10 Best Places To Visit In Singapore

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 With tons of amazing things to do and see, Singapore is a must visit for city lovers. Here’s a list of best places to visit in Singapore and all the information related to them to help you plan your trip.

Singapore is a destination unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s a city full of fun, vibrancy, exciting attractions, colorful temples, beautiful beaches, stunning skyscrapers and also offers a variety of culinary experiences. It is one of the most finest and cleanest city I have ever been to. Popularly known as the Lion City, Singapore has become one of the most visited Asian cities. The well planned MRT Rail system in Singapore makes it more accessible for the locals as well as the tourists visiting the city.

Here’s the ultimate list of best places in Singapore that you must make sure to include in your itineraries.

Places To Visit In Singapore

Gardens By the Bay

Gardens By the Bay is one of the man made wonders you will come across in Singapore. This spectacular garden consists of 18 Super trees with heights that range between 82 feet and 160 feet. These Super trees are home to diverse collections of flora including vines, orchids, ferns and many other exotic varieties of plants.

The Gardens By The Bay also have two conservatories named Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. These domes are one of a kind consisting of plants arranged according to the themes such as The Lost World, The Waterfall View, The Crystal Mountain, The Secret Garden and many more. The OCBC Skyway is a bridged walkaway between the two larger Super trees from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the gardens and the city.

Fun Fact – Gardens By the Bay is a part of Singapore government’s strategy to transform this ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. This aims to improve the quality of life by increasing flora and greenery in the city.

Nearest MRT Station to Gardens By The Bay :

Bayfront MRT Station, walk to the Gardens By The Bay through the underground tunnel from this station.

Opening Hours of Gardens By The Bay :

The conservatories and the OCBC skyway at the Gardens By The Bay are open daily from 9 AM to 8 PM. The outdoor gardens including the Supertrees, lakes and flora is open from 5 AM till 2 AM everyday.

Ticket Prices at Gardens By The Bay

Outdoor Gardens : Free

Cloud Forest and Flower Dome :

  • For Tourists; Adult – S$ 28, Child – S$ 15
  • For Residents; Adult – S$ 20, Child – S$ 12
  • OCBC Skyway : Adult – S$ 8, Child S$ 5

You can pre book your tickets for Gardens By The Bay here.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

The Marina Bay Sands is a very unique and phenomenally designed hotel in Singapore having the best overlooking panoramic views of the city. It is shaped like a floating boat at the top. The Skypark is the observation deck at the 57th floor of the hotel. If you are a guest at the hotel you can also get an access to the infinity pool located at the top of the hotel. If you are not a guest you can still get a view of the pool from the observation deck.

Useful Tip: I would recommend you to visit the Marina Bay Sands Skypark during the sunset time, so that you can see the transition of the city from day time to night time.

Nearest MRT Station To Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Bayfront MRT Station. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is located at 10 minutes walking distance from this MRT Station.

Opening Hours of Marina Bay Sands Skypark

9:30 AM to 10 PM daily.

Ticket Prices at Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Adult – S$ 23, Child – S$ 17

Book your skip the line tickets for the Skypark here.

Read more about Marina Bay Sands here;

Merlion Park

The Merlion park exhibits the iconic Merlion Statue of Singapore. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and body of a fish. The lion’s head symbolizes the Lion City while the body of a fish of Merlion depicts the origin of the city as a fishing village when it was called ‘Temasek’, which means sea town in Javanese. There is a continuous flow of water coming out of the Merlion statue’s mouth. The Merlion is widely used as a national symbol of Singapore. The waterfront at the Merlion Park is surrounded by various restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and has a beautiful backdrop view of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Nearest MRT Station to Merlion Park

Raffles MRT Station. The Merlion Park is located behind the One Fullerton Hotel which would be about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the MRT station.

Ticket Prices At Merlion Park


Sentosa Island

The Sentosa Island is a man made island having a plethora of attractions at one place where you can visit with your family, your group of friends or as a couple. It is home to the fascinating Universal Studios, S.E.A aquarium which has one of the largest collection of aquatic animals in the world, Tiger Sky Tower, Sentosa Merlion, the Madame Tussaud’s Museum, the Trick Eye Museum, Cove Waterpark, the Palawan & Siloso Beaches, the Wings of Time show and the Dolphin island. Sentosa Island caters entertainment for all age groups.

The Sentosa Island is certainly one of the fun places to visit in Singapore.

Nearest MRT Station To Sentosa Island :

It is very convenient to visit attractions in Sentosa Island using Sentosa Express Monorail System (MRT Train System). Here’s how you can use the MRT public transport to reach Sentosa Island;

  • You will need to reach the HarbourFront MRT Station from  any nearest MRT station.
  • Once reached the HarbourFront MRT station follow the signs through Vivo City Mall which is interconnected to this MRT Station.
  • This will lead you to the ticketing counter from where you can purchase Sentosa Pass.
  • This pass will allow you to access the attractions mentioned and also use the Monorail for commutation between these attractions.

