4 Days in Singapore Itinerary – What to Do On Your First Visit

by Jackie
One of the street art in Singapore's Chinatown. An older gentleman is shown writing calligraphy. He is surrounded by red signs written in gold letters for good fortune.

Oh, Singapore. You’ve captured our hearts with your delicious Singaporean food, stunning nature reserves, historical sites, super clean roads, and glitz and glamour. We first visited Singapore with a brief layover last year and had the opportunity to revisit this year for four days. While most people may think that 4 days in Singapore is a long time for this small country, we thought it was an adequate amount of time to explore the highlights.

With so many places to see in Singapore, where do you start with planning? With the help of our favorite travel bloggers, here is our recommended 4 days in Singapore itinerary. This itinerary includes what to do in Singapore in 4 days including popular and offbeat places, admission cost, places to eat, and other helpful Singapore travel tips. 

Each day is packed with attractions, yet you aren’t obligated to see everything. Depending on your travel style, feel free to focus on 1-2 sightseeing activities that you want to see. In addition, Singapore can be done on a budget so we’ve provided many free attractions. We also have tour options available for a more in-depth exploration of these attractions. 

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How to Get Around Singapore

Since we’re sharing how to get to the various attractions, we thought it would be best to address how to travel around Singapore using public transportation.

MRT and Buses

Singapore’s public transportation system is easy to use. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) will get you around the entire country in one hour or less. It’s a convenient and affordable way to travel around Singapore. For a copy of the Singapore MRT map, click here. You can also take the buses around town which is reliable and fast. You’ll wait no more than 10 minutes at a bus stop. 

Tip: Buy the Singapore Tourist Pass

With this Singapore 4 days itinerary, you may consider purchasing the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP). The pass has a 1, 2, 3 days option where you can have unlimited bus and MRT rides each day. No need to worry about buying single rides each time as you use your card to enter/leave the MRT or bus. It’s a huge time saver when you’re on the go. 

We purchased the 3-day pass at the Changi International Airport’s TransLink Ticket Office where the MRT station is located (or you can visit MRT stations that sells STP). In the end, you end up saving money if you use the MRT and buses many times per day with the STP. At the end of your trip, return your STP within 6 days of first issue date at selected Transitlink Ticket offices to get a refund for the rental fee on your card. If you keep the STP, the card will convert to a normal EZ-link card and you can add funds to it on a return trip. You won’t regret getting this card to help with your traveling. 

You may be wondering what about the fourth day in Singapore? We paid for the MRT rides as the STP expired. When buying the single rides, don’t forget to reuse your ticket. Every 3rd and 6th ride has a $.10 discount.

Cost: 1 day (20 SGD / $14.55 USD), 2 days (26 SGD / $19 USD), 3 days (30 SGD / $21.80 USD) + 10 SGD ($7.30 USD) refundable rental deposit for the card

Grab

You can use Grab, the ride-hailing app, to travel around Singapore. Grab is the same concept as Uber where you select your pick-up and drop-off location. It’s a cashless transaction as everything is done through the app. You can pay the driver in cash but it’s best to have exact change. Grab was helpful when we needed to get to the airport early and the MRT wasn’t running yet. 

How to Navigate through Singapore

We recommend that you use Google Maps as you travel around Singapore so you know which MRT and bus stop to go on/off from. You may consider picking up a 4G SIM card at the airport so you can access Google Maps. 


Singapore Itinerary Day 1: Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands

If you landed at Changi International Airport in the morning, hop on the MRT from Changi Airport Station (Green Line) and transfer to any of the other lines to your Singapore accommodations. Check in and drop off your luggage. Afterward, we’re off to exploring your first full day in Singapore. We’re spending the day at the Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands area. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking a lot between the two areas. 

Explore Gardens by the Bay. 

Gardens by the Bay is one of our favorite spots to visit in Singapore. It’s a beautiful and inviting outdoor space with greenery. From the jaw-dropping Supertree Grove to the immaculate gardens and art sculptures, you’re in for a treat to this natural wonderland. Depending on your time, spend at least 2 hours to up to an entire day here. Check out the following places below. 

The Supertree Grove, located in the Bay South Garden, is so unique. No wonder you see this splashed over social media. The tall trees stand at 50 meters (164 feet) high with over 150,000 plants grown along the tree trunks. Plus, they help convert to solar energy to help light up the trees in the evenings. You must see the famous light show in the evenings (more information below). For another view of the Supergrove Grees, check out an aerial view from the OCBC Skyway. It’s a 128 meters (419 feet) walkway that connects between the trees. 

Add a visit to the cooling conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. We loved visiting the Flower Dome to see various flowers from five continents and their seasonal floral decorations. Since we’re from California, it was amazing to see Californian orange trees on display. The Cloud Forest is also a good place to visit to cool off from the outdoor humidity. As you walk into the forest, the cool mist provides the ambiance of walking through a rainforest in the early morning. The indoor waterfall at the entrance is also a highlight of the forest. 

