Singapore is a beautiful country with plenty of bucket list activities and sights to see. You’re sure to have a jam packed trip full of delicious food, incredible views as well as unforgettable memories. From the colourful streets of Little India to the picture perfect views of Marina Bay sands, there is something that everyone can enjoy. We only spent 4 days in Singapore and managed to tick off just about everything on our bucket list. If you have more time than we did, then you’ll definitely be able to visit all of these places with ease.
Complete Singapore Bucket List Guide
1. Experience the magic of Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay is one of the most famous attractions in all of Singapore and should be at the top of your bucket list. The gardens feature 2 giant domes as well as their iconic Supertree Grove. You can easily spend all day walking around the gardens and learning about different plants and flowers. Singapore is known for combining nature with the city and you can definitely see why. While at Gardens By The Bay, be sure to visit every dome and exhibit to really experience the full beauty of this place.
Cloud Dome: The Cloud Dome has 6 levels with sky walks that are surrounded by lush greenery and mist as well as viewpoints overlooking the entire conservatory. As soon as you enter, you’ll be amazed by one of the worlds tallest indoor waterfall which stands at 30 metres. The Cloud Dome is the most popular conservatory, so if you’re short for time be sure not to miss this one!
Flower Dome: The Flower Dome is a magical conservatory full of exotic colourful flowers which are from 5 different continents. The giant dome is 1.2 hectares and is the largest glass greenhouse in the world, so there is no shortage of things to see. The flower dome is ever changing with new fun and exciting exhibits and statues popping up in the centre of the dome.
Floral Fantasy: Floral Fantasy is the newest attraction at Gardens By The Bay. It is certainly just as spectacular as all the others! As soon as you walk in, you are overwhelmed with the delightful smell of thousands of fresh flowers. You’ll find beautiful flowers hanging from the roof, as well as completely covering the walls.
2. Take a selfie with the Merlion
The Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. The Merlion overlooks Marina Bay and is located at Merlion Park, just in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Plenty of tourists head there to check out the famous icon for themselves and to also enjoy the stunning view of Marina Bay.
3. Immerse yourself in art and technology at the ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is one of the coolest museums in the world. It’s home to some of the most beautiful light displays and exhibits. There are a variety of different exhibitions, however the most popular one is Future World. Future world features plenty of different high-tech interactions, including a display of 170,000 LED lights that are sure to leave you speechless.
4. Eat like a local at a Hawker Centre
Hawker Centres are large food centres that serve delicious local food for a very reasonable price! They sell everything including full meals, snacks as well as deserts and drinks. The selection of food isn’t always just local dishes as you’ll often find plenty of Chinese, Malay and Indian options as well. Although eating at a Hawker Centre may not be for everyone, it’s definitely a genuine experience and deserves a spot on your Singapore Bucket List.
5. Shop till you drop at Orchard Road
Orchard Road is every shoppers paradise. This place is Singapore’s most famous shopping area. You’ll find everything from discount outlets, department stores as well as luxury boutiques. No matter what you’re after, you’ll definitely leave with something.
6. Enjoy the lights and music at Garden Rhapsody
Garden Rhapsody is a free light show that happens every night at Gardens By The Bay. The show starts at 7.45pm as well as 8.45pm daily at the Supertree Grove. Garden Rhapsody is a beautiful experience of music and light dancing right in front of your eyes. If you thought Gardens by the Bay was beautiful during the day, just wait till you see it at night!
7. Grab a cocktail with an insane view at Marina Bay Sands
Head up to the top floor of Marina Bay Sands and enjoy an evening cocktail as you watch the sunset over the beautiful city skyline. Once at the top, you’ll be greeted with incredible panoramic views of Marina Bay and the stunning Singapore cityscape. It’s an unforgettable experience and is another must for your Singapore bucket list.
8. Try a famous Singapore Sling
A Singapore Sling is the signature cocktail of Singapore and is a must try! If you’re not a heavy drinker, this sugary and fruity drink is definitely for you. It is a Gin based cocktail and consists of cherry flavoured brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, as well as grenadine. All these ingredients combined make for a super delicious cocktail.
9. Explore the colours of Little India
As you walk around Little India you’ll smell the spice shops and also come across plenty of Sari stores, textiles, flower stalls and even Indian street food. You can get a great taste of what it’s like to travel India and taste some of the delicious food they have. The streets are also super colourful and are a popular spot for people to grab photos.