Travel Tip : You can also reach Sentosa Island using the cable cars that operate from the HarbourFront tower which is located at Exit B of the HarbourFront MRT Station. Getting there through the cable car service is very enjoyable as you get to catch glimpses of the beautiful scenic views over the city, harbor and Sentosa.

Read More details about the various attractions in Sentosa Island here;

Opening Hours of Sentosa Island :

The timings of Sentosa Island depends on the various attractions there. Some are open from 9 AM to 10 PM while some close at 6 PM.

Ticket Prices at Sentosa Island :

Sentosa Island has various combinations of activities included in the Sentosa Pass that you may have to purchase from the ticket counter. The price of these passes starts from S$ 155 per adult and S$ 115 per child.

The Sentosa Pass can also be purchased online here.

Note : The Wings of Time show is not included in the pass, you might find a long queue for the tickets. We highly recommend you to prebook your tickets for the Wings Of Time show here.

Universal Studios

The Universal Studios located in Sentosa Island is one of Singapore’s  favorite attractions. It features 24 adventure rides, entertainment shows and leisure actives in seven themed zones. Each themed zone is inspired from famous movies which includes Madagascar, dinosaurs in The Lost World, Sci-Fi city with the Transformers, Far Far Away Land of Shrek, Ancient Egypt rules by the Mummy and the Sesame Street in New York . There are rides, live entertainment, street dance performances, ample of food & shopping outlets in all the zones in accordance to the themes they have been inspired from. Universal Studios is surely one of the adventurous places to visit in Singapore.

Useful Tip : I would highly recommend you to reserve one whole day for enjoying your visit to the Universal Studios at the fullest.

Nearest MRT Station To Universal Studios :

Universal Studios can be reached from Waterfront Station through Sentosa Express monorail which you can take from the Vivo City Mall interlinked to HarbourFront MRT Station.

Opening Hours of Universal Studios :

10 AM to 7 PM (The timings may be extended or vary on some days due to some events.)

Ticket Prices at Universal Studios :

One Day Pass $76 $56

To avoid the long queues that are lined up for the rides you can purchase the express pass for which you will have to pay $50-80 extra on the entrance fees. To save the cost, I would recommend you to buy tickets online here and avail the deals having upto 20% off on express passes. This would avoid the long queues & save your time that you can spend on other entertainment activities.

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer 541 feet high giant wheel which gives you the most splendid and breath taking views of the city. It has 28 air conditioned seating capsules for passengers. It moves at a very slow speed so that you can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the city’s skyline. The ride is 30 minutes long and is a unique experience in itself. The best time to visit the Singapore Flyer is the sunset time when you can catch the views of Singapore city getting lighten up.

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Nearest MRT Station to Singapore Flyer :

Promenade MRT Station. Singapore Flyer is located at about 10 minutes walking distance from this MRT Station.

Opening Hours Of Singapore Flyer :

8:00 AM–10:00 PM everyday.

Ticket Prices at Singapore Flyer :

Adult – S$ 33, Child – S$ 21

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a huge tropical garden. These gardens have has declared as the UNESCO world heritage site. This tropical garden is about 160 years old and has various beautiful attractions to make you fall in love with it. It is a home to tranquil lakes, orchids, tropical rainforest and very unique collections of flora. You can take a stroll here or spend some quality time with your loved ones in this awe worthy nature’s paradise. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Singapore.

Nearest MRT Station To Singapore Botanic Gardens :

Botanic Gardens MRT Station.

Opening Hours Of Singapore Botanic Gradens :

5 AM to 12 AM midnight everyday.

Ticket Prices At Singapore Botanic Gardens :

Free. There is a charge of S$ 5 for entrance to the National Orchid Garden which are located withing the Singapore Botanic Gardens.


This vibrant and colorful market is a go to place for shopaholics and foodies. You will find a wide variety of apparels, accessories, souvenirs and handicraft goods at very cheap prices. Chinatown also offers a variety of eateries and cafes offering authentic Chinese and regional food that are perfect to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t miss out visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple that exhibits Buddhist arts, paintings and intricate carvings depicting the cultural history of Buddhism.

Nearest MRT To Chinatown :

Chinatown MRT Station.

Opening Hours of Chinatown :

The street market is open from 10 AM to 10 PM while the restaurants and food stalls stay open till 11 PM.

Traveler Tip : The best way to explore Chinatown would be through this night tour which is inclusive of dinner, boat ride, Trishaw ride, hotel transfers and a professional guide.

