Singapore is a place you can visit while on a budget, you just have to do your research right. You can easily visit the highlights in a weekend.
Start with the famous Chinatown. It will be a very big contrast from the rest of the city, it will appear as if you have landed in China. Take a moment to observe the locals and to absorb the busy and energetic environment. It’s the perfect place for some shopping and trying local chinese dishes.
Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a Buddhist temple that claims to hold the left canine tooth of Buddha, which was recovered from his funeral in India. Let yourself be impressed by the amount of red and gold. Entrance is free of charge but make sure you are dressed in an appropriate manner (shoulders and knees covered).
Grab a meal at the Maxwell Food Centre. Food here is to die for! Your only problem will be what to choose. Make sure you try their famous carrot cake. If you see a box of tissues on a table it means it has been taken by someone so don’t ignore one if you see it because someone will come claim their table. Go ahead and do the same, just like a local! Tables are for several people so you’ll probably be sharing it with other people too.
A place that you can visit either during the day or during the night. It is full of restaurants and bars where you can just relax after a long day and grab a bite. It’s near the Singapore river so you can cool down too. It has a bunch of colorful buildings and the iconic Old Hill Police Station.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
One of Singapore’s most famous destination. And you’ll understand why once you see if for yourself.
Considered to be the largest glass greenhouse in the world it displays flowers and plants from several regions, mainly Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. No matter what time of the year it is there will always be flowers! This happens because the greenhouse replicates the cool and dry Mediterranean climate. There are a total of nine different gardens to wander.
Vegetation and flowers from the tropicals highlands and a waterfall inside a greenhouse? Yes, this is possible! Right when you walk in you’ll see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall with 35 meters surrounded. It’s going to feel and smell as if you stepped in a tropical mountain. It’s going to be misty and even a bit chilly so bring a light jacket.
And suddenly you are on the movie set of Avatar! These are actual vertical gardens with canopies but resemble trees. Make sure you also visit them during the night. The gardens come alive with a colorful light show and music. The Light Show is daily at 4.45pm and 8.45pm and last about 15 minutes.
At 22 metres high you can take a stroll along this aerial walkway. Take in the panoramic views of the Gardens and Marina Bay’s skyline.
Although entrance is free to the gardens itself you have to pay to enter the Flower Dome, the Cloud Forest and the OCBC Skywalk.
- 2 Conservatories Ticket: $20 adult / $12 child
- 1 Conservatory Ticket: $12 adult / $8 child
- OCBC Skywalk Ticket: $8 adult / $5 child
- Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 9 pm
MARINA BAY SANDS
MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL
One of Singapore’s most iconic buildings. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel has the perfect infinity pool overlooking the entire Gardens By the Bay. Although the pool is only for guests you can go up to the rooftop bar and enjoy the view whilst having a drink.
THE MERLION OF SINGAPORE
Half fish and half lion, Singapore’s iconic statue is the Merlion and sits at the waterfront of Marina Bay in the Merlion Park.
Comprised by Theatres on the Bay and Esplanade Mall it’s a place for the lovers of arts.
WALK THE HELIX BRIDGE
A DNA shaped bridge that units both sides of the Bay. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset and how the city comes alive with the lights.
ART SCIENCE MUSEUM
A museum dedicated to technology, architecture, media, art, science and design. Make sure you check their website to see what exhibitions are there at the moment.
- Single Exhibition Ticket: $17
- Double Exhibitions Ticket: $28
- All Access Ticket: $38
SPECTRA LIGHT SHOW
The famous Singapore light show. It’s outdoor so there are no entrance fees. You just have to find a good spot, go early as it get crowded. You can choose to see it from any of the sides of the Bay. I’d recommend next to the Merlion for a full view, the light show plus the Marina Bay Sands hotel on the background. You can see this fantastic show daily at 8pm and at 9 pm and lasts around 15 minutes. It uses state of the art lasers, lights, water effects, projections and music.
Haji Lane is a hipster street located in Kampong Glam. It offers from cafes to vintage boutiques to street art. Take time to stroll along this narrow street and relax at one of the many cafes or restaurants. My recommendation is stop at the Juice Clinic for some refreshing natural juices, you can even make your own combination of fruits.
A few streets over you’ll find Masjid Sultan Mosque. It’s located at Muscat Street and North Road and it’s considered to be the oldest and one of the most important mosques in Singapore.
Just north of Haji Lane, Little India is one of the ethnics districts in Singapore. It’s a vibrant neighborhood where you can find traditional Indian food and spices. The streets and the buildings are really colorful, it will definitely bring joy to your day!
TAN TENG NIAH RESIDENCE
The iconic colorful building. Built back in the 1990’s it’s actually the last surviving building from a Chinese villa.
Sentosa Island is a man-made island resort on the south of Singapore’s coast. It was built for fun and recreation. It has numerous resorts, beaches, bar, restaurants and outdoor activities. Some of its attractions include The Resorts World, Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower and many others.
So here you go, either if you are doing a layover in Singapore, spending a few days or even if you need a place to do a visa run, here are my suggestions on what to do in this beautiful city.
Let me know if there is something else that I should have featured on this post. Would love to hear your opinion 😀