Are you planning a 5 days in Singapore itinerary but have no idea where to start?
Lucky you! Singapore is a great country to visit and although Singapore in 5 days isn’t enough time to explore the whole country, it will give you plenty of time to see the very best the country has to offer.
However, coming up with the best Singapore itinerary 5 days can be tricky with so many wonderful things to do and places to visit. But if you’re wondering what to do in Singapore in 5 days, then you’re in luck because we’ve already done all the planning for you and come up with a few different options.
Below in this guide, we take you through an itinerary which covers all the best places to visit in Singapore in 5 days. We also provide a family friendly option for those looking for a Singapore itinerary – 5 days with kids option. So all you need to do is choose which itinerary suits you best and then start your 5 days trip from Singapore.
This five days in Singapore itinerary covers all of the most popular attractions from the very best museums, the best theme parks as well as the best place to visit for amazing food. We also include a full attractions list so you can mix and match and come up with perfect places to see in Singapore in 5 days.
- 1 5 Days In Singapore Itinerary: The Most Iconic Attractions
- 2 Singapore Itinerary – 5 Days with Kids
- 3 Best Things To Do In Singapore
- 3.1 Singapore National Gallery
- 3.2 Singapore Flyer
- 3.3 Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
- 3.4 Gardens By The Bay
- 3.5 Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway
- 3.6 Flower Dome
- 3.7 Cloud Forest
- 3.8 Sound And Light Show – Garden Rhapsody
- 3.9 Floating Baby
- 3.10 Floral Fantasy
- 3.11 Satay By The Bay
- 3.12 Ce La Vi Rooftop Bar
- 3.13 Little India
- 3.14 Tan Teng Niah Residence
- 3.15 Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
- 3.16 Indian Heritage Centre
- 3.17 Kampong Glam (Arab Quarter)
- 3.18 Sultan Mosque
- 3.19 Malay Heritage Centre
- 3.20 Arab Street
- 3.21 Chinatown
- 3.22 The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
- 3.23 Chinatown Heritage Centre
- 3.24 Chinatown’s Hawker Centres (Chinatown Complex Food Centre And Maxwell Food Centre)
- 3.25 Skybridge At [email protected]
- 3.26 Botanic Gardens
- 3.27 Shopping At Orchard Road
- 3.28 Singapore National Museum
- 3.29 The Battlebox
- 3.30 Singapore Sling At Raffles
- 3.31 River Safari
- 3.32 Singapore Zoo
- 3.33 Night Safari
- 3.34 ArtScience Museum
- 4 Best Things To Do On Sentosa Island
- 5 Best Place To Stay In Singapore
- 6 Getting Around Singapore
- 7 Final Words
5 Days In Singapore Itinerary: The Most Iconic Attractions
Get ready for our ultimate Singapore travel itinerary, for 5 days exploration of the city’s most iconic attractions. There are so many to squeeze into the days that we’ll let you decide just how many you can tick off, or perhaps which are best suited to your group or family.
Whatever you choose, the good thing about Singapore is that everything is super close, with very little distance needed to reach attractions and minimal time wasted in travelling.
Day 1 – Visit The Top Singapore Tourist Attractions
Welcome to your first taste of Singapore, the start of your Singapore tour itinerary 5 days, and what a day you have ahead!
You’ll begin at the National Gallery Singapore, a gorgeous museum that showcases the largest display of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, housed in a restored municipal building dating from the 1920s. Located in downtown Singapore, this places you right in the middle of all the major attractions. Be sure to pre-book discounted tickets online here to help with easy admission at 10 am.
After a couple of hours exploring the museum, it’s time to take to the skies on the epic Singapore Flyer Sling Flight. Enjoy a ride on this towering ferris wheel whilst sipping on that all-time classic, the Singapore Sling. Check offers here.
Time for a late lunch, and where better than a restaurant on the 57th Floor of the Marina Bay Sands? Reach the hotel by the Bayfront MRT stop, directly beneath, and head up to LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, atop Tower One. Here you’ll enjoy excellent Italian American food, along with panoramic city views and a birds-eye view of Gardens By The Bay.
After dining, be sure to check out the SkyPark area for the ultimate Singapore views and some Insta photos. Discounted tickets to the SkyPark can be purchased here.
Next, it’s back down the elevator for a short walk across the road to that new symbol of Singapore, Gardens By The Bay. The epitome of how green Singapore sees itself, Gardens By The Bay is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry, bringing to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. Aimed at making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century, the area doesn’t disappoint!
Home to a reported 1 million plants from 19,000 species, this must-see attraction, will keep you busy for 2-4 hours, and we highly recommend that you hang around until the early evening. Discover the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest – both offering a short respite from the afternoon’s heat – and then it’s photo time at the Floating Baby statue.
Take a snack and drink at Satay By The Bay, keeping an eye out for pesky otters along the nearby riverbank, and then as the day’s sun disappears, watch in awe as the area is lit up with breath-taking fairy lights.
Now’s the time to discover the Supertree Grove, those iconic “trees” that promote Singapore on billboards and in magazines, and take the Skyway walkway between them to absorb the atmospheric magic fully. Before leaving, be sure to catch the Gardens By The Bay Light Show – usually at 7.45 pm.
For sure, your sore feet and tired legs need a well-earned rest. Walk back over to the Marina Bay Sands and up again to the 57th Floor, where this time your destination is the Ce La Vi Rooftop Bar. Time for a cocktail, whilst today’s photos upload to Facebook!
Day 2 – Experience Singapore’s Local Culture
Singapore is different from most global cities, thanks to its multiracial, multicultural aspects. Ethnic Chinese makeup approx 76% of the population, with Malays at 15% and ethnic Indians at 7%. You’ll also find a mix of Eurasians and other nationalities.
Famed for this congregation of different cultures that peacefully coexist – as of 2019 it was named the second safest city in the world – today, day 2 of your 5 days holiday from Singapore, you’re going to discover the unique neighbourhoods that reflect this cultural mix.
Where better to start your day than in Little India, an important place for the local Indian community who visit here to shop, eat, socialise and pray. Possibly the liveliest and most colourful of all the neighbourhoods that you’ll see today, keep your cameras at the ready and definitely come hungry!
Jump off the MRT at Little India station, found on the North East (NEL) and Downtown (DTL) lines, and look for Serangoon Road (only 200-metres from the exit). One of the oldest roads in Singapore, it was home to the first Indians who emigrated to Singapore in the 19th century. Initially devoting themselves to trade and buffalo livestock, over the decades “Little India” grew with shophouses and multiple temples.
Head to Tan Teng Niah Residence, built around 1900 and possibly the last Chinese villa in the city, before discovering along the same road, one of the oldest surviving temples in Singapore: the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. The focus of early Indian settlers for worship, the temple is today free to visit.
Take a breather from the bustling streets by jumping into any of the sidewalk cafes for a traditional Thosai – a huge pancake-like dish that’s folded and eaten with various condiments – before heading over to the Indian Heritage Centre to learn more about Indian and South Asian culture.
As you reach the end of Serangoon Road, you’ll suddenly find yourself in the middle of the Arab Quarter, the famed Bugis and Kampong Glam Muslim neighbourhood. Filled with architectural delights, stunning shophouses and pretty street-graffiti at Arab Street, and excellent Arabic restaurants, this is another unique part of the city. Take it all in, and wander the little streets and paved alleys, discovering hip, indie boutiques.
Across this Arab Quarter, The Sultan Mosque dominates the skyline with its golden domes and the call-to-prayer is heard across the city. Open to visitors, expect to pay a minimal donation charge, and remove your shoes and cover up before entering (robes are provided).
