000 natural plants, on display. It's one of the most touristy places in Singapore and gets more visitors than the Eiffel Tower per year!
6. The SupertreesThe Gardens consist of 18 solar powered Supertrees, with the tallest one reaching up to a height of 50 meters! Each Supertree is filled with about 163000 plants consisting of more than 200 species, including bromeliads, orchids, and tropical flowering climbers. At night, the picturesque sight of these trees glowing will only remind you of scenes from the movie Avatar. It’s spectacular!
They don’t have floating mountains, yet. But a tread on the 22-meter high OCBC Skywalk connecting the Supertrees will surely fulfil that experience.
Marina Bay Sands
7. World’s Largest Rooftop Infinity PoolMarina Bay Sands is the epitome of luxury. One of the most expensive buildings on the planet, this hotel provides a lavish experience of swimming in the World’s Largest Rooftop Infinity Pool! This pool measures more than 3 Olympic sized swimming pools in length, and is 57 storeys above the ground! I can’t even try to articulate the view from there, it’s that breathtaking!
8. Free Entry in Casinos!Marina Bay Sands was billed as the world’s most extravagant standalone Casino property at 5.7 billion dollars cost of making! Good news for all the non-residents travellers, an entry in any Singapore Casinos is absolutely free! All you need to do is show your passport, and you’re good to bet. However, it's not the same case for the residents who have to pay an entry fee.
Although a nights stay at the hotel will make quite a big hole in your pockets, tourists are free to experience the glam of the hotel. There’s an entry ticket of SGD 23 for adults to experience the hotel’s Skypark Observation Deck.
9. World’s Largest Collection of Manta Rays!S.E.A Aquarium at Sentosa was the world's largest oceanarium by total water volume until overtaken by the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China. This astounding land of blue features about 800 species of marine life from over 49 different habitats, including a staggering showcase of varieties of jellyfishes, giant spider crabs, tiny sea horses and vibrant corals. It also houses the world’s most extensive collection of manta rays, including one of few giant oceanic manta rays, and adorable baby mantas!
10. Southernmost Point of Continental AsiaAnother fascinating must-visit spot at Sentosa island is the Southernmost point of Continental Asia at Palawan Beach. Striding through a hanging bridge, you can reach the tip of Continental Asia just like that! It has beautiful rustic tree house vantage points from where you can gaze into the vast horizon and feel the calm of sea waters.
11. World’s First Nocturnal ZooNight Safari in Singapore is the World’s first Nocturnal Zoo, featuring about 1000 different animals from seven different geographical zones like Indian rhinoceros, Sunda pangolin, leopards and Asian elephants. The animals at the Night Safari are made visible by lighting resembling moonlight. And instead of cage-like barriers at a typical zoo, the animals here are separated by natural barriers from the visitors.
Singapore National Stadium
12. The Largest Retractable Dome StructureThe largest dome structure in the world is none other than the Singapore National Stadium, with a mammoth-sized 1017 feet diameter! The roof of this enormous dome is retractable, taking only about 20 mins to open or close. And it also acts a giant projector screen!
Seating arrangement in the lower tier is retractable as well, which makes this stadium the only stadium capable of hosting multiple sports events like football, cricket, rugby, and athletics events. And concerts too!
It has a sitting capacity for 55000 spectators, with an exceptional cooling system pumped from underneath the seats, consuming 15% less energy compared to other stadiums.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
13. World’s Oldest Orchid GardenSingapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO world heritage site, founded over 160 years ago! The main attraction here is the National Orchid Gardens, nursing thousands of orchid species know as VIPs (Very Important Plants). It is also the World’s Largest Tropical Orchid Garden featuring the Tiger Orchid, believed to be the oldest orchid plant in the world!
Singapore at its Heart
14. Fancy a Train Ride 7 Storeys Underground?Singapore’s underground MRT stations go up to 7 storeys below the ground! The lowest platform at Promenade Station is 43 meters under the ground.
15. Orchard Road - The Greatest Shopping Avenue!Orchard Road, a 2.2 km long bustling street, is a boulevard of king size stores of luxurious international brands like Dior, Prada, and much more! ION Orchard Mall, an enticing architectural structure shopping complex at the end of the street, is a piece of eye candy, as you can see. The Christmas decorations during winters and the local artists performing on the promenade enhance the entire experience.
16. Amphibian Buses!There are a few buses in Singapore that take you for a city tour on land, as well as on water! Yep, you heard me right. These buses convert into boats! It's not a fancy Transformers translation, but it’s still pretty fascinating. So do sign up for some “Duck Tours” when in Singapore.
17. Extinct Chewing GumDon’t carry a pack of Happydent with you as Chewing Gum in Singapore is banned! Without a doctor’s prescription for your gum, you can find yourself paying a high fine and maybe a year in prison as well. Yep, it’s that strict!
18. Flush. ALWAYSNot flushing after using public toilets is a criminal offence in Singapore! Other than these two notes, you’re good to go!
Now that you know these 18 amazing facts about Singapore, you can now have a wonderful trip and explore this city-state to its best. You're not going to find such wonders anywhere else!
PS: If you have some time to kill at the airport because of a long layover, do checkout Changi Airport’s Free City Tour Service!