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60 Best Things to Do in Singapore

60 Best Things to Do in Singapore

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If someone tells you there’s nothing much to do in Singapore, they probably only spent a couple of days here and claimed they’ve seen it all. The truth is, there are so many things to do in Singapore.

This list consist of 60 best things to do in Singapore, from thrilling adventures, family-friendly activities, food quests to luxurious experiences.

For your easy reference, I group them in the following categories:

  • Must-Do Things
  • Things to do for Adrenaline Junkies
  • Things to do for Families
  • Things to do for Nature Lovers
  • Things to do for Urban Explorers
  • Things to do for Art Lovers
  • Things to do for Culture Enthusiasts
  • Things to do for History Buffs
  • Things to do for Foodies
  • Things to do for Those Living High Lives

Table of Contents

MUST-DO THINGS

Meet and pose with the Merlion

Weekend Itinerary for Budget Travellers in Singapore - Merlion
Merlion (Photo credit: 123RF)

Merlion, also known as Singapore’s icon, is a mythical creature that has the head of a lion and body of a fish. The lion head represents Singapura (means lion city in sanskrit), while the fish body symbolises Singapore’s beginning as a fishing village.

If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend visiting the Merlion Park. It is free of charge and it’s within walking distance from several other attractions. PS: Don’t miss out the Mini Merlion, which is just a couple meters away from the main Merlion!

Merlion Park
Price: Free
Opening Hours: 24/7 daily
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/NS26) – East West Line & North South Line
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
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Be mesmerized at Gardens by the Bay

Awesome Places in Singapore You Can Visit for Free - SuperTree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
SuperTree Grove at Gardens by the Bay (Photo credit: 123RF)

Spanning over 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is one of the best gardens in Singapore. The main attractions at Gardens by the Bay are Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Floral Fantasy and Supertrees. Do not miss the free daily Garden Rhapsody show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

Gardens by the Bay
Price: Outdoor gardens are free, Skyway $8, conservatories $28. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Outdoor gardens 5am to 2am daily, but attractions and stores have their own operating hours
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) – Circle Line & Downtown Line
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
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Official website


Take Flight on Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer (Image: Gem Lyn)

The iconic Singapore Flyer offers one of the most spectacular views of Singapore from high above. At 165m tall, Singapore Flyer is dubbed Asia’s largest observation wheel. One round of flight is about 30 minutes long.

If you want to celebrate special occasion, you can choose their Sky Dining experience where you’ll get a 60-min ride (2 rotations), 4-course dinner and priority boarding.

Singapore Flyer
Price: SGD 21 for child; SGD 33 for adult. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Public Holidays: 3pm to 9pm (The last admission is at 8:30pm), Closed from Monday to Wednesday
Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT Station (CC4/DT15) – Circle Line & Downtown Line
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
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Official website


Visit Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck (Image: Victor He)

Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck is not for the faint hearted. It is located at Level 57 (about 200m above ground), at the cantilever section of the rooftop. That means, there’s nothing below the observation deck.

High risk comes with high reward. If you dare to go up, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of majestic Gardens by the Bay, beautiful Marina Bay area, Merlion Park, and even as far as Marina South Pier.

SkyPark Observation Deck
Price: Free admission for hotel guests. Otherwise, SGD 20 for child, SGD 26 for adult. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm. Closed from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays except for Public Holidays.
Nearest MRT:  Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) – Circle Line & Downtown Line
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
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Official website


Explore Sentosa Island

Palawan Beach
Palawan Beach at Sentosa

Sentosa Island is more than just an island for beach lovers. Today, Sentosa is home to various attractions, luxury hotels and even a home for the ultra rich. You can enjoy Sentosa without spending a dime, you can also enjoy the finest things in life at the island. In short, it has something for everyone.

Sentosa Island
Price: The island is free to enter, but some attractions require tickets
Opening Hours: The island is open 24/7 daily, but attractions and stores have their own operating hours
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Read: Things To Do in Sentosa Island
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Official website


Cable car

Singapore Cable Car - Sights along Sentosa Line

Singapore Cable Car offers scenic rides overlooking Mount Faber, Keppel Bay and Sentosa. There are 2 lines: Mount Faber Line (connects Singapore mainland and Sentosa) and Sentosa Line (connects various places in Sentosa). I recommend you get a Sky Pass, which is a bundle that lets you get on both lines.

