The Little Red Dot, Singapore will charm you with nature’s bounty and will spoil you with world-class amenities and iconic landmarks and attractions. But for someone short on time or planning an extended layover, the question ‘What to do in Singapore for 3 days’ might become impossible to answer. Owing to a myriad of tourist attractions in the country, shortlisting the best ones for a short time sounds like a challenge.
After all the research and shortlistings, you’d definitely want the help of an expert to guide you through, so you make the most of your time in this country. This blog is your holy grail, helping you explore the best of this country, day wise. Though this is a rather tight-scheduled itinerary, you are given flexibility in terms of attractions, make sure you look out for quick tips given through the posts. Let’s begin!
Day 1: Welcome to Singapore!
Let’s assume you land in Singapore Changi Airport and are done with baggage claims by 11 am. Just check into your hotel, which we would suggest should be in the city centre so it’s easy for you to travel. Take your time, relax and refresh before you have your lunch and finally venture out to visit the best places to visit in Singapore.
Considering you must be a little tired, and possibly also jet-lagged we’re keeping this day on a lighter note, yet making sure you experience the best of what this little country has on offer. This day will be dedicated to wildlife and nature.
The trip begins from MacRitchie Reservoir, the oldest reservoir in Singapore. Here, you have so much to do from water sports to nature trails and TreeTop Walk. The suspension bridge allows