Singapore is a beautiful place. As an Indian, it is a country which is filled with familiarity yet still filled with completely new experiences. A blend of modern versatility and close-knit culture. The country lies below Malaysia on the global map, and is a small island nation. But don’t be fooled by its size – it has a highly developed economy, with well above average standards of living. Its airport – Changi International Airport – is also said to be the best in the World! Apart from a worthwhile visit to the airport, other places of interest include Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa, the Merlion and Universal Studios. In this 7-day itinerary, we will look at the things one can do in Singapore – as we’ve already established, there’s much to go around here! This includes famous landmarks like Gardens By The Bay and Universal Studios, and other not-so-famous hidden gems like hawker centres, prawning and pop-up exhibitions. So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in.
Arrive in Singapore, at Changi International Airport. Although the airport is cool enough to spend a whole day in, you must be tired from a long flight – so we’ll come back later! Spend the afternoon relaxing at Gardens By The Bay, a nature park in central Singapore. It is a great way to rejuvenate yourself after a long flight, especially with the vast variety of artistic horticulture around. After we’ve finished touring the gardens and taking in the fresh air, unpack your bags in your hotel and enjoy the beautiful night view on a rooftop restaurant at Gardens By The Bay. You can practically see the whole city from here!
Chill at Sentosa today – an island resort off the coast of Singapore. You can get there through many different modes of transport – by road, in a cable car, through the monorail or even as a pedestrian on the boardwalk. The Tiger Sky Tower has a panoramic view extending all the way to Indonesia for you to see. So enjoy the day here, and at Universal Studios in Sentosa! With 28 rides to go on and plenty of other ways to spend the afternoon, we doubt you’ll be left with nothing to do. Palawan Beach also has some nice food stalls for an authentic Singaporean cuisine experience. Come back to mainland Singapore once you’re done for the day, as the night is just beginning! Be present at a unique wildlife experience at the Night Safari – the World’s first nocturnal zoo. It’s a completely different safari experience compared to others, and an educational but fun way to spend the night.
Today is for exploring the arts and cultural scene of this nation. Considering it is a conglomeration of its neighbouring countries’ traditions fused with strong Western influences, you might be more surprised by the variety of artefacts. Take a relaxing stroll through the National Gallery, marvelling at the art and culture of Singapore that is on display. In the afternoon, have an enjoyable time at Marina Bay Sands – see the Digital Light Canvas, the ArtScience Museum and take a Sampan Ride through the The Shoppes mall complex. Singapore’s malls are quite good, so if you want to buy some interesting goodies to take home, you know where to go. As always, the evenings are for relaxation – have a fancy SkyPark Observation Deck dinner if you can! If not, the observation deck is a great place to watch the sun set over Singapore’s skyline, so head on over there to witness it yourself.
Set foot in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in the morning, and traverse the museum after paying your respects at the temple. You will not need to pay an entrance fee, but make sure you don’t go too early: the temple only opens at 9AM! After paying your respects, you can explore the nearby Chinatown area, rife with many knickknacks, traditional food and indie boutiques. A stone’s throw away is Little India, if you’d fancy taking a trip of the Singaporean rendition of our country, or if you’re homesick and need a little pick-me-up. These are all great places to have quick bites or even a filling lunch! In the early evening, visit one of the many pop-up exhibitions that Singapore offers – like the Bubble Tea Factory! These come and go year-round, so find one close to when you plan to travel. Go prawning in the night – a local activity that many do here. Have some nice prawn dishes with your catch of the day!
We are starting Day 5 on an early note. Wake up and step out of the hotel before the sun rises, to visit the 161-year-old Singapore Botanic Garden. It is open from 5AM to 12AM, and is a tranquil place full of delicate flora and fauna. There is no entrance fee for the park itself, however inner exhibitions like the Orchid Garden are chargeable. It is also a great place to take in some fresh air and watch the sun rise! Next, drive to the Jurong Bird Park – with more than 400 species of birds! This bird park may not be the most famous creature-watch in Singapore, but it is definitely worth visiting! Complete your wildlife tour at the Singapore Zoo, which is set in a rainforest environment including 300 species of animals.
Today is Changi Airport Day (well, for us it is). Make your way to the airport – not for a flight, but for more fun! As you may already know, this airport has been consistently ranked as one of (if not the) best in the World. And for good reason, which you’ll be able to experience today! Walk through the Shiseido Forest Valley, HSBC Rain Vortex, Canopy Park and ManuLife Sky Nets. These are all beautiful and picturesque structures, encapsulating Singapore’s modern take on nature and the fusion of the two. Once you’re done, going through the Mirror Maze, Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls and bouncy Sky Nets is a good idea. In Changi, you truly can bounce away all your worries. Have some traditional Laksa at a hawker centre on your way back to the hotel, Singapore’s signature noodle dish – but note that it is non-vegetarian!
We have almost come to the end of our trip – but the memories will definitely last forever! In the morning, wake up to some good, authentic food. Have some of Singapore’s favourite classics – Chicken Rice – at an authentic hawker centre for breakfast. There are many stalls that serve the delicacy, mostly consisting of steamed or cooked chicken, hot white rice and a sweet-and-spicy dark sauce. Some stalls even serve anchovies on top, a trend seen in many southeast countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. After a filling breakfast, head back to the hotel to pack and get ready to leave Singapore – we hope you had a lovely trip! Before you leave, take a tiny detour to see the Merlion at Merlion Park and continue onwards to the airport after that!
There you have it – a 7-day walkthrough to a perfect stay in Singapore. Of course, the longer you stay the better – but we believe you’d have a good time either way. With Visa2Fly, ensure that your travel is hiccup-free with doorstep visa delivery service, end-to-end travel insurance and SIM card processing. Check out our other blogs on solo travel and travel essentials for a post-covid world as well, so that you can further secure your chances of having an amazing trip.