Heading to Singapore? We share the perfect 3-day Singapore Itinerary – including where to stay in Singapore & best things to do in Singapore.
Maria from Both-Paths shares the perfect, 3-day Singapore Itinerary! Visiting Singapore as a stopover? Here are 5 things to do during a stopover in Singapore!
Why visit Singapore?
Singapore is a magical country, filled to the brim with exciting opportunities. Traveling through South-East Asia Singapore is a natural stop on many itineraries. Singapore is also wildly popular as a travel destination for most of the world as well as its neighboring countries. Plus, most visitors don’t need a Singapore visa and there are a variety of neighborhoods to explore.
The downside with Singapore is that it is not the cheapest country. Compared to its neighboring countries Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, it can be quite the money sucker. While it is not the best for your wallet Singapore definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. This 3-day Singapore itinerary will guide you through the perfect weekend getaway to Singapore. See everything you need to see in 3 days so you do not break your budget on long hotel stays and lots of eating out.
3 days in Singapore itinerary
Start the day exploring on your own. Getting lost on purpose is an amazing (free) way to experience a new place. Singapore is the perfect place to walk around; it is safe, clean and concise. Since Singapore is such a “small” country you can easily see a lot in a few hours of walking. You can just start walking wherever you are, and you encounter new places and hidden secrets you would not see on a guided tour.
Some of the highlights to experience are the Fort Canning park, Chinatown, Little India and Clarke Quay. Fort Canning Park is stunning with so much amazing history. In the park, you can find beautiful art, historical marks, and even an outside gym. Chinatown and Little India are the places to go to experience culture. If you want to feel multicultural of Singapore this is where to do it. You get to experience three countries in one. In Clarke Quay, you can walk lazily by the river and take advantage of the many happy hour offers.
Walking around is a great way to start the first day in a new place, and see the city on your own. You get to go exactly where you want to when you want to.
EAT AT A HAWKER CENTER
No Singapore itinerary is complete without a meal stop at a hawker center. A hawker is someone who sells food, and in a hawker center, you can find tons of food stands. You will be able to find a huge selection of food. Singapore is famous for its food, and it is the perfect place for foodies. In 2013 TripAdvisor awarded Singapore “street food city of the year”. Remember to try the amazing Singapore crab. The hawker centers are also great for your wallet. Eating out in Singapore is not ideal for most budgets, but hawker food is a great option. The prices for a meal and a soft drink usually comes to around 5 Singapore Dollars.
GARDENS BY THE BAY LIGHT SHOW
Every night there is a free light show at Gardens by the bay. Again totally free. Gardens by the Bay is a 101 hectares garden. Singapore has a huge focus on being a “green” city, there are tons of parks and green spots all over the country. So many that the city is known as the garden city, and that is for good reason as it consists of 50 major parks and 4 nature reservoirs.
Gardens by the Bay is a huge tourist attraction in Singapore, the outside is all free. You can walk around admiring nature and of course, the Super Tree Grove, where you can find the light show in the evening. If you are willing to spend some money you can also visit the conservatories, the flower dome, and the cloud forest. Walking into the flower dome is like walking into a rainbow, the flowers and the props are perfectly put together. The flower dome was awarded the largest glass greenhouse in the world by Guinness records in 2015. The cloud dome is out of this world, it feels like entering into another dimension. It can not be explained, it has to be experienced.
The light show has multiple showings every night and it is located in the Super Tree Grove. The show consists of magical light and beautiful music, that together make up a story. You see the lights play in the trees, and you feel mesmerized.
Yesterday was all good as free so today is the day where you can splurge a bit. The key to budgeting a trip is letting yourself splurge on what matters most to you, but remembering to save it in on other things.
Today it is time to make your way to Sentosa Island, perfect for those visiting Singapore with kids. All the way south in Singapore is where this Island of Fun is located. A lot of people ignore this because looking at it, it seems more targeted towards kids (and it is a great attraction for those visiting Singapore with kids). However, this island is also perfect for fun-loving adults. Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove Waterpark are the highlights of Sentosa.
Universal Studios is perfect for anyone, there is something for everyone. If you love a thrill there are perfect rollercoasters for you, if you prefer more calm there are great shows and performances and if you are a foodie there are tons of great snacks, meals, and foods for you. Grab a map, and just follow it; try all the rides that look interesting, grab lunch, and then head back to your favorite rides.
Adventure Cove Waterpark is great for a fun-filled day. Relax in the lazy river or enjoy the thrill of the many water slides.
Sentosa is perfect for a whole day trip, there are enough activities to keep you busy for hours and food enough for all your meals.
Start off your day with some culture and history at The National Museum of Singapore. The museum started as a section of a library and dates all the way back to 1849. One of the best parts about this museum is the price, it is totally free. The museum shows Singaporean history through different exhibitions, photo stories and so much more. It is a definite must on any Singapore Itinerary.
Continue your day eating at a hawker center, before heading on to what might be the highlight of the whole trip. The Singapore Flyer is the second highest ferris wheel in the world. It gives you amazing views o Singapore. Take it at night after dark and you will see the magical lights of the city, you get face to face with glorious skyscrapers.
The Singapore Flyer is a bit pricy, but it is worth the price. If you go in the evening you avoid the crowds and if you are lucky you get an empty capsule. The ride takes 30 minutes and takes you 165 meters up in the air. You have a 365 view to enjoy. This ride is great for challenging yourself and facing your fears, you will not regret it. If there was only one thing to be put on this Singapore itinerary it would be this.
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What to pack
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