Singapore is one of the most travel-friendly countries around the world and considering it is so close to India makes it is perfect for a solo trip too. Having said that, I planned my trip to Singapore in a flurry, literally within a span of a week. But I have been planning all the things to see in Singapore and what to do for far too long. Booked the cheapest flight, got my visa in 3 days, packed a carry-on and was all set for my solo trip to Singapore. So here it goes, my Singapore 4-day itinerary.
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Singapore 4-Day Itinerary
Singapore Itinerary: Day 1
Places to visit in Singapore
Singapore literally caters to infinite options to tourists with a myriad of places to visit in Singapore. The hotels in Singapore are not cheap and usually don’t have good breakfast options. So, I’d recommend eating out, there’s no dearth of cafes in Singapore and you’ll find good eating spots within walking distance. Kickstart your first day after a good round of breakfast with the following places to visit in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay
I have kept the best for the beginning of the trip for my Singapore 4-day itinerary. Gardens by the Bay is a nature park where we see vertical trees – Super Trees, illuminating in the night. The dance of these trees is a startling thing to see for yourself. You don’t need a ticket for the evening light and sound show. For the OCBC skywalk, a ticket is required and you won’t be disappointed by the view of super trees from here. If you love nature, you should visit Flower Dome as well which is the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse. You’ll be amazed by the plants you can see from all the continents.
The official mascot of Singapore is The Merilion with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. Merlion Park is a famous tourist spot in Singapore located near the business district. The Merlion is also visible clearly from Marina Bay Sands Avenue. One of the best places to visit in Singapore is Merilion Park, so don’t miss it.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is a hotel & that also has a mall located right across the Singapore River. Marina Bay Sands Avenue is located on the riverfront and the view of Singapore’s skyscrapers looks stunning from here. There is a light and sound laser show in the evening which you should not miss.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Marina Bay Sands Hotels is one of the prominent landmarks of Singapore. The 7* hotel has an observation deck on the 57th floor where we can entire Singapore from here. You can buy tickets online or at the automatic counters in the basement of the hotel. The view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is just wow, I was mesmerised by looking down at Singapore City.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 2
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
One of the top places to visit in Singapore is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The relatively young temple was built only in 1989 and redecorated in 2007, the temple is visited by locals and tourists alike. Bear in mind, shoulders and knees are to be covered while visiting the temple. I wore a slip dress to the temple, so I had to take a sarong from the temple to go inside.
The temple has beautiful exteriors in Tang-style architecture in red and white colour. The interiors are equally beautiful with numerous golden idols of Buddha placed closely.
China Town is one of the most visited places in Singapore and rightly so. In the narrow lanes in the ethnic district of China Town, there are numerous things to do.
You may have started your tour with the Buddha Tooth Relic temple, and the lane next to it goes right to China Town’s shopping complex. There are numerous things to do in the district – try out local cuisines in the Food Zone or shop your heart out.
The district is also home to some of the prettiest buildings built in Baroque and Victorian styles. The colour added to the structures is just magnificent.
By this time, you will be exhausted by all the walking, so take a break at one of the many restaurants in China Town. I shopped a lot in the district, I am sure you will too.
Little India is a little Indian paradise you wouldn’t want to miss. This district gives a vibe that would easily get in India. The main market, the temples and the restaurants are kept authentic to Indian roots. While I was there during the “Navratri” festivities, I could feel the auspicious feel-goods from the chants in the temple(s).
There are numerous places you’d want to see:
Little India Arcade
The Little India Arcade is a colourful market quite similar to the colours you can see in India. The market has narrow alleys, and shops with Indian products, spices, dresses and even jewellery. It is a similar experience to walking in a market in India. If you crave Indian food, this is the place for you.
As the name suggests, Little Indian does have a lot of temples you might like to visit. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu Temples in the city. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple was built in 1881 by immigrants. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is another Hindu temple in Little built for Lord Vishnu in the late 19th century.
House of Tan Teng Niah
House of Tan Teng Niah is one of the most visited places in Singapore’s Little India. The house has bright rainbow windows and the colours are as bright as a prism. It is a popular Chinese villa which still stands strong amid Singapore’s sky-high buildings.
Arab Street is a place not every tourist visits said my cousin, who is a local in Singapore. It is definitely underrated but a haven for food lovers. The food options are beyond ideal and you would feel like returning back here. Do visit Sultan Mosque if you prefer exquisite architecture.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 3
Universal Studios Singapore
I got all the tips from my friends that I will need an entire day for Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and it was true indeed. As I travelled solo, I didn’t realise where half of my day went. So if you’re going with family or friends, you will end up spending an entire day at USS.
There are various zone in the theme park and even if you are not a child, you’ll enjoy each zone thoroughly.
I started with the Hollywood Zone, which is also the entrance to the park. You can choose to go the opposite way if you like 😉 There are awesome attractions like Hollywood China Arcade. Although I found the stores were really expensive for my taste, it was hard to resist, no kidding. But even a quick look at the price tag would remind me that the price is all too steep. If you are not a budget traveller like me, feel free to shop your heart out in Hollywood’s stores. The dining options here were just alluring, including Mel’s Diner (a 1950s American Diner).
