Singapore has it all; it is a tropical island, a modern metropolitan, and a melting pot of cultures. Although small in size, there are countless things you can do in this beautiful island country. It is not hard to see why it has become one of the most visited cities on the planet. The country offers exciting attractions, a unique culture, and mouth-watering food. For some people, they also choose Singapore because most people in the country speak English perfectly, making it easier for them to travel around. When you visit Southeast Asia, this country is not to be missed!
Maximize your visit with our itinerary for first-timers on a 3 Day trip!
Day 1 – Colonial District, the Quays, and Marina Bay
The Colonial District area is the heart of Singapore. It is filled with colonial buildings, amazing museums, and a beautiful park. Most of the landmarks are located close to each other, so this district is perfect to explore on foot. In this district, you can see how the different cultures were integrated to make up the country’s culture. Start with the Asian Civilisations Museum as this museum presents various threads of Asian civilizations, starting from the Middle East through China. The exhibitions are very informative and well-presented, making it easier for you to understand all the different cultures that have shaped Singaporeans to what they are today. One of the highlights is the Hindu-Buddhist gallery, which displays a remarkable 18th century Burmese Buddha head.
When you’re done exploring the Asian Civilisation Museum, walk to the Victorian Theatre and Concert Hall, which is a complex consisting of two buildings and a clock tower. In the memorial hall, visitors can admire the statue of Stamford Raffles by T. Woolner. Then, walk to the Arts House. The Art House displays the latest work by Singapore’s artists. Visitors can also connect with the authors of the works of art through an interactive gallery. One of the must-see sights here is the historic Raffles Hotel, which was built to honor the name of Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles.
Continue your walk from the Colonial District to the river and the Quays districts. Here, you will find the official mascot of Singapore: the famous Merlion statue. It is a mythical statue with the body of a fish and the head of a lion. This mythical creature was made as a PR-stunt. From this area, you can enjoy the view of the iconic Marina Bay Sands as well as the Esplanade Theatres. Head to the Esplanade Bridge to Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, and continue walking to Helix Bridge. On the Helix Bridge, you will have a stunning view of the Singapore skyline. Then, walk to the Gardens by the Bay.
The Gardens by the Bay is a magical nature park filled with trees, flowers, and plants. It consists of three parts: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. The highlight of the park is the Bay South Garden as this is where the iconic Supertrees, Flower Dome, and Could Forest Dome, are located. The second largest part is the Bay East Garden, which offers great views of Singapore’s skyline.
Once you’re done touring the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay, end your day by visiting one of the restaurants or bars in the Quays area. The most popular part is the Clarke Quay, where you will find an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs. This area is the perfect place for you to have some drinks and wind down after walking all day.
Day 2 – Orchard Road, Little India, and Kampong Glam
On your second day, it’s time to shop till you drop in Singapore’s famous shopping mecca: Orchard Road. This road is lined with large shopping malls where you will find anything you can think of. If you are looking for some good quality fast-fashion, visit the ION Orchard Mall where you will find brands like Uniqlo, Zara, and Esprit. You can also find expensive brans in this mall, such as Singapore’s most famous fashion label In Good Company. If you are looking for expensive, designer fashion, Paragon is the place for you. Paragon is packed with luxury brands like Prada, Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Armani. If you are looking for some good books, visit the Ngee Ann City mall, which has the best bookshop in Asia: Kinokuniya.
After your shopping bonanza, take the MRT to Little India Station. Little India is an excellent place to explore on foot. This area is very different from the glossy, clean Singapore. Little India is a very vibrant area where you will find markets, beautiful temples, and delicious Indian food. Trying Indian food in Little India is a must. The best Indian restaurant here is the Shish Mahal Restaurant.
From Little India, you can easily walk to the Kampong Glam district (also known as Arab Street). This district offers a great combination of Islamic culture, trendy restaurants, and unique shops. The highlight of Kampong Glam is possibly the Haji Lane. The Haji Lane is a street full of murals, relaxed cafes, and boutiques selling everything from jewelry, backpacks, to clothes. While you are in Kampong Glam, make sure to visit the Sultan Mosque. It is the signature building of the area, with its beautiful golden dome and white walls.
Day 3 – Sentosa Island
After spending two days exploring the city, it is time for you to have some fun in the “tropical beach” of Sentosa Island. There are numerous things you can do in Sentosa Island, such as visiting the Universal Studios & Sea Aquarium or soaking up some sun on one of the beaches. To visit Universal Studios, you need to buy a one-day ticket that will give you access to the entire park. The most popular rides for thrill-seekers are Revenge of the Mummy, TRANSFORMERS The Ride, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON, and Amber Rock Climb. If you are with kids, you may want to try Dino Soarin’ in The Lost World, Puss in Boots’ Giant Journey in Far Far Away, and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase in New York. Once you’re done, visit the SEA Aquarium (SouthEast Asia Aquarium), which is the world’s biggest aquarium with mantas, octopus, sharks, seahorses, jellyfish, and lots of other fishes.
Chill at one of the beaches to get the best tropical island experience and unwind. There are three popular beaches here: Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach, and Tanjung Beach. Palawan Beach is popular with families; Siloso Beach is filled with bars and discos, while Tanjong Beach is quiet and tranquil.
Spend as much time as you want on Sentosa Island before going back to your home country or continuing on with your holiday!