Singapore has loads of great views and from all corners of the island. Too bad so many of them are linked to attractions, restaurants or bars, which means to enjoy it, you’ve got to shell out some moolah. Since we feel (strongly) that a breathtaking view should be free, here are some of our favourite spots to enjoy one.
Situated 36m above Henderson Road, this pedestrian bridge – incidentally the highest in Singapore – is the perfect spot to escape the city. The hidden recesses and shell-like ridges also make it a popular spot for groups to hang out or for canoodling couples to sneak in a few kisses.
For a slow, scenic stroll head to the Changi Boardwalk and traverse the 2.2km stretch that looks out to neighbouring Johor. Along the way, you’ll pass bits of Changi Beach, the bumboats taking day trippers out to Pulau Ubin and if you make it to the end (and time it right), the Sunset Walk stretch where you’ll have an unobstructed view towards the west of the island.
That this spot isn't more popular is hard to believe. With a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Marina Bay area and copious amounts of open space, not only is it the perfect picnic spot in Singapore but you get a view of all three of the Marina Bay Sands towers, the Gardens By The Bay Supertrees and the Domes, plus at sunset there's kites of all shapes and sizes unfurled and flapping in the wind.
Even if it feels like you’ve braved this mature secondary forest (thanks Instagram), it’s well worth experiencing it in person. Rising as high as 27 metres, this 250-meter bridge has the best vantage point to spot the 80 bird species and 18 rare trees found in the National Park. For trivia lovers, this is also the connecting point between two of the highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie.
We won’t lie, you’ll need to work (just a little) for this view. First you’ll have to cross over to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia (also Asia's closest point to the equator) via a suspension rope bridge, then exert the effort to climb up the tower. To be fair, the view ain't too shabby.
So what if you’re not an art fiend, the National Gallery has one of the best views in Singapore. Navigate to the Padang Deck for an unobstructed view over the Padang and take in the Cenotaph and the Indian National Marker in the background at the same time.
This vantage point often gets passed over for the more impressive view from the SkyPark Observation Deck. And while some may prefer looking from top down, at dawn/sunset – and when the water lilies are in bloom – this quiet spot is better suited for a moment of introspection.
More than just another structure to pose for an #ootd, these observation hides are specially built to observe the 140 species of birds found at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Bring your own binoculars or hire one for a closer look at the resident herons and kingfishers. During the migratory season (September to March), you might even spy flocks of sandpipers and shorebirds in flight.
Don’t mock it but Singapore has the world’s largest water fountain, at least it was in 1989. More than just a symbol of life and wealth, the fountain is visually impressive with its towering 13.8 meter-tall silicon bronze structure. Aside from the occasional nighttime laser performance, if the water is turned off, head down walk around the mini fountain three times for good luck.