Singapore is a destination in the Southeast region you have to visit, an island situated right next to Malaysia. It has many exciting attractions, fun activities, some of the best indulgent food in the world and a community with a unique culture.

Most travelers will spend a few days to discover this amazing place, while others will just spend a day trip to take a glimpse of the city during their transit in Changi Airport.

Getting There

Singapore Changi Airport (Airport Code: SIN) is the country’s main airport, one of the largest and busiest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is one of the best terminals and transit airports in the world with excellent facilities and connects people to 400 cities worldwide (Click here to my post about Changi Airport).

When getting to the city, you can take the train from the airport MRT station to Tanah Merah Station and later change to the East-West Line towards Tuas Link MRT Station.

Getting Around

The city is well-connected with an impressive public transport network. Visitors can just purchase one to three-day pass and hop on the public buses, LRT and MRT. It is very convenient and can access to every corner of Singapore’s tourist attractions and Changi Airport.

If you are in a bit of hurry or after late-night shopping, there are other alternative ways to get around the city. You can always take a taxi. There is also an e-hailing service called Grab (similar to Uber) which offers a reasonable fare rate (Remember to download their app on your mobile phone beforehand).

Best Things to do for 5 Days in Singapore

Singapore is one of the most exciting cities in the world. The country may seem very small, but there is never a lack of wonderful places and fun activities to go around. This is 5 day and 4 night trip in Singapore with the celebration of New Year 2018.

Watch the amazing Spectra in Marina Bay Sand

Get to the waterfront outside Marina Bay Sands to watch the spectacular Spectra with its dancing water fountains, colorful visual arts, orchestral soundtracks, and special lighting effects. Watching this light show is a ‘must’ and it can’t compare with Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights or Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Light show.

Getting There: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

Wander along the Marina Bay waterfront

Helix Bridge

Enjoy the rest of the night and continue walking around the promenade. The walkways are surrounded by wonderful lighting. Start walking from the Art Science Museum and Helix Bridge toward another side of the river where the city skyline and Merlion are located.

Getting There: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

City Skyline

Explore Sentosa Island

Cross this 181-meter long Fort Siloso Skywalk into the trail in Sentosa Island. The treetop walk will lead you to the fort, the military museum and Surrender Chambers. The fort was built to defend Singapore against invasion by the sea in the south.

Try an unforgettable thrilling experience on the Giant Swing in the air at the speed of 120 km/h at AJ Hackett. Have to admit that I was a bit nervous at first, but I wasn’t that scary after all. You may want to go for their Bungy Jump or just head to the top floor to admire the island view at the Skybridge.

Getting There: Take the Circle Line or North East Line and alight at MTR Harbourfront Station and transit with Sentosa Express to Beach Station

Visit Chinatown

Stop by Chinatown to have a delicious meal and shop for souvenirs. Also, visit the places of worship around Chinatown like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple.

Getting there: Take East West Line and alight at Tanjong Pagar Station

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Visit Skypark Observation Deck

Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck is a must-visit attraction in Singapore. Head up to Level 57 and enjoy the magnificent city skylines, Gardens by the Bay, Marina South Pier and Singapore Strait. The 360-degree panoramic view on top of the deck is truly breathtaking, watching the beautiful bay and the ocean.

Getting there: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

Opening hours: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

Entrance fee: Visit their official website for more details

Spend the night at Supertree Grove

Fall in love with the beautiful night scenery of Supertree Grove in Garden by the Bay and watch the Garden Rhapsody with stunning visual and audio effects. There are two shows each day, happening at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm. The garden was still decorated with Christmas trees and lights, although Christmas was over and it was 2 days before New Year’s Eve.

The tallest Supertree stands about the height of a 16-story building. These Supertrees are sustainable vertical gardens that house more than 162,900 plants with more than 200 species, while another 7 of them are made to harvest solar energy.

Travel tips: The best place to watch Spectra light show is right outside of the mall of Marina Bay Sands at 8 pm, 9 pm and additional one show at 10 pm on Fridays and weekends.

Getting there: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

Opening hours: Daily from 5 am to 2 am

Entrance fee: Local- Adults: $10/ Children aged 3-12 and Adults aged 60 and above: $6 and Foreigner- Adults: $14/ Children aged 3-12: $10

Go window shopping at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a massive and one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. The mall is filled with luxury shops, fancy international cuisines, and a casino. There is also an indoor gondola ride on the ground floor that takes you through the complex.

Catch the enormous Rain Oculus at the entrance of the mall. This gigantic whirlpool is formed from a huge 22 meters wide and 5.2 meters bowl-shaped glass above and allows 200 tonnes of water to flow down the canal below inside the mall. More than 30,000 liters can flow through every minute during its peak rate. The amazing show is at 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm and 11 pm.

Breakfast at Lau Pa Sat

Have Chinese dim sum in Lau Pa Sat located at the heart of the city’s financial district. This popular food market serves local food, chicken rice, satay and western food from morning until night time.

