Traveling to Singapore is very popular among travelers. Singapore is a little island city-state on the bottom tip of the Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia. And Singapore, is often called the Lion City.
Singapore has colourful neighborhoods, delicious fusion food, historic temples, exciting wildlife reserves, luxurious shopping malls, it’s no wonder Singapore is one of Asia’s top destinations.
A melting pot of culture, Singapore’s diversity is a huge part of what makes it so incredible. From ethnic enclaves, each with its own traditions, to shiny skyscrapers that soar in the skyline, the city boasts an enticing blend of old and new.
With so much to see and do in Singapore. A visitor to Singapore will never be bored. The aim of this Singapore Travel Guide Blog is it can cover the basic information and things to do in Singapore.
Basics Before Visiting Singapore
Getting a Singapore Tourist Visa
Most nationalities do not need a visa or do not need to apply for a visa before they travel to Singapore, if the visit is less than 30 days.
If need more information on visa requirements if planning on going to Singapore, you can visit their nearest embassy or visit their website.
You simply need proof of onward travel, proof that you have sufficient funds and a passport valid for at least 6 months. If you are from North Africa, the Middles East and few other destinations you will probably need a visa.
Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is cheap and more than likely you will never need to use it but you will have the peace of mind if something did happen, you are covered in case of an emergency.
Safely, Pickpockets and Scams
Singapore is a one of the safest places to visit in southeast Asia. Anyway, you should always be careful and use common sense will your belongings and your safely while traveling.
Like any other country, Singapore has its scams and bag snatching. Like been at home be vigilant at ATM and beware of pickpockets. You should be careful. Remember to report a crime it.
It’s helpful to check the hotel or hostel reviews on booking.com, Agoda and TripAdvisor before booking it. As there may have been incidents of things been stolen from hotel. Check that there is a safe and bring your own lock.
Downtown surrounds the mouth of the Singapore River. Ever since Sir Stamford Raffles land on the river’s bank in 1819, the area around the Singapore river has become the hub of Singapore. During colonial times it was center of trade and commerce.
Today, Downtown is the economic core of Singapore, including key districts such as Raffles Place and key administrative buildings such as the Parliament House, the Supreme Court and City Hall as well as commercial buildings and cultural landmarks.
Things To See and Do in Downtown Singapore
Everything in Downtown Singapore is compact enough that it can be explored in a few days. You’ll find places in Downtown that reflect Singapore’s colonial period and its modern culture.
Visit Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is located near Marina Bay Sands. There is a lot to see at the Gardens by the Bay like the Supertree Grove, the most recognized landmark of the park, features 18 “supertrees” that supports the OCBC Skyway, a 419-foot-long aerial walkway that affords views of both the surrounding gardens.
Visiting the outdoor gardens is free, you need to buy a ticket to visit the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories. Explore by walking going around the gardens as there’s plenty to see.
Take your time and make sure to see the glowing and dancing lights of the Super Trees at night.
Explore Marina Bay
Simply, Marina Bay is Singapore’s main tourist attraction. Marina Bay is home to some of the city’s main attractions more notably the towers of Marina Bay Sands as well as numerous opportunities for entertainment like the Art Science Museum and the Float at Marina Bay.
Walking around Marina Bay area you will find the F1 track, Singapore Flyer, Merion Park, Gardens by the Bay. And some of the city’s best lookout spots overlooking the bay.
Exploring Singapore’s museums, you will see the best art collections at the Singapore Art Museum or learn about Singapore’s history at the National Museum of Singapore. There is an entrance fee to for the museums ranging from S$6 to S$16.
Where to stay in Downtown Singapore
Downtown has plenty hotels but they area is at the high end of the market. Here are a few places to check out and gives you an idea of what is available in Downtown core.
Rating 8.1, $95 for a Double Room
The Quay Hotel is located in the heritage building just a 5-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a rooftop garden with city view.
Each room is air-conditioned and includes a safe deposit box, TV and lighting with day and relax mode settings. Private bathrooms come with hairdryer and free toiletries.
Rating 8.3, $165 for a Double Room
The 5-star Pan Pacific Singapore is directly connected to Marina Square Malland Suntec Convention Centre. It is located at the gateway of Singapore’s Central Business and Financial Districts and it offers an outdoor pool, 6 dining options and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The spacious rooms at Singapore Pan Pacific are equipped with full-length windows featuring panoramic views of the city. All rooms come with flat-screen satellite TVs, marble bathrooms and work desks.
Rating 8.0, $85 for a Double Room
Located minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Central Business District, Destination Singapore Beach Road offers accommodation in Singapore.
