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Singapore is one of those cities that stays with me long after I bid my adieu.
It is one of the most well planned and well-organized cities in the world with an efficient government – leading by example. By definition, it is THE ideal city. Also, everywhere you go, the road is lined up with trees on both sides – it’s easy to connect why Singapore is called the Garden city. All thanks to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who mooted the development of the garden city. Additionally, a colossal S$10,000 is fined on anyone who accidentally or not, cuts down trees for personal or commercial purposes.
With a 5 million population of around 720 square km, almost just as big as Bangalore city, barely crowded roads surprised me. Unlike a lot of highly populated cities, it was possible to enjoy driving within city limits. “The lesser number of cars on road attributes to the fact that buying a car is considered a luxury“, one of my relative who lives in Singapore told me. “A steep entitlement fee is paid to the government alone that costs as much as the car“, he added.
- Some things about Singapore
- Here is an Itinerary for a Five Day Trip to Singapore
- Singapore itinerary for 5 days – Day 1
- Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 2
- Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 3
- Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 4
- Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 5
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Accommodations in Singapore
- Helpful Information about Singapore
Some things about Singapore
No wonder Singapore is one of the most expensive places to live in! On the other hand, they have a very efficient public transport system, be it Metro or buses which makes it convenient for the locals.
Did you know?
English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil are the official languages of Singapore – rightly emphasizing a blend of different cultures in Singapore.
Singapore relies heavily on overseas imports for everyday necessities – including diary since the land area is not adequate to practice agriculture.
While Singapore is not blessed with natural landscapes, the advent of cutting-edge technologies has made it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. And Marina Bay Sands as one of the most photographed buildings in the world.
Furthermore, I didn’t have the nagging feeling that I’m being dwindled – which usually happens when I’m in a strange city. Singapore is no doubt, a safe city.
In addition, it’s hassle-free to start a business in Singapore. From the time of conceptualizing the idea, it hardly takes a week’s time to literally start working on your own business. Due to which, the city is ideal for startups.
Now that we have a brief idea of the garden city, let’s start planning our itinerary. Shall we?
Here is an Itinerary for a Five Day Trip to Singapore
Singapore itinerary for 5 days – Day 1
Let’s start our first day in Singapore by exploring the Garden city and finding out about the history and culture of Singapore. Take your time roaming the streets and align better with the city. We have a light itinerary for the first day, and intentionally so.
Art Science Museum
Visit the Art Science Museum for some spectacular sights. This museum is clearly one of the most instagrammable locations in Singapore. And nothing short of a bucket list item!
Duration: Min 2 hours
National Museum Singapore
If you’d like to know more about the history of Singapore, pay a visit to the National Museum Singapore. It has some cool and contemporary art pieces too.
Duration: Min 2 hours
If you have time to spare, you can head to Singapore zoo for a night safari or river safari, if you’d like.
Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 2
On Day 2, let’s head to the bird park, followed by a visit to the world-renown Gardens by the Bay. And then cross the road and walk over to Marina Bay Sands for the brilliant views from the 57th floor. It’s quite a packed day today, so keep up!
Jurong Bird Park
For ardent bird lovers, Jurong Bird Park is a must have in your Singapore Itinerary. It is one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. Inside the campus, at Pool’s Amphitheatre, based on weather conditions, the park hosts high flyers show every day at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. This includes and not limited to parrots, hornbills, macaws, yellow-naped Amazon and flamingos as stars. It’s a fun and interactive show. Make sure you catch it!
Duration: 2-4 hours
Singapore Botanical garden
Stop by at the massive and over 150-year-old garden. Apparently, Singapore Botanical Garden is the only tropical garden to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you have the time, you can visit the garden on Day 1 after a visit to National Museum, or you can make time for it on Day 2.
Duration: Min 2 hours
Gardens by the bay
Visit Gardens by the bay a park spanning 101 hectares, is nothing short of fantastic. It is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a Garden City to a City in a Garden. It transcends you to a different dimension with the Cloud forests and flower domes. These resplendent man-made trees offer a feast for the eyes. Additionally, the park has proven extremely popular among event planners. I happened to witness a very extravagant reception happening in one of the halls there.