Singapore Cable Car
Price: Sky Pass Round Trip: SGD 35 for adult, SGD 25 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 8:45am to 10:00pm (last boarding at 9:30pm).
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Read: Guide to Riding Singapore Cable Car
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Official website


Jewel Changi Airport

Canopy Bridge - Jewel Canopy Park at Changi Airport Singapore
Canopy Bridge at Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport is mostly known for its Rain Vortex. However, Jewel is so much more than just a Rain Vortex. It has a Canopy Bridge (suspension bridge where people can see Forest Valley from above), Canopy Park (a park with gardens, bouncing arena, slides, and mazes), Changi Experience Studio (an attraction with various tech-inspired activities), a hotel (Yotelair) and 7 storeys full of retail and dining establishment.

Jewel Changi Airport
Price: Jewel Changi Airport is free to enter, but Canopy Park and Changi Experience Studio require tickets. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Jewel Changi Airport is open 24/7 daily, but attractions and stores have their own operating hours
Nearest MRT: Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) – East West Line
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Read: Complete Guide to Canopy Park in Jewel Changi Airport
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Official website


Visit Chinatown

CNY 2022 Chinese New Year Light Up at Chinatown Singapore - Junction of Upper Cross Street
Singapore’s Chinatown

Chinatown is a bustling district with many Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops (Pagoda Street), backpacker hostels, a Buddhist temple (Buddha Tooth Relic), an Indian temple (Sri Mariamman), several hawker centres (Chinatown Complex, Hong Lim, Maxwell, People’s Park), as well as various street art murals.

Chinatown
Price: Free
Opening Hours: 24/7 daily
Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT Station (CE1/DT16) – Circle Line & Downtown Line; Telok Ayer (DT18) – Downtown Line
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Feast on Local Food at Hawker Centres

Roasted Chicken at Hawker Chan Funan
Roasted Chicken Rice

Even though Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and you can find all kind of food here, I strongly recommend that you stuff yourselves with authentic local food from one of the many hawker centres. Some noteworthy hawker centres in Singapore are:


Shop at Orchard Road

Weekend Itinerary for Budget Travellers in Singapore - ion orchard road
ION Orchard – one of the shopping malls at Orchard Road

Orchard Road is a retail and dining paradise, with thousands of shops spanning over its 2km long boulevard. From cheap t-shirts to luxurious goods, from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, Orchard Road has everything for everyone.

The most notable shopping malls are ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Paragon and 313@Somerset. It is also home to many hotels, including Hilton Orchard, Yotel Orchard, JEN Orchardgateway and Holiday Inn.

Orchard Road
Price: Free
Opening Hours: 24/7 daily, but shopping malls have their own operating hours
Nearest MRT: Orchard MRT Station (NS22) – North South Line
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THINGS TO DO FOR ADRENALINE JUNKIES

Scream Out Loud at Universal Studios Singapore

Battlestar Galactica Cylon at Universal Studios Singapore
Cylon

Love rollercoasters and thrilling rides? You’ll love Universal Studios Singapore. USS is the first and only Universal Studio in Southeast Asia. It has 5 zones: New York, Sci-Fi, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar (which will be re-constructed as Minion Land).

Universal Studios Singapore
Price: SGD 81 for adult, SGD 61 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 7pm.
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
ReadGuides on How To Maximise Your Visit to Universal Studios Singapore ▪ List of Attractions in Universal Studios Singapore and My Recommendations
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Official website


Experience a Free Fall at AJ Hackett Bungy Jump and Giant Swing

AJ Hackett Skybridge Sentosa Singapore - Bungy Jump
Bungy Jump

Love jumping off the edge? Try AJ Hackett Bungy Jump! It is 47m above ground and surrounded by the tranquil Siloso Beach. What? You want more thrill? Then try the Giant Swing where you will swing from 45m high above ground, at the speed of 120km/hr.

If free fall isn’t your thing, but you love observation deck, the Skybridge is a great place to take in the beautiful view of Siloso beach and its surrounding.

AJ Hackett SkyPark Sentosa
Price: SGD 89 for Bungy Jump, SGD 59 for Giant Swing, SGD 15 for Skybridge.
Opening Hours: Mon, Thu, Fri 1.30pm to 7pm; Sat & Sun 12.30pm to 7pm; Closed on Tue & Wed 
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, 099011
Read: AJ Hackett Skybridge Review
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Official website


Take a Zipline and Obstacle Course at Mega Adventure

MegaZip at Mega Adventure Park Sentosa
MegaZip

MegaZip is a scenic zipline of 450m long over jungle and the pristine Siloso Beach. You’ll start your zipline above jungle canopy and you’ll end at an islet at Siloso Beach. It’s quite terrifying zipping down to the beach, but it’s really fun and addictive.

Meanwhile, MegaClimb is a treetop rope obstacle course with 36 obstacles on 3 levels, ranging from 5m to 15m high above the ground. You’ll be allowed to choose 1 out of 3 levels. At the end of the course, you can make a 15m high jump (like a mini bungy jump).

