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Top Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore has been in the top 10 list of the most travelled cities in the world- with good reason! The city has everything to offer from cultural diversity, world-class shopping malls, delicious food to vibrant nightlife.
It doesn’t need a lot of days to explore the city’s beauty, which is why many travellers come here only for a quick stopover or a few days. Get to know about the Top Things to Do in Singapore below!

  1. Marina Bay
  2. Gardens by the Bay
  3. Singapore Zoo
  4. Chinatown
  5. Little India
  6. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  7. Nightlife
  8. Sentosa Island

Marina Bay

Marina Bay managed to become the landmark of Singapore in the shortest amount of time. If you come here at night the city will appear in its full beauty with the skyline glowing in front of you- it’s impressive!

Marina Bay appearing in full beauty by night.

Marina Bay Sands

One of the many reasons why travellers come to Singapore is because of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel with its infinity pool at 191 metres height. Unfortunately, the pool is only accessible for hotel guests and the rooms are very expensive. So, if you really want to check it out and enjoy the panoramic view from the pool, you have to spend at least one night at Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Marina Bay Sands from the bottom.

If you don’t have the budget for staying in the hotel, but still want to admire the view, there is a good alternative option: the Observation Deck. It’s also open for non-hotel guests & is with S$23 entrance fee much cheaper than spending one night in the hotel.

➳ Tip: The best time to come to the Observation Deck is for sunset. Then, the city will appear in a golden light and you can even admire the full view by night when all the city lights are shining.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Besides the amazing pool and the Observation Deck, there is a huge exclusive shopping centre integrated into the complex offering some of the world’s best shopping experiences. You will find all well known brands, chique boutiques and famous designer labels. Don’t forget a full wallet when you come here! 😉

➳ Tip: If you’re looking for more shopping opportunities in Singapore, check out Orchard Road! This shopping paradise doesn’t only offer shopping centres, but also yum restaurants and bars.

Singapore’s glowing skyline from Marina Bay.

Light & Water Show

The Spectra light and water show takes place every evening at 8 PM and 9 PM (Fri. & Sat. additionally at 10 PM) at Marina Bay. It’s displayed over the water at the Event Plaza for 15 minutes and free to watch. I enjoyed the colourful show of dancing fountain jets and colourful visual projections!

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore’s top attractions and number one for things to do in Singapore. The green oasis is located at the Marina Bay area and surely something you’ve never seen before! There are different parts within the gardens: the Supertree Grove and two massive glasshouses where you can admire tropical plants.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay.

Most travellers visit the Supertree Grove as this is the place for the famous sound and light show “Garden Rhapsody”, when the 50 metres tall artificial trees appear in their full beauty. Suitable to music, the trees change their colours and offer an amazing visual show. When I came here, they had a full light show to the film music of “Pirates of the Carribbean” and other famous movies. I was really impressed and loved the show!

*Times
Daily 7:45 PM & 8:45 PM

The entrance is for free.

➳ Tip: Be here before the start of the show to grab a good spot!

Pretty colours during the “Rhapsody Light Show”.

In addition to the light show, you can explore the OCBC Skyway located at 22 metres height to get a panoramic view over Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Skyline. The Skyway is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM, while the last admission is at 8 PM.

*Tickets
S$8 (5 USD)

Panoramic view from the OCBC Skywalk.

Gardens by the Bay from the top.

Singapore Zoo

Another thing to do in Singapore is visiting Singapore Zoo, also the world’s best rainforest zoo. It’s the biggest and diverse zoo I’ve ever visited… I spent the entire day inside the zoo and didn’t even manage to see half of it! There are over 300 species of which more than 30% are threatened, which is why the zoo has running conservation initiatives and breeding programmes.

At Singapore Zoo you can find rare species like the Panda or the White Tiger.

You can’t just spot exotic and very rare animal species’, but actually take part in one of the many crazy activities they offer at the zoo, for example having breakfast with orangutans together. Furthermore, there are several shows, activities like feeding the giraffes, up-close encounters, safaris and much more.

How cute is that? Looks like these two hippos are in love!

➳ Tip: Check out the River Safari when visiting Singapore Zoo. It’s a fun way to get to know the zoo in a different kind of way. Amongst other animals, you’ll get to see those from the Amazon during a small boat adventure.

*Tickets
– Singapore Zoo: S$37
– River Safari: S$28.80
– Combo Package (Zoo & Safari): S$61.75

Check out further park options here.

Chinatown

Unique Chinatown is a big part of Singapore and makes it on the list of the top things to do. Historical temples, trendy bars and amazing food opportunities are some of the things you will encounter in Chinatown.

China Town by night.

This part of the city reflects the diverse cultures in Singapore and is the only Chinatown in the world with a buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu Temple in the same street: Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore and an eye catcher with its colorful mosaic, Masjid Jamae Mosque and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum.

Sri Mariamman Temple- worth a visit!

Moreover, when walking through Chinatown, you will pass several souvenir shops and a food mall, where you have a big choice of delicious lunch options.

Exploring Chinatown by foot.

China Towns’s Food Mall.