Before leaving the Mosque, pay a visit to the Malay Heritage Centre, just at the rear of the compound, where you’ll learn about the spread of this unique Malay community with a display of historical collections.
Time for lunch, and let your nose be your guide, as you select from the many Turkish and Middle Eastern Restaurants in the area.
And, perhaps having saved the best for last, after dining and relaxing over some Arabic coffee, take a ten minute taxi or the MRT to bustling Chinatown. The centre for Singapore’s Chinese community, you are instantly transported to China. Lanterns, smells and crowds of people that are joyfully hanging out, shopping or – what feels like – non-stop eating!
Spend your afternoon at The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, immersing yourself in the teachings of Buddha and viewing a fabled tooth relic of Buddha, and then learn about the history of the Chinese community at the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
And you can’t leave without taking an early dinner at either of the noted Chinatown’s Hawker Centres: Chinatown Complex Food Centre or the Maxwell Food Centre. Both offer delicious Chinese dishes that will leave you sated after your busy day!
To end the day on a high… It’s a quick taxi ride to The [email protected], where you can take a ride to the 50th Floor and relax at an epic SkyBridge. Here, enjoy capturing spectacular city views as the evening lights come on and the sunsets. Open daily until 9 pm.
Day 3 – Mix it Up: Gardens, Shopping and Museums
Singapore’s strategy, since declaring independence in 1965, has been to create a garden city – filled with abundant lush greenery and a clean environment. Today you’ll discover one of the most regarded of the city’s gardens, before visiting the retail heart of this global giant. Followed by an indepth look at the history of the city and a WWII bunker, you’ll finish the day with a quintessentially Singapore experience. So, grab some good walking shoes and let’s get started!
Dating back over 160 years and the city’s first UNESCO site, Singapore’s Botanical Gardens is your first stop today (easily reached from the Botanic Gardens MRT Station). Opening daily from 5 am, make an early start to enjoy your stroll in the cooler and quieter early morning hours. There are a range of trails for self-discovery, from 40 to 90 minutes, with maps available online, or join a guided tour to learn in detail about the 60-acres of gardens. Learn more here.
Next, it’s a treat for shopaholics, as it’s just a five minute walk to Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping street full to the brim with discount outlets, department stores and upscale boutiques. Something for everyone here!
Find a good spot for lunch – perhaps somewhere good for people-watching, as the busy shoppers throng the streets. The Newton Food Centre is a popular dining venue, but you’ll find endless options, to fit all budgets.
Once you’ve had your fill or the wallet is feeling under attack, say goodbye to the shops and enter the peace and calm of Singapore’s National Museum. Located at Stamford Road, just a few minutes taxi ride from Orchard Road, the city’s oldest museum presents stories from old Singapore. You may self-discover or arrange a guided tour and can check here for discounted tickets.
As you leave the Museum, take a short stroll through Fort Canning Green Park, directly opposite, and visit The Battlebox. This military museum, in a WWII-era bunker, is an atmospheric look at the Malaya Command, the army which defended Malaya and Singapore in WWII. Pre book tickets here.
Take a well earned break, shower and relax back at your hotel before heading out for the evening. Tonight, we recommend finishing your day of Singapore Discovery with a glass or two of what is considered Singapore’s national drink, the Singapore Sling. And where better to taste it than at its birthplace, the world-famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel.
Wallow in the history of this famed bar, with a counter that was once located at Cad’s Alley in the 1900s, and in a room that is decorated in honour of Malayan life from the 1920s. A surprisingly relaxed atmosphere, enjoy the peanuts and think back on all you’ve learnt over the last few days!
Day 4 – Experience Singapore’s Exotic Wildlife
What better than a day immersing yourself in wildlife, enjoying some of the world’s best zoos and animal experiences! Today will definitely be a highlight of your stay, ticking off some of the top things to do in Singapore in 5 days.
You’ll mix it up today at three venues – the River Safari, Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. The good news is that they are all in the same area! Located towards the middle of the island, the MRT doesn’t quite stretch this far and it’s recommended to arrange a car with a driver – especially for ease of returning after the Night Safari. Click here to arrange a car and driver.
And take along some mosquito-spray and a hat. Tickets and details for all can be found here, and ensure to check for special offers, combo tickets, etc.
Starting at the River Safari, open from 10 am, explore on foot or by boat “rivers” such as the Mississippi, Congo and more, home to over 240 species of animals.
Grab lunch at any one of the onsite eateries, and spend your afternoon at the 26-hectares of rainforest that is Singapore Zoo. With animals displayed in an on-safari, open-air concept, the zoo is a treat for all ages.
Finally, as twilight falls and the heat of the day dissipates, it’s time for the Night Safari. Operating from 7.15 pm, ensure to book an early slot to ride the guided Tram around a spookily atmospheric night zoo.
And at all three attractions, keep an eye out for special shows and animal feedings.
Day 5 – Have Fun at Sentosa Island
Your last day and it’s going to be memorable with a full day at Sentosa Island, a small island connected off the tip of Singapore by road, cable car and pedestrian boardwalk and monorail. Sentosa is jam-packed with fun rides and shows, unique wildlife experiences, and some once-in-a-lifetime activities!
Start your morning by taking the cable car (actually small bubble cars) from the main island of Singapore at Mount Faber (reachable from the Harbourfront MRT station) over to Sentosa. Cameras at the ready as the views across to the city are yet again epic!
Jump off and catch the Sentosa Line – a tram-like train – on to… …well, what do you fancy doing? The list is quite endless and probably dependent on the age of your group…
For families with younger children, today will probably be the highlight of their visit. Universal Studios could well be the reason you came to Singapore! A relatively large (for Asia) theme park, with seven themed zones and some epic rides for all ages, you need a full day at the Studios to fully exhaust all that’s on offer. Click here for discounted tickets.
For those looking for something a little more unusual, yet equally exhilarating, spend the morning at the Mega Adventure Park with its 60kmh MegaZip Flying Fox, 36-obstacle treetop ropes course and an 8-metres high trampoline! Click here for discounted tickets.
Follow that with lunch at Station Three, before trying a skydiving experience at iFly Singapore, where you’ll perform spins and turns high in the air, before taking a few rides on the Skyline Luge Ride. Great for all the family, the Luge is stupendous fun, with everyone wanting to be first to the winning line!
And don’t forget there’s still more to discover, such as Dolphin Island with unique up-close dolphin experiences (part of Adventure Cove), Madame Tussauds Singapore where you can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Leonard Dicarpio, and the hilarious Trick Eye Museum which makes you the star of the photos!
Whichever you choose, we suggest timing things right so you can finish the day at Palawan Beach, with a relaxing cocktail as the glowing sunsets directly in front of you. And, on the way home, catch the Wings of Time light show, that uses state-of-the-art lasers and spectacular pyrotechnics.
What a great way to end your Singapore tour itinerary 5 days, 4 nights!
Singapore Itinerary – 5 Days with Kids
Singapore is perhaps the premier family-friendly Asian destination, with almost perfect weather year-round, history and blended culture, alongside high-energy theme parks, world-class zoos and unique activities! Add-in the fact that you’re visiting one of the safest and greenest cities in the world… don’t delay and check-out our best itinerary for 5 days in Singapore with Kids!
If you’re travelling with youngsters – whether toddlers or teenagers – we strongly recommend spending a few nights at Sentosa Island. Check out Resorts World Sentosa, home to six uniquely themed hotels, with altogether more than 1,500 rooms, meaning there’s something for every budget. You can either choose to book your entire 5 days getaway from Singapore here or split a few nights with a city-based stay.