Mega Adventure Park
Price: SGD 60 onwards. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm to 6pm; Sat, Sun, PH, School Holidays 11am to 6pm; Closed on Tue & Wed 
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 10A Siloso Beach Walk, 099008
Read: Zipping and Jumping at Mega Adventure Park Sentosa 
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Official website


Challenge Yourself to Indoor Skydiving at ​iFly

Skydiving at iFly
Skydiving at iFly

Singapore may not have an outdoor skydiving like other countries, but there is an equally awesome indoor skydiving experience at iFly Singapore. Here, you can experience the feeling of free falling from 12,000 to 3,000 feet in the air!

iFly
Price: SGD 79 onwards. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 12pm to 9pm; Sat, Sun, PH: 9am to 9pm
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010
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Official website


Have a Splashing Good Time at Adventure Cove Waterpark

Adventure Cove - Adventure River
Adventure Cove

Adventure Cove Waterpark is a water theme park in Sentosa that has slides, rides, lazy river, wave pool, obstacle courses, water playground and so many more exciting stuff. My favorite part has to be the rainbow reef where we get to snorkel in a big pool filled with clear water, beautiful corals and thousands of fish including baby sharks!

Adventure Cove Waterpark
Price: SGD 38 for adult, SGD 30 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm. Opening dates vary, see calendar here.
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
ReadMaximise Your Visit to Adventure Cove Waterpark Singapore
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Official website


Get Lifted Up at SkyHelix Sentosa

SkyHelix Sentosa Singapore

SkyHelix Sentosa is a vertical open-air gondola that offers passengers a breathtaking 360° view of Sentosa Island and its surrounding. The ascent and descent is nerve-wrecking despite its slow speed, but the view more than make up for it.

SkyHelix Sentosa
Price: SGD 18 for adult, SGD 15 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: 10am to 9.30pm daily (Last admission at 9pm)
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 41 Imbiah Rd, Sentosa, 099707
ReadSkyHelix Sentosa Guide
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Official website


Play Water Sports at Sentosa

Ola Beach Club Sentosa - Stand Up Paddle at Lagoon

Imagine paddling down the lagoon while the breeze touches your cheeks, the sun kisses your face, beachgoers scream happily and you try your best to stay balanced despite the constant attack by the wave. That’s the kind of joy you’ll get when you play water sports at Sentosa.

Ola Beach Club
Price: SGD 25 for single kayak, SGD 35 for double kayak, SGD 35 for SUP. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri & Eve of PH: 10am-10pm; Sat & PH: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-9pm
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, 099005
ReadReview: Stand Up Paddle at Ola Beach Club, Sentosa
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Official website


Fly Up and Speed Down at Skyline Luge and Skyride

Skyline Luge & Skyride
Skyride for Skyline Luge

Skyline Luge is a hybrid of go-kart and tobogganing. You ride a sled (that has 3 wheels) down the slope while trying to maneuver hairpin corners, tunnels and avoid hitting other players. Before the ride down the slope, you’ll first enjoy the Skyride (open-air gondola) ride from Siloso Beach to the starting line of the track.

Skyline Luge Sentosa
Price: SGD 25 onwards. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Mon, Thu, Sun: 11.30am to 7.30pm; Fri & Sat: 11.30am to 9.30pm; Tue & Wed: Closed
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, 099003
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Official website


Have a Day Out at Wild Wild Wet

Wild Wild Wet Waterpark Singapore - Splash Play
Wild Wild Wet

Wild Wild Wet is all about slides, thrill rides, water, sun and fun. Located far in the east and way from the town, Wild Wild Wet is more popular among locals and less overpriced compared to other attractions. It’s located just next to D’Resort, a nature-inspired resort with easy access to BBQ facilities and beach. So, if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, I’d recommend a stay at D’Resort with a full day of fun at WWW.

Wild Wild Wet
Price: SGD 26 onwards for adult, SGD 19 onwards for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Monday: 12pm to 6pm; Closed on Tuesday
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
ReadWild Wild Wet GuideStaycation at D’Resort
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Official website


Join the Annual Singapore Marathon

Things to do in Singapore - Singapore Marathon
Singapore Marathon

Nothing screams adrenaline more than participating in a marathon! The Singapore Marathon is held every year in December and it offers various distances (10km, 21km, 42km) so there’s a distance for everyone! I’ve been racing at Singapore Marathon for more than 5 times now (as of writing) and they’re such empowering experiences for me.

Singapore Marathon
Price: Varies depending on category.
Date: Usually first week of December each year
Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR FAMILIES

Meet the Animals at Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo
Elephants at Singapore Zoo

Animals will never fail to brighten up your days! At Singapore Zoo, you will discover over 300 species and 2,800 animals from reptiles to lions. Throughout the day, there are plenty of animal shows and feeding activities. Since the zoo is pretty big, I recommend that you get the tram to get around.

