Singapore

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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 indulge 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.

Regardless of how long you spend the time or which month of the year to explore Singapore, you can plan a fantastic itinerary, enjoy all the top to-do stuff and cross off your travel bucket list.

Getting There & Around

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) is the country’s main airport and one of the largest transportation hub in Southeast Asia. It is one of the best terminal and transit airport in the globe with excellent facilities and connects people to 400 cities worldwide.

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

If you in a bit of hurry or after a late night shopping, there are other alternative ways to get around the city and is safe to travel. You can take a taxi but it can be expensive. There is also an e-hailing services called Grab (similar to Uber) which offer a reasonable fare rate. Just download its mobile apps and you are good to go.

Want to make full use of the entire trip? Check out my 5-days itinerary in Singapore.

 

Day One

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After ‘check-in’ in my relative’s place and have dinner, get to the waterfront in front of Marina Bay Sands and watch the spectacular Spectra with its dancing water fountains, colorful visual arts, orchestral soundtrack 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.

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

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Helix Bridge
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City Skyline

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Day Two

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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.

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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 its Bungy Jump or just head on the top floor to admire the island view at the Skybridge.

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Stop by at 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.

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Go to the top of Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck at Level 57 and take a lookout at the city skyline, Gardens of the Bay, Marina South Pier and Singapore Strait.

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Fall in love with the beautiful night scenery of Supertree Grove in Gardens of the Bay and watch the Garden Rhapsody with stunning visual and audio effects.

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Go window shopping at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, one of the largest shopping mall in Singapore. Inside is filled with luxury shops, fancy international cuisines and a casino.

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Day Three

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.

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

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Visit this iconic Art Science Museum combined with art, science, technology and culture. Check out the fascinating exhibitions with beautiful lights and sculptures.

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Join other party-goers for 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.

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Day Four

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.

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Explore the quaint old railway built in 1903 that connected into the mainland of Malaysia. The line closed in 1st July 2011 following the historic land-swap agreement between Malaysia and Singapore which saw its rail service between Woodlands and Tanjong Pagar cease. What remains today are the famous steel truss bridge, Bukit Timah station and a part of railway tracks.

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The lively neighborhood along the river of Clarke Quay where locals and travelers love to hang out and dine-in at one of international cuisines. Do stick around a bit longer and be entertain by some live bands in every corner of the pedestrian walkway.

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

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Day Five

Get a taste of local Muslim food for breakfast in Kampong Glam. Visit the historical Masjid Sultan and Istana Kampong Glam, now known as Malay Heritage Museum. Take a picturesque of street arts along Bali Lane, Haji Lane and Arab Street.

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

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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. (Under restoration and reopening in mid-2019)

 

Travel Tips

  1. Tourists can purchase Singapore Tourist Pass at the airport and selected train stations in the city. Passes can available for 1-Day ($10), 2-Days ($16) and 3-Days ($20) use and offer unlimited travels on basic bus services, LRT and MRT.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 purchase at any convenient stores
  4. Download ‘Grab’ app into your phone which similar to Uber.  This app helps you to make traveling in the city more easier and cheaper than taxi ride.
  5. 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.
  6. Attractions in Sentosa Island are reachable by Sentosa Express and need to buy seperate tram ticket in VivoCity shopping mall. There are free shuttle vans (Beach Tram) running frequently along Siloso Beach (see tram information).

 

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