14 best places to visit in Singapore

Singapore is a country that has made a mark of its own. Singapore is known for a lot of things such as its architectural wonders, skyscrapers, delicious food, the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, high-end shopping centers, art galleries, one of the biggest zoos in the world, and for being super clean and green.

You can’t get this contrast for that cheap and that is why this city is one of the most expensive cities in the world. If you are visiting it on a stop-over for a short period of time, that shouldn’t be a problem however, traveling on a budget here is still really difficult. Well, there are a lot of places to visit in Singapore for free, yet I suggest you to not depend on those places solely as they won’t be able to justify the beauty that the city holds.

Singapore is so well managed and systematic that if there is one country I didn’t feel like returning back from, it must be Singapore. Given a chance, I would go back running to this incredible country. This city might be smaller than most cities in the world but it offers a lot more than larger cities.

Regardless of the size, the city offers so much to its visitors that it makes me wonder how people visit this city in 2 days, let alone on a stop-over. I was there for a week and I still wish I had a few more days. Even right now while writing this, I feel like I have so much more to explore here. If you are looking to discover every nooks and cranny of this city, you’ll need more than a week.

Like I earlier mentioned, there are a lot of places to visit in Singapore and it is absolutely impossible to fit in every single spot in this list. That is why I will be listing only the most incredible places that shouldn’t be missed in any case.

Here is the list of places to visit in Singapore:

1. Marina Bay Sands sky park observation deck

Marina Bay Sands sky park observation deck

If you want to explore the best of Singapore, you must get a ticket to Marina Bay Sands sky park observation as it offers the best 360-degree panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline. This deck located on the 57th floor of the incredible Marina Bay Sands hotel gives you the best bird’s eye view of the day as it overlooks the city, Singapore river, and the amazing Garden view of Gardens by the Bay.

The night view is even more breathtaking as the city lights up in the evening and the entire city looks like a glittering jewel. The best tip you can get is visiting this place before sunset. This way, you will manage to see the spectacular sunset and gradually you will get to see the lights illuminating. This is the most amazing view of this Singapore city so do not miss this one!

From the top you will be able to spot majority of iconic Landmarks of Singapore such as Merlion statue, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Flower dome, and Singapore river.

We all know that Marina Bay Sands hotel has the largest rooftop infinity pool in the world. However, it is disappointing to say that this ticket won’t let you take a dip in the infinity pool. The pool is only open to the guests of the hotel which means you will have to stay in this hotel for at least a day in order to get access to the pool.

The entrance fee for the observation deck:

An adult: 20 USD

A senior citizen: 16 USD

Children aged between 2 to12: 14 USD

Opening hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Friday-Sunday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

2. Singapore Spectra (night out music, water, and light show)

Singapore Spectra (night out music, water and light show)

The evening spectra show of Singapore is perhaps the best light, music, and water show one can ever experience. This is why the one thing that you must do in Singapore in the evening is taking a stroll along the Marina Bay Sands. Singapore skyline changes into an extraordinary light, water, and sound show once the sun sets. The night looks forever young with the projection of the colorful lasers along with amazing ambiance and soothing orchestra soundtracks.

The best part is you get to experience this for free. To add, there are plenty of slots and perspectives you can choose from so don’t worry even if you are claustrophobic. Try to get there before the sun set as you will be able to get the best spot for yourself. Also, there is a lot to see around this location so take a walk before the show starts.

This spectrum had such a huge impact on me that it took me back every evening throughout my stay in Singapore. This 15 minutes show additionally displays fireworks on New Year and special National occasions. There is a reason why I say that the most amazing places to visit in Singapore are free of cost.

Show time:

Sunday to Saturday: 8:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Sunday to Saturday: 9:00 PM – 9:15 PM

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 PM – 10:15 PM

Each show run for 15 minutes and know that the show time may vary on special occasions.

3. Gardens by the Bay (Supertree Groove, Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome)

This modern green space of 101 hectares is a paradise of lush greenery, beautiful real and artificial flowers, surreal lights, and so on. During my stay in Singapore, I spend so much time on the skywalk to see those gardens from above. This is a place where we can easily forget the time as I remember spending my entire evening here and I still wouldn’t feel like leaving at the closing time.

This place is quite popular among the visitors as it has already been visited by more than 20 million visitors and there is a reason why! The garden in itself is so huge that it will consume a huge amount of visitor’s time if explored in a proper manner.

There are three main highlights in this garden namely, Supertree Groove, Cloud Forest, and Flower Dome.

