DATAx is coming to Singapore and suffice it to say, you're going to want to be there. With a host of presentations, innovators and brands present, the benefits to any data professional are immeasurable.
Outside of the summit however, fortunately for our delegates, Singapore happens to be one of the most dynamic, exciting and unique cities on earth, once referred to by The Economist as the "world's only fully functioning city-state".
To help some of our guests who are traveling in from all over the world have the best possible time, DATAx presents its selection for some of the best places to visit while prowling the Lion City.
Marina Sands Hotel
A veritable landmark of Singapore, the Marina Sands Hotel is a 2,561-room luxury report comprised of three towers connected by the world's largest cantilever roof, which resembles a large ship atop three skyscrapers.
Opened in 2010, when first unveiled it had the title of the world most expensive standalone casino. With a number of world-class restaurants, a 340-metre-long gardens, museums, two theatres, an observation deck and a 150-metre infinity swimming pool, once in there, it may be harder to leave than you expect.
Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay are arguably the most distinct tourist site in the city, and you'll have no doubt seen them filling up Instagram feeds. The undeniably whacky nature reserve-cum-architectural icon covers 101 hectares (that's 205 acres) of reclaimed land in the Marina Bay area of the city. Looking like they have stepped straight out of a science fiction film and absolutely brimming with color, this tourist spot is unmissable.
Highlight: The Supertree Grove
Huge, futuristic structures are covered with more than 200 species of plant and flower, and twice a night makes way to a spectacular light show.
Universal Studios Singapore
If by chance you happen to also have your family with you, while you're learning all the world has to offer about all things data with us at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, why don't you treat them to a day at Universal Studios Singapore?
Located on Sentosa Island, the amusement park boasts 28 rides across seven different zones including: Far Far Away, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City and New York. With shows and other attractions, there's something for everyone – but try to avoid peak times as it can get quite busy.
Located just upstream of Singapore River, the historic Clarke Quay has been the center of trade in Singapore since colonial times. Now a revamped and flourishing commercial, residential and entertainment hub of the city, this is a must for any first-time visitor to the city.
You catch a boat down the Singapore River, visit some of the stunningly regal colonial building located near the Quay, visit the Fort Canning Park, a green oasis hidden within the concrete jungle that is Singapore. Or if you're feeling particularly brave, try out the G-Max Reverse Bungy and get launched 60 feet into the air at a speed of 200kmh!
Singapore Centre Science
If you feel like you haven't been sufficiently nerded out by all that data content with us at DATAx, head down to one of the more than 1,000 exhibits spread over the 14 exhibition galleries that constitute the Science Centre Singapore.
Located in Jurong East, the Centre has captured the evolution of scientific developments through its unique and relevant exhibitions and shows. It was created to promote scientific and technological education and even boasts one of the few observatories in the world located near the equator where it regularly holds star-gazing sessions.
The wet markets
Another cultural must for visitors, the wet markets are fresh produce markets locals visit for the very freshest of groceries. Known as the wet market due to their reputation for being perpetually wet due to their constant washing of fruits and veg.
There are dozens of wet markets in Singapore, one of the most notable being the Tekka Market, Singapore's largest and most culturally rich wet market with a whopping 284 stalls. However, try the Chinatown Wet Market if you're a fan of shopping for live shellfish.
A former British military base, Sentosa is now a sprawling resort island just half a kilometer of the southern coast of the Singapore mainland and is the city state's fourth biggest island, excluding the main island.
Home to a number of attractions including the aforementioned Universal Studio, SEA Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark, you can go kayaking or ride the cable car, to name but a few of the activities. The island welcomes close to 20 million guests every year, so you may need to take an extra day off work to really explore this gem.
A few tips when visiting Singapore:
- Alcohol is heavily taxed in Singapore, so if you are a drinker, be prepared to pay a lot – wine or beer can run up to $20 at a typical restaurant or bar.
- Gambling is legal in Singapore, but only for tourists, so if you're gambling don’t expect to see any locals.
- Spitting on the street and chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.