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple is a the oldest Hindu Temple and one of the unique places to visit in Singapore. It is located very near to Chinatown, just a short stroll away. The structure of this temple is decorated with vibrant and colorful sculptures of Hindu deities. The walls and ceilings of the temple are covered with many paintings and depictions of the Hindu culture. The distinctive splendid architecture and cultural significance of Sri Mariamman Temple makes it a major attraction of Singapore.

Places to visit in singapore

Nearest MRT To Sri Mariamman Temple :

Chinatown MRT Station.

Opening Hours Of Sri Mariamman Temple :

7 AM to 12 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM daily.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a very vibrant waterfront having an array of restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and shopping stores. The pastel shades of these joints look very attractive and picturesque during the day time. Clarke Quay becomes more alive after sunset with colorful flashy lights and karaoke nights. Taking a boat ride during this time gives you a stunning view of the surroundings and the beautiful skyscrapers. If you are seeking for some adventure you can try the G-Max Reverse Bungy ride which gives a more safe and supportive bungee jumping experience.

Places to visit in singapore

Nearest MRT Station To Clarke Quay :

Clarke Quay MRT Station.

Opening Hours Of Clarke Quay :

10 AM To 10 PM everyday.

Planning to travel to Singapore soon? Check out our ultimate Singapore Travel Guide featuring all the information you would need – top attractions, entry requirements, shopping, where to eat, where to stay, nightlife and more.

So here you have it, our top recommended places that you must visit in Singapore. Have you been to Singapore before? Let me know about your favorite places in this beautiful city. If you have any queries, drop a comment below, I would be happy to help.

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Anjali Wadhwa (cheerfultrails) is a travel consultant and enthusiast who has traveled to 15+ countries. She shares about her explorations through her writings. You will find detailed itineraries, best travel tips and well experienced recommendations for food, transportation and hotels on her blog.

50 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Visit In Singapore

  • Fantastic Post! I have Singapore on my list of places to visit, you have given some really great facts and to do’s for when I do visit.

  • Great suggestions on your list! I love Botanic Gardens, it’s great for so many different things.. I would add Little India and Arab Quarters on the list! Thanks for sharing!

  • Love this article! We spent a few days in Singapore back in January and loved it. So many great tips here, some of which we did but others we missed. Would really love to go back and see Sentosa Island.

    • cheerfultrails

      Sure, Singapore is definitely a city you can go back to😀

  • I only spent a couple of days in Singapore, so missed many of these awesome things!! I would love to come back for Sentosa Island. I must say, the Chinatown in Singapore was really fun! So many great foods and experiences there for sure.

  • you have listed almost everything! I do feel that SI temple is no attraction for Indians, though!

  • Great post! My boyfriend visited Singapore and he too said it was one of the cleanest cities. This is such an awesome guide with the places and how to get to them.
    I didn’t know a reverse bungee jump exists! Sounds incredible.

  • Lovely tips! We will be staying on Sentosa Island when we go visit in two weeks! I think a lot has changed since I visited 15 years ago.

  • Would love to visit Singapore – I’d no idea Marina Bay sands had a viewing platform so you don’t necessarily have to pay the crazy hotel fee to capture the view!

  • Great list. Botanic gardens and the supertrees are my favorite places in Singapore. Only place on your list I havem’t been is Universal Studios.

  • shoesbagtravelmylife

    Great post! I love how informative it is. I totally want to visit here sometime.

  • josypheen

    Brilliant post!

    I have been to Singapore, but not to all of these places. It seems like you’re giving me a good excuse to go back! 😀

  • I loved Singapore when I visited back in 2006! It’s crazy most of the things on your list weren’t even built yet. I really need to go back

  • Wow this is a great resource for first timers to Singapore. I have never been there but it looks impressive. Would love to visit the Universal studios

  • We have spend quite sometime in Malaysia but could not visit Singapore while being there! After looking at these amazing places to visit in Singapore, would be worth to make plan just to visit this country. Sentosa Island stands out for us and would love to be here for more time.

  • I have not been to Singapore and it is high on my wish list. Thanks for sharing best 10 places of Singapore, as I want to do Quick tour. Also it is glad that you shared about visiting Marina Bay Sands Skypark during evening time, as we can see both day & night.

    • cheerfultrails

      You are welcome! I had visited it the same time and the views for really amazing. You are surely going to have a great time.

  • We once stayed in singapSin for almost 4 months. The kids were toddlers then. Now that they are in their pre- teens I think we should go for an extended holiday again 😀 Good detailed guide you have here 👍

  • Singapore must be an amazing city, which seemingly never sleeps 🙂 What a mixture of cultures on such a small area!

