20 Things To See & Do In Singapore


HIGHLIGHTS

01 CHANGI AIRPORT
02 GARDENS BY THE BAY
03 CLOUD FOREST
04 MARINA BAY SANDS
05 ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

06 HELIX BRIDGE
07 SINGAPORE FLYER
08 ESPLANADE
09 TELOK AYER ST.
10 CHINATOWN

11 HAWKER CENTRE
12 HAJI LANE
13 SULTAN MOSQUE
14 SOUTHERN RIDGES
15 HENDERSON WAVES

16 MOUNT FABER
17 SENTOSA
18 HAW PAR VILLA
19 GUDETAMA CAFE
20 SINGAPORE ZOO


When most people think of a city, they usually think of a concrete jungle: buildings on buildings on buildings. That however, is not Singapore. This culturally diverse city-state is more like a city within a garden. It’s the perfect mix of lush botanical goodness and innovative urban development. There’s also no shortage of things to do which is why today I’m sharing some of my favorite things to see and do in Singapore. 


Singapore - How to Get Around - MRT

HOW TO GET AROUND

The best way to get around Singapore is by using the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. It’s very easy to use and will take you to wherever you need to go. Most of Singapore’s popular attractions are within walking distance from an MRT station.

You can buy single-trip tickets or if you plan on using the MRT a lot during your visit, then purchasing an EZ-Link card (pre-loaded value card) will make life so much easier. With the EZ-Link card, you can simply swipe it over the sensors when you enter or leave a station.

You can also purchase something called the Singapore Tourist Pass that will allow you unlimited travel on the trains and busses for S$10 a day. There are different packages that you can purchase depending on what you plan to do. Find out more information here.

Both EZ-Link card and Singapore Tourist Pass can be purchased from customer service counters in MRT stations. You can also purchase them at Changi Airport.

Singapore - Park Royal on Pickering

WHERE TO STAY

There really is no shortage of great places to stay in Singapore - it just depends on which area you prefer and what your budget is like.

The Marina Bay area is a good option if budget is not a problem and you’re looking to stay in a central location that’s close to a lot of the main attractions.

If you love to shop then look no further than Orchard Road.

Clarke Quay is a good spot to check out if you like to party.

Check out Sentosa if you’re looking for a more resort-style vacation that’s also family friendly.

If you’re looking to get away from all the glitz and glam and want to immerse yourself in Singapore’s diverse culture, check out Chinatown, Bugis, Little India, and Kampong Glam. You can also find more budget hotels / hostels in these areas.  


01 CHANGI AIRPORT

Changi Airport is known as the world’s best airport. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous inside, but there are so many things to do within the airport that it could be considered an attraction in itself!

To give you an idea of how awesome it is, here are just a few of the things that you can find within the four terminals: a rooftop sunflower garden, beautiful art installations, a butterfly garden, a gaming arcade, a movie theatre, a swimming pool, and a 12-meter slide. Make sure to give yourself extra time so that you can explore and see what Changi Airport has to offer.

Singapore - Changi Airport

02 GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay is a huge nature park located in downtown Singapore. And by huge, I mean 101 hectares (250 acres) of botanical goodness. The Gardens consist of three different waterfront gardens: Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central.

The Bay South Garden is the largest of the three gardens and is home to the iconic Supertree Grove. By day, these tree-like vertical gardens provide shade with their large canopies (some even have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy). By night, they light up creating a spectacular display.

You can also find the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and the OCBC Skyway in the Bay South Garden. Festivals, concerts, and other events happen throughout the year so make sure to check the calendar to see what’s going on during your visit. Admission to the Bay South Garden is free and is open daily from 5 AM to 2 AM.

The Bay East Garden is the second largest and is the most serene out of the three. It also offers amazing views of the Singapore skyline, the conservatories, and the Supertrees. It is open to the public 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and is free.

The Bay Central Garden will function as a link between the Bay South and Bay East gardens once developed.

Singapore - Gardens by the Bay

03 CLOUD FOREST

Located within the Bay South Garden is the Cloud Forest: a 35-meter tall mountain covered in lush vegetation with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall flowing out of it. So basically a plant lover’s dream. 

Not only is it ridiculously pretty inside but it’s also very educational. There are nine different zones that you can explore as you descend the mountain. At the very top is the Lost World zone where you can see cloud forest vegetation typically found at 2,000 meters above sea level.

The Cloud Forest is open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. Last admission and ticket sales is at 8 PM. Peak hours are usually from 4 PM to 7 PM so try to plan your visit around that if you hate waiting in line.

A standard adult ticket is $28 and allows you access to both the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. A standard children’s ticket (3-12 years old) is $15. Tickets for residents are cheaper. For more information, check the website here.

Singapore - Cloud Forest

04 MARINA BAY SANDS

No visit to Singapore is complete without a visit to the iconic Marina Bay Sands. MBS is known for it’s architectural beauty and it’s famous 150-meter outdoor infinity pool. Even if you don’t plan to stay here, you can still walk around the hotel and go up to the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck for amazing views of the city. The Observation Deck is open daily from 9:30 PM to 10 PM (11 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Singapore - Marina Bay Sands

05 ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

Probably one of my favorite museums I’ve ever been to (besides the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo). This flower-shaped museum is located right next to the Marina Bay Sands and is known for it’s spectacular design, science, and technology exhibits.

If you’re in Singapore right now or plan to be soon, make sure to check out the Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibit for a high-tech interactive experience. This exhibit is very kid-friendly and encourages little ones to explore and create things with technology. The digital installations were also very beautiful. I left this museum very inspired.

The ArtScience Museum is open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily including public holidays. Last admission is at 6 PM. Check here for ticketing information.