Also, consider that if you’re staying at a Sentosa Resort Hotel, there are many hotel+attraction combo deals. Thus, before confirming accommodation, be sure to plan out your activities to gain the best deal.
Day 1 – Have A Blast At Sentosa Island
Day One, and time to hit the fun and thrills at Sentosa Island. If you’re staying in the city, take the Cable Car, a gondola lift that offers the most scenic ride across to the island (reachable on the Mount Faber Line and Sentosa Line of the MRT). Usually starting at 8.45 am, you can buy a roundtrip ticket and on the short ride enjoy fantastic views of the Harbourfront and Sentosa Island. Child tickets are defined as 4-12 years, with under 4’s travelling free. Pre-book discounted tickets here.
Start your day’s fun at the Adventure Cove Waterpark, where you’ll need at least 4-5 hours. There is a mixture of rides and activities, suitable for all age groups – such as Pipeline Plunge and Riptide Rocket! High-speed water slides, a calming lazy-river and the chance to snorkel with over 20,000 tropical fish can also be enjoyed.
Children 5 years and older can experience up-close encounters at the Ray Bay, have a shark encounter or, perhaps the best experience, spend time in a pool with playful dolphins at Dolphin Island.
If you prefer to stay dry for the day, switch plans and spend the morning at the S.E.A. Aquarium, home to over 100,000 marine animals from over 1,000 species. Under 4’s are free, with child tickets 4-12 years, and there are special add-ons such as Up-Close Encounters available through the online booking. Purchase discounted tickets here.
For the afternoon, we suggest heading to the Skyline Luge for some good old family competition! Jump aboard the Skyride (a four-seater chairlift) for a great view of the Island, before exiting at the top and grabbing your own Luge (a modern-day go-kart). There are various challenging tracks, with speedy turns and tunnels, that bring a smile to anyone’s face! Younger children can ride tandem with adults, and those +6-years and 110cm tall can take their own Luge. Purchase discount tickets here.
To finish this wonderfully fun day, take a walk along the coastal path to Palawan Beach, easily signposted from the Luge. A terrific end-of-day relaxing sunset spot, the children can play at the beach whilst you take a well-earned drink at the nearby bars.
Day 2 – Spend The Day At Universal Studios
Day two of your 5 days in Singapore, what to do but raise the fun level up another notch with a visit to the epic Universal Studios!
With over seven themed zones, 28 rides, shows and attractions, it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind theme park in Southeast Asia. To ensure the suitability for your children, check out the Park’s handy Rider’s Guide that lists the height requirements – as we feel the rides veer slightly towards older children. However, there’s plenty of fun for all ages – for example, the new Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride – and some famous characters wandering around for meet-n-greets.
Rides and shows are based on some of the latest blockbuster movies and television series, including Puss In Boots, Battlestar Galactica, Transformers, Jurassic Park and more! Click here for discount tickets.
If the ride height restrictions aren’t agreeable for your younger children, perhaps spend the day at whatever you missed from Day One – either Adventure Cove Waterpark or S.E.A. Aquarium.
Day 3 – Check Out Singapore’s Exotic Wildlife
Still lots of surprises to discover under our kid’s itinerary of things to see in Singapore in 5 days, and today you’ll be surrounded by wildlife!
Renowned as one of the world’s best zoos, Singapore Zoo is your destination. The best time for families to visit Singapore Zoo is just when it opens, and ideally on a weekday, having pre-booked tickets online (free entry for little ones under 3-years). Crowds don’t usually start arriving until mid-morning, so you can maximise the viewing options if you’re there early. Designed as a rainforest environment, the zoo is famed for its open-air-concept, with animals living in spacious and landscaped areas based on their natural habitats.
It’s a large, sprawling 28 hectares of area that needs at least 3 hours – if not longer – to appreciate in full. Pick up a map at the entrance and plan out your route of attack. Some highlights include the orangutan enclosure, where you can watch these lovely primates swinging and climbing (or better still, sign-up for an Orangutan Breakfast package for a really up-close experience), and special feeding times throughout the day for the elephants, giraffes, goats and white rhino that offer a hands-on experience. Firm favourites with all kids!
For lunch, there are quite a few food outlets around the entrance, with local favourites alongside some kids favourites (hot dogs, pasta, etc), plus sandwiches and pastries. However, within the Zoo itself, the dining is relatively limited with the most ideal perhaps KFC next to the water play area in Rainforest Kidzworld (bring your swimwear).
After lunch, catch the shows that you missed in the morning – there are usually four or five, with morning and afternoon sessions. The Splash Safari with frisbee-catching sea lions is a standout, along with the Rainforest Fights Back where you’re introduced to spider monkeys, macaws, funny lemurs and snakes!
Hot and humid, younger children can find the zoo more than exhausting; thus we recommend swapping the visit with a trip to the adjacent River Safari. The newest addition to Singapore’s Wildlife Reserves, this award-winning park is Asia’s first (and thus far, only) river-themed wildlife park.
You’ll discover over 240 species, with over 7000 animals… but what’s great for families with toddlers or infants is that the park can be mostly explored by river rides. You’ll meander through the Mississippi, Congo, Mekong and more, before exploring cool walk-through exhibits and freshwater aquariums. With special behind-the-scenes tours, the park offers a slightly less exhausting option to the nearby Zoo.
For those that still have the stamina, Singapore Zoo offers a Night Safari that is just a short walk along the road from the main Zoo’s entrance. This is a super fun way to finish off your day or to see animals without the heat of the day!
Nocturnal animals are on display, again in an open-air environment by which this time is atmospherically lit, making spotting wildlife – at times – an eerie experience! Ride the small tram around the park, which stops at specific points for photo opportunities and to admire the wildlife.
Across the day we recommend selecting two from the above ideas, mixing up whichever best suits your family, time and budget.
Day 4 – Museums, Shopping And Gardens
There are a lot of unique places to visit in Singapore for 5 days, and for day four we’re taking you into the heart of this modern, clean city!
Start your day at the ArtScience Museum (located at the Bayfront, next to Marina Bay Sands), an absolute delight for children as they step into a futuristic world. Using a combination of art and technology, the ArtScience Museum thrills with its interactive exhibits.
You’ll also find specific kid-friendly programs that include workshops to craft activities, so be sure to check their website before planning your visit. And note that they offer Family Friday’s (on a non-public or school-holiday) – with every 1 adult ticket free entry for anyone under 12-years. Otherwise, click here for discounted tickets.
Grab a bite to eat outside the museum, where there’s a relaxed seating area with many dining options in the adjacent mall area.
Refreshed, it’s time to spend the afternoon at Orchard Road – a tourist attraction in itself! Known colloquially as Orchard, it’s a major road in the central area of Singapore that is home to upscale shops, department stores and restaurants.
Consider heading to Forum The Shopping Mall, just five minutes walk from Orchard MRT Station. Home to over 60 speciality stores, the mall caters for shoppers with families and young children. You’ll find Toys R Us, alongside designer labels such as Calvin Klein, and fresh brands such as McQ by Alexander McQueen, etc. There are many cafes for a time-out ice-cream treat, plus a Hip Kids Play area for those aged from zero to 12 years, below the height of 120cm.
Along Orchard Road, amongst the dozens of malls, you’ll find indoor playgrounds, toy shops and family-friendly attractions. Some of the most known fun zones include Amazonia, a massive jungle gym at Great World City Mall, Little Planet Playland at The Centrepoint, and for those mega-active beans of yours, let them bounce at… Bounce! Singapore’s major trampoline park, found at Cathay Cineleisure, is just 5 minutes from Orchard Road.
