What to see in Singapore in 5 days

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Joel Fulleda

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It is often considered only as a "stepover" destination, a mere airport stop; actually Singapore is a city that deserves a few days stop. The city-state nicknamed the Switzerland of Asia has an unparalleled charm. Singapore embodies what can be called "the avant-garde in the wake of tradition": futuristic buildings and huge shopping centers, gardens that have a phantasmagoric feel, but also historic colonial buildings, shop-houses and street-food on the go. The colorful Little India, the bustling Chinatown, the lush Kampong Glam, the luxurious Marina Bay, the hectic Colonial District ... The numerous variety of neighborhoods that shape Singapore is reflected in an extremely interesting cultural melting pot.

Let's find out together what to see in Singapore in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

First day in one of the most iconic places in Singapore, the famous Marina Bay, la best known and most popular area of ​​the city. Souvenir photo with the mascot of the city, the Merlion, a small statue with the body of a fish and the head of a lion. Continue with the tour of the bay to the Art Science Museum, futuristic structure in the shape of a lotus flower (every day 10: 00-19: 00).
Reach The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, a huge shopping center where you will find all kinds of shops, lots of clubs and a navigable canal on small boats. Dine here choosing from one of the many restaurants (from SGD 30,00, € 20,00).

Continue your walk among the tall palm trees on the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. Climb to Singapore's most famous hotel as well one of the most famous in the world, the Marina Bay Sand. The very famous infinity pool is unfortunately the prerogative of the customers, but nobody forbids you to admire the fantastic panorama from 200 m high (Mon-Fri 10: 00-22: 00, Sat-Sun until 23:00, buy the electronic ticket priority).

End the day with the Wonder Full light, sound and color show (show at 20pm and 00pm) and dinner at the Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant (SGD 21, approx € 30).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 58 min
  • Places visited: Merlion (free), Art Science Museum (34,00 SGD / € 22,60), The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (free), Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade (free), Marina By Sand hotel observatory (23,00 SGD / € 15,30), Wonder Full show (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 140,00
  • Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck: E-ticket
  • Lunch at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Get Directions), Dinner at Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant (Get Directions)

2 day

Day in the colorful Chinatown.
To enjoy the typical atmosphere, we recommend you lose yourself in the alleys decorated with lanterns everywhere, browse the markets and shops (guided walking tour from € 25,50).
To trace the touching history of the Chinese in Singapore, start with a visit to the Chinatown Heritage Center which offers a rare glimpse into the life of Chinatown's early residents (daily 9: 30-18: 30). It will seem strange, given the neighborhood, but here there is Sri Mariamman Temple, a colorful Hindu temple. And, if you are lucky, you can stumble upon one of the crowded pujes (5: 30-12: 00 and 18: 00-21: 00).

Have lunch at Hi! Chuan Chuan Steamboat (SGD 23,00, € 15,00).
Another mandatory stop is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, large Buddhist temple on several floors open and much venerated by the faithful for the important relic kept in it (hours 7: 00-19: 00). At 500 m you will find the Thian Hock Ken Temple (7: 30-17: 30), a small temple where you can breathe spirituality at the highest levels and all around tower skyscrapers. Atmosphere similar to Yueh Hai Ching Temple (8: 00-17: 30).

Towards the evening, reach the river and dine at the Dallas Restaurant and Bar (Boat Quay) (38,00 SGD, € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 24 min
  • Places visited: Chinatown (free), Chinatown Heritage Center (18,00 SGD / € 11,80), Sri Mariamman Temple (free), Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (free), Thian Hock Ken Temple (free), Yueh Hai Ching Temple (free) )
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Chinatown, Singapore: 3,5-hour guided walking tour of Chinatown's food
  • Lunch at Hi! Chuan Chuan Steamboat (Get Directions), Dinner at Dallas Restaurant and Bar (Boat Quay) (Get Directions)

3 day

A day dedicated to relaxation and fun. Reach the beautiful island of Sentosa where it is impossible to get bored. Here, in fact, there are activities for all tastes: the wonderful Universal Studios Singapore, the Mega Adventure, water parks to cool off, the Resorts World Sentosa and the Serapong Golf Course.
We advise you to start with Universal Studios Singapore, theme park inspired by cinema, with 28 rides, sets and live shows (generally open 10: 00-17: 00, always better check the official website; it is advisable to purchase the ticket online to avoid the queues ticket office).

For lunch you have a wide choice of restaurants and fast-food outlets within the park, for example at Goldilocks (SGD 23,00, € 15,00).
Since the park generally closes at 17pm, you can then opt for something relaxing. We suggest you visit Sentosa beaches and, specifically, Palawan Beach, where the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia is located, the southernmost point of Asia. Perfect for waiting and watching the sunset!

End the day with a romantic dinner in the tropical-chic surroundings of the Cliff (55,00 SGD, € 36,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,2 km / 54 min
  • Places visited: Sentosa (free), Universal Studios Singapore (82,00 SGD / € 53,50), Palawan Beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 120,00
  • Universal Studios entrance ticket entrance to the SEA Aquarium ticket for the Sentosa cable car
  • Lunch at Goldilocks (Get Directions), Dinner at The Cliff (Get Directions)

4 day

Learn some of Singapore's history by visiting the Peranakan Museum, focusing on the Peranakan culture, aka the culture of the descendants of the first immigrants (every day 10 am-00pm, Fri until 19pm). Continue to St. Andrew Chatedral, one of the best examples of English neo-Gothic in Singapore (Mon-Sat 10: 00-17: 00). A quarter of an hour walk and you are back on the bay, and precisely on the side of the Singapore Flyer, the ferris wheel in the city (every day 8: 00-22: 00).

