Charming and glamorous, modern and stunning, Singapore attracts countless visitors from all over the world. We are so excited to share out Singapore itinerary with you, which will take you on a magical journey, with cultural sites and luxurious locations.
What are your travel interests? Food, culture, history, shopping? We've got them all covered in this Singapore itinerary as we wanted to fully immerse ourselves in the many personalities of the city-state.
Unlike many other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore is not a backpacker's paradise, but a place where super-luxury meets ultra-modern. This is not to say that Singapore can't be done on a budget but to outline that this tropical paradise is a garden of Eden for travellers interested in glam and glitz versus beach parties and layback outdoor markets.
A modern and fun 5 day Singapore itinerary - Contents
Singapore is an impeccable city, extremely clean and well organised. The metro is reliable, fast and affordable. Singapore is sometimes called the city of rules, given the nature of don't dos you must be aware when visiting.
Be aware you can fined if you break any of the rules and remember that it's because of everyone following the law that makes Singapore the safe place that it is. There are obvious signs everywhere telling you what you cannot do, but one thing stroke us as truly particular: no chewing gum allowed. This explains perhaps why the pavements were in such pristine condition.
Before you get started, remember to check our comprehensive article on where to stay in Singapore to ensure you find the best accommodation for your needs and budget.
How many days do you need in Singapore?
Our Singapore itinerary is 5 days long. We wanted to enjoy a slower pace and take our time in the city. We found the length just perfect for us, but we are aware some travellers allocate just 3-4 days to visiting Singapore. You can take the most important and relevant points of interest and create a shorter itinerary if you prefer.
What is the best time of the year to visit Singapore?
Singapore is a year-round destination although the best time to visit Singapore is between February and April to enjoy the dry season.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 25 to 35 °C (77 to 95 °F). While the temperature does not really change throughout the year, remember that there is the wetter monsoon season from November to January.
We visited Singapore in December and while we experienced some rainfall, we didn't have any issues overall. We were caught in the rain just once, but there is nothing an umbrella can't solve.
Do I need a visa for Singapore?
All visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:
- Valid travel document (minimum validity of 6 months at the time of departure)
- Confirmed onward or return tickets (if applicable)
- Entry facilities, including visas, to the next destination;
- Sufficient funds to maintain themselves during their stay in Singapore; and,
- Visa for entry into Singapore (if applicable)
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (if applicable)
Most passports can enjoy a visa-free holiday to Singapore. There are, however, some exceptions. Please check this link for more information.
Which currency is used in Singapore?
The official currency in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$) (SGD). There are several ATMs where you can take money out or exchange facilities to exchange your currency. You cannot pay in different currencies.
Do I need cash in Singapore?
It is always wide to have some cash with you in Singapore. We noticed that many taxies accepted cash only. There are also some shops which require you to spend SGD20 and above in order for you to use your card. You can take cash out before your arrival and exchange it in Singapore or use one of the several ATMs in the country. Make sure you check with your bank about any fees for using your card abroad.
How much cash can I bring into Singapore?
You can bring as much as you want, but do note that if you bring in more than SGD 20,000 you will need to declare it at the customs.
Do you need injections to go to Singapore?
All foreign nationals and Singapore Citizens, aged one and above, who have been in or passed through any country at risk of yellow fever in the six days before arriving in Singapore, are required to have a valid International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever and present it to the ICA officer at the point of seeking immigration clearance. For more information check this website to see which countries are at risk.
What can you do in Singapore for 5 days?
There are lots of fun stuff to do in Singapore for 5 days. Check our complete Singapore itinerary below to get started.
Day 1 - Immerse in the cultural side of Singapore
What better way to kick start your adventure than by immersing yourself in the many cultures of Singapore. It's also a great time to grab your camera as you'll have plenty of colours of photographs. When it comes to food, the world is your oyster, as all neighbourhoods will have authentic dishes to offer, so you can pick whatever your heart desires.
Morning - Little India
Start the day with a morning walk around Little India. This bustling neighbourhood is home to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti and the god Shiva's wife, Parvati.
The area used to be called Serangoon but became Little India in 1980s.
You can shop for sarees, spices and gorgeous Indian accessories or you can just sit down for an authentic meal. There are many restaurants on Serangoon Road and Race Course Road.
Little India is very safe, but as always, be a cautious traveller and keep your belongings safe
Afternoon - Chinatown
Authentic food, souvenirs and temples, all waiting to be discovered in Chinatown. The maze of narrow streets will take you on a journey of stalls filled with unusual souvenirs you can purchase for family and friends. You will find indie boutiques which sell Chinese items and beautiful clothing. If it's food you are after head over to the Chinatown Food Street or go to Club Street if you wish to experience some trendy wine bars.