Yum! I’m a huge fan of Asian Food.

Little India

Not only Chinatown builds an important part of the city. Little India is one of Singapore’s liveliest quarters, where you can find more temples and mosques on Serangoon Road.

Colourful temples in Little India.

The cuisine in Little India is unbelievably good and you can choose between vegetarian meals, Tandoori meals and other local specialities. For more impressions, fresh fruits, lassis and souvenirs you shouldn’t miss the Tekka Centre!

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are the first UNESCO Heritage Site in Singapore. It’s quite impressive to walk through the different parts of the gardens, as there are so many different plants and flowers. If you’re looking for a way to get a break from Singapore’s busy city life, the Gardens are perfect to spend some time in nature and relax.

Best place to recharge energy: Singapore’s Botanical Gardens.

You can easily get to the Botanical Gardens by using the MRT (the metro system in Singapore) and getting off at the station “Botanic Gardens”, which is right in front.

➳ Good to know: Going by MRT is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to explore Singapore. The metros stop at almost all the hotspots and connect the different parts of the city, which makes it very convenient to get from A to B.

Nightlife

You shouldn’t miss the nightlife in Singapore! Fantastic cocktails, cool bars, pubs and great atmosphere- the offer is huge.

Singapore stays busy- even in the nights.

Clark Quay

The best place to find your perfect party is in Clark Quay. Why? Because you have the choice of lots of different parties and can jump from club to club. From R&B music, chart hits, house or techno you can find almost everything and most of the clubs offer Ladies-Night-Deals.

Zouk and Attica are two of Singapore’s biggest nightclubs, while the Crazy Elephant is the right choice if you’re up for Rock’n’ Roll Jam sessions or Cuba Libre for latinamerican music.

Clark Quay by night.

Boat Quay

If you can’t find the right party for you at Clark Quay, you still have another go at Boat Quay, which is directly around the corner. Here you can find even more bars and clubs.

Skybar

This special place should be on your must do list in Singapore. Ce La Vie Skybar is one of the most beautiful and impressive rooftop bars in the world. The bar is on the top of the world-famous Marina Bay Sands Complex, but is also accessible for non-hotel guests.

Ce La Vie Skybar has the best city views!

The bar includes a restaurant and a chill out lounge, where you can enjoy unique cocktails surrounded by a sea of lights 200 meters above the city while listening to international Live DJ’s. This place simply is amazing!

*Price
The entrance is free and drinks start from S$20.

Sentosa Island

The last of the top things to do in Singapore is Sentosa Island. Sentosa Island is also known as the state of fun because of the many events, themed attractions, golden sand tropical beaches and resorts that you can find here.
I listed a few of the top attractions below (even though there is so much more to discover).

➳ Tip: Sentosa Island is very popular, also under the locals. It’s better to plan your trip under the week, as the weekends often are really crowded.

Welcome to Sentosa- the state of fun.

Beaches

There are three main beaches along Sentosa: Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. All of them are nice to chill out in the sun, have a drink at one of the beach bars or try out some fun activities like kayaking, cycling or rollerblading.

Adventure Cove Waterpark

Here you can find huge high-speed water slides, some of which even pass through colorful aquariums. If you want less action and more relaxing, you can just float on the river and explore the reef with 20,000 exotic fish.

*Tickets
S$38

Find your tickets here.

Madame Tussauds

If you’ve never been to a Madame Tussauds, you can still catch up with this at Imbiah! Take selfies with wax figures of famous personalities like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lady Gaga.

*Tickets
S$32

Get your tickets here.

iFly Singapore

At iFly Singapore you can try indoor skydiving. According to the organizer, it should be the world’s largest wind tunnel. After a short introduction, you can then go into the 20 metre high and 5 metre wide wind tunnel. The highlight of the whole thing is the 5 metre high acrylic glass wall, from which you can see the South China Sea and Siloso Beach

*Tickets
from S$79

Get your tickets here.

Universal Studios

One of the highlights on Sentosa! With over 28 adventurous rides and themed zones, this is the perfect place for adrenaline rush.

Excited to enter the Universal Studios!

You can jet on roller coasters through the film sets of well-known series and action films, such as “Transformers”, “The Mummy” or “Jurassic Park”. There are also various shows and musicals for the whole family, e.g. B. Sesame Street, Waterworld or Shrek in 4D.

*Tickets
S$81 Day Ticket

Get your ticket here.

Click here for more attractions on Sentosa Island.

How to get to Sentosa Island

Sentosa is located off the south coast of Singapore and is less than 10 kilometres from the city center. There are several ways to get to Sentosa: by bus, by Sentosa Express or by cable car.

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Sentosa Island is by Sentosa Express. This is a single-track train that commutes between the city centre and Sentosa Island dropping you off at one of the stops, depending on which attraction you are planning to visit.

The Sentosa Express starts from the MRT Station “Harbour Front” and only takes 4 minutes to bring you to the island.

*Tickets:
S$4

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I hope you enjoyed getting some impressions of Singapore! What do you think about this city, is it appealing to you? Leave your thoughts below!

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