Have lunch at Singapore Food Treats (SGD 18,00, € 12,00).
Via Raffles Avenue you arrive at the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, modern gardens which extend for 101 hectares. The whole afternoon is the bare minimum! Access to the gardens is free; inside there are also several paid attractions such as the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. The main attraction is the Supertrees, artificial trees connected by the OCBC Skyway (to skip the line Gardens By The Bay OCBC Skyway and which in the evening are the protagonists of the Garden Rhapsody, magical light and sound show (at 19pm and 45pm).

Dine inside the Gardens at Texas Chicken (SGD 23,00, € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,1 km / 52 min
  • Places visited: Peranakan Museum (SGD 6,00 / € 3,90), St. Andrew Chatedral (free), Singapore Flyer (SGD 33,00 / € 22,00), Gardens by the Bay (free), Cloud Forest + Flower Dome (28,00 SGD / € 18,60), OCBC Skyway (8,00 SGD / € 5,30), Garden Rapsody (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Gardens By The Bay OCBC Skyway Gardens by the Bay and MBS Skypark Observation Deck 1-day Gardens by the Bay combo ticket
  • Lunch at Singapore Food Treats (Get Directions), Dinner at Texas Chicken (Get Directions)

5 day

Complete your Singapore visit with the last two ethnic districts: Little India and Kampong Glam. To enter the Indian atmosphere made of spices, scents and colors (guided walking tours from € 25,00). Start with a tour of the Tekka Center market and Sri Veeramakaliamman, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the city (every day 5: 00-12: 00 and 16: 00-21: 00). Continue by visiting other interesting temples all close together: Sri Sribnnivasa Perumal (6: 00-12: 00 and 17: 00-21: 00), Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (8: 00-16: 30), Leong San Temple (7: 30-17: 00) and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple (6: 00-12: 30 and 16: 30-21: 30).

Enjoy an Indian lunch at Usman (SGD 13,00, € 8,00).
Take Arab St. and in 20 minutes you are in Kampong Glam, the Singapore's Arab Quarter, with many colorful houses and "Thousand and One Nights" mosques (guided walking tours from € 25,00). Silky and spice shops, quaint boutiques and cafes, that's the atmosphere typical of the Middle East. Lose yourself in its streets and visit the Sultan Mosque (14: 30-16: 00) with its characteristic golden dome and the Masjid Malabar (14: 30-16: 00 and 17: 00-18: 30).

End the day at Blu Jaz Cafe (34,00 SGD, € 22,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 59 min
  • Places visited: Little India (free), Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (free), Tekka Cente (free), Sri Sribnnivasa Perumal (free), Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (free), Leong San Temple (free), Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple (free) , Kampong Glam (free), Sultan Mosque (free), Masjid Malabar (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • Singapore Little India guided walking tour Little India food and culture walking tour Sultans of Spice: Kampong Glam guided walk
  • Lunch at Usman (Get directions), Dinner at Blu Jaz Cafe (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

Singapore is certainly not what can be defined as an economic city, quite the opposite. It is in fact one of the most expensive cities in Southeast Asia. Obviously, the heaviest expense is the flight, to be booked well in advance.

Even the accommodations are expensive, especially in areas like Marina Bay or Orchad Road. However, any super offers are not to be excluded! The cheapest accommodations are in Little India and Chinatown.

La subway, the most popular means of transport is quite cheap: the cost varies according to the mileage and, considering the excellent levels of cleanliness, organization and punctuality, the cost of the ticket is more than fair. The very useful Singapore Tourist Pass which gives unlimited access to the MRT and public bus system. Duration 1 day (10,00 SGD, € 6,50), 2 days (16,00 SGD, € 10,50) or 3 days (20,00 SGD, € 13,00)

  • starting from € 360,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Combo ticket Gardens By The Bay OCBC Skyway Sentosa cable car ticket Universal Studios admission ticket
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 890,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Singapore: the climate is equatorial, therefore hot and humid all year round. The best time is February because it is sunnier. In November and December it is a little less hot but they are the rainiest
  • served by Changi International Airport. The best way to get to the city is by MRT train (40 min, SGD 2,00, approx € 1,30, runs 5: 30-23: 30)
  • the best areas to sleep are Orchard Road, Bugis, Colonial District, Clark Quay and Marina Bay. The neighborhoods that offer cheaper accommodation are Little India and Chinatown
  • Getting around: 9 MRT metro lines, the most convenient and fastest way to reach the main tourist attractions and central areas (variable price based on mileage, from 0,80 SGD to 2,00 SGD, from about € 0,50 to € 1,20, ) - find out more
  • Local currency: Singapore dollar (SGD) / € 1,00 = SGD 1,53
  • Time zone: GMT + 8 (+ 6h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least six months from the date of arrival in the country; visa not required for tourist stays of less than 90 days
  • Recommended cards and passes: Singapore Tourist Pass, unlimited access to the MRT and public bus system. Duration 1 day (10,00 SGD, € 6,50), 2 days (16,00 SGD, € 10,50) or 3 days (20,00 SGD, € 13,00)
  • Safety info: Safe country with a very low crime rate. However, observe the normal precautions (eg do not leave luggage or objects unattended). During the rainy season, quite violent thunderstorms can occur. Visit the Singapore section on the Farnesina website

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