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Welcome to Singapore

With its space-age architecture, busy shopping malls, and skyscraper-lined waterfront, Singapore is one of Asia’s most modern cities, but there’s more to the city than its contemporary draws. Discover Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage in the Arab Quarter and Little India, stroll the illuminated waterfront of Marina Bay, tuck into tasty street food at the Chinatown night market, then escape the urban sprawl for the Botanic Gardens and the Gardens By the Bay. A short cable car ride away, Sentosa Island has something for the whole family, with theme parks, amusement rides, and plenty of beachfront entertainment.

Top 15 attractions in Singapore

Little India

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For subcontinental color, cuisine, and atmosphere, head to Singapore’s Little India, one of the island’s most vibrant districts. Shops, restaurants, street vendors, and colorful Hindu temples line the streets of Little India, making it an excellent place to take a walk. The culture and community center of Little India, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is the neighborhood’s most important Hindu Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali.More

Gardens by the Bay

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A surreal mixture of abstract structures, light features, and living plants, the Gardens by the Bay is divided into three sections—Bay Central Garden, Bay South Garden, and Bay East Garden. Don’t miss the Supertree Grove, featuring towering tree-like trunks which light up after dark; the Cloud Forest, home to an indoor waterfall; and the Flower Dome, a botanic garden housing exotic plant life from around the world.More

Merlion Park

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A Singapore landmark, Merlion Park is named for its centerpiece, the Merlion statue, which spouts water into Marina Bay. With the head of a lion and the body of a fish, the Merlion is the national icon of Singapore. The park is also popular with locals, who come here to play and relax along the waterfront.More

Singapore Chinatown

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For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.More

Clarke Quay

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Lining the Singapore River, the renovated riverside warehouses and “godown” shophouses of historic Clarke Quay comprise one of Singapore’s major wining and dining precincts. Now pedestrianized and home to shops, restaurants, nightclubs, river cruise bumboats, and floating cafés, Clarke Quay is a good place to look for varied cuisines—from Italian to brewhouse to fine French—and relaxed outdoor bars with riverfront views. It’s also where you’ll find Singapore’s wild Reverse Bungy adventure ride.More

Kampong Glam

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Once inhabited by the Malay and Muslim elite of Singapore, the Kampong Glam neighborhood is one of the city’s most attractive. Former shop houses have been restored to their former beauty and now house modern shops and restaurants. The area is also home to the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre.More

Universal Studios Singapore

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As Southeast Asia’s first movie-themed park, Universal Studios Singapore offers a slew of exciting attractions, including 24 movie-themed rides, a festive walk, water park, marine life park and maritime experiential museum and aquarium. Opened in 2011 with director Steven Spielberg as a creative consultant, the kid-friendly park takes inspiration from some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, including Transformers, The Lost World, and Madagascar.More

Marina Bay

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Dramatically transformed by urban redevelopment, Marina Bay is home to a plethora of entertainment options as well as some of Singapore’s most iconic attractions. Popular with locals and travelers alike, the vibrant waterfront region is an exciting place to spend the day (or night).More

Singapore River

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Flowing through the city’s dense Central Business District, the Singapore River is closely tied to Singapore’s history and modern day-to-day life. It was on the north bank of the river where Stamford Raffles first landed to found his colony, and many government buildings still line its shores. Many of the city’s top nightlife hot spots are also situated along the river, including Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay.More

Battlebox

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An unusual museum 30 feet (nine meters) beneath Fort Canning Hill, the secretive British military fort known as Battlebox once played an important role in Singapore’s history. Used by the Malaya Command to defend Singapore during World War II, the bunker was where Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival ultimately surrendered Singapore to the Japanese, marking the decline of the British Empire. Today, the cavernous space is filled with lifelike wax mannequins and antique photos and video clips that depict what it was like to live and strategize within the gray, 29-room labyrinth during the final days of the war.More

Singapore Flyer

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All the major world cities seem to have a big wheel these days, and Singapore is no exception. Lifting you 540 feet (165 meters) into the air, the Singapore Flyer is Asia’s largest observation wheel, providing amazing panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the surrounds from one of 28 capsules.More

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

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The imposing, five-story Tang-style Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was constructed entirely around a single tooth. Not just any tooth but that believed to be the canine tooth of the Buddha. The sacred relic was discovered by the Venerable Cakkapala and is now enshrined at the temple.More

