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    Sound and light show for free

    by AnnaHermans Written Oct 22, 2014

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    Go in the evening to Marina Bay Sands. In front of the mall next to the science musuem they offer each evening twice a free show which is spectacular. 20.00 and 21.30 o'clock They project a movie on a fountain. If you walk through the mall go up on the roof there is a bridge to the hotel. walk through the hotel, go outside, from the balcony you have an excellent view at Gardens by the bay.

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    Gardens by the Bay

    by SallyM Updated Sep 3, 2014

    For a more modern take on botanical gardens, visit the Gardens by the Bay. This new visitor attraction has won a number of design prizes.

    There are a number of different areas to visit including:

    - The Heritage Gardens (Chinese, Malay and Colonial)-
    The Golden Garden
    - The Silver Garden
    - The Children's Garden (with lots of motion-activated water features for children to play with and cool off)
    - The Supertrees - with plants displayed vertically
    - The Flower Dome (a huge dome containing Mediterranean and subtropical plants)
    - The Cloud Forest (another huge dome containing highland species such as orchids and pitcher plants)

    Admission to the outdoor gardens is free, but there are admission charges to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories. For visitors from northern Europe, where greenhouses are usually warm and humid compared with the outside world, it takes some adjustment to realise that here the conservatories are air-conditioned and a great place to cool down.

    As we are familiar with Mediterranean flora, we opted to go in the Cloud Forest only. This includes a man-made mountain and waterfall, with high-level walkways. It's not too scary though. There are lifts to get up to the top and my husband, who is not good with heights, just about managed most of it, though he did give one walkway a miss.

    It costs $28 to visit both conservatories.

    There are a number of cafes and restaurants on the site. You could easily spend half a day or longer looking around.

    Inside the Cloud Forest Gardens by the Bay Dragonfly Lake, Gardens by the Bay Gardens by the Bay Gardens by the Bay
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    The Shoppes

    by SallyM Updated Aug 31, 2014

    I'm not a big fan of shopping when on holiday at all. But this shopping mall at the Marina Bay Sands complex is so over the top, it's worth seeing in its own right.

    At lower ground level, the (excellent) food court is based around an indoor skating rink.

    On the main level, there are many designer boutiques, if you like that sort of thing. There is also a canal, with boats for hire. We stopped for tea at a very fancy tea shop (delicious, though pricey, but despite what they say, one pot between two people is perfectly adequate). When we finished, the centre of the boating lake had turned into a waterfall - it felt like being inside a plug hole when the bath water is running out!

    Skating Rink, The Shoppes Indoor Canal, The Shoppes Now I know how a spider feels like in the plughole Tea at the Shoppes
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    Art Science Museum

    by SallyM Updated Aug 31, 2014

    This is one of those museums (like the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester) where the architectural design of the building is the most important feature. This particular museum looks stunning from the outside, like a giant lotus flower.

    They have solved the problem of content by using it for travelling exhibitions rather than a permanent display. Admission charges vary according to the exhibition in question. When we visited (in July 2014) there were two exhibitions: one on the life and work of photographer Annie Leibovitz and one on dinosaurs. We opted for the Annie Leibovitz one, which proved to be interesting, and also gave us an opportunity to explore the inside of this fascinating space.

    Open daily 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

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    Marina Bay

    by fachd Written Dec 27, 2012

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    Marina Bay is a commercial area and is great place for tourist to visit. The Bay is surrounded by modern buildings. There are many things to see like the Singapore Flyer, the Esplanade Theatre and off course more restaurants/cafes, shopping malls, hotel, and galleries, garden by the bay. Anyway we did enjoy looking around at Marina Bay.

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    Imaginative Bar & Pool Scene! Marina Bay Sands!

    by acommon1 Written Jun 23, 2012

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    I've ventured a number of places but Marina Bay takes the cake when it comes to places to hang out at the pool and bar.

    How about visiting Marina Bay Sands?!

    Magnificent moderan architecture! The Bar scene is amazing.

    Wide variety of tasty restaurants from casual to fine dining.

    Of course, Singapore has impeccable professional security. So, ladies don't worry about being bothered. Never had any weird issues either. Now, if you're not a good person then you'll freak out about having electronic eyes and personnel watching you at all times. If don't have any nefarious intentions then what does it matter? Enjoy!