Supertree Groove- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Supertree Groove, best places to visit in Singapore

A vertical garden that extends up to 50 meters in height is what you notice from a distance a lot before you even enter the garden. This Supertree Groove is a host to a variety of exotic plants such as vines, ferns, and orchids. During my stay in Singapore, I spend so much time on the skywalk to see those gardens from above as the ariel view of this garden is mesmerizing.

A vertical garden that extends up to 50 meters in height is what you notice from a distance a lot before you even enter the garden. This Supertree Groove is a host to a variety of exotic plants such as vines, ferns, and orchids. During my stay in Singapore, I spend so much time on the skywalk to see those gardens from above as the ariel view of this garden is mesmerizing.

The night view is even more breathtaking as the Supertree Groove lit up into vibrant colors. One cannot wait for the dusk to fall in order to get the taste of spectacular light and sound. Similarly, the beautiful waterfront view of the Singapore skyline is a treat. Moreover, the admission to this urban jungle unlike other conservatories is free.

Cloud Forest- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Cloud Forest,  best places to visit in Singapore

This climate-controlled cool conservatory comprises a breath-taking indoor waterfall, surreal mist-filled cloud walk along with treetop walk. It is undoubtedly a mysteriously veiled world of mist surrounded by spectacular mountain views and diverse vegetation. This site is open for visitors every day from 9 am to 9 pm (last admission 8:30 pm).

Entry fee for Singapore residents:

Cloud Forest: Adult: $12, Senior citizen (above 60): $8, Children (3-12 years): $8

Cloud Forest + Flower dome: Adult: $20, Senior citizen (above 60): $15, Children (3-12 years): $12

Standard entry fee for tourists:

Cloud Forest: Adult: $20, Children (3-12 years): $12

Cloud Forest + Flower dome: Adult: $28, Children (3-12 years): $15

Flower Dome- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Flower Dome,  best places to visit in Singapore

Flower dome is home to rare plants and flowers on display from 5 continents in nine different gardens. This dome provides a cool-dry climate of year-round spring conditions in order to make the house suitable for plants. Just by visiting the seven sectors of this Flower Dome, you will be transported to the amazing gardens of countries from various Continents. I can assure you that the ‘Flower Dome’ is the only paradise that can fulfill your floral fantasy.

For its magnificence and gigantism, it was also named as the largest glass greenhouse in the world by the Guinness Book of World records. This site is open for visitors every day from 9 am to 9 pm with the last admission at 8:30 pm.

Entry fee for Singapore residents:

Flower Dome: Adult: $12, Senior citizen (above 60): $8, Children (3-12 years): $8

Cloud Forest + Flower dome: Adult: $20, Senior citizen (above 60): $15, Children (3-12 years): $12

Standard entry fee for tourists:

Flower Dome: Adult: $20, Children (3-12 years): $12

Cloud Forest + Flower dome: Adult: $28, Children (3-12 years): $15

4. Merlion Park

Merlion Park,  best places to visit in Singapore

A mythical hybrid creature with the head of a lion and the tail of a fish, the Merlion statue is the most recognizable representation of Singapore city itself. The fish symbolizes Singapore’s beginning as a fishing village whereas the lion’s head means ‘lion’s city’ in Malay.

There are 5 Merlion statues in total out of which two are really famous. However, the most famous Merlion statue out of all has the be the one sitting at the end of the Marina Bay waterfront.

This has to be one of the places to visit in Singapore as it is so significant and visited by most of the tourists who come here. As far as I remember, I also started exploring Singapore city from this very place. This place is so picturesque and has an importance of its own that is why you will always find this place bustling with people. Amidst all this, it will be very difficult for you to take a picture with the Merlion statue. Therefore, take some time out to visit this place because it will demand a lot of patience and time.

5. Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore,  best places to visit in Singapore

This amusement park located at Sentosa Island offers 28 thrilling rides, shows, and attractions in the form of seven different theme zones. This is a one-of-its-kind theme park in entire Asia itself being the first and only park from Universal Studios in South-east Asia. As a result, it has been drawing in millions of visitors each year as it is one of the places to visit in Singapore

It offers numerous attractions and entertainment shows that will leave you overwhelmed. Whether you are looking for some thrills, actions, entertainment, or unique pictures, this theme park has it all.

From the world’s tallest dueling rollercoaster to interactive 3D battles, and revisits to blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park, Universal Studios Singapore offers everything to its visitors.

Genuinely even a day wouldn’t suffice to appreciate all that this place offers. Considering this, I reserved my entire day and dedicated it to this place. Even on a long stretch duration of 6 hours, I was unable to experience the entirety of this place so, plan accordingly.