For a relaxing moment, visit the 1827 Sri Mariamman Temple and the ornate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
To best experience, Chinatown, head over during the evening so you can enjoy a lively atmosphere with lights and vibrant stalls.
Fun tip! There are vendors selling Durian. You will smell it as you walk by, cannot miss it. Do you dare to try some? Tell us in the comments section below what did it taste like? Please note you cannot bring Durian in the subway.
Evening - Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam is known as Singapore's Muslim quarter. Admire the 19th century shophouses which have now been transformed into shops selling all sort of beautiful textiles. Head to the busy Arab Street and experience casual restaurant selling Malay food.
Stop to photograph the gorgeous Sultan Mosque. Go to the Haji lane for hip cafes and lively street art. Want to eat something truly delicious? Try murtabak, a stuffed pan flatbread.
Day 2 - Tropical Escape
Since Singapore has such a lovely tropical climate, it seems fit to escape to an island and enjoy the morning in a resort. If you are travelling with kids, Sentosa Island is definitely a must with attractions like the Aquarium and Universal Studios.
To get to Sentosa Island you will have to take the cable car. We booked tickets here.
Morning - Sentosa island
Get a taxi to the Mount Faber Cable Car. You can also access it by public transport but we thought getting a taxi in the morning will be easier and quicker. After all, we wanted to spend most of our time enjoying Sentosa Island.
From Mount Faber get the Cable Car to Sentosa Island. Depending on which attraction you wish to visit first, you might have to change cable car lines. Don't worry though, just follow the signs, it's super easy.
The cable car will have some amazing views over the bay and you will even go through an actual building which we thought was pretty cool.
On Sentosa you will have plenty of eateries and cafes so you can take a break at any time an enjoy a snack.
Afternoon - Handerson waves
From Sentosa Island, you will have to take the cable car back to Mount Faber. There is just a 3-minute walk to Handerson waves.
Hander waves is a wave-shaped 36-m pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. Spend the evening walking and hiking in the Telok Blangah Hill Park, before heading back towards the centre where you can enjoy a delicious meal.
Evening - ramen at Hakata Ikkousha Ramen
We recommend Hakata Ikkousha Ramen which closes at 9:45 pm in the evening. From the Telok Blangah Hill Park take bus number 124 towards Bef Pearl'S Hill Terr and walk for 10 minutes or make your way back to Handerson Waves and take bus 145 to Aft Craig Rd which is just 1 minute away from the ramen bar.
Day 3 - Shopping as a national sport
It's time to indulge in Singapore's national sport: shopping! Whether you actually like to purchase things or just window shop, you mustn't miss a visit to Orchards Road and Singapore's many malls. To be fair, most malls have an array fo eateries and interesting cafes, so even if you just wish to visit these places in the name of food, it's still a fun exercise.
Morning - Orchard Road
This is probably the busiest place we've seen in Singapore. Everyone was out to shop here. As we visited just before Christmas, you can just begin to imagine the mass crowds in search of the next best present for their loved ones. There were live shows, interesting performances and many, many Christmas displays with ads on them, sponsored by some of the world's most well-known fashion brands. A capitalist country at its finest, with accessible shopping and an array of big and indie brands for all budgets. What's special about Orchard Road is that I assumed there will be a large avenue lined with many shops pretty much like Omotesando Hills in Tokyo. But in fact, Singapore took it one step forward and created an avenue lined with shopping malls.
Some of the malls are interconnected so you might find yourself lost in a maze of endless shopping opportunities. It can quickly go from dazzling to dizzy. Nevertheless, we agree that Orchard Road should be on every Singapore itinerary, as it truly is something a little decadent.
Afternoon - Marina Bay Sands
Want more shopping? And a delightful view over Singapore. From Orchard Road head over to Marina Bay Sands which is also a shopping mall, as well as a hotel and features an amazing bar/restaurant at the top. Explore all the shops within the mall, then sit down for a nice cocktail at yardbird southern table & bar. They do incredible gin cocktails there. Alternatively, select one of the many restaurants available within the Marina Bay Sands.
Once you feel ready, head over to the top of Marina Bay Sands and enjoy a drink or late night snack on top of Singapore. Just note that to access the bar you will have to pay a 20 SGD fee per person. However, you can then exchange this voucher for an actual cocktail of put it towards your final bill.
Day 4 - Nature's finest
Time to find a little zen within Singapore's finest nature. Start the day exploring the Botanical Garden then finish off the day by visiting the iconic Gardens by the Bay.