Gardens by the Bay also has a new attraction called Floral Fantasy. While we haven’t been here, it has the theme park vibe with a 4D ride and floral displays.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (Blue or Orange Line) and follow the signs to Gardens by the Bay. It’ll be a 10-minute walk to the Supertree Grove.

Admission Cost: Depending on what you want to visit, the attraction costs vary. 

Waterfall at entrance of Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest

The waterfall at the entrance of the Cloud Forest is mesmerizing.

Visit the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

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Marina Bay Sands Future World by TeamLabs at ArtScience Museum is an absolute must do on any visit to Singapore. From the genius minds of the Japanese artist/scientist collaborative, TeamLabs has achieved something truly revolutionary in digital art. Future World is a fantastical place, where everything is visually stunning and surprisingly interactive. Immerse yourself in their world of light, marvel at the lifelike projections and delight in your own playful creations. 

While Future World is a fantastic exhibition in its own right, it’s also an Instagrammer’s paradise, providing incredible photo opportunities! Starting with a digital waterfall, progressing to glow in the dark tetris, and culminating in a pixelated galaxy of crystal light – every detail has been attended to. What is more, there is a section of the exhibition where you are able to draw your own addition to TeamLabs’ Future World, which then comes to life on the walls around you after being scanned in.  

An important thing to note for female visitors is that many of the installations involve mirrored flooring – make sure you’re not wearing a skirt! Allow around two hours to explore around Future World, then if your Singapore itinerary allows, spend some time in one of the three other exhibitions at ArtScience. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (Blue or Orange Line) and follow the signs to the Marina Bay Sands. Or, if you’re coming from Gardens by the Bay, cross the overpass which goes to the hotel. Head to the outdoor Promenade area to the white flower-shaped building, which is the museum.

Admission Cost: 19 SGD ($13.80 USD) for adults; 14 SGD ($10 USD) for concessions (seniors, students, those with disabilities, and children 2-12 years old). Buy your tickets here and save money to the ArtScience Museum

A woman walks through the blue lighted crystal displays at Singapore's ArtScience Museum featuring teamLab's Future World.

You must visit the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands. The Future World exhibit by teamLab is a must-see during your Singapore 4 day itinerary. Photo credit: Off Goes Annie

Relax at Marina Bay Sands’s Sands SkyPark.  

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On the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the iconic Sands SkyPark Observation Deck which promises panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. From that height, take a moment to find and appreciate Singapore’s famous landmarks like the capsules of the Singapore Flyer and the long line of orange-roofed shophouses that line the Singapore River. Complement this visit by heading down to the Water Promenade to catch the free light and water show or sipping a delicious handcrafted cocktail from Avenue.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (Blue or Orange Line) and go to Marina Bay Sands’s Hotel Tower 3. Although it’s usually open from 9:30am to 10pm on weekdays and until 11pm on weekends, it’s best to plan ahead and call +6566888826 as it’s sometimes hired for private events and may be unavailable. It’s also best to check the weather as rainy days will mean that the deck will be closed for the safety of the guests. 

Admission Cost: Tickets to the top are around 23 SGD ($16.55 USD) for adults and 17 SGD ($12.20 USD) for children 2 to 12 years of age. Buy your tickets ahead of time and save money to the SkyPark Observation Deck

For a memorable break, you can also splurge on the Sandsational Escape which will include a night’s stay at the Marina Bay Sands and access to the infinity pool that lines the rooftop, along with other perks. There are also packages and bundles that include buffet dinners or entry to other attractions on the website that may be worth checking. 

People relaxing and swimming at the infinity pool at the Singapore's Marina Bay Sands rooftop.

Let’s relax on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands on your first day in Singapore. Photo credit: Lazy Travel Blog

Head to the Gardens by the Bay’s Garden Rhapsody Light Show.

We’re going back to the Gardens by the Bay for the amazing evening light show, Garden Rhapsody. It’s one of the most remarkable evening activities to do in Singapore. The colorful Supertree Grove ‘dance’ with classical and instrumental music from popular movies such as Back to the Future and Star Wars. It’s such an awesome outdoor concert that you may want to watch it more than once! Ok, we watched it two times during our trip on separate days and it was just as incredible to see the second time.

The free show occurs daily at the Supertree Grove at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. It’s recommended to visit the area 30 minutes before the start of the show if you want to find a spot to sit. Otherwise, you can stand anywhere and still enjoy the light show. 

How to Get There: From the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, cross the bridge and walk to the Supertree Grove area. Otherwise, take the MRT to Bayfront Station (Blue or Orange Line)

Blue, purple, and pink lights illuminate the Singapore's Garden by the Bay's Supertree Grove at the Garden Rhapsody evening show.

