I’ve always wanted to see Singapore, but somehow I just couldn’t see myself traveling around the city alone. Thankfully I was able to invite my good friend Kasee to come along with me on this trip. We had five solid days to go around so we came up with an itinerary to see Singapore’s best in just 5 days without breaking the bank!
SINGAPORE DAY 1: Arrival at Changi Airport / Bugis Street, Haji Line and Little India
- We picked up the 5-day tourist sim card at the airport that we purchased from Klook only to find out that it was more practical to buy Singtel’s hi! Tourist sim card. Well, for starters – Singtel’s sim card validity is longer since you get 2 extra days to use 100GB data. Plus, it was more convenient to have Singtel’s staff help you out with the sim card activation.
- Originally planned to take the cab from the airport to our Airbnb apartment but since we’re trying to stay within our budget, we took the train instead and made our way to Paya Lebar – the closest MRT station to our apartment in Tanjong Katong.
- Figured it would be best to get the EZ-link card since we’ll often travel by bus or train around Singapore. Throughout the whole trip, I think we loaded about $80 dollars each (or less – I can’t really remember) for our week-long stay in Singapore. We actually stayed in the country for 7 days, but only had 5 solid days to do tours and sightseeing.
- Since we had the whole afternoon, we went to Bugis to have lunch at one of the restaurants Haji Lane or Arab Street. We then discovered this awesome hipster food hall called FOMO Singapore in the heart of Kampong Glam. Despite having only 8 stalls, the food selection is great and prices are quite comparable to Hawker centers.
SINGAPORE DAY 2: Universal Studios Singapore – Sentosa Island
- Went to see Universal Studios on our second day in Singapore. We decided to go on a weekday thinking there would be fewer people at the amusement park, but it didn’t really make much of a difference, to be honest. We’re just glad to have pre-paid for the tickets since they were cheaper online compared to buying tickets on the spot.
- Universal Studios Singapore is located in Sentosa Island. It was quite far from where our apartment is located, so we searched beforehand and learned that the fastest way to get to there is by train and a ride the Sentosa Express Monorail.
- The scariest one out of the rollercoaster rides in Universal Studios Singapore is the inverted roller coaster called Cylon of Battlestar Galactica. I would highly recommend for any thrill seekers. It’s definitely worth queueing up for!
- Universal Studios is not just for kids, but it’s also for grown-ups who love to have fun and go on exhilarating rides! However, just like in every theme park you go to, meals are unreasonably priced and merchandise is expensive so be prepared.
SINGAPORE DAY 3: Sentosa Island and Sentosa Beach
- Let me tell you right now that one day is not enough to explore Sentosa Island. We spent another day just to check out the island and see the beaches. We only saw Tanjong Beach though, but there’s also Palawan and Siloso Beach.
- Sentosa offers are a variety of attractions such as MegaZip Adventure Park, Madame Tussauds, The Skyline Luge & Skyride and KidZania – these facilities provide a variety of experiences, recreation, and entertainment to its visitors.
- There’s a huge Merlion statue near Imbiah station and if I’m not mistaken, it’s even bigger than the Merlion statue in Marina Bay. The only difference is that the statue in Sentosa doesn’t spew out water from its mouth. Still looks regal though!
- There’s also a free light-and-sound show near Resorts World Sentosa every night at 8pm. The best palce to enjoy the Crane show is at the viewing gallery at resort’s waterfront. It’s about the courtship of two “robot” cranes and how their love for each other transforms them into “real” birds.
SINGAPORE DAY 4: Art Science Museum, Gardens By The Bay and Chinatown
- One of the highlights of our trip: Art Science Museum. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of museums, but the interactive display inside the museum definitely made me rethink. It also was the perfect indoor activity on a really hot day in Singapore!
- Got our Art Science Museum tickets half the original price since we registered for the Sands Rewards LifeStyle Membership. It’s completely free – you just have to sign up for it at The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands.
- We only got tickets for Future World: Where Art Meets Science and Art from the Streets exhibition. If only we had more time (and money) to spare, we would have spent the whole day checking the other exhibitions at the museum!
- Next stop was Gardens By The Bay. I recommend going to the domes during the day and see Garden Rhapsody light show at night. The show takes place at 7:45 and is free – meaning no purchase is required. Just make your way to the Supertree Grove to enjoy the beautiful lights and music. Travel tip: Better come early to get a good spot.
- After the show, we went to Chinatown to eat one of Singapore’s best seafood dish and that is Chili Crab. Fun fact: It’s also been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore’s National Dishes. I can’t tell you which restaurant offers the best one out there, but the one we had was the bomb diggity.
SINGAPORE DAY 5: Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands and Clarke Quay
- Of course, a trip to Singapore is not complete without seeing the iconic Merlion statue. Its body symbolises the humble beginnings of Singapore when it started out as a fishing village called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese while the Merlion’s head represents the country’s original name – Singapura or ‘lion city’ in Malay.
- You will also get a good view of Marina Bay Sands hotel (yes, it’s one with the boat on top) when you’re at the Merlion Park. The place is flooded with tourists trying to get the perfect shot of the iconic spots so be ready for battle. Haha!
- On our way to Merlion Park, we bought Ice cream wafer sandwiches – a popular street snack in Singapore – from this lovely old couple near Fullerton hotel. I wanted to try the other flavors (they had durian by the way!) but feared that I’d get diabeetus from eating too many sweets. They only cost 1.50 SGD each!
- Decided to check out Clarke Quay – the country’s historical riverside located within the River Planning Area. You’ll see splendid architecture and monuments of colonial Singapore here. The place has been converted into chic pubs, restaurants and nightclubs though so it’s the best place to hangout with your friends at night.
Like every travel itinerary I publish here at Escape The Confines, I’ll be doing a separate post for each of the tourist attractions. 🙂