Is the treadmill not cutting it for you? Get your cardio done outdoors with a killer view of the Central Business District (CBD) at dusk.

Central Business District (CBD) running trail

Duration: Approximately 50 minutes
Distance: 3.9 kilometres
Difficulty level: Easy (Flat terrain)

The golden hour washing over the city’s CBD is a sight to behold. Skyscrapers glimmer and Marina Bay glistens—it all makes for a postcard-perfect backdrop for your evening run. The area’s proximity to attractions, restaurants and heritage monuments also means there’s plenty to do and see after this easy 3.9-kilometre route.

All venues are around Raffles Place, Bayfront, and Downtown MRT Stations.
 All venues are around Raffles Place, Bayfront, and Downtown MRT Stations.
Merlion Park
Wide shot of Merlion at Merlion Park with Marina Bay Sands<sup>®</sup> in background

To begin the trail, take the exit from Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station towards One Fullerton, where you will arrive at 1 Merlion Park. As you warm up, take the opportunity to grab a quick pre-run snap with the city’s national mascot, the Merlion. Standing 8.6 metres tall, the majestic creature features a lion’s head on a fish’s body, and proudly spouts water out of its mouth and into Marina Bay. Here’s a fun photo tip: angle yourself beneath the statue with your mouth wide open and pretend to drink the water that’s spraying out of the Merlion. 

The park also features a smaller, two-metre tall Merlion cub that’s located not too far away from the larger statue. 

The Fullerton Heritage
Wide shot of illuminated building of The Fullerton Hotel at night

Now, head south and pick up the pace as you race along 2 The Fullerton Heritage precinct. Once a port for trading ships, the stretch is now home to a mix of sleek modern architecture and colonial-era façades. The strip teems with trendy al fresco dining options, including OverEasy Bar and Diner and Yamazaki Japanese Restaurant, wedged next to historical landmarks such as The Fullerton Hotel, The Clifford Pier and Customs House

You can snatch a glimpse of Singapore’s history as a port city as you tear past the buildings. Look out for The Clifford Pier on your right. Formerly a disembarkation point for visitors and immigrants, the structure has been refurbished into a swanky fine dining restaurant of the same name, and is part of The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Its original structure has been conserved, as have the iconic red oil lamps that hang at the jetty, once used to guide sailors to shore.

Marina Bay Sands®
Singapore skyline at sunset

As you reach the end of the heritage belt, turn towards Marina Boulevard, where you will approach the colossal towers of 3 Marina Bay Sands®. The luxury shopping and hospitality complex faces the city’s spectacular skyline, which features The Fullerton Heritage and the CBD. Soak in the jaw-dropping view as you speed down the promenade, catching the sun as it dips behind the skyscrapers. 

Continue along the path parallel to the water until you arrive at an open-air event plaza. Here, take a quick breather in between your sprints and inch towards the Rain Oculus, a massive rainwater collector that sits at the centre of the plaza. Every hour, witness the structure pump gallons of water to form a whirlpool that cascades down into the mall—grab a video of the spectacle while you’re there.

The ArtScience Museum™ perches at the far end of the stretch. Known for its distinct lotus-inspired exterior—although some might say it represents fingers—the gallery hosts various exhibitions and a permanent showcase that fuses design and technology. Run past the museum and you’ll get a peek of the Helix Bridge’s complex spiralling architecture.

Gardens by the Bay
Wide shot of Supertree Grove at night

Next, cut through the underpass that connects Marina Bay to 4 Gardens by the Bay. Tucked away from the bustle of the city, the nature park houses an exhaustive collection of native and international flora, including star fruit and cocoa trees. Along the journey, whizz past lakes and giant conservatories—the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest—before entering the Supertree Grove. Featuring dozens of tree-like canopy structures that soar at least 22 metres high, the garden comes to life at night as the ‘trees’ light up in hues of green and blue.

Marina Barrage
Wide shot of Marina Barrage with Marina Bay Sands<sup>®</sup> and Singapore flyer in background

Make that last dash count as you move on to the final stop of the route: 5 Marina Barrage. Built as a measure for flood control, the venue is also an ideal recreational area for families and friends. Water sports enthusiasts and picnickers regularly frequent the spot during the day to kayak or fly kites. There’s also Barrage Cove, a kite and convenience store, which sells fun outdoor products such as crafted kites, frisbees and three-wheeled scooters for kids. 

Cap off your evening run by lounging on Marina Barrage’s green roof, where you can enjoy the night breeze and try to spot a few stars. While you are there, you will also be able to see the Singapore Flyer illuminated in the distance. 

If your stomach is already rumbling, follow the smell of a barbeque to Satay by the Bay, a waterfront hawker centre that sits next to the Marina Barrage. It serves up local delights such as Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles) and, of course, satay (grilled meat skewers).

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A life of modern luxury

Marina Bay represents all things modern and super-stylish, from trendy dining destinations to exciting leisure spots.

A visit to Marina Bay is guaranteed to bombard your senses. With land reclamation works starting only in the 1970s, the transformation of the area has been nothing short of a miracle. 

Architectural masterpieces

Marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline, or brag about having seen some of the best views in the world from Sands SkyPark® at Marina Bay Sands®, designed by no less than the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

Want a nature fix? Pop over to the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. Revel in the spectacular views from the Supertree Grove amid lush gardens. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories or let the kids splash about at the Children’s Garden Water Play area.

Dizzy by the sights of a nautical vision in the distance? That’s just the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore designed to receive the newer generation of larger cruise liners.

New city living

Expect to see power suits and briefcases while joggers pound the pavement and cyclists whiz by alfresco cafes. You are as likely to find people who come here to work as people who call Marina Bay their home.