Singapore Zoo
Price: SGD 48 for adult, SGD 33 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm)
Nearest MRT: Khatib MRT Station (NS14) – North South Line
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
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Official website


Look for Pandas at River Wonders

River Safari Singapore
Panda at River Wonders

River Wonders is an attraction that’s inspired by rivers throughout the world, such as Amazon and Yangtze. There are 7,500 land and aquatic animals representing 240 species. The highlight of River Wonders is obviously the pandas! Visitors at River Wonders can get a glimpse of the giant panda family, which consists of Kai Kai (the father), Jia Jia (the mother) and Le Le (the son) in their enclosures.

River Wonders
Price: SGD 40 for adult, SGD 28 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm (last entry at 6pm)
Nearest MRT: Khatib MRT Station (NS14) – North South Line
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
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Official website

Visit Night Safari in the Evening

Night Safari Singapore Lion
African White Lion at Night Safari (Source: Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

As the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, Night Safari has approximately 900 animals from 100 species. Visitors can ride the complimentary 40-minute tram to visit 6 zones, from the Himalayan foothills to the jungles of Southeast Asia. Don’t miss out the Creatures of the Night Show at the Amphitheatre.

Night Safari
Price: SGD 55 for adult, SGD 38 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Thurs-Sun, Eve of PH, PH: 6.30pm to 12am (last entry at 11.15pm); Closed Mon-Wed
Nearest MRT: Khatib MRT Station (NS14) – North South Line
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
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Official website

Discover All Kind of Birds at Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is home to over 5,000 birds and 400 species. From Flamingoes to Penguins, you will be delightfully surprised at every turn. Do not miss out Kings of the Skies show and High Flyers show where you can witness the amazing talents of the birds. Also, do visit the hidden gem, Waterfall Aviary where you can see a 35m high indoor waterfall.

Jurong Bird Park
Price: SGD 38 for adult, SGD 25 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Thurs-Sun, Eve of PH, PH: 8.30am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm); Closed Mon-Wed
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay MRT Station (EW27) – East West Line
Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
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Official website


Visit Marine Animals at S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore
S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 marine animals from over 1,000 species. Some animal that you may encounter include Javanese Cownose Ray, Hammerhead Shark, Blue Blubber Jelly, Alligator Gar and Indo-pacific Bottlenose Dolphin. Even if you’re not a marine animal lover, you might turn into one at the end of your trip!

S.E.A. Aquarium
Price: SGD 41 for adult, SGD 30 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Sat-Tue: 10am to 5pm; Closed on Wed, Thu, Fri
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
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Official website


Chillax on a River Cruise

Awesome Places in Singapore You Can Visit for Free - Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay (Photo credit: John)

Singapore River Cruise takes visitors on a 40-min tour along Singapore River. During the cruise, visitors can relax while admiring various iconic landmarks along the way, such as Clarke Quay, Merlion, Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore River Cruise
Price: SGD 25 for adult, SGD 15 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 1pm to 10pm; Fri-Sun: 10am to 10pm (last admission 9pm)
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay MRT Station (NE5) – North East Line
Address: 3D River Valley Rd, Singapore 179023
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Official website

Embark on an amphibious journey with DUCKtours

Singapore Duck Tour
Duck Tour

Duck Tour is a one-of-a-kind tour experience. This amphibian vehicle, which is both a car and a boat, will bring guests on a 60-min tour (with English commentary) around Civic District, City Hall, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Helix Bridge, Esplanade Theatre, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Financial District (MBFC) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

Singapore DUCKtours
Price: SGD 43 for adult, SGD 33 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Counter is open 9am to 6.30pm on tour days (Ducktours depart hourly from 10am to 6pm). Tour days vary each week, here’s the schedule.
Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT Station (CC3) – Circle Line
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-330 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
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Official website


Explore the City on a Big Bus with Open-Top

Big Bus Singapore - Hop On Hop Off Tour
Big Bus Singapore

Singapore Big Bus is a double-decker bus with open-top that brings guests around the city area of Singapore. There are 6 routes in total, but currently only 2 routes are operating, namely Yellow Line (City) and Red Line (Heritage). Each route is 60-min long.

Yellow Line goes to town area, including Marina Bay Sands, Fullerton, Merlion, Clarke Quay, Botanic Gardens and Orchard Road. Meanwhile, Red Line goes to places with heritage landmarks, including Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. You can choose either route or get a Classic Package to enjoy both routes.

Before Covid, guests can hop on and hop off at any bus stops (hence, Big Bus is also known as Hop On Hop Off Bus). Currently, due to pandemic, the 2 bus lines operate like a tour. That means, guests are to be seated throughout the entire tour. Hop on and hop off is currently not possible.