Don’t miss the Gardens by the Bay Garden Rhapsody evening light show. It’s such a dazzling show to experience during your Singapore itinerary.

Awe at the Marina Bay Sands Spectra Light and Water Show.

After you view the Garden Rhapsody light show, let’s return to Marina Bay Sands for their own outdoor evening show called Spectra. If you love colorful lasers, water, and music then this 15-minute show is perfect for you. One of the coolest things about this show is seeing images projected in the water.  

The free show occurs from Sunday through Thursday at 8pm and 9pm, and Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. The best views are from the center of the Event Plaza or outside of the Louis Vuitton shop. 

How to Get There: From the Marina Sands Bay’s The Shoppes, head to the outdoor Promenade’s Event Plaza area.

If you have extra energy, you can also cross the Helix Bridge and/or visit the Singapore Flyer in the area. Otherwise, head back to your accommodations to get some rest for the next day. 


Singapore Itinerary Day 2: Little India, Kampong Glam, and Other Popular Areas

It’s our second day in Singapore and we’re exploring various ethnic areas of Singapore and other popular attractions.

Say hello to the Merlion at Merlion Park. 

Singapore’s famous statue is the merlion, a lion’s head with the fish body. The popular spot to view the merlion is at Merlion Park, next to the One Fullerton shopping and dining complex. The merlion has water coming out of its mouth so you can get creative with posing with the merlion. We recommend that you visit this place first thing in the morning before the crowds come or late in the evening. 

The merlion has also made its way to international locations. If you visit Danang, Vietnam, you’ll see a replica of the merlion at the Sun World Danang Wonders theme park. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Raffles Place Station (Red or Green Line) and head toward the Marina Bay to the Fullerton Hotel/One Fullerton area. You’ll see the merlion along the waterfront.  

A woman posing with the merlion statue at Merlion Park in Singapore's Marina Bay area.

Getting a drink from the merlion at Merlion Park.

Explore Little India. 

​Little India is a booming area filled with bright, colorful buildings, good eats, and culture. You can spend a few hours exploring the streets to find souvenirs, try some of the best Indian cuisines at local shops, and see how life is like in this area. 

One of the famous places to take photos is the Former House of Tan Teng Niah. This former Chinese villa was built in 1900 in the heart of Little India. During the time, Little India had many cattle and rattan businesses. Tam Teng Niah was a businessman who owned several factories making sweets. You’ll recognize the restored building with its colorful walls and window panes. During our visit, we couldn’t go inside the building. 

If you’re looking for more variety of foods, stop by the Tekka Centre, which is a huge hawker area. It’s a bit overwhelming at how many food stalls there are. From Indian, Malaysian, to Chinese, you can find something to suit your cravings and at affordable prices. We had fish dum biriyani at Yakader Muslim Food which had a mountain of rice with fish and a hard-boiled egg on a banana leaf for 5.60 SGD ($4 USD). Hooray for using a sustainable product. With its huge portion, it’s enough to feed two people There are a lot of people eating here so you may need to find a seat in the outer perimeter of the dining area. Afterward, you can browse through the area to see the wet market or general shopping.  

Interested in visiting a 24-hour shopping center? Visit Mustafa Centre to get your shopping fix. You’ll find everything from household goods, electronics, groceries, and more. If you have a backpack or large purse, drop off your bag at the front/Security area before going inside. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Little India Station (Blue or Purple Line). 

Tour Option: Sign up for a 2-hour walking tour of Little India. 

Former House of Tan Teng Niah in Singapore's Little India is a great stop during your 4 days in Singapore. The colorful walls and windows are eye-catching.

The Former House of Tan Teng Niah is so pretty! It’s a fabulous stop as you explore Singapore’s Little India. Photo credit: ronniechua via Depositphotos.com

Stroll through Arab Street.

Contributed by Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan

Arab Street is a bit of a misnomer because it refers not just to a single street but to an entire neighborhood in Singapore. It’s thought to be named after an Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed Al Junied, who once owned much of the area. This is Singapore’s main Muslim quarter and is now a popular shopping and dining spot.

The Chinese, Malay, and Indians are probably the first ethnicities that come to mind when you think about the population of Singapore, but this tiny island is actually much more diverse than that. There is a significant Arab population, many of whom are descended from Yemeni merchants, as well as Muslims of Javanese, Bugis, and Boyanese descent. And of course, many of the Malay and Indian Singaporeans are Muslim as well.

Shop for perfumes, carpets, fabrics, and more, admire the brightly painted buildings, and enjoy an authentic Middle Eastern meal at one of the local restaurants.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bugis Station (Green or Blue Line). Take exit B and turn right. Keep walking past the Raffles Hospital fountain and the Village Hotel Bugis. You’ll know you’ve reached Arab Street when you see the dome of the Sultan Mosque.

