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Last updated on October 3, 2023 by Carl Austin - 4 Comments
Singapore is one of the great cities of the world, with its blend of Asian and European cultures. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous city states and boasts one of the world’s busiest ports.
Graceful colonial buildings co-exist alongside centuries-old street markets and modern high-rises. Though the government can be strict with residents and visitors who misbehave, travelers who follow the rules can’t help but be fascinated by this multi-cultural city. An overview of the top tourist attractions in Singapore:
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10. Marina Bay Sands [SEE MAP]
If construction costs are a traveler’s bag, then they’ll delight in seeing the Marina Bay Sands, a resort that cost US$5.7 billion to build, making it the world’s most expensive building when it opened in 2010. The Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort that has it all: a luxury hotel, restaurants, an endless collection of shops, a convention center that is one of the largest in Asia, theater, an ArtScience Museum and other entertainment centers. It also has an indoor skating rink made with synthetic ice.
9. Singapore Flyer [SEE MAP]
The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel, only with benefits, that only start with the stunning views below. Cars hold up to 28 people as they circle above the city. When it opened in 2008, it was the highest Ferris wheel in the world, reaching 165 meters (541 feet) up into the Singaporean sky. With advance notice, the Flyer can accommodate disabled guests in wheelchairs. Located on Marina Bay, the Flyer’s terminal has three floors of restaurants, shops and other services.
8. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple [SEE MAP]
The Chinese build temples to a lot of gods and other things, but the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the more unusual. In the late 1980s when a Buddhist temple was first proposed for Singapore’s Chinatown, it was supposed to become a more traditional temple. Somewhere along the line it became the Tooth Relic Temple, a home for a tooth relic from Buddha. The temple, located in central Chinatown, also features other arts and culture of Singaporean Buddhists.
7. Night Safari [SEE MAP]
Travelers who enjoy nightlife but are tired of the club scene should head over to Night Safari where nocturnal, not party, animals are on display. Since it opened in 1984, it is one of Singapore’s top attractions, with more than one million people annually enjoying a tram ride through seven of the world’s geographic regions. Visitors also can take a trail walk to learn more about animal habits while another section features a show on the organization’s work to preserve threatened species through captive breeding programs. Three restaurants features menus and entertainment that reflect life in the jungle or rainforest.
6. Singapore Botanic Gardens [SEE MAP]
Travelers on a budget will appreciate the Singapore Botanic Gardens as most of the gardens are free; there is only a charge for the National Orchid Garden, the most visited section of the garden. The garden contains more than 60,000 species of plants and animals, and is home to the world’s first children’s garden. Past visitors rave about the tropical greenery of the gardens.
5. Gardens by the Bay [SEE MAP]
Gardens by the Bay is a recent addition to Singapore’s tourist attractions, but is one that gardeners won’t want to miss visiting. Open less than a decade, Gardens by the Bay is built on reclaimed land in central Singapore. It consists of three gardens: Bay Central, a garden with a waterfront walk that will eventually connect the other two gardens; Bay East, which is opening in phases as sections are completed, and Bay South, the largest garden, which showcases tropical horticulture and includes tree-like structures up to 50 meters (160 feet) high that dominate the Gardens’ landscape.
4. Raffles Hotel [SEE MAP]
Raffles Hotel, with its graceful colonial style, is the face of Singapore. Since it opened in 1887, it quickly became THE place to stay in Singapore, with writers Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway, among others, adding to its fame. This epitome of luxury boasts 15 restaurants and bars, including the Long Bar where the cocktail Singapore Sling was invented. The Raffles Hotel is legendary the world over, down to the uniformed Sikh doormen who introduce guests to this bit of Southeast Asian history. The lobby of the main building is open to the public while the hotel museum is hidden away on the 3rd floor.
3. Clarke Quay [SEE MAP]
Clarke Quay is another part of Singapore’s past that is still a happening place today. One of the key tourist attractions in Singapore, the quay, at the mouth of the Singapore River, was the city’s hub of commerce in the late 19th century. It still hustles and bustles today, but with a different kind of commerce: trendy restaurants, unique boutiques, pushcart vendors and more, all of which blend Asian and European influences. Once a market, always a market, except at night when Clarke Quay teems with chic nightspots.
