For an Asian vacation, Singapore fits the bill perfectly. This island-state country has it all! Its ambiance teeming with futuristic city skyline and innovative landmarks exudes a classy charisma. Cocooned within this modern nation are gorgeous natural attractions that offer a sense of serenity amid the lap of nature. Add to it a twist of adventure and excitement that visitors can experience at fantastic recreational venues and you get an all-rounder destination for your perfect Asian vacation. Singapore offers something for every genre of travellers. However, if it is your first time visiting Singapore, then it can get a bit overwhelming to decide what to do and where to go in Singapore. Check out these following pointers for a 3 Day trip to Singapore which is ideal for a first time Singapore visit.
Day 1: Familiarize with modern-day Singapore
1.Let’s start with Changi Airport:
Your Singapore trip begins the moment you arrive at Changi Airport. If you are not in a hurry to check in to your hotel, we suggest you spend some time to explore Changi Airport – boasted as the best airport in the world. The Butterfly Garden, Jewel which is a 50-meter vortex waterfall, Orchid Garden, Sunflower Garden, Kinetic Rain Sculpture and Enchanted Garden are some of the attractions that you should visit before you step out of the airport.
2.Get an insight into the city –
Once you are freshened up at your hotel, take a tour around Singapore city to get a gist of the country. The gleaming towers and ultra-modern architecture have a jaw-dropping effect on the visitors. Head to National Museum of Singapore, Kwan In Thong Hood Cho Temple, Raffles’ Landing Site and Clark Quay to experience the fusion of modern and cultural essence of Singapore. At Clark Quay, we recommend Coriander Leaf Restaurant, Red House Seafood at Robertson Quay and Renn Thai to enjoy a delicious lunch that would satiate your appetite with flavours of local and international cuisine.
3.Spend the evening at Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay –
As the twilight dawns, proceed to Marina Bay – Singapore’s iconic address that houses Marina Bay Sands Singapore – an extraordinary luxury hotel, Gardens By the Bay – an awe-inspiring horticultural attraction, ArtScience Museum – a renowned architectural landmark and Singapore Flyer – a giant Ferris Wheel cum observatory deck. Once you take in all the scenic sights of Marina Bay Sands, Take a walk on the Helix Bridge and spend some time inside the Gardens By the Bay amid its colossal and illuminated Super Trees. Don’t forget to click a picture with Singapore’s icon – The Merlion. Wind up your first day in Singapore with a mesmerizing Spectra Light and Water Show. For a serene dining experience, try Waku Ghin, Summer Pavilion and Satay by the Bay. For the ultimate luxury dining experience, head to Ce La Vie where the experience is worth even if your wallets get a little lighter.
Day 2: Fun starts at Sentosa Island, Singapore
Today, Spend your entire day at Sentosa Island Singapore. This fun island offers loads of attractions and activities to keep you entertained all day. To be honest, a single day is not enough to explore the splendours of Sentosa Island. However, on your first visit to Sentosa Island, make sure to check out these incredible attractions:
1.Universal Studios Singapore –
Step into a world of movies at Universal Studios Singapore. This attraction celebrates movies through its thrilling rides and exciting shows and activities. Located within Resort World Sentosa in Sentosa Island, It offers more than 25 rides based on famous movies and characters of the Universal movie franchise.
2.S.E.A Aquarium –
Discover the enigmatic world of the ocean at S.E.A Aquarium. With more than 100000 aquatic animals, this aquarium gives you an extravagant underwater experience which will leave you speechless. The breathtaking sights of sharks, giant turtles, manta rays and the scenic splendour of colourful corals and fishes will be etched on your mind for a long time.
3.Fort Siloso and Sky Walk –
Take a walk through history and nature’s scenic beauty at Fort Siloso and the Sky Walk. The treetop trail is an amazing experience to enjoy tranquil nature which stretches around 180 metres and approx.11-storey high giving you a fantastic bird’s eye view of the surrounding panoramas.
4.Sentosa Beach –
After a day filled with excitement and adventure, take a breather and unwind at the serene ambiance of Sentosa Beach. An ideal spot to end your second day in Singapore with tranquil sunsets, white sand, and blue sea.
Where to eat in Sentosa Island: The best budget restaurants to check out are Malaysian Food Street at Resort World Sentosa, Ruyi, Joe & Dough and Coastes at Siloso Beach Walk. Other restaurants that offer exquisite meals are Trapizza, The Cliff, Blue Lotus @Sentosa Cove, and Faber Peak to name a few.
Day 3: A stroll through Singapore’s cultural routes
Today, explore the multi-cultural side of Singapore in its cultural neighbourhoods. Singapore has a splendid mix of other Asian cultures as well and the main impact can be found in these regions in Singapore.
1.Little India –
This ethnic district originated way back in the 18th century by Indian settlers in Singapore. Today, it is well-known for Indian food, ornate Hindu temples, and typical Indian bazaars and shops. The main attractions to visit are Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India Arcade, Indian Heritage Centre and Tekka Centre.
Located near to Little India is China Town – another vibrant township influenced by Chinese heritage. Here, visitors can enjoy traditional Chinese meals, get acquainted with Chinese spirituality and local lifestyles as well as shop for traditional Chinese merchandise. The main highlights of this neighbourhood are Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple, and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Also, don’t miss the Pinnacle@Duxton Skybridge and Red Dot Design Museum on your trip.
As a finale of your Singapore trip, take the rest of the day to wander around the neighbourhood’s quaint alleys where you can find artistic impressions of local talents as street arts which are perfect to capture some Insta-worthy photographs. Then head to Orchard Road for an amazing shopping experience where you can shop till you drop at extravagant malls such as Orchard Central, 313@Somerset and ION Orchard.
Now that you know about a few things to do in Singapore on a short stay, make your plans to visit Singapore for your next holiday escape. It will, undoubtedly, be one of the best travel experiences of your life.