Best things to do in Singapore | TOP 30 to visit

What to do to visit Singapore in 2 or 3 days? Discover the unmissable and unusual places to visit, as well as the best things to do in Singapore to make your trip unforgettable. Let’s go!

  1. TOP 30 things to do in Singapore 🤩
  2. Best areas to visit 📍
  3. Itinerary for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days 🌟
  4. What to do in Singapore with family? 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧
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1. Marvel at the magnificent Gardens by the Bay

Voiceless! The beauty of these gardens will leave you speechless. The architecture of these magnificent giant trees is just magnificent. Nature and architecture are found here in a perfect marriage.

OCBC Skyway. This is the name of the footbridge that connects the different giant trees to each other.

And inside the trees? The interior is just as surprising! The waterfalls, the greenery, the colors… what a pleasure for the eyes. If you are going to visit Singapore in the middle of the tourist season, in order to avoid waiting, take tickets with direct entry. Read more in pour blog post: Tips for visiting the Gardens by the Bay.

2. See the unforgettable Garden Rhapsody show

wow! The Garden Rhapsody is a sound and light show that takes place in Jardins de la Baie. It lasts 15 minutes, takes place twice a day in the evening. Don’t miss this unique moment that will certainly mark your trip to Singapore! Les Jardins de la Baie will show itself to you in a whole new light. This is a must-do experience in Singapore.

Good to know! The Garden Rhapsody show is free. Check the schedules of the show to avoid unpleasant surprises: see the schedules on the Gardens by the Bay website.

garden rhapsody

3. Discover the historic heart of Singapore: Marina Bay

Iconic. Marina Bay is a must place to visit in Singapore. It is from here that the city of Singapore has developed since the 19th century. Around the bay, we can see today a business center, luxury hotels, casinos, or even a theater. Marina Bay is the heart of Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands. You certainly know this hotel, or rather its infinity pool with a breathtaking view of Singapore. In order to enjoy this famous swimming pool, you can book one or more nights (see Marina Bay Sands rooms and prices), or take a ticket to visit the 57th floor of this huge tower (find out more here: ticket to go up on Marina Bay Sands).

marina bay sands swimming pool

4. See the Merlion Statue

City symbol. The 6.5 meter tall Merlin statue is located in Marina Bay. This animal with the head of a lion and the body of a fish is the symbol of the city of Singapore. Come for a walk near the Merlion statue to enjoy an exceptional view of Singapore Bay!

merlion singapore city center

5. Ride the huge wheel: Singapore Flyer

360 degree view. Singapore Flyer is home to the world’s largest Ferris wheels. Its height is 165 meters. The cabins are air-conditioned. The view is outstanding, especially at night with all the beautiful lights of Singapore! If you are visiting Singapore with your family, you can have the cabin to yourself. The tour lasts 30 minutes.

6. Go over the Helix Bridge pedestrian bridge

From Marina Center to Marina South. This pedestrian bridge crosses part of the Marina Bay. When you go to visit Singapore, you can enjoy a nice walk on Helix Bridge to discover the beauty of Singapore Bay.

Guided bike tour. Thanks to the guide’s explanations, you will discover everything you need to know about Singapore, its history, but also local life. It’s a great way to see Singapore, especially if you’re short on time. Here is an example of a guided tour: photos, available dates and prices to visit Singapore with a guide.

helix bridge

7. Discover the Opera Theater Esplanade

Opera Theater Esplanade. Another symbol of Singapore not to be missed! This opera is the equivalent of the Sydney Opera House. This impressive building is made up of 7000 aluminum panels.

Esplanade shopping center. This mall is one of the oldest in Singapore. They are close to the opera. Here you will find many shops, but also a food court where you can have lunch.

esplanade theatre singapore

8. Admire a magnificent view from the rooftops of Singapore

Some nice spots. Discover our selection of the best rooftops to have a drink in Singapore. Click on the link to open the location in Google Maps.

  • Lantern: a superb bar with a swimming pool and a nice view of Marina Bay Sands!
  • Mr. Stork: a great place a little further out of downtown Singapore, but with fantastic views.
  • Smoke & Mirrors: cozy atmosphere with a view of Marina Bay.

