Have you always dreamed about visiting illustrious Singapore, but not quite sure where to start once you get there?
Don’t worry, We’ve got you covered.
It was hard enough to keep this list limited to 7 activities, so don’t even get us started on taking a deeper dive into the unique restaurant scene in this city. While Singapore is small and arguably one of the most expensive places in the world to visit, it’s bursting at the seams with fantastic ocean views, cultural experiences, beautiful gardens, and architecture, making it well worth the trip.
We obviously can’t skip a place we’ve all admired from afar in movies and pictures, which is why first up on our list is…
1. Marina Bay Sands
With its famous infinity pool and stunning views of the city surrounding you, this is a place worth visiting if you’re willing to drop some dough. If you aren’t up for splurging on a night at the hotel there, don’t fret. Marina Bay Sands also features a casino and Michelin star restaurant inside; you certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do there. We think it’s also worth your time checking out the ArtScience museum. The view from the 57-story SkyPark is well worth the $17 entrance fee (if you’re not a hotel guest).
We can see you now, in that world-famous pool, sipping on a cocktail and watching the sunset on a beautiful day. Doesn’t sound too shabby.
2. Paulau Ubin
Paulau Ubin translates to Granite Island and is currently home to 50 natives who enjoy a simpler life. It’s an easy day trip away from the city, perfect for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.
Once you take the 10-minute boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the old Singapore as you venture through the wild landscape of grass, ocean, and wooden shacks. We suggest renting bikes to explore and get lost in the beauty and tranquility this little offshore island has to offer.
Must-sees: Be sure to head to Pekan Quarry, where two pits have merged into a jaw-dropping natural lake. We promise the photos alone will be worth it. Wondering what to do for food? We suggest blending in with the locals and trying out a local seafood dish from one of the vendors near the jetty.
3. East Coast Road
Once you’ve fulfilled your sightseeing desires, it’s time to dive in and taste everything Singapore has to offer. We suggest spending an afternoon walking along the two-mile stretch of colorful houses and experiencing some of the fantastic restaurants in this area. There are thousands of different tastes, smells, and sights to experience.
Once you’ve eaten as much Katong Laksa (the area’s most famous dish) as you possibly can, you can head over to the East Coast Park and take a nice leisurely walk along the shore to burn off those calories. We know you’ll love the vibes in this foodie paradise as much as we do.
A picturesque island off the coast of Singapore, perfect for families, solo travelers, and couples alike. This stop has something for everyone. You can spend time relaxing on the beach, dining out at one of their fabulous restaurants, checking out the resort grounds, or even taking the kids on over to Universal Singapore. You’ll be happy to know that the Sentosa Golf Club offers two award-winning golf courses for our golfers.
One of the best parts of the island is the complimentary transportation between destinations. Whether you prefer the beach tram, bus or monorail, you’ll be able to enjoy it all without having to worry about getting around.
We’d also suggest saving time to explore one of the lesser-known attractions of the island, the secret cave Tanjung Rimau located just beyond Rasa Sentosa. Also known as “Sentosa’s best-kept secret,” we know you’ll appreciate the untouched beach, tidal pools, and marine life.
5. Old Airport Road Food Centre
As one of Singapore’s most loved food centers, the options are truly endless here. There are over 150 hawker stalls to choose from, each offering delicious, local eats. From decadent noodle dishes to fried oysters and beancurd pudding, your hardest decision will be where to order from. However, locals say that the longest lines mean the best food.
We think you won’t be disappointed by heading over this way with your group, ordering as many dishes as you can carry, and drinking some local beers. Sounds like a perfect Singapore evening to us.
6. Gardens By the Bay
Singapore can get pretty hot year-round, so we’re sure you’ll be looking for activities to help you cool down. Gardens by the Bay will do the job. As one of the most unique attractions that Singapore offers, walking through the SuperTree Grove, you’ll quickly feel like you’re in another world.
Don’t sleep on checking out the treetop walk and indoor waterfall, either. You can’t help but feel zen here wandering among the nearly 163,000 plants, viewing the flower dome, and gazing at the incredible architecture that holds the famous cloud forest.
Even better, the Garden offers two free nightly rhapsody and sound shows that are worth checking out.
Kampong Glam is unlike anything else on the island and maybe unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. Also known as Singapore’s Muslim center, you can’t help but soak in the rich religious history and modern-day vibes of the neighborhood. Long before visitors discovered this trendy bohemian spot, it has always been a place of beauty and worship.
Full of bright colors, diverse shops, and graffiti-painted walls, We suggest spending time tasting all that this area has to offer. From every kind of halal you can think of, to Indian tapas and the famous kaya swiss roll, you certainly won’t leave hungry. If you have time to visit some “tourist” attractions, we know you won’t be disappointed visiting Singapore’s largest Mosque here, the Sultan Mosque.
However you choose to fill up your Singapore days, you really can’t go wrong. We know that wherever your journey takes you, you’ll leave this magical city feeling culturally inspired for your next trip.