Measuring at just a little under 720 square kms, Singapore does not exactly have a big land area to explore for those who want a little adventure. However the island city-state has much to be proud of, being an important financial centre in the region, known as one of the safest cities in the world, as well as having a world class infrastructure.

While we do not have the massive and stunning landscapes such as those in New Zealand or Iceland, the little red dot does have much to offer tourists (and locals) in terms of attractions and cultural experiences. Here is's guide to 10 of the best attractions the lion city has to offer.

1. Gardens By The Bay

Who can deny that our futuristic-looking gardens are so strangely enticing? With the colourful Supertree Grove, the tallest indoor waterfall within the Cloud Forest Dome and the largest glass greenhouse within the Flower Dome, what's not to like and marvel about the awesome Gardens by the Bay?

It provides a wonderful free activity for those on a budget, spending some good quality sight-seeing just walking through the tranquil gardens (remember to look out for the cute otter family!) and enjoy some street food fare at Satay by the Bay.

2. Botanic Gardens

Apart from having a magnificent skyline and beautiful architecture, Singapore is known for being a green city as well. Our Botanic Gardens are the first and only tropical botanic garden on Unesco's World Heritage List.

Major attractions include the Swan Lake that was constructed in 1866, a detailed look at Singapore's national flower – Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim (previously Vanda Miss Joaquim) and a unique Ginger Garden that houses several hundred species of ginger and a pool adorned with giant Amazon water lilies.

3. S.E.A Aquarium

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Some of us might have had a chance to visit the huge S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, but do you know that it is actually the world's largest aquarium?

The blue sanctuary is home to more than 800 species of marine animals. Especially enchanting is the Ocean Journey, where you'll expect to see luminous jellyfish, the mysterious nautilus, the giant pacific octopus and other creatures that dwell in the depth of the oceans.

If you have a bigger budget, booking an Ocean Suite is highly recommended. The 11 exclusive villas are tucked into one side of the large aquarium so that guests will enjoy a spectacular private view of the sea in the luxury of their rooms.

4. Esplanade

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Creating quite a commotion when it first launched, Singaporeans have all come to embrace our most-loved Esplanade as an iconic infrastructure representing the king of fruits, the durian.

Other than providing a great photo opportunity, taking a walk along the waterfront, listening to some of the free bands jamming outside and watching a theatre show in its luscious interior will appeal to any art lover.

5. Orchard Road

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For those of you who love to shop, you might need more than a day to cover the thousands of shops in for the numerous malls lining the busy street. From luxury, international brands to home-grown artists, you will find it impossible to leave Orchard Road without buying one thing or another.

With most malls housing at least a food court (don't forget to use one of these food court discount cards to save money on your meals) and having countless food stalls and coffee houses, you know you'll always find a place to rest your tired feet and enjoy a caffeine boost to complete your shopping journey.

6. Street Food Culture

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Food, glorious food! We already know Singaporeans are foodies, and more than that, we've got a really dynamic food culture and heritage to be proud of!

In fact, one of the best ways to to showcase our national identity and multiculturalism is through our mix of local cuisine. Any new visitors to Singapore must not miss the chance to savour the variety of street food we have, so a visit to a local hawker centre is a must! Maxwell food market, Lau Pa Sat and Amoy Street Food Centre will provide an abundance of choice.

7. Sentosa

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Sun, sand and... beaches! Sentosa has been a huge tourist attraction in Singapore for the past 2 decades, and this little "island" has been great at innovating itself with its never-ending array of attractions that keep tourists returning.

Have a chilled day lazing around one of its few soft, sandy beaches, learn about Singapore's history at Fort Siloso and adventurous types can check out the Flying Trapeze and the wave-house.

Here you can find 5 of the best beaches to visit in Singapore for every type of beach goer.

8. Little India

Seen enough of the glitzy and glamorous buildings and architecture in the city? Have a walk along Little India to appreciate the more down-to-earth side of Singapore.

You'll find local markets, rows of shops selling gold jewellery, spice shops, Hindu temples and lots of cheap local food, especially Indian fare.

The buzzing neighbourhood with something happening at every corner is sure to wake up your senses; and while you are there, remember to drop by the 24-hour Mustafa centre for some cheap shopping!

9. Southern Ridges

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Staying quite under the radar and often upstaged by the more well-known MacRitchie Reservoir, the Southern Ridges provide one of the best walking trails in Singapore.

Spanning Telok Blangah, Mount Faber, Hort Park, Labrador Nature Reserve and Kent Ridge, the trail takes you through lush forests, canopy walks and across Henderson Waves, Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge. You can enjoy the rich flora and fauna and observe the animals amidst the lush habitat.

10. Universal Studios

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Universal Studios Singapore is Southeast Asia's first Hollywood movie theme park. The park features a great selection of attractions and entertainment for the entire family.

From the thrilling Transformers The Ride, a wet river trip into Madagascar and a mysterious journey into Ancient Egypt, you can expect a day of non-stop fun and spectacular performances. Regardless of your tolerance for the thrill factor, you'd find something to enjoy for the whole family. Remember to bring along your cameras to get the chance to cast yourself in one of the Hollywood sets!

More Cool Places To Visit In Singapore

Are you looking for more things to do in Singapore? Here you can find 10 fun and free places to visit in east Singapore and 10 exciting places to discover in west Singapore that won't cost you a cent.

If you prefer something more central, check out these 10 free things to do in central Singapore. The north and south of Singapore also have a lot of cool things to see and do, here you can find 10 free places to visit in north Singapore and 10 free places to explore in south Singapore.

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