New York was one of my favourite zones, as NYC is already really up on my travel bucket list. Touring through the zone, I felt a deep inclination to the city I have never been to. That small trip made me realise one thing – I am definitely going to NYC sooner than later.
Sci-Fi City is for the techies and nerds and as one of those, I loved it completely. I wished the rides in the zone lasted longer, especially the Battlestar Galactica. It was a roller coaster and I was ready for it through and through. I wouldn’t recommend it for faint-hearted people.
Ancient Egypt had a ride which was recommended to me by my friends and family – The Revenge of the Mummy. It certainly stood up to my expectations, wonderfully crafted and equally scary. I came out with a huge smile on my face 🙂
By the time I visited these three zones, I was not only exhausted, but the queues in the other zones like Far Far Land, and The Lost World grew longer. I walked around in those zones, went where the lines were short and I came out having a gala time. This was all I did on my own. Imagine when you can visit these with your friends. I am sure you’ll end up spending more time in the park.
I winded up my USS trip and headed to witness the marine life in their unique habitat. Even with my feet sore, I was aching to see the fantasies of the underwater world. The ticket queue wasn’t long, so I went ahead and bought it there & then. It is definitely interesting for kids & families, but it is not just for them. I was surprised to come out knowing a lot more than before, a must-do experience in a typical Singapore 4-day itinerary.
Singapore Itinerary: Day 4
Singapore Botanical Gardens
If you love gardens and flowers, then Singapore Botanical Gardens should be a must-visit. I love orchids and so I decided to Singapore’s National Orchid Gardens early morning. Trust me I have never seen so many varieties of orchids before. Some were even made experimentally in the lab but flourished like normal plants. It was mesmerising to witness. And the sheer beauty of how well the garden is organised, it is a ritual in itself. Before I forget, the Botanical Gardens are Singapore’s first UNESCO heritage site – so a must-do in my opinion.
Clarke Quay is a riverside front in Singapore and is the heart of Singapore’s nightlife. I am not a clubbing person so I skipped it, but you can definitely visit it if you like to hit the pubs.
Shopping at Orchard Road
Now you have some time to spare in Singapore. For the shoppers, the malls at Orchard Road are a perfect way to spend your evening. The 2-kilometre-long avenue is identified by huge malls and hotels. Orchard Road is one of the opulent areas of Singapore. There are various hotels ranging from luxury to budget, you can opt for either one. Malls are also a great place to get a taste of local cuisine, and Singapore is heaven for foodies.
Where to Stay in Singapore
I stayed in the New Cape Inn hotel quite near China Town. It really is one of the best places to stay in Singapore, with a mix of residential and touristy vibes and a lot of restaurants nearby. I chose a hotel over a hostel as I couldn’t find a good hostel due to less time for trip planning. Staying near good restaurants will mean you’ll never start your day empty stomach.
Here are some of my recommendations for the best places to stay in Singapore:
Marina Bay Sands – The hotel is the heart of Singapore, the most famous building in the country and also one of the most luxurious. Located on the river Singapore Bayfront, within walking distance from Gardens by the Bay, the hotel reeks of luxury. They have an observatory deck on the 52nd floor and a mall inside the hotel premises. Large rooms, contemporary decor and a window to Singapore’s skyline. Recommended for couples or families as one of the best places to stay in Singapore!
Village Hotel Bugis – Village Hotel is located in Bugis and nearby to Mustafa centre. The rooms are quite spacious and the buffet breakfast at the hotel includes local cuisine. The rooms are equipped with a safe, tea & coffee maker, and other standard facilities which are usually at a higher price in other hotels in Singapore. The hotel is only a few steps away from Haji Lane and close to MRT/bus stops so I’d say it is one of the best places to stay in Singapore.
Singapore is a place for some truly amazing hotels, here are some of the best hotels in Singapore.
Singapore Travel Tips
- Avoid Universal Studios Singapore on weekends and public holidays, the park gets cramped especially post-noon.
- When in the USS, dine at the Discovery food court, the prices are better with a lot of culinary options.
- Buy your tickets online and in advance. You’ll avoid the entry queue with tickets in hand.
- Don’t book Airbnb, it is illegal to rent a place unless it is for a minimum of 6 months. You never know how much trouble you can get into if your host declines your stay at the last minute.
- Pack breezy soft clothes as Singapore is highly hot and humid. Avoid jeans, else you won’t be able to do sightseeing in the day comfortably.
- Use Singapore’s efficient public transport including buses, MRT etc. for commuting. Avoid cabs, it can take a toll on your budget.
- Singapore is an island, you can’t predict when it will rain here. Always carry an umbrella. Don’t forget to check out my carry-on packing essentials checklist.
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I look forward to going there once in my lifetime
My family and I enjoy visiting Universal Studios Singapore. We go to Universal Studios Singapore every time we visit Singapore, and Gardens by the Bay is a must-see.
Great information about Singapore, really helpful for first time travellers to the city. Keep up the good work!
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