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Welcome to Singapore

With its space-age architecture, busy shopping malls, and skyscraper-lined waterfront, Singapore is one of Asia’s most modern cities, but there’s more to the city than its contemporary draws. Discover Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage in the Arab Quarter and Little India, stroll the illuminated waterfront of Marina Bay, tuck into tasty street food at the Chinatown night market, then escape the urban sprawl for the Botanic Gardens and the Gardens By the Bay. A short cable car ride away, Sentosa Island has something for the whole family, with theme parks, amusement rides, and plenty of beachfront entertainment.

Top 15 attractions in Singapore

Little India

For subcontinental color, cuisine, and atmosphere, head to Singapore’s Little India, one of the island’s most vibrant districts. Shops, restaurants, street vendors, and colorful Hindu temples line the streets of Little India, making it an excellent place to take a walk. The culture and community center of Little India, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is the neighborhood’s most important Hindu Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali.More

Gardens by the Bay

A surreal mixture of abstract structures, light features, and living plants, the Gardens by the Bay is divided into three sections—Bay Central Garden, Bay South Garden, and Bay East Garden. Don’t miss the Supertree Grove, featuring towering tree-like trunks which light up after dark; the Cloud Forest, home to an indoor waterfall; and the Flower Dome, a botanic garden housing exotic plant life from around the world.More

Merlion Park

A Singapore landmark, Merlion Park is named for its centerpiece, the Merlion statue, which spouts water into Marina Bay. With the head of a lion and the body of a fish, the Merlion is the national icon of Singapore. The park is also popular with locals, who come here to play and relax along the waterfront.More

Singapore Chinatown

For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.More

Clarke Quay

Lining the Singapore River, the renovated riverside warehouses and “godown” shophouses of historic Clarke Quay comprise one of Singapore’s major wining and dining precincts. Now pedestrianized and home to shops, restaurants, nightclubs, river cruise bumboats, and floating cafés, Clarke Quay is a good place to look for varied cuisines—from Italian to brewhouse to fine French—and relaxed outdoor bars with riverfront views. It’s also where you’ll find Singapore’s wild Reverse Bungy adventure ride.More

Kampong Glam

Once inhabited by the Malay and Muslim elite of Singapore, the Kampong Glam neighborhood is one of the city’s most attractive. Former shop houses have been restored to their former beauty and now house modern shops and restaurants. The area is also home to the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre.More

Universal Studios Singapore

As Southeast Asia’s first movie-themed park, Universal Studios Singapore offers a slew of exciting attractions, including 24 movie-themed rides, a festive walk, water park, marine life park and maritime experiential museum and aquarium. Opened in 2011 with director Steven Spielberg as a creative consultant, the kid-friendly park takes inspiration from some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, including Transformers, The Lost World, and Madagascar.More

Marina Bay

Dramatically transformed by urban redevelopment, Marina Bay is home to a plethora of entertainment options as well as some of Singapore’s most iconic attractions. Popular with locals and travelers alike, the vibrant waterfront region is an exciting place to spend the day (or night).More

Singapore River

Flowing through the city’s dense Central Business District, the Singapore River is closely tied to Singapore’s history and modern day-to-day life. It was on the north bank of the river where Stamford Raffles first landed to found his colony, and many government buildings still line its shores. Many of the city’s top nightlife hot spots are also situated along the river, including Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay.More


An unusual museum 30 feet (nine meters) beneath Fort Canning Hill, the secretive British military fort known as Battlebox once played an important role in Singapore’s history. Used by the Malaya Command to defend Singapore during World War II, the bunker was where Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival ultimately surrendered Singapore to the Japanese, marking the decline of the British Empire. Today, the cavernous space is filled with lifelike wax mannequins and antique photos and video clips that depict what it was like to live and strategize within the gray, 29-room labyrinth during the final days of the war.More

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The imposing, five-story Tang-style Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was constructed entirely around a single tooth. Not just any tooth but that believed to be the canine tooth of the Buddha. The sacred relic was discovered by the Venerable Cakkapala and is now enshrined at the temple.More

Singapore Flyer

All the major world cities seem to have a big wheel these days, and Singapore is no exception. Lifting you 540 feet (165 meters) into the air, the Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest observation wheel, providing amazing panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the surrounds from one of 28 capsules.More

Singapore Botanical Garden & National Orchid Garden

Dating back to 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens displays a collection of some 10,000 types of plants—mostly tropical flora—across 183 landscaped acres (84 hectares). The expansive grounds are home to the National Orchid Garden, with its impressive collection of 60,000 colorful orchids representing 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.More

Night Safari at Singapore Zoo

The legendary Night Safari at Singapore Zoo goes above and beyond the typical zoo experience. Enhanced by the subtle glow of moonlight, the jungle comes to life each night for visitors to see animals exploring their free-roaming environments, designed to replicate the Himalayan foothills, Southeast Asian rain forest, and Indian subcontinent.More

Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay

Veiled in mist and home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is a must for first-time visitors to Singapore. Marvel at orchids, pitcher plants, and ferns from the tropical highlands, and stroll along the vertiginous Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk.More

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Top activities in Singapore

Nightout at Chinatown & Bugis Village Tour (includes dinner)
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Experience Singapore: Cultural Cooking Class
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Private Singapore Customized Tour With Driver in small group
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Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore
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The 10 Tastings of Singapore With Locals Private Street Food Tour
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Private Singapore City Highlights Tour By Car - Half Day or Full Day
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Recent reviews from experiences in Singapore

