Marina Bay Sands

Another of Singapore’s iconic sights is the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Its imposing presence dominates the city’s skyline.

It forms part of the Marina Bay Resort which, when it opened in 2010, was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property valued at S$8 billion.

The resort includes the 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre convention-exhibition centre, the Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long SkyPark that can hold 3,900 people and has a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform.

The rooftop SkyPark is only available to hotel guests, but us plebs can pay a small fee to take a very fast lift to the viewing platform at the top of the hotel.. and what a view!

You can enjoy panoramic views out across the harbour as well as get a bird’s eye view of the Gardens by the Bay too.

Time it right and you can watch dusk turn into darkness and enjoy the Singapore skyline start to twinkly with 1000s of lights.

What a stunning view! And a fitting end to our whistlestop tour of this fascinating country. Next we’re onwards to our main destination – Vietnam!

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