Opening hours and entry fee for tourists:

Adult (13 to 59 years): SGD 81

Senior citizen (60 years and above): SGD 43

Child (4 to 12 years): SGD 61

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 2pm to 9 pm.

6. Sentosa Island- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Sentosa Island,  best places to visit in Singapore

Sentosa is not only popular for Universal Studios and SEA aquarium but it is just as famous for casinos, sandy beaches with amazing beach resorts, recreations, and forest adventures. This island is located 15 minutes away from the main city and the trip to this destination itself is an adventure.

This place guarantees a lot of fun to people from all age groups. It is one of the best places to visit in Singapore and some of the fun things that you can do here are:

-Sunbath at the sandy Palawan beach, Tanjon beach, and Siloso beach.

-Similarly, for the spectacular view of Sentosa island, get to the top of Singapore’s highest observation tower that is Tiger Sky tower.

-Also, zip down from the hill to the beach at Mega adventure park.

-Likewise, shop at the massive Luxury Fashion Galleria.

7. Hawker center- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Hawker center,  best places to visit in Singapore

Your trip to Singapore is incomplete until you eat at a Hawker Center. People say that you haven’t experienced Singapore at its best until you’ve sweated it out at Hawker center and I totally agree. Singapore is not just known for being the country of greenery, but it is just as popular for its local and Asian cuisine. And the best place to eat some great food is the Hawker center. It not only offers delicious food but it also reflects the Singaporean way of life.

Did you know that you can order Michelin-starred food here for less than 2 USD? I am not kidding, this is possible as Singapore has the world’s most affordable restaurants with world-class dishes. If you want those delicacies without much hassle, get here as early as you can since the line can get extremely long. Bon Appétit!

8. Singapore Zoo ( River Safari and Night Safari)

Singapore Zoo ( River Safari and Night Safari)

Unlike other places, the animals here aren’t locked up in a cage as it is an open-air zoo that is constructed on 69 acres of land for animals to live in a spacious and landscaped environment in their natural habitats. This is one of the best zoos ever and that is also the reason why this is one of the places to visit in Singapore.

Singapore zoo is one of the top three zoos in the world and offers over 315 species by breaking it into 11 different zones and 12 exhibits. For people to have the best time here they similarly operate exciting shows like ‘Breakfast with Orangutans’, ‘ Rainforest Fights Back’, ‘Animal Friends’, and ’Splash Safari’. On weekend, you can additionally observe the live tiger feedings.

The night safari is all about spotting these nocturnal animals on your night tour. This has to be one of the highlights of this place as the experience is full of excitement and thrill. We need to be on our toes throughout the time as we seem to be missing one thing or another as the trip offers so much.

The river safari is another fun part of this package and it is the first and one of its kind in Asia. The most amazing feature of river safari is freshwater exhibits and a riverboat ride. The ride is so much fun that you feel like you didn’t have enough of it. While you sit on your ride, you can also observe a lot of animals passing by. Spotting these animals is a thrill on its own.

Opening hours and entry fees:

The Singapore zoo opens every day from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm with last entry being 5:00 PM.

The admission to Singapore zoo costs:

Adult: SGD 39

Children (3 to 12 years): SGD 26

Senior citizen (60 years and above): SGD 18

A quick tip: If you buy multi-park admission tickets, you will save a lot.

4-park admission ( Singapore zoo, Jurong bird park, River safari, and Night safari): Adult: SGD 85, Children: SGD 63

2-park admission ( Singapore zoo and Night safari): Adult: SGD 75, Children: SGD 53

Another 2-park admission ( Singapore zoo and Jurong bird park): Adult: SGD 65, Children: SGD 43

2-park admission ( Singapore zoo and River safari): Adult: SGD 65, Children: SGD 43

9. Jurong Bird Park- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Jurong bird park, one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Asia’s largest bird paradise, Jurong bird park covers the 49 acres on the western slope of Jurong Hill. It shelters more than 5,000 birds of 400 different species. It has been attracting tourists from all over the world as it provides a rare opportunity to closely interact with them in their natural habitat.

The park is further divided into many areas and shows. Some of the most exciting things to do here are:

-At Penguin coast, watch adorable penguins waddle on the ice and swim in the water inside the climate-controlled region that seems like Antarctica.

-Watch kings of the skies show where eagles, falcons, and hawks fly in loops and soar above the treetops.

-Enjoy your lunch with parrots in front of the flamingo lake.

-Also, do not miss the Wings of Asia section that offers 500 birds including endangered species.

