7 x the best things to do in Singapore

Singapore is a city-state in Asia with a whopping six million residents and various ethnicities. Compared to its surrounding countries, Singapore stands out for its ultramodern skyline where you feel like you are stepping into the future. In addition, it is also known as one of the most expensive countries in Asia. But certainly don’t let this discourage you from exploring this diverse city. Explore and be dazzled by the many tall and futuristic buildings and enjoy the multicultural aspect Singapore has to offer. We’ll get you started with the seven best things to do in Singapore!

7x things to do in Singapore

Singapore has a lot to offer and you can easily spend several days here! Below we give you the 7 best things we think you shouldn’t miss while visiting Singapore. To get the most out of your trip, we recommend spending at least 3 days in this modern city-state.

1) Gardens by the Bay

When you walk through the giant, purple trees at Gardens by the Bay, you feel like you are traveling to the future. In this part of Singapore, you can enjoy a nice combination between modern and nature, which comes into its own at the Super Tree Grove. Here you walk through towering, futuristic trees that come to life at night in an impressive light show called “Garden Rhapsody. This light show takes place daily at 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. and is completely free.

Also, be sure not to skip a visit to the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. These two giant domes are within walking distance of the Super Tree Grove and take you into a fairy world. When you walk into the Cloud Forest, you are met by a gigantic indoor waterfall of a whopping 35 meters and forget about the city altogether as you walk through this lifelike rainforest. Afterwards, you can proceed to the Flower Dome, an impressive place where you will find all kinds of flowers and plants found all over the world.

Super Tree Grove suspension bridge opening hours: daily from 09h – 21h | price: 14 SGD (~ €9.8)
Opening hours Cloud Forest & Flower Dome: daily from 09h – 21h | price: 53 SGD (~ €37)

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2) Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is a hotel you simply cannot look past in Singapore. With its three towers consisting of 51 stories, you spot it from everywhere. Atop the three towers you will find the largest infinity pool in the world, which unfortunately is only accessible to guests. Still, you can go all the way up to take a look at the Sky Park Observatory Deck of the hotel but this will cost you 26 SGD. A nice, cheaper alternative is to reserve a seat at the hotel’s bar, Cé La Vi, which is also located at the very top. The price for a cocktail is as expensive as admission to the observatory deck, but now you get the same magnificent view with a nice drink! Or go for the ultimate experience and spend a night at the Marina Bay Sands hotel!

Complete the experience by going in the evening because every night you can in fact enjoy the fantastic water show Spectra in front of the hotel at 8pm and 9pm. No need to go up those 51 floors? Then you can also always watch the water show from the ground floor in front of the hotel’s mall. And the nice thing is that this does come completely free.

Opening hours Sky Park Observatory Deck: daily from 11am – 9pm | price: 26 SGD (~ €18)

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3) Arab Street

We already mentioned that Singapore is multicultural, and this becomes readily apparent as you wander through its various neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods is Arab Street, and as the name implies, here you imagine yourself in the Middle East. You will notice this when you see the Sultan Mosque appear in the streetscape with its large, golden domes. Take off your shoes and be sure to take a look inside. Afterwards, you can stroll down Arab Street and the parallel Haji Lane with its beautiful graffiti. These streets are full of quaint bars, souvenir shops and boutiques. The many proprietors will try with all their charm to convince you to come to their place to eat or drink something like Turkish tea, Lebanese falafel or Moroccan Tajine.

Opening hours Sultan Mosque: daily from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm except Friday from 2:30pm – 4pm | price: free entrance

4) Little India

From the Middle East, we travel on to India, or Little India. So this neighborhood is really not big, but the few streets you find here will definitely remind you of India. You will find store after shop with various dried spices and the typical smell of curry. Be sure to take a look at the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple located in the center of the district. Dotted with numerous statues from Hinduism, this colorful temple will make you completely forget you are in Singapore. Another attraction is the House Of Tan Teng Niah, which is undoubtedly the most colorful and photogenic house in Singapore. Undoubtedly one of the most fun things to do in Singapore!

Opening hours Sri Veeramakaliamman temple: daily from 5:30 am – 9:30 pm | price: free admission

5) Chinatown

Singapore is a multi-ethnic country but the largest population is Chinese. As such, the Chinatown district is quite a bit larger than the other two neighborhoods, so it should not be missing from this list. The figurehead of Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic temple and is worth visiting from the outside alone. This four-story building is not only a religious haven but also a museum where, among other things, you can find Buddha’s incisor (hence the name). Furthermore, Chinatown in itself is a fun sight where you can spend hours wandering around the many shopping streets. Here you can find all kinds of street food, souvenirs, Chinese herbs and medicines.

Opening hours Buddha Tooth Relic temple: daily from 7 am – 5 pm | price: free admission

6) Orchard Road

If there is one thing that is not lacking in Singapore, it is shopping malls or “malls. Every few streets you will come across a shopping complex, one even bigger than the other. But nowhere are they bigger than in Orchard Road. In this shopping paradise, you will find one mall after another and all of them are connected to each other. So you can perfectly spend a day here without going outside. Whether you want to shop, get a haircut or get something to eat, everything can be found here. Definitely something you must do in Singapore!

Mall opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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7) Sentosa Island

Believe it or not, but Singapore consists of a whopping 63 islands including the tiny island of Sentosa. Despite being only 5 by 2.5 km in size, Sentosa Island has much to offer: you will find the Universal Studios, a water park and plenty of diverse tropical beaches. The whole island is not a natural island but made to entertain the locals and tourists. You can make this a perfect day trip during your trip to Singapore or stay overnight at one of the many hotels on the island. You get there easily with the Sentosa Express that runs every 10 minutes and leaves from the VivoCity shopping center.

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How to get to Singapore

From Brussels or Amsterdam, you have direct daily flights to Singapore’s Jewel Changi International Airport. This airport is not only Asia’s transfer hub, but also a sight in itself. In fact, you will find the largest indoor waterfall in the world at a whopping 40 meters high called the Rain Vortex. When you land in Singapore, you can go here to take a look. This beautiful piece of architecture is surrounded with what looks like a rainforest in which you can find various stores. And of course, it wouldn’t be Singapore if this too did not have a (free) light show attached to it. You can watch these daily every hour between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. .

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Where to stay in Singapore

As we said, Singapore is certainly not the cheapest place to stay. Still, you can find something for every budget here. Of course, this also depends on when you go and exactly where you are staying. Most attractions are around a few kilometers from Marina Bay, but everything is easily accessible by public transportation. The more budget-friendlyhostels are more likely to be found in the Chinatown or Bugis districts. Singapore is known for its many capsule hotels where you can stay for as little as €35 a night. Then you sleep in a kind of one-by-two-meter cell but have your own room. Do you like it a little more luxurious? Then you can find a decent hotel room from €70 a night. Or make it nice and extravagant and book a night at the Marina Bay Sands where prices per night start at €400.

Moving around Singapore

Although Singapore is much smaller than its neighboring countries, do not underestimate the distances. Singapore has many streets and alleys and an awful lot of shopping centers or “malls” where you can easily get lost for hours. Fortunately, Singapore has an excellent network of bus and metro that easily takes you to the sights listed below. Just get on the bus or subway, scan your credit card and scan it again when you get off. One ride usually costs you between 0.70 and 2 SGD, which is definitely doable.

Haven’t you traveled out yet? Singapore is an ideal base for the start of an extended trip in Asia. Be sure to check out our other articles on Asia, for further inspiration on this beautiful continent.

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