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12 Things To Do In Singapore - 2020 Updated

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Singapore without a doubt is the most developed and urbanized country in Asia, if not in the entire world! I am sure you will feel that way, too, when you discover this unique country-city

Singapore at Night

It may be the most expensive city in the world, but Singapore has racked up plenty of other superlatives: cleanest, best planned, and, quite possible, most entertaining. The Lion City is home to the world's largest rooftop infinity pool, the world's first safari park for nocturnal animals, centuries-old temples, and, of course, some of the best food in the world. Here is my list of 15 things to in Singapore

12 Things Must Do In Singapore

1. Hit the Beach

 Are you tired of sightseeing and just want to relax on a beach?

Palawan Beach, Singapore

There, you can kick back and relax on the beach. There are actually 3 beaches to choose from here, depending on what you’re looking for. Siloso beach is where you’ll want to go for activities, Tanjong beach is a great spot to chill and enjoy a drink, and Palawan beach is where you’ll go if you’re traveling with kids. While you won’t be getting the beach experience you’d find in Thailand (there are tons of cargo ships in the water here!) it’s still a great place to escape for a day and soak up some rays.

Fact: Do you know about this? Sentosa Island and this beach are artificial in Singapore

2. Visit the National Museum of Singapore

 While admission to the museum isn’t free, they do offer daily free tours which really makes a visit here worthwhile.

 National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

This is the oldest museum in the country, having opened in 1849. The museum covers the history of the country, making it a great place to learn more about the country and how it came to be

3. Visit Gardens By The Bay

 Gardens by the Bay is a 250-acre nature park built on reclaimed land. It’s famous for its massive supertrees, 25-50m-tall vertical gardens that look like massive trees.

Gardens by the Bay at night, Singapore

The supertrees are home to all sorts of exotic plants and ferns and make for a stunning sight. While you have to pay to explore the conservatories, admission to the supertree garden is free.

4. Enjoy Orchid At National Orchid Garden

National Orchid Garden is located within Singapore Botanic Gardens. It sprawls across three hectares on the botanical garden’s highest hill. 

Entrance to the national orchid garden, Singapore

 I also recommend you visit the National Orchid Garden Singapore for $5. Unless you are some kind of orchid expert, you will discover a gazillion new types of orchids (600 species!) which offer a sweet combination of visual beauty and matching fragrance!

Singapore gardens national orchid garden

The garden’s landscaped slopes display more than 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. This gorgeous garden is divided into four zones that follow the four seasons with a distinct color theme for each zone

5. Buy Cheap Electronics

 Going shopping is really one of those fun activities in Singapore and a good thing to do on a day with bad weather! I think Sim Lim Shopping Center would be the best choice for your Singapore travel, as it is in the city center and it has 6-7 stores containing all the electronics you can think of!

Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

6. Walk Above A Real Jungle At Macritchie Treetop Walk

 Are you wondering which are the best Singapore sightseeing places? The MacRitchie Treetop Walk is located in MacRitchie Reservoir and it features a beautiful 250m long bridge, 25m above the jungle! The bridge is not that long, but getting there requires you to hike to the reservoir, then go to the Treetop Walk using the MacRitchie Nature Trail or the Venus Drive.

Hiking trail around McRitchie reservoir Singapore

The MacRitchie Trails cover over 11km of pathways around the largest reservoir in the country. It’s a place where the locals head for a run or a hike, and it’s a great place to get out and stretch your legs if you need to escape the city. Part of the trail includes a 250m aerial suspension bridge, which offers some nice views of the surrounding area. You can rent kayaks and canoes there, as well, and if you’re lucky you might spot one of the rare flying lemurs that call the park home!

7. Spend a Day In Sentosa (Or half day)

 Sentosa Island is dubbed as “Asia’s Favorite Playground”. It is located 15 minutes away from the city center and features exciting attractions that make it a wonderful island resort for rest and recreation.

The view from the cable car whilst visiting Sentosa for a morning. People can zip wire over to that little ‘island’ and then walk back across the walkway. Fun!

The island served as a fortress in the 19th century and became a military base after the Second World War. These days, Fort Siloso still stands as a military museum that displays old guns and war memorabilia.

A sunny day at Palawan Beach, Sentosa, Singapore

Some locals describe the today Sentosa Island as Las Vegas in a forest on the beach. This is an apt description given Sentosa’s choices of fun-filled attractions like casinos, forest adventures, and beach resorts.

8. Visit And Enjoy Cuisine In Chinatown

 Singapore’s Chinatown is a delightful mix of old and new in the city’s central area.

Chinatown, Singapore

It is a gold mine of Chinese heritage and culture with its old temples, historic shophouses, and traditional wet markets. Family-run stores and teahouses can also be found here, giving visitors a glimpse of the old Chinatown.

In contrast, boutique hotels, chic restaurants, and hip bars also exist and lend a modern touch to this fascinating town.

9. Flower Dome

  The Flower Dome is another great place to add on your list! This is your chance to step in the largest glass greenhouse in the world and see the multitude of flowers and plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.

Broken but beautiful, Flower Dome, Singapore

This is the land of a utopian paradise! In the Flower Dome, you’ll walk through nine gardens, each showcasing exotic plants from all over the globe. The Flower Field changes the display to reflect different seasons, festivals, and themes.

Admission time: Open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm daily, with last entrance at 8.00 pm

10. Have A City View From Sands Skypark

A trip to Singapore is not complete without visiting the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark.

 An exceptionally clear day in Singapore, shot from Marina Bay Sands Skypark

The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck is a popular tourist attraction that overlooks Singapore from the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands.

The wood-floored viewing area is located at the “stern” of the ship-shaped SkyPark and can hold up to 900 guests.

The observation deck offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Singapore with guided tours conducted daily on a first-come, first-served basis, nothing can beat the bird’s eye view of the Wonder Full light show when enjoying it at the Sands SkyPark

11. Clubbing At Clarke Quay

 Clarke Quay has also become one of Singapore's food, drink, and entertainment hubs - the whole area has been converted into an open-air pedestrian precinct filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Clarke Quay, Singapore

This historical riverfront district was named after Singapore’s 2nd Governor, Sir Andrew Clarke. The quay was home to warehouses that stored commercial goods transported from the nearby Boat Quay.


Today, the old warehouses have been converted into blocks of bars and restaurants that attract partygoers to this side of Singapore.

12. Stargazing

 Science Centre Singapore offers free stargazing every Friday (weather permitting) between January and November.

This is a really cool activity and makes for a great educational experience for adults and children alike. Just keep in mind that there is limited space, so be sure to arrive by 7:30 pm to claim a spot


Singapore may not be the cheapest city in the world, but there are still some ways to make it less of a burden on your wallet. By eating cheap, walking, and taking advantage of discounts, you can easily do Singapore without busting your wallet!

Do you have any tips on how to visit Singapore on a budget? Leave them in the comments!

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  • Janny on

    A helpful guide, thank you

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