9. Take a boat ride

Between the old and the modern. Boat cruise is one of the best things to do in Singapore. Thanks to this boat tour, you will discover the surprising architecture of Singapore which combines the modern and the old. It’s a good way to get to know this incredible city! Discover more practical information here: see the departure of the boats and the prices. A fun activity to do as a family or as a couple!

boat tour to do in singapore

10. Check out Singapore’s bustling Haji Laner Street

Kampong Glam. This is the name of the Muslim quarter of Singapore (click to place the quarter on Google Maps). This is where the lively Haji Laner Street is located, but also other very nice pedestrian streets to discover. During your trip to Singapore, do not hesitate to add this district to your sightseeing itinerary. It is an interesting place to visit to experience another side of Singapore!

Dimsums? Discover delicious dishes on a guided tour in Singapore! And in particular delicious dimsums, one of the must-try specialties in Singapore. Find out more: see a sample food tour.

haji lane street to visit in singapore

11. Get lost in Singapore’s Chinatown

Lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets of Chinatown! Chinatown is one of the best areas to visit in Singapore. A walk in this district is essential to you during a trip to Singapore. In this Chinese community center, one can discover the heritage of the first Chinese settlers. This district is full of small shops, trendy bars, traditional restaurants, as well as cultural institutions.

12. Lunch at the Maxwell Food Center

Taste new dishes! Maxwell Food Center is a food hall where you can discover many stalls offering street food (place the place on Google Maps). Incredible culinary diversity and a cool atmosphere: a perfect place to eat when visiting Singapore’s Chinatown!

shopping mall singapour

13. See the Sri Mariamman Temple

The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. The Sri Mariamman Temple is located in Singapore’s Chinatown (locate the temple on Google Maps). It is an Agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. Its architecture is surprising. The Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the most beautiful monuments to see in Singapore.

temple to visit in singapore

14. Go to Singapore’s Sentosa Island

“Peaceful”. Sentosa means “peaceful” in Malay. This island attracts nearly 5 million visitors a year. It is a place visited by Singaporeans, but also travelers from elsewhere. If you are going to visit Singapore on a trip of more than 3 days, this island is a place to discover.

Sentosa Cable Car Pass. To go to Sentosa Island, you can take the cable car: see cable car prices here. It’s already an experience in its own right! Another way to get to the island is to take the Sentosa Express train or the Sentosa Bus. These two solutions are cheaper than the cable car, but are less comfortable and impressive.

sentosa island to visit in singapore

15. Visit the amazing Singapore Aquarium: S.E.A. Aquarium

Over 100,000 creatures! Singapore Aquarium is a place to visit Singapore on a 3, 4 or 5 day trip. This is the largest aquarium in the world! It’s a real experience to live in Singapore with family or lovers: buy tickets for the aquarium here. Once there, don’t miss the shipwreck simulation in 360 degrees and… in 4D! This is clearly one of the best things to do in Singapore.

sea aquarium family trip singapore

16. Visit Universal Studios Singapore

Attractions, shows, rides… inspired by the most famous films and television series from the small and big screen! Visiting Universal Studios Singapore is one of the best things to do in Singapore, on a trip of 3, 4, 5 or more days. It is a place to discover with the family, and especially with teenagers. If you are interested in this activity, here are the prices for entry tickets. Rates vary according to the age of visitors.

Popular visit. Universal Studios Singapore is a very popular place for visitors. It is best to book tickets in advance. Even if you do not want to book in advance, before departure, check which dates are available to avoid unpleasant surprises.

universal studios singapore

17. Discover Kampong Bahru Street and its traditional Singaporean houses

Telok Blanga. Kampong Bahru is located in the residential district of Singapore: Kampong Bahru. This is a place to visit in Singapore when traveling for more than 4 days. The architecture of the traditional houses on this street contrasts with the modernity of the buildings nearby.

kampong bahru street to visit in singapore

18. Visit Singapore Zoo (Mandai Wildlife Reserve)

Exceptional! The Singapore Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in the world, but also one of the most famous in the world. It welcomes nearly 1.7 million visitors a year. Near the zoo are Night Safari and River Safari, two other places to discover in Singapore.

