The Singapore skyline changed dramatically when a hotel, casino, mall, convention center etc. was built right in the Singapore Bay. In 2007, I remember hearing people talking about the controversial casino being built and how they were filling in the bay to build this thing.
What I never imagined was what it would look like. This huge ship thing sailing in the sky held up by 3 towers is now the Marina Bay Sands (MBS)! And quite a few major Singapore touristy things are located in or near the Marina Bay Sands. With my rather unplanned (no itinerary) trip to Singapore, we ended up making our way back to the Marina Bay Sands day after day. I guess that makes the MBS a great hotel to stay at when visiting Singapore…
We saw the Wonder Full Light & Water Show the evening of Day 2.
We made our way to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel for the first time on Day 2 after eating at Maxwell Food Center. That was when we learned that the Marina Bay Sands is not exactly located at the Marina Bay MRT stop. Yes, it was a fail on me since I though we would just make our way to the MRT stop and follow signs.
Marina Bay Sands is actually located at Bay Front! (That’s just a little confusing)
We got there a early and had some time to walk around the high end mall inside of MBS, but we actually enjoyed sitting outside along the bay front enjoying the evening skyline and a little bit of people watching.
This was pretty much where most tourists seemed to be hanging out at. And it looked like all of the locals that were here, were here to play PokemonGo.
This was sadly the closest we got to the fancy Louis Vuitton Marina Bay, Singapore Art Science Museum and the Helix Bridge. If we did end up going to these places, we would have been back to this area on another day (or 2 more days).
The weather was surprisingly (relatively) mild, making it somewhat pleasant to just enjoy the evening outside.
We watched a young Vietnamese couple squabble and a rather big group of Chinese tourists vying for the best spot to take pictures with the Singapore skyline (minus MBS) behind them and then we watched them vying for the best seats along the bay front to watch the Wonder Full Light & Water Show.
I was so excited when the city finally lit up after dark, although I’ve never really cared for the night view of things (because you don’t usually see details, pictures are usually annoying to take and they’re just lights). But the skyline felt pretty stunning to me this night. This side of Singapore looked more like the skyline I knew in 2006/2007 and I wonder if it was because we’d been sitting there for such a long time that it was really inviting to see the city light up and see details like the name of the buildings.
Yuntiha and I noticed that the Singapore River Cruise boats were starting to hang out in the bay. And River Cruise tickets are actually little more expensive for those who want to watch the Wonder Full Light and Sound Show.
It’s not a water show for them. Instead they (and almost anyone on the other side of Marina Bay) get to see the fancy lasers and lights shooting out from the Marina Bay Sands building. Wonder Full Light and Water Show
The Wonder Full Light & Water Show is an amazing convergence of light, music and sound, where the universal tale of the journey of life is told masterfully combining both electric lights and laser effects…witness a 13-minute showpiece of visual effects by the waterfront, with the stunning cityscape of Singapore lit up in the backdrop. (source)
Sunday -Thursday: 8pm, 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm
This is very much like the many other water shows I’ve seen (at Disneyland, in Sentosa 2006, etc) with a different theme. It’s like they’ve turned Marina Bay into a HUGE fountain. Imagine the big fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas?
The water forms a big projector screen, the lights and lasers light up the water as we are taking on a “journey of life.” I was keeping my eyes open for pretty looking people smiling back at me on my water projector. And of course my hands got a little shaky when a rather handsome young gentleman was shown…and therefore no picture of him (just a face in my memories now).
And if the the water show in front of us wasn’t entertaining enough, turn around to see Marina Bay Sands light up as magical bubbles fall from the sky (I mean the machines). Colorful blue and green lights make the buildings (mainly the cool Art Science building) glow.
And then we got hungry and headed back toward clark quay to find supper. Bak Kut Teh!