Singapore is one of the most expensive and modern cities in the world. It’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss and a “must visit” if you are traveling through southeast Asia.
It was our second visit to this diverse and young city-state which boasts a mix of languages, religions, and cultures.
We had the chance to spend 5 days and we dedicate them to create a list of our top places to share with you.
From exploring the hot new hipster neighborhoods to finding the best spots for local street food and cheapest happy hour beer bars, here are the 5 best things to do in Singapore.
1. Have a walk through Marina Bay Sand and the Clark Quay
Considered as a Tourism epicenter is the most diverse and modern part of Singapore. It’s definitely a must, especially for the first-time travelers. We recommend you to visit it during the day and also at night time, as both give you a very different experience.
-Enjoy the light show performed on the waterfront Marina Bay Sands every day at 8 PM & 9 PM (free access)
-Try some local food on the -1 floor of Marina Bay Sands.
2. Visit the ArtScience Museum
The worlds first ArtScience museum features 21 gallery spaces. The boldly iconic giant lotus host the famous Future World exposition known from the Instagram snaps. The ticket cost 17$ and we highly recommend it.
3. Explore the Gardens By The Bay
This urban jungle will make you feel like in the Avatar movie. It features 18 “supertrees” from which the biggest one serve as a restaurant.
Entrance fee: $18 including a drink. The access to the sky bridge costs $8.
The Gardens by the bay includes two indoor attractions:
The Flower Dome (price: $12) and our favorite one, the Cloud Forest with the world tallest indoor waterfall (price: $16).
-Climb the Sky Bridge at the sunset time for the best shots,
-Enjoy the light & sound show performed on the “supertrees” daily at 7:45 PM & 8:45 PM
4. Get the best panoramic views
Skip the high fees of Marina Bay Sands Skypark!
Just right next to Chinatown there is a hidden gem, the Pinnacle@Duxton towers located in the historic district Tanjong Pagar.
You can enjoy the 50th-storey skybridge open to the public every day from 9 AM to 9 PM and the access cost only $6! Almost for sure, you won’t find their many people. the 360º degrees views are breathtaking.
-The Skybridge is accessible from the 1G building on the 1 level
-Make sure to be there at sunset time
5. Stay in Chinatown
Located within a walking distance from some of the most famous attractions of Singapore, like the Raffles Places (14min), the Fort Canning Park (16min), Clarke Quay (17min) and several food markets, cool bars and souvenirs shops. The energy of this neighborhood together with its striking architecture and culture bursting out from every corner make this area a memorable place for many travelers.
We had a great stay in Adler Luxury Hostel placed right in the heart of Chinatown. The staff was super friendly and helpful, its atmosphere was warm and enjoyable, a great meeting point for guests from all over the world.
6. Enjoy the happy hours at Haji Lane
Hidden in the Kampong Glam neighborhood, Haji Lane is a back street with a lot to offer. Popular cafés, bars, and several hipster boutiques. The street kept the old architecture and the lively colors which makes this place special.
– Happy Hours are daily from 5 PM until 9 PM, but some bars start earlier 😉