2. Resorts World Sentosa [SEE MAP]
Resorts World Sentosa is a Singaporean destination unto itself. Located on an island off Singapore’s south coast, the property features hotels, restaurants, a casino, theme parks – in short, something for everyone no matter how old they are. With this location, attractions obviously center around the sea: Marine Life Park, Dolphin Island, a water park and an aquarium. Other attractions include Universal Studios Singapore and nightly entertainment. The casino offers a variety of table games sand 2,400 slot machines; be forewarned, it does enforce a dress code. The resort offers more than 60 dining options for hungry guests.
1. Orchard Road [SEE MAP]
Orchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore, regularly frequented by the locals as well as foreign tourists. Named after the fruit orchards that the road led to, Orchard Road is flanked by malls, numerous upmarket restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. It is also the site of the official residence of the President of Singapore, the Istana. The Christmas decorations along Orchard are famous and entirely over the top, with reindeers cavorting through palm trees and gingerbread houses topped with fake snow.
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October 30, 2018 at 11:56 am
I believe Raffles is still closed for renovations.
August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am
Why is the famous Landmark of Singapore (Merlion) not mentioned ? Because one’s visit to Singapore is not complete if he has not seen and known of the story of the “Merlion”.
December 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm
im in singapore and i cant wait to see these places soon 🙂
December 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm
Whatever happened to Haw Par Villa?
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8 of the best places to visit in Singapore
Aug 21, 2023 • 8 min read
From art to the astonishing architecture, here are the places that should be on every Singapore itinerary © EQRoy / Shutterstock
Singapore is one of Asia’s smallest countries, but it packs a lot into a small space.
Essentially a megacity with a small periphery of coast and countryside, this is an urban experience miles away from the jungle escapes on offer in neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia .
Singapore's relentless march of progress is epitomized by its ritzy shopping, slick public transport that makes it easy to get around , gleaming high rises, and its general sense of order, cleanliness and efficiency. Thankfully, Singaporeans' unapologetic love of the new is tempered by respect for history and an appreciation for green spaces, with many parks and gardens to offset the frenetic city buzz.
Here are the best places to go in Singapore, whether you're on a stopover or planning a longer visit.
1. The Jewel
Best for indoor nature
This Singapore attraction dazzles visitors just as they set foot in the country. From the arrivals area at Changi Airport, it's just a 10-minute walk to this architectural marvel , which mixes futuristic modern materials with living nature. It's a perfect first or last stop on a Singapore sightseeing tour.
The Jewel is a shopping mall, but in fact, it's way more than that. The huge indoor waterfall at the center of things is where the magic really happens. At 40m (130ft), this is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, and water pours from a massive hole in the roof into an indoor rainforest, covered by a geodesic canopy.
The building was designed by architectural mastermind Moshe Safdie, of Marina Bay Sands fame, and visiting is a surreal experience. Giant slides and cargo nets for climbing are tucked under the glass roof; you might think you've been transported to some kind of Lilliputian world of fun and frolics.
Best iconic experience
The most iconic hotel in Singapore, if not in Asia, Raffles isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an institution. The history of the place is legendary. Originally designed as a beach house, the hotel was gradually expanded throughout the period of British colonial rule in the 19th century. It was named for Sir Stamford Raffles, who arrived as a representative of British colonial rule on the island in 1819 and is credited with "founding" modern Singapore (though the people already living here would profoundly disagree). By the 1880s, this was the city’s prime hotel, and staying here still has a cachet unmatched by any other place to stay in Singapore.
Planning tip: It's worth a visit just to admire the imposing neoclassical architecture: porticos and pediments, mixed with tropical touches like verandas and open terraces to relieve the intense heat, add up to a soaring set piece. The hotel's noted arcade of shops and restaurants is another feature to check out; if you can't afford a room, you can at least come away with a souvenir.
