Singapore, sometimes referred to as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot, is one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. And, despite being a relatively small country, it boasts a plethora of things to do that the thought of staying there, if not staying longer, usually crosses the minds of tourists who made its way to this lovely country. Ranging from a low budget or a spending-spree vacation, tourists can surely enjoy Singapore’s spots.
The following is a suggested itinerary for a 3 days and 2 nights stay in Singapore. To maximize this sort of trip, it is highly suggested that you travel light and have a very early flight to Singapore. To clarify, it is better to arrive early in time for breakfast.
It is also noted that lunch is not included in this itinerary. This is for the very purpose of having the tourists and travelers the freedom to choose where to get lunch simply by looking around the place where they happen to be at this period in time. Let’s just say this way will be exciting and surprising. Also, the choice of where to spend your sleeping hours varies from backpacking inns to star-rank hotels. This is left up to your comfort and convenience.
Day 1 in Singapore
Day one is reserved for enjoying nature ranging from animals to plants and all the fun in between them. The day will be spent with fauna then flora then a finish of nocturnal experience of nature, right within the jungle-like city environment.
As earlier said, it is highly advised to arrive early. That being said, upon arrival at the Changi International Airport, you have the options of having a taxi ride, bus ride, or train ride to Singapore Zoo.
Morning – Singapore Zoo and Breakfast with the Orangutans
Said to be the world’s best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo is a good destination for animal lovers and curious onlookers alike. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space. The animals are kept in stunning enclosures resembling their natural habitat—even the polar bears are made to feel at home. The orangutans are particularly impressive, and visitors can watch as babies and adults alike swing high above their platforms and snack on bananas. There is also a large chimpanzee family, zebras, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures.
For a unique experience, enjoy a Singapore Zoo breakfast with orangutans. By doing this, you will be enjoying a jungle breakfast buffet in the company of a family of orangutans. These great apes are part of Singapore Zoo’s orangutan-breeding program, which is said to be one of the most successful in the world.
Then take a tour of the zoo by tram to see the rest of the 3,600 animals housed by Singapore Zoo. Guests can observe feedings for some of the animals. Allow at least three hours to make your way around the zoo. This tram ride would not only be picture-worthy, but it will also be fun and educational.
Afternoon – Botanic Gardens
After a morning with animals, an afternoon with breath taking flora is well deserved. Therefore, upon finishing your day one daredevil choice of lunch, get yourself to move towards Singapore’s Botanic Gardens just a hike away.
Singapore’s Botanic Gardens boasts a stretch of over 183 spectacular acres. Being Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage nomination, the perfectly kept trees, plants and flowers are definitely incredible. Did I mention it is free? Yes, it is free!
The botanic gardens preserve pieces of Singapore’s wilder heritage. You can visit the gardens’ heritage trees via walking trail, which are conserved as part of an effort to protect the city’s mature tree species. Make sure to visit the impressive National Orchid Garden. Other attractions include an eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, sculptures, and several other gardens and unique sites.
Night – Night Safari with dinner buffet
To complete day one, we finish it off with more animals. This time we experience the night life, fauna style. After a relaxing exploration of the Botanic Gardens, venture your way to the Night Safari and avail of the dinner buffet.
The Night Safari is a night-time zoo, offering visitors the extraordinary opportunity of witnessing the life of nocturnal creatures and is one of Singapore’s top family attractions, located next to the Singapore Zoo. You’ll explore the jungle park on an open-air tram, catching sight of nocturnal animals in authentically created habitats. Then follow a guide on a walking trail to see leopards and other wildlife up-close. You can also watch one of the nightly shows, and you have the option to upgrade to include dinner at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.
Buffet dinner or nocturnal tour, the option on what to come first is up to you. It is suggested though that you have the dinner first, then relax at the tram tour ride then finish off with the walking trail.
Day 2 in Singapore
Upon waking up on day two of your Singapore trip, move your way to Sentosa Island. You can opt to travel by bus, train, rent-a-car, taxi, or the highly-suggested cable car ride. The cable car ride allows you to see the city from a skyline view and thus having an enjoyable route to Sentosa Island.
Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some twenty million people a year. Attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, the Merlion, 14 hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.
This morning and afternoon trip is to be spent in Sentosa Island. This is based on the experience and reviews that it would be a lot more fun to spend a day, if not more, to enjoy the island.
Sentosa Island is filled with many things! Wanna go to the beach? There’s Siloso Beach where you can even play volleyball on free courts or go kayaking and skim-boarding, among other several beach attractions. Wanna take a photo to show off to your family and friends that you were indeed in Singapore? Go see and have your photo taken with the Merlion, Singapore’s famous statue that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. You can also take an escalator to the top of the statue, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Located in the island is also Fort Siloso, the country’s only preserved fort. If you are the adventurous type, then you will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the SeaBreeze Water-Sports @ Wave House, where you can try your hand at flying strapped to a water-propelled jet pack.
Sentosa Island is also the place to find Resorts World Singapore. It houses the Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark.
The Adventure Cove Waterpark features seven thrilling water rides, such as Pipeline Plunge, Adventure River, among others. If you’re a lover of water, then the Adventure Cove is surely for you to visit.
Another place you can check out if you love the water is the S.E.A. Aquarium. You can enjoy the underwater world without having to go underwater! The S.E.A. Aquarium will allow you to stroll around and check out more than 100,000 creatures from 800 species, like the leopard shark, goliath grouper and squadrons of manta rays, swimming in 45 million liters of water.
The Island also is the home of Southeast Asia’s first Hollywood movie theme park, the Universal Studios Singapore. It features an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill seekers. In fact, 18 out of the 24 movie-themed rides here were designed just for the Singapore Park. Enjoy a few hours exploring the seven movie-themed zones with the assurance that each is uniquely designed. It also gives you a taste of the United States through the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Hollywood zone and the New York zone.
Night 2 – Dinner at the Marnia Bay & Sands and Singapore Flyer
After a day at Sentosa Island, go back to the mainland and enjoy a wonderful dinner at a restaurant of your choice in the Marina Bay & Sands. Choices include CÉ LA VI, Flight Bar & Lounge, Spago by Wolfgang Puck, and Sky on 57 by Justin Quek.
If you don’t feel the vibe of the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands, you can always choose to get in the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest giant observation wheel. There are several different packages to choose from that allow you to be well taken care of while enjoying a view not only of the Singapore skyline, but also of Indonesia’s Spice Islands and Malaysia’s Straits of Johor.
No matter what ticket package you choose, you will have access to the multimedia Journey of Dreams exhibit that delves into Singapore’s history and the creation of the Singapore Flyer. Flights last 30 minutes each and run from early morning until late at night, so you can choose whether to enjoy the view of the city with the sunrays glistening throughout or to watch it shine through the city lights after dark.
Day 3 in Singapore
Day three is the last day before saying a “for now” goodbye to Singapore. Thus, it is suggested to get a night flight from Singapore to efficiently enjoy the day.
Morning – Jurong Bird Park
The last attraction to visit is the Jurong Bird Park. It is placed separately from the other tours due to its location.
This world-famous bird park fully deserves its stellar reputation. The breathtaking aviaries are spread over 50 acres, housing an absolutely mindboggling variety of bird species. Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. It is home to the colors of the world, as Asia’s largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species.
Afternoon – Shopping at the Orchard Road
Finally, it is good to cap up a tour by shopping! It is not surprising at all that some people come to Singapore and all they do is shop. After all, this is a world-class city for style and designer chic. With high-end stores at every turn, the Orchard Road area is a great place to start a shopping spree. Aside from the 22 malls and six department stores, there are also four movie theaters, including an IMAX, and a KTV karaoke! Shopping isn’t the only thing you can do in the area. You can also go on a food trip as there are plenty of eateries in the neighborhood serving international cuisines.
All in all, Singapore is a place to be for a vacation. Safe and with great public transportation, it is very friendly to non-locals, whether it’s your first time to visit or not. The presented itinerary is a few places shy to completely engulf the Singapore fun. However, for a 3 days and 2 nights trip to Singapore, this would prove to be an efficient way to enjoy the wonders this small country has to offer.