Singapore attracts all types of travellers due to its diverse set of offerings. Whether you want to explore the action-packed adrenaline pumping rides and activities of Sentosa Island or want to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the numerous gardens and sanctuaries, you can do it all here. Singapore is also famous for its cuisine and food offerings. It is filled with numerous Michelin-Star restaurants, but its street food is more famous. Its nightlife at Clarke Quay and the various duty free shopping options in the island is extremely well-renowned too. Overall, Singapore is a melting pot of various cultures and different walks of life and that is evident when you move about the city.
You can visit Singapore at any time of the year as it has a fairly high temperature and uniform rainfall across the entire year. I visited Singapore at September end and was lucky to have most days without any rainfall. Singapore’s public transportation system is excellent and the Tourist travel pass entitles you for unlimited use of almost all them.
Following is my travel itinerary in Singapore encompassing 4 Nights and 5 days:
I reached Singapore at 11 a.m and bought a local Tourist sim card and Tourist Travel Pass. After reaching the hotel in the afternoon and having a delicious lunch of Beef Pepper Rice at a nearby local food joint, I immediately set out to explore the city.
I first wanted to explore the famous Marina Bay area.
There are three major gardens(Flower Dome, OCBC Walkway & Cloud Forest) in the area along with numerous smaller gardens. Each one is unique and extremely beautiful.
After spending about 3-4 relaxing hours here, I headed off to the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. It is a 57-storeyed lavish hotel with an observation deck built on the top floor. The view from here is extremely beautiful and I would particularly recommend this after sunset as I feel the skyline and city turns even more beautiful after dark.
I started off the day with an iconic Singaporean breakfast of Kaya Toast, soft-boiled eggs and coffee and headed towards the Singapore River Cruise.
The river cruise provides an unique perspective of the city through its waterways. It was a very pleasurable and memorable way to see and learn about the city.
After the river cruise, I was in the mood for an old-fashioned sirloin steak, which I washed down with a pint of Apple Cider.
Post-lunch, I headed off to Singapore’s famous Chinatown, which houses a very beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple along with a famous tourist shopping area.
I spent a couple of hours exploring the area and then moved on to Singapore’s most iconic attraction: The Merlion. The area around the Merlion Park is dotted with multiple lavish hotels and casinos. I found the Merlion Park to be the most crowded of all the attractions there and after dusk, I understood why. The city was looking absolutely beautiful from that point once after sunset, the lights went on.
The day was complete with a dinner consisting of the famous lip-smacking Singaporean Chilli Crab served along side steamed and fried Mantou buns. This is a must-eat anytime you visit Singapore.
I used the first part of the day to move about leisurely through the city in areas like Orchard Street and Bugis Street, which were famous for being Singapore’s go-to destination for shopping. After spending some time there, I headed off to Chinatown’s Food Street, which is a must-visit culinary destination in Singapore. It is a street full of hawkers and picnic tables where you will find all types of eateries of all the famous cuisines in Singapore. You will literally be spoilt for choice.
I had a wok-tossed frog’s legs.
There is another recommended food here: the fried carrot cake, which interestingly has no carrots. It is extremely delicious and you can get it in both sweet and savoury versions.
After a filling lunch at the Food Street, it was time to head off towards the Singapore wildlife experience. Singapore has three main attractions which are all closely located to each other: Singapore Zoo, Singapore River Safari and Singapore Night Safari. I visited the River Safari and the Night Safari.
The River Safari showed off different ecosystems in river areas.
Although, the main highlights of this attraction are the Giant Pandas and the Red Panda.
There are live shows with animals too.
Next, I headed off to the Night Safari, which was just a 5 minute walk from there. This place emanated an entirely different atmosphere altogether. It was already dark and and we boarded a tram which took us near the habitats of different nocturnal animals.
There was also a live show with animals like otters, owls, raccoons and even hyenas and large fishing cats.