As for the stores, some of the most famous include Tangs (Singapore’s oldest department store), Paragon (full to the brim with designer items, luxury brands) and In Good Company’s (locally designed clothing for adults and children).
As the sun sets, it’s time to chill out! Head by taxi or MRT to Gardens By The Bay for a magical end to your busy day. Perhaps Singapore’s most current iconic attraction, you can grab a respite from the day’s heat inside the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest award-winning conservatories, with beautiful gardens that astound all age groups.
Then, let the kids play at the Children’s Garden area, located adjacent to the Cloud Forest – with obstacle courses and some fun playground games, split into areas for toddlers and children aged 6-12. You can even bring swimwear as there are some great splash-fountains, sprinklers and buckets for the kids to enjoy.
And end your visit at the Supertree Grove, those iconic tall, tree-like structures that are displayed on many adverts for the city. Reaching almost 16-storeys in height, you’ll want to grab your camera as the lights come on and you’re surrounded by millions of twinkling, colourful fairy lights.
Day 5 – Explore Singapore’s Cultural Neighbourhoods
You’re nearing the end of your itinerary in Singapore for 5 days, yet there’s a full day of culture and education to enjoy first!
Singapore is split into three main ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay, Indian. Today you’ll delve into the unique regions of the city that reflect the culture of each group – an excellent way for slightly older children to appreciate different lifestyles, religions and customs.
Take the MRT to Little India Station, to arrive around 10 am as the area comes to life. One of the most vibrant and happy districts in Singapore, you can explore historical sites and marvel at the architecture of the old shophouses reflecting colourful Indian culture.
Children especially enjoy the shops, which sell bright saris, bangles and flowers. Girls adore watching the henna artists – who for a small price will stencil intricate patterns across your palms. And, the whole area is usually abuzz with Indian music, and the smell of dried herbs and incense is heavy in the air. Before you leave, drop by the Indian Heritage Centre to view interesting artifacts from years gone by and to understand the heritage of the area.
At the end of Little India, you’ll suddenly find yourself in the Arab Quarter, known as Kampong Glam. This Muslim neighbourhood is equally delightful with small lanes and alleys adorned with shops selling Middle-Eastern carpets and glitzy lamps, alongside aromatic-smelling Turkish and Arabic restaurants. Grab lunch here, finding a nice spot to people-watch.
With no set plan, meander the streets of this area and you’ll find awesome indie-boutiques full of beautiful, unique clothing and home-decor. You can easily spend hours here discovering these streets! For the youngsters, they’ll admire the vivid and weird images of the famed graffiti that’s found randomly throughout the area.
Drop by the Sultan Mosque, a majestic, massive mosque that dominates the skyline with its golden domes. Inside the quiet space, your children can learn about the customs of the Muslim religion and more at the Malay Heritage Centre within the same compound.
And, in our opinion we’ve saved the best for last, as the final stop of the day is hectic and vibrant Chinatown! Jump in a taxi or take the MRT to Chinatown Station, and immediately you’ll be transported to the Orient.
The charm of Chinatown is found by wandering the streets, marvelling at the unusual architectural features of the shops and temples, and enjoying the sounds and flavours at the street markets. Definitely find the time to visit the Chinatown Heritage Museum, located along Pagoda Street, which tells the story of early migrant Chinese workers and – fun for the kids – recreates living conditions of old Chinatown.
Shops are also fun for all ages, filled to the ceiling with bargains including all manner of clothing, traditional Chinese costumes, lanterns, knick-knacks and Chinese lion puppets. But perhaps the main theme of Chinatown is the endless aroma of street food! Be ready to try food from a few different stalls or restaurants, as your children will beg you for more & more, including tasty egg tarts.
For the best food in the area check out either of the Hawker Centres – Chinatown Complex with over 260 stalls or Maxwell Food Center, famed for its chicken rice stalls.
Full of knowledge and with contented stomachs, alas here ends the itinerary of what to see in Singapore in 5 days with your children.
Best Things To Do In Singapore
Want to put together your own itinerary? Below we go into further detail about all of the attractions mentioned above.
Singapore National Gallery
The Singapore National Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in all of Southeast Asia. Carrying an impressive collection of over 9,000 regional modern art pieces, the exhibits artistically outline the history of Lion City (Singapore) through a captivating transitional display.
This creative and engaging gallery also places a strong emphasis on inspiring young minds, with a specially curated children’s section that includes various free activities – such as art workshops and storytelling.
In addition to the internal displays, the venue of the gallery has historical significance, having initially served as both the City Hall and Supreme Court. The stunning colonial architecture reflects the history of Singapore.
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore
The imposing Singapore Flyer is one of the largest ferris wheels in the world – even bigger than the world-renowned London Eye. Standing at 165-metres above ground, it is located directly at the waterfront, adjacent to the Singapore River and neighbouring iconic landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay, the Supertree Grove, and Marina Bay Sands.
If you have the budget, take the Singapore Sling Flight package, where you’ll enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel in a themed capsule, along with a glass of the infamous “Singapore Sling”! The refreshing cocktail, combined with the breathtaking panoramic views across one of the world’s most beautiful cities, makes for a memorable experience!
Nearest MRT Station: Promenade
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
A modern-day marvel, and possibly overtaking the Singapore icon the Merlion as the No1 Singapore tourist attraction, the stunning Marina Bay Sands Hotel is a spectacular sight.
The hotel’s SkyPark at the 57th Floor is said by some to resemble a giant surfboard or even a spaceship! Whatever it resembles, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is a roof like no other, spanning across the building’s three towers at 12,000-sqm (three acres!).
The Skypark is home to an Observation Deck, gardens, jogging paths and a fine dining restaurant. And, not to forget, the infamous 150-metre infinity pool which has quickly become the most photographed place in Singapore!
Whilst the infinity pool is only open for hotel guests, the remainder of the Skypark is accessible to the public and offers a spectacular birds-eye view of the city. Head here during sunset, when the massive floor deck turns orange and red in a shared light show with nearby skyscrapers that all shimmer simultaneously. Truly a fantastic experience, not to be missed during your Singapore stay.
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Gardens By The Bay
Singapore prides itself on being one of the world’s greenest cities and Gardens By The Bay is the landmark location from where the city showcases its love of garden artistry. Meticulously planned, with some of the most innovative displays of unique plants and forestry that you’ll ever witness, Gardens By The Bay originated from just a simple green space. Yet, today, it is home to a broad spectrum of educational and Instagram worthy attractions.
No visit to Singapore is complete without a visit here…
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore
Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway
There are a total of 18 iconic Supertrees towering in Singapore, with 12 of them located at the Supertree Grove cluster. Ranging between 25-50-metres tall, each Supertree is decorated with green foliage that provides perfect shade during the day. However, they turn into a magical wonderland at night, thanks to a myriad of everchanging colourful light displays.
A 128-metre long aerial Skyway connects two of the supertrees, taking you 22-metres above ground. Imitating a floating forest, a stroll at night along the Skyway – surrounded by beautiful flora and fairy-like lights – brings you an Avatar/Pandora biosphere experience that is breath-taking in its beauty.
If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the city’s heat or humidity, take a stroll through The Flower Dome within Gardens by the Bay. The world’s largest glass greenhouse, featuring an array of exotic plants, the temperature inside the dome is designed to replicate the pleasing climate of the Mediterranean.
As you explore, you’ll be amazed by the variety of plants on display, with many unexpected species such as the Baobab, those weirdly shaped bottle trees of Madagascar. Another stand out is the Bird of Paradise flowers from South Africa, and vast types of succulents from the Americas.