Singapore - ArtScience Museum

06 HELIX BRIDGE

Inspired by the curved form of DNA, The Helix is a really cool bridge that connects the Marina Centre with Marina South. Visit at night to see it in all it's lit up glory.

Singapore - Helix Bridge

07 SINGAPORE FLYER

Another great way to view the city from above.

Singapore Flyer

08 ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

Calling all durian lovers, this building is for you! No they don’t actually sell durian here (you’ll have to go to Chinatown for that), but this gold-spiked building definitely resembles the infamous Southeast Asian fruit. The Esplanade is actually a performing arts center and a great place to catch a show. They also have free events that you can check out here.

Singapore - Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay

09 TELOK AYER STREET

I actually discovered this street by accident while wandering around one day and found some really cool cafes here.

If you’re in the area make sure to stop by Shop Wonderland for some swoon-worthy sweets and an iced coffee to cool down from the heat. There’s also a flower shop upstairs where you can take flower arranging classes.

Free the Robot is another cute cafe that’s worth a visit for it’s coffee, food, and stylish interior.

Singapore - Telok Ayer Street - Free The Robot

10 CHINATOWN

Come here for food, food, and more food. Haha just kidding (partly). For something to do besides eating, wander around the street market to find local fruits and goods. Like I mentioned earlier, this the place where you can find the world’s smelliest fruit: durian. There are also a couple of temples that you can check out such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple.

Singapore Chinatown

11 HAWKER CENTRE

Now THIS is where the money is at. A hawker centre is basically an open-air complex with many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive local food. So if you want damn good food for a reasonable price (S$3-4 for a plate of chicken rice) then visit a hawker centre. 

There are quite a few hawker centres in Singapore but I went to the Hong Lim Food Centre in Chinatown. I had the best chicken rice and spicy wontons of my life there. I still drool at the thought of how good the food was. My only regret was that I couldn’t eat more.

Singapore - Hawker Stands

12 HAJI LANE

Haji Lane is a really fun street to visit if you’re in the Kampong Glam district. This narrow street has a lot of character with it’s multi-colored shops, murals, and quirky cafes. Haji Lane is my favorite place to shop in Singapore because each boutique is carefully curated with extraordinary items. You definitely won’t see any high-end chains here but instead you can find vintage clothes, cameras, and hand-made crafts from local artists.

Singapore - Haji Lane

13 SULTAN MOSQUE

The Sultan Mosque, also known as Masjid Sultan, is considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore and is a focal point for Singapore’s Muslim community. It is also located in the Kampong Glam district.

Singapore - Sultan Mosque

14 SOUTHERN RIDGES

If you’re looking to escape from the city life and immerse yourself in nature, then a hike along the Southern Ridges is the thing for you. I say “hike” instead of “walk” because this trail is LONG. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a monkey in the trees.

Make sure to visit early in the morning because by midday you’ll be sweating like a sinner in church. Also make sure to wear sunscreen, bug repellent (the mosquitos are no joke), and bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated as you trek through this green wonderland.

Singapore - Southern Ridges

15 HENDERSON WAVES

Hands down one of the coolest bridges I’ve ever been to. It’s a little out of the way but so worth it once you arrive. If you’re adventurous and not afraid to sweat a little (or if you’re like me then a LOT), you can start at the Southern Ridges and follow the path to Henderson Waves.You can also take the MRT to Telok Blangah station and walk 17 minutes to the bridge.

Singapore - Henderson Waves

16 MOUNT FABER PEAK

Mount Faber, previously known as Telok Blangah Hill, is Singapore’s second highest hill. Catch a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa (or vice versa) and enjoy the views along the way. Check this link here for 30% off one Faber-Sentosa ticket.

Singapore - Mount Faber - Faber Peak

17 SENTOSA

Sentosa is a beautiful resort island built solely for the purpose of recreation and fun. It’s the perfect place to let loose, soak up some sun, and play at the beach. There are also a lot of attractions on Sentosa Island such as Universal Studios Singapore, SEA Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, and Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. Sentosa is pretty family friendly making it a good place to take the kiddos.

Singapore - Sentosa

18 HAW PAR VILLA

Haw Par Villa… or as I like to call it: Singapore’s Most WTF Attraction. This Asian cultural park has it’s roots in Chinese folklore, history, and philosophy. It is also the last of it’s kind.

You can find depictions of famous Chinese stories such as Journey to the West and the Eight Immortals. You’ll also find some seriously gruesome scenes that serve as cautionary tales (probably not a good idea to take young children here). A wide variety of statues fill the park ranging from calm serene goddesses to crazy crab ladies. You definitely won’t get bored here.

Haw Par Villa is open from 9 AM to 7 PM daily, including weekends and public holidays. Last entry is at 6 PM.

Singapore - Haw Par Villa

19 GUDETAMA CAFE

Are you a fan of the world’s cutest, lazy egg? If so, then there is a cafe just for you. You can find the Gudetama Cafe in Suntec City Mall. Everything in this themed cafe is super cute and the food was actually decent. The only downside is that the prices are on the high side. Cafe hours are 10 AM to 10 PM daily.

Singapore - Gudetama Cafe

20 SINGAPORE ZOO

The Singapore Zoo has so much to offer. One of the biggest highlights is that it is very open and immersive making it easy to get up close to the animals. The Singapore Zoo is also HUGE and is home to over 300 species of animals. Make sure to set aside an entire day to explore it and especially so if you plan to do the Night Safari too. For more information and insider tips, check out my article on the Singapore Zoo here

The Singapore Zoo is open from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM daily. Last entry is at 5:30 PM.

Singapore Zoo

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you plan your trip to the amazing city-state that is Singapore. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

XO,

Tina


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