The Night Safari also offers multiple hiking options to view many other nocturnal animals.
After this wonderful experience, I headed off towards Clarke Quay to enjoy Singapore’s nightlife. Entire Clarke Quay area was full of eateries and bars which were offering different kinds of cuisines.
I opted for one which offered Indonesian cuisine and had mouth-watering Ayam Penyet accompanied by Singapore’s signature cocktail: The Singapore Sling.
The day began by hopping on to a cable car heading towards the Sentosa Island, famous for its array of fun-filled activities and attractions. The cable car ride was also pretty nice as it provided a picturesque view of the main city as well as the Sentosa Island.
There are a lot of activities and attractions in Sentosa and it requires atleast 3-4 days if you want to do it all. I had one day and so I chose the attractions, which I thought are the most relevant to what I want.
I began by heading towards the S.E.A. Aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and the different kinds of sea creatures including sharks, dolphins, rays etc.
It was followed by a quick delicious lunch of Eggs Benedict on avocado and smoked salmon.
After lunch, it was time for the attraction which I was looking forward to the most: The Universal Studios. It is extremely different to explain the atmosphere inside this place in words. This is something one really needs to experience by themselves.
The theme park was divided into 7 themed regions(eg: Ancient Egypt, Far Far Away, Hollywood etc) and all the roads, stores, background music and rides were all in accordance to the theme of each region.
It felt like I entered a completely different parallel world in each of the themed region. I really enjoyed the place and the various rides. My most favourite ride was “Transformers: The Ride 3D”. Other rides and shows which I also enjoyed were: “Shrek 4-D Adventure” & “Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg”.
After the park closed, I went off towards Siloso beach and had a delicious and refreshing Coconut Ice-cream.
The beach provided a nice place to relax and also, there was a famous Wings of Light show happening there but we missed it. I was however lucky enough to get to watch another amazing light show near Merlion Tower in Sentosa Island.
After the amazing day, I retired back to the main city and to make the day perfect, had the famous mouth-watering Singaporean Laksa for dinner.
Normally, an airport is just a means of reaching a city, but that is however not the case with Singapore’s Changi Airport along with its adjoining Jewel Changi Airport, which is a nature-themed entertainment and shopping complex and is a major attraction by itself.
Thanks to the airport’s early check-in facility, we were able to deposit our luggage and roam around the Jewel freely. After window shopping and enjoying the attractions, it was time that I headed into the actual airport past immigration and did some duty-free shopping. This part of the airport was also had the best facilities that I have ever seen, addled with numerous gardens, rest areas, swimming pool etc.
After everything, it was time to bid adieu to the city and take along the happy memories back to home.
I stayed at Strand Hotel, which was right in the main city, near a couple of metro stations and bus stops, which made travelling extremely convenient.
The local transportation is extremely efficient and it becomes very easy if you buy the Tourist Travel card (More info at: https://thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg)
I bought the attraction passes from Klook (https://www.klook.com/en-IN/)
Chilli Crab with Mantou buns
Fried Carrot Cake
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Shark Fin Soup
Hokkien Mee Noodles
Co+nut+ink Coconut Ice Cream
LiHO milk tea with black pearls
Local beer & cider
When traveling to Singapore, make sure to pack these:
- Sun Tan Lotion (minimum SPF 30)
- Light summer clothes
- Raincoat/Umbrella ( I would recommend umbrella as raincoat might make you feel hot and stuffy)
- Comfortable pair of sneakers (water-resistant if possible)
- First aid/ emergency medicine
Please note that weather changes very rapidly in Singapore. So at one moment if it is sunny, the next moment you will be scrambling for your umbrellas and raincoats.
You can drink tap water in most places in Singapore as it is extremely clean.
I hope you have found the article both interesting and informative. Please feel free to provide your comments/feedback. In case you have any specific queries, I will be happy to answer here.
Souvik is a techie by profession in a multi-national IT company.
Apart from technology, his two other passions are food and travel.