Looking for the top attractions and activities to experience on the island city-state, famously known as the « garden city »? Singapore is a captivating destination that offers a blend of exoticism, modernity, and cultural diversity. It’s the perfect place for adventurous travelers seeking unique discoveries.

Get ready to explore a city that unveils countless enchanting facets!

Practical infos

☀️ All year long, the equatorial climate of this place keeps it hot and humid.

🚗 The metro system is incredibly modern and convenient for exploring the city. When it comes to paying for your ride, you have two options: either use your EZ-Link card or purchase a ticket from one of the vending machines.

💰 Singapore dollar: about 1.50 Singapore dollars to 1 euro.

📝 Before staying in Singapore, you must fill out an electronic health declaration called the « SG Arrival Card » no more than three days prior to your arrival. Tourists are allowed to stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days.

Gardens by the bay

Before we start, you’ll find a summary of this guide here, which you can download onto your phone and take with you wherever you go.

Marina Bay 
  1. The highlights is Gardens by the Bay. You definitely don’t want to miss the Supertrees, they light up in the evening, creating a breathtaking spectacle. You can catch this amazing show for free daily at 19.45 and 20.45. You can check out their schedule here. The Gardens span almost 100 hectares in the heart of Marina Bay, making it the perfect spot for a memorable stroll. 

But that’s not all! Gardens by the Bay also has two other incredible areas under huge domes. The Cloud Forest is a must-see, with its stunning waterfall that will leave you in awe. The Flower Dome, a botanical garden showcasing a wide variety of floral species from around the world. (tips: consider buying the 2-in-1 Cloud Forest + Flower Dome tickets to make the most of your visit. Book here!)

Symbol of the city, take a stroll by the Merlion statue for an exceptional view of Singapore Bay! Location here!

Food lover? Make sure to check out Satay by the Bay. It’s the ultimate destination for delicious food. 

  1. Marina Bay Sands is undeniably one of the most renowned hotels worldwide! Resembling a boat, this extraordinary establishment boasts:
  • Approximately 2,500 luxurious rooms.
  • The Infinity Pool, which holds the title for the world’s largest infinity pool, situated 200 meters above ground and stretching 146 meters in length. For a refreshing drink and breathtaking views, head up to the rooftop at CÉ LA VI.
  • A massive three-storey casino for all the gambling enthusiasts out there.
  • A shopping mall, perfect for leisurely strolls and retail therapy.
  • Marquee, a happening discotheque featuring a giant wheel inside.
  1. The ArtScience Museum is truly a sight to behold. The architecture is resembling a stunning lotus flower. Situated facing the Marina Bay Sands, the museum offers a wide range of captivating exhibits. However, it’s important to note that these exhibits are often temporary, so make sure to check out what’s on during your visit. And while you’re there, don’t miss the incredible Spectra sound and light show, which takes place daily at 8 and 9 p.m. (and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Tips: If you have the chance, make sure to cross the Helix Bridge at night for an even more breathtaking experience.

Stroll through the neighbourhood and don’t miss the Temple of Buddha’s Tooth. On 6 floors, you can watch the prayers and chanting of the monks. Don’t forget to climb to the very top to see the prayer wheel. 

While exploring this district, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre, a museum housed in a historic building that traces the history of Singapore’s first Chinese settlers.

Singapore River
Singapore River

It’s absolutely wonderful to take a leisurely walk by the river and appreciate the stunning colonial architecture. The river is adorned with magnificent bridges and adorned with sculptures by renowned artists like Dali and Botero. If you’re up for it, you can even embark on a delightful short cruise along the Singapore River.

The Southern Ridges

Let’s go for a stroll in nature, with a fantastic part dedicated to suspension bridges. We’ll wrap up our adventure by crossing the world’s highest pedestrian bridge, the Henderson Waves Bridge, and then you can hop on a gondola from Mont Faber to Sentosa Island. Map here!

Sentosa Island is the ultimate recreational hub for Singaporeans. This tiny island offers beaches, cultural visits, and a variety of attractions. If you’re short on time, I wouldn’t recommend it as a top priority.

Little India

This area of the city is known for its vibrant colors, with many houses painted in bright hues, including the well-known Tan Teng Niah House. You can explore a number of Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries, such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya monastery, and Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple.

Kampong Glam

The Malay neighborhood, which is home to the magnificent Sultan Mosque and the lively Haji Lane, is located just a short distance from Little India. Make sure to explore Arab Street and have a drink at the Atlas bar, which has a stunning art deco design.

The Singapore Botanic Garden

This is a massive park spanning over 60 hectares, housing six beautiful gardens. This incredible place holds the prestigious title of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors the opportunity to explore it without spending a fortune. Make sure not to miss the iconic orchid garden, which represents the essence of Singapore.

Hawker center

You can’t leave without trying one of them! It represents the local culture. Although they may not be the most visually appealing, you can enjoy delicious and affordable food there. One of the top recommendations is Lau Pa Sat. More information here!

Less touristy recommendations:
  • Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street: former convent converted into a shop where you can eat or have a drink. Even without this, it’s worth just taking a stroll, as it’s very pretty.
  • The Raffles Hotel: drink a Singapore Sling at the Raffles bar, and throw the peanut shells on the floor.
  • Katong/Joo Chiat, these residential areas are specifically designed for the Peranakan community. You must definitely pay a visit to these houses as they are truly remarkable. The stunning facades of these houses were often seen as a symbol of prosperity and affluence for the families residing here.
Changi Airport
Changi Airport

This place is truly amazing! It’s not just an airport, but a destination in itself. It has been voted the best airport in the world multiple times. You have to see the Rain Vortex, the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. And don’t forget to visit the Butterfly Garden, a serene oasis right in the middle of the airport. Trust me, there’s so much to do here, you won’t be bored!

To make the most of your visit, we suggest allocating at least 3 to 5 days. However, if you’re on a quick stopover, don’t miss out on the Marina Bay area!

What destinations have you included in your travel wishlist? Have you explored any breathtaking spots in Singapore that deserve a spot on this list? We’d love to hear your recommendations!

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Happy travel! J&T