Situated beside Malaysia a small and probably the safest country in Southeast Asia is Singapore. If we compare it with other countries the crime rate over here is very low you will have lots of things to do in Singapore. This country is a blend of a modern metropolitan city and a tropical island country. A good thing to know for all travelers is that in Singapore everyone speaks English perfectly well, in some ways you can compare it with other countries like Western Europe and the USA.
In Singapore, you will find some of the best hotels in the world with very high quality and standards. Singapore is a popular city not just among tourists but also for corporations.
Most companies do conferences and training very often so we recommend you to book your hotel early to avoid high rates. Almost all popular hotels are fully booked during peak seasons: January – February, June – July, and September – October.
Singapore has alot to offer in terms of food for every kind of traveler. If you are a foodie and very hygienic you will find lots of different varieties of food to try which are high-quality and hygienic. This Compact city is divided into several areas and each area is unique and different in terms of food, people and culture.
If you visit the little India area you will feel like you are walking in some Indian street for real. Sentosa Island will give you the feel of California. And if you decide to walk around Gardena by the Bay and Marina Bay this will make you feel as if you have stepped into the future.
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If you don’t want to spend too much on transportation and also wish to cover all the areas of Singapore, our suggestion is to use Singapore Tourist Pass. It is a great mode of transportation which gives you limited rides.
One day pass will cost you $10 SGD ($7.50 USD), a two-day pass costs $16 SGD ($12 USD and three-day pass for $20 SGD ($15 USD).
Note: Before you land in Singapore download Grab app because Uber is almost disappearing and taxis will cost you more especially in the nighttime. Grab app works like Uber and is a perfect alternative to the MRT.
With so many exciting things to do in Singapore it becomes the very reason why most travelers want to visit this country so much. However Singapore is a very expensive country as compared to other Southeast Asia countries. Budget wise you can easily compare Singapore with Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.
Here we will tell you things you can do in Singapore for an amazing 3 to 5 days trip. We hope this guide will help you in planning your own Singapore trip soon.
Where to Stay in Singapore
Budget Hotels in Singapore
Mono hotel is a small boutique hotel located in the center of the city . Hotel Mono offers deals running on all rooms all of the time. This hotel offers single, double and a family room for up to four guests.
This hotel is located near Little India and offers double rooms around $120 USD.
Kai hotel is a lovely spot which is in a great location. Hotel Kai offers single rooms starting from $80 USD. This hotel also gives personal Wi-Fi devices to the guests that will give you 24/7 connection all over Singapore.
The Bohemian Chic:
This hostel is located in Chinatown that offers elegant social accommodations.
Luxury Hotels in Singapore
The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore:
Super-luxe hotel, The Ritz Carlton located at an iconic location in Marina Bay is for those who are looking for a luxury property to stay. Here during your trip, the price of rooms starts from SGD 493 per night.
Marina Bay Sands:
This place is one of the most famous hotels in Asia. If you have seen pictures of Singapore, you have probably seen shots of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the whole city view. So if you want to experience swimming in the rooftop infinity pool, you need to book rooms here.
The Warehouse Hotel:
Warehouse hotel is located at riverfront, it’s a five star property and this hotel is in 19th century flawlessly refurbished building.
Day One in Singapore
Start at the Marina Bay Area
Start your first day with Gardens by the Bay. To avoid crowds, it’s best if you get there at 9:00am. You will be mesmerized by the amazing cloud forest, supertree Grove and Flower Dome. We suggest to spend atleast 2 hours here to take it all in.
Also you can choose to spend the night at Marina Bay Sands to enjoy the view of the iconic spot you don’t necessarily have to have a room at the hotel. You can head over to Marina Bay sands and buy tickets for the Sky Park Observation Deck to enjoy the panoramic views of the cityscape from the 57th floor.
Eat Up the Foodie Culture
Don’t forget to bring your camera with you on this incredible journey. Spend some time exploring the markets of Chinatown before making your way to Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple. After all the wandering around, it’s time to have lunch at Chinatown’s Maxwell Hawker Centre.
If you want to taste local Singapore dishes,this food market is the place where you will find hawkers (stand or stalls). There are so many amazing local dishes which makes it impossible to choose.
But you can have some of the best Singaporean food like: laksa (a spicy noodle soup with different options of proteins), chili crab, prawn mee (noodle soup with prawns) and there is also a Michelin-star chicken rice stand.
Walk Bugis Street Market
Once Bugis Street Market was famous as a red-light district in the world but now this market is famous among tourists and locals as the cheapest and biggest shopping place in Singapore. If you are looking for souvenirs or want to explore foreign markets, this is a must visit spot in Singapore.
Hop on Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer is another local icon , if you want to see the first sunset in the city you have to get on it. Yes it’s a touristy place but trust us it’s worth to take a 30 minute ride and see the world’s most Huge Observation wheels.
At Night Out in Clarke Quay
After all day wandering in the city, you can enjoy the night out in Clarke Quay. This place is for party lovers, when the sun goes down locals and travelers go there for dinner, enjoy clubbing and have drinks. Clarke Quay is popular for countless clubs and bars.
Day Two in Singapore
Start Early Tiong Bahru Market
On the second day of your journey, wakeup early and explore Tiong Bahru Market. This market opens at 6 A.m and is popular for all varieties of fresh seafood, veggies and fruits. This spot is perfect for foodie travelers, also you will find here hawker food stalls, so explore and eat your way.
Chill at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens is 159-years old and only this tropical garden is honored as a UNESCO world heritage site, don’t forget to see orchid gardens!
Explore Arab Street
Locals call it Arab Street because this famous neighborhood has Muscat Street, Bali Lanes, Bussorah Street and Haji lanes. This place is full of cafes, restaurants and shops. Here you will get an opportunity to take amazing photos. Just remember don’t visit this area on Sundays because most of the places are closed.
Visit the ArtScience Museum
In Singapore it’s a perfect spot for those who are interested in arts and science. ArtScience Museum offers to explore Science, Arts, Technology and Culture together, also it has amazing sculptures and lights exhibitions.
This museum has 21 gallery spaces with exhibitions of world’s most known artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci. For more info you can check the ArtScience website.
Indulge in Ultra Fresh Seafood
If you are a seafood lover like us we recommend you to visit East Coast Seafood Center for which you need to go to Jumbo Seafood restaurant and try their award-winning Chili Crab. Also you can enjoy an amazing dinner at Po Restaurant of the Warehouse hotel. They also offer craft cocktails too.
Check out the Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan)
Sultan Mosque is one of the most impressive and prominent religious buildings in Singapore. You can go and explore this on your own or take a guided tour to learn more about the history of mosques.
See the Gardens at Night
Now in the night head back to the Gardens by the Bay to watch the Garden Rhapsody show. Show timings are 7:45 till 8:45 every night but before going check their website for the up-to-date schedule.
See the City from Above
Like Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore is also popular for its rooftop bars. You can visit Smoke & Mirrors which is in the heart of the city with an amazing and worth watching the view. If you are planning to stay at Marina Bay Sands, here you will find another amazing rooftop bar with an infinity pool.
Day Three in Singapore
Take a Trip to Sentosa Island
Sun and beach on the sand is calling, You can spend your whole 3rd day on Sentosa Island. This Island offers beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, theme parks, Spa and most popular Universal Studios.
Singapore is a small country so you can easily explore all of its top attractions in a week.