How to visit? It takes an hour to get to Singapore Zoo by public transport. Find out the entrance fees to visit the zoo here.

Good to know! It is recommended to book entrance tickets to visit Singapore Zoo in advance. This is also the case for the Night Safari, and the River Safari (see below).

singapore zoo

19. Live the incredible experience of the Night Safari or the River Safari

Close to the zoo. Still managed by the NGO Wildlife Reserves Singapore, just like the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari are very incredible places to visit. You can choose one of these three locations, depending on your preference. Find all the practical information on the Mandai Wildlife Reserve website (which includes the zoo, Night Safari and River Safari).

Night Safari. The visit to the Night Safari takes place at nightfall. You can do it by tram, or on foot. The experience is much more interesting on foot, because you can take your time. You will explore “the jungle” on the lookout for animals. Good to know: you cannot take a photo with a flash so as not to disturb the animals. To enjoy your visit, it is best not to follow the crowd. Find out more here: see timetables, prices and practical information for the visit.

River Safari. Less visited than Night Safari or the Singapore Zoo, River Safari is known for its pandas. If during a trip to Singapore you want to see the pandas, this is where you have to come.

river safari tickets

20. Discover the shops of Orchard Road

Shopping. Orchard Road is one of Singapore’s best-known shopping avenues. Here you will find boutiques and shops for all tastes and budgets! Lined with trees, Orchard Road is also a pleasant place to visit in Singapore.

orchard road shopping to do in singapore

21. Discover the Little India district of Singapore

Vibrant and lively neighborhood! Little India is one of the best areas to visit in Singapore. Located not far from Orchard Road, this district is the heart of Singapore’s Indian community. You will definitely love the neighborhood colors and its dynamics.

Mustafa Center and Tekka Center. If you are looking for a change of scenery, Mustafa Center and Tekka Center are places to visit (see Google Maps location)! Tekka Center is both a market and a food court.

little india area to visit in singapore

22. Stroll through the Singapore Tropical Botanic Garden

Relaxing and restful. Located not far from downtown Singapore, this botanical garden is just beautiful and worth the detour. Orchid lovers, do not miss the garden dedicated to orchids. Allow at least 2-3 hours for this tour. The walk in the botanical garden is one of the best activities to do in Singapore as a couple.

botanic tropical garden singapore

23. Visit the ArtScience Museum in Singapore

Innovative museum. This museum links art and science, which is still rare. The architecture of the museum is impressive. Visiting this museum is one of the things to do in Singapore to carry into the future. Click to discover reviews, times and prices to visit this magnificent museum in Singapore. The museum is not far from Marina Bay Sands.

visit art science museum singapore

24. Discover the Katong district

Colonial bungalows and colorful shops. The Katong district is one of the best areas to visit in Singapore to admire the city’s beautiful historic buildings. Come here to take nice pictures and to walk around. It is a place to do during a trip to Singapore of 4 days or more (see the geolocation of this district on Google Maps).

katong area houses singapore

25. Visit Jurong Bird Park in Singapore

A magnificent park drowned in lush vegetation! The Jurong Bird Park is a place to do in Singapore with the family. Children’s areas are provided within the grounds of the park. The central aviary is the great must-see of the park not to be missed. Here you will experience magical moments with the birds! Read more about tickets here: Tickets to Visit Jurong Bird Park.

jurong bird park

26. Visit the National Gallery of Singapore

More than an art museum! The National Gallery is housed in a former Singapore Supreme Court building, right in downtown Singapore. In addition to the works of art, you can see the old court rooms, as well as some cells. Besides, the building is very beautiful from the outside.

Not to miss. Go up to the 6th floor of the gallery to discover a very nice view of Singapore!

