Created by reclaimed land around the mouth of the Singapore River and blocked off to the sea by the Marina Barrage, Marina Bay is at the core of Singapore’s urban transformation efforts. Overlapping the Financial District, Clarke Quay, and the central Civic District, the area is comprised of some of Singapore’s most iconic hotels, skyscrapers, and attractions, including the spectacular Gardens by the Bay. At the heart of it all lies the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino, an S$8 billion 2,561-room hotel with a monster convention/exhibit center, the world’s largest atrium casino, and an 800,000 square-foot mall. It’s all topped by a 340-meter long boat-shaped SkyPark, spanning across all three towers 57 floors above the bay.
The entire area seemed like a combination of Disney World and Las Vegas – a perfectly planned out entertainment destination – which in Singapore’s case, is absolutely not a bad thing. But I didn’t go to any shows, I didn’t eat at the world-renowned restaurants, I didn’t shop, and I definitely did not gamble. As I do on my solo travels, all I really did was wander, soak it all in, and take pictures. And I don’t regret that in the slightest. The entire Marina Bay area is simply an attraction itself…