3. Marina Bay Sands
Best for city views
Some say it looks like a futuristic ironing board, others that it’s more like a surfboard perched on tall legs. Either way, there’s no mistaking this unique component of Singapore’s wild skyline. Three linked towers make up Marina Bay Sands , rising high above Singapore's remarkable Gardens by the Bay. The gravity-defying top section contains an infinity pool and sundeck, which gives stunning views of the city beyond. From 57 floors up, this will be a swim you’ll never forget.
Here’s the but – you need to be a guest staying at the hotel to get into the pool; you can’t just pop up for the price of a drink in the poolside bar. There's plenty here for non-guests, though, from the SkyPark observation deck and the glam Shoppes mall to the adjacent ArtScience Museum , which mixes works of art with educational displays and interactive exhibits about science.
Planning tip: It's worth heading across the bay at night to see the towers lit up by the daily sound and light show (best viewed from near the Fullerton ) – and better yet, it's completely free .
4. National Gallery of Singapore
Best for understanding Southeast Asian art
Opened in 2015, the National Gallery of Singapore is one of the nation's key cultural institutions and one of the most important art galleries in Asia. The gallery displays the world’s largest collection of South East Asian art – over 9000 items in one massive collection – in the heart of the Civic District.
The Gallery sprawls across several striking British-era buildings, including the former City Hall (from the 1920s) and Supreme Court (from the 1930s). Modern canopies and wings by architects Studio Milou stitch these buildings together, creating a single coherent space for the gallery's art displays.
5. Sentosa Island
Best for beaches
Linked by a causeway to the city's southern shore, Singapore’s holiday island is the best thing to do for travelers who want to escape the frenetic pace of life in the city proper. Sentosa is dedicated to the pursuit of fun, from competition golf courses to famous Palawan Beach, where swimmers and sunbathers congregate along a gleaming strip of sand. Singaporean families come to the island to chill, and there’s plenty of nature on offer, with paths through the trees and soothing sea views. It's also a great spot for a laid-back bite, with plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Don’t ignore the island's history – this was once a colonial British military base, and it also saw time as a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Remnants of the past are dotted between the leisure developments. Drop into fascinating Fort Siloso , which is now a museum exploring Singapore’s torrid experience of occupation during WWII.
Planning tip: If you fancy staying over, there are plenty of hotels – more than a dozen, in fact, including the swanky W and Capella – making it easy to be first in line at the Universal Studios Singapore theme park or Madame Tussaud's waxworks.
6. Fort Canning Park
Best for history with a side serving of nature
Fans of history can delve into Singapore’s difficult past at Fort Canning Park . As well as beautiful lawns, tropical trees and exotic birdlife, this green hill is dotted with various historical treats, including the eponymous fort itself, which was built in the 1850s by the British to defend their prized colonial port. Today it houses the swish Fort Canning Hotel . Also, here are the Battlebox military bunker museum and the stunning National Museum of Singapore , full of imaginative multimedia exhibits on the city's journey to statehood.
The aforementioned Stamford Raffles had his villa in the park, once the most prized address in the newly expanding city. You can see a reproduction of Raffles' original residence today, alongside bunkers used by the British military command, former artillery placements, and a sprawl of green lawns and spice gardens. It's the most atmospheric green space in the city.
7. Gardens by the Bay
Best botanic garden
It says something about Singapore's love of technology: that the iconic image of the Gardens by the Bay is not a plant at all but the legendary "Supertrees" – a collection of 16-story-tall sculptures inspired by nature, but alien and futuristic in form. The tallest has a viewing platform at the top where you can get great views across the gardens and Singapore skyline. This is still, however, a botanical garden, albeit one wrapped in fascinating architecture – check out Wilkinson Eyre’s bulbous glass conservatories on the waterfront as an example of how these two strands come together.
Visitors with a horticultural bent can revel in the variety of tropical plant species on show here. Don't miss the bizarre brain cactuses displayed in the Sun Pavillion. Around the gardens are biospheres recreating environments from Australia, South America and South Africa, with typical plants from each region.
Planning tip: As you wander between the trees and water features, look out for public works of art among the living exhibits.