27. Marvel at the exuberant nature of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Lush forests, diverse ecosystems… Located 12 km from the city centre, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the must-see places to visit in Singapore, whether you live here or are coming here for a long stay. What beauty, what peace! Learn more on the official website in English. A nice hike awaits you!

bukit timah nature reserve to visit in singapore

28. Enjoy the beach at East Coast Park

Outside the city center. Another place to visit in Singapore on a day trip. This beach is a place of relaxation for Singaporeans. On the other hand, swimming here is not necessarily the most pleasant. East Coast Park and its beach are perfect for strolling and walking or cycling with children.

east coast park

29. Take a walk on the Macritchie Treetop Walk Trailhead

Another place known to locals. Singapore is full of pleasant places to walk and enjoy nature. Macritchie Treetop Walk Trailhead is one of them. The most of this place is its suspension bridge of 250 meters! This is an unusual place to do in Singapore.

30. Visit Canopy Park inside Jewel Changi Airport

Unbelievable! Singapore Airport is certainly one of the most beautiful airports, if not the most beautiful, in the world. If you have time before your flight, come and discover the Canopy Park (see photos and reviews on Google Maps).

airport singapore

How many days to visit Singapore?

The best is to visit Singapore in at least 3 days. This is the minimum duration to discover the essence of Singapore. If you take a 4-day or 5-day trip, you won’t be bored at all. Thus, you will be able to discover several facets of this exceptional city-state.

how many days to visit singapour

Best areas to stay to visit in Singapore

Among the best areas to stay when visiting Singapore, there are: Marina Bay, Chinatown, Orchard, or even Kampong Glam and Little India. To give you an idea, accommodation prices are highest in Marina Bay, and lowest in Little India. Find accommodations to stay in Singapore here, or here are some good addresses below.

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay: a magnificent 5-star hotel located in the heart of downtown Singapore.

The Scarlet Singapore: This hotel is an unusual accommodation in Singapore. It is located in a typical pre-war workshop in the cultural district of Chinatown.

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road: a safe bet for a stay in Singapore.

Village Hotel Bugis: This hotel’s connecting rooms are perfect for a family trip to Singapore.

Discover other nice hotels and tips for your stay in Singapore in our blog post: Where to stay in Singapore.

best areas to see in singapore trip

How to visit Singapore in 2 days?

Here is an itinerary to visit Singapore in 2 days.

First day of the trip to Singapore

  • Discover Marina Bay
  • See the Merlion Statue, Opera Theater Esplanade, and Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Walk on the Helix Bridge Pedestrian Point
  • Visit the Gardens of the Bay (buy entrance tickets to save time on site)
  • Attend the magnificent Garden Rhapsody show at dusk (free)

Second day of the trip to Singapore

  • Visit the Muslim Quarter of Singapore, including the bustling Haji Laner Street
  • Getting caught in Chinatown
  • See the Sri Mariamman Temple
  • Lunch at the Maxwell Food Center
  • Take a cruise (see prices here)
  • Take a ride on the huge wheel of Singapore
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What to do in Singapore in 3 days?

Here’s what you can do in Singapore on the 3rd.

On the third day of the trip, you can continue exploring the different districts of Singapore:

  • Visit the beautiful Singapore Botanical Gardens
  • Discover the Little India district (book a guided tour)

You can reverse the programs, according to your desires and preferences.

What to do in Singapore in 4 days?

On the 4th day of travel to Singapore, you can:

  • Visit the ArtScience Museum of Singapore
  • Discover the traditional houses of Kampong Bahru Street OR visit the Katong district
  • Do the Night Safari (buy the tickets to save time)


How to visit Singapore in 5 days?

Visiting Sentosa Island:

3 days in singapore

What to do to visit Singapore with the family?

Singapore is a city that is easy to visit with children. It is a family-friendly destination. Therefore, when traveling to Singapore with your family, you will find plenty of cool things to do together. Here are some examples.

Senatosa Island is a great place for a family vacation in Singapore:

Several interesting places to visit in Singapore with the family to discover nature:

Other interesting places to visit:

what to do in singapore

What to visit around Singapore while traveling in Asia?

From Singapore, you can easily get to almost anywhere in South Asia. For example, in Bangkok (read our article: What to do in Bangkok), in Phuket (What to do in Phuket), or even in Bali.

Singapore is an exceptional city-state! You will love your trip, will definitely want to come back. It is a modern, dynamic and pleasant place to live and to visit.

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