No tickets to the National Day Parade (NDP) celebrating Singapore’s 53rd birthday?
If you need a room stat to watch the pyrotechnics, try this hotel’s “Celebrate with Singapore” room package that includes overnight accommodation in a Grand Marina room and daily buffet breakfast for two in the Colony restaurant.
The package starts from $640 per night, but you do need to book a minimum stay of 2 nights, with full pre-payment and advance reservations. Book your stay here.
The sophisticated Pan Pacific Singapore brings more than creature comforts with their luxurious service utilities and amenities, from integrated bathroom speakers to an unbeatable selection of cable channels for in-room entertainment.
This National Day, they’ve got a special Fireworks Package (it includes breakfast!) for bay-facing rooms or room categories starting from its Harbour Studio and above, with inspiring views of the vibrant cityscape. And of the fireworks too, it goes without saying.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore proves itself worthy of its 5-star luxury hotel rating time and again, with amenities like luxury spa treatments making it a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Singapore life despite being conveniently located right in the centre of the city and central business districts.
Its hotel rooms seamlessly combining subtle oriental touches with luxurious contemporary comforts, and are even described as rooms with “city views”, “ocean views” and “city and Marina Bay views” on its website. So remember: ask for one on a high floor, preferably the Marina Bay View room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, get to BAY@5, the alfresco poolside lounge that offers equally great views of the bay (its other viewing spot, Axis Bar and Lounge, is closed for upgrading until September 2018 — too late to make the fireworks!)
Situated Atop Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI’s (the former Ku De Ta) is an obvious choice for the spectacular night, with its unblocked views and electric atmosphere. This year, book early for its Majulah! National Day Fiesta 2018 as it happens from noon all the way till 10 p.m., with pre-sale tickets limited to 150 at $28, and at-door-sale tickets at $48 (subject to availability).
The views will be hard to beat at Singapore’s highest urban craft brewery – if you aren’t convinced you can visit its Facebook to see a video of the Singapore flag flypast during the Singapore NDP rehearsal. Book early – their tables and terrace bar seats are extremely popular, and especially since the resto is offering a National Day Platter featuring burgers, beer and shrimp.
You’ll have to “chope” or reserve your spot at this beautiful pedestrian bridge linking Millenia Walk and The Float at Marina Bay areas with Marina Bay Sands. You might need to head there in the early noon, as it’s at the heart of the action – it will be crowded with people and things will get very loud, so do take care if you are bringing the little ones.
If you wish to view the ‘works with throngs of people and for free, there’s no better place than at the open-air spaces at the front of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. There are two main areas to try — the seats and steps near the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and the benches along the whole Waterfront Promenade toward the Esplanade’s upcoming Waterfront Theatre. Just remember to be careful of any construction works (since the new theatre is being built) and of course, the Singapore River.
Standing at a peak of 282 metres (63 storeys) above ground, this outdoor post is supposed the “world’s highest alfresco bar” , with a stunning 360 degree view of Singapore. Stretching across the 61st – 63rd floors of One Raffles Place, this world class nightlife destination – complete with an extensive cocktail list, comfy loungers and a lowered dance floor amid palm trees – will offer one of the best options to see the fireworks in its full glory.
And if it is anything like its Let’s Go Local! party on 4 August where there was local food stations and exclusive concocted drinks like the Loco Coco made with coconut, pandan syrup and gula melaka (palm sugar), spending 9 August evening here should be a blast! See what the bar has in store on its Facebook.
Want to be right in the thick of the action? Then this location (right opposite from the other large, free open-air viewing area that is the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Waterfront Promenade) will guarantee you a spot in the middle of all the lights, fireworks and aerial displays.
You might not be able to see the NDP show itself (the area faces the back of the stage at The Float @ Marina Bay) but at least it’s a wide area for the fam to navigate plus you can grab dinner or a break at the many dining options at Marina Bay Sands (and with air-con too!)
Can’t deal with the madding crowd but still want to catch the explosions in the sky? You can do so here from a distance, away from the loud noises. What else is good about this spot: It’s perfect for a picnic, with enough ground for the kids to gambol or even fly kites while you wait for the show to start.
If the Helix Bridge across the waters appears too popular and crowded, there’s still another older (but no less advantageous) spot for you and your LO watch peonies and chrysanthemums in the night sky: Jubilee Bridge that links the Merlion Park and Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay. Which means you can get to visit the mythical icon statue (if you haven’t already) and catch the NDP display all on one super special day.
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