8. Pulau Ubin
Best for peace and quiet
Those in search of a dose of pure nature would do well to take a trip to Pulau Ubin . There's plenty of unspoiled greenery just a boat or bus ride away in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia, but this green island is part of the city-state itself, so there are no border crossings required. Pulau Ubin is tucked up squarely against the Malaysian border in the northeast of the city, reached via a 10-minute ride on a bumboat (an old Dutch term for the small boats used to transfer goods to ships anchored offshore).
Once you’re on the island, you can follow some fantastic hiking trails along the coast, passing wetlands that are home to the likes of fiddler crabs, mudskippers and red junglefowl. The rocky beaches and mangroves are a unique and pristine habitat, so remember to look after the environment here and take your rubbish away when you leave.
Planning tip: There’s a mountain bike path (and bikes for rent) and several campsites if you want to stay overnight under the stars.
This article was first published October 2021 and updated August 2023
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33 Things to do in Singapore + Tourist Spots
Truth be told, I didn’t consider Singapore as one of the most exciting places to visit when I just starting my adventures abroad. The more I traveled to more places in Asia, I started to appreciate Singapore as a worthwhile destination, especially for people who are traveling abroad for the first time.
It is so easy to get around the city and there are so many tourist spots that many types of travelers, of all ages, can enjoy. To date, this country has become my most visited country in Southeast Asia thanks to frequent promo fares & direct flights from major airports in the Philippines.
The best places & things to do in Singapore are attractions that showcase the city’s rich multi-cultural heritage, innovative modernity and drive to harmonize nature with its dense urban landscape. If you’re on your way to this bustling city-state, I hope this these tips will help you make the most out of travel experience.
Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Singapore including top things to do & the best Singapore tourist spots.
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1. Merlion Park
Merion Park and skyline, in Singapore
Location : 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213 . Save on Google Maps .
The Merlion Park is the perfect spot to start your Singapore adventure. The famous half-fish half-lion statue is not only the nation’s most prominent icon, its location also provides a stunning 360-degree view of the soaring skyline and World-famous structures surrounding Marina Bay.
How to go :
From Raffles Place MRT Station on the East West Line (EW14) & North South Line (NS26), walk towards the United Overseas Bank (UOB) Tower. Once you reach the Singapore River, turn right and follow the riverside footpath to Merlion Park. The walk is around 500 meters. If you want to take a shortcut, go inside Fullerton Hotel and follow the underground link to One Fullerton. You should see the Merlion Park on your left after you exit at the Marina Bay side.
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2. Singapore River
Statues of children playing by the river with a view of heritage buildings and bridges along the Singapore River at the Civic District in Singapore
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3. Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay – Supertree Grove in Singapore
Location : 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953 . Save on Google Maps .
A surreal man-made marvel that truly makes the city stand out from the rest of the World. The Gardens by the Bay was built to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden.” The main attractions here are the 25 towering man-made Supertrees and two equally extraordinary biodomes.
From Bayfront MRT Station on the Circle Line (CE1/CC34) & Downtown (DT16), follow the signs and exit at the Gardens by the Bay.
Satay by the Bay at Gardens by the Bay
Majestic Bay in Gardens By The Bay
Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you just want to walk around the outdoor gardens. The conservatories & OCBC Skyway charge varying rates on admission. Entrance fees — Two Conservatories (Cloud Forest Dome & Flower Dome) — SGD28 per adult; OCBC Skyway — SGD8 per adult.
4. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore – Far Far Away Castle in Sentosa Island, Singapore
Location : 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269 . Save on Google Maps .
Universal Studios Singapore is a good reason on its own to visit the country, especially if you’re traveling with family or friends. This thrilling world of movie magic is the first (and only) theme park of its kind to open in Southeast Asia. It features over 20 attractions, most of which are original or specially adapted for the park.
You can find it in Resorts World Sentosa. From HarbourFront MRT Station on the North East Line (NE1) or Circle Line (CC29), take Exit E to VivoCity and go to Level 3 to board the Sentosa Express monorail. Drop off at the Waterfront Station, the first stop. Walk straight until you see Chili’s Restaurant on your right. Turn right and head towards the Universal Studios Globe. The best way to get to Universal Studios Singapore, is by riding the cable car. Scroll up to read more tips on how to get to Sentosa Island.