Travel Tip – There are daily light and music Garden Rhapsody show at 7.45 PM and 8.45 PM daily at Supertree Grove. It’s a brilliant show designed by an award-winning Lighting Designer Adrian Tan. That promises to whisk you away to a mythical enchanted forest. And, best of all, it’s free! So, ideal to visit Gardens by Bay during dusk. Also, there are some seasonal shows that you can be privy to. Check out the official site for more details.
Duration: Minimum 4 hours.
Marina Bay Sands Sky Park
At night, visit the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The viewing deck is located on the 57th floor. Consequently, it offers a scintillating and mind-blowing view of Singapore skyline. From, Singapore flyer or Gardens by the bay or Fullerton hotel, to whole the commercial district of Singapore, it shows the major skyline of Singapore. So, definitely include it in your Singapore Itinerary. And, ideally, visit during the night for the best views.
Did you know? The iconic structure of Marina Bay Sands was actually built on reclaimed land.
Duration: 2 hours
Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 3
Let’s spend Day 3 on Sentosa Island – Asia’s leading resort destination, and a premier resort island getaway. And, then let’s try a thrilling adventure! Quite a thrilling day. So buckle up!
A day at Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island has a casino with a free entry for foreigners, while it costs S$100 for Singaporeans. If you aren’t planning to play, you can visit it if you’d like. Highlights at Sentosa Island include and not limited to Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, Sentosa SEA aquarium, Adventure Cove Water Park, and Wings of time. It will easily take up a day, even without Universal Studios which is part of Sentosa Island.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Clarke Quay (pronounced as Clark Qi) is famous for its nightlife. With splashy lights and Karaoke nights by the riverside with people gaily relishing themselves, it was easy to fathom why this is a favorite spot for tourists and natives alike.
Travel tip: If you’d like to party with a vibrant crowd, then visit Clarke Quay during the weekends!
Additionally, if you are up for a high adrenaline pumping experience, check out Gmax extreme reverse bungee in Clark Quay. It opens at 11 AM and is usually open until pretty late in the night!
Here are the prices:
GX-5 Extreme Swing: $45 SGD/person
Student Rate: $35 SGD/person
Trampoline Bungy: $10 SGD/person for 5 mins
Duration: 3 hours
Would you dare?
Suggested Read: Bungee jumping at Rishikesh,India
Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 4
Let’s spend most of Day 4 at one of the most awaited activities in Singapore – Universal Studios. It can be followed by a visit to Merlion Park and then some late night shopping if you wish!
A day at Universal Studios
Universal Studios is one of my favorite spots in Singapore. It’s located within Sentosa Island. Yet, reserve a day exclusively for Universal Studios in your Singapore Itinerary. Ranging from Transformer’s ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Dinosaur’s ride and shows like Steven Spielberg movie production and Water world show, Universal Studios has so much to offer.
Also, if you are looking for adventure, don’t miss out on the Battlestar Galactica which is high on adrenaline.
Duration: 8 hours
Travel Tip: On weekends or holidays, opt for Express Pass for easy fast and unlimited access to Universal Studios. It can be bought as a supplement to the normal passes at the merchandise stores inside the park or at the booths just outside the entrance gates. Starting price of the Express pass is around S$50 as a supplement to a single day ticket or S$130 added to the seasonal ticket.
Additionally, here’s a video of Battlestar Galactica, if you dare!
Anyone who hasn’t been to Singapore would still identify the city with the Merlion statue. Merlion statue is a mythical creature with a head of a lion and body of a fish, and the unofficial mascot of Singapore. After all, it’s seen everywhere from sports teams to tourism as a national icon.
Apart from being a popular spot among tourists, it also offers a photo opportunity to capture the majestic Marina Bay Sands. Best to visit during dusk. And moreover, it’s free!
Duration: 1 hour
Mustafa Center is a well-known shopping district located in Little India, offers everything under one roof – be it groceries, electronics, apparels, footwear, or jewelry. Most of all, it is popular for offering cheap electronic goods. Although, I didn’t find a major difference in the prices than back home. As Mustafa Center is a 24-hour shopping complex, it can be easily squeezed in during the night. You can accommodate it in any of the nights in the itinerary.
