What are the best attractions in Singapore?

What are the best attractions in Singapore?

Are you looking for the best attractions in Singapore? If so, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Singapore might be small, but what this island-state lacks in size it certainly makes up with a whole lotta character. Not to mention some of the best attractions in Asia. Situated at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore boasts with diverse cultures, colorful architecture, skyscraper-studded skylines, culinary feasts and plenty to do, see and love. Whether you are in Singapore for a lengthy stopover or plan to visit the city for a couple of days, there are more than enough options to keep you busy and captivated.

So, are you wondering what the best attractions in Singapore are? We highlight ten amazing things which simply must be on your to-do list when visiting Singapore below. But before you jet off to Singapore, it’s a good idea to also know these things when traveling Singapore.

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The best attractions in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay was my favorite place to explore in Singapore. In fact, I loved it so much that I actually visited it twice on my trip. Besides being one of the most photogenic places in Singapore, it’s also the top attraction in the city.

Gardens by the Bay is a vital part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision and stand testament to Singapore’s dedication to being one of the greenest cities in the world. Moreover, a trip to Singapore would simply not be complete without checking out this horticultural wonderland.

The grounds span over an impressive 101 hectares of land and is home to almost 400,000 plants. Here you will find the world’s largest Greenhouse (Flower Dome) together with the world’s largest indoor waterfall (Cloud Forest). GBTB is also home to the fantastic Supertrees – towering vertical gardens. Added to that, the 22-meter high OCBC Skyway allows you to get a bird’s-eye view of the cityscape and the gardens.

Satay by the Bay, one of Singapore’s most famous hawker stands, is also on the grounds. It offers a welcome reprieve after all that exploring and is the perfect place to sample some ‘oh-so-delish’ satay.

Top things to do at Gardens by the Bay

  • Stroll along the towering Supertrees at the Supertree Grove.
  • Take in the fantastic view on top of OCBC Skyway. (If you are an avid travel photographer, I would highly recommend that you visit at sunset. It’s truly magic!)
  • Enjoy one of the best light and sound shows in the world; the Garden Rhapsody. (Free of charge. Daily 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm).
  • Visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
  • Learn about reducing your footprint on the environment.

Skip the queues and get your GBTB & OCBC Skyway tickets here.

Entrance:

Outdoor gardens: Free

Cloud Forest & Flower Dome: SG$28

OCBC Skyway: SG$8

Opening times:

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Merlion Park

Singapore’s national icon and one of the best attractions to see in the Lion City is, without a doubt, the Merlion. This iconic ‘half lion, half fish’ symbolizes Singapore’s modest beginnings as a fishing village. The Merlion statue is 8.6 meters tall and weighs a whopping 70 tons. Today, however, the water spouting Merlion is more well-known for the crowds it draws. So, don’t be surprised if there are dozens of people and tour groups on your visit. Luckily, the crowds tend to move on quite quickly, especially after they’ve snapped up their selfies.

Top things to do at Merlion Park

  • Take a selfie with the Merlion.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the marina, featuring the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the flower-shaped Art Science Museum.
  • Cross the various bridges to get a gorgeous view of Singapore’s skyline.
  • Rent a mini Segway mobile to whizz from one tourist spot to the next quickly.
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The Marina Bay Sands Skypark

If you’re looking for the best panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline, the Marina Bay Sands is the spot to be. The hotel has one of the most iconic infinity pools in the world, but with rooms starting at US$500 a night, it might not be the most budget-friendly option for all.

Luckily, there is the Skypark – a spectacular observation deck perched 57 floors above the ground. From here, you can soak up the gorgeous cityscape, marvel at the city’s best attractions, and enjoy one helluva sunset! Not only is the Skypark one of the best attractions in Singapore, but it’s also surprisingly affordable. (In case you’ve started poking around or perhaps even heard that Singapore is expensive…you’ve heard right! Singapore is indeed super expensive! But that should not stop you from visiting. Check out these handy tips that will help you save money in the city.

Don’t forget to also watch the Spectra of Light and Water Show (8:00 pm and 9:30 pm) and the Garden Rhapsody at GBTB (7:45 pm and 8:45 pm) from the Skypark daily.

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Chinatown

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Looking for the best place to grab some chili crab, chicken rice, or even some Chinese trinkets? Then, Chinatown is most definitely your answer! Nestled among colorful buildings lined with red Chinese lanterns, you’ll find everything from tea sets and souvenirs to cool street art hidden in the alleys here. A stop in Chinatown would also not be complete without having your name written in calligraphy, checking out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and grabbing some chicken rice at Singapore’s most famous Michelin Star Hawker Stand, Mr. Chang.

