4 Days in Singapore? Here are the to-dos

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A traditional bum boat in the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands

Friends, family and acquaintances have often called us up and asked us about things to do in Singapore when planning to visit.

Typically, the length of the visit is 3-4 days as a visit to Singapore is often coupled with another south east asian destination, most notably Malaysia.

So here are a couple of itineraries we suggest to help you plan:

Itinerary 1: Fast paced, lots to do

Day 1: Sentosa

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Sentosa Island view from the cable car

Plan an entire day at Sentosa. You can get there by taking the monorail from Vivo City Mall or take a cab directly from whereever you are. Alternatively,  take a cable car from Harbour Front but that’s a bit pricey.

There are several options at Sentosa but we recommend Universal Studios if you are keen on amusement parks. Other suggestions would the the S.E.A Aquarium, Luge and Images of Singapore museum.

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SEA Aquarium, Sentosa

Day 2: Chinatown, Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, Marina Bay, Clarke Quay

Start the day by visiting the Chinatown Pagoda Street Market. Visit the Buddha Tooth relic temple nearby.

Head to Law Pa Sat Hawker Center for lunch. Hawker Centers are a way of life in Singapore and this one is one of the oldest. Plenty of local and vegetarian options are available here.

Early evening head to Marina Bay area. Here you get to view the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands hotel. If you have time at hand, visit the Marina Bay shoppe or take a ride on the Singapore Flyer nearby. As evening descends, come back out outside the shoppe and enjoy a beautiful sunset, weather permitting.

Later catch the free sound and light show at Marina Bay right outside Shoppe, called Wonder Full.

Take a bumboat river cruise and get down at Clarke Quay for drinks and food.

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Sunset from Marina Bay

Day 3: Little India, Arab Street, Gardens by the bay

Start with strolling around in Little India, catch the sounds and smells from the Indian subcontinent and glimpse temples along the way. Then head to Arab Street or the muslim/middle-eastern quarters. Stroll around Haji Lane and check out boutique stores and wall art, then complete the circle by going up to Sultan mosque. Or you can reverse the order and rest for lunch – indian or middle eastern depending on what you choose to visit second.

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Street art at Haji Lane

In the evening head to Gardens By the Bay and catch the free Garden Rhapsody show. Later, visit one of the night haunts in Singapore – Club Street or Holland Village.  Level 33 is another suggested bar with a view. For an amazing rooftop bar experience, we recommend 1-Altitude.

Day 4: Zoo, Bird Park/Museums, Orchard Road, Casino or Parks

Visit Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park esp. if you are with kids. Else head to one of the museums. Our suggestion would be the National museum or Art Science museum.

Head to Orchard Road, the shopping mecca where you can find everything from a Zara to a Louis Vuitton.

In the evening, you may visit the Casino at Marina Bay Sands which is free to enter for foreigners. Then go to the terrace bar at Marina Bay Sands called CE LA VI. If you just want to enjoy the view, you can goto upto the hotel sky deck for a fee.

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View from top of Marina Bay Sands

If Casino doesn’t interest you, picnic at one of the many parks. Our picks will be – East Coast Park, Labrador Park or Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Itinerary 2: More relaxed

Day 1: Hop on Hop off, Marina Bay

Start the day with taking a hop on hop off bus tour. This will give you a good overview and you can decide where you want to get down or what you’d like to revisit.

Spend the evening in the Marina Bay area – enjoy a coffee/drinks as the sun sets and watch the city skyline as it grows dark. Also, catch the free sound and light show at Marina Bay right outside Marina Bay Shoppe, called Wonder Full.

Day 2: Parks, Little India/Chinatown or Arab Street, Gardens by the bay

You can picnic at one of the many parks in Singapore. Our top picks are – East Coast Park, Labrador Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Next visit Little India, Chinatown or Arab Street depending on which area you prefer or do all. Later in the evening, visit Gardens by the bay and catch the  free Garden Rhapsody show in the super tree grove.

End the day with food and drinks at Club Street or Holland Village.

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Super tree grove, Gardens by the bay

Day 3: Museums, Law Pa Sat, Clarke Quay

Start the day with visiting one of the museums. We suggest the National Museum. Some also prefer Art Science museum or you can do both.

Lunch at a hawker center to get a flavor of local way of life. We suggest Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, one of the oldest in town.

In the evening take a bumboat river cruise and enjoy food and drinks at Clarke Quay. You can also enjoy views from Singapore Flyer, the ferris wheel near Marina Bay

Day 4: Sentosa, Orchard Road

Head to Sentosa, visit the SEA Aquarium, try the Luge or relax at a beach side cafe. Also pop by the Images of Singapore museum.

Stroll/Shop at Orchard Road, the shopping hub in Singapore.

A few other things to note:

Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year and rains anytime of the day is common. As such, this is a anytime of the year destination.

Getting around via public transport is easy. Get a EZ link card from any MRT (metro/subway) station counter which works on both the MRT and the buses. Taxis are quite affordable and Uber is also present.

Wear light comfortable clothing and shoes and keep hydrated.

And you are all set!

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