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From The Marina Bay Sands Hotel's Rooftop
It cost me 23 Singapore dollars to view the Signapore's exhilarating cityscape - and this from the top of the World's most expensive building.
It was an amazing feeling to stand on top of Singapore, near infinity pools, staring at the bustling World down there... it felt a bit like a modern heaven.
Under no circumstances should you leave this experience out if you're in Singapore! Even if you're there for a single day, don't you dare skip this!
One of the things I love the most is staring at beautiful skylines, so I tend to look up the high spots from where I can do this.
Infinity pools on the observation deck
This skyline viewing experience has topped all my similar (previous) experiences.
Previous skyline experiences included visiting viewpoints like: the Landmark Tower (Yokohama), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo), the Sagrada Família Church (Barcelona), Saint Stephen's Basilica (Budapest), the Saõ Jorge Castle (Lisbon), Saint Mark's Campanile (Venice), Saint Paul's Cathedral (London) etc.
None of those previous experiences involving the viewing of skylines got close to what I experienced up there from the Skypark of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
It was unparalleled, unrivalled, uplifting and I tried staying as long up there as I could...
Evidently, other skylines have their own specific beauty and each viewpoint can be extremely interesting in its own way... Just that this one stunned me the most.
Staring down from the Marina Bay Sands' SkyPark viewpoint makes you feel like you're at the edge of heaven... The infinity pools only add to the experience.
It's a thrilling surreal sight to see people swim at the edge of the pools with tall skyscrapers slightly below them...
Up there it felt a bit like on a pier...
They claim the views cover 360-degrees, all around... actually, it's a bit less, because portions of the deck are inaccessible. But that's really not that important.
You can't see the cargo port area almost at all, nor Sentosa Island (both are to the west). But pretty much everything very important is visible.
Typically, on a clear day you can see as far away as Malaysia. I was able to see Johor Bahru in the distance, faintly, through the haze...
The Helix Bridge is exclusively for pedestrians
This Singapore skyline experience wasn't cheap: the 23 SGD/person ticket was almost the same in US dollars (18.36 USD at the time of my visit, to be exact).
That's more expensive than the ticket prices to most viewpoints elsewhere in the World, but I would be ready to pay for it again, it was so deep...
The Singapore Straits are always full of ships
During the night, they're all lit. Thousands of ships shining in the sea...
It was very beautiful to see from the jetplane as we were landing.
There was a construction site south of the Marina Bay, right on the shore. Weird buildings being erected.
What could they be?
...Later I found out that they were building the Gardens by the Bay, sort-of-a hypermodern botanical garden, a green retreat area
Singapore looks vast, but almost perfectly flat
The Singapore Flyer was the World's second largest Ferris wheel at the time of my visit
View towards Suntec City
River cruise boats and amphibious buses make up most of the traffic down there
At the time of my visit, in Singapore there were just under 70 skyscrapers that had heights of at least 150 m, but there were over 4,300 high-rise buildings
Singapore's tallest point is Bukit Timah Hill with a height of 163.63 m (537 ft)
Theatres on the Bay... the buildings' shape was inspired by the durian fruit
The ArtScience Museum seen from above
The old Fullerton Hotel in the distance...
Staring towards Raffles Place
The beautiful Boat Quay
One can clearly see the Marina Promenade down there
The cargo port in the distance...
I wonder how it feels dipping at the edge of heaven...
Swimming above Singapore must be an unrivalled experience...
The pool isn't long, but it's wide and the water didn't seem deep
Overall, it was a lot more crowded than you can see on these photos. You can imagine the huge interest.
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