25 things you must do and see in Singapore
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  • Post last modified:2020-07-09
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25 things you must do and see in Singapore

Singapore is an incredibly developed city-state. Despite being a new country, it doesn’t only have skyscrapers and modern buildings but also a lot of temples and traditional constructions.

Although it is a very small country, it has a great variety of places to see and activities to do. In addition, in Singapore there are several cultures living together in the same city so there will be no lack of cultural experiences.

In this article we list 25 things you can do in Singapore:

What you will find in this post:

1. Marvel at the Marina Bay Sands

Spectacular view of the Marina Bay Sands building from the Skyway walkway in Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay Sands is a world-renowned Sands hotel with an infinity pool on the rooftop.

In our opinion, this is one of Singapore’s icons. The hotel consists of three 55-storey towers and a horizontal platform measuring over 300 metres linking the towers.

Marina Bay Sands is an outstanding architectural gem. Even if you don’t like architecture that much, it is impossible not to stop and marvel at this modern construction.

2. Go up to the Marina Bay Sands observation deck

"Aerial view of the Gardens by the Bay from Sands SkyPark, with Marina Barrage  in the background"

As mentioned above, on top of Marina Bay Sands’ towers there is a platform where you can find the infinity pool and a panoramic view of the city of Singapore.

The access to the observation deck can be found in the tower number 3 where you have to take an elevator to the 57th floor.

The entrance fee is 23SGD (about €15) and the opening hours are from 9:30 to 22:00 from Monday to Thursday and until 23:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The ticket can be purchased on the Marina Bay Sands website.

3. Visit the Marina Bay Shopping Center

Shops at The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands Shopping Centre, Singapore

The Shoppes is a shopping center located right in front of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This is a luxury shopping mall, that’s why we didn’t say to go shopping but to visit the mall.

The architecture of this building is very beautiful and the design is impressive. On the ground floor there is even an artificial river where you can rent small boats for a ride.

During the days we spent in Singapore, The Shoppes was often the place where we took refuge from the scorching heat.

4. See thousands of water lilies

Woman sitting next to the Art Science Museum in Singapore

Behind The Shoppes you’ll find the Art Science Museum. We didn’t enter because we didn’t have enough time, but we sat down to rest for 5 minutes next to it.

Here we discovered a lot of water lilies. In Singapore there are flowers and plants everywhere and many times they go unnoticed. We found this to be an ideal place to rest and admire the purple flowers.

5. Ride one of the highest Ferris wheels in the world

Sunset of the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel seen from Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore Flyer is the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It’s 165 meters high and until the year 2014 was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

The Flyer has 28 cabins from where you can enjoy incredible views of the city.

If you go on a clear day, from the top of the Ferris wheel you will be able to see three countries: Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Obviously it is not high enough to see the whole countries, but you can see small portions of each of them.

The entrance fee is 33SGD and the opening hours are from 8:30 to 22:30.

Singapore Flyer Ticket

Enjoy amazing views of Singapore city at 165 meters altitude

6. Cross the Helix Bridge

Helix Bridge in Singapore

Helix Bridge is a modern spiral bridge connecting Marina Centre with Marina South.

If you want to ride the Singapore Flyer you can access it through the Helix Bridge from Marina Bay.

This bridge is one of the newest in Singapore and was opened in 2010. Helix Bridge can be seen both during the day, to better appreciate its structure, and at night, when it is full of light and colour.

7. See more than 30,000 plants in the Flower Dome

Coloured flowers and decorative blue fish at the Flower Dome, Singapore

Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are two conservatories located in Gardens by the Bay.

The Flower Dome is listed as the largest glass greenhouse in the world. Under the glass dome you will find over 30,000 plants of 150 different species.

This conservatory houses flowers and plants from all 5 continents. The explosion of colour is incredible and makes this site one of the must-see places to visit in Singapore.

The ticket price is 20SGD (€13) but it can also be bought combined with the ticket to Cloud Forest for 28SGD (€18).

You can buy the ticket at the ticket office or online. We visited both conservatories, but in our opinion Flower Dome is more interesting.

The opening hours are from 9:00 to 21:00 for both conservatories.

We recommend you to go first thing in the morning and reserve enough time for the visits as they are so incredible that you will not want to leave.

8. Go up to the Supertrees

Yellow walkway connecting several Super Trees in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is a must-see in Singapore. In these gardens you can find, in addition to the two conservatories mentioned above, several themed flower gardens and Supertrees.

In Gardens by the Bay there are 18 supertrees that besides being very interesting to see, generate electricity and collect rainwater to water the gardens.