It features an outdoor swimming pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Chinatown Singapore is a great place to visit. And no visit to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the Chinatown area. Singapore’s Chinatown is filled with loads of restaurants, bars, shopping center’s, markets selling a wide range of stuff from fruit to touristy souvenirs as well as visiting museums and religious temples.
To get to Chinatown there is the MRT or public bus. MRT is the fastest compared to public buses. If you are taking buses, get off at Eu Tong Sen Street. And if using the MRT, get off at the Chinatown MRT station.
Things to See and Do in Chinatown
Comparing to Singapore in general, Chinatown is a good bit cheaper. And even if you’re not looking to do much shopping, the food alone is more than worth the visit.
It may not be the largest Chinatown but it’s arguably one of the cleanest. Here are a few things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
Chinatown offers both expensive and cheap options, it’s worth looking around to see what you fancy.
Chinatown is famous for its food and you will find a variety of restaurants and street food that offers the dining experience and to sample the local food for a tasty and fair price.
Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an outstanding four-story temple that is located in the Chinatown area. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was officially started in 2008 and officially opened in 2007.
It is claimed that the relic of Buddha from which it gains its name was found in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar. The relic can be viewed by the public at the 4th floor of the temple.
Remember it’s a Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, so a dress code is expected that dress code. This means, no shorts or short skirts, and no off the shoulder shirts.
Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple
The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It was built-in 1827, just eight years after the East India Company set up a trading settlement in Singapore. This is one of the top things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
The temple has undergone numerous restorations but still preserves its heritage, architecture and customs. The Gopuram entrance is a colourful collection of statues depicting the deities and their animals.
Check Out the Tintin Shop
Well considering there are less than five official stores in Asia, the Tintin shop is worth checking out and just to say you were in a Tintin store.
Where to stay
Chinatown has plenty hotels and guesthouses. Here are a few places to check out and gives you an idea of what is available in Chinatown.
Rating 6.9, $65 for a Double Room
Hotel 81 Chinatown enjoys a central location in Chinatown, a 5-minute walk from the MRT Station. The affordable accommodation is housed in a conserved building, exuding an old-world charm.
Hotel 81 Chinatown offers laundry and dry-cleaning services. The hotel has a tour desk to help guests arrange for guided city tours bookings. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
Rating 8.6, $45 for a Double Room
Located just 100m from Chinatown Heritage Centre, The Bohemian Chic offers stylish social accommodation in the bustling Chinatown in Singapore. With artistically-designed interiors, The Bohemian Chic features a games room and a shared lounge for guests to enjoy on a laid-back evening.
The rooms come with a shared bathroom. Toothpaste, toothbrush and toiletries are provided. The hostel features free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Rating 8.0, $90 for a Double Room
Located just 350m from Chinatown MRT Station and steps from transport links and shopping outlets. It provides comfortable accommodation, in-house dining options and free internet access in all rooms.
The rooms at Hotel Southbridge are fitted with comfortable beds, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Bottled water is provided daily. Guests enjoy complimentary use of a handy smart phone.
Rating 7.9, $55 for a Double Room
Located within the vibrant Chinatown district, Galaxy Pods @ Chinatown offers accommodations with futuristic-style space beds in Singapore. It features an in-house restaurant.
Self-contained pods have air conditioning that is individually controlled by a touch-screen control panel. Pods are equipped with a personal flat-screen TV, locker, universal sockets, USB charging ports, a reading light and a desk. Bathroom facilities are shared and include free toiletries.
Sentosa Island can best be described as an entire island resort dedicated to fun. So, if tired of sightseeing and want to just relax and have fun, Sentosa is the place.
On Sentosa island you will find Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark, iFly Singapore, Mega Adventure, the Flying Trapeze, S.E.A. Aquarium and of course the beach including Palawan Beach. These are only some of the activities you can do on Sentosa.
Things See and Do on Sentosa Island
Sentosa island is full of resorts and activities. Depending on how much fun you plan on having, it can be explored in less than a couple of days. Here are a few things to see and do on Sentosa island.
Universal Studios Singapore
The Singapore Universal Studios movie theme park is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
All these attractions are based on the studio’s blockbuster films as well as television series with 18 of its 24 rides specially designed for just Sentosa! There are seven movie-themed zones.
Prices for a one-day ticket are for Adult (Age 13-59) – SGD76 and kids (Age 4-12) – SGD56.
Other attractions to look forward to is the Transformers Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle and the Shrek 4-D Adventure.
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure Cove Waterpark is an aquatic adventure park and is for people of all ages. Prices for Adult – SGD38 and kids – SGD30.
At Adventure Cove Waterpark, you can take high-speed water slides, laze the day away drifting on a lazy river, snorkel with 20,000 tropical fish over a colorful reef, wade among rays and even come face to face with sharks!
