3 Days in Singapore
View From Marina Bay Sands
Singapore, a country half the size of London, is better referred to as a city-state, and is located on the southern coast of Malaysia. It's a great stop-off point if you're travelling to other parts of the world. Spend between 3-4 nights in Singapore before heading off to your next destination. Here are some tips on Singapore and how to spend 3 days in this diverse and multi-lingual city-state.
Where to stay and how to travel around Singapore?
Singapore is small, so wherever you stay, you won't be far from anywhere you may want to visit. Accommodation in relation to the rest of Asia is expensive. Hostel rooms will cost around £15-£20 per night. The famous and most instagrammed hotel in the world, Marina Bay Sands comes in at a whopping £215 (min) per night. However, the views, comfort, luxurious interior and free juice on arrival make it almost worthwhile. Remember to head to the roof and swim in the largest infinity pool in the world (equates to 3 olympic sized swimming pools).
Singapore has a great public transportation network of buses and the metro system, referred to as the MRT. Pick up a travel pass, or the money saving Singapore Tourist Card. Catch a grab (similar to Uber) or a local cab if you're in a hurry.
Day 1 in Singapore
Begin your day in the district of Chinatown, enjoy some market shopping and Chinese architecture in Chinatown Market & take a visit to the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple (pictured).
Hawker centre for lunch: Chinatown Food Street (£). Hawker centres, much like food courts, are a must while you're in Singapore. They're cheap, quick & full of local delicacies and people.
A 15 minute walk will take you over to Boat Quay in the Central Business District. The landscape is vastly different to that of Chinatown's. Walk along the river until you reach the Merlion (pictured above). Be-warned: the CBD district is more expensive for food and drinks.
Stop off at the distinguished Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel. You will have to queue, but it's worth the wait for the original (and ridiculously priced) Singapore Sling (pictured).
A good (and free) evening activity post-dinner is the Gardens by the Bay light show. Check the website for the latest show-times. Whilst you're in the area, treat yourself to a drink at the Marina Bay Sands roof top bar, the view makes it all worthwhile (pictured above).
CBD District: Merlion viewpoint
Gardens by the Bay
Day 2 in Singapore
Spend your morning at Gardens by the Bay. Admission to the park is free but it will cost you $8 (Singaporean Dollars) to walk the 128m long aerial walkway (pictured below). It will also cost you S$28 to attend the two conservatories, Flower Dome & Cloud Forest. If you're short of time and cash, I recommend going to just one of the conservatories, and that one being the Cloud Forest. The Cloud Forest features the largest indoor waterfall in the world (pictured below).
For lunch, walk over to the garden's hawker centre ($): Satay by the Bay. This outside dining experience will serve up some great views & delicious satay. Post-lunch, do a spot of shopping (or browsing) in the Marina Bay Sands' shopping centre, featuring an indoor river and Venetian gondolas.
How would you like to spend your afternoon? Head to Other Suggestions and see what you may fancy.
Nightlife in Singapore is not quite thriving, but it's certainly there. Seek it out along the bars in Boat Quay & clubs in Clarke Quay.
Day 3 in Singapore
Spend Day 3 exploring a different side to Singapore, a side you do not see in the tourism ads but one that makes Singapore the multi-cultural place it is. Head to Haji Lane, Kampong Glam, Bugis and Little India. Expect art, mini boutiques, religious buildings, colourful architecture, market shopping and good food.
Start your day with an iced coffee in one of the many cafes along Haji Lane, jump in and out of quirky boutiques whilst admiring the art murals that line the famous street of Haji Lane. Whilst you're in the Kampong Glam district, you must visit Singapore's largest mosque: the Sultan Mosque (pictured above).
Make your way to your next stop: Little India via Bugis station. Grab yourself a delicious £2 curry from the lively Tekka Centre, the Hawker Centre of Little India, before some market shopping in the Arcade. If shopping isn't your thing, visit the Little India Heritage Centre to learn about Singapore's Indian community.
Re-visit the bustling Kampong Glam district for dinner and drinks. Jazz Cafe is a great late-night bar with live music.
Spend a family-day out or afternoon on Sentosa Island (pictured). Find a spot on one of their man-made beaches: Tanjong, Palawan or Siloso (all a 2 minute walk from each other). On Sentosa Island, described as 'The State of Fun', you will also find a Universal Studios, an aquarium, and a waterpark.
Walk the Southern Ridges Walk for breathtaking views of Singapore. 10km in total length, it is advised to just do the section between Kent Ridge Park and Mount Faber.
Visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens for free.
Close by to the Gardens you'll find Orchard Road, great for shopping in Singapore.
Escape the humidity and heat and learn about Singaporean life in the National Museum of Singapore.