Lime green house with yellow window covers along Arab Street in Singapore.

Stroll along Arab Street for shopping opportunities, good eats, and colorful houses. Photo credit: The Nomadic Vegan

Let’s find street art in Kampong Glam. 

Contributed by Sue from Travel for Life Now

Singapore is full of terrific street art. Surprised to hear that? There are many places in Singapore to see street art—Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, and Tiong Bahru, to name a few.  

One of the best places to see street art is Kampong Glam and Haji Lane. Historically, Kampong Glam has been the center of the Malay and Muslim community in Singapore. It’s where the famous Sultan Mosque is located. Today, the area has become hip with thriving art activities.

On Haji Lane, there are interesting boutiques, bars and restaurants. Many places are covered in art. A short walk from Haji Lane, you will find Aliwal Arts Center which also has a lot of art in the surrounding blocks. Wander the streets and enjoy the shopping, eating and street art.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Bugis Station (Green or Blue Line). The borders of the street art area are Ophir Road (South), Victoria Street (West), Beach Road (East), and Crawford Street (North).

Tour Option: Register for a 2.5 hours guided walking tour of Kampong Glam which includes street art. 

Bright and colorful street art in Kampong Glam's Haji Lane in Singapore.

Kampong Glam’s Haji Lane doesn’t disappoint with its creative street art. Photo credit: Travel for Life Now

Eat at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Shop.

In case you need an afternoon snack, try this popular one Michelin star noodle shop called Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. This place earned its star in 2016. Located in the bottom level of a residential complex off of Crawford Lane, many people line up to try the bak chor mee. The springy noodles are topped with ground pork, meatballs, and a crispy piece of fried fish. The shop uses quality meat as pieces are tender and full of flavor. You can have the noodles in soup or dry (no soup). 

The regular size bowl is 8 SGD ($5.80 USD) and is a decent size for the noodle to meat ratio. If you want a larger bowl, then you’ll have more meat in your bowl.  

We recommend that you visit during non-peak hours (ex: 2pm) so the line won’t be as long. Otherwise, you may wait up to 1.5 hours in line. Every bowl is made to order so you’re guaranteed a hot bowl of noodles.  

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Lavender Station (Green Line) and walk about 10 minutes to the residential complex. 

Bowl of bak chor mee which has meat balls, pork, dumplings, ground pork, and noodles with soup on the side. This is at Singapore's Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Shop.

A delicious and affordable bowl of bak chor mee at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Shop.

Head to Koon Seng Road and Eat at Old Airport Road Food Centre.

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Koon Seng Road is Singapore’s ‘old town’ at its finest, creating a real juxtaposition with the city’s modern skyline. Visit this beautiful street of Peranakan and ornate Chinese architecturally styled houses to feel like you’re stepping back to the 1920s and 1930s. These infamous shopfront residences have been featured in books, films, and magazines globally. Seeing them is a definite bucket list checkpoint in any itinerary. Although a little further away from the main attractions of Singapore’s city centre, the architecture on Koon Seng Road is unrivaled by anywhere else in the city. 

To make the slightly longer journey well worth it, one of Singapore’s best hawker centres can be found within walking distance of the beautiful Koon Seng Road. Walking back into the city centre down the disused runway-now-road of Old Airport Road will bring you to the Old Airport Road Food Centre. This wonderful hawker centre of an eclectic mix of traditional Singaporean food promises to suit any palette while providing a unique setting. Meals here are perfectly affordable and makes for a great stop-off point after visiting Koon Seng Road. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Eunos (Green Line) or Dakota (Orange Line).

Colorful houses with Chinese architecture along Koon Seng Road's Peranakan street

Check out these beautiful houses along Koon Seng Road’s Peranakan street. Photo credit: Off Goes Annie

If you have the stamina, you can visit Chinatown. However, we’re saving this for the third day.


Singapore Itinerary Day 3: Chinatown, Botanic Garden, Hiking, and More 

For our third day in Singapore, we’re off to Chinatown, visiting the Botanic Garden, going on a short hike, and other adventures.

Walk through Singapore’s Chinatown.

Browsing through Chinatowns around the world is one of our favorite things to do. Singapore’s Chinatown is more touristy compared to others that we’ve been to such as Incheon, South Korea, Sydney and Perth, Australia. Yet, it still has the charm of good eats, the iconic Chinatown entrance gate, and lots of shopping opportunities for souvenirs. Popular items for sale are adorable merlion stuffed animals, Disney and Japanese anime luggage tags, and tote bags with Singapore splashed over them. Don’t forget to use your hard bargaining skills if you shop in the outdoor market. You’ll also get the opportunity to see colorful houses and red lanterns hanging in the area. 