Check out the flower field at the centre of the dome, which every month is given a different theme by the in-house designers. Depending on the time of your travel, you might witness Sakura blossom, Tulip frenzy, Christmas Poinsettia or other extraordinary events. Check their website to see what display is on, especially if you are travelling across two months… it’s worth a second visit!
Following the cold and dry air at the Flower Dome, head on over to the chilly, moist air at the 30-metre indoor waterfall, found at the Cloud Forest. Situated adjacent to the Flower Dome, the door of the Cloud Forest opens to present a mountain of a waterfall, plus a wall full of vibrant green plants. Quite the dramatic entrance!
Inside, the Cloud Forest is divided into different sections such as Lost World, Secret Gardens, Crystal Mountain and more. Aimed at providing an introduction to vegetations around the world and their geological connection, don’t miss out on the dramatic Cloud Walk, a metal bridge that loops around the centrepiece of the waterfall.
As the name suggests, a stroll on Cloud Walk gives a feeling of walking amongst clouds, with spray and mist from the waterfall keeping you cool! A glorious experience.
Sound And Light Show – Garden Rhapsody
Presented nightly between 7-10 pm, Garden Rhapsody is when all the Supertrees within the Gardens By The Bay are illuminated with luminescent lights. Turning the Garden into a magical wonderland, melodic background music is played to complement the atmosphere further. Visitors usually choose to lie down on the patio, face-up, relaxing and enjoying the strange but intensely pretty, enchanting views.
Throughout the Gardens By The Bay, there are a total of 40 sculptures, and by far the most famous of these is the Floating Baby (The Planet).
Seven tons of gigantic baby sculpture is cleverly balanced on just the right hand, giving an illusion that the baby is floating in the air (hence the Planet reference). Designed by English sculptor, Marc Quinn, the sculpture is said to be based on his own son. Quite a sight to behold, defying gravity in such a manner!
The latest addition to the array of attractions at Gardens By The Bay is Floral Fantasy – 1,500-sqm of garden artistry presented spread across four landscapes.
Each landscape is uniquely designed, with “Dance” bombarding you with colourful and scented flowers, “Float” featuring flowers with water and rock features, “Waltz” an attempt to bring out the finest from the rainforest, and “Drift” recreating a cavelike experience with plants and lights.
Satay By The Bay
You can easily spend an entire day discovering Gardens By The Bay, which is flawlessly planned with everything you need, including plenty of eateries. You’ll find almost all budgets covered, from fine dining to fast food joints. However, we recommend enjoying a meal at Satay By The Bay.
This waterfront “hawker centre” – an outdoors food court – has a chain of local restaurants tempting you with everything from satay to seafood. Self-service, you can swing by different stalls, tasting a little of everything that looks good!
If you happen to be here in the evening, as you’re near to the river, keep an eye out for wild otters that often stroll up the banks!
Ce La Vi Rooftop Bar
An excellent alternative to the Skypark at Marina Bay Sands (it can get hectic!) is the refined Ce La Vi Rooftop Bar, also located at the 57th Floor of the Hotel. Offering both outdoor and indoor seating, you’ll have just as equally impressive a view here as from the Skypark.
So, if it’s more your style to enjoy a delicious cocktail and people-watch, as opposed to spending your money on the Skypark entrance fee just order up a few drinks, sit back and relax – not too bad a trade-off!
Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue. Level 57, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel, Singapore
Singapore is famed for its multi-racial and multi-cultural society, and Indians are one of the major ethnic groups that make up over 8% of the current population. One of the most vibrant and joyous districts of Singapore, Little India is the cultural, commercial and religious hub of the Indian Community. You’ll discover a long list of historical sites and shophouses that together reflect colourful Indian culture.
Tan Teng Niah Residence
Serangoon Road at Little India is one of the oldest roads in Singapore. Here stands a strikingly colourful Chinese house: the Tan Teng Niah Residence. Built in 1900 and restored in the 1980s, it is believed to be the last Chinese villa in the city.
Preserved under the National Heritage Board, it is currently being used as commercial space, yet swing by here to view the exceptional architecture and grab some photos. The full-bloom colourful backdrop makes it one of the most remarkable street spots in Singapore for insta-worthy pictures.
Nearest Station: Little India/Farrer Park
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. This Hindu sacred place is dedicated to Mother Kali, the destroyer of evil, who is considered to be a merciful and loving deity that will protect the good from the bad.
The temple miraculously survived the Japanese air raid during WWII, and, thanks to numerous significant restorations, the Temple is today still eye-catching. A south Indian style temple, with an external tower of colourful and intricate statues, there are several holy shrines placed inside the temple that features the Goddess in different forms.
For the best experience, visit here during any Indian religious holiday, where you can catch the loud and joyful “Puja” – prayer services that attract a massive Hindu crowd. A sight not to be missed!
Address: 141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore
Indian Heritage Centre
The Indian Heritage Centre is one of the latest efforts of the National Heritage Board in Singapore that is helping to preserve and celebrate the beautiful culture of the Indian community.
Opened in 2015, the four storey building offers year-long exhibitions and participatory programmes, dedicated to educating visitors about Indian and South Asian culture. A permanent collection is set up on level 3 and 4, showcasing a wide range of artifacts laying out South Asian history from the 1st century to the present day.
Address: 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore
Kampong Glam (Arab Quarter)
Kampong Glam is a Muslim neighbourhood in Singapore with various glorious Islamic landmarks, a variety of Malay and Arabic restaurants, and shops selling items such as Arabic lights, Middle Eastern carpets and more.
At night the area comes alive with live bands at bars and restaurants, streets are lit up with sparkling and delightful string lights, making this a popular and lively place to enjoy a drink or two.
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Sultan Mosque or Masjid Sultan is the stand out landmark in Kampong Glam. This majestic architecture can be seen from many streets, with the two massive onion-shaped golden domes twinkling across the area. The original structure was built in 1826 and was last repaired in 1932.
Take a close look at the base of the golden domes, noting how they are made of glass bottles which were donated by the local Muslim community. Inside you will find a huge prayer hall – which sometimes holds up to 5,000 worshippers – and intricate carvings, glorious colour schemes and an air of tranquillity.
A visit here is a must-do in the Kampong Glam area.
Address: 3 Muscat St, Singapore
Malay Heritage Centre
The Malay Heritage Center is just behind the Sultan Mosque and is also managed by the Singapore Heritage Board, this time to preserve and spread the unique culture of the Malay community.
The centre was restored from a former Singapore Malay palace, with its original layout retained to reflect real Malay glam! A museum-like permanent exhibition, the Center introduces all things Malay through the display of historical artifacts, interactive panels and some rare national collections.
There are ever changing special programmes and temporary exhibitions, thus be sure to check out what’s on to get the most out of your visit.
Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore
Arab street is not just one street, but more of a representation of the surrounding area, which includes the famous Haji Lane filled with Indie boutiques, Middle Eastern restaurants, hippie bars and gorgeous graffiti.
Visit during day time as you’ll want to take pictures of the vibrantly colourful graffiti that covers the walls of the local shophouses. Also, reserve time for shopping as there are cute shops selling indie designer clothes, Turkish lights, middle eastern carpets and much more. Quite a shoppers delight!
At night, the area turns into one of the best nightlife scenes in Singapore – especially at weekends – with live bands performing on the street, directly outside boutique bars. Middle Eastern food lovers will be drooling as the whole area is filled with cooking smells, highly fragrant spices fill the night air and it can be challenging to choose from the many restaurants!
