For Singapore in 3 days, think 3 days of amazing sights, history, great food and fun.
It is clean, safe, beautiful and fun that’s why. I did say it’s clean and I mean really clean. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cleaner city. The residents really take pride in their city and this is evident from the moment you land and step foot inside the Changi Airport. This place is amazing! The catch phrase in their advertising is ‘More than just an airport’. Singapore Changi Airport is a destination in its own right’.
You can wander around the airport admiring the nature trail, the indoor butterfly garden, the shops and catch a movie in free movie theatre. There’s even a rooftop pool with jacuzzi!.
Jewel at Changi is a nature themed retail and entertainment complex with over 280 shops and eateries. It is linked centrally between the three passenger terminals and is a must see if you find yourself at Changi. It has the worlds tallest indoor waterfall, The Rain Vortex which is just incredible. The waterfall is the centrepiece of Jewel and is wrapped with terraced gardens.
If you want to pre plan your time at Changi you can check out the fun here: Changi Airport
Where to stay
If you don’t think staying at Changi is for you, my recommendation for accommodation in Singapore would be around the Marina Bay area. It’s a great location for access to many of the sights, shopping centres, transport and eateries. We stayed at Marina Mandarin Singapore a 5 star motel which is centrally located, easy walking distance to Marina Bay and right opposite the Suntec City Shopping Centre
When booking accommodation, I prefer to use Booking.com. Click here to find great accommodation deals in Singapore.
Must see sights
Gardens by the Bay
My favourite attraction is Gardens by the Bay. It is a magical wonderland of the most beautiful floral displays, waterfalls, fountains, sculptures and gardens to make any green thumb envious.
Supertree Grove is located in the centre stage of the gardens. It is a garden of giant trees measuring between 25 and 50 metres tall that come alive at night with the most spectacular light and sound display. Grab yourself a place and lay down looking up to the trees to get an exhilarating view. Or take a walk along the 22 metre high OCBC Skyway enjoying panoramic views of the gardens.
Have a wander through the incredible Cloud Forest, an indoor conservatory of lush green forests with a 35 metre waterfall. Here you can cool down as the temperatures inside are 23-25 degrees. After you have cooled down, take a walk along the platform for stunning aerial views below. Have a look down from behind the top of the waterfall. Next continue along the Treetop walk for surreal views of this tropical oasis.
The Flower Dome is another conservatory filled with spectacular florals. This is also a nice spot to get some cool air!. The area of the Flower Dome spans over nearly 3 acres (1.2 Hectares) and can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. The Flower Dome includes Mediterranean and subtropical region plants and has floral displays changing in different seasons.
The newest attraction to the Gardens is Floral Fantasy. It is a display of floral, artistry and technology coming together to create a whimsical fairytale experience. Inside you will find hanging and moving floral displays, waterfalls, thematic attraction and a 4D ride at the end of the display. The 4D ride will take you on a flying journey through Gardens by the Bay where you will experience sight, sound, smell and touch. This was my favourite of the displays. If you want to get great photos, I recommend getting to the entry early for any of the time slots and getting first place in the line. That way you will be the first to walk through the door. If you are quick enough you can snap off a few shots of the beautiful entry into this fairytale display.
Marina Bay is without a doubt one of the most spectacular city locations.
Besides being spectacular, the bay includes many attractions including the Merlion a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is a mascot of Singapore. Marina Bay Sands the three towered accommodation complex, the ArtScience Museum (the Lotus Flower building) and the foreshore boardwalks. You simply can’t leave Marina Bay out of your Singapore visit. Day or night this place is amazing, more so at night when the buildings are lit up with a laser light show from the top of the Marina Bay Sands and fountains on the bay.
If you love gardens you will love the Botanic Gardens of Singapore. The Botanic Gardens in Singapore is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is only one of three gardens in the world to have this honour. The gardens occupy over 200 hundred acres (82 hectares) and are home to over 10,000 plant and flower species. Entry to the gardens is free except for the Orchard Garden which has a small entry fee. The orchard garden is spread over 7 acres (3 hectares). There are over 1000 species and more than 2000 Orchid hybrids. The Orchard Garden is the star attraction of the Botanic Gardens. Visiting early in the morning would be the best time as it will be a little less crowded and cooler weather.
Things to try
For dining I recommend trying one of the Hawker Centres for yummy local food. We chose the Maxwell Food Centre in China Town. This is where you get the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Believe me it is worth the line up!
We also had great Ramen at Ippudo Marina Bay. It is located within the Marina Bay Shopping Centre, on the bottom level at the end of the centre adjacent to the ArtScience Musuem (The Lotus Flower building)
Besides the food places, another great place to check out is the Raffles Hotel. The hotel is an Icon in Singapore, opening in 1887 and is one of the few remaining 19th Century motels in the world. Visit here for a Singapore Sling, because when in Singapore…. It’s worth the hefty price tag for this cocktail.
Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, Sentosa is an island resort which is connected to Singapore via a bridge. Sentosa is home to some of the world’s most prestigious resorts Michelin Star restaurants. Sentosa is visited by 20 million visitors per year. The island is fun filled with adventure theme parks, golf courses, beaches and shops. You can Zipline, Bungy Jump, Swim, Eat and explore.
Sentosa is connected with Singapore mainland via a bridge. You can get there by car, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail.
Have a look here to find out more about Sentosa.
To get a birds eye view of Singapore you can hop on the Singapore Flyer or take a trip up to level 57 of Marina Bay Sands to the SkyPark Observation Deck. Here you will get 180 degree views over Singapore.
It’s quite easy to get around Singapore. You can walk, catch the MRT (train) which is a quick an affordable way of getting you to almost anywhere you want to go, catch a hop on hop off bus or get a Grab (alternative to Uber) Make sure you download the Grab app before you go!
I really enjoyed the City Sightseeing hop on hop off bus. It has 37 stops and takes you through downtown, to the famous Orchard Road shopping district, the Botanic Gardens and back through Raffles City. There’s commentary providing fun and informative facts about Singapore.
There’s no other way of putting it, Singapore is hot! The average temperature is 31 degrees with a low of 24 degrees.
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