Singapore Big Bus
Price: SGD 47 for adult, SGD 37 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Public Holidays: 11.30am 6.30pm for Yellow Line, 12.30pm to 4.30 for Red Line.
Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT Station (CC3) – Circle Line
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-330 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
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Official website


Feed the Goats at Hay Dairies Goat Farm

Feeding and petting goats at Hay Dairies Goat Farm, Kranji Countryside, Singapore
The goats at Hay Dairies

If you are an animal lover, you will definitely enjoy a visit to Hay Dairies Goat Farm. Here, you can watch goat milking process (9am to 10.30am), feed the goat yourself, pet them and treat yourself to a fresh goat milk.

Hay Dairies Goat Farm
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun: 9am to 4pm; Closed on Tuesdays
Nearest MRT: Choa Chu Kang MRT station (NS4) – North South Line
Address: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859
Read: Hay Dairies Goat Farm @ Kranji Countryside
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Official website


Learn New Knowledge at Science Centre

science centre singapore
Science Centre Singapore (Photo credit: Science Centre Singapore)

Learning while having fun? Yes, you can have both at Science Centre Singapore! With various interactive exhibits from Earth Alive, 3D Printing to Future Makers, children will gain plenty of knowledge and having fun at the same time.

Science Centre Singapore
Price: SGD 12 for adult, SGD 8 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun, PH: 10am to 1pm (last entry 12.15pm), 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
Nearest MRT: Jurong East MRT Station (NS1/EW24) – North South Line & East West Line
Address: 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
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Official website


Build a Snowman at Snow City

Snow City Singapore
Snow City Singapore (Photo Credit: Snow City Singapore)

Yes, you heard it right, you can play snow in Singapore! At Snow City, you can experience snow fall, slide down 60m-long 3-storey-high snow slope, play bumper car on ice, and visit the Ice Hotel Gallery where you can find Merlion ice sculptures and other breathtaking snow art.

Snow City Singapore
Price: SGD 25 onwards. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Tues to Fri: 10am to 5pm; Sat, Sun, Public Holidays, School Holidays: 10am – 6pm; Closed on Mondays except Holidays
Nearest MRT: Jurong East MRT Station (NS1/EW24) – North South Line & East West Line
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
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Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR NATURE LOVERS

Island Hopping at the Southern Islands of Singapore

St John Island Singapore - pier
St John Island Singapore

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Go on a day trip island hopping at southern islands of Singapore and visit St John Island, Lazarus Island and Kusu Island. (PS: Sisters’ Island is closed until March 2024)

Southern Islands of Singapore
Price: Island admission is free. Ferry ticket costs 18. Get tickets here or here.
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7
Nearest MRT: Marina South Pier MRT Station (NS28) – North South Line
Read: How to Visit Southern Islands of Singapore
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Go Back in Time at Pulau Ubin

Chek Jawa Jetty
Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is a small island at the north east of Singapore. It has about 100 residents, several shops and restaurants, no power grid, no ATM, a couple of beautiful quarries and tons of places to explore and activities to do.

Pulau Ubin
Price: Island admission is free. Ferry ticket costs SGD 4.
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7, but ferry runs from approximately 5.30am until 9pm (no fixed departure timing)
Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris MRT Station (EW1) – East West Line
Read: The Complete Guide for Exploring Pulau Ubin
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Walk the Coast to Coast Trail

Coast to Coast Trail Singapore - Checkpoint Guide - CP4 to CP5 (4) - View of Lornie Highway
Between Checkpoint 4 and 5 of Coast to Coast Trail

Keen to explore Singapore on foot? Try to walk the Coast to Coast Trail! This 36km trail brings you from the western part to the north-eastern part of Singapore, passing by Botanic Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir and Punggol Waterfront Waterway Park.

Here are my guide to Coast to Coast Trail as well as my detailed checkpoint to checkpoint guide.


Visit MacRitchie Reservoir and TreeTop Walk

Places to Visit in Singapore for Outdoor Adventure Lovers - TreeTop Walk MacRitchie
TreeTop Walk at Macritchie Reservoir

Built in 1867, MacRitchie Reservoir is the oldest reservoir in Singapore. It is also the most beautiful reservoir in my opinion. One loop around the reservoir is 10km long, but you don’t have to complete the entire loop. Don’t miss the scenic TreeTop Walk, a suspension bridge above the forest canopy.

