I’ve never seen a view like this. Palm trees and an infinity pool overlook a city 57 stories below as people swim out to the edge to take selfies with the skyscrapers. It’s like something out of a movie, and yet here I am taking it all in. It’s a great introduction to my 3 days in Singapore.

3 Days in Singapore

3 Days in Singapore

I’ve flown to this part of Asia with my boyfriend for two travel conferences (one of the many benefits of working in the same industry), but we have a few extra days at the end of the trip to explore Singapore. I’m looking forward to experiencing the highlights, and to seeing how the city has changed since I was last here five years ago.

View from Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

Singapore: Day 1

On our first day I take in the aforementioned view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, an architectural feat comprised of three towers topped with a boat-like rooftop pool and restaurant terrace. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city, from the skyscraper views on one side to the garden views on the other.

View from Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

Back on the ground, we spend the morning exploring the Gardens by the Bay. Like the hotel, they’re new since my last visit. I’m impressed by the size of the outdoor complex and the fantasy-like atmosphere around the giant Supertrees.

View from Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

The two shell domes are home to everything from flowers to waterfalls. Not only are they a welcome respite from Singapore’s legendary heat, but also fun places to be awed by the world’s natural beauty.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

In the afternoon we head over to Chinatown. The pedestrianized streets are lined with colorful shophouses that contain all kinds of stores. Awnings cover their contents as their bright hues overflow into the roads, and strings of red and white lanterns dance overhead.

Chinatown, Singapore

We walk down the streets, taking in the sights of souvenirs and smells of street food as we make our way to Maxwell Food Centre, one of Singapore’s most famous hawker centers. It’s packed with delicious stalls, and we settle in for sliced fish bee hoon soup from the famous Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon.

Temple in Chinatown, Singapore

Later we cool off with a drink at Oxwell & Co, an expat-run bar with a great roof terrace on nearby Ann Siang Hill.

Oxwell and Co, Singapore

Afterwards it’s back to Marina Bay for an evening trip to the viewing platform at the Supertrees and dinner on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands. I love the way they glow in the sunset.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore: Day 2

I start the second of my 3 days in Singapore on a solo mission to Little India, where the streets are decked in color in honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Little India at Diwali, Singapore

Walking down Serangoon Road, I take in the decorations and duck down side streets to find magical umbrella trees and colorful markets.

Umbrella Trees, Singapore

I walk by the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, with its intricate details, and wander through the stalls at the Little India Arcade.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore

My senses are tempted by all that I see, and it’s hard not to pick up a million gifts for friends back home.

Little India, Singapore

In the afternoon I head to the Singapore Zoo, which I’ve heard so many good things about that I can’t wait to visit. It certainly lives up to its reputation, with a vast number of species represented in a variety of habitats.

Singapore Zoo

I spend so much time there that I’m almost late for dinner at Creatures in Little India. But I make it in time to enjoy a good meal, and have energy left over for a pilgrimage to The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling (it’s the birthplace of the cocktail, after all).

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore: Day 3

The last of my 3 days in Singapore starts with a boat trip in Marina Bay. It’s a great way to get a feel for the area and see it from a different angle. My boyfriend and I head out to the deck to take in views of the Merlion fountain, shophouses, and other iconic landmarks.

Boat in Singapore

Back on shore, I head over to Lau Pa Sat, another of Singapore’s hawker centers. Set in a beautiful Victorian arcade, it’s home to a modern mix of stalls selling everything from noodles to teh tarik tea. I settle in for a pineapple and guava juice and soak up the smoky smells of the satay stalls.

Merlion, Singapore

In the afternoon my boyfriend and I meet up and head to the National Gallery. The huge museum has a range of exhibitions on, and we make our way through its corridors to see an eclectic mix of art. While we’re there, we also discover great views from the roof terrace.

National Gallery, Singapore

Afterwards we brave the heat to walk around Marina Bay, taking in the Esplanade, Helix Bridge, and lotus-like ArtScience Museum as we go.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Then it’s off to the Botanical Gardens to soak up Singapore’s most beautiful green space. It’s hard to believe how big the gardens are, and I feel like I could keep coming back forever and still not take in all the lakes, groves, and glens here.

Singapore Botanical Garden

In the evening we head to the Promenade for Wonder Full, the nightly light show on Marina Bay. Using water and light, it tells the story of the creation of life. I really want to like it, but I find the mix of animated and human images a bit creepy.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

I’m more satisfied with a drink on top of the tallest Supertree in the Gardens by the Bay, where the lights of the trees are more to my liking. And that’s to say nothing of the lights from the top of the Marina Bay Sands, where I end my evening with a night view of that magical infinity-pool skyline.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

And with my last look, my 3 days in Singapore come full-circle. It’s hard to believe how much the city has changed in the five years since I was last here, but some of my favorite things about it are the ones that have popped up since my last trip. Which makes me excited to come back again in the future and see all the new things there are to love.

If you visit, you can read more in Lonely Planet Pocket Singapore. You can get it here.

Have you been to Singapore? What were the highlights of your trip?

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22 Comments on Lady’s 3 Days in Singapore

  1. Thank you for this amazing post about Singapore! I was born and raised there and it holds a special place in my heart. Funny to say I’ve never been to Marina Bay Sands, but I definitely will when I go back! Most people in the US haven’t heard of Singapore but I’m hoping that will change someday 😉

  2. Singapore is on my list of places to visit next year. Will be the first time, so super excited about it. I guess no matter how long you’re staying in a city, you’d always wish you had more time, but did you feel you had enough time to explore the highlights in 3 days?

  3. This is a lovely post, Singapore looks wonderful, especially, Marina Bay, taking in the Esplanade, Helix Bridge, and lotus-like ArtScience Museum. It is one of the most expensive cities to visit in South east Asia, but there are plenty of free things to do that don’t hurt your wallet. For example,Baba House, the exquisitely restored Peranakan home near Chinatown can only be visited on a free hour-long tour, which offers a great insight into the life of a wealthy local family cin 1920s Singapore. Equally, as part of its community outreach program, the SSO conducts free concerts at various tertiary institutions, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Classics at the Park sessions at the Botanic Gardens are particularly atmospheric.

  4. Came across your blog a while ago when looking up trave stuff abiut London. Have been following since then and impressed by your photos! Really appreciate how you are so detail oriented and carefully lay out all the beautiful pictures.

    Do you have a post on how you transitioned from a full time job to what you are doing now?

    I am based in San Francisco and have a full time job. I’m seriously thinking about making a drastic change in my life, but I am not exactly sure what it is yet.

    Planning to use the next few months to think through…

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Those trees and verticle gardens are absolutely amazing – fantastic photos! I’ve only ever treated Singapore as an airport stopover, which is clearly overlooking what an incredible city destination this is.

  6. Great to see these beautiful pictures in Singapore. Specially that magical umbrella tree. I heared lot about this beautiful city but hardly got any chance to visit. Surely would like to visit soon.

  7. Hi I live in Singapore. I love your blogs and I think they are really inspiring. I think you have captured Singapore perfectly. I recommend visiting the Art Science Museum and the Science Centre. If you want to get out of town and see greenery, I recommend Riders Cafe at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. We are moving to London in June so we really appreciate all your UK blogs and tips.

    from Daisy Gray
    aged ten

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