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Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee at Universal Studios Singapore is SGD74 per adult.
5. Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island – Tiger Sky Tower view, in Singapore
Location : Sentosa, Singapore . Save on Google Maps .
Dubbed as Asia’s Playground, Sentosa Island is home to Singapore’s best beaches, resorts, a wide variety interesting spots to visit and fun things to do including Resorts World Sentosa, The Wings of Time show, Sentosa Merlion, iFly Singapore, Wave House Sentosa, S.E.A. Aquarium, and three beaches.
The best way to get to Sentosa is by riding the cable car from Harbourfront Centre. Go to HarbourFront MRT Station on the North East Line (NE1) or Circle Line (CC29), take Exit B to Harbourfront Centre and follow the signs leading to Singapore Cable Car station at Harbourfront Tower II. You can also take Exit E to VivoCity and go to Level 3 to board the Sentosa Express monorail. The cheapest way is to cross the Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity to Resorts World Sentosa.
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Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is SGD4 if you take the Sentosa Express. Admission is included if you get the Singapore Cable Car pass. The entrance fee is free if you take the Sentosa Boardwalk.
6. Sentosa Beaches
Overlooking Palawan Beach in Sentosa, Singapore
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Resortsworld Sentosa view from the Singapore Cable Car, in Sentosa, Singapore
Location : 109 Mount Faber Rd, Mount Faber Peak, Singapore 099203 . Save on Google Maps .
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8. Singapore Zoo
Panda at Singapore River Safari, Singapore
Location : 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826 . Save on Google Maps .
Visiting the Singapore Zoo is an educational and fun way to see a wide array of animals from different continents around the globe. It’s an impressive attraction on its own but if that’s not enough, you can also experience the Night Safari, River Safari, and Jurong Bird Park located nearby.
From Ang Mo Kio MRT Station on the North South Line (NS16), walk to Ang Mo Kio Hub (mall) and ride Bus #138. The bus ride alone takes 30 to 45 minutes to Singapore Zoo. If you want to save time, take the train to Kranji MRT Station on the North South Line (NS7), and ride a taxi (SGD7 or more depending if it’s peak hours).
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Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee on Singapore Zoo tickets is SGD33 per adult. If you want to visit the other parks, consider getting a ParkHopper ticket.
9. Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Marina Bay Sands Skypark view overlooking Singapore skyline
Location : 6 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018974 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974 . Save on Google Maps .
The Skypark perched on the rooftop deck of the iconic Marina Bay Sands offers a breathtaking view of Singapore. Enjoy Asia’s largest light and water show in front of The Shoppes (mall). This 15-minute spectacle is run every night at 8pm & 9:30pm.
Ride the train to Bayfront MRT Station on the Circle Line (CE1/CC34). This station is connected to The Shoppes (mall) and Marina Bay Sands (hotel).
Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if just walk around the mall and bayside area. A ticket/pass to the Sands SkyPark Obeservation Deck is SGD23 per adult. Entrance to Marina Bay Infinity Pool is available only to guests staying at the hotel.
10. Marina Bay Sands infinity pool & hotel
Marina Bay Infinity Pool in Singapore
Location : 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956 . Save on Google Maps .
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11. Helix Bridge & Marina Bay
Marina Bay and Helix Bridge at night, in Singapore
Location : Marina Bay, Singapore . Save on Google Maps .
Resembling the structure of a DNA molecule, this uniquely designed bridge is awe-inspiring. The postcard-worthy view of the Singapore Skyline and Marina bay from the bridge’s platforms is especially beautiful under the sunset twilight.
From Bayfront MRT Station on the Circle Line (CE1/CC34), walk to The Shoppes (mall) exit. You should see the Helix Bridge as you head towards the ArtScience Museum. It is also an easy walk from the Esplanade building & Singapore Flyer.
Admission fee — No admission / entrance fees.
12. Fountain of Wealth
Fountain of Wealth, in Suntec City Mall, Singapore
Location : 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983 . Save on Google Maps .
13. Singapore Flyer
View of the skyline from the Singapore Flyer, in Singapore
For a fun experience, the Singapore Flyer found across the bay also offers amazing overlooking views of Singapore. This giant Ferris wheel once held the title as the world’s tallest at the time of its completion.