10. Discover the hipster area of Haji Lane
Haji Lane is a little gem in the middle of Singapore and is often best described as the hipster part of the city. You’ll find many trendy bars, quirky cafe’s and also a bunch of colourful murals that bring the place to life. If you’re looking to do some trendy shopping or try a cool cafe, definitely don’t skip Haji Lane from your Singapore bucket list.
11. Take in the views from the Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is giant observation wheel which gives you a super unique view of Singapore’s harbour. It stands at a giant 165m high and is definitely not for anyone scared of heights. In total you can experience the observation wheel for 30 minutes. You’re sure to also grab some incredible photos from the top!
12. Spend a night watching the Spectra Light Show
The Spectra light show is on every evening at 8PM as well as 9PM and lasts for 15 minutes. The show is also free to watch! The light show is one of the best and features colourful lights that project onto Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience museum. You’ll also find laser lights & fountain jets playing in sync to upbeat music. It’s the perfect way to end a busy day exploring!
13. Experience the culture of Chinatown
Chinatown offers plenty of delicious food as well as shopping opportunities. You can find just about anything here, from cheap gadgets and accessories to souvenirs and yummy street food. You can spend hours roaming the streets and seeing what gems you can discover.
14. Try Chilli Crab
Chilli Crab is a famous Singaporean dish and is a must try. It was even listed at number 35 out of the 50 worlds most delicious foods. You can find this tasty dish just about anywhere in the city. Be sure to try it while you can!
15. Try spot the playful otters around the harbour
Before visiting Singapore, we had no idea that otters live in the harbour! You don’t often see wildlife relaxing in the heart of a busy city so it was such a unique sight to see. The otters are also super cute and awesome to admire from afar.
16. Let your inner child roam free at Universal Studios
Universal Studios Singapore is one of the more fun things to do in Singapore. The theme park features 28 rides, plenty of shows, and also a ton of attractions in different zones. They have 7 unique themed zones which include The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar, and Far Far Away. You can experience all your favourite movies in unique and exciting ways.
17. Do some high end shopping at The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are where you’ll find all the high end stores and designer clothing. You can find all the international luxury brands like Channel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and plenty more. Be sure to also grab some lunch at the delicious foodcourt located on the bottom floor.
18. Finish your trip exploring the worlds best airport – Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport is unlike any other airport in the world and is the perfect end to an amazing Singapore trip. The airport features the worlds largest indoor waterfall, luxury shopping, movie theatre, sky walks, mirror mazes, gardens, and so much more! The airports biggest and newest attraction is the HSBC Rain Vortex which is the worlds largest indoor waterfall. At night the vortex even has its own light show where you can watch colours project onto the water. Be sure to head to the airport early so you have enough time to explore.
Where to stay in Singapore
For someone looking to stay in the heart of Singapore and treat themselves to a bit of luxury, Marina Bay is definitely the area for you! For someone on a budget, Little India is the cheapest area with a variety of hostels. No matter where you stay, you’ll be able to access all the city’s best attractions. Bugis is also a great place to stay with plenty of shops and accommodation for all budgets.
The Fullerton Hotel – Luxury: The Fullerton Hotel is the ultimate luxury getaway in the heart of Marina Bay. Once a post office, this hotel is full of history and incredible architecture. The rooms are perfectly clean with unbeatable views of Marina Bay and you’ll also find a variety of delicious restaurants inside the hotel. The staff are super friendly and are ready to help you with whatever you need! Finishing off your day at the hotels infinity pool is the perfect way to relax after exploring Singapore.
Hotel 1888 Collection – Midrange: Hotel 1888 Collection is a short 5 minute walk from Chinatown MRT with a variety of restaurants nearby. The rooms are clean, the staff are friendly and you’ll even find a large projector screen in your room to watch movies! If you’re looking to stay close to Chinatown and explore the area, then this place is perfect.
Bond Boutique Capsule Hotel – Budget: This unique capsule hotel is situated in the perfect spot in the heart of Bugis. You’re only a short walk away from the nearest MRT which means you’ll be able to get around with ease. This hotel has clean rooms, comfy beds and friendly staff. If you’re looking to save some money while visiting Singapore, then you should definitely check out this place.
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