Singapore is the smallest country yet one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia. The majority of Singaporeans are made up of those people from Chinese, Malaysia and Indian origins which make Singapore one of the most interesting international countries with diverse cultures. The official language is English but almost everyone can speak 2nd language such as Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Bahasa and Hindi etc.
Singapore is one of the most popular Southeast Asia’s destinations for travellers as it is one of the major hubs which travellers can connect to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Many travellers will stop-by for few days to enjoy this beautiful city/country before continuing there Southeast Asia journey. Don’t get confused as Singapore is an independent state which mean that Singapore is a city and a country in itself.
Singapore is one of the cleanest countries in the world as their laws are quite strict (e.g. no sale of chewing gum or strict restrictions of littering) so beware to look out for signs and be responsible when you’re there. Moreover, Like many other Southeast Asia countries, Singapore does not really have Winter and will be warm/hot throughout the year at an average of 26-28ºC (79-83ºF). Transportation is super easy and convenient here in Singapore , you can take the MRT (subway) to reach almost every part of the city so I suggest you to buy day-travel card which can save you a lot money.
Here is the full 4-day itinerary which will guide you through all the main attractions and the ‘must-see’s of Singapore, I met up with some of my good Singaporean friends who showed me around so many of the places you will see here in this post are really recommended by locals! Enjoy 😀 !
Due to the excessive amount of content I decided to divide the post into 2 parts. Part 1: Day 1 and 2; Part 2: Day 3 and 4.
GRAB MY HANDS Singapore 4-day itinerary
Day 1: Chinatown Area > Orchard Road
Day 2: Little India > Bugis > Marina Bay Sands > Gardens By The Bay > Merlion Park
Day 3: Chinatown > Sentosa Island (day activities) > Clarke Quay > Night Safari
Day 4: National University of Singapore (NUS) > Singapore Botanic Gardens > Sentosa Island (night shows)
Day 1: CHINATOWN DISTRICT > ORCHARD ROAD
1. Chinatown District
One of the liveliest areas of Singapore, Chinatown has many things to offer from cheap clothes and good foods as well as some museums and temples for you to experience of the Chinese culture.
1.1 Chinatown: Streets and surroundings
1.2 Chinatown Heritage Centre
China Heritage Centre is one of the main museums in Singapore Chinatown. Here you can learn more about the past and the present of the becoming of Chinatown Singapore. It is now under renovation and is scheduled to reopen in the early 2016.
1.3 Chinatown Food Street
You can find countless varieties of cheap and good foods on Chinatown Food Street!
1.4 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Standing bright red in the middle of Chinatown is the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. Not only it is a fully-airconditioned temple it is also considered one of the most gorgeous temples in Singapore.
1.4 Singapore City Gallery
Only 10 minutes from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of my favourite museums Singapore City Gallery. The gallery/museum is very modern-nice and well-designed. You can learn about many things about Singapore here from its culture, the past history how the country formed and its future city construction plan.
1.5 Red Dot Design Museum
If you love gadget, ITs, accessories, art and cool designs then this is for you. Red Dot Design allows artists to show off their creativities and you can enjoy and purchase some of their products while you’re here as well.
2. ORCHARD ROAD
This is basically Oxford Street in London or 5th Avenue in New York City and more. Orchard Road is one of the most prominent shopping streets in Singapore the road is miles and miles long filled with tens of big big shopping malls (some even have many underground levels floor -1, -2, -3.)
2.1 ION Orchard
The Ion Orchard is one of the biggest/main shopping malls in Orchard street right in the middle of Orchard street. The higher floors in the department store sell high-end luxury brand from Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc. and the lower floors consists of brands such as ZARA and H&M.
2.2 Wheelock Place
Across the street from ION Orchard is another famous shopping mall Wheelock Place. It also has similar brands to offer so if you can’t find anything you want please do check it out here.
2.3 Wisma Atria
Just 5 minutes from ION Orchard, Wisma Atria is another shopping mall you would not want to miss!
2.4 Takashiyama and Ngee Ann City
Takashiyama is a Japanese Department store and on the top floor locates Kinokuniya one of the best bookstores in Singapore. Ngee Ann City is another great shopping mall which also offers all kinds of products.
313@Somerset offers brands such as Levi, Timberland, ZARA, Uniqlo, Forever21 etc. as well as many great restaurants and café no wonder why it is extremely popular amongst teengers.
Most shops here do tax-refund so please do ask at the cashier desk when you make a purchase and be sure to keep the receipts as they might be checked at the airport.
DAY 2: LITTLE INDIA > BUGIS > BAYFRONT PROMENADE > GARDENS BY THE BAY > MARINA BAY SANDS > ESPLANADE AND MERLION PARK
1. LITTLE INDIA
As the name suggested, Little India is gives you very different yet interesting vibe from the rest of the city. There are quite a number of mosques and temples here as well as the 24-hr shopping mall Mustafa.