MacRitchie Reservoir and TreeTop Walk
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: MacRitchie Reservoir is open 7am to 7pm daily; TreeTop Walk is open 9am to 5pm (Tues – Fri), 8.30am to 5pm (Sat, Sun, PH), closed on Mon except on PH, last admission 4.45pm sharp
Nearest MRT: Marymount MRT Station (CC16) – Circle Line
Read: MacRitchie Reservoir Guide
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Official website


Go Back to Nature at Botanic Gardens

Weekend Itinerary for Budget Travellers in Singapore - botanic gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens (Photo credit: 123RF)

Singapore Botanic Gardens is Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. This charming 74-hectare Garden houses more than 10,000 types of plants and the region’s most significant collection of palms, orchids, cycads and gingers, according to National Parks Board.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily 5am to 12am
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens MRT Station (CC19/DT9) – Circle Line & Downtown Line
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
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Official website


Stand Up High at Mount Faber

Things to do at Mount Faber - Sceneries
View from Mount Faber

Standing at 106m above sea level, Mount Faber Park offers plenty of scenic viewpoints overlooking Sentosa, Southern waterfront and Telok Blangah area. Here, you can also see a mini Merlion statue, ring the Bells of Happiness, and catch the cable car ride to Sentosa.

Mount Faber
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Read: Complete Guide to Mount Faber Park
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Official website


Enjoy a Foot Spa at Sembawang Hot Spring

Sembawang Hot Sping Park - Cascading Pool
Sembawang Hot Spring

Did you know that Singapore has a hot spring? Yes, there is a public hot spring called Sembawang Hot Spring. No, you can’t dip your body, but you can soak your feet and cook an egg.

Sembawang Hot Spring
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: Daily 7am to 7pm
Nearest MRT: Yishun MRT Station (NS 13) – North South Line
Read: Complete Guide for Visiting Sembawang Hot Spring Park
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Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR URBAN EXPLORERS

See Singapore Skyline from Pinnacle at Duxton

Singapore's skyline view of Chinatown
Singapore’s skyline view of Chinatown

Pinnacle@Duxton is an award-winning public housing apartment located near Outram Park MRT. There are 2 skybridges (at Level 26 and 50) connecting all the 7 blocks. Public can pay $6 to access the skybridge at 50th storey and enjoy scenic view of Singapore’s city skyline. (PS: As of writing, it’s currently closed due to VDS measures, do check the official website for updates)

Pinnacle @ Duxton
Price: SGD 6.
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Nearest MRT: Outram Park MRT Station (EW16/NE3) – East West Line & North East Line
Read: Singapore’s Skyline View From The Pinnacle @ Duxton
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Official website


Feel Rich at Quayside Isle

Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove
Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove

Quayside Isle is a blissful corner or Sentosa Cove which offers a wide range of dining option, a picturesque waterfront view and wide boulevard for leisure strolls.

Quayside Isle
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375
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Official website


Fly a Kite at Marina Barrage

Awesome Places in Singapore You Can Visit for Free - Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage

Walk across the reservoir, fly a kite and admire the city skyline at the Green Roof, learn about how to create a sustainable Singapore at the Sustainable Singapore Gallery, or just chillax, you decide what you want to do at Marina Barrage, a scenic yet functional freshwater reservoir located at the mouth of Singapore River.

Marina Barrage
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Public area: daily 24/7; Roof: Mon-Thu 8am to 9pm and Fri-Sun, PH 8am to 10pm; Sustainable Singapore Gallery: Wed-Mon 9am to 6pm, closed on Tues
Nearest MRT: Marina Bay MRT Station (NS27/CE2) – North South Line & Circle Line
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
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Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR ART LOVERS

Look for Street Art Murals

Chinatown Street Art Mural by Yip Yew Chong
Chinatown Street Art Mural by Yip Yew Chong (Photo Credit: Yip YC)

There are plenty of street art murals scattered all over Singapore. Popular murals can be found at Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Tiong Bahru and Little India.


Explore National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore (Photo Credit: National Gallery Singapore)

Located at the heart of the Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore has the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments – City Hall and former Supreme Court – that have been beautifully restored and make great backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos.

National Gallery Singapore
Price: Free for Singaporeans/PRs. SGD 20 for others. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT Station (NS25/EW13) – North South Line & East West Line
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
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Official website


Visit Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum (Credit: Singapore Art Museum)

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a museum dedicated to contemporary art. The main SAM building at Bras Basah is currently undergoing renovation until 2023. In the meantime, visitors can visit SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Price: Singaporeans/PRs: Free. Others: SGD 10 for adult, SGD 5 for child and senior.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15) – East West Line
Address: 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02, Singapore 089065
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Official website


Visit National Museum of Singapore (NMS)

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore is the country’s oldest museum with the history dating back to 1887. Despite the colonial exterior, the museum is equipped with latest technology to present the nation’s legacy and development.