I am personally very fond of birds so it is quite obvious for me to root for this place. So, just explore this park with your eyes and I believe you will have the same feeling about this place.

Opening hours and entry fee:

Jurong bird park is open everyday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Adult- 21 USD

Senior citizens- 10 USD

Children- 14 USD

10. Orchard road- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Orchard road

Every country has its modern commercial avenue and Orchard road is that avenue of Singapore. It is a shopping and entertainment avenue that is situated in the heart of the city. This electric area buzzes with the humming of neon lights and whizzing of cars as it is filled with lavish luxury shopping malls, hotels, and amazing restaurants.

There are certain outstanding malls in this area that are absolutely loved by the people. During your visit to Orchard road, you must not miss visiting these malls: Plaza Singapura, Tangs, Orchard Central, ION Orchard, and Paragon. Trust me all these places cannot be explored in a single day so if you shop like a freak, plan ahead of time!

This area has a different side to it and shows how glamorous and glitzy Singapore really is. The lightings are decorated in such a nice way that we can see how much effort was really put into it. The opening hours of these malls are 10:00 am to 10:00 pm so, plan your visit accordingly.

11. China town and Little India

China town and little India

Visiting Singapore and not exploring the trendy modern areas at the city’s central such as China town is a major no! Singapore’s Chinatown is jam-packed with chic and most happening restaurants and bars along with magnificent boutique hotels. On the contrary, this place comprises old temples, museums, traditional wet markets, and local shophouses.

This area will give you tons of opportunities to eat at award-winning restaurants and bars. Backpackers have also lately fallen in love with this place for the buzzing hood that lets you in on the coolest places to hang out at. The place additionally offers the hottest eateries and bars which I believe is a great incentive to visit here.

Additionally, you must visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre to get a glimpse of early life in Singapore. Similarly, get souvenirs and merchandise from the street market of China town. A quick tip, haggle your way with the vendors in order to grab the best deals. Likewise, the Buddha Tooth Relic temple is a must-see attraction here. Lastly, explore the food at Chinatown food street to eat the best satay, noodles, and seafood.

Little India is the place for you if you want to take a break from the mainland as it is full of temples and statues of Hindu deities. Little India is a colorful area full of South Asian eateries and shops and makes for the most authentic experience.

This place is similarly known to offer the best Indian cuisines. These shops are comparatively cheaper than most of the restaurants and shops in Singapore as a full-course Indian mean only cost you around 5 SGD. With these many things to explore, I suggest you dedicate some time to see these places. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to take cool and unique photographs with the creative wall arts.

12. Clarke Quay- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Clarke Quay

Let’s start with how Instagram-worthy this place is! It should be one of the most instagrammable places in Singapore with open-air pedestrian-filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs that go crazy after the sunset as it is the premier nightlife hub of Singapore.

Once the sun sets, this place transforms into a lively and vibrant nightspot. The riverfront location and on top of that cool breeze from the river-end makes it perfect location to spend your evening at.

If you are a party lover, you will enjoy this place a lot more as you can visit the outstanding dance clubs, live music bars, and beer pubs. It is one of the best places to visit in Singapore for party-lovers.

13. Pulau Ubin- one of the best places to visit in Singapore

Pulau Ubin

The perfect destination for nature lovers is Pulau Ubin which is home to diverse habitats and teeming ecosystems. This spot is located off Singapore’s north coast and comprises the last remaining traditional village in Singapore. Also, it offers a variety of wildlife, historical sites, farms, and plantations which makes it one of the best places to visit in Singapore.

Pulau Ubin is so stunning that it will legitimately move you into the past. This place is one of a kind and only a handful of people live in this present era so, visit it to take a step back into ancient times. This place represents the authentic history of the old way of life decades ago in Singapore. Therefore, it makes you feel like you are time-traveling and that is why people like to visit this place.

14. Jewel of Changi airport

Jewel of Changi airport

Changi airport Singapore is quite popular for its 40 meters high indoor waterfall. This water fall is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world and is located in a mall inside the airport. The mall similarly offers over 280 unique retails along with a lot of dining options.

Tourists take time to visit this spot on a stop-over so, they plan their tickets accordingly. What I did during my visit to Singapore is I spend a week exploring all the other places in Singapore. And on the day that I was returning back to my country, I reached the airport approximately 4 hours earlier than my flight. I dropped off my luggage at the counter, tried some of the most delicious food here, and observed this unique landmark. Thankfully, my flight was at night due to which I also got to watch this Jewel lit up at night.

It’s a wrap!

So that is it! I hope you enjoyed this list of the places to visit in Singapore. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite that you think should make it to this list.