Singapore/Marina Bay

Marina Bay is Singapore's newest district, created on reclaimed land just east of Riverside. It includes the areas east of Shenton Way and Esplanade Dr.

Understand

Map of Marina Bay

The label "Marina Bay" is a little fuzzy. Technically, it's the body of water created by reclaiming land around the mouth of the Singapore River and blocked off from the sea by the Marina Barrage, but Singaporeans used to associate the name "Marina" with the Marina Square shopping mall and the many hotel developments around it on the north shore of the river. The half to the south of the river, or Marina South, was mostly unused land until the government targeted it as Singapore's new downtown hub. $400,000 was then spent on a public competition to re-name the district, and the winner was wait for it Marina Bay. Now its centrepiece, the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, dominates the city skyline while sharing the spotlight with the super trees of Gardens by the Bay. When further construction is completed, Marina Bay will truly be a focal point in any visitor's itinerary, mixing business, shopping, entertainment and culture in one accessible district.

Get in

The northern half of Marina Bay is best accessed through the Circle Line of the MRT, which has stations at Esplanade (for Suntec City) and Promenade (for Suntec City and Millenia Walk), or you can hike for 15 min through the underground CityLink shopping mall from Raffles City (starting at City Hall MRT station, where the North-South and East-West lines intersect).

Getting to the southern half is a bit more difficult. The Marina Bay Sands complex is directly served by Bayfront MRT station on the Circle & Downtown MRT Lines and buses 97, 106 or 133. The same buses also serve Marina Bay MRT, which (despite the name) isn't particularly convenient for anything else just yet (except the Marina Barrage where you need to take a shuttle bus from the station to the said attraction).

From the airport, Marina Bay Sands Hotel guests can use a shuttle bus for $ 9.

The Marina Bay Cruise Centre is a direct gateway into the heart of Singapore, serving as the docking point for some of the world's largest cruise ships.

Get around

Suntec City, Marina Square, Millenia Walk and the Esplanade in the north are all conveniently linked, either by underground malls or covered walkways. If you don't mind a bit of a walk, the Marina Bay Sands can be reached from the northern half by walking south on the Helix Bridge, which has several viewing platforms overlooking the bay.

See

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands in the evening

Marina Bay Sands hosts a slew of attractions. The easiest on your wallet would be to simply sit and enjoy the view of Shenton Way and the Esplanade from the foreshore, which are great in the day, but even more spectacular at night.

Gardens and parks

Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay adds a whole lot of greenery back to the city, all brought in and replanted. Some trees in the Gardens by the Bay are hundreds of years old, and some even date back a millennium.

The Marina South Pier offers a few ferry services out of the city to the Southern Islands of Kusu and St. John. The journey is probably more remarkable than the destinations.

Do

The Esplanade, with the Singapore Flyer in the background

Events

Buy

Eat

Marina Bay

Budget

As per usual in Singapore, cheap eats may be found in the food courts of the local shopping centres such as Food Republic and Fountain Food Terrace in Suntec City and The Gallerie in Marina Square. However, be warned that the extravagantly-named Rasapura Masters at Marina Bay Sands is the priciest in the entire country.

Mid-range

There are a lot of mid-range eateries in the shopping centres but not many are of note and are mostly part of standard food franchises found elsewhere. The Gardens by the Bay also has some casual dining if you decide to rest in the middle of a walk.

Splurge

Marina Bay Sands has brought in a constellation of big names, with Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Santi Santamaria, Guy Savoy, and Tetsuya Wakuda all opening restaurants in the complex.

There are a few interesting places around Marina Square and in the Gardens of the Bay as well.

Drink

This is the place to be if you are someone, know somebody or just want to get away from the common masses.

Sleep

As the glitzy new waterfront of Singapore, Marina Bay accommodation is all made up of high-end hotels, most of which boast expansive city and water views. Cheaper hotels will be found in neighbouring districts. The area is particularly busy during the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in September, with many booking hotel rooms to be right in the middle of the races. Bayfront Ave will be closed, so traffic to the Marina Bay Sands will be limited through the south end. The Helix Bridge will also be closed during the race weekend (except for those with Zone 1 tickets), making it more difficult to get around.

Splurge

The Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Infinity Pool

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