Chinese make up over 70% of Singapore’s population, and Chinatown – of course – is the core neighbourhood of the community. You’ll discover many Chinese-influenced shops, eateries, and landmarks in and out of the area.
During major Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, the entire area is dramatically decorated with lights and lanterns, with crowds of locals coming to buy traditional festive goods. A really joyous atmosphere fills the streets, making this the best time to visit.
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is not your usual temple, as it is also a museum, a teahouse and a theatre!
Built in 2007, aesthetically replicated as Tang Dynasty architecture, the four storey complex has an elegant exterior to complement its rich collection of exhibits, which include the tooth relic of Buddha that is housed in a giant stupa.
Come during the day and check out the museum, along with the stupa chamber on the 2nd and 3rd floor to discover more about Buddist culture. You’ll want to take your time to appreciate the solemnity of the prayer hall and the tranquillity of the rooftop garden. Then, consider returning at night for photographs when the entire complex is brilliantly lit up.
Address: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Not to be mistaken with the Chinese Heritage Center located at the Nanyang Polytechnic University, The Chinatown Heritage Center is located right at the heart of Chinatown.
This Center is dedicated to documenting and recreating the life of Singapore’s Chinatown, taking visitors through replicas of living spaces, displaying old pictures and artifacts. There are even seasonal workshops where you can fully immerse yourself in the style of old Singapore.
Currently closed for enhancement work, the centre is expected to reopen 2021.
Address: 48 Pagoda St, Singapore
Chinatown’s Hawker Centres (Chinatown Complex Food Centre And Maxwell Food Centre)
Singaporeans are incredibly proud of their city’s local food and the best plates can only be found at Hawker Centres.
In Chinatown, there are two major Hawker Centres. The first, at the Chinatown Complex, is the largest in Singapore with over 260 stalls. These include highlights such as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. This is the stall that famously earned one Michelin Star for three consecutive years, being the first Hawker Stall in history to earn such awards.
The second centre is Maxwell Food Centre, housing one of the most famous Chicken Rice stalls in the world (as featured on the late Anthony Bourdain show) – Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. This is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.
When heading to either, try to avoid weekday lunchtime as crowds are massive, with locals from the nearby offices enjoying lunch!
Address: 335 Smith St, Singapore
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Pinnacle @ Duxton is a Singapore Housing Board residential project that has won several awards for its architectural design and success in urban planning. A Skybridge connects seven 50-storey skyscrapers on the 26th and 50th Floor, each including a 500-metre Skygarden.
The Skybridge on the 50th Floor is open to the public – with entrance just a small fee of S$6 – and you can enjoy fantastic views across the colourful roofs of Chinatown shophouses and a skyline of skyscrapers from the CBD area, showcasing Singapore’s outstanding urban planning.
Nearest MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar/Outram Park
Address: 1G Cantonment Rd, Singapore
Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Botanic Garden is situated at the heart of the city. Over 60-acres of gardens are reserved for recreational enjoyment, alongside scientific conservation and education.
The garden is beautifully planned, with sections dedicated to specific species such as the National Orchid Garden, Ginger Garden, Fragrant Garden and Healing Garden. 59 Heritage trees are lovely to view.
There are also several lakes scattered throughout the Botanic Gardens, with wildlife such as swans, roosters, turtles, monitor lizards, squirrels and even kingfishers appearing close to the waters.
And for children, there’s an awesome Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, with jungle gym, suspension bridge, natural play area and more – an excellent place for kids to release their excess energy!
An iconic attraction within Singapore, you can enjoy many hours here.
Nearest MRT Station: Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore
Shopping At Orchard Road
Shopaholics should not miss Orchard Road in Singapore. This retail haven has all – and possibly more – international brands than you can name!
Possibly the most famous, the Takashimaya Department Store from Japan takes over 5 storeys of space, selling everything from cosmetics to homewares, sports equipment to children items.
And if you’re worried that your children will be bored with all the shopping, fret not. Several indoor kids play areas can be found in the malls.
Tired of shopping? Pick your favourite from the broad range of restaurants in the area, including several award-winning global powerhouses such as Les Amis and Iggys.
Want to chill out? Head over to Emerald Hill to have a drink at any one of the bustling and charismatic bars at the restored shophouses.
At Orchard Road, everyone finds something they love!
Singapore National Museum
Don’t be fooled by Singapore’s oldest museum and its 19th-century colonial exterior. The National Museum is now a modern, innovative landmark equipped with cutting-edge technology that creates memorable and unique experiences for its visitors.
Amongst its long list of impressive historical and cultural exhibitions, the “Story of the Forest” is our favourite and it highlights how the National Museum cleverly blends in technology to elevate a conventional museum experience. In collaboration with renowned Japanese digital art creator – teamLab – it is an installation that transforms the National History Drawings collection into three dimensional animation! Quite spectacular and innovative – you’re taken into a virtual and visual forest where you interact with animated wildlife.
Don’t miss this museum full of wonders.
Nearest MRT Station: Bras Basah
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore
The Battlebox is an authentic 9-metre underground secret chamber that was built in the late 1930s and used as a command centre during WWII. Your journey through the Battlebox takes you through the functionality of each room, with displays recreating scenes and artefacts.
No photography is allowed here and note that the attraction is not suitable for children age 6 or below.
You can choose to wander around the Battlebox on your own or join a guided tour to enhance the experience of this attraction further definitely.
Nearest MRT Station: Dhoby Ghaut
Address: 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore
Singapore Sling At Raffles
Created by a Raffles bartender in 1915, the Singapore Sling is widely considered as Singapore’s national drink.
The gin-based cocktail is mixed with different types of tropical fruit juices. Lightly sweet and refreshing in taste, and rosy in colour, it is the perfect drink under the Singapore heat – and exceptionally popular among ladies!
As the birthplace of this signature cocktail, The Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel is the place to go for your first taste of the epic Singapore Sling.
Nearest MRT Station: Esplanade
Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore
Located between Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari, the River Safari (the latest addition to Singapore’s animal themed parks) opened in 2014.
River Safari is the first theme park in Asia dedicated to freshwater habitat, showcasing freshwater wildlife from rivers around the world. You can hope to see alligator snapping turtles, giant freshwater stingray, Indian gharial, Mekong giant catfish and many more.
Another highlight of the park is the Giant Panda Forest, home to two lovely giant pandas which are on a 10-year loan from China.
During your fun, make sure to hop on the Reservoir Cruise after your visit at the Panda Forest. This 15-minutes relaxing boat ride is a nice break from all the walking, and you should even be able to spot large animals such as giraffes and elephants across the fields at the Singapore Zoo!
Amazon River Quest is the next not-to-miss boat ride, which will take you on an exciting journey aiming to show you an Amazon River experience with a chance to see native animals such as jaguar and giant anteater.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore
Singapore Zoo is known throughout the world as being one of the best rainforest zoos. Home to over 2,800 animals and over 300 species, the open-air concept brings visitors an almost “on-safari” wildlife experience.
Upon entering the zoo, you will notice various primates such as macaques and lemurs, roaming freely around the canopy above your head. There is also a free range Orangutan area, where you can see these lovable animals swinging amongst trees – without cages or nets. Other exceptional exhibits include Komodo dragons, Malayan tapir, fossa and African penguins.
Children are ecstatic here, especially as there are regular feeding sessions for the giraffes, white rhinos, elephants and giant tortoises. And, at Kidzworld, they can enjoy pony rides, rabbit petting and goat feeding, then finish up with a play at the huge water play area!
Singapore Zoo is yet again another famous must-do attraction.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore
Continuing with Singapore Zoo’s open-air concept of bringing wildlife close to visitors, Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and houses over 900 animals, with more than 100 species.
