Singapore is one of the best cities I have visited in the world. It is a clean, modern city with Incredible skyscrapers, lively nightlife, good food and many things to do.
Here I’ve gathered a list of my favorites when it comes to attractions and things to do in Singapore as a tourist.
Marina Bay Sands
A luxury hotel with rooftop pool where you can enjoy a swim while gazing out over Singapore’s skyscrapers. Here you will also find the world’s most expensive casino building, a shopping center, and several restaurants.
Marina Bay Sands is one of the “must-visit” tourist attractions in Singapore.
One of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels on the whole 165 meters. If you’re looking for spectacular views, thenSingapore Flyer is perfect.
From here you have one of the best views of Singapore while you can enjoy a delightful ride on the Ferris wheel.
Address: 30 Raffles Ave.
Experience your favorite movies on real and feel the nostalgia flowing when you walk around in the same places. There are rides for all ages and a visit to Universal Studios can almost never go wrong and is something that is appreciated by all ages.
Since the Universal Studios theme parks only are available in a few countries in the world, it might be fun to take the opportunity to come here when visiting Singapore.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway.
A lively area that has had significant historical way, when it served as a trading center since the modern Singapore was founded in 1819. Today the area around Clarke Quay is known to have good nightlife and many trendy restaurants and exciting shopping with unique shops.
Most beautiful and liveliest is Clarke Quay towards evening.
Do you like shopping? Then, I recommend a visit to Orchard Road, which is frequently visited by both tourists and locals. During day time you will find several shopping centers with a broad range and towards evening you can enjoy yourself at one of the nightclubs or eat a good meal in the restaurants located at Orchard Road.
If you’re traveling to Singapore at Christmas, then you should not miss the Christmas decorations on this street, as it is truly spectacular and famous all over the world.
Gardens by the Bay
This is my favorite place in Singapore and something that everyone should write up on their list of things to do in Singapore. Gardens by the Bay is reminiscent of the movie Avatar, and it’s a great feeling to be there, especially in connection with the spectacular light show offered free every evening, when the sun starts to go down.
In addition to the large “supertrees,” there are also massive gardens with exotic flowers and plants.
I can recommend to bring a picnic and enjoy while watching the light show. If you walk down the stairs to the supertrees, there is a large lawn where both locals and tourists gather to see the light show.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
A beautiful temple in Chinatown where the architecture is inspired by the style of the Tang Dynasty. Inside the temple, you can see a relic that is said to come from the historical Buddha. The relic was found in Myanmar, in a stupa which collapsed in 1980.
This temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore’s Chinatown.
Address: 288 S Bridge Rd.
Visit a food market
In Singapore, you’ll find all kinds of Asian food that you can think of plus plenty of other food from other cuisines. At a food market in Singapore, you have the opportunity to try out local specialties and exciting dishes from other countries.
Do not miss the fish and seafood dishes which Singapore is mainly known for, such as chili crab and stingray with Sambal Oelek.
Chinatown and Little India
Chinatown is available in many countries worldwide and is in itself really no big deal, you might think, but if you’re interested in the Chinese culture and the food, it’s always fun to wander around in a colorful Chinatown. Little India is similar but with Indian elements and food instead.
In Singapore, these two areas lie just next to each other, which makes it easy to spend a few hours here.
Visit a nature reserve
Tropical rainforest previously covered large parts of Singapore, but unfortunately, a huge part of it has been deforested. Today there is only certain parts left, and even if there are no tigers left in the nature reserves, there is still plenty of wildlife such as birds, monkeys, and lizards.
If you have a couple of days in Singapore and like animals and nature, I can heartily recommend visiting the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
A beautiful mosque that one shouldn’t miss out on, at least if you like beautiful buildings and cozy areas. Around the mosque, one will also find several shops and cozy cafes.
Address: 715 North Bridge Rd.
Other Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Singapore
Take a walk along the marina
To walk along the Marina Bay is something that everyone should do in Singapore. A lively area where many gathered both during the day and later towards the evening. There is shopping, beautiful views, and cool skyscrapers.
Buy an ice cream and take a stroll and do some people watching while enjoying the view of the marina.
The lion fountain statue
The classic lion statue that sprays water is a famous icon of the city and a favorite place to take selfies. From here you get one of the best views of the Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore Cable Car
Experience Singapore from above and take a ride with the cable car that runs between Sentosa Island and Singapore Harbour Point.
On Sentosa Island, you’ll find tourist attractions such as Universal Studios and the cable car provides a fun transportation to get there while you can enjoy the beautiful views.
Sri Mariamman Temple
The majority are Muslims in Singapore, but there’s also a significant minority of Hindus. The Sri Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple where you get the chance to experience and learn a little more about the Hindu religion and culture. The temple itself is beautiful and has many fine details to admire.
I would not say that this is something you must do in Singapore, but if you have time, it is absolutely worth a visit.
Address: 244 South Bridge Rd.
Singapore Zoo and Night Safari
Since I don’t think that animals should ever be held captive for human entertainment so I can not recommend any of these places. But to visit these two attractions are, unfortunately, a common thing to do in Singapore as a tourist.
This is the only reason why I’ve included these two on the list. Because hopefully you who is reading this, will consider not to visit and support a place that holds animals in captivity.
Sure, it’s fun and exciting to see exotic animals. But, it’s not very kind to put them in cages, when they should be out in the wild, or at least a nature reserve.