Madame Tussauds Singapore
Madame Tussauds can also be found on Sentosa Island. There is 8 well-themed interactive zones and a new ride called “Spirit of Singapore”, which is the first Madame Tussaud’s boat attraction that brings guests to a wonderful lush tropical garden.
Ticket prices range for Adult (Age 13+) – SGD30 to SGD69 and Child (Age 4 – 12) – SGD22 to SGD55.
Its cheaper to but the tickets for Madame Tussauds online.
Some of the popular zones include sports, music, film, and the A-list Party. This special zone adopts a glamorous party scene nestled on a gorgeous roof terrace which overlooks Singapore’s dazzling skyline.
Where to stay
Sentosa Island has hotels and resorts but is not the cheapest place to get accommodation. Here are a few places to check out and gives you an idea of what is available in Sentosa Island core.
Rating 7.8, $165 for a Double Room
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Just a 3-minute walk to Palawan Beach, and boasting panoramic views of the South China Sea, Amara Sanctuary Resort is located on tropical Sentosa Island in Southern Singapore. It offers 2 dining options and 4 outdoor pools.
Boasting stylish wooden furnishings and large windows, air-conditioned rooms at Amara Sanctuary are equipped with Smart TVs that include built-in Wi-Fi, media streaming functions and pre-installed media programs. A personal safe and tea/coffee making facilities are also included.
Rating 8.1, $155 for a Double Room
This Hotel is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Nestled within private gardens, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa offers accommodation in a restored colonial building located at the heart of Sentosa Island, opposite Imbiah Monorail Station.
Dating back to the 1940s, the property’s Heritage Wing has been fully restored by architectural firm, DP Architects. This smoke-free hotel boasts an outdoor infinity pool and a fully equipped fitness centre. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Rating 6.6, $65 for 4 bunk bed hut
This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Set in Singapore, 700 m from Wings of Time, Costa Sands Sentosa Kampung Hut features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking.
Rooms come with a shared bathroom. Costa Sands Sentosa Kampung Hut features free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Rd
Little India is one of Singapore’s more vibrant districts. As you explore Serangoon Road and its neighboring streets, you will discover a mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.
Arab Street is the heart of Singapore’s Muslim community. The streets are full of stalls and little shops with a vast array of goods, from baskets and camel skin bags to cloisonné boxes.
Orchard Road is Singapore’s retail heart, with discount outlets, department stores and upscale boutiques, alongside luxury hotels.
Things See and Do in Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Road
Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Road are full of shops and restaurants. Depending on how much time you have, it can be explored in a couple of days or more. Here are a few things to see and do in Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Road.
24/7 Shopping in Little India
There are countless places to shop in Little India, the main place you shouldn’t miss is Mustafa Centre.
This gigantic superstore features three combined malls and is open 24 hours a day. It’s the place for spices, and electronics, and DVDs, and sporting goods, and healthcare, and stationery, and foreign exchange, and remittance services, and the list goes on.
Also, Little India is home to Singapore’s densest concentration of stores that specialize in selling and buying gold, diamonds, silver and an assortment of precious and semi-precious stones.
Jewelry making, particularly with gold, has been an integral part of Indian culture for millennia.
The Sultan Mosque in the Arab Street Kampong Glam district is able to accommodate 5,000 people for mass prayer and the building dates back to 1824.
Please note that you can enter the mosque only if dressed appropriately, meaning long trousers and long sleeve top, plus the obligatory head cover for women.
Shopping on Orchard Road
Orchard Road is a renowned shopping district in Singapore. It is full of shopping malls which tons of international brands. There are flagship stores like Gucci, Zara, Bershka and many more.
These shopping malls are spread along the Orchard Road and are easily accessible from MRT exits.
Where to stay
Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Road has plenty hotels and guesthouses. Here are a few places to check out and gives you an idea of what is available in Little India, Arab Street and Orchard Road.
Rating 6.6, $16 for a Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Located within 500 m of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, The InnCrowd Backpackers’ Hostel, Singapore in Singapore provides a shared lounge, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Popular points of interest nearby include Bugis Street, Mustafa Centre and The Cathay. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen
Rating 8.6, $135 for a Double Room
Located in the heart of the vibrant Orchard Road district, YOTEL Singapore Orchard Road offers smoke-free accommodation in Singapore. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower.
Rating 8.2, $165 for a Double Room
Located along the Singapore River, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi throughout the property. It features an outdoor swimming pool.
Every room is equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a Bose sound bar. Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience.
Finally, once you visit Singapore, you will have plenty of options to visit, explore, discover and with many more things to do in Singapore. Perhaps, you can explore in your own way when you get there.
All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Singapore has to offer.
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