Taking a short leisure break in Singapore? Undoubtedly, there is plenty to see in Singapore and a short visit might make you overwhelmed regarding places to visit here. Well, even if you are staying for three days, you can pretty much sum up what Singapore is all about with few selected experiences. Singapore welcomes its guests to a plethora of modern and ethnic experiences, but if you need to witness everything, you will need more than 3 days. If you are in Singapore for 3 days, how do you make the most of your time? Here are some options you can choose from to have a complete Singapore holiday experience within a 3 day Singapore itinerary.
Day 1: Revel in the avant-gardism and natural beauty of Singapore
The moment you step in Singapore, you will be awestruck by Singapore’s suave style and obsession with contemporary designs. You can start your journey right from the moment you land at Changi airport which is rated as the world’s best airport.
The Changi Airport
Don’t just rush to your hotel as soon as you land in Singapore. Take some time out and explore this stylish airport which is home to some of the best design structure and architectural highlights that Singapore is renowned for. Take selfies at ‘Steel in Bloom’ installation, walk through the dancing bronze rain droplets, go on a shopping spree, enjoy a relaxing spa massage or simply delve on some amazing assortment of cuisine at any one of the airport’s elegant restaurants.
One of the main reasons Changi airport has such amazing leisure facilities is that Singapore is a popular stopover hub for many travellers. If they have a longer layover time, they can entertain themselves with these vast options rather than just waiting for their next flight and getting bored. You can also opt to explore the airport at the end of your tour while you are flying back to your onward destination, but make sure you reach way ahead of your flight boarding timings. This way you can have ample time to experience the wide selection of dining, shopping, recreational and relaxation options of Changi Airport.
Location: Airport Blvd, Singapore
Singapore’s serene islands
Start your Singapore holiday by venturing beyond the shorelines into the hidden gems of the country. Not many travelers know that Singapore is home to a collection of islands scattered in the Singapore Strait. Adding a couple of these islands in your Singapore holiday package will provide a serene escape for those who need a break from the city life. For visitors, this is a great way to comprehend Singapore’s simpler lifestyle amid pure, tranquil natural splendors.
Lazarus Island, St. John Island Pulau Ubin and Kusu Islands are some of Singapore’s must-see nearby isles, easily accessible via boat ride from the mainland. Take an island hopping excursion to find respite from the dizzying urban life and immerse you in the serene wilderness, spotting exotic bird and animal life while taking a hike through a lush jungle trail. Enjoy a pleasant day splashing and swimming in blue lagoons, sauntering along the palm-fringed idyllic beaches and simply rejuvenating in the lap of nature before you head back to the city.
Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Cruise
Unwind your first day in Singapore with memories of mesmerizing sights of illuminated Super Trees at the Gardens by the Bay. An innovative horticulture spectacle, Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s solemn reaction to show the world that it is serious about focusing on making Singapore a country harmonizing modern creativity within nature’s equilibrium. Spend your time wandering around and watching hundreds of flowers bloom in stunning ambiances. Don’t miss the illuminated spectacle of Super Tree Groves which has become an iconic landmark and a must-visit Singapore tourist attraction. Stay back for a quick bite at an amazing assortment of restaurants and witness an enchanting illumination show – Garden Rhapsody. Later, proceed to the waterfront area to embark on a Singapore River cruise with dinner. The amalgam of glittering Singapore skyline views along with melodious music and a scrumptious fine dining experiences sounds like the perfect way to end a spectacular day in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore
Timings: 5 AM to 2 AM
Tickets: Entry to Gardens by the Bay is free, although you would have to pay an entry fee for some of the attractions inside.
Singapore River Cruise
Location: 30 Merchant Road, Singapore
Timings: 9 AM to 11 PM
Tickets: Starts at $36 (Singapore dollar)
Day2: Witness the cultural kaleidoscope of Singapore
Singapore is a melting pot of different Asian cultures and the prominent ones to witness are the Chinese, Peranakan and Indian ethnicity. Singapore has a whole neighborhood dedicated to these ethnic communities where you can get the first-hand experience of how Singapore values its multicultural existence. NUS Baba House, Thian Kock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Ann Siang Hill and Everton Park (popular for heritage murals and street art) are some of the places to visit in Chinatown. Do not forget to taste the authentic Chinese fare that you would enjoy here. In fact, if you are in Chinatown during lunch time, the Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Complex are two food courts that you should definitely check out.
