SINGAPORE - NEIGHBORHOODS
Chinatown is a subzone consisting of four sub-areas located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore with the largest ethnic group of Chinese people and the largest gay enclave in Singapore. The area features large sections declared national heritage sites and was designated for Chinese settlement by Sir Stamford Raffles. The area is a historic focal point for the city with impressive sites such as the Chinese Heritage Center, Sri Mariamman Hindu temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic temple all located here. Singapore`s MRT serves the area with the Chinatown MRT station located on the North East side of Downtown on Pagoda Street, there are several bus routes that run through the area as well. Chinatown is a vibrant, bustling area with traditional Peranakan shophouses, markets, fun stores, cafes and hawker food centers as well as hotels and free Wi-Fi in the area for everyone. The trendy are of Ann Siang Hill features boutiques and bistros and is a hot spot for nightlife. Pagoda Street is a popular street for souvenirs, Smith Street and New Bridge Road are well known as the food streets with rows of restaurants, hawker stalls and kiosks featuring traditional `satay` barbecued meat skewers and `char kway teow` stir-fried noodles. The Tangong Pagar district is a great area for a night out on the town and the Telok Ayer district is known for its ancient temples and mosques.
Marina Bay sits at the entrance of the Singapore River, through the years the area has undergone massive transformations featuring some of the city`s most iconic hotels, skyscrapers, and attractions making it Singapore`s main tourist focal point. The area extends through the financial district, the central civic district and the popular Clark Quay with the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Resort situated on the bay this magnificent hotel has its own set of attractions and is definitely a sight worth seeing. Some of the other main focal points situated here include the ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, the Singapore Flyer and The Float at Marina Bay which is the world`s largest floating stadium. Marina Bay is worth a visit during both the day and night as they both offer a different ambiance of the area with a spectacular light show put on every evening by Marina Bay Sands. There is a Marina Bay MRT stop conveniently located in the area. See the sights from atop of Marina Bay Sands Resort at the SkyPark observation park with spectacular views across the bay and the city. A very wealthy area with high-end shopping malls, luxurious hotels, fine dining with a vibrant history and lots of attraction and public spaces to discover.
The Orchard Road area is mostly known for its famous shopping street, the area was originally named after the fruit orchards that the road used to lead to over 150 years ago, the small lane used to be lined with nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. Now the 1.36-mile long road is flanked with shopping malls, high-end restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, cafes, and nightclubs. The President of Singapore, the Istana`s residence is located in this neighborhood. The area is filled with entertainment options galore offering and IMAX theater, four movie theaters, KTV karaoke, plenty of dining, shopping and evening entertainment.
The Riverside area is considered to be Singapore`s civic district and the colonial core packed with theaters, museums, statues, bars, restaurants and clubs as well as the historical, architectural and cultural heritage of modern Singapore began. Some of the most historic buildings in the city can be found here, the old Parliament House is now The Arts House which was built in 1827 and has since been restored, and The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall can also be found here and was built in 1862 and was re-furbished. The National Gallery Singapore displaying the largest collection of Southeast Asian art was reborn in 2015 it was previously the City Hall and formerly the Supreme Court. The Esplanade Park is a beautiful river front park worth a stroll around where The Cenotaph and Lim Bo Seng Memorial are located.
Sentosa is a manmade island specifically built for run and recreation, located south of Singapore City Center 12 minutes via a cable car ride from Vivo City, it was originally a military fort re-developed into the resort area. The island is packed with entertainment options and beaches and some of the main attractions include Universal Studios, Resorts World, Tiger Sky Tower, SEA Aquarium, and the Merlion statue along with Fort Siloso the only preserved fort in the country. There is an MRT station located at HarbourFront Station which is situated right by the boardwalk offering a trolley ride, bus, cable car or tram to the island. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, theme parks, water parks, beaches and a casino and a golf course on the island to keep everyone entertained. Sentosa Cove features Quayside Isle the waterfront stretch features several eateries and restaurants and a nice place for some relaxation.