    Have a drink. Swim up to the very edge of the pool to see the wonderful Marina Bay.

    The casinos, of course, architecture's impressive. We avoided the Casino. Why? Well, if you've felt the Karma and energy of gambling in Vegas then you might be let down abroad. People don't show (or convey) emotions any where near the tone in Vegas.

    Don't you just love how Singapore re-invents itself every few years.

    Love Singapore! Their planning commission continues to place points on the board!

    Marina Bay Sands Hotel Top of the Marina Bay Sands! Swim to the edge! Marina Bay Sands View of Marina Bay at Sunset.
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    A local tip for when you visit Marina Bay Sands

    by leigh767 Written May 1, 2012

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    The Marina Bay Sands casino and hotel is the latest icon to be added to the Singapore cityscape and on a clear, sunny day, a visit to the Skypark at the very top is a must. It's easily the best place to get a view of the Singapore skyline. HOWEVER, the $20/person charge to go up to the Skypark for just a view and nothing else is a rip-off aimed at the clueless tourists.

    If you do plan on visiting, do it the way the locals do: go up by the Ku De Ta ground floor entrance located at the eastern entrance of the massive hotel. Ku De Ta is a bar located at the Skypark. If you tell them you are going to Ku De Ta, you will be issued a complimentary pass that takes you straight up to the Skypark where you can get the same view for no charge.

    Of course, you can always order drinks and finger food there but be warned that, like all places which boast a good view, the prices are exorbitant (and the service nothing to write home about).

    I believe in paying for what you get, but $20/person to go up a lift for a view and nothing else (not even a seat up there for you to rest) is obviously a rip-off. Don't fall into this tourist trap. Save your $$ for a nice meal instead.

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    Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 13, 2012

    Marina Bay Sands Hotel might just be a hotel but it has kinda become the landmark of Sigapore since it opened in 2010.
    It´s the worlds most expensive hotel that cost a staggering 8 billion dollars to build and it has the worlds largest casino and a roof top pool that is 150 meters long making it the longest of it´s kind in the world.
    It´s overlooking Sigapore harbour and is impossible to miss when you are in Singapore and it´s really an impressive sight that looks like something you would usually find in Dubai.
    I am personally really facinated by the place and i think it has really boosted Singapores image as a happening place.

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    SANDS SKY PARK

    by balhannah Written Nov 18, 2011

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    Why we came to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, was so we could go right up the top of the building to the Sky Park. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and can hold up to 3900 people.
    We couldn't go anywhere on the deck, as three parts of the Sky Deck is closed for Tourist's, and just available for Hotel Guest's. Swimming pools and Palm Tree's right on the 57th floor! We were on the viewing platform at the end.

    One word for the view FANTASTIC!

    What could we see...............Everything!
    I really would like to come back some time in the future, as we could see the new garden area "Garden's on the Bay" being built on the reclaimed land.

    Expect to see, Clifford Pier, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands casino, The Shop's at Marina Bay Sands, Cricket Club, Merlion, Old & New Supreme court building's, Theatre's,
    Event Plaza, Crystal Pavillions, City Hall, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands Museum, St. Andrews Cathedral, Float @ Marina Bay, Helix Bridge, Singapore River, F-1 pit building and race track, Nicoll Highway, Little India, Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Marina Barrage, East Coast Parkway and Changi Airport Control Tower, Kusu island, Sentosa, Batam island (Indonesia)and the busy Singapore Port.

    We had trouble finding where to purchase the ticket's, so I will explain now.

    You have to buy from the box office located at Basement 1, on the day you wish to visit the Sky Park.
    To reach basement 1, proceed outside Hotel Tower 3 in the Porte Cochere area – off Bayfront Avenue, and go down the escalator.

    ADMISSION IN 2011.............
    Adults...$19.00s.......Children..2-12years....$13.00s

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    MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    The Marina Bay Sands Hotel we had watched being built on the Television Show, "Mighty Megastructure's." A world wide show, you may have seen it too!

    The show told the incredible stories behind the engineering and design of the Marina Bay Sands resort and casino in Singapore. We heard about experiences from engineers and designers, and the challenges they met putting this building together. The Hotel is built on reclaimed land.