National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free for Singaporeans/PRs. SGD 10 onwards for others. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2) – Circle Line
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
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Official website


Visit ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

ArtScience Museum Singapore
ArtScience Museum Singapore (Image: Jason Rost)

ArtScience Museum is where art, science, culture and technology combine to form new ideas and innovation. Each exhibition has its own separate ticket, so you only need to get the ticket to exhibition that you really want.

ArtScience Museum
Price: Varies depending on the exhibition. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm)
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) – Circle Line & Downtown Line
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
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Official website


Watch Performances at Esplanade

Esplanade Singapore
Esplanade

Esplanade is probably one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore, because of its unique durian-shaped dome. But, Esplanade is more than just a durian shell. It is an art center that hosts hundreds of performances each year, both from local and international artists. They also have free concerts occasionally, do check out their calendar to see if there are any performances or exhibitions that you’d like you attend.

Esplanade
Price: Free. Shows require separate tickets.
Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 3am
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT Station (NS25/EW13) – North South Line & East West Line; Esplanade MRT Station (CC3) – Circle Line
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
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Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR CULTURE ENTHUSIASTS

Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Weekend Itinerary for Budget Travellers in Singapore - Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Photo credit: 123RF)

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (BTRT) is home to the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic. Both Buddha devotees and non-devotees will be able to learn about history of Buddhism and Buddha’s teachings by visiting the Museum and various Halls. Don’t miss out the vegetarian food stall at the Basement.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Price: Free
Opening Hours: 1st storey: 7am to 5pm daily; 2nd storey to roof: 9am to 5pm daily; Basement vegetarian restaurant: 9am to 3pm
Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19) – North East Line & Downtown Line; Telok Ayer (DT18) – Downtown Line
Address: 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
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Official website


Explore Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam - Sultan Mosque
Kampong Glam – Sultan Mosque (Photo credit: Zhu Hongzhi)

Kampong Glam, also known as Singapore’s Muslim Quarter, is a busy neighborhood with rich history and culture dating back to Singapore’s colonial era. Today, Kampong Glam is home to the astounding Sultan Mosque (golden dome Mosque built in 1824), Malay Heritage Centre (a museum about Malay’s history and heritage), Gelam Gallery (street art murals, outdoor art installations), mouthwatering food, as well as various boutiques.

Kampong Glam
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7, but attractions and shops have their own operating hours.
Nearest MRT: Bugis MRT Station (EW12/DT14) – East West Line & Downtown Line
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Get Lost in Little India

Little India Singapore
Little India Singapore (Photo credit: Maan Adelantar)

Little India is a historic district that dates back to 1840s, where it once had a racecourse and cattle farms. Today, Little India is a colorful neighborhood filled with delicious food, a 24-hour shopping center (Mustafa Centre), bustling market (Tekka Centre), temples (Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Veeramakaliamman Temple), and Indian Heritage Centre (a museum about Indian’s history and heritage). It’s a must visit during Deepavali (around Oct/Nov) and Pongal (Jan).

Little India
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7, but attractions and shops have their own operating hours.
Nearest MRT: Little India MRT Station (NE7/DT12) – North East Line & Downtown Line
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Visit Haw Par Villa, a Quirky Park

Haw Par Villa Singapore - Outdoor Park - Pagoda Pond
Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa was built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw (the family that invented Tiger Balm) as a residential complex with outdoor garden. in the 1990s, Haw Par Villa was famously known for being a theme park. Today, Haw Par Villa is home to Hell’s Museum, Ten Courts of Hell and outdoor garden with statues and dioramas depicting Chinese mythology and folklores.

Haw Par Villa
Price: Free for outdoor area. Hell’s Museum: SGD 18 (Adult) and SGD10 (Child). Get tickets here or here.
Opening Hours: Outdoor area: daily 9am to 8pm; Hell’s Museum: Wed–Sun: 10am to 6pm (last entry: 5pm)
Nearest MRT: Haw Par Villa MRT Station (CC25) – Circle Line
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Read: Haw Par Villa Guide
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Official website


Take Instagram Shots at Joo Chiat Peranakan House

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Peranakan Shophouses at Joo Chiat

The Peranakan Houses at Joo Chiat is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Singapore, so if you love taking Instagram shots, this is the place you want to visit. In the past, Joo Chiat was a residential area populated by English-educated middle class, including Peranakans and Eurasians. Today, Joo Chiat is a bustling neighborhood filled with colorful Peranakan houses, hip cafes, batik and kebaya shops among many other thriving businesses.