Be amazed at Gardens by the Bay

Be mesmerized as you step into the Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome and Cloud Forest as you feel like entering into a Wonderland. Surrounded by dazzling plants collected from different continents around the world and decorated with Disney’s Christmas theme in December.

The Cloud Forest is home to the second tallest indoor waterfall, the Cloud Fountain. The temperature here is cooler as it replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 meters and 3,000 meters above sea level. Some unique plants found in the “Cloud Mountain” include orchids, ferns, peacock ferns and anthuriums.

Getting there: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

Entrance fee: Click here to buy the ticket from Klook and enjoy special discounts

Be fascinated in the Art Science Museum

Visit this iconic Art Science Museum combined with art, science, technology and culture. The exhibitions with beautiful lights and sculptures are truly impressive and you can walk through several sections with different themes.

Getting there: Take Circle Line or Downtown Line and alight at MTR Bayfront Station

Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

Entrance fee: Click here to buy ticket from Klook to enjoy special discount

Prepare for New Year Countdown

Join other party-goers for the New Year Countdown 2018/19 at Siloso Beach Party. This event is nothing like others where we party hard from dusk to dawn with the finest international and local DJs. This year, we have DJ Jay Hardway (Netherlands), Youkeep (South Korea) and Kaylova (Singapore) to play the coolest music remixes on stage.

Go on a morning hike at Macritchie Reservior

Take a getaway from the busy city and get in touch with nature. Alight at Upper Thomson Road and start on a trail walk at Macritchie Treetop Walk into the forest, treetop walk and Jelutong Tower overlooking the view of Macritchie Reservoir.

Getting there: Take Circle Line and alight at Marymount Station and walk or take public transport to the entrance of the trail

Opening hours: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

Entrance fee: Free

Visit the historic Bukit Timah Railway Station

This quaint old railway station was built in 1903 to connect with the mainland of Malaysia. The line was no longer operated since 1st July 2011 following the historic land-swap agreement between the two countries, which saw its rail service between Woodlands and Tanjong Pagar being cease. What remains today are the famous steel truss bridge, Bukit Timah station and a part of the railway tracks.

Experience Clarke Quay’s nightlife

The lively neighborhood along the river of Clarke Quay is where locals and travelers love to hang out and dine-in. There are plenty of international cuisines. Do stick around a bit longer and watch some live bands performing on the pedestrian walkway.

Getting there: Take North East Line and alight at Clarke Quay Station or North East Line and alight at Fort Canning Station

Visit the Bugis Village

Stroll through the Bugis Village that has more than 100 small stores that sell souvenirs, gift cards, clothes, shoes, handbags, toys, food, beverages, and desserts. This is a one-stop shop for the cheapest stuff in town.

Getting there: Take Downtown Line or East West Line and alight at Bugis Station

 Wander along Haji Lane and Arab Street

Get a taste of local Muslim food for breakfast in Kampong Glam. You can try their signature roti canai or delicious nasi lemak. There are also some Turkish restaurants here.

Visit the historic Sultan Mosque, which was built in 1932, and the Istana Kampong Glam, now known as Malay Heritage Museum. A small alley behind Haji Lane, Bali Lane and Arab Street lies a picturesque of colorful street art.

Getting there: Take Downtown Line or East West Line and alight at Bugis Station

Take a glance through Civic District

Walk along the heritage landmarks in Civic District including St Andrew’s Church, the Parliament Building, an old colorful Hill St police station and Victoria Theatre.

Getting there: Take Circle Line and alight at Esplanade Station

More Suggested Places in Singapore

Check out other highlights that you may be interested.

  • Have a fun time at Universal Studio or visit S.E.A. Aquarium. Both attractions are located at Sentosa Island
  • Take a scenic river cruise ride to uncover the rich history of Singapore along Clarke Quay, Merlion, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands and more.
  • Chill out at the bar of this stylish Colonial-style Raffles Hotel with a cocktail or wine.

Travel Tips

  • Tourists can purchase Singapore Tourist Pass at the airport and selected train stations in the city. There are 1-Day ($10), 2-Days ($16) and 3-Days ($20) pass and offer unlimited travel on basic bus services, LRT and MRT.
  • Get a Tourist SIM card that help you connect with your family and friends as well as providing Internet access. This SIM card is valid up to 7 days and can be purchased at any convenient stores.
  • Use ‘Klook’ to purchase entrance passes to tourist attractions and enjoy ongoing promotions and discounts. Show the entrance e-ticket to skip the long queue.
  • Attractions in Sentosa Island are reachable by Sentosa Express and need to buy separate tram ticket in VivoCity shopping mall. There are free shuttle vans (Beach Tram) running frequently along Siloso Beach (see tram information).

Visit Changi Airport

Don’t forget to give yourself extra time to explore the state-of-the-art Changi Airport. This massive airport has become an attraction on its own and you truly have to make your way here to get the insight of the airport. Take a quick guide on the post of Singapore Changi Airport.

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