There are a lot of reasons to visit Singapore, even aside from the fact that it’s one of the most impressive modern cities in the world. For instance, I’ve mentioned Singapore’s beaches before as some of the very best for a vacation.
There are also a lot of specific attractions throughout the city and surrounding area to explore, from the Gardens by the Bay, to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, to numerous cultural attractions. And of course, for you foodies, there’s the unrivaled street food — so good it’s been added to the UNESCO heritage list.
Even with the diverse and fascinating blend of attractions Singapore has to offer though, there is one that quite literally towers over the rest. The Marina Bay Sands casino resort has become one of the most recognizable landmarks on any skyline in the world, and just so happens to offer a virtually limitless range of entertainment. Clearly, it’s far from the only thing to enjoy in Singapore, and for anyone making a trip to the area I recommend exploring as much as possible.
But for those interested in Marina Bay Sands, here are five easy ways to get the most out of a stop there.
1. Dress up a little bit
Casino attire around the world has gotten progressively more casual. And to be sure, you don’t have to dress like you’re in a James Bond movie to make your way through Marina Bay Sands. But this is a nice, high-end venue, and a place where a little bit of effort on your own appearance will actually enhance your experience.
You’ll simply feel more like you belong, and enjoy blending into your extravagant surroundings. Plus, if you’re actually getting a room in the hotel — something I’ll touch on below — you always have the option of retreating at the end of the night to change into something more comfortable.
2. Brush up on your poker skill
While there are all kinds of games within the Marina Bay Sands casino, the real thrill is sitting at a poker table on a world-class gaming floor. That said, you also want to head into the experience prepared, which is why I recommend brushing up on your skill a little bit.
Starting with the basics, Poker.org’s hand rankings make for one of the clearest and most helpful resources you can find. It will help you to quickly refresh your understanding of, say, whether a straight beats a flush or just how rare it is to draw a two-pair, etc. I’d also recommend studying a bit about how blinds work, and when betting takes place in a given type of poker.
These are all fundamental concepts, but the clearer you are on them the more you’ll be able to focus on just enjoying the chance to play cards in such an impressive place. It’s really quite an experience.
3. Study craps
In addition to brushing up on poker, I’d recommend you study the game of craps as well. Why? Well, partly because it’s just cool to play this particular game in a bustling high-end casino.
Craps, for those who don’t know, is the game that takes place over an elongated, sunken table, where players cast dice and game managers move chips about with special tools. It’s about as action-packed as it gets on the casino floor. But the other reason I recommend studying up on craps is that it has some of the best odds of any of the games.
If you know what you’re doing and you don’t bet recklessly, you have close to a 50/50 shot of winning.
4. Explore the resort beyond the casino
I’m focusing largely on the casino at Marina Bay Sands because it’s one of the best in the world and the main attraction. However, as mentioned above, there’s a limitless range of entertainment and recreation in this resort. So be sure to explore beyond the casino floor as well!
Museums, clubs, bars and restaurants, and an observation deck await (with the famous ArtScience Museum standing out in particular). And that’s to say nothing of the legendary rooftop infinity pool, which I’ll get to in our final tip.
5. Stay overnight
That final tip is to stay at least one night in the resort — in part to enjoy some fairly fabulous hospitality, but also to gain access to the rooftop and its otherworldly pool.
Atlas Obscura’s page on this infinity pool reveals that it is the largest attraction of its kind, at its elevation, in the world. The pool rests atop the three towers of the resort, nearly 700 feet above ground level, and is designed in such a way that it seems the water simply flows over the edge.
It’s an absolutely remarkable attraction — but one you can unfortunately only enjoy if you’re an overnight guest at the hotel.
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You can go to Singapore for a long vacation and have an incredible time without ever setting foot in this resort. It’s a spectacular place. But the resort is undeniably among the main attractions, and following the steps above will help you get as much as you possibly can out of it.
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