A melting pot of cultures, delicious foods and green spaces throughout, Singapore has it all. Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, it’s easy to see why this exciting and diverse city has quickly become a top tourist destination.
I decided to visit Singapore in 3 days on a whim during my last month studying in Australia. I was intrigued by what I had heard about this city from friends who spoke about the delicious foods, fast-paced energy, and the diversity of things to explore.
I knew that it was the perfect place for a brief yet inspiring trip on a budget.
If you’re pressed for time but still want to experience all there is to offer, this is the best way to see Singapore in 3 days.
Day 1 in Singapore
Take A Chinatown Free Walking Tour With Monster Tours
Walking tours are the perfect way to get oriented when you first arrive in a new place. I chose a Chinatown Free Walking Tour with Monster Day Tours as my first stop in this city. Our friendly guide brought us to all the major spots: Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown Food Street, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and much more. If you only have time to see Singapore in 3 days, consider another tour of Little India or Kampong Glam. This company makes 2.5 hours in the Singaporean humidity both engaging, educational, and fun.
Grab Lunch at Maxwell Hawker Centre
Maxwell Hawker Centre is one of the more popular “hawker stalls” or food courts in Singapore. It is one of the best places to try genuine Singaporean dishes that are quick, cheap and tasty. Classic street food options include dim sum, fish balls, or chicken rice starting from $3 per plate. I did Singapore in 3 days but came back here more than once!
Hop on the Train to the Botanic Gardens
Singapore’s Botanic Gardens is like stepping into another world – the smells, sounds, and sights of nature are an instant relaxation from fast-paced city life. This UNESCO world heritage sight is easily walkable from the Botanic Garden train stop with access to many gardens and exhibits. With free entry and many restaurants and cafés, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Explore the Streets of Little India
Walk through Little India to experience traditional Indian cuisine, quirky cafés, and busy storefronts with jewelry and souvenirs. The smell of rich spices will lure you in!
Little India is the perfect stop for a cheap, satisfying meal or to visit the landmark Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple embellished with colorful statues of Hindu deities.
Day 2 in Singapore
Sentosa Island (or the “state of fun”) is a theme park, tourist attraction, beach, and historic site all in one. This land was reclaimed after World War II into a tourist destination complete with restaurants, bars, Universal Studios, and plenty of shopping. You can get here via the Sentosa Express ($3) or walk across the Sentosa Boardwalk from VivoCity subway station for free.
Learn about WW2 History at Fort Siloso
Fort Siloso is a peaceful, well-preserved fort and military museum on Silosa Resort Island. This is a great place to immerse yourself in Singapore’s recent past and learn an important piece history. Exhibits are informative and interactive, and most of the displays are housed in the old barracks which adds to the experience.
Visit the National Museum of Singapore
Dating back to 1887, Singapore’s national museum is the oldest in the country. This is the best place to visit to learn about Singapore’s history, culture, art and architecture. The exhibits are informative and interesting and well worth the price.
Spend the Night Out in Clarke Quay
Visit this place at night – I made the mistake of coming here during a Sunday afternoon! Even during the day, this string of colorful riverside shops and restaurants have a cozy ambiance with delicious food to try. At night, this is the perfect spot for people watching, live music, or having a meal or drink at one of the many pubs to choose from.
Day 3 in Singapore
Free Walking Tour of Kampong Glam
Like the Chinatown tour, this tour with Monster Tours did not disappoint. Without fail their tours are easy to locate, the guides are friendly and engaging, and they take you to all the important places to see. The tours have around 20-25 people so it is a great opportunity to meet other travelers. Tips are highly encouraged and the guides really do a great job.
Kampong Glam is a colorful neighborhood filled with hipster shops, yummy treats and eats, and many artisan goods. It’s a great place pick up souvenirs or simply wander the streets and experience the festive atmosphere.
Wander the Gardens by the Bay
The Gardens by the Bay are Singapore’s #1 attraction, and rightly so! The intricate infrastructure and garden displays are jaw-dropping. Be sure to see the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome, Supertree Grove and the Skyway. You will be awed by these massive structures and the way the plants are incorporated into the design.
Singapore is a diverse place to experience some of the best meals, an intermingling of cultures and religions, and some of the kindest local people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. I would visit again in a heartbeat!