Most visitors choose to experience the zoo by taking a complimentary tram ride around the area. The Tram Safari takes visitors across all 6 geological zones, where you can hope to see nocturnal animals such as Malayan tiger, clouded leopard, Asian lion, Nile hippo and more.
Making it more fun, safe animals such as tapirs and deer randomly stroll the paths alongside the trams! And, after your ride, don’t leave just yet as you can walk the trails to catch a glimpse of anything you might have missed.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore
Another iconic landmark in Singapore is the ArtScience Museum. Located right next to Marina Bay Sands, this pretty lotus-shaped building includes 21 gallery spaces that are spread over 3 storeys. Often hosting touring exhibitions – presented by museums from all over the world – you’ll need to check online to see what is happening during your stay.
The only permanent exhibition is “Future World” by the Japanese Digital Art Creator – teamLab. This digital interactive installation takes you on a magical journey, where moving images are reflected around you that strangely interact with your movements. Hard to explain – best to view firsthand! It is, without a doubt, a mesmerising experience.
And bring your children here, especially those that enjoy getting physical! They can roll colourful gigantic light balls, express their creativity through drawings that almost magically appear floor to ceiling on digital walls, or design their own hopscotch game on the tablet that then magically is projected on the floor for them to jump in!
A popular spot, especially during weekends, be prepared to wait for more than 45 minutes to enter.
Nearest MRT Station: Bayfront
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore
Best Things To Do On Sentosa Island
Sentosa Island, at the southern coast of Singapore, is connected to the mainland via a boardwalk, a cable car or a monorail. The island is renowned as the ultimate tourist destination, with a multitude of attractions such as Universal Studio Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Adventure Park, various beaches and more!
Consider spending at least two to three nights here, if you have the time, as there is so much to do!
Nearest MRT Station: Harbourfront
The Cable Car connecting Sentosa to the main island of Singapore starts at Mount Faber, which can be reached easily from the Harbourfront MRT Station.
Jump in a bubble car and glide across the water to Sentosa, all the time getting fantastic aerial views of Keppel Harbour, Adventure Cove Waterpark (it gets so close that you can literally hear children screaming!), Dolphin Island and, almost always, the sunny blue sky of Singapore.
Once you arrive into Sentosa, you can choose to continue your journey by the Sentosa Line (a tram-like train). Consisting of three stations – it is the best way to get around the island and get an overview of all there is to offer.
Address: Harbour Front Tower, Harbourfront Pl, Level 1 2 3, Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is the only Universal Studio in Southeast Asia. Definitely constrained in size compared to the other venues around the world, rest assured the features and fun here are not limited!
Consisting of seven themed zones, younger children have a blast at American Street, where their favourite Sesame Street friends and the hilarious Minions make an appearance every now and then. The Madagascar and Shrek areas are also well loved by little kids, with a carousel and boat ride featuring characters from Madagascar, an entertaining show from Puss The Boots, an easy roller coaster ride on Donkey’s best friend – the Dragon – and more!
Thrillseekers will not be disappointed either. Head over to the Transformer Zone, where this heart-stopping 3D ride takes you into the set of Transformers, as you dodge and fight evil forces. Or, climb up on the world’s tallest duel rollercoaster, choosing between Human or Cylon, neither of which are for the faint hearted with excessive crazy turns, twists and drops!
Be sure to plan your time in Sentosa Island as you will need an entire day just to hit all the exhilarating attractions in the USS!
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
Visit Dolphin Island (not literally an island!) for an up close dolphin experience.
Who doesn’t love these cute, intelligent and fascinating mammals? Choose from various programmes that cater to age, height and how wet or up-close you want to get. For the ultimate experience, jump into the deeper water for some action packed dolphin fun! For those less confident, stay in the shallow water and pet, kiss and interact with the dolphins.
No matter which you choose, it will no doubt be one of the highlights in your visit to Singapore.
Address: 22 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
Wings Of Time
After an exciting day in Sentosa, head to Wings Of Time for a spectacular light show that focuses on friendship and courage, and takes you through space and time in a magical adventure. Staged nightly, it’s spell bounding – with state-of-the-art lasers, robotic water fountains, and spectacular pyrotechnics, all set to a dramatic soundtrack.
Follow the romantic story of a mythical birdlike creature and his two human friends as they travel across breathtaking landscapes. A terrific experience for children and adults.
Address: 50 Beach View, Singapore
Adventure Cove Waterpark
There is so much fun to be had at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Three high-speed thrilling slides are just the ticket for those in search of some thrills and to get your adrenaline rushing! And for those looking for a slightly more relaxing time, enjoy a soak in the man-made wave pool, which gently (and sometimes with more strength, so do keep your children nearby) moves you in the style of ocean waves.
Tired from all the action? Jump onto gigantic floats and drift along the Lazy River, or grab your snorkels and head to Adventure Cove where you’ll find over 20,000 tropical fish!
A fantastic place for all ages, but especially ideal for families, Adventure Cove is one of our top selections at Sentosa, and you can easily spend half a day or longer here.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
This Singapore version of the world famous wax museum is divided into 5 different experiences. Firstly, you’ll find yourself on set with international celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio. Next up, a delight for Bollywood fans, as you can enjoy the ultimate star experience by featuring in a movie scene with your favourite Bollywood star!
For those interested in the history of the region, you’ll find a recreation of Singapore’s past with experiences at Malay Fish Village, Chinatown, Jubilee Cinema and more.
Next, it’s time to hit a unique Madame Tussauds experience, their first boat ride attraction. Called The Spirit of Singapore, the boat takes you on a journey that reveals the city’s most important and proudest developments.
Lastly, get up close to your favourite Marvel heroes – Ironman and Spiderman! …and jump into the 4D Marvel Cinema for a taste of being part of the Avengers Team!
Address: 40 Imbiah Rd, Sentosa, Singapore
Trick Eye Museum
Let your imagination run wild at The Trick Eye Museum. More than just a 3D-painting museum, this Korean optical art museum introduces Augmented Reality (AR) technology into its exhibits. Meaning… the art installations and paintings seem to come to life right in front of your eyes!
There are no “Don’t Touch” or “No Flash” warnings here. In fact, you are welcomed to touch all the art pieces and encouraged to step inside or crawl right into the exhibits! Interact with the characters in the image, becoming the subject of the artwork.
With more than 80 optical illusion paintings and installations, your mind will boggle with the tricks you can create! …walking across fire, falling down holes, sitting with tigers, fighting off a great white shark, floating mid-air as a skydiver… and so many more.
Ensure your phone is fully charged as this amusing attraction will take up plenty of memory space!
A place for the child in your heart, the Trick Eye Museum is hilarious fun and one of the best places for families in Singapore!
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-43/44, Singapore
The Southeast Asia (S.E.A.) Aquarium is one of the largest in the region. Housing over 100,000 marine animals from more than 1,000 species, within 45 different habitats, you’ll find many old favourites alongside weird and wonderful new species.
The focal point of the Aquarium is their humongous water tank, designed to mimic an open ocean habitat. Here you will find some of the largest species such as hammerhead sharks, manta rays, goliath grouper and more. Hang around for one of the feeding sessions, where divers carrying buckets of feed are surrounded by gigantic fish looking for their next meal.
Lots of fun, the S.E.A Aquarium, is also a great place to learn about marine animals and is, unsurprisingly, one of the top family attractions in Singapore.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Skyline Luge Ride
Missing sledging in the snow at Christmas or fancy yourself equal to Lewis Hamilton? Head over to the thrilling – and surprisingly long – Skyline Luge Ride for a unique wheeled-gravity ride that was introduced in New Zealand almost 30 years ago!
