4 Days In Singapore Itinerary: Explore The Amazing City

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As a frequent traveler to Singapore, I have had the opportunity to explore the country’s diverse attractions and landmarks. From the iconic Marina Bay Sands to the bustling streets of Chinatown and the serene gardens of Sentosa Island, each visit brings a new adventure and discovery.

One of my favourite experiences in Singapore has been visiting the Gardens by the Bay. The sheer scale of the gardens is awe-inspiring, and the Supertree Grove with its unique tree-like structures towering over the gardens is a sight to behold. I also love the Cloud Forest Dome, which showcases a diverse range of flora and fauna from different regions of the world.

From theme parks to cultural landmarks, shopping districts to nature reserves, this country is the ultimate destination for any travel enthusiast. So if you’re looking for a fun and exciting adventure, you are in the right place as I will be sharing my favourite way to spend 4 days in this Singapore itinerary!

Singapore Itinerary : Day 1

Singapore is the home to the World’s Best Airport. It is highly recommended to explore the airport and take in its impressive features as part of your visit to the city. Starting your Singapore itinerary with exploring Jewel Changi Airport is a great way to begin your trip. Located within Changi Airport, Jewel is a stunning multi-use complex that has quickly become one of Singapore’s top tourist destinations.

Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi is connected to the Arrival Hall of Terminal 1 and it is accessible via the link bridge from Terminal 2.

Jewel features a breathtaking indoor waterfall, known as the HSBC Rain Vortex, which is surrounded by lush gardens and walkways. The waterfall is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world, standing at an impressive 40 meters tall, making it the most photographed place in Singapore.

The waterfall is equally stunning day and night. In the event that your visit the waterfall during the evening hours, there is an opportunity to witness the spectacular Jewel Light Show, which lasts approximately five minutes and takes place hourly between 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

In addition to the waterfall, Jewel also has over 280 retail and dining outlets, ranging from high-end luxury brands to local food stalls. If you’re a foodie, you won’t want to miss out on the famous Shake Shack, which is located in Jewel and serves up some of the best burgers in town.

Singapore itinerary: Jewel Changi Airport
The iconic Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi Airport.

One of the most unique features of Jewel is the Canopy Park, which is located on the top level of the complex. The park features a variety of attractions, including a hedge maze, a mirror maze, and a suspended walking net that allows visitors to view the HSBC Rain Vortex from above.

Haji Lane

Exploring Jewel Changi Airport can take about half day of your itinerary. If you start the day early, then you can continue the day to visit Haji Lane. 

Haji Lane is one of the cultural highlights in Singapore. It is famous among youngsters, expats and tourists because of its vibrant vibes. It is also one of my favourite places in Singapore! 

Haji Lane is famous for its charming narrow street located in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood, also known for its colourful and vibrant murals, quaint boutiques, and trendy cafes. You can find several cool shops selling really interesting and one-of-a-kind stuff. 

The street has a bohemian vibe and is popular among locals and tourists alike. You can spend hours exploring the various shops and boutiques, picking up some unique souvenirs or enjoying a cup of coffee in one of the many cozy cafes.

Haji Lane Sultan Mosque
Sultan Mosque next to Haji Lane.

Sultan Mosque which is only next to Haji Lane is also a famous sight in Kampong Glam. 

China Town

Next, head over to Chinatown, which is a bustling neighborhood filled with street vendors, traditional Chinese shops, and temples. You can easily spend a whole day exploring this vibrant and historic district, which is home to several iconic landmarks such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the Sri Mariamman Temple.

Chinatown is also famous for its food scene, offering a wide variety of local Chinese delicacies and street food. Be sure to try out some of the local specialties like bak kut teh, dim sum, and chili crab.

Aside from shopping and dining, Chinatown also offers various cultural experiences such as traditional Chinese medicine shops and workshops that teach the art of calligraphy and tea ceremonies.

Singapore Itinerary : Day 2

The next morning, we got out early and rode the early train to Kyoto!

We took a 1 hour and 30 minutes train ride and arrived at Fushimi-Inari Station. We booked the Kyoto-Osaka Sightseeing 1-Day Pass for our Day 2 trip which include the transport from Osaka to Kyoto on Keihan Line. The Pass sets us worry-free to go to all the sights within Osaka and Kyoto.

