Marina Bay Sands and Sky Park

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What do you think of when you hear people talk about Singapore? One common answer I get from friends and family would be the Marina Bay Sands. Well, most often then not they would refer to it as that hotel building thing with the boat on top or the place with the really cool infinity pool (or something along those lines).

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The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is not only a hotel, but a casino, shopping mall, convention center, museum, etc. It really can be a one-stop shop kind of place and you technically don’t need to leave the MBS property at all during your stay in Singapore…

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160909b MBS Marina Bay Sands to Gardens by the Bay _19As for my stay in Singapore, we somehow managed to return to MBS day after day (and to be honest, I was getting tired of this place). We saw the Wonder Full Light & Water Show the evening of Day 2, walked inside the mall (and part of the convention center) several times on different occasions making our way to the Gardens by the Bay and finally the Sky Park on Day 6. But between day 2 and 6 were several visits as we made our way to other attractions in the area such as Gardens by the Bay.

When I was living in Singapore in 2006/2007, there was a lot of talk about a casino (on reclaimed land in Marina Bay being built in Singapore, but I would never have imagined (although the proposal and plan was probably already decided on) what was going to be build until I started seeing pictures of MBS.

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The interior of the hotel/mall etc. is nice. It’s bright, clean and looks expensive (the mall is full of high end stores). And at times, it actually felt rather crowded.

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160909b MBS Marina Bay Sands to Gardens by the Bay _10During our first attempt to go to the Gardens by the Bay, we went through MBS back outside over a couple bridges etc. But the MTS station also has a walkway that takes out there. More on that soon.

But, by going this way we reached a roof top (I think this is the roof top of the mall) for an interesting vantage point of the unique MBS building.

We were lucky that we had some some whimsical clouds fly by (it was pretty windy) and show up reflecting off the side of the MBS tower.

From here you can see the Skypark Observation Deck. Going up to the Skypark Oberservation Deck only allows you to visit the little part at the end of the “boat” that is hanging off of the first tower.

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And I’m sure quite a few people may have had an issue with not being allowed to access everything because when we were purchasing our tickets, we were reminded multiple times with details of what area we were going to visit.

One thing to absolutely note! There is little to no shade up there. Umbrellas (umbrellas are used to shade sun just as much as they are used to shade you from the rain) are not allowed.

For SG$23 feels really expensive compared to many other things you can do in Singapore for the same price or a fraction of a price. I know other observation decks in the world are priced comparably, but by day 6 in Singapore we were pretty good with our budget!

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As usual at any tourist place, we took an obligatory family picture in front of a green screen by a ‘professional’ photographer and made our way to the Sky Park Observation Deck.

And immediately! As usual! Our amazing and beautifully photographed family picture has been printed and framed ready for us to buy. And only for SG$45. Can I just say, I expect to pay for these pictures, but not for nearly double the price to visit the observation deck. I also hate that they have the picture printed. And yes, I should just skip the picture taking in the beginning but I would have happily paid for it if was about $20.

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Once you’re outside, you will immediately see views of the Gardens by the Bay. They did a great job with a big black and white map/image thing that labels what you see and these things come quite a few languages; ready for almost anyone visiting from anywhere.

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We were pretty lucky that the Skypark Observation Deck was not very busy when we visited so we spent some time enjoying our views of Singapore. But do note that I’m sure it wasn’t very busy because we chose to go in the middle of the day with direct sun and no shade. So most people were probably smart to not be visiting at this hour.

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160911c MBS Marina Bay Sands SkyPark _099And we peaked over to see the rest of the roof top ‘boat thing.’

You cannot access the very very famous infinity from the Skypark Observation Deck. You must be a hotel guest for that experience.

Would you stay at this hotel for at least a night just to access the infinity pool?

I actually considered it. Looked up the room prices (SG$345+), which didn’t seem too bad (in comparison to Resort World and their underwater suite) but I was bothered by the fact that reviews are not amazing. I’d rather spend my money somewhere else knowing that I will get my moneys worth and not stay just for a swimming pool.

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There is also a restaurant cafe that you can access from Skypark Observation Deck with plenty of umbrellas for shade and a little gift shop just below the cafe. I was disappointed by the gift shop for not having stamps and a mailbox like many of the other observation decks I’ve been to where I was able to conveniently mail postcards from (Seoul – NSeould Tower) (Melbourne – Eureka Tower)

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Someone happened to be taking wedding pictures here. And that kept us entertained for a little longer.

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In total, I don’t think we spent more than 45 minutes there. Honestly wasn’t my favorite thing to do or visit in Singapore; but at least we can say we’ve been there and done that.

We just spent a lot of time staring out into the horizon and snapped pictures…

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Do you like going up to observation decks when you travel?

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2 comments

  1. At least the pictures that you got from the observation deck are amazing!

    1. Thank you! Overall it was a fun experience to see the city from up there.

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