History buffs can pop in at the Chinatown Heritage Centre for great insights on Chinese civilization in Singapore. There’s also a great little walking tour, which I highly recommend, should you have a few hours to spare. The trip takes about two hours, and a local expert guide will show you all the best sights around the area.

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Ann Siang Hill

If you want to experience Singapore’s lively night scene, Ann Siang Hill is the place to be. The atmospheric streets are lined with colorful bars and pubs, hipster hangouts, and some trendy restaurants. It’s also a great place to grab a drink after exploring Chinatown and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

One of my favorite hangouts here was Oxwell & Co. It has the most beautiful little rooftop garden offering fantastic views of lower-lying Chinatown. Not to mention, a fab choice of craft beers, signature Gin cocktails, and a surprising take on British classics such as fish and chips.

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Little India

Little India is home to colorful and chaotic streets accompanied by Bollywood music and the smell of spices. The area offers tons of atmosphere and is a great place to shop for souvenirs in the city.

Whether you prefer exploring on your own or joining a walking tour, Little India will not disappoint. The vibrant streets are lined with rustic conserved shophouses selling anything from spices, incense, clothes, and everything in-between. While here, you’ll also get a chance to admire some beautiful flower garlands and maybe even pop in at a fortune-teller to discover your destiny.

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Top things to do at Little India

  • Take a selfie at the most colorful house in Singapore, House of Tan Teng Niah.
  • Visit the historical Hindu temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
  • Shop for saris and trinkets at Tekka Centre or bargaining for electronics at Mustafa Centre.
  • Grab some Teh Tarik (pulled tea) and chocolate and banana roti prata (pancake).
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Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam, also known as the Arab Quarter was one of my favorite areas to explore in Singapore. The area is home to the impressive Sultan Mosque and boasts with an eclectic mix of Islāmic stores, restaurants, hipster bars and young designer boutiques. Find anything from incense to silk fabrics, as well as cool clothing stores here.

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If you are visiting here, don’t forget to check out Haji Lane – one of the best attractions in Singapore. Here you’ll find vibrant, bustling streets lined with colorful street art, cute cafes, and hipster hangouts.

Top Things to do in Kampong Glam

  • Visiting the Sultan Mosque.
  • Grabbing some satay and chilling at the bohemian styled, BluJaz Cafe.
  • Strolling through Haji Lane and snapping up pics of all the cool street art.
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Katong

Stepping into Katong is like stepping into yesteryear. Once home to coconut plantations, Katong is today better known as an Instagram hot spot. And for a good reason. Here, tucked away in suburbia, you’ll find the colorful Peranakan houses. With their ornate facades, detailed motifs, and ceramic tiles, you’ll have no trouble getting your Instagram on.

These soft pastel-colored houses have long been one of the best attractions in Singapore, and you certainly won’t regret taking the lengthy bus ride to get here.

Top things to do in Katong

  • Take a selfie at the pretty pastel-colored Peranakan houses in Joo Chiat Road.
  • Grab the best laksa in town at 328 Katong Laksa.
  • Enjoy some botanical gelato at Birds of Paradise.
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Foodies! Get an in-depth look at Peranakan history, culture, and cuisine with this exclusive Katong Food Tour.

The Quays

If you’re looking for a unique (yet relaxing) way to explore Singapore’s Bays, I highly recommend taking a River Cruise. One of the best places to hop on a bumboat is at Clarke Quay – a pretty human-made bay lined with colorful shophouses, restaurants, and bars. Clarke Quay does get quite busy after working hours. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, instead come in the afternoon. Do, however, keep in mind that Singapore’s heat is relentless, so unless you are used to high humidity, it’s best to come in the early morning or late afternoon.

The river cruise is a great way to enjoy the sights along the banks while leisurely making your way through Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson’s Quay. Spot iconic sights such as Raffles Landing Site, The Merlion, The Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands Park, The Fullerton Hotel, and so much more.