To get an introduction of Chinatown, stop by the Chinatown Visitor Tourist Centre. Located across from the famous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, you can ask questions about Chinatown and/or what to do in Singapore. This place also has souvenirs. 

Afterward, head to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The lower-level of the Buddhist temple is open to the public. You get the opportunity to see lots of Buddhas and Buddhist decor everywhere. One of the interesting parts about the temple is that you can see your personal guardian deity based on what year you were born/zodiac sign. It’s like looking into your horoscope with the qualities of your deity. 

Tip: Please wear clothing that provides shoulder and leg coverage. If you’re wearing tank tops and shorts, they will give a sarong for coverage. Tours also available to visit the other levels, yet you’ll need reservations in advance.

Other temples that you can check out include the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple and Thian Hock Keng Chinese Hokkien Temple.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (Blue or Purline Line). 

Tour Option: Learn more about Chinatown with this 2 hour walking tour. 

Explore the colorful houses in Singapore's Chinatown with Chinese architecture and also go shopping.

This is one of our favorite spots in Singapore’s Chinatown with the colorful houses.

Eat Your Way Through Chinatown.

As you can tell, we love eating in Singapore! Chinatown doesn’t disappoint with the number of places to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here are some places that we recommend that you visit – both hawker stalls and restaurants. 

Chinatown Complex 

Chinatown Complex is one of the largest hawker centres in Singapore. Located near the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, try a little bit of everything with hundreds of stalls to choose from on the second level. We loved trying the fish head soup at An Ji (Stall #02-194) with the creamy soup base and the large fish head.  

Maxwell Food Centre

We went to Maxwell Food Centre two times during our visit as they had a large variety of cuisines to choose from and also opened late. If you love Hainan chicken and rice, you must try the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall. It received a Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition for its delicious chicken and rice. The small chicken and rice is 3.50 SGD / $2.50 USD and is one of the moistest chicken that we’ve eaten. You can’t miss this spot as they have one of the longest lines. Once the chicken sells out, the shop closes for the day. We’ve also had chili crab, laksa, soy milk, and other food here. 

A small plate of Hainanese style chicken and rice with a side of sweet chili sauce located at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore.

If you love Hainanese chicken and rice, you have to visit Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. It’s a delicious and affordable meal in Singapore!

Hawker Chan

This former small hawker stall in Chinatown has branched out to international locations. With it’s one Michelin star rating earned in 2016-2018, try one of the most delicious Hong Kong style food at Hawker Chan. We’ve only been to the location on Smith Street and it’s been consistent every time we’ve visited. The bbq pork with noodles and soy sauce chicken with rice are recommended. It’ll cost around 11 SGD ($8 USD) for these two items. Check out their website or Facebook for more information.

Ocean Curry Fish Head 

One of the things to try is fish head curry. When we came across Ocean Curry Fish Head, we know we had to try it. The restaurant started in 1983 and have several restaurants in Singapore. The huge claypot of bubbling fish head in the spicy Indian curry sauce with a side of rice was delicious. We underestimated the size of the fish head and half of a body as it was more than enough to feed two people. Check out their Facebook for more information.

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Stroll through Singapore Botanic Garden. 

Singapore’s Botanic Garden is a must-see for nature lovers. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, this 82 hectares (202 acres) is a relaxing getaway to see greenery and beautiful plants. You’ll need a few hours if you want to walk through the entire garden as it’s huge! You can bring food and beverages to have a picnic in the garden. If you have questions about the park, visit one of the five Visitor Centers at the main entrances of the park (Tanglin, Nassim, Tyersall, Bukit Timah, and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden).

There are many walking paths that you can explore such as the Fragrant garden, Healing garden, Bonsai garden, and more. Stop by the Eco-Lake which is nearby the MRT station where you can see dozens of turtles sunbathing on the rocks. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to the Botanic Garden Station (Blue or Orange Line).

Take a break at Adam Road Food Centre.

You may have developed some hunger after exploring through the Botanic Garden. Head to the Adam Road Food Centre, which is a smaller hawker area (about 20 stalls). We tried the nasi lemak for some Indonesia cuisine at Adam’s Nasi Lemak and the big shrimp noodle soup at Adam’s Road Noo Cheung Big Prawn Soup. You can also take a rest and have a drink here. 

How to Get There: From the Botanic Garden MRT Station (Blue or Orange Line), walk over the overpass, turn left once you reached the end of the overpass and then you’ll see the food centre on the right-hand side. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk. 

Learn about Chinese mythology at Haw Par Villa.

Did you know that the creators of Tiger Balm, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, opened Haw Par Villa, also called Tiger Balm Garden, in 1937? This is one of the unique places to visit in Singapore as this theme park focuses on Chinese mythology and folklore. While the theme park is a bit weathered and needs a much-needed paint job, it’s interesting to see the various statues and the depiction of the Chinese stories. You’ll need to come up with your own version of the Chinese stories as many of the artwork do not have signage. Come prepared to look at some very odd statues.  

