Marina Bay Sands Skydeck, Singapores premier viewpoint

Marina Bay Sands Hotel SkyPark at Night in Singapore for a travel blog post on the experience

With just a short time frame in Singapore, I had to prioritise my time. I knew though that I had to visit the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck. This Observation Deck stands at 53 floors above sea level and offers unparalleled views of Singapore. I could not think of a more perfect first activity to do when exploring a new city. So when the weather was clear on the morning of my arrival I decided to go straight away. Allowing me to take in the first city of travels across Asia.

Booking tickets for the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck

But the morning of my visit I was starting to worry I would not even be allowed on to the Observation Deck. I like to have my activities booked in advance, but no booking system would allow me to get tickets. I tried multiple websites and booking systems. And eventually at 1am the night before in my hotel bar, managed to place an order but would still have to wait for confirmation. By 11am, my order was still pending. My hotel, the Park Marina, was just around the corner from the Marina Bay Sands. So I grabbed a taxi and decided to try my luck. I’d had this issue with everything I tried to book in Singapore, so I was hoping they would be understanding. 

Arriving at the Marina Bay Sands Skydeck

I arrived at the base of the Observation Deck, and was told I could visit but would have to queue to buy a ticket at the counter. It wasn’t a fast queue, taking about half an hour, but frankly I was just grateful to get in. There’s a photo opportunity at the bottom where a professional photographer will mock up a photo of you in front of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It’ll come as absolutely no surprise they will try and sell you this later on when you’re waiting for the lift to leave. Printing the photo into a cheap paper frame and all for the low low price of just $60 SGD. 

But eventually I was allowed through and joined my final queue for the lift. When the doors open and you step out of the corridor onto the balcony, you are greeted with a beautiful view across Singapore. One of the first things you see is the lake. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, I could see Merlion Park and its famous statue. Merlion Park was one of the places I wanted to visit before I left. But being conveniently close to my hotel I wasn’t too concerned. Being open 24 hours I knew it would require little planning, it wasn’t a matter of if I’d make it more about when. As the whole day’s itinerary had been organised I was looking to spot from the Observation Deck all the places I would soon be visiting up close. 

My first Singapore Sling

At the very end of the balcony I found the bar and ordered my first Singapore Sling. Comprised of Gin, Grand Mariner, Cherry Liqueur, Herbal Liqueur, Pineapple, Lime, Bitters and Club Soda, the Singapore Sling is the official cocktail of Singapore.

The bar here does frozen versions as well as non alcoholic and I’m glad I waited that moment to try one. What better place to have my first Singapore Sling whilst drinking up the views of the city it’s named after? I will admit it wasn’t my favourite cocktail of all time. In fact I gave it to my sister instead and grabbed a beer, but I’m glad I tried one. I think at 53 floors it’s the highest altitude I’ve ever had a beer (with the exception of the occasional beer on a flight) and it was all the sweeter for it. You cannot beat an ice cold beer with a view.

Strolling around the SkyPark

There is also a LAVO Italian restaurant and bar here. I didn’t eat here unfortunately. I already had plans to eat at Maxwell Hawker Market for my lunch to taste authentic Singaporean dishes. But looking in from the outside I was tempted to try and order a pizza here too. I instead drank from the much smaller bar downstairs and enjoyed my drink as I walked around.

Standing at the very tip of the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck, I had the perfect view of Singapore’s F1 track. The city was preparing for the racing season, with barriers being put in place for the street circuit. This had made it harder to walk around the city. Often the points I would need to cross the road would be blocked. Eventually it just became easier to get a taxi everywhere and Singapore taxi prices were quite reasonable. 

View from the Marina Bay Sands skydeck of the F1 track

Nighttime at the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck

I would have loved to have returned to the Marina Bay Sands at night, just to see the city and track lights lit up. It’s a staggering view and you will not find a better one in Singapore. Surprisingly despite being outside in the elements and so high up I could barely feel a breeze. I had gotten lucky with the weather, getting clear skies when I had been predicted torrential rains. The Marina Bay Sands Skydeck is what I would call a bookend attraction. The best times to visit are either at the start or end of your trip. At the start it shows you the city and amps up your excitement to explore. Visiting at the end is the perfect little farewell. 

There are areas of the Observation Deck that you can’t visit as a tourist. The Marina Bay Sands is first and foremost a hotel. So a good two thirds of the Skydeck is an area reserved only for hotel guests. Sadly this included a beautiful pool and bar area, which in the heat I just wanted to dive in. It’s very rare I’m jealous of another hotel but I have since made it my mission to stay the night here when I inevitably return to Singapore.

On the other side I could see my next destination, the Gardens by the Bay. Its iconic metal trees are clearly visible from above, towering above the surrounding real trees. I’d been trying to book my tickets the night before but had encountered a similar issue, with every website crashing on the payments page. I knew regardless I would have to go there next to book my tickets at a booth.

View of the Gardens by the Bay from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

My next stop

Eventually though I had to leave. With little over a day in Singapore and lunch fast approaching I had to move on. I’d be heading to one of Singapore’s Hawker Markets but not before securing tickets at the Gardens by the Bay. As I predicted at the wait for the lift they use this opportunity to sell you the photos taken at the entrance. But at $60 SGD I decided I was happy enough with the ones I had taken, and made my way down and onto the Gardens.

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark FAQ’s

Do I have to book in advance?

Whilst not essential, I would always recommend it. You can buy tickets but queue times can be long and entry is not guaranteed. If you want to buy your ticket in advance and avoid disappointment you can do so using the Get Your Guide link below. By purchasing through this link I will receive a commission which helps support the blog, but you will not be charged any extra.

What time is the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Open?

The opening hours are 11am to 9pm all week. However they do occasionally hold private events so it’s worth checking in advance.

Can I go swimming in the SkyPark Pool?

If you are visiting the attraction then no. Only residents of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel are able to access the pool.

What happens if it rains?

The observation deck is open to the elements, so there’s no protection from the weather. Although unfortunate, Singapore is just as prone to rain as the next country. If it does rain then the SkyPark Observation Deck may be closed for your safety. If they make the decision to close and you have been up there for less than an hour, then you may get a full refund.

What else is on in the SkyPark?

Sometimes the Marina Bay SkyPark hosts events on the Observation Deck. At the time of writing these include Sunset in the Sky, SkyPark Yoga, Pelagos Silent Disco Full Moon Party and Night Race in the Sky.

Where to next?

For me my next stop was the Gardens by the Bay which is just below. You can also visit the Merlion Park which is just across the lake. A short ride away is the Arab Street or Maxwell Hawker Center. If you fancy going further afield then you have the zoo or if it’s in the evening the Nocturnal Safari but you may need to reserve tickets.

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