  • Singapore looks like such a fun place to visit! It has been on my list since watching Crazy Rich Asian! 🙂

  • The gardens look amazing, and it was really interesting to read that the city officials are preoccupied with the cityscape. I would love to see more greenery in my hometown of Constanta in Romania but I do not believe it is going to happen anytime soon. People in Singapore are really lucky to be able to enjoy something so wonderfull!

  • I second the Botanical Gardens. It’s a very peaceful respite from the busy city and the orchid garden is stunning.

  • Gastrotravelogue

    I love Singapore. I never though of visiting Universal studios, but it’s great idea. I have made a note for my next visit Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • I went to Singapore recently and fell in love with it. Such a gorgeous place, I will really like to visit again.

  • I looked into going to Singapore a few year ago whenI lived in Korea. But it was so expensive and the only thing I wanted to do there was eat. Now after seeing Crazy Rich Asians, I still want to go there and eat– everything.

  • I love the MRT in Singapore. Such a great system. I can’t believe that after three trips to Singapore I’ve neven been to the gardens 🙁

  • Nice list of things to do, seems like Singapore has quite a variety of experiences to be had!

  • Super comprehensive list! I missed the Merlion and the Botanic Gardens on my last visit. I absolutely loved Gardens by the Bay, though – didn’t you? I could’ve spent days exploring there.

  • justchasingsunsets2017

    Awesome post! Looks like there are so many things to do in Singapore. Love the photos at night too, it looks stunning!

  • Thanks for all the tips – I plan on stopping over in Singapore on my way back to the USA from Australia. It’ll be my first time there so I’ll be sure to check out some of the places you’ve recommended 🙂

  • Thanks for such an informative post. Singapore is quite beautiful and I am planning to visit there soon. The Botanic gardens really look cool.

  • I haven’t been to Singapore but it is in my list. Thanks for sharing this list. Botanic Gardens and universal studio will be in my list for sure.

  • I love Singapore so much! These are great suggestions. I’ll save them for my next trip.

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  • I have seen Gardens by the Bay many times and would love to visit it, but I’m glad I have plenty of other things to do in Singapore now! I will have to visit soon!

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  • I love Singapore and it has changed so much over the last 10 years. So kid friendly now which is great for us because there is something to do for everyone in the family. We loved Gardens by the Bay but we were caught off guard at the Cloud Walk. It was soooo cold and sure enough we caught a cold that lasted the rest of the week. Love Sentosa Island. Sure has changed from I used to go when I was a child!

  • kavitafavelle

    I have visited Singapore only once, briefly via a cruise a very long time ago. I’d really like to revisit, not only for the many attractions that have been created since my visit (such as the Gardens by the Bay, and Sentosa Island’s various theme parks), but also to go to those I missed the first time (such as the Botanic Gardens). I also want to delve much deeper into the food of the city, at places like Clarke Quay and elsewhere in the city.

  • I am heading to Singapore next year and this will be a good reference for planning my itinerary. Using the rail system seems a convenient way of getting around. I can’t wait to explore Singapore.

  • What an awesome list! I have visited Singapore before and have to say, you managed to cover so much of Singapore in just one article! I think everyone should read this article before visiting

  • I live in South-East Asia but I have never been to Singapore yet. I always choose nature over this skyscraper-stacked city. But I guess it won’t be bad to visit Singapore for a weekend. I liked the places that you have listed. I would surely enjoy Gardens by the Bay.

  • I’ve been twice to Singapore, but still never made it to Sentosa Island. It looks like so much fun, and clearly plenty to do. I love Gardens by the Bay however, and make it a point to always return!

  • This is so cliche but I have to admit I’d probably be most excited to see the Gardens by the Bay in person. A close second is experiencing all the different cultures that coexist in Singapore. Singapore looks beautiful and I’d love to visit one day!

  • Singapore is such a delight to visit everytime. With kids, even more so. Had been here when my daughter was 4 and one of the places that I loved with her was Sentosa Island. I personally loved Arab town and Little India for its cultural experiences. I would love to add those two to the list.

  • Thanks for sharing all the useful details of 10 most visited useful places in Singapore. Sentosa Island and Merlion Park is always in my list but Garden Bay also looks very interesting. Also you have mentioned nearest Mono rail train station names which is very useful. I am saving tgis post for planning my visit to Singapore.

  • Thanks for great article! Singapore is really interesting country, I have spent a week there and really enjoyed it. How the parks are combined with the nature, Sentosa island and other places. I would add Haw Par Villa to your list, it is a really weird place with some interesting sculptures and ideas, really colorful one! Also Little India is a nice place for shopping.


  • Really nice post. There are so-many things to learn and see in this world..


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