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Marina Bay Sands - Downtown Singapore

Marina Bay Sands - Downtown Singapore

December 2019 · 2 min read · Singapore

I think it might be a misuse of terms to call it "downtown" since everywhere in Singapore is pretty much "downtown." However, this hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of South East Asia, if not the world.

The problem with this ultra-luxurious hotel is that it is one of the most expensive hotels in the entire region and certainly not something that backpackers would shell out $400 (in low season) to stay at. The good news is that you only need to have $12 or so to get to the top and enjoy the view.

From here you can enjoy some incredible views of the entire area including where the Formula-1 races take place - hopefully your trip will result in clearer skies than mine did.

There are some great opportunities for photos up here and while it is a LOT more pricey than I think most budget travelers are accustomed to, the rooftop bar is a nice experience although you will have to pay around $8 US for a single beer.

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From the bar you can also ogle the rooftop infinity pool where people with a great deal more money than you have are swimming - I suppose you could make a run for it and get past security - who will kick you out, but if you were about to leave anyway....

Mostly Singapore is a very expensive place to travel but if your port of entry to South East Asia does result in you spending a night or two here it would be a shame to miss this spectacularly luxurious and iconic location. Nothing in Singapore is cheap, but as far as the cost / reward value of going up to the observation deck is concerned, I feel as though it was totally worth it.

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