Great way to see and learn
Karen_F, Jan. 2023
Private Tour: Nighttime Sightseeing with River Cruise
Excellent way to see Singapore especially when time is limited.
A great day
Richard_P, Jan. 2023
Singapore City Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and about Singapore in general and was very helpful in suggesting other activities and tours.
A Very Enjoyable Full Day
David_J, Jan. 2023
LUXURY Private day tour: Kuala Lumpur & Malacca from Singapore by licensed guide
We wanted to see a little of Malaysia while in Singapore.
Good way to see Singapore
Laurie_V, Dec. 2022
Singapore: 8 Hours - Private Car or Minibus Rental with Driver
We were able to see much more of Singapore that if we were on our own.
Year end vacation
Daniel_V, Dec. 2022
Private Singapore Night Tour with Gardens by the Bay,Trishaw Ride & River Cruise
Saw some of the most beautiful flowers and attractions and to top it off with 2 rides, can’t say enough.
Nice half day tour
Glenda_C, Dec. 2022
Singapore City Tour
But we suggest you to book a full day to see much more of Singapore.
Trip to Battle box unique experience.
wentinkgen, Dec. 2022
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
I'm tired from non stop sightseeing.
Bike tour
jillplus3, Nov. 2022
Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore
Loved to see city by bike- not scary at all!
amazing tour!! highly recommend Kenny as a tour guide
amber_h, Nov. 2022
Private Singapore Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised
he showed us everything we wanted to see and more in the 4 hours.
A fantastic experience!
Carri_M, Nov. 2022
Private Tour: Nighttime Sightseeing with River Cruise
The tour was impeccably timed—so much to see and do without feeling rushed.
Great tour!
Alyssa_K, Nov. 2022
Explore Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam & Experience Singapore Street Food
We felt like we got to see the more authentic side of Singapore that was off the beaten tourist track.
Great intro to Singapore!
James_M, Nov. 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Singapore Private Tour
We got to see a lot in 4 hours and learned about Singapore’s origins and growth
Great Experience
Qingqing_M, Nov. 2022
Private Full Day Malacca Tour from Singapore
I learned a lot and was able to see quite a bit within just one day.
5 star experience
Kira_M, Oct. 2022
Explore Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam & Experience Singapore Street Food
It was an amazing opportunity to see and experience things that we could not have done on our own without a local guide.
The guide is so friendly...
Baris_O, Aug. 2022
Private Singapore Customized Tour With Driver in small group
He recommended us to see many good places and gave many information about Singapore also advice where and what we can visit more
Tom_S, Jul. 2022
Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore
Would highly recommend as an opportunity to see many areas of Singapore.
My husband and I enjoyed our Day so much.....thankyou Doris and our amazing driver for a lovely day in Singapore
ValerieComack_Z, Jan. 2023
Private Singapore Full Day Round Island Tour with River Cruise
Went up to the top of the mountain to see Singapore looking down.
Great day trip from Singapore
Cecile_T, Jan. 2023
Private Full Day Malacca Tour from Singapore
We also stayed in Malacca until about 3:40pm, and I felt like it was plenty of time to see the highlights of the city and take a boat tour.
Excellent limo/bus service in Singapore!
Hon_W, Jan. 2023
Travelling in a big group? Let our 13 seater Limo-bus brings you around SG!
They also suggested places to see and foods to try.
Great experience
Leslie_R, Dec. 2022
6-Hours Singapore Tour in Private Car or Minibus with Driver
We had a long layover in Singapore and arranged for a driver to take us around to see the sights.
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When to visit

Scorching sunshine and frequent showers are par for the course in Singapore, where umbrellas are used to protect locals from both elements. Summer is the driest period and brings events such as the Singapore Food Festival, the Great Singapore Sale, and National Day. To see Singapore's legendary celebrations in full swing, visit during Chinese New Year.

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People Also Ask

What Singapore is famous for?

A tiny island but a travel hub, Singapore is known for shopping, street food, and its skyline, particularly Marina Bay Sands. Changi Airport, home to a 130-foot (40-meter) waterfall, is considered one of the world’s best airports, while the iconic Raffles Hotel gave the world the Singapore Sling cocktail.

How can I spend 3 days in Singapore?

Singapore is a great destination for a long weekend. Get foodie at hawker courts, cocktail bars, or fine dining—or take a cooking course. Explore world-class museums; shop the malls on Orchard Road; or visit the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, the light show at Marina Bay Sands, or the amusements on Sentosa Island.

What is there to do in Singapore at night?

Singapore is magical at night. Join a night cruise; visit the SkyPark observation deck; hit stylish cocktail bars; watch nocturnal animals on the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo; or savor the light and water show at Marina Bay Sands or the light and sound show at Gardens by the Bay.

What should you not miss in Singapore?

Singapore is crazy diverse: head to Sentosa for theme parks, Marina Bay for skyline views, Chinatown for temples and shops, and Little India for food and street art. Sip a Singapore Sling, eat chili crab and Hainanese chicken rice, and tour a museum. Gardens by the Bay and the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo are must-dos.

What indoor activities can you do in Singapore?

Singapore has all the indoor activities you’d expect in a global financial hub. Choose between spas, malls, museums, workshops, galleries, cinemas, eateries, and cooking classes. Try your hand at parkour, ice skating, trampolining, ax throwing, and more—or opt for city signatures like hawker courts or the Gardens by the Bay.

Is Singapore a safe country?

Yes. With fearsome penalties, strong social bonds, and a repressive government, Singapore boasts one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. It’s not unusual for Singaporeans to fall victims to scams, but crimes such as robbery, snatch theft, assault, murder, and stranger rape are extremely rare.


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