1.1 Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu’s temple in Singapore, it is absolutely stunning and one of the must-see attractions you don’t want to miss!
1.2 Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is another major Hindu’s temple in Little India that can’t be missed!
1.3 Sri Krishnan Temple
Another most authentic Hindu temple in the area where many muslims come to worship here. The vibe and atmosphere around here will make you feel like you really are in the middle of India.
1.4 Angullia Mosque
Anguillia Mosque is plain yet majestic this mosque is one of the most popular mosques among the locals.
1.5 Mustafa Center
One of the only 24-hour shopping center in Singapore. Mustafa Center offers various products for you those who really enjoy shopping.
2.1 Colourful Spiral Stairs of Bugis Village
One of the most popular spots in Bugis is these patterns of spiral colourful stairs.
2.2 Bugis Street
Another top shopping streets in Singapore (yes another one! :D) but things here are at a more generous price (and quality :P)
2.3 Church of Our Lady Lourdes
Not far from Bugis Street you can find this white church which is worth the visit.
2.4 Haji Lane
This little street will bring out your inner artistry as it’s full of art collections/decorations/ wall paintings etc. if you love those stuffs then this place is for you!
3. BAYFRONT PROMENADE
Bayfront Promenade is one of my most favourite areas in Singapore. It is also one of the most touristy area where all the main attractions and landmarks are located.
3.1 ArtScience Museum
This so-called ‘Lotus building’ is the famous Singapore ArtScience Museum. As the name suggested, it exhibits art, design and science-related galleries and exhibitions.
3.2 Helix Bridge
Helix Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of Singapore, it’s beautiful by day but it’s way better to view at night time (in my opinion :D).
3.3 Louis Vuitton Flagship Store
This very modern-nice-looking building one of the only few Louis Vuitton Flagship Stores in Southeast Asia. It has it’s own separate building floating the top of the water and goes under the water. The design of this LV store is unique from inside out so please do visit the store even though you do not plan to buy anything and for those of LV fans then this store is a must for you!
3.4 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes is one of the luxury department stores in the middle of Marina Bay area. Most of the stores here are high-end luxury goods but what makes this department store unique is the Venice-themed man-made river which they create inside the department store!
4. Gardens By The Bay
There are 4 main highlights here at Gardens by the Bay – The Supertree Grove, OCBC Skyway and the two main natural conservatories, The Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. All of these places are right next to each other (within 10 minutes walk).
4.1 Supertree Grove
Supertree Grove has become an iconic landmark of Singapore due to their beautiful and unique designs.
4.2 OCBC Skyway
OCBC Skyway is a skybridge which goes around connecting all the Supertree Grove together. With a small fees you can take the elevator up there to enjoy the amazing view from the top – I highly recommend. 🙂
4.3 Flower Dome Conservatory
One of the two main conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome Conservatory exhibits countless of tropical and exotic flowers and plants for you to enjoy.
4.4 Cloud Forest Conservatory
My no.1 favourite place in Gardens by the Bay is the Cloud Forest Conservatory. Not only there is a gigantic waterfall welcoming you right away from the entrance the place is temperature-controlled and the smell/sound and the whole environment really make you feel like you’ve come into a actual rainforest or a totally different world. There are also giant walkway which spirals along the whole ‘forest’ which really adds up the whole experience.
Gigantic waterfall located right at the entrance of Cloud Forest
The glimpse of Marina Bay Sands from inside of the Cloud Forest
Limestones and stalactites samples
Bonus: Supertree Grove Evening Light & Music Show
Usually twice a day some time in the evening there are some light shows at the Supertree Grove and it’s something you don’t want to miss!
5. MARINA BAY SANDS
Marina Bay Sands has arguably become the no.1 landmark in Singapore despite its construction being completed only few years ago. This iconic building has a boat-liked building on the top linking all the three buildings together.
It’s basically a super luxury-hotel with the famous infinity pool on the rooftop which is strictly for hotel guests only. However, you can pay a fee to go up there for view-watching on the observatory deck or go to the bar/restaurant on the rooftop to enjoy the free view (reservations required).
View of the Marina Bay area from Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade theatre on the left and Supertree Grove in the middle
The famous infinity pool which are unfortunately strictly for hotel guests
An observatory deck at Marina Bay Sands rooftop
6. ESPLANADE AND MERLION PARK
By crossing the Helix bridge to the other side of Marina Bay area, you can enjoy the Esplanade art theatre, the Merlion Park and also don’t forget to look back and enjoy the view of the Marina Bay Sands.
Me in front of Esplanade Art Theatre
Merlion Park (if you look closely you can see the little Merlion statue)
Me drinking water from the Merlion statue (as if).
This concludes the first half of Singapore Guide, please do check out the second half at ‘A Complete Guide to Singapore By Locals! Part 2‘!
Happy Travel :D!
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)