SINGAPORE AT NIGHTNovember 30, 2014
I love walking around Singapore at night time for two main reasons. Number one - because it has a thriving night life scene, with hawker stalls open late into the night and an array of world-class restaurants and bars to choose from if you are looking for something a bit fancier. Many shops around the city centre are open as late as 10pm, so rest assured that any late night shopping urges can be satisfied. Number two - like a magpie, I've an affinity for shiny things; glittery cityscapes included. Singapore's exceedingly modern design makes for a spectacular place to walk around, particularly at night when it all lights up. Let me take you for a visual tour of the city to show you what I mean...
Surrounded by towering, high-rise buildings, Marina Bay is Singapore city's main focal point. It's a real all-go social space with some of the best bars and clubs in the city, as is Raffles Place, the city's business district.
Every night there are spectacular 3D laser shows at Marina Bay. The futuristic display involves projecting light onto atomised water, creating a 3D moving image. There are also super powerful lasers that dance into the sky from the tops of the high rise buildings that surround Marina Bay, not to mention pyrotechnics and mind blowing surround sound - expect the whole shabang baby! It makes for a wholly immersive, cinematic experience which is particularly exciting for children to watch. The novelty probably wears off after you've seen it several times but I was nothing short of gobsmacked when I saw it for the first time. It's an absolutely unmissable free attraction in Singapore.
One of the most recognised and iconic buildings on Singapore's skyline is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, one of the top places to go to grab a cocktail or a bite to eat over a stunning view of the city. It also boats a shopping mall and casino.
Even at night, Marina Bay is a hotbed of activity. Very often there are performances right by the waterfront with the breathtaking backdrop of Singapore's skyline in the background.
The 'DNA' bridge's name is derived from its double helix structure which resembles DNA. It's a stunning structure that is illuminated with violet light. From it are some amazing panoramic views across the city.
During my time in Singapore, there was a Chinese lantern festival taking place. I was so chuffed to have captured the moment of a girl setting off a lantern across the bay on camera but this was right before it swooped straight down into the water, which set the girl and her friend into uncontrollable bouts of giggling.
Another of Singapore's main attractions are the Gardens by the Bay. They are a collection of huge, tree-like structures that illuminate with multicoloured lights when the sun goes down. Every night there are impressive light displays where they transition into a spectrum of different colours in time to music. It also has a sky bridge where you can walk from one to the other and get a closer look at the structures.
Just a short journey away via the Sentosa Express is Sentosa Island, famed for being home to the Singapore Universal Studios and artificial beaches. It's a great destination if you are looking to party, with its beach-side bars and nightclubs. It's also a good destination when it comes to dining, whether you are looking for Michelin-starred nosh or Hawker street food - Sentosa can accommodate.
Singapore's Chinatown operates late into the night and it another of the city's top night time destinations, particularly if you are looking to grab some dinner. It's colourful, bustling and stooped with culture.
It's not just the food and the culture that make Singapore's Chinatown worth visiting. Every Saturday at 6:45pm there are spectacular lion dance performance put on at Kreta Ayer Square, which are well worth checking out.
Tribute is often paid to Singapore for its low levels of crime and personally, I feel as though it's one of the safest cities I've been to. This is reassuring when it comes to walking around at night but of course bear in mind that low crime doesn't always mean no crime. If you are a city lover then a night time tour of Singapore is not to be missed.