There is so much to see and do in Singapore, and thanks to the modern and comprehensive public transport system you can accomplish a lot in just a short amount of time. Here are my top picks for a short getaway:
Gardens by the Bay
This would have to be my favourite attraction in Singapore. Walking through the garden at night is just like walking through another world and the light show “Garden Rhapsody” is truly stunning. The garden itself is free, as is Garden Rhapsody which is on every night for 15 minutes at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. Anything else you want to do you have to pay for, and while like everything else in Singapore it’s a little pricey for the most part it’s worth it. To get a view of the park from above you can take a walk on the skywalk or go up into the Supertree where a drink is included in the price of admission.
If you only do one thing that you have to pay for then make it the cloud forest. It’s a nice escape from the heat of Singapore and once inside you start from the top of the walkway and slowly walk around admiring the stunning plants and waterfall on display here. There’s even a garden that’s half real plants and half lego! They also have stalactites and stalagmites as well as beautiful crystals. Once you’re done, you can learn about how the dome is completely self sufficient and also about how climate change could affect our future. I thought this would be a quick in and out but ended up spending over an hour in the cloud forest.
You could easily spend a whole day here, and while the attractions are expensive you can get a pass before boarding the monorail to save some money and you can also just walk around and admire the place. Or choose to take the cable car and kill two birds with one stone, seeing Singapore from above on your way to Sentosa. Aside from the cable cars, there’s Universal Studios, Tiger Sky Tower, Madam Tussauds and a luge track through the jungle just to name a few things you can do here.
Raffles and Marina Bay Sands
No trip to Singapore is complete without doing the rounds of the hotels most people can only dream of staying at. The Raffles, opened in 1887, is an icon and part of it is open to the public where you can walk around the courtyard dreaming of times gone by and imagining what it must be like to be rich. You can have a drink or lunch here, but be prepared to pay a small fortune for the privilege. Next up is Marina Bay Sands (yep, the one with the infinity pool on the top floor that only guests can swim in) where again you can head up to the 57th floor and have a drink for just over $20. Or you can just admire it as you walk around Singapore as you can see it from everywhere and it’s kind of hard to miss!
Little India and Chinatown
Both Little India and Chinatown a definitely worth a visit, even if it’s just to have a walk around. There are Hindu temples in both that you can visit and amazing food in both places as well. If you’re looking to pick up some cheap souvenirs, then Chinatown is definitely the place to go. Both have MRT (the subway) stops so they’re really easy to get to.