One of the most vibrant, exciting, and gorgeous cities that we have visited is Singapore. It’s a place where you can get lost in the streets and find something beautiful at every corner. It’s a city that follows rules, has great manners, kind people, and thrives in different cultures. The amount of things do in Singapore can be overwhelming but we found some great places to share with you.
What we loved about Singapore is the variety of things there are for everyone. Singapore thrives in international food options, luxurious resort stays, romantic activities for couples, fun places for families, indoor and outdoor parks for the nature lover, has many free things for budget travelers and so much more. Check out the places we visited and loved.
18 Great Things to do in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
This is the most photographed spot in Singapore and one of the most beautiful spots to roam around at no cost. Inside the gardens, you find the Supertrees which deserve its own spot on our next point. You can also find gorgeous gardens, lakes, and pathways to get lost in. Cloud Forest and Flower Dome are located in here and worth a visit.
This tropical dome has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters and emits a beautiful mist that mimics a real cloud forest. You can do the Treetop Walk to view it from above and work your way around the beautiful and lush greenery. Cost is 12 USD but can be combined with the Flower Dome for 28 USD.
The Flower Dome is the largest greenhouse in the world and boasts with beautiful flowers and plants from the Mediterranean and Semi-Arid regions. We got to see the Christmas displays when we visited in November and everything about this place is beautiful!
Supertree Grove: Day Time
The Supertrees inside Gardens by the Bay are man-made trees that provide energy for the whole park! How awesome is that? If you want to enjoy the trees even more, we recommend walking the OCBC Skyway (like a hanging bridge) that runs above ground and connects between the trees. However, if you are afraid of heights you might think about it twice. The cost is 5 USD and you get magnificent views of the gardens down below and the city from afar.
Supertree Grove: Night Light Show
These 25-50 meter tall trees make it twice on our list because they should be visited twice during your stay. Every evening inside Gardens by the Bay, the Supertrees put on a stunning light show that flashes to the sound of music. This was a magical and romantic moment that we won’t forget and highly recommend for you to not miss. We visited in November and they played Christmas music which added to the magic. The light show happens at 7:45 and 8:45. Make sure to arrive a few minutes early to pick your favorite spot to view the light show.
A great way to spend a romantic evening is to walk the Marina Bay Sands where you will have amazing views of the Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade. Every spot here is beautiful and a great place to take in the city lights. Nearby you will find the water light show, helix bridge, the luxurious Marina Bay Sands, and Merlion Park.
Spectra: Water Light Show
This water show was one of our favorite moments in Singapore. Spectra is an outdoor light and water show along the promenade in front of Marina Bay Sands. The music dances to the symphony of music and is lighted by lasers and projectors. It reminded us of the water show at Disneyland and the Las Vegas Bellagio fountains. This 15-minute show happens at 8 and 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 8, 9, and 10pm on Friday and Saturday.
Taking a photo of Merlion in Singapore is a must almost like taking a picture of the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. The Merlion statue is a tourist icon shaped like a half-fish and half-lion. Tale has it that it symbolizes Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura which means ‘lion city’ in Malay. It resides in Merlion Park by the Marina Bay and you can take a touristy picture of you drinking water or showering water from your mouth if you’d like.
We’ve been to a few Chinatowns, but none as clean and as colonial-looking as this one. Though it’s not the largest Chinatown we’ve visited, it’s a great place for buying cheap items and eating at a low price in an expensive city. We enjoyed the lanterns floating above us and the colonial looking shops. This is a must see when you are in Singapore and you can find some nice boutique hotels and hostels located in this area.
With colorful buildings and colorful street decorations, who wouldn’t love a stroll through Little India? This is where you can also find many oil scents and spices, try new food, and do some shopping. It’s a small taste of Indian Culture in a large block of Singapore.
Clarke Quay was a beautiful area to explore not only because of the beautiful river, but for the building views and the many food options. You can also take a river cruise for 25 USD or simply walk around the area. At night, the place comes alive with a vibrant bar and restaurant scene.
Known as the world’s best airport, Changi is filled with free things to enjoy. One of those free things is foot massages, a movie theater with no admission, free Wi-Fi, beautiful artwork displayed throughout, and an interactive art center. Now that’s a good Airport experience!
Visit Temples and Mosques
There are many temples you can walk into where you can learn about different beliefs. The detail in some temples and mosques is quite stunning to see. Some popular ones include Sr Mariamman Temple and Masjid Sultan Mosque.
