Whether you are a first-time traveller or a regular visitor of Singapore, the tropical island of Singapore always delights travellers with its exciting fusion of modern glitzy metropolis and old-world charm.
It is common to see travellers in a dilemma over their travel itineraries because there is simply too many things to do and see. So we thought, what better way as tour guides ourselves than to come up with an “Ultimate 3-day Singapore Travel Guide” for tourists who love to have fun, just like us!
Let us show you what to do in Singapore, the epic way. Must-visit landmarks, hidden gems, favourite haunts frequented by locals, insider travel tips and more - all within 3 days.
Read on for an extraordinary itinerary of Singapore highlights that are curated for travellers who want to have the best experience of their vacation!
Day 1 - Go On A Cultural Adventure
To many, Singapore is known as the country with strict fines and bans against chewing gum. Not wrong there, but there is plenty more beneath this somewhat sterile facade. Our diverse cultural landscape, influenced by various ethnic groups and religions, is a facet that every traveller should experience.
830am: Fuel Up With A Traditional Breakfast
Start off your day with a classic breakfast that is well-loved by Singaporeans - our very-own version of eggs, toast and coffee!
Thin, well-toasted slices of bread are slathered with Kaya (coconut jam) and a luscious slab of butter. This is then served alongside two soft-boiled eggs drizzled with soya sauce and pepper. Of course, this yummy breakfast is not complete without authentic Singapore-style Kopi, the colloquial slang for coffee. Our local coffee is unlike the western version that you are familiar with. Roasted with butter under high heat to caramelise the beans, the resulting brew is strong and aromatic.
Wholesome and satisfyingly delicious, Singapore’s local favourite breakfast is definitely a must-try!
930 to 12pm: Stretch Those Legs On A Free Walking Tour
With a content tummy, it is now time to hit the streets of Singapore. And, what better way to explore the cultural enclaves than with the professionals at Monster Day Tours!
As the biggest free walking tour operator in Singapore, you would get a pretty good exploration of some of the best places of Singapore through interesting stories told by fun-loving local guides.
The Chinatown Free Walking Tour lets you soak in the bustling atmosphere and get a glimpse of the local Chinese community leisurely playing chess under the trees. Discover must-see spots such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, the local market in Chinatown Complex and beautifully preserved conversation shophouses.
Or, you can go for the Little India Free Walking Tour and excite your senses with an intoxicating tapestry of sights, smells and tastes that still holds much significance to the Indian community. Art lovers will also get the chance to see art murals located amidst the busy streets and take plenty of insta-worthy photos!
These free walking tours also give you the opportunity to mingle and make friends with like-minded travellers from all over the world. Who knows? You might just find your new travel buddy for your upcoming adventures.
1230pm: Lunch At Kampong Glam
The best way to fully understand a culture is through food. For that, you have got to makan (local slang for Eat) at The Malayan Council, a contemporary and cosy halal eatery nestled within the vibrant vicinity of Kampong Glam. They serve a mouthwatering array of dishes that are influenced by both Asian and Western places, and makes the most delectable cakes inspired by local flavours. Yums!
2pm: Continue Exploring Kampong Glam
After a filling meal, take a photo journey down Haji Lane and find yourself surrounded by vivid art murals, hipster cafes and local designer stores. This is where you can walk off the sumptuous lunch while shopping for local crafts and unique souvenirs.
For art enthusiasts, do make it a point to venture to the back lanes of Muscat street where you can see Gelam Gallery, Singapore’s first outdoor gallery that comprises more than 25 street artworks done by local artists.
Kampong Glam is teeming with culture and art. But, besides being a favourite haunt for photographers and trendy hipsters, this area is also a focal point for the Malay community.
It is hard to miss the magnificent golden-dome Sultan Mosque that stands imposingly over Arab Street. Visitors are allowed inside at certain timings to take a closer look but are prohibited from entering the actual prayer hall. Remember to snap a picture with the majestic mosque in the background before you leave!
430pm: Do Some Cheap Local Shopping
About 20 minutes walk away is the boisterous Bugis Street Market - a local shopping street that has a colourful past. And, trust us when we say this is definitely one of the fun things to do in Singapore.
Containing more than 600 stalls across three levels peddling trendy clothing and cheap souvenirs, Bugis Street immerses both bargain-hunting locals and tourists in its lively atmosphere. However, what many people do not know is that this street was once famous for drag queens, riotous parties and gawking sailors!
If you have time after shopping, take a quick stroll to nearby Waterloo Street where the scene drastically changes. This is a most unique street where different religions come together to pray in harmony. You can find a Taoist temple, a South Indian Hindu Temple, the 2nd oldest Catholic church in Singapore and a Jewish Synagogue - all along one street.
730pm: City Lights and Outdoor Laser Show
Wind down the day with a spectacular view of the city from the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, the famed spiky-domed landmark that resembles Durian, the king of fruits. This is the hub of Singapore’s art scene and this venue plays host to music, theatre and dance events all year round.
If you are lucky, you might even chance upon free performances held at the outdoor stage!
Sit down along the waterfront promeade and be treated to a unblocked view of Marina Bay, the Singapore flyer, the iconic Merlion and the stunning city skyline lit up in twinkling lights. From here, you can also catch the dazzling Marina Bay Sands light and water show at 8pm across the harbour.
830pm: Local Delicacies To End The Day
End the day on a perfect note with dinner at Makansutra Gluttons Bay, a popular open-air hawker centre adjacent to Esplanade. Makansutra celebrates the diverse food culture that we have here in Singapore and offers some of the city’s most-loved local favourites.
A good variety of local street food can be found here, such as satay, chicken rice, fried carrot cake and BBQ seafood. Discover the wonderful tastes of Singapore and eat to your heart’s delight!
Day 2 - Have a Date with the Singapore River
The Singapore River has been integral to Singapore’s success since almost 200 years ago. It began as a fishing village and trading port but today, this gently meandering river is a beloved hotspot where you can find a buzzing F&B scene, historical monuments and some of Singapore’s best museums.
You will be surprised to discover what this river has in store for you!
930am: Experience Hawker Culture
The good thing about SIngapore is that food can be found at all times of the day. So, you can sleep in later because you are on holiday and not worry about missing breakfast.
So, one of the top things to do in Singapore is to eat at the ubiquitous hawker centre, a distinctive food culture unique to Singapore. You have got to try it! It is like a huge food market with many different stalls selling a wide variety of local foods. A good hawker centre close to the Singapore River would be Maxwell Food Centre or Hong Lim Food Centre.
Popular breakfast foods include fried carrot cake, nasi lemak, wanton noodles and roti prata. The best thing is, you can eat like a king here and not feel the pinch.
11am: Wander Through Quaint Chinatown
Take a leisure stroll through Chinatown and admire the rows of beautifully-conserved shophouses lining the roads. These traditional houses make a good backdrop so do take some pictures here for your social media fans.
Along the way, there are several attractions that are off the tourist trap and worth a visit. If you are into history, the Singapore Musical Box Museum shares some fascinating insights into the background of musical boxes in South-east Asia and how it made its way to Singapore in the 19th century.<