Walking along this street, you realize that you are right back in India – with bustling streets, Bollywood music and tons of Indian restaurants.
Duration: Min 2 hours
Singapore Itinerary for 5 days – Day 5
Shopping in Singapore
Let’s dedicate a day in Singapore to roam around the city and do some retail therapy!
City tour around Singapore
Drive along the Orchard street, Anson Road, Robinson Road, Raffles Place. Orchard street is well-known shopping destination famous for luxury brands. Also, try out the ice cream sandwich in Orchard-street.
If you are looking for budget-friendly souvenirs, look no further than China town. This is a perfect shopping place for tourists. If you have time, sample authentic Chinese cuisine in of the eateries in and around China town. You can also pay a visit to the Buddha Tooth relic temple – a Buddhist temple and museum complex in China town.
Additionally, there are many other things to do in Singapore, if you have time to spare!
Singapore Changi Airport
So, why did I include a special mention to Changi Airport in the Singapore itinerary, you ask? Well, Changi Airport is no ordinary airport.
It is a microcosm of Singapore and is worthy of being a destination itself. It is rated as one of the World’s Best Airport many times, and for good reason. Apart from the usual dining and shopping experiences, Changi airport has an entertainment deck, cinemas, Singapore’s tallest slide, Sunflower, Orchid and Cactus Gardens, and so on. So, depending on your arrival or departure dates, make some time to spend at the airport as well!
If you have a layover of over 5.5 hours in Singapore, you are eligible for a free Singapore tour as well. So, if you are passing by Singapore, and have enough time, then make sure to avail this cool perk! Also, transit passengers traveling with Singapore Airlines can request for a free S$40 voucher at iShopChangi. This promotion has been running for years and it helps in buying, at the least souvenirs. Find more information about it here.
Avoid waiting in long lines and book tours right away!
Accommodations in Singapore
Here are a few recommendations of stay by The Roving Heart
The Claremont Hotel – Located close to Mustafa Center, and close to the city center, it’s convenient to base yourself out of here to visit Singapore’s main attractions. Ideal for a budget stay! Book your stay at The Claremont Hotel here.
Ascott Raffles Place – On the other hand, if you’d like to splurge, then make yourself at home at Ascott Raffles Place. It is one of the top-rated hotels in Singapore and is right at Orchard Street. It features colonial-style buildings and screams luxury! Book your stay at Ascott Raffles Place now.
Fullerton Bay hotel – If you’d like to have a view of Marina Bay Sands to wake up with, then it can’t get any better than Fullerton Bay Hotel. It’s right at Merlion Park, so you can spend a good time there, day or night! Book your stay at Fullerton Bay Hotel now.
Marina Bay Sands – Marina Bay Sands needs no introduction. It is quite popular for its 57th-floor infinity pool that offers unparalleled views of the city skyline. Book your stay at Marina Bay Sands now.
Additionally, find out some more attractions for doing Singapore on a budget here.
Is there anything you’d like to add to this 5-day itinerary to Singapore? Let me know in the comments below.
Helpful Information about Singapore
Visa on Arrival is not available for Indians. However, they offer online tourist visa. The application process for the visa is hassle-free and usually takes a maximum of 5 days to process. Another option is to have either relatives or friends in Singapore with a PR or citizenship fill in the letter of introduction for a visa application. Find more information here
Transport in Singapore ranges between taxis, metro, and buses. Taxis are easily available and the price is fixed. If you are a group of four or above, then it works out cheaper with a taxi. Else, stick to the metro. It is convenient and well connected as well. Additionally, there are hop on-hop off buses for a day or two for tourists which covers a lot of places. If you are not sure of the itinerary, you can try it out!
Transact using Singapore dollars(S$) in Singapore. S$100-200 per person per day on an average including stay and a moderate number of activities on a budget.
Singapore is hot and humid mostly throughout the year. July – September is usually the ideal time to visit. Also, Great Singapore sale and food festival happen during that time. Feb – April is also a good time as the weather is pleasant at this year of the year and yet, not expensive as the tourist months.
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