The most striking attraction is the Hell Museum where it showcases the Ten Courts of Hell. It’s not a child-friendly attraction with dismembered body parts, decapitated heads, and blood. You walk in a cave and see what happens to people who commit atrocities such as murder and thief. The more drastic the atrocities, the more suffering the person has in their afterlife. It makes you think about what you’ve done in your past and how karma will catch up to you.

How to Get There: Take the MRT to the Haw Par Villa Station (Orange Line).

Tour Option: Learn more about Haw Par Villa with a 2 hours evening walking tour

Artwork of mice and rabbits killing each other at Haw Par Villa in Singapore.

We’re not sure what is happening here but the mice and rabbits are vicious at Haw Par Villa, one of Singapore’s unique places to visit.

Hike up to Mount Faber Peak. 

Need your daily dose of outdoor nature? Let’s hike up to Mount Faber Peak, formerly called Telok Blangah Hill. It’s the second tallest hill in Singapore. What is awesome about this place is that you get to have an aerial view of Sentosa Island and even take the cable car to go to the island where Universal Studios is located. (You could visit Universal Studios on this day, but it may be too rushed. We’ve included this option for the fourth day.) 

To reach the peak from the MRT, follow the signs to the park, and go along the Marang Trail. You’ll navigate through the peace and quietness of the forest. Watch out for potential monkeys in the forest area. While the hike isn’t technical, you’ll need to have a good pair of walking shoes to go up the steps. Visit this place either in the morning or the late afternoon to escape the crowds, humidity, and heat. 

You’ve reached the peak when you see Faber Point, a building that has the cable car and a connecting restaurant and bar. For another view of the city skyline, walk another five minutes past Faber Point to a viewpoint. You’ll also see a merlion statue at this peak. Head back down the same direction to return to the MRT station.  

How to Get There: Take the MRT to HarbourFront Station (Orange and Purple Line). Follow the signs to Mount Faber. 

Woman hiking up the stairways and surrounded by greenery in Mount Faber in Singapore.

Isn’t hiking Mount Faber gorgeous?! This easy hike is a great addition to your 4 days in Singapore itinerary.

Go shopping at Vivo City Mall.

Before you head back to the main downtown area, visit Vivo City Mall, the largest mall in Singapore. You can use the mall as a way to cool off in the air-conditioning especially after the hike. Luckily the mall connects with the HarbourFront MRT station. The mall has your favorite brands from Aldo, H&M, Adidas, Nike, and more. Check out the Food Republic for a snack or meal. 

How to Get There: The mall is connected with the HarbourFront MRT Station (Orange and Purple Line).


Singapore Itinerary Day 4: Free Day and Offbeat Spots 

Your trip to Singapore is almost close to the end. The four days in Singapore has passed by quickly! On this day, feel free to visit attractions that you may have missed before or head to the nearest shopping center (ie: Orchard Road) to buy last-minute gifts for friends and family members. If your schedule allows for more sightseeing, check out one or two of these popular and less-visited places in Singapore before heading to the airport. 

Enjoy the thrills at Universal Studios Singapore.

Contributed by Erin, Never Ending Voyage

The movie-themed Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa Island is a fun day out for theme park fans. The park features a variety of rides and shows. Battlestar Galactica is not to be missed if you love roller coasters. This dueling coaster features a blue inverted coaster representing the Cylons and a seated red coaster representing the Humans. If you don’t like going upside down, stick with Humans as Cylons is intense. 

The Revenge of the Mummy is a fast roller coaster in the dark with some fun surprises as you set off in your jeep through an ancient Egyptian tomb. Transformers is a thrilling 3D experience where you zoom down city streets chased by giant fighting robots—you feel like you’re in a Transformers movie. Other highlights are the Jurassic Park river rafting adventure (you will get wet!) and the impressive live stunt show Waterworld. 

Universal Studios does get busy so it’s best to arrive before park opening at 10am and avoid weekends. 

Read this guide to the best Universal Studios Singapore rides for more details and tips on avoiding long queues. 

How to Get There: Take the MRT to HarbourFront Station (Orange and Purple Line) and connect to the Sentosa Express monorail to Waterfront station, which is a short walk from the park. The monorail is a little more expensive than standard MRT rides (5 SGD/$3.60 USD return), but you can use your MRT card to get straight on. 

