You can't go to Singapore and not be struck by the Marina Bay Sands hotel. Even if your budget doesn't stretch to anywhere near the grandeur of staying there you can still get a sense of the engineering achievement of the place just by looking at it. You'll see it from so many points of inner city - from the Singapore Flyer (though given you'll be looking at its 'bow' you won't get the best view of it from there) and from Marina Bay.
Apart from the thoroughfare aspect of the place (you can walk through parts of it at will such as the lobby and if you are transiting through it from Marina Bay to Gardens by the Bay) there is part of it open to the average 'Joe Public' and that is the Observation deck at the bow of the ship. This is not cheap. But few things in Singapore are. The observation deck itself does provide a wonderful view to both landward and seaward. There is a sense of space as it is open to the elements and would be spectacular in a tropical downpour. There are interpretive panels so you can read about what is in front of you view wise and it is best to take your time and checking out the view of the Gardens by the Bay, the Barrage and the ships beyond it, Marina Bay itself and the promenade. Photography buffs will have a field day.
There aren't really any places to sit and bide a while. Presumably they don't want to encourage you to stay too long. There is a gift shop and yes it is expensive but... well what would you expect? Look if you simply must have that fridge magnet but baulk at the cost of getting it here then pick up a cheap one down in Chinatown later on in your stay.
Totally recommended with a couple of tiny caveats.
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