Gardens By The Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a stunning nature park that should definitely be included in your Singapore itinerary. Spanning over 101 hectares, the park is home to over one million plants from all over the world, making it a true marvel of engineering and horticulture.

One of the most iconic features of Gardens by the Bay is the Supertree Grove, which consists of 18 towering tree-like structures that range from 25 to 50 meters in height. The Supertrees are designed to be environmentally sustainable, with photovoltaic cells on the trunks that collect solar energy to power the park’s activities. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a stunning light and sound show called the Garden Rhapsody.

Waterfall in Gardens By The Bay
Waterfall in Gardens By The Bay

Another highlight of the park is the Flower Dome, a giant conservatory that houses plants from dry climates such as Africa and the Americas. The dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world and is home to various themed gardens such as the Baobabs and Bottle Trees Garden, the Succulent Garden, and the Mediterranean Garden.

The Cloud Forest is another conservatory that is worth exploring, featuring a 35-meter-tall mountain covered in mist and tropical plants. Visitors can take a lift up to the top of the mountain and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding park and city skyline.

Supertree Grove in Gardens By The Bay
Supertree Grove in Gardens By The Bay.

One of my favourite part of the gardens is the OCBC Skyway. Enjoy the view from 22 metres above the ground and to take a photograph of the Gardens’ verdant environment that is postcard-perfect!

The park’s outdoor spaces are just as impressive as the indoor attractions, with various themed gardens such as the Heritage Garden, the World of Plants, and the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes. Gardens By The Bay is pretty huge and you can easily spent a few hours in the park.

Merlion Park

After visiting Gardens By The Bay, another iconic landmark to visit is Merlion Park.

Merlion Park is one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore, and is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the city-state. Located in the Marina Bay area, the park is home to the Merlion statue, which is a symbol of Singapore and represents the city’s heritage as a fishing village.

The main attraction of the park is actually the Merlion statue which stands at 8.6 meters tall and weighs 70 tons, and features the head of a lion and the body of a fish. It is where you will see most visitors walk around the base of the statue and take photos with this famous symbol of Singapore.

 

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Merlion Park at night.

Marina Bay SkyPark

Just a short walk of 15 minutes from Merlion Park is where the Marina Bay sands located. The Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a must-visit attraction in Singapore that offers a unique and stunning perspective of the city skyline. Located on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Skypark is a 1.2-hectare observation deck that provides unobstructed views of the city’s landmarks and skyline.

Luckily, the deck is open for all visitors. You do not need to be the hotel guests to be eligible for the SkyPark entrance. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the Skypark, including the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel itself, the Singapore Flyer, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and the Gardens by the Bay. The Skypark also offers a bird’s-eye view of the bustling harbour and the ships that come and go.

The perfect time to visit here is during the sunset hour. You can catch the perfect sunset and the Singapore city landscape form this amazing SkyPark Observation Deck.

Marina Bay SkyPark
Marina Bay SkyPark

In addition to the breathtaking views, the Skypark also boasts a stunning infinity pool that is reserved for hotel guests only. The pool stretches out to the edge of the Skypark, creating an illusion of swimming in the sky. For those who are not hotel guests, there are several bars and restaurants on the Skypark where visitors can enjoy a drink or meal while taking in the stunning views.

Spectra Light And Water Show

Next, you can take a walk to to the Event Plaza to watch light show. The Spectra Light and Water Show is a free nightly attraction held at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands. This spectacular show combines choreographed water fountains, colourful light displays, and stunning music to create an immersive experience for visitors.

The show features a symphony of dancing water fountains that are synchronised to a variety of music, ranging from classical pieces to contemporary hits. The fountains shoot jets of water up to 20 meters high, while the lights illuminate the water and the surrounding area in a dazzling array of colours.

The Spectra Light and Water Show is approximately 15 minutes long and is FREE for all visitors to enjoy. The show runs twice nightly, with showtimes at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm, and an additional show at 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Helix Bridge

After the light show, you can just walk to the iconic pedestrian bridge known as Helix Bridge ,at the side of Marina Bay area. 

Helix Bridge is a stunning architectural masterpiece that combines art and engineering, and is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. 

Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands
Kyoto Tower lights up in the evening.

The Helix Bridge gets its name from its unique spiral shape, which resembles the structure of a DNA molecule. The bridge spans across Marina Bay, connecting Marina Centre with Marina South, and providing stunning views of the bay area.

