3 Day Singapore Itinerary
Updated: Sep 7, 2019
Singapore had been a city that I’d wanted to visit for a long time. I can remember the exact moment that 15 year old me decided it was a city I wanted to visit one day. I was on a train from Manchester to London watching an episode of David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth 2'. This specific episode was about humans impact on the planet and how we are slowly destroying it. With ten minutes to go, after a pretty grim tone to the episode, Gardens By The Bay came on, showcasing exactly what humans were capable of building to live in harmony with Mother Nature. I was amazed at both the architecture of gardens by the bay and the way that Singapore had managed to turn a tourist attraction into an amazing living space for humans and local wildlife. When I found a cheap flight with decent flight times, I took it as a sign that now was my chance to visit this city.
Day 1 - Marina Bay and Quays Area
The beating heart of Singapore, here you’ll find the majority of the cities most iconic sights and attractions.
Begin your day by making your way towards the Singapore flyer.
Second in hight only to the London eye, the views you get up here are incredible. During the 45 minute ride, you’ll get birds-eye views of Gardens By The Bay, Flower Dome and the entire marina.
Price: S$33 Adult, S$21 Child
Opening times: 8.30am-10.30pm
Time needed: 1-2 hours
Once you’ve finished on the flyer, its time to head over to the most iconic sight in the city - Gardens by the bay. This area is actually split into two main parts: the Flower Dome/Cloud Forest, and the Super Tree grove. I'd recommend starting at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest domes. If you want to save time or are visiting at peak times in the year, it may be worth purchasing tickets online before you visit as the queues can get pretty long.
Cloud forest is home to the now 2nd largest indoor waterfall in the world ( the largest can now be found in the new extension of Changi Airport !). The refreshing water splash of the fall hits you as soon as you enter the dome making it great escape from the heat of the city.
You then follow a path that leads you all the way to the top of the fall, looking as various plants from all around the world en route. As you get higher up the fall, the type of plant changes as well, just as it does in the wild.
Flower dome, while in many ways similar to cloud forest, it’s also very different. Its located in a significantly smaller dome, and is split into numerous zones, each with a different climate, humidity and temperature with corresponding plants in each zone.
Price for combined ticket: S$28 Adult S$15 child
Opening times: 9am-9pm
Time needed: 1 hour per dome
After lunch, its time to head into the super tree mangrove. This was undoubtably the highlight for me in Singapore as it was seeing the trees on TV many years ago that had first inspired me to visit the city. Its free to walk around the complex (which is surprisingly big). The only paid section, which is well worth it, is the OCBC skyway.
The best time to head up is just before sunset which will give you enough time at the top and then enough time to get down again and grab a good viewing position in time for the 7.45pm light show. If you miss the first one don’t worry as there’s another one just an hour later!
Price for OCBC skywalk: S$8 adult, S$5
Opening times: 9am-9pm
Light show times: 7.45pm & 8.45pm
Time needed: 3 hours
Once you’ve witnessed the amazing light show, tackle the crowds and wander over to the iconic marina bay sands. This magnificent building is a hotel, shopping mall and observation deck all rolled into one. Theres easily enough to keep you occupied for an entire day alone here. If you're on a budget, I highly recommend eating at the hawker-style diner downstairs where you can pick from a magnitude of asian dishes from all the stalls ad then heading up to the observation deck to witness the stunning Singapore skyline at night. If money isn’t an issue, you should go for drinks and/or a meal in the restaurant on top of the hotel.
Price: S$23 adult, S$17 child
Opening times: 9.30am - 10pm (11pm weekends)
Time needed: 2 hours
Day 2 - Districts of Singapore
With nearly 60 % of its residents not being Singaporean nationals, the city is home to one of the most diverse groups of people in the world. I recommend visiting 3 of the main areas: Haji lane, Little India and china town.
Haji lane - the hip part of the city with loads of trendy, quirky little cafes and shops.
Little India - just down the road form haji lane, this area is home to the large Indian population of Singapore and is the best place to get a curry in the city.
Chinatown - I personally wasn’t a fan of the china town in Singapore, it seemed very tacky, the food wasn’t great and there was a real lack of authenticity to the place. However, if you’re in the area and happen to come across it, its worth having a wander through.
Once you’ve had your fill of culture for the day, its time to learn a bit about the history of this great city. The best museum to go to is the national museum of Singapore. This place really surprised me. Singaporean history, especially as a Brit, appeared a lot more interesting than I expected it to be. The museum features a large, but not overwhelming, number of exhibitions taking you through the ages from its foundations to the present day. As well as the permanent exhibitions, there's usually at least one temporary exhibition on which is included in the ticket price.
Price: S$15 adult, S$7 child
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Time needed: 2 hours
Once the sun starts to set, head down to the shopping hub of Singapore - orchid road. If you love to shop the big hughstreet names, you may want to spend an entire day here as the road stretches for miles and is cramped full of flagship shops. Even if you don’t want to do any shopping, its well worth a wander up and down as its like being in a scene from the film, ‘ crazy rich asians’.
Day 3 - Sentosa Island & Raffles Long Bar
Personally I’m not a huge fan of the island. Its very touristy and during the hot months the head can become unbearable. However, if the sun is out its a great place to chill out by the beach. The island is also the adventure hub of the city. You’ll find a whole host of theme parks and activities here so its a great place to visit if you’ve got kids.
Some of the most well known ones are:
Universal studios, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure cove waterpark, Wings of Time, Skyline Luge & Mega zip.
Getting to the island is super easy. You can either take the MRT directly to the island or take the cable car. I'd recommend taking the cable car as you’ll get 360 views of the island as you pass over it.
Once you've visited enough theme parks to last a lifetime, head over to the Colonial district to have drinks at the iconic Raffles hotel. The drinks aren't cheap but you just can't leave the city without trying a Singapore Sling!