If you’re feeling cowed by the skyscrapers, walk along the scenic waterfront promenade decorated with artistic sculptures that lead you right to the water’s edge of Marina Reservoir, where you’ll probably come across kite flyers, dragon boat races, even musical performances.

And this is all just another ordinary day at Marina Bay.

Marina Bay

11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940

Before it was known as Sentosa, this island just off Singapore’s southern coast was a British military fortress. After the Japanese Occupation in World War II, Singapore returned to British rule, and the island was renamed “Sentosa” which translates to “peace and tranquility.”

Over the course of its remarkable history, Sentosa has transformed into a beloved island resort, best known for its tropical beaches, luxurious hotels and thrilling attractions. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a day of bold exploration, a world of adventure awaits you at Sentosa.

Exploration from coast to jungle
Group of men playing volleyball at Palawan Beach

Avid explorers looking to discover the island’s varied charms and natural landscapes will be able to choose from a range of inspiring activities.

To get your bearings, take reference from three beaches that span Sentosa’s coastline. Each beach holds its own unique charm: Siloso Beach is the island’s most bustling stretch, and home to various restaurants and attractions; Palawan Beach’s playgrounds, parks and lagoon are perfect for families, and Tanjong Beach is ideal for a tranquil getaway.

Nature lovers who are fascinated with Southeast Asia’s wealth of tropical flora and fauna can further their pursuit of knowledge with a hands-on journey at Sentosa Nature Discovery. The trail begins at an interactive gallery—where vistors will get the chance to brush up on their skills of scientific enquiry—followed by a showcase of Sentosa’s teeming wildlife and heritage trees native to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Drop by the S.E.A. Aquarium™ for a trip under the sea. One of the largest oceanariums on the planet, this attraction is home to more than 100,000 marine animals, allowing for up-close encounters with fascinating creatures from the deep. A range of educational programmes makes this a perfect location for families looking to foster a love for learning and growth in their little ones.

Fly high
Girl with instructor trying out skydiving at iFly

Soar high on adrenaline, as you partake in Sentosa’s various thrill-seeking attractions.

To live out your dreams of soaring like a superhero, drop by iFly Singapore, the world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. The 18-foot-tall acrylic ‘glass walls’—allow you to enjoy panoramic views of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach. State-of-the-art technology will lend you wings in an experience that simulates free falls from heights of 12,000 to 3,000 feet. First timers needn’t fret, as trained professionals will be on hand to guide you.

Family riding the MegaZip through Sentosa’s jungle

For more high-octane activity, brave new heights at the Mega Adventure Park – Singapore. The park’s star attraction—dubbed the MegaZip—is Southeast Asia’s steepest zip wire. Those courageous enough to hop on this adrenaline-pumping ride will get to experience a whole new perspective of Sentosa’s lush jungles and white beaches from 450 metres in the air. Other activities include a high ropes course, rock climbing wall and a 15-metre free fall simulator.

View of Cable Car Sky Network

After all that fast-paced action, wind down and experience Sentosa and Faber Peak as you take a ride on the Cable Car Sky Network. Soak in a stunning bird’s-eye view of Sentosa island and Mount Faber. Explorers looking to admire a view of Sentosa’s pristine beaches can stop at the Merlion station or Imbiah Lookout station.

Sentosa

39 Artillery Avenue, Singapore 099958

Where it all began
From its origins as a fishing village known as Temasek, to its role as a trading port under the British Empire, the Lion City’s history has been inseparable from that of the Singapore River.
It was at the river’s mouth that Sir Stamford Raffles—the founder of modern Singapore—first stepped onto the island, and where prince Sang Nila Utama saw the mythical lion after which our city is named.
Aerial view of the skyline of the Singapore River

Photo by Edward Tian

During the colonial era, the Singapore River became a flourishing hub of commerce, with dock hands toiling along its dusty banks, and flotillas of boats docked along its three quays.
These days, the Singapore River is a beloved nightlife district and tourist hotspot, with buzzing bars, eclectic eateries and iconic clubs spread across Robertson Quay, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
The rhythm of the night
A much-beloved stomping ground for bar-hopping travellers, cocktail connoisseurs and local party-goers, the neighbourhood boasts a range of buzzing bars, pubs and clubs.
Rock the stage at live music bar Crazy Elephant, dance the night away to retro tunes at The Pump Room, or experience childhood nostalgia at Level Up. Decked out in neon-themed décor, the latter is a concept bar that pays homage to the golden age of video game arcades.
For a world-class clubbing experience, pay a visit to Zouk. This legendary night club has been around for close to three decades, garnered numerous accolades, and has played host to a legion of internationally acclaimed DJs.
Alternatively, lovers of underground beats and experimental tunes can pay a visit to Headquarters, while those looking for both music and merriment should party on at Canvas, which regularly features live comedy nights alongside an eclectic range of tunes.
Riverside restaurants and global dining
To expand your culinary horizons, take a stroll down the Singapore River, and experience flavours from all over the globe.
Take a jaunt back to 19th-century Singapore with a visit to Tongkang River Boat Dining. This experiential restaurant is housed aboard Singapore’s last surviving tongkangs (light wooden trade boats), and specialises in Western cuisine.
Other dining establishments along the river include Tomo Izakaya—which boasts a menu of diverse Japanese small dishes—and Wings Bar, a 1940s aviation-themed eatery.
While quieter than Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, Robertson Quay’s laid-back charm and host of stellar dining spots makes it the perfect spot for the discerning gourmand. Feast on tacos at casual Mexican eatery Super Loco, indulge in sumiyaki (charcoal-roasted meats) at Shunjuu Izakaya, and partake in Korean barbeque at Ju Shin Jung.
Clarke Quay MRT

10 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059815