With its soaring skyscrapers, futuristic parks, traditional temples, atmospheric ethnic enclaves, and phenomenal food scene, Singapore is a delight to discover. From marveling at the city-state’s striking architecture to learning how to cook Singaporean-style dishes, here’s how to best enjoy a 2-day stay in Singapore.
Day 1: Singapore’s Must-Sees
Morning: The best way to get your bearings is with a guided highlights tour, or—if you want more flexibility—a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Whichever option you choose, you won’t want to miss Marina Bay, the waterfront Merlion Park, Chinatown, and Little India.
Afternoon: With theme parks, ziplines, an aquarium, and several beaches, there is no shortage of entertainment options at Sentosa Island. Guided tours of the resort island often include transportation via cable car and admission to multiple attractions. Alternatively, explore Sentosa by Segway tour, cruising by beaches, a 19th-century fort, and a more than 11-story skywalk trail that puts you at treetop level.
Evening: As darkness falls, discover Singapore’s wild side on the Night Safari. This nocturnal open-air wildlife park has tigers, lions, and elephants who roam in naturalistic enclosures designed to replicate the animals’ natural habitats. There’s also an on-site restaurant offering a buffet dinner.
Day 2: Singaporean Culture and Cuisine
Morning: Singaporean cuisine is the stuff of foodie legend. Find out how to re-create Singaporean staples for yourself with a cooking class. Learn how to concoct the perfect bowl of laksa (noodle soup), satay, or Hainanese chicken rice before sitting down to eat your freshly cooked creations.
Afternoon: With your stomach sated, it’s time to feed your mind with a historical tour of Singapore that focuses on its harrowing World War II history. Visit sights such as the Changi Museum, and learn about the Japanese treatment of Allied prisoners of war. For a more light-hearted alternative, tour the Tiger Brewery and sip samples of different beers produced by the popular Asian brand.
Night: Go all out for your final night in Singapore. Step aboard a bus for a gourmet food tour, where you’ll be served multiple plates from a Michelin-starred Singaporean restaurant. For an even more romantic option, take dinner to new heights with a 4-course meal aboard the Singapore Cable Car on Mt. Faber.