Morning - Botanical Garden
Relax by visiting the vast botanical garden of Singapore. It's so large and separated into so many areas, that we found ourselves spending 5 hours just here. There are restaurants and cafes so you will find a place to eat when you get hungry. This is definitely the right place to visit if you love nature, want to see an array of beautiful plants and experience a cute little rainforest walk.
You will also see the iconic red sealing wax palm trees which are the symbol on the logo for the botanical gardens in Singapore. These are native to Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. The Singapore botanical gardens were also home to a whole area dedicated to my favourite trees, the Frangipanis. You will see a little pond with turtles. Note that the botanical garden is part of the UNESCO Heritage Site.
Afternoon - Gardens by the Bay
I don't even know where to begin...the Gardens by the Bay were the highlight of our visit to Singapore. I cannot express how enchanting and wonderful they really are. I'm sure you've seen gorgeous images of the tree-like structures, but seeing them in real life is like stepping into a dream.
Allocate the whole afternoon for the Gardens by the Bay. Start with a walk around the outdoor gardens and enjoy the silent flora. Every single part of the garden has a unique feature to it. For example, we loved the Serene Gardens. You can find a list of all the attractions here.
We visited the Cloud Forest and the Flower dome. We allocated about 1,5 hours for each. Then we headed towards the Floral Fantasy. Floral Fantasy is very small and in our opinion was there more for Instagram pictures than anything else. There is a 4D theatre and your ticket will include entry to the show.
The main attractions are the Supertree Groove and the OCBC Skyway. Every evening at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm there is a light show where the trees light up and create a fairytale-like spectacle. We advise that you try to time your entry to the OCBC Skyway just on time for the light show.
Purchase all your tickets in advance here. Please remember to exchange your vouchers for actual tickers as soon as you enter the gardens. For the OCBC you will need to go to Red Dot Museum and exchange your voucher for a physical ticket. Once you have a physical ticket, you can obtain a time slot from the info centre right at the bottom of the OCBC.
Night - Hawker Centre
Feeling hungry after all the exploring? Head to the nearest Hawker centre to your hotel and indulge in an array of dishes. A Hawker centre is basically the same as a street food market, only that is indoors, kept clean and well maintained. The food here is very cheap and incredibly tasty. You will find vegan, vegetarian an array of local delicacies.
Day 5 - Museums and tea
One day left in the Singapore itinerary and we kept something delightful for the last day. If you are not staying at the Raffles Hotel, there is a way to sample its luxury services, food and beverages. We thought you might enjoy an afternoon tea in style. But first, have a walk down history lane and learn about how Singapore became the economic giant it is today by visiting the National Museum of Singapore. Step into a charming world of art and colour at the Singapore Science Museum and finish off the night with an exquisite yet affordable dinner at one of Singapore's Michelin Star restaurants.
Morning - National Museum of Singapore
Learn about Singapore's history and find out how Singapore did things differently to enhance its citizens and become one of the richest countries in the world. Find out about the devastation of opium, WWII but also learn about the success stories on how Singapore invested in education. The museum is relatively small but it's worth the visit so you can connect with the city-state and understand how it truly became a superpower. A lesson more countries should learn.
Afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel
I'm going to start by telling you that a reservation is a must. The cost of the afternoon tea doesn't come cheap but we thought it's worth it so we can be in such an iconic place. The service is great, as you'd expect and included in the price you have tea or coffee, an array of sandwiches, sweets and British scones served with cream and jam. You can purchase some extras such as champagne or special teas if you prefer. Note that the reservation is for 90 minutes only and no extensions will be offered.
Alternatively, you can head over to the Long Bar located within the Raffles Hotel and enjoy the original Singapore Sling. Just note that a cocktail there will be SGD 30+.
We thought the afternoon tea priced at S$68++ per person is worth it a bit more given the offerings.
Singapore Science Museum
Ready for your next adventure? Our Singapore itinerary will take you to the Science Museum to enjoy the exhibition by Team Lab and also various temporary exhibitions.
Note that Future World: Where Art Meets Science by Team Lab gets extremely busy at times. However, you will be able to take pictures if you have a little patience.
Make sure you purchase your ticket in advance.
Dinner at Labyrinth
What better way to finish off the Singapore itinerary but with a delicious meal in a Michelin Star Restaurant. Prices at around SGD 80 per person (excluding drinks), Labyrinth pays homage to traditional Singaporean food. The experience is quite fast-paced, but the food is divine. In fact, we can say that so far, this was the tastiest Michelin Star restaurant we have tried, more so than those located in Dubai, Sweden, Austria and Hungary.
Did you enjoy our Singapore itinerary? did we miss something that you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.