Peranakan Houses at Joo Chiat
Price: The houses are private property so it’s not possible to enter the houses. You can access
the public road for free.
Opening Hours: The road is accessible 24 hours daily
Nearest MRT: Dakota MRT Station (CC8) – Circle Line
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THINGS TO DO FOR HISTORY BUFFS

Explore the Past of Asia at Asian Civilisations Museum

Asian Civilisation Museum
Asian Civilisation Museum (Photo credit: ACM)

Asian Civilisations Museum is dedicated to exploring and showcasing the rich artistic heritage of Asia through collection of masterpieces and ground-breaking special exhibitions. The display objects are accompanied with stories about the international trade/commerce as well as the flow of religions in Asia.

Asian Civilisations Museum
Price: Free for Singaporeans/PRs. SGD 20 for others. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm, except Friday 10am to 9pm
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/NS26) – East West Line & North South Line
Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
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Official website


Learn about WWII at Fort Siloso

Fort Siloso at Sentosa Singapore - Entrance to Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso at Sentosa

Fort Siloso was built in the late 19th century to defend Singapore’s coast against sea invasion. Today, it’s a museum where you can find actual coastal guns, tunnel complex, military structures and many other WWII memorabilia. You can access Fort Siloso via the newly-built Fort Siloso Skywalk, a scenic treetop trail that is 11-storey high and 181meter long. 

Fort Siloso & Fort Siloso Skywalk
Price: Free
Opening Hours: Fort Siloso & Surrender Chambers: 9am to 6pm; Exhibits opens at 10am; Fort Siloso Skywalk lift: 9am to 10pm
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/CC29) – North East Line & Circle Line
Address: Siloso Rd, 099981
Read: Fort Siloso and Skywalk Guide
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Official website


THINGS TO DO FOR FOODIES

Eat Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is a humble noodle stall selling minced pork noodle (locals call it bak chor mee). The stall is the recipient of 1 Michelin Star since 2016 until 2021. Despite this award, the noodle remains affordable at SGD 6 per bowl. Queues are really long, so be prepared to stand for at least 30 mins during peak hour.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Price: From SGD 6 per bowl.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am to 8.30pm; Closed on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month (except during Public Holiday)
Nearest MRT: Lavender MRT Station (EW11) – East West Line
Address: 466 Crawford Ln, #01-12, Singapore 190466
Read: My Experience Eating at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
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Official website


Go On a Tiger Brewery Tour

Tiger Brewery Tour Singapore Review, Tiger Beer
Tiger Brewery

Tiger Brewery Tour is a must-do tour for beer lovers. This 45-min guided tour brings visitors to the inside of the factory to witness the brewing process. There will also be beer sampling session where you get to sample various beers.

Tiger Brewery Tour
Price: SGD 18 for adult, SGD 12 for child. Get tickets here.
Opening Hours: Fri-Sun: 1pm to 6.30pm except PH and eve of PH
Nearest MRT: Tuas West Road MRT Station (EW32) & Joo Kon MRT Station (EW29) – East West Line
Address: 459 Jln. Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 639934
Read: My Experience at Tiger Brewery Tour
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Official website


Eat Durian

Durian
Durian (Photo credit: Jim Teo)

There are 2 types of people in this world: those who like durian, and those who hate durian. If you’ve never tasted durian before in your life, I highly recommend that you give it a try. Most Asian people (I’d say about 90%) love durians. In Singapore, some of the popular durian stalls are located at Ghim Moh Market, Katong, Toa Payoh and Geylang. Please don’t drink alcohol before or after eating durian, though!


THINGS TO DO FOR THOSE LIVING HIGH LIVES

Stay at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands (Photo credit: dronepicr)

Marina Bay Sands Hotel is probably THE most iconic hotel building in Singapore. With 3 towering blocks, 1 infinity pool and this gigantic Skypark connecting the 3 blocks at 57th storey, it’s tough to find hotel experience more spectacular than this.

The rooms come with 2 views: Garden or City. The Garden view (overlooking Gardens by the Bay) gives a more laid-back feel while the City view (overlooking Marina Bay) gives this bustling feel that urban lovers will love.


Stay Underwater at Equarius Beach Villas

Staying in Sentosa - Equarius Beach Villas Ocean Suite
Equarius Beach Villas Ocean Suite (Image: Agoda)

Located at Sentosa, Equarius Beach Villas offer a unique experience that’s out of this world: an underwater room!

The Ocean Suite has 2 levels. The upper level has a living area with outdoor patio and Jacuzzi, while the lower level offers guests with an underwater view of over 40,000 marine fishes in the comfort and privacy of their own suite!


Rent a Yacht

Yacht Rental Singapore - Marina Booking
Rent a Yacht (Photo credit: m-Barq)

Love partying on the sea? Rent a yacht, or catamaran, with your friends and head to the southern islands of Singapore! There are plenty of yacht rental companies you can choose based on your preference, for example: m-Barq, ONE15, The Yacht Club, Yachtly, Yachtcruisesg, and many more.


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