If you’ve got three days to spare and itching to go somewhere fun and exciting, then heading to Singapore is not a bad idea, at all. What we love about this relatively small but awesome city-state-country is that you can get all the best of the world in such a short trip. With its various cultural influences (Malay, Indian, Western and Chinese), the diversity in Singapore is what sets it apart to its other Southeast Asian neighbours.
Whether you are with friends, family or all by yourself, here’s our foolproof three-day itinerary to experience the best of Lion City:
If you are the type who wants to keep it chill on your first day, then make your way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a relaxing stroll or jog. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site and is home to thousands of flowers and plant varieties. Singapore is not called the Garden City for nothing. Come here at the early morning, eat your breakfast picnic-style and enjoy the vast space of greenery around you.
Located in Kampong Glam, Haji Lane is considered as Singapore’s hidden gem. It’s a quirky neighbourhood filled with local cafes and specialty shops where art and culture lovers often hang out. With so much history behind every corner, it’s no wonder that colours and massive street arts dominate the area making every angle Instagram-worthy! If you can’t get enough of Haji Lane, you can easily go to Arab Street and Baghdad Street for more sightseeing.
Merlion Park and Marina Bay Sands
After lunch, head back downtown and visit the most iconic symbol of Singapore, the Merlion. Take a memorable shot with the famous Marina Bay Sands as its backdrop. There are many things to do and see around this area such as the Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands The Shoppe, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Marina Bay City Gallery, The Esplanade and the Gardens by the Bay (which I will discuss shortly).
Gardens by the Bay
One of the most stunning attractions in Singapore is the Gardens by the Bay. This structure boasts eco-technology and energy efficiency, something that the state is championing for the last decade. Stay until the evening for a lovely sound and light show! There’s an array of great restaurants and eateries around, too so you won’t get hungry after all the walking.
There are so many things to see and do in Sentosa Island so dedicating a day for this place alone is a must! From theme parks to water parks, ‘boring’ will never be a word to describe this island resort. There are countless of ways to explore Sentosa
so make sure you are ready for a whole day of fun and adventure. You can start your day by either riding the Sentosa Express monorail from Harbour front Station. However, if you want to get into the island in a different style, then the cable car is a better option! Hop off at the Sentosa Station and begin your awesome day.
One of the best attractions still found in Sentosa Island is the movie theme park, Universal Studios. If you are a fan of famous blockbuster films such as The Transformers, Madagascar, Jurassic Park and more, then you should not miss getting through their thrilling rides.
Head out to see the city’s Civic District and see the buildings housing the City Hall, the Parliament House and Supreme Court. Just a stone’s throw away are other must-see sites such as the National Gallery Singapore and the National Library. You may grab lunch at one of the most famous hawker centres (food courts), the Telok Ayer Market which is a great attraction by itself.
After lunch, discover the great Chinese influence the Lion City has by making your way to Chinatown. It’s a charming district and has a strong Eastern vibe with a mix of modernity. You can start your shopping here with so many shops to choose from. It is also home to two Buddhist and Hindu temples, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple which is only minutes away from each other.
Vivo City and Orchard Road
Since it’s your last day, then why not do some retail therapy in two of the best places to shop in Singapore. Vivo City and Orchard Road are known to be every shopaholics go-to place where international brands reside. Choose which one is more convenient for you. Get your wallet and feet ready as there’s a ton of things to see, buy and discover in this area.
So there you have it, a short but action-packed itinerary for a three-day visit to Singapore. Just make sure to come back to this impressive city as there are still lots of things to discover in each visit. Get those itchy feet moving!