You’ll start the adventure with a chairlift ride up the hill, not for the squeamish this isn’t as you soar into the sky. At the top of the hill, jump off (don’t forget!) and pick up a modern version of a go-cart.
There are four thrilling luge tracks, which all come together at the end, so you won’t get bored with almost 600-metres of track to discover. Meticulously designed with exhilarating downhill slopes, atmospherically dimly lit and deep tunnels, and more than a few hairpin corners, riders have a most stimulating experience yet are at all times fully in control of their descent.
Terrific for adults and children, with helmets supplied and really young children riding tandem with a parent. The only problem is once is never enough on this ride!
The Luge is open both day and night. Whilst the daytime ride offers a clear and beautiful view of Sentosa, the track is lit up in different colours at night, creating quite a futuristic vibe.
Address: 1 Imbiah Rd, Singapore
So, you want to try Skydiving but quite honestly don’t have the courage? Here’s the solution… iFly Singapore. This adventure destination offers a simulated skydiving experience in a vertical wind tunnel… and makes for some awesome videos!
First timers are guided by a qualified instructor on how to maneuver during the ‘flight’ and join you at all times inside the wind tunnel. And for most, after only a few attempts you’ll soon be performing spins and turns in the air!
A truly Singapore unique experience, iFly offers many packages and is open to Flyers 7 years of age and above, 120kg maximum if under 1.8m tall, 140kg maximum if over 1.8m tall. Waivers must be signed and safety is well considered. Geronimo!
Address: 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore
Mega Adventure Park
As if Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark aren’t enough to keep you busy, you still have to find a half or full day to enjoy Mega Adventure Park!
A total hotspot for adrenaline junkies, Mega Adventure Park, is home to the MegaZip Flying Fox. Dare you try? Riders soar through the jungle towards the sea at a speed of up to 60kmh on this 450-metres mega zipline! Even children can take part by riding tandem with an adult.
MegaClimb is next, a 36-obstacle treetop ropes course. Then, time to bounce and flip at the 8-metres high trampoline at MegaBounce, situated just at the shore of Siloso Beach. Children are also welcome here, with a slightly lighter bounce option.
And if you’re still looking for action, there’s the Mega Jump – a 15-metre free fall parachute simulator!
We think it’s all MegaFun!
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore
Relax At Palawan Beach
After all the exhausting action-packed activities at Sentosa Island, head to Palawan Beach for a relaxing afternoon. Here at Palawan, you can enjoy a dip in the calm water, relax on the fine sand or have a drink at one of the beachfront bars or restaurants.
If you fancy a stroll, the suspension bridge at Palawan Beach takes you to the southernmost point of continental Asia and Asia’s closest point to the equator. Be sure to climb up to the top of the two towers to appreciate the breath-taking sea views. A lovely spot for your daily Instagram update!
Best Place To Stay In Singapore
Singapore – famed as one of the safest cities in the world – offers a myriad of accommodation options. Scattered across unique neighbourhoods, you’ll find options to fit all budgets.
Though a small island city-state, Singapore can make you feel that you’re visiting several different countries and cultures just by moving between the districts. Lively and colourful Little India, hipster-favourite Kampong Glam, sprawling shopping area of Orchard Road… and of course, the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
And don’t forget the beautiful colonial buildings of the Colonial District, the fun nightlife at the Quays area, and the plethora of fun to be had at Sentosa Island!
If you have the time and budget, we suggest splitting your stay with a few nights in the city before transferring to Sentosa to enable you to maximise your time at all the attractions.
BEST – Marina Bay Sands Review
The hotel of the moment! Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands is a union of three hotels, joined together by a state-of-the-art sky terrace, known as Sands SkyPark. Only 20 minutes from the airport, Marina Bay Sands is a luxury destination that has transformed the city’s skyline.
Comprising of three 55-storey towers, the hotel offers luxury rooms and suites that come with personal butler service. Room types are covered for all group sizes, with Deluxe, Premier, Family and Club Rooms. For larger groups, consider a Bay Suite – with 2 bedrooms and a living room – or splurge on a Merlion Suite with views of Gardens by the Bay and the Merlion.
Guests of all three towers can relax at the world’s largest rooftop pool (only open to in house guests), whilst taking in truly stunning views of the city’s skyline at the 57th Floor. There’s also the marina-facing Banyan Tree Fitness Club, and you can roll the dice at the 24-hour Casino or get your groove on at the buzzing MARQUEE nightclub.
Shopaholics will relish The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, home to reputedly the most extensive collection of designer boutiques in Asia. And once you tire of shopping, there are countless restaurants – casual, fine dining and even celebrity chefs!
Other noted attractions at the Marina Bay Sands are the ArtScience Museum, home to some excellent exhibitions, and the Sands Theatre.
Once (if!) you tire of the hotel’s facilities, explore Singapore easily from the Metro Station directly beneath the hotel.
MID-RANGE – Resorts World Sentosa – Festive Hotel Review
Nothing is small-scale on Sentosa, and you’ll find six hotels within Resorts World Sentosa. Our pick of these is the Festive Hotel, that was built specifically with families in mind.
Rooms are offered with luxurious King or Twin beds, options for loft beds and the availability of cribs for your infants. Rooms are colourful and fun, especially the family rooms with their unusual loft beds – a firm favourite for children.
Guests can enjoy a beautiful outdoor pool, surrounded by elegant cabanas, and there’s also a separate kid’s pool and wet play area. The hotel has a family-friendly all day dining restaurant, PappaMia, that serves Asian and Western options.
As part of the Resorts World Sentosa, guests can use facilities at the adjacent Hard Rock Hotel – or any of the other hotels. The Hard Rock has a state-of-the-art Gym offering cardio and weight-training equipment and has lively evening entertainment. There’s also a fun Kids Club if you need a breather for a few hours!
Festival Hotel offers an almost carnival-like vibe, with their lobby often hung with colourful sculptures and lanterns.
All attractions at Sentosa are only minutes away from the hotel.
Only three minutes walk from Bugis MRT Station, this hotel is located in an iconic neighbourhood just five minutes from Arab Street, Haji Lane and Kampong Glam.
With an outdoor pool – where breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed – and a small gym, Hotel Bugis is a terrific budget stay. Rooms have cable TV channels, tea/coffee makers and ensuite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.
Their award winning Landmark Restaurant offers a delicious evening buffet, with mainly Asian and Indian cuisines – some great spicy curries and seafood dishes.
The 24-hour reception offers currency exchange and laundry services.
Getting Around Singapore
The easiest and most straightforward way to get around Singapore is via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system. An underground network of lines that stretch across the entire city, you really can’t go wrong! Clean, fast and Singapore-style efficient.
Once you reach your destination, discover the neighbourhood on foot or grab a local bus/taxi if the heat is getting to you. Taxis, especially, are easy to hail in Singapore, and the bus route goes almost anywhere you wish to reach on the island.
Some say Singapore is the best city in the world to live in – and with either of our Singapore itinerary 5 days 4 nights – you’ll come to understand why.
Throughout the city, wide open avenues are complemented with colourful frangipani or bougainvillea, and stunning rainforest-like trees and vegetation. You’ll find marvellous buildings, interesting street art and superb accommodation and restaurants, and on Sentosa Island a plethora of mind blowing fun activities… which all together have made Singapore a firm favourite with tourists.
Yet, it’s the happy mix of nationalities and culture that stands out, in this peaceful, green and clean city.