The bridge features a series of curved steel ribs that create a unique and visually stunning effect. The ribs are illuminated with LED lights at night, making the Helix Bridge a stunning sight to behold after dark.

Visitors can stroll along the bridge and take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. The Helix Bridge also serves as a popular spot for photography enthusiasts, who come to capture the bridge’s unique structure and the beautiful views of the bay.

Singapore Itinerary : Day 3

Day Trip To Universal Studio Singapore (USS)

Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located on Sentosa Island in Singapore. It is a popular attraction for visitors of all ages, featuring thrilling rides, live shows, and immersive experiences based on popular movies and TV shows.

Universal Studio Singapore is the first and by far the only one Universal Studio theme park in the Southeast Asia. 

The park is divided into seven themed zones, each with its own attractions and rides. Visitors can explore the world of Jurassic Park, battle evil robots in Transformers: The Ride, or journey through the worlds of their favorite animated movies in the Far Far Away zone.

Universal Studio Singapore
The iconic globe at the entrance of Universal Studio Singapore.

One of the park’s main attractions is the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster, which is the tallest dueling roller coaster in the world. The ride features two roller coasters that race side-by-side, allowing riders to compete against each other in an exhilarating experience.

Another popular attraction is the Hollywood Dreams Parade, which features elaborate floats and characters from popular movies and TV shows. Visitors can also catch live shows, including WaterWorld and the Pantages Hollywood Theater.

We purchased the ticket online in advance so we could skip the ticket counter and go directly to the entrance line.We got there 30 minutes before the park opened because we had been warned about the huge crowds at USJ. I was surprised that when we arrived, there was already a long line in front of the entrance to the park! However, as soon as the park opened, the line moved very quickly, and we were able to enter after approximately 15 minutes.

The rides were so much fun and I wished I had more time to go on another round of rides but the queue for the rides were normally long and needed about 30 minutes to 2 hours waiting.

Our tickets were the standard entrance tickets, which gave us enough time to ride every ride once but not enough time to ride again in order to see everything the park has to offer. Therefore, in order to save time and be able to explore the park and rides as much as you like, I suggest getting an Express Pass is totally worth it.

Sentosa

After having fun at Universal Studios Singapore, you can also take the Sentosa Express monorail to Sentosa Island which is just a short distance away. 

Once you arrive on Sentosa, there are plenty of attractions and activities to explore. If you’re looking for more theme park fun, you can head to Adventure Cove Waterpark, where you can slide down water slides, relax in the lazy river, or snorkel with tropical fish in a simulated reef environment.

Singapore itinerary: Sentosa island
Beach at Sentosa Island.

Another must-visit attraction on Sentosa is the S.E.A. Aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world. The aquarium is home to over 100,000 marine animals from over 1,000 species, and visitors can explore a wide range of aquatic habitats, including coral reefs, deep sea trenches, and kelp forests.

Singapore Itinerary : Sentosa aquarium
S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa is one of the popular attractions.

For those looking for a more relaxed experience, Sentosa Island has plenty of beaches to choose from, including Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, or participate in water sports like kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding.

There are a lot to explore on the island itself. If you stay on the island, then you will have enough time to explore from Universal Studio Singapore to Sentosa Island. If you have limited time, it is still possible to explore some of the main attractions on Sentosa Island and Universal Studios Singapore in a single day. However, if you want to fully experience all that these destinations have to offer, it may be best to split your visit over two days.

Singapore Itinerary : Day 4

On our fourth day, we visited some of the cultural areas and historical park in Singapore.

House Of Tan Teng Niah

You can start your morning by visiting Tan Teng Niah, a colourful and historic Chinese villa located in the Little India neighbourhood. Built in 1900, the villa features a unique blend of Chinese and European architectural styles, and is one of the most colourful and photogenic buildings in the area.

The colourful House of Tan Teng Niah is also one of the famous Instagrammable photo spot in Singapore. 

Singapore itinerary : House of Tan Teng Niah
The vibrant coulour of House of Tan Teng Niah

A little history behind this famous house.

The house was originally built by Tan Teng Niah, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, as a gift to his wife. The building’s vibrant colours were chosen to represent the joy and happiness of their marriage, and have since become a hallmark of the Little India neighbourhood.