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Top Things to do at the Quays

  • Taking a 40-minute river cruise, passing some of the best riverside highlights in Singapore.
  • Checking out the very colorful and historical, Old Hill Street Police Station. Although it houses the Ministry of Communications and Information today, this former police station is one of the most striking police stations you’ll ever see!
  • Enjoying a meal at one of the eateries which line the river.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Singapore’s Botanic Gardens attracts more than 4 million visitors every year. Also, it’s the most visited botanic gardens in the world, which is why a visit to the Lion City would simply not be complete without checking out this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The grounds are home to wide-open spaces, lakes, and fantastic fauna making it well worth a visit. Whether you’d like to stroll around the grounds, visit the Orchid Garden or have a picnic, the Botanic Gardens will not disappoint. Depending on your time, I suggest allowing at least 2-3 hours to explore the gardens.

Top Things to do at the Botanic Gardens

  • Seeing the world’s largest permanent display of orchids at the Orchid Garden.
  • Visiting the Learning Forest where efforts are being made to safeguard several critically endangered plant species.
  • Heading to the Fragrant Garden (in the early evening) to enjoy the fragrance of the plants.

Entrance fee:

The entrance to the gardens is free, but there is a small charge of SG$5 to visit the Orchid Garden. Which by the way is totally worth it!

Opening times:

5 am – 12 pm daily.

Have we missed any of your favorite Singapore attractions? If you have any suggestions to add to our list of best attractions in Singapore, we’d love to know. So, please feel free to drop us a message in the comments below.

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24 thoughts on “What are the best attractions in Singapore?”

  • Wow, there are so many new things in Singapore from when I last was there about 20 years ago. But I am more amazed at the quality of your photos!!! Both composition and technical! What camera are you using>

    • Thanks Carol, that’s great to hear! Hope you get a chance to go see all the changes sometime soon. Thanks for the great compliment, too! These were all shot with an iPhone X and an Olympus OMD Mark-II mirrorless camera. I can’t rave enough about these two products! Definitely worth the investment!

  • Singapore is a place I wish I had visited when I went to China, Hong Kong and Thailand, but I will get back there! That Skyway looks amazing-would HAVE to do that! I love the modern architecture of large Asian cities and I wasn’t aware of the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, that is really cool and a light show too? Awesome! And the most colorful house is definitely in line with my love of all things color!

  • Singapore is on my travel list just for those gardens! Singapore also is host to one of the most spectacular flower shows in the world. It’s good to know I have some other options when I do visit one day!

  • My dad lived here for 6 months and always talked very fondly of Singapore. I would love to visit the gardens despite my hayfever, eat the food in Chinatown and explore that very picturesque ANN SIANG HILL street. One day….

  • I lived in Singapore for a year and absolutely loved it there. The only place I didn’t visit on your list was GARDENS BY THE BAY. I should have gone but kept putting it off…will have to revisit someday.

    • Wow, that must have been amazing! I wouldn’t mind living in Singapore – so much to do, see and don’t get me started on the food! Hope you get a chance to revisit – GBTB is stunning!

  • There are so many flowers in Singapore, I had no idea. Little India looks like an instagrammers paradise. I would love to visit one day, I just need to sort out a long layover there!

  • Oh my goodness. I could get lost in Gardens by the Bay. Actually, I could probably live there and never leave. I did not know Singapore was home to the world’s largest greenhouse and indoor waterfall. I also would love to take a picture or two at the most colorful house in Singapore. I like the variety in all the neighborhoods, and the vibrant colors or the houses and buildings.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Lance. That was one of my favorite parts too – here u can find anything from ultra lux skyscrapers to little colorful rustic buildings!

  • Oh my gosh, the Gardens by the Bay is an absolute dream for me! And visiting Chinatown and Little India I think are such important parts of the cultural experience! While I haven’t (yet!) been to Singapore, I absolutely loved learning about the Chinese heritage in Malaysia, it’s neighbor to the north. Being port hubs, there is so much rich culture and history peering into the enclaves left by those who came travelling through over the last hundreds of years. Great tips here!

  • I visited Singapore a few years ago and this is bringing back fond memories! Gardens by the Bay was my absolute favorite and I wouldn’t mind returning again just to visit there. Can’t believe I missed Ann Siang Hill though. Oxwell & Co looks so cute, no wonder it’s your favorite!

  • Singapore has always been on my list but I’ll admit that after seeing Crazy Rich Asians, I am DYING to visit. I’d head straight to the Gardens by the Bay. I would then eat my way around the whole city! No idea that they have a Little India. Looks colorful and sounds delicious 🙂

    • Oh I want to see Crazy Rich Asians so bad! Just watched the trailer a few days ago and it looks awesome! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Carmen. You’ll love Singapore!

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