    Now, it is finished, and was opened in April, 2010

    The building comprises of three 55 storey towers, that are connected with a one hectare roof sky park offering 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyline and featuring beautifully sculptured gardens, restaurants and a swimming pool.

    It was an engineering feat, even to putting the messy ball of wire sculpture in place in the Hotel foyer area. We saw them doing that on Television, and now, we have seen the whole complex for real!

    Inside, it is very smart. There are umpteen Restaurant's, Cafe's, Bar's, Shop's, Theatre's and much more. There even was a quartet playing some soothing music as we walked through the door.

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    ART SCIENCE BUILDING

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    This building is amazing!
    I didn't go inside, but I did want to view this building from the outside!

    Have a look at it..........

    It has 10 'finger's,' with the tallest being 60metres high. Each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at the “fingertips” that illuminate the curved interior walls.
    The Museum’s dish-like roof, collects water, and this runs down through the central atrium, making a water drop into a huge lily pond or reflecting pool.

    Looking at it, it could be a giant Lotus flower, or a giant hand, and because of this, it is known as
    'The Welcoming Hand of Singapore”

    The Art Science Museum hold's permanent and touring international exhibition's.

    What an amazing piece of architecture!

    OPEN....10AM TO 10PM DAILY

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    MIST WALK

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    A mist walk, how nice was this on a stinking hot, Singapore day!

    This is at Marina Bay Esplanade area too. First of all, we saw the dancing fountains popping up and down in the concrete square's. Sometimes the were big, sometimes little, good for the children who were there having fun trying to dodge them, a good idea on a hot day.

    The other part, was the "Mist Walk." This is stainless steel piping that weaves its way along a 300 metre stretch of the promenade. Fine, misty water descends upon you, and cool's you down.
    It is designed to monitor the ambient temperature, relative humidity and movement of people along the Walk.

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    MARINA BAY CITY ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    The new Marina Bay City Gallery is located by the waterfront along Marina Boulevard.

    It was FREE ENTRY so I went inside for a look. There are many interactive exhibit's and a large-scale model of Marina Bay and touch screen's which tell you about the new Marina area.

    Exhibition's are held here for a limited time, before a new one takes it's place.

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    MARINA BAY WATERFRONT SCULPTURE'S

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    Marina Bay had many point's of interest!

    We saw more! Along the waterfront Esplanade was a row of cute bright Yellow Lion's, and in-between each, a seat. Problem was, Singapore is nearly always hot, and the day we were there was no exception! All the seat's were in the full Sun, and they would have been extremely hot to sit on!

    A little further, and there was a sculpture, which to me looked like a Tree trunk that had been cut.
    It was named "A World United" by Huang Lifan, and was a 4m high and 1.5m wide red stainless steel sculpture, depicting sportsmen engaging in the 26 sports of the Youth organized Game's.
    I was way off!

    It illustrates the unifying spirit of peace and sport, and symbolises mutual respect of cultures shared through sport.

    The other one was a Tree named "Breathe" by Edwin Cheong.
    What does it do?....... Captures wind by day and translates this energy into tiny lights at night, thus reminding us of the self-sustaining nature of our environment. The tallest Tree is 10 metres in height, with the branches of each tree made up of olive leaf-shaped cups that represent the nations of the world.

    "Breathe" symbolises the peace and environmental consciousness shared by these nations and their united spirit for a truly sustainable global environment.

    The photo explains what the World United is representing

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    OLYMPIC WALK TREES

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2011

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    The Olympic Walk we came across as we walked around Marina Bay Water Promenade.

    It was built to mark the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. There were many Palm Tree's, and we happened to notice a Plague by each one of them. Each Palm was dedicated to every one of the National Olympic Committee's that took part in the Games. The Plague's were designed by students from schools paired with each of the NOCs, as part of the Friends@YOG programme.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge planted a Tree during the tree dedication ceremony at the Olympic Walk on 13 August 2010

    The trees stand as a "symbol of international friendship and respect."

    There isn't much shade around here, so it's pretty hot as you have to walk on paving.

    Olympic Walk Palm Tree Plague
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