From Promenade MRT Station on the Circle Line (CC4), head towards Exit A and follow the signs to the Singapore Flyer. It is also an easy walk from the Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands & Esplanade building.
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Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee on Singapore Flyer tickets is SGD33 per adult.
14. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade Theatres by the Bay at night, in Singapore
Location : 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981 . Save on Google Maps .
The quirky durian-shaped Esplanade building is one of Singapore’s iconic structures. In addition to its beautiful design and as a venue for performing arts events, excellent food options can be found nearby. Makansutra Gluttons Bay, an outdoor hawker-type dining area, has delicious seafood and a good variety of local dishes.
From Esplanade MRT Station on the Circle Line (CC3) or City Hall MRT Station, exit to Stamford Road and head towards Marina Bay. Lookout for the Esplanade building’s unique durian-inspired design. The walk takes around 5 minutes.
Admission fee — No admission/entrance fees.
15. Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre, in Singapore
Location : 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582 . Save on Google Maps .
Head to Lau Pa Sat for a memorable Singaporean food experience. Eating at hawker centres, which can be found all over the city, is a great and cheap way to sample the multicultural cuisines in Singapore. Lau Pa Sat is quite special because it is housed in a stunning historic building.
From Raffles Place MRT Station on the East West Line (EW14) and North South Line (NS26), take the exit along Robinsons Road and follow the street for one block. Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre is also near Telok Ayer and Downtown MRT Stations on the Downtown Line (DT18 & DT17).
16. Singapore cheap eats & hawker food
Chinatown colorful lanterns at night, in Singapore
Experience Singapore’s multi-cultural diversity by taking a walking and food tour of Chinatown. Visit a mosque, Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples all in one walk. Go on a food adventure and try dishes from Singapore’s different cultural influences at affordable hawker centers.
Take the train to Chinatown MRT Station on the North East Line (NE4) and Downtown Line (DT19). Exit to Pagoda Street and start your walking tour of Chinatown.
Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you are just walking around the area. Museums and galleries may have admission fees if you want to get inside.
18. Little India
Little India – Deepavali Festinal, in Singapore
Little India, as the name suggest, is the centre for the large Indian community in Singapore. This is one place that you can visit if you want to enjoy South and North Indian food. Mustafa Centre, a discount department store, is especially popular among Filipinos as a place to buy cheap imported items & pasalubong to bring back home.
You can take the train to Farrer Park and Little India MRT stations on the North East Line (NE8 & NE7), which are located in the neighborhood of Little India. Take off at Farrer Park if you are going to Mustafa Centre.
Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you are just walking around the area.
19. Kampong Glam
Masjid Sultan (mosque), at Muscat Street, in Kampong Glam, Singapore
Kampong Glam is the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This area is famous for the landmark Sultan Mosque, and Malay Heritage Centre. It’s also an excellent place to sample Malaysian, Indonesian, and Arabic food.
From Bugis MRT Station on the East West Line (EW12) and Downtown Line (DT14), exit at North Bridge road walk 2 blocks, northwards to Arab Street.
Admission/entrance fee is free if you are just walking around the area. Museums and galleries may have admission fees if you want to get inside.
20. Civic District
Raffles Hotel at the Civic District, in Singapore
A short walk from Merlion Park takes visitors to the Colonial District, also known as the Civic District. This area is filled with imposing historical landmarks and buildings that trace its roots from the British-colonial era, World War II, to the early stages of modern Singapore’s independence.
ide the MTR to City Hall Station on the East West Line (EW13) & North South Line (NS25). This station is located beside St. Andrew’s Cathedral, near many museums and attractions in the Civic District. You can also start your walking tour from Merlion Park. Cross one the historic Singapore River bridges to get to the Civic District.
Admission fee — Admission/entrance fee is free if you just walk around the Civic District. Selected Museums & galleries charge varying fees to get inside. Here’s a list of entrance fees — Asian Civilisations Museum — SGD 8 per adult; National Museum of Singapore — SGD10 per adult; National Gallery of Singapore — SGD20 per adult; National Museum of Singapore — SGD10 per adult; Singapore Art Museum — SGD10 per adult.