Admission Cost: Adult tickets are 79 SGD/$57 USD; children (ages 4-12) 59 SGD/$43 USD. Buy your tickets here and save money on your one-day admission to Universal Studios

Battlestar Galactica roller coaster ride at the Universal Studios Singapore

Head to Universal Studios Singapore for some adrenaline and your dose of thrill rides. Photo credit: Never Ending Voyage

Explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Contributed by Sue from Travel for Life Now

There are many outdoor activities in Singapore from nature reserves and Gardens by the Bay to day trips to St. John’s and Kusu Islands. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a unique experience in Singapore. It’s one of the four nature reserves in the country. Bukit Timah, Labrador, and the Central Catchment and the other three. Sungei Buloh is a wonderful place to see birds and animals in their natural environment. If you are lucky and patient, you will catch sight of mudskippers, monitor lizards, and the occasional crocodile. 

From September to March, it’s the best place to see migratory birds (kingfisher, sun bird, heron, egret, sandpiper, and Himalayan swiftlet) and there are numerous bird blinds/hides that provide shelter from the sun. The walking trail is easy and goes through the mudflats and mangroves. The Reserve was recently expanded to include a large area of tidal ponds in the Buloh Besar River.

It’s recommended to go early in the day when the animals are more likely to be active and before it gets too hot. Bring plenty of water and insect repellent. There are 2 visitors centres, but very limited access to food and water.

 How to Get There: Sungei Buloh is off the beaten track and it takes some time to get there. Take the MRT to Kranji Station (Red Line) and then bus 925 to Kranji Reservoir Carpark B. The visitor centre is a short walk from there.

Monitor lizard walking in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore

Let’s head to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to find monitor lizards, birds, and more. Photo credit: Travel for Life Now

Pay your respects at the Kranji War Cemetery.

Contributed by Marya from The Beau Traveler

You can rarely find Kranji War Cemetery in the list of must-visit places in Singapore. Even if you ask a local Singaporean, the possibility is high for them to never go there. The cemetery is currently maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Once a burial ground for the former Woodlands Military Hospital on World War II during the Japanese occupation in Singapore, the Commonwealth government eventually transformed it into the military cemetery after the war.

Despite not being popular among the locals, the site is often visited by the family of the British military. Especially those who have got their relatives buried during the war. It’s free entry but remember to stay mindful around the cemetery.

If you’re the kind of traveler who loves history, it’s a great place to pay respect for the lives that have been taken because of the war. The cemetery is also the resting place of the second president of Singapore, Benjamin Henry Sheares.

 How to Get There: Located close to the Malaysian border in Woodlands, take the MRT to Kranji Station (Red Line). It’ll take around 45 minutes by MRT, so it’s quite a journey. From Kranji station, you can either order a Grab car or take a 20-25 minute walk to the cemetery.

Tour Option: Take this 4 hours Changi World War II tour to learn about Singapore’s history and also visit Kranji War Cemetery. 

A stone memorial that states over 24,000 soldiers and airmen gave their lives and are honored at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.

Kranji War Cemetery is a must-visit during your 4 days in Singapore. Photo credit: The Beau Traveler

Hike through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, & TreeTop Walk.

Contributed by Kenny from Knycx Journeying

One thing that impressed us the most about Singapore is that for a small island, it has no lack of greeneries and nature. While the country is a safe haven that enjoys stable and relatively calm weather (except the notoriously afternoon downpour), you could always grab your bag and go out to a park or go for a hike.

The center of Singapore is a natural reserve, where the reservoir, tropical forest, and the Singapore Zoo resides. Other than that, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is located in the southern part of the natural reserve where visitors may find a couple of hiking trails that suit different ages and needs. The MacRitchie Reservoir Park has 6 walking trails ranging from 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) to 11 kilometers (6.8 miles). It’s recommended to take route 6 to experience TreeTop Walk, a free-standing suspension bridge known for its scenic nature views.

As you make your way to the TreeTop Walk, take a deep breath of the fresh air, read the signs, and learn about some of the native creatures like a flying dragon and paradise tree snake. If you are lucky, you may spot a Malayan Colugo, also known as the ‘flying lemur,’ which can camouflage themselves in the shades of trees as you are walking through the bridge.

How to Get There: Take bus 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, or 855 to Lornie Road bus stop, and then a short walk to the entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. 

View of the TreeTop Walk suspension bridge at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve/MacRitchie Reservoir. It's a fun place to visit during your four days in Singapore.

Check out the TreeTop Walk suspension bridge when you’re in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve/MacRitchie Reservoir. Photo credit: Knycx Journeying

Adventure through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Contributed by Loredana from Destguides

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, with ‘Bukit Timah’ meaning ‘hill tin’ in the Malay language, is located in the center of Singapore, about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the central business district. It’s on top of Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill. In October 2011, it was labeled as an ASEAN Heritage Park as it’s one of the largest areas of rainforest left in the country.

At the Reserve, you can walk, run or hike, and others even rock climb, or mountain bike. There is an actual designated trail for mountain biking within the park, which is known as the Bukit Timah Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail.

