Singapore is fast becoming one of Asia’s hit list travel destinations. Bright, bold, colourful, Singapore has a real spark to it, and it’s finally starting to get noticed. Located at the tip of Malaysia, this island city-state is known for its extremely efficient transport system, it’s amazing food, and its retail therapy opportunities. Not to mention the culture, the arts, and the architecture.
Singapore is the perfect location for any length of trip, whether you have just a few days to explore or a whole two weeks to enjoy this incredible city, there’s plenty of offer for every trip type, it’s just a case of planning your time properly. The fact is that if you know how to make the most Singapore, you can have the most amazing time here.
Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to how you can plan the most amazing trip to Singapore, regardless of the length of time that you have available to explore.
While south east Asia is known for being a relatively affordable area to visit and explore, Singapore is actually a little more expensive than the rest of south east Asia. So bearing that in mind, it pays to save more money for your trip, to ensure that you can have the most amazing time away.
To enjoy your time here, you need to have a budget of $50 to $80 a day – more if you plan on eating out a lot. If you plan on having a budget-friendly trip, $20 to $30 will surfice. Eating cheaply is easy, it’s just a case of eating from street market stalls.
For anyone on a budget, there’s a thing called ‘Singapore Free Tours’ where you can go on tours of the city for free, all you have to do is leave a small tip. That way you get to see the city without having to worry about the cost of doing so and whether it’s affordable.
You don’t need to worry about the cost of traveling as the public transport in Singapore is incredible and extremely reliable, which means that there is no need to worry about the cost of taking a taxi.
There are plenty of accomodation options to consider here, from luxurious hotels to budget-friendly guest houses, so whatever your budget there should be somewhere that’s suitable. One option that’s becoming extremely popular and a great alternative to hotels is an apartment in Singapore to rent daily. This can be a great accomodation option that’s affordable and wonderfully spacious too.
Walk as much as you can
Talking about transport, it’s a well-known fact that Singapore has one of the world’s very best and more efficient public transport systems, which is great. If you’re going to travel via vehicle, public transport is the best option. However, it’s actually far better to walk as much as you can, as that way you get to explore the city more and get a real feel for the culture and heritage.
Of course, what with the weather being so humid in Singapore, it can get a bit much walking. All of Singapore’s public transport is well air-conditioned, so it can be nice to take a break from walking and relax on a bus in the cool and refreshing air. You can easily access all of Singapore’s major attractions directly via public transport, and you shouldn’t get lost as every stop has amazing signage. You could choose to buy a transport pass that gives you unlimited use of all public transport in the city for a set amount of time, such as three days or a week.
Visit at any time of the year
You know how most destinations have a ‘best time’ to visit? Well, Singapore is not one of them, in fact you can visit Singapore at any time of the year and have the most incredible time. Singapore has consistent weather all year around with an average temperature of 27 degrees, of course it does tend to feel quite a bit hotter due to the humidity. Singapore is also prone to rain all year around which can’t be avoided, but there’s no need to worry as a little rain won’t spoil your trip.
Because Singapore is a hub for business and finance, there isn’t an off-peak season, which means that hotel prices remain consistent all year around. However, that being said, the busiest times tend to be November to early January and June and July because this is when most tourists visit and prices can fluctuate a little due to this.
Things to see and do in Singapore
It’s not recomended that you stay in Singapore for any less than three days because there is just so much to see and do here, and you don’t want to miss anything.
The Botanic Gardens are completely free to visit and are amazing; these are a must-see while you’re in this unique city-state. They’re an UNESCO World Heritage Site and are over 150 years old, so the plants are incredible. You can pay a small amount of enter the National Orchid Garden which is part of The Botanic Gardens, but you don’t have to. However, it is worthwhile doing as the orchids are amazing.
Orchard Road is a famous street in Singapore. Here you can find your way to some of the city’s most amazing malls and shopping facilities. You can go underground and walk through the malls enjoy their air conditioning and coolness that it offers. If you’re feeling hungry, there are also plenty of places to eat in the malls.
You can jump on the MRT at the Somerset stop and ride until Marina Bay, where you can see some of Singapore’s more iconic signage and buildings. There’s more shops here and also the world-famous Marina Bay Hotel, and of course, Merlion Park. Close by there’s also the Helix Bridge, which is a famous pedestrian bridge that should be seen both in the daytime and at night time.
Singapore is famous for its light shows, and there are two that you have to watch. These are the Wanderful light and water show and the Gardens by the bay light show. You can actually watch both in one night as they are timed so that one runs after the other, with enough time to get from the location of one to the other.
Chinatown is another location in Singapore that you don’t want to miss. It’s architecture is interesting, unique and iconic. The food here is amazing – it’s somewhere that you must eat while you’re are visiting. There’s also a free tour on offer here that allows you learn a little about this area of the city and its history.
While you’re in Singapore, a trip to Hawker Chan – the cheapest Michelin starred restaueant in the world is a must.
The Gardens by the Bay are another sight that it’s worth taking the time to explore properly. The OBCB walkway is something that you have to see, where you walk on a bridge that is suspended between the supertrees, the cloud forest and the super dome. It really is incredible.
Singapore has one of the world’s best zoos, so this is a sight that you cannot miss. However, the best time to see it is at night as that way you can take a night safari, which is an incredible way to see more of the animals that live here.
Little India is somewhere that you cannot miss in Singapore. It’s packed full of bright, beautiful colours and pieces of Indian art and culture. The temples here are beautiful and are open to being explored – the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a must-see location. The food here is also incredible – if you’re a lover of Indian food, you have to eat here.
The Arab Quarter is located just outside of Little India and is another location that it’s worth taking the time to see, especially if you’re a shopping enthusiast.
For amazing views over the city, Mount Faber Park is a must-see location. You can get a great view of the city from here, so it’s worth the walk to get here.
You can’t visit Singapore without heading to Sentosa; an island that’s made for tourists but is still a lot of fun and somewhere that it’s worth visiting. There are lots of beaches, a water park, bungee jumping, Madame Tuessauds, and Universal Studios, among other attractions. There are also some amazing restaurants here too. For a fun and exciting day out where you can do all sorts of different things, Sentosa is the ideal place to head to.
Singapore is an incredible travel destination with an abundence of things to see and do. Hopefylly, the guide above will help you to plan the most amazing experience that will allow you to see and do as much as possible while you are away. If you don’t have time to do everything, don’t panic because you can always return another time, it’s just a case of doing as much as you can without rushing it of course.
MR LEE FRASER