21. Clark Quay
Location : 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024 . Save on Google Maps .
The Singapore River meanders between the Civic District and the Central Business District. A relaxed riverside walk or guided boat cruise offers a contrasting view of modern skyscrapers on one side and quaint heritage buildings on the other. After sundown, a happening nightlife scene comes alive at Clark Quay and Boat Quay.
Take the train to Clarke Quay MRT Station on the North East Line (NE5). You can find the Clarke Quay complex and Singapore River right around the corner.
22. Orchard Road
Orchard Road, Singapore
Orchard Road is home to Singapore’s biggest malls. This shopping street is lined with mall and stores that range from luxury to mainstream brands. If you’re in the area, don’t skip the breathtaking overlooking views from ION Sky found on the 56th floor of the ION Orchard Mall.
Take the train to Orchard MRT Station on the North South Line (NS22). This station is linked to Ion Orchard (mall). Somerset MRT Station (NS22) or Dhoby Ghaut (NS24/CC1/NE6) are also found along Orchard Road.
23. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Location : 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569 . Save on Google Maps .
24. Bus & Boat Tours
Singapore Riverside boat and bronze scultures
25. Singapore malls & outlet shopping
Changi City Point mall, Singapore
26. Singapore rooftop and skyline views
Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore
27. Singapore museums, galleries & exhibitions
ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay, Singapore
National Gallery Singapore Admission Ticket
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Ticket
National Gallery Singapore
28. Fort Canning
Fort Canning mast, in Singapore
Location : River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037 . Save on Google Maps .
29. Singapore nature & urban trails
TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Nature Trail, in Singapore. Photo by traveloriented via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
30. Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin bicycle trail, in Singapore
Bicycle Rental at Pulau Ubin
31. Singapore islands and beaches
32. Changi Airport
Changi Airport – Kinetic Rain Sculpture at Terminal 1, in Singapore
Location : Airport Blvd., Singapore . Save on Google Maps .
Jewel Changi Airport Attraction Tickets in Singapore
33. Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa, Singapore. Photo by Tony Hisgett via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Location : 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628 . Save on Google Maps .
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Places to visit in Singapore
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Where to Stay in Singapore
Book your stay near MRT train stations if you plan on getting around conveniently by public transport.
Clark Quay (Riverside), Chinatown, Little India & Bugis are the most popular places to stay for backpackers and budget travelers.
You can find most of the mid-range and luxury hotels in Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Promenade/City Hall area & Sentosa Island.
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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.
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January 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm
Do you have a sample “budget-friendly” itinerary for first timer Filipino’s wanting to go to Singapore? Complete with estimated costs for travel, food, accomodations, etc? If so, please e-mail it to me at [email protected] . My family already booked tickets for Singapore this year, and it would be of great help if an experienced traveller would share something he knows in Singapore.
January 9, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Hi Kirk, you can find more of my posts about Singapore here: https://www.detourista.com/place/singapore/
May 15, 2016 at 11:55 am
Been planning to go to Singapore for a while now. This has been very helpful!
May 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm
November 27, 2016 at 8:59 am
How much will it cost for two-person stay for 3days and 2nights in SG? A budget-friendly maybe
November 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm
Hello Alexander, your budget will hugely depend on what kind of activities you plan on doing in Singapore. You can find more Singapore tips here: https://www.detourista.com/place/singapore/
March 26, 2018 at 6:57 pm
I had been there in Singapore for official meet and literally its a fabulous city on earth. I’d visited some the places you’ve mentioned above.
I would also like to specially mention here that Singapore is one of the safest places on Earth. There is little to no crime, and violent crime against women is virtually unheard of. The punishments are so severe that they are a major deterrent to antisocial or criminal behavior.
Thanks for exploring other places :)
November 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Hello Singapore!I.love to take pictures whenever I went to the nice places in Singapore!I really amazed those lovely and very nice view in many places that I been there..thanks Singapore for the cleaness and greeness nature I love it..exploring SG is one.my greatest adventure in my life.❤🥰🙏
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