Several of these trees are connected by a 22 meter high walkway called OCBC Skywalk. You can ascend to this walkway to see the gardens from above and the supertrees from a very close distance.

Viewing the trees and walking in the gardens is completely free, but if you want to climb the Skywalk you have to buy a ticket that costs 8SGD (about €5). Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office or on their website.

The Skywalk is open from 9:am to 9:00pm.

9. Watch the light show in Gardens by the Bay

Light show in the Super Trees of Gardens by the Bay, with Marina Bay Sands Hotel in the background, Singapore

Every afternoon, the Garden Rhapsody show fills Gardens by the Bay with light and music.

Twice a day at 7:45pm and 8:45pm you can enjoy a unique show in which the supertrees are the stars.

You don’t need a ticket to attend the show, you can enjoy it for free. This is one of the things you can’t miss on your visit to Singapore. You’ll love it!

10. Discover three cultures in three neighbourhoods

Entrance to the Arab quarter with the Sultan Mosque in the background

Singapore is a city where people of many cultures and nationalities live together. Singapore’s best-known neighborhoods are Little India, Chinatown and Arab Quarter.

It’s interesting to walk from one neighborhood to another and discover the culture of each one. Each neighborhood looks like a different country. The architecture, the people, the food and the language are different in each one of them.

We found it incredible being in India for a moment and after a 10-minute walk finding ourselves in China.

11. Visit Hindu temples

Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu Temple at Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore

In Little India there are several Hindu temples and each one more beautiful than the previous one.

We visited Sri Veeramakaliamman and arrived just in time for a celebration. It is very interesting to see the rituals of other religions in person and to be able to witness them even if you are not one them.

Other Hindu temples in Little India are Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman and Sri Srinivasa. They are all amazing and the details both inside and outside are incredible.

12. Visit Buddhist temples

Decoration inside the Buddha temple Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore

Since Singapore is a multicultural city, besides the Hindu temples, there are also some Buddhist temples.

We visited several of them, but the one we liked the most for its greatness and thousands of golden details was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Another temple we liked was the Leong San Temple.

You can also visit Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, and Wat Ananda Metyarama. It doesn’t matter which of them you decide to visit because any one of them will leave you speechless.

13. Search for Buddha's tooth

Buddhist temple in Singapore

In Chinatown, there’s a temple where they say they keep one of Buddha’s teeth. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Singapore and also holds this relic that is so important to Buddhism.

On the 4th floor of the temple, beneath a golden stupa, the Buddha’s tooth is kept. Only monks are allowed in the room, but twice a day they open the door for you to take a look inside.

Don’t take pictures, because it’s forbidden.

14. See the most colourful house in Singapore

Pareja joven delante de la casa Tan Teng Niah, Little India - Singapure

You’ve probably seen this building on social media more than once. This house is one of the best-known buildings in Little India.

We thought it would be a museum or some kind of public building, but from what we’ve heard it’s a private house.

It’s worth a visit anyway, just to see it and take a couple of pictures. This is without a doubt the most colorful house in Singapore and also one of the most famous because of Instagram.

15. Buy souvenirs in Chinatown

Shop with decorative objects typical of China in Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown is one of Singapore’s most beautiful neighborhoods. In this neighborhood, you will find temples, lots of shops, restaurants serving Chinese food of all kinds, and also many souvenir stands and shops.

If you want to buy a souvenir from Singapore or a gift for your friends and family, Chinatown is definitely the best place to do it.

In the street stalls, you will find both typical Chinese decorative objects, as well as typical souvenirs with the main monuments of Singapore.

The best thing about buying souvenirs in Chinatown is that this is the cheapest place to find them.

16. Walk down a street full of graffiti

Young man drinking iced tea on Haji Lane Street with graffiti in the background, Singapore

In the Arab Quarter, near the Masjid Sultan mosque, there is a street full of graffiti called Haji Lane. This street is quite narrow and crowded, but it’s worth going for a walk and seeing Singapore’s urban art.

On Haji Lane there are also plenty of cafes where you can relax and enjoy a drink.

At the end of the street, towards Arab St. there is a dining room with a window overlooking Haji Lane selling homemade lemon tea for $1. It is very refreshing, delicious, and very cheap compared to Singapore’s normal prices.

If you get to the end of the street, don’t forget to search for this place.

17. Let yourself be dazzled by the jewels of Serangoon Road

Serangoon Road is one of Singapore’s main avenues and part of it goes through Little India.

In this area of the avenue, you will see many jewelry stores run by Indian families. The gleaming necklaces and earrings full of precious stones amaze everyone.

