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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 landmarks in Asia! Situated at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore boasts diverse cultures, colorful architecture, skyscraper-studded skylines, culinary feasts and plenty to do, see and love.
Whether you are in Singapore on a stopover or plan to visit the city for a few days, there is plenty to keep you busy! Wondering what to do and see in Singapore? Read along to discover the best attractions in Singapore.
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What to do in Singapore: The Absolute Best Attractions in Singapore
Before diving into this Singapore guide, make sure to read these budget tips to help you save money in the city. This guide on things to know when traveling Singapore will also come in handy. If you’re looking for the best photo spots, check out my post on the most Instagram-worthy places in Singapore.
As already mentioned, Singapore has a lot going for it – from magnificent landmarks and gorgeous views to beautiful green spaces and fabulous food! Whether you plan to spend your time in the city or looking for something a bit more exciting like visiting Singapore’s Universal Studios – there’s something for everyone in Singapore.
Ready to discover the best things to do in Singapore? Let’s go!
Gardens by the Bay
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 a top attraction in Asia.
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.
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 like taking photos, I highly recommend coming at sunset. Just a head’s up though, the lines are always quite long. To avoid disappointment, skip the queues and book your GBTB & OCBC Skyway tickets in advance.
- Enjoy the Gardens by the Bay Light and Music Show. The Garden Rhapsody is one of the best light and music shows in the world. What’s more, it’s free of charge and you can catch the show daily at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
- Visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
- Learn about reducing your footprint on the environment.
Entrance: Outdoor gardens: Free | Cloud Forest & Flower Dome: SG$28 | OCBC Skyway: SG$8
Opening times: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
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.
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.
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 to 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.
Get around the best attractions easily whilst exploring Singapore at your own pace. For a hassle-free trip, consider grabbing Hop On Hop Off Bus tickets in advance.
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.
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.
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.
Things to do in 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).
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 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.
A trip to Kampong Glam simply wouldn’t be complete without ducking into Haji Lane – a cute, colorful lane full of street art, cute cafes, hipster hangouts and some of Singapore’s best craft beer bars. Since Haji Lane is great place for a leisurely walkabout, it’s not surprising that it’s one of the best attractions in Singapore!
Things to do at 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.
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.
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.
Foodies! Get an in-depth look at Peranakan history, culture, and cuisine with this exclusive Katong Food Tour.
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.
Things to do at the Quays
- Taking a 40-minute boat 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
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.
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.
That wraps up this guide on things to do in Singapore! If you have any places to add to this list of best attractions in Singapore, feel free to let me know in the comments below.
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