Just a short walk from Marina Bay Sands, you see this beautiful steel foot bridge that’s inspired by the curved form of DNA structure. To us, the bridge looked like a scene from the future with its complicated shape. This became one of our favorite things to photograph!
This beautiful architectural building is named after Sir Stamfor Raffles, the founder of Singapore. This is also the birthplace of the famous fruity drink that will set you back 30 USD if you decide to try it,the Singapore Sling. We skipped the drink, but enjoyed the view around the hotel.
You can save money by visiting a Hawker Center to find cheap eats with cuisine from around all-around Asia.
We came across Chijmes by accident while wandering the streets of Singapore. It’s a historic building which began as a Catholic Convent in the quarters of Caldwell House. The chapel is beautiful with a gothic style look. It’s now an all-purpose hall known as Chijmes. The area around it is commercialized into dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Walk the City
The best way to enjoy the city is to allow yourself to get lost in the streets of Singapore. One day, we were headed to Chinatown but it took us over three hours to get there because kept finding other distracting and great spots along the way. Allow yourself time to freely wander and you’ll find some great and beautiful gems.
Iconic Places We Missed
Marina Bay Sands is one of those epic and luxurious places to stay at if you’re ready to spend a good amount of money. Famously known for its pool over-looking the city and only available to guests, we hope to one day come back to spend a night there. The other option is to visit the observations deck for 23 USD but no pool access.
Singapore Flyer is one of the biggest Ferris wheels with large capsules that hold up to 28 people and has great views of the city.
Sentosa Island is a favorite for visitors because it has Universal Studios and beautiful resorts.
Singapore Zoo is one rated as one of the best zoos to visit.
The Singapore Flyer is another popular activity to try in the city.
Singapore Botanic Gardens has beautiful lakes, lush green plants, and great sculptures.
There is an overwhelming amount of things to do in Singapore that it’s hard to choose what to fit into a short visit. But regardless of where you go, you will enjoy your time in this beautiful city.
Things to Know about Singapore
Singapore is one of the safest places in the world! We definitely felt safe our whole time there.
There is a beautiful mix of culture in Singapore. Thus, you will find different foods, experiences, and people.
Singapore is very expensive! Come prepared to spend. However, if you visit on a budget it’s possible to still enjoy it.
The weather in Singapore is warm year-round making it easy to plan a trip no matter what season.
Singapore has a many strict and odd laws that come with expensive or harsh punishment. For example, don’t even think about connecting to someone’s Wi-Fi, feeding pigeons, or forget flushing. Smoking in public, walking naked in your house with open curtains, and littering will get you fined. Don’t even think about bringing gum into the country or selling it or you’ll spend two years in jail aside from a hefty fine. Spitting in public is also not allowed, which to be honest is okay with me! Drinking and eating is strictly forbidden on the SMR (transportation). Oh, and can you believe Singapore allows caning (a legal form of corporal punishment)? Offenders receive strokes as punishment depending on the type of crime or rule broken.
If you find yourself at Little India on Sunday evening, don’t be surprised to see hundreds of men hanging out on the streets. It was a unique sighting for us to see so many men gathered outside the temples, food stands, and the parks. We thought there was a special event going on, so we asked and turns out the men gather to enjoy their day off/end of the week. However, we have no idea where the women are. Perhaps they gather somewhere too?
How to Get Around
You’ll find yourself walking a lot in Singapore but the cheapest way to get around is using the SMR. It will connect you from the city all the way to the airport and to the border of Malaysia. They have a tourist card for a one to three-day use and costs 10-20 Singapore Dollars. However, you can also fill a regular card to get around and refill as needed. Another option is using Uber and Grab, which we used for our long-distance ride to the airport. Taxis are also common and inexpensive, but we didn’t use any in our time there.
Where to Stay
We stayed in the Little India area and it was the perfect location. The SMR was conveniently located only a short 5 minute walk away. We were also immersed into the Singaporean Indian Culture and we got to enjoy the beautiful colors of this neighborhood. At the Hilton, we had fast working Wi-Fi, gym, pool and comfortable bed. There are many luxurious hotels to choose from and if you book early, you can save on hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals.
There are so many things to do in Singapore and we enjoyed it so much! We can’t wait to go back again one day to explore more of it.
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