Singapore Botanical Garden & National Orchid Garden

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Dating back to 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens displays a collection of some 10,000 types of plants—mostly tropical flora—across 183 landscaped acres (84 hectares). The expansive grounds are home to the National Orchid Garden, with its impressive collection of 60,000 colorful orchids representing 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.More

Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay

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Veiled in mist and home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay is a must for first-time visitors to Singapore. Marvel at orchids, pitcher plants, and ferns from the tropical highlands, and stroll along the vertiginous Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk.More

Night Safari at Singapore Zoo

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The legendary Night Safari at Singapore Zoo goes above and beyond the typical zoo experience. Enhanced by the subtle glow of moonlight, the jungle comes to life each night for visitors to see animals exploring their free-roaming environments, designed to replicate the Himalayan foothills, Southeast Asian rain forest, and Indian subcontinent.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Singapore

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Great way to see and learn
Karen_F, Jan 2023
Private Tour: Nighttime Sightseeing with River Cruise
Excellent way to see Singapore especially when time is limited.
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A great day
Richard_P, Jan 2023
Singapore City Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and about Singapore in general and was very helpful in suggesting other activities and tours.
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A Very Enjoyable Full Day
David_J, Jan 2023
LUXURY Private day tour: Kuala Lumpur & Malacca from Singapore by licensed guide
We wanted to see a little of Malaysia while in Singapore.
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Good way to see Singapore
Laurie_V, Dec 2022
Singapore: 8 Hours - Private Car or Minibus Rental with Driver
We were able to see much more of Singapore that if we were on our own.
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Year end vacation
Daniel_V, Dec 2022
Private Singapore Night Tour with Gardens by the Bay,Trishaw Ride & River Cruise
Saw some of the most beautiful flowers and attractions and to top it off with 2 rides, can’t say enough.
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Trip to Battle box unique experience.
wentinkgen, Dec 2022
Historical Battlebox Tour in Singapore
I'm tired from non stop sightseeing.
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Nice half day tour
Glenda_C, Dec 2022
Singapore City Tour
But we suggest you to book a full day to see much more of Singapore.
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Bike tour
jillplus3, Nov 2022
Lion City Bike Tour of Singapore
Loved to see city by bike- not scary at all!
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All about Singapore

When to visit

Scorching sunshine and frequent showers are par for the course in Singapore, where umbrellas are used to protect locals from both elements. Summer is the driest period and brings events such as the Singapore Food Festival, the Great Singapore Sale, and National Day. To see Singapore's legendary celebrations in full swing, visit during Chinese New Year.

Currency
Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Time Zone
SGT (UTC +7)
Country Code
+65
Language(s)
Chinese

People Also Ask

What Singapore is famous for?

A tiny island but a travel hub, Singapore is known for shopping, street food, and its skyline, particularly Marina Bay Sands. Changi Airport, home to a 130-foot (40-meter) waterfall, is considered one of the world’s best airports, while the iconic Raffles Hotel gave the world the Singapore Sling cocktail.

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How can I spend 3 days in Singapore?

Singapore is a great destination for a long weekend. Get foodie at hawker courts, cocktail bars, or fine dining—or take a cooking course. Explore world-class museums; shop the malls on Orchard Road; or visit the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo, the light show at Marina Bay Sands, or the amusements on Sentosa Island.

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What is there to do in Singapore at night?

Singapore is magical at night. Join a night cruise; visit the SkyPark observation deck; hit stylish cocktail bars; watch nocturnal animals on the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo; or savor the light and water show at Marina Bay Sands or the light and sound show at Gardens by the Bay.

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What should you not miss in Singapore?

Singapore is crazy diverse: head to Sentosa for theme parks, Marina Bay for skyline views, Chinatown for temples and shops, and Little India for food and street art. Sip a Singapore Sling, eat chili crab and Hainanese chicken rice, and tour a museum. Gardens by the Bay and the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo are must-dos.

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What indoor activities can you do in Singapore?

Singapore has all the indoor activities you’d expect in a global financial hub. Choose between spas, malls, museums, workshops, galleries, cinemas, eateries, and cooking classes. Try your hand at parkour, ice skating, trampolining, ax throwing, and more—or opt for city signatures like hawker courts or the Gardens by the Bay.

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Is Singapore a safe country?

Yes. With fearsome penalties, strong social bonds, and a repressive government, Singapore boasts one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. It’s not unusual for Singaporeans to fall victims to scams, but crimes such as robbery, snatch theft, assault, murder, and stranger rape are extremely rare.

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Singapore information

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Number of Tours

650

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