Here, you’ll also find several different kinds of plants and animals, such as monkeys (crab-eating!) and palm trees (fan). Before you begin your adventures in the Reserve though, it might be useful for you to visit the Bukit Timah Hill Visitor Centre to learn more about the park’s biodiversity through its various displays and touchscreens on flora and fauna that can be found there. 

How to Get There: You can take a bus, the Downtown MRT Line, or a taxi/car to the Reserve. If you’re taking the MRT, go to Beauty World Station (Blue Line) and take Exit A. If you’re taking a bus, then take it to Upper Bukit Timah Road and get off at the stop that is opposite to the Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.

Hope you had the opportunity to see everything on the itinerary before heading to the airport!


Where to Stay in Singapore

There is no shortage of places to stay in Singapore. We noticed that Singapore accommodations are higher priced compared to other Southeast Asia countries, yet there are plenty of budget-friendly places to stay at. Remember to book in advance. Click here to find accommodations in Singapore.

We personally stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton, located in the Robertson Quay river area. Since we’re Marriott Bonvoy members, we used hotel points to stay here. Regardless, we would pay for this hotel on a return trip. Our room was a bit older looking, yet clean and had a comfortable bed. The hotel is conveniently located as there are several bus stops outside the hotel which goes to the nearest MRT station, Clarke Quay (Purple Line). Find availability and make a reservation for Four Points by Sheraton here.

If you need other choices, check out these recommendations based on reviews:

Budget Options 

  • Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel – Singapore has lots of capsule hotels to target budget travelers. What is interesting about Cube Boutique is that there are capsules available for couple travelers so you can share a queen size bed. Private rooms are also available. This place is located in Chinatown so you can hop onto the Chinatown MRT Station (Blue or Purline Line). Read reviews and make a reservation for Cube Boutique.
  • Beary Best Hostel – Here is another affordable place to stay at if you’re on a budget. There are mixed dorm rooms and private rooms available. The private rooms are on the smaller size and have bunk beds but you do get privacy. Since this hostel is in Chinatown, you can go on the Chinatown MRT (Blue or Purline Line) to travel around. Check out more information about Beary Best Hostel and reserve your spot here.

Luxury Options

  • Conrad Centennial Singapore – Located in the Marina Bay area, this hotel is close to many of the Singapore attractions and restaurants. The nearest MRT is the Promenade Station (Orange and Blue Line) which is only a few minutes away by walking. Find availability and make a reservation at Conrad Centennial here.
  • Pan Pacific Singapore – One of the hottest spots in the Marina Square with stunning views of Marina Bay. The rooms are spectacular with the views and the modern decor. Plus, this hotel is close to the MRT – Promenade (Orange and Blue Line), Esplanade (Orange Line), and City Hall Station (Red and Green Line). The Gardens by the Bay is less than 1 mile away from the hotel. Click to check availability and reserve a room at Pan Pacific.  

Helpful Singapore Travel Tips

Singapore Visa

Selected countries require a visa to enter Singapore. Click here to check if you need to apply for a visa in advance. Visitors coming from the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and some areas of Asia do not need a visa and can stay between 30-90 days. 

Singapore Currency

Singapore uses Singaporean dollars for their currency. It’s easy to find ATMs around Singapore to withdraw money. There are money exchangers in Chinatown. 

You may have heard about Singapore and Brunei’s Currency Interchangeability Agreement. In theory, you can use Singaporean dollar and Brunei dollars on a 1:1 exchange, so you can use Brunei dollars in Singapore and vice versa. In reality, it’s not practiced widely and you’ll get your Brunei dollars rejected at many of the Singaporean stores and restaurants. We had leftover Brunei dollars from our Brunei layover and couldn’t use it. Even the bank wouldn’t exchange it as they said that it is an accepted currency. Therefore, we don’t recommend that you bring Brunei dollars into the country.


Final Thoughts

We love Singapore and wouldn’t hesitate to come back again. There are so many things to do in Singapore in 4 days and we barely scratched the surface during our second visit. We can’t wait to come back to eat more Singaporean food, explore more of the hawker food culture, and go on more hikes. 

Huge thank you to our travel blogger friends who contributed to this post. Check out their current adventures and follow them on their social media channels for more inspiration. 

What are you most excited to see in your upcoming Singapore trip? If you’ve been to Singapore before, let us know where we should visit next in the comment box below.

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2 comments

Fae Celine September 26, 2019 - 12:26 pm

The Singapore Tourist Pass card was really the best decision we made, it made getting around Singapore so much easier for us. That card is the only one we need to get around Singapore, very convenient and hassle-free.

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Jackie September 26, 2019 - 12:32 pm

Yes! We’re glad to hear that you used the Singapore Tourist Pass as well. It was helpful for taking the bus as the bus drivers didn’t collect money. Most people had their EZ-cards in hand.

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