Location: Outram District, Central Singapore
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM (approximately), although stores, attractions and restaurants would have different opening and closing timings
Just like how Chinatown represents the Chinese population in Singapore, Little India represents the Indian population of Singapore. Wander around Little India to witness how art, heritage, cuisine, and culture of the Indians thrive harmoniously amid the modern Singapore city. You would be delighted to view the sights of colourful shop houses, bustling markets and heritage attractions here. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, House of Tan Teng Niah, Indian Heritage Centre, etc. are some of the places to check out in Little India. If you want to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, there is no place better than Little India for the same. Restaurants like Komala Vilas and The Banana Leaf Apolo would give you the taste of some delicious Indian food. Wrap up your day relishing some delectable Asian cuisine from an eclectic assortment of dishes. In all, the day would give you an in-depth impression of the humble amalgam of rich culture thriving within the modern country of Singapore.
Location: Serangoon Road, Singapore
Timings: 10 AM to 12 AM
No holiday can be complete with some shopping expeditions. Before you conclude your second day in Singapore, take time out for some last minute budget shopping and head to Bugis Street, Mustafa Center, Little India Arcade or Far East Plaza where you can buy a variety of merchandises and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Even if you do not want to buy anything, just strolling along these markets would give you the chance to enjoy the vibe of these places. Plus, you would definitely find something irresistible to take back home.
Location: 3 New Bugis Street, Singapore
Timings: 11 AM to 10 PM
Location: 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore
Little India Arcade
Location: 48 Serangoon Road, #02-07, Singapore
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM
Far East Plaza
Location: 14 Scotts Rd, Singapore
Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM
Day 3: Spend a Thrilling and Adventurous Day
There is one place in Singapore which certainly answers your ‘where to go in Singapore?’ dilemma. Singapore’s premier fun destination and one of the top places to visit in Singapore – Sentosa Island offers a myriad of thrill and fun adventure for all age groups. There are so many attractions on the island that you would never feel bored even for a second.
Kids and grownups can spend an exciting day on thrill rides and recreational activities at Universal Studios Singapore and Adventure Cove Water Park. Visit one of the largest oceanariums in the world – S.E.A Aquarium and marvel at the enigmatic underwater world creatures. Adventure enthusiasts can gear up for an adrenaline rushing experience at iFly Singapore and bungy jumping at AJ Hackett Sentosa and Mega Adventure Park Singapore.
After an exhilarating time at theme parks, soak up the tropical sun and laze around on Singapore’s most popular beach cove – the Siloso Beach. Later, take a Cable Car Ride and glide above the island to get a gorgeous panoramic view of Sentosa Island and surrounding areas in Singapore. Sentosa Island is a place developed entirely for the purpose of entertainment, and spending an entire day here is truly worthy.
Timings: Sentosa Island is open all day long, while every attraction has an opening and closing time. Most attractions open at 9 AM and close at 10 PM.
Tickets: While there is no entry fee for Sentosa Island (although you would have to pay an entry fee if you are arriving by car or taxi), you would have to buy entry tickets for each of the attractions on the island. Buying a Sentosa Pass would be both cheap as well as time saving.
Best Time to Visit Singapore
Singapore enjoys a hot and humid climate all year around. However, this does not mean that you can visit the city anytime of the year because you have to consider the rains too. It is a fact that it can rain anytime in the city-state of Singapore. However, the rains are a tad bit less between the months of February and August, making it an apt time to visit the city. The wet season is between September and January, and it is best to avoid taking a holiday to Singapore during this time of the year.
Tips for Visiting Singapore
Here are some tips that would make your trip to Singapore easier and hassle free:
- If you are a resident of Dubai, you can apply for Singapore visa from Dubai, irrespective of your nationality.
- Littering is a major offence in Singapore. It can lead to hefty fines and even imprisonment or deportation. The same applies to chewing gum, smoking in public areas and using someone’s Wi-Fi without permission.
- Taking a cab in Singapore can be expensive. Instead, opt for the MRT or Mass Rapid Transit, which is fast, efficient, reliable and cheap.
- Even if you are visiting Singapore during the dry season, the chances of rain are never completely zero. Hence, always carry a raincoat or an umbrella with you while sightseeing.
Spending 3 days in Singapore is not enough to check out all the amazing sights of the city. But it is enough for you to get a taste of the city and return for another holiday soon.