Here for a good time, not a long time? You’re in luck: whether you’ve got 48 or 72 hours to play with, there’s plenty to explore, see, and do on the little red dot. And a little planning in advance will ensure your schedule is crammed with memorable moments and unique insights into Singaporean life and culture. Marvel at the bright lights of Marina Bay and Orchard Road, indulge in a spot of retail therapy, relax with a stroll through the Botanic Gardens, revel in the buzzy bars and restaurants, or immerse yourself in the diverse cultures and heritage that define Singapore.
But before you start exploring, make sure you purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited access to the efficient MRT, LRT, and bus route network. It’s the most efficient, hassle-free way to whizz around the city. And that’s not our only top tip, here’re a few more to ensure you make the most of your time in the Lion City.
Day 1: A cultural immersion and foodie extravaganza
Singapore is home to an eclectic mix of cultures, and a visit wouldn’t be the same without exploring this diversity. Immerse yourself in two of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods and indulge in the pastime that unites all Singaporeans: food!
AM: Start the day in Chinatown with a traditional breakfast of kaya toast and kopi or wander the stalls of Chinatown Food Centre and the surrounding bustling streets in search of dim sum. Spend the rest of the morning roaming the shophouse lined streets, explore the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, and visit the Chinese Heritage Centre. Both provide a fascinating insight into Singapore’s heritage and early migrant pioneers.
PM: Hop on the MRT and head to Little India and Kampong Glam, these vibrant adjoining districts are overflowing with activity and things to do. Visit the boutique and vintage stores on Haji Lane and Arab Street to pick up trinkets and treasures, head to Tekka wet market and food court to sample local delicacies, and soak up the extravagant architecture of Hindu temples that can be found around every corner. Stick around during the evening to indulge in a foodie tour; you’ll sample the best local dishes while learning more about this intriguing area.
Day 2: The Garden City
You’ve eaten the food, and wandered the streets, now see why Singapore is often referred to as the garden city.
AM option A: For the adventurous, a hike around MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a must. Be sure to pack your trainers, a trek of between 5 and 10km (dependent on your chosen route) is to be expected. Head for the nerve-jangling Treetop Walk and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view over the emerald-green jungle canopy.
Option B: For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, head to Singapore’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Botanic Gardens. Meander along the winding paths and trails and lose yourself among the exotic flora and fauna. The hubbub of the city will feel a million miles away.
PM: The epic view over Marina Bay is an unmissable treat. But first, amble around Gardens by the Bay and its flower domes to work up an appetite. Then head to the rooftop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel for a cocktail and dinner in the sky.
Day 3: The island’s: old v new
Spend your final day with an adventurous outing to one of Singapore’s islands. Modern Sentosa or traditional Pulau Ubin: which will you choose?
AM: Before you embark on an island adventure, make time to visit Tiong Bahru. Brimming with cafes, markets, and quaint boutique shops, it’s an ideal spot for breakfast and a stroll before a fun-filled afternoon.
PM option A: Take a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin: Singapore’s last ‘kampung’ (village). Hire a bike and cycle, or walk the multiple trails and paths that will take you through jungly forests and quarries. Keep your eyes peeled for wild monkeys, boar, and monitor lizards! Once you’re done exploring, head back to the main jetty for a well-earned feast of locally caught seafood.
Option B: Home to Resorts World, Sentosa is aptly named the ‘state of fun’. It’s packed with activities to please thrill seekers, from theme parks and water parks, to vast swathes of sandy beaches and bars. It’s an action-packed way to spend your final day in SG.