Despite being over a century old, the House of Tan Teng Niah has been carefully preserved and restored, ensuring that visitors can experience its beauty and history firsthand. Today, the house serves as a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike, drawing in visitors who come to marvel at its unique design and learn more about its rich heritage.

Bugis Market

After a few photo session with House of Tan Teng Niah, take a 10 minutes walk to the Bugis Market, also known as Bugis Street Market. It is a bustling shopping destination located in the heart of Singapore. This vibrant market is famous for its wide variety of products, ranging from fashion and beauty items to electronics and souvenirs.

Originally a small street market selling local goods, Bugis Market has grown into a sprawling shopping district with over 800 stalls, making it one of the largest street markets in Singapore. Here, you can find everything from trendy clothes and accessories to traditional Singaporean snacks and souvenirs.

Beyond shopping, Bugis Market is also a popular destination for foodies. The market is home to numerous food stalls offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine, from classic Singaporean dishes like Hainannese chicken rice to Korean barbecue and Japanese ramen.With a variety of food stalls offering both local and international cuisine, you’re sure to find something tasty to enjoy during your visit.

Chijmes

After that, take another 10 minutes walk to the beautiful Chijmes. 

Chijmes is a historic complex located in the heart of Singapore. The buildings that make up Chijmes are some of the oldest and most beautiful in Singapore, featuring striking Gothic architecture, stained-glass windows, and beautiful courtyards. The complex is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and entertainment.

Today, Chijmes is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes, making it a great place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a night out. From fine dining restaurants to casual cafes, there’s something to suit every taste and budget at Chijmes. 

Chijmes at night
Chijmes at night.

Fort Canning Park

Another instagram hotspot to visit is the Staircase at Fort Canning Park. 

Walking down the street from Chijmes, Fort Canning Park is only 10 minutes away from Chijmes. Fort Canning is a historic park located in the heart of Singapore that is steeped in history and culture. One of the park’s most intriguing features is the spiral staircase that winds its way up the hillside, offering visitors a unique and memorable way to experience the park’s stunning natural beauty.

The spiral staircase’s popularity is not solely due to its design, but rather the breathtaking view one can witness from the bottom of the staircase. Looking up from the bottom of the staircase, you will be able to see the stunning visual of the trees and their outlines in contrast with the wall of the spiral staircase. The spiral staircase at Fort Canning Park is a famous wedding photo spot and instagram photo spot. The queue to take photo with the staircase usually starts around 9am in the morning. So if you want to take photo and avoid the crowd, it is best to arrive as early as possible.

Fort Canning Tree Tunnel
Shibuya Crossing

Clarke Quay

Once you’ve spent a full day exploring Singapore and capturing all the sights on your camera, it’s time to relax and unwind at Clarke Quay. Clarke Quay is one of Singapore’s most vibrant and exciting nightlife destinations. The area is located along the Singapore River and features a variety of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues, making it the perfect place to spend a fun-filled night out on the town.

As the sun sets, Clarke Quay comes alive with an electric atmosphere. The neon lights of the bars and restaurants create a colorful and lively ambiance that is sure to capture your attention. The bustling crowds, live music, and street performances all add to the excitement of the night.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing drink with friends, a romantic dinner by the river, or an all-out party, Clarke Quay has something for everyone. From trendy rooftop bars to classic pubs, there is no shortage of options for drinks and entertainment.

Clarke Quay is very happening at night.
Clarke Quay is one of the most exciting nightlife places in Singapore.

Singapore is a beautiful country with the mixture of high-rise buildings city and natural park. Although it is a small country by size, but it has a lot to explore. With its multicultural and diverse population, it has a wide array of food, art, and culture to discover.

One of the things that make Singapore stand out is the seamless integration of nature into its urban landscape. Whether it’s the Gardens by the Bay or the Botanic Gardens, Singaporeans take great pride in their green spaces and make them accessible to visitors from all over the world.

In addition to the places mentioned in this itinerary, there are many other places worth visiting in Singapore such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Zoo, and the iconic Raffles Hotel. You can also explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Little India, Kampong Glam, and Chinatown to get a taste of Singapore’s diverse cultural heritage.

Singapore is truly a gem that never fails to amaze me. I’m already looking forward to my next visit and I hope this 4-day Singapore itinerary has given you some inspiration and ideas to make the most of your trip to this wonderful city-state.