If you’re looking for a gift of this kind, on Serangoon Road you have plenty of choices as there are lots of jewelry stores, one next to the other.

18. Feel small between the skyscrapers in Downtown

Chevron Tower in Raffles Place Singapore

Downtown, Singapore’s financial district, is full of skyscrapers. For us, it was quite impressive as we had never seen so many skyscrapers together. In Downtown there are about 80 skyscrapers and the tallest of them is 290m high. That’s why you’ll feel small walking among the skyscrapers of Downtown. The contrasts in the city of Singapore are breathtaking. Just next to Downtown you will find Chinatown with its old pagodas and colorful little houses. It’s also interesting to see that in its determination to become a garden city, Singapore has skyscrapers with plants and trees even on the rooftop.

19. Take your picture with the Merlion

Young woman pretending to drink water from Merlion Fountain, Singapore

We know this is a touristy thing, but getting your picture taken with the Merlion is one of the musts in Singapore. The Merlion is the symbol of the city and is an “animal” with lion head and fish body.

To take the typical Singapore picture you have to open your mouth and pretend you are drinking the water that comes out of the mouth of the Merlion.

In addition to this, you have to bring or find a good photographer who knows how to capture the moment in a way that seems credible.

It’s silly, but anyone who visits Singapore does it and laughter is guaranteed.

20. Taste food from different countries

Lebanese food in a restaurant in Singapore

As a multicultural country, Singapore has a wide variety of food from different countries. You can try Chinese, Malay, Indian, Lebanese, and much more.

In Hawker Centres, there is usually a lot of variety, but it’s also a good idea to go on a gastronomic route around Singapore’s neighborhoods.

21. Eat at a Hawker Center

Several people eating at the Telok Ayer Hawker Centre in Singapore

If you want to taste the traditional food of Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries, all in one place, there is nothing better than eating in a Hawker Centre.

In these centres, you will find a great variety of food at very good prices.

We wrote a post about what Hawker Centres are and we invite you to read more about them.

22. Eat Chinese soup for free

When you go to a Hawker Centre, if you order food from Chinese stalls, they will ask you if you want soup.

Don’t say no because they won’t charge you and it’s delicious.

The soups are a watery broth, but very tasty. They have leftover soup from cooking chicken and vegetables and they ask everybody if they want some.

It’s not a big deal, because there is no chicken or veggies inside, but you will like it. Other than that, who gives you something for free nowadays?

23. Eat an ice cream sandwich

Couple eating ice cream next to the Anderson Bridge.

When we say ice cream sandwich we mean exactly a sandwich, with bread.

This sandwich is nothing more than a piece of ice cream of the flavor you choose between two slices of bread.

We found it quite odd but we tried it and we loved it.

There are several places in Singapore where street vendors offer ice cream sandwiches. We found one on the Anderson Bridge, right in front of the luxurious Fullerton Hotel.

24. Walk on the Formula 1 circuit

Singapore Formula 1 Circuit seen from a capsule of the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel

Singapore’s Formula 1 circuit is one of the world’s best known. Singapore Grand Prix is held there every year.

On a day-to-day basis, the circuit is a street where you can walk and admire the Gardens by the Bay from across the river. The Formula 1 circuit is located right next to the Singapore Flyer and you can also see it from above, from one of the Ferris wheel capsules.

If you’re a Formula 1 lover you’ll surely go for a walk there and if not, you’ll see it from the Flyer anyway.

25. Be amazed by the luxury at Changi Airport

People waiting for their flight at Changi Airport, Singapore

Singapore’s airport is without a doubt the most luxurious airport we’ve ever been to. Changi is considered the best airport in the world thanks to all the activities that can be done inside.

In the interior, it has gardens with plants and cactus, a cinema, a spa, a video game room, and lots of shops and restaurants.

In 2019, The Jewel, an extension of Changi Airport, was inaugurated. It is a multipurpose space that connects with the 4 terminals of the airport.

Inside this modern building, you can see the tallest interior waterfall in the world and a lot of plants. When we visited Singapore, in 2018 it was not finished, but we will surely go back someday to see it (update 2020: we went back!).

There is a lot to do in Singapore if you have enough time. We only stayed for three days in the city and we didn’t have time to see everything.

In addition to the 25 things we’ve already mentioned, you can spend a day on Sentosa Island, see the Universal Studios, visit the Chinese Gardens, hike, and much more.

Whether you are going to spend just a few days in Singapore or you are going to spend more time there, this list of 25 things to do in Singapore is going to help you discover this country.

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