Planning a trip to Singapore? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
Begin your stay in Singapore with a visit to one of its most famous neighbourhoods: Little India. This brightly-coloured Indian enclave lost amidst the skyscrapers lets you experience the most seductive and effervescent elements of Indian culture. Found in the Kampong Glam district, at the centre of the megalopolis, Little India is primarily worth visiting for its temples. You can find the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple easily by following Serangoon Road. Appearing suddenly amidst the neighbourhood’s lively alleyways, the temple dedicated to the frightening goddess Kali fascinates visitors with its ornate style typical of temples in the south of India. Buy a takeaway lunch at the Tekka Wet Market, then head to the ArtScience Museum.
The first thing you’ll notice about this museum is its striking modern architecture, resembling gigantic metallic flower petals. It’s just as fascinating inside: you could easily spend an entire afternoon of your stay in Singapore in this museum. In this lotus flower made of steel and glass, you will discover a place where science is put to work for artistic creation. Its 21 interactive galleries cover 6000 square metres of surface area. When it’s not dedicated to a temporary exhibition, the museum has collections linking art and science, such as a virtual waterfall that adapts as you walk across a virtual river.
By the time you manage to drag yourself away from this fascinating museum, night will have begun to fall on Singapore. It’s time for you to head to the promenade at Clarke Quay, one of the city’s can’t-miss sights. It’s particularly impressive at night, when the old colonial houses, skyscrapers and elegant restaurants are all lit up. Make your way down the Singapore River, either by foot or on one of the small boats offering mini-cruises, to discover Singapore by night.
A new day is dawning on the city’s skyscrapers and your stay in Singapore. Begin your day by exploring one of the city’s most emblematic neighbourhoods: Chinatown. In the southwestern part of the city, your visit to the Chinese quarter will take you back to a different time. Here you will be transported back to the 19th century English regime with its rickshaws, sculptors, noisy street vendors and colourful markets. The latter is, in fact, Chinatown’s most unique feature. After visiting the Chinatown Heritage Centre, a major historical site for the entire Chinese community, treat yourself to a picturesque snack break by stepping into the Maxwell Hawker Centre for a few minutes: there’s nothing quite like typically Chinese Dim Sum to make you feel like you’ve been transported to Hong Kong.
After nourishing your body, nourish your soul by visiting the numerous temples and holy places found in this part of Singapore. You can’t miss the city’s Buddhist museums, starting with the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Behind the typically-Chinese architecture hides exotic decor and a lush roof garden! Farther to the south, you will find the Taoist temple Thian Hock Keng, dedicated to the goddess of the sea and of sailors, for another moment of Zen.
When night falls, head to the splendid Gardens by the Bay on the other side of the marina. In this fairy-tale kingdom, you will be astounded by the futuristic, plant architecture that characterises this park. A 101-hectare “garden city” made up of three distinct gardens, Gardens by the Bay stands out with its artistic approach to botany, as can be seen in the 25- to 50-metre tall metallic trees that are lit up in many different colours at night. This part of your stay in Singapore just might make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of a science-fiction film.
Since the beginning of your stay in Singapore, your trip has followed the rhythm of the varied neighbourhoods in this Asian megalopolis. Don’t change your habits now. It’s time to head to Kampong Glam, the trendy neighbourhood that’s immensely popular with photographers and bloggers of every kind. With its Eastern influence, this neighbourhood features wide pedestrian roads, such as Bussorah Street, with a distinctly young population. It is also home to many buildings embellished with street art frescos, and the Sultan Mosque. Take a moment to stand in front of this building, which looks like something straight out of The Arabian Nights, and appreciate its immense golden dome. This spiritual centre brings an interesting Eastern touch to the neighbourhood, which you can ponder as you wander past the brightly-coloured houses of Haji Lane to return to the colonial facades of the pedestrian area.
For your lunch break, try out the Eastern-influenced cuisine of Bagdad Street or Pahang Street, where you can find numerous Turkish restaurants. After all, what could be more original than a doner kebab at the heart of Singapore?
When night falls, it’s time to treat yourself to an unforgettable experience during your stay in Singapore. Head to the emblematic Marina Bay Sands hotel. It’s easy to recognise this spaceship-like building, which consists of three 55-story buildings. Head to the top to spend your last evening with your head amongst the clouds. Indeed, it is its famous rooftop more than anything else that has made Marina Bay Sands so famous. A surreal experience awaits you at the top: you can look out at the city lights from the stunning observation deck. Order a Mai Tai, a rum-based cocktail, from the rooftop bar to make this magical night last a little longer.
Singapore is a truly captivating city! Rich in contrasts and flavours, it will captivate you during your three-day visit, thanks to its ethnic diversity and futuristic architecture. In this place that’s truly unique on the Asian continent, you can taste specialities of Singapore such as the popiah, the local spring roll. It’s well worth discovering. For a longer stay in Singapore, make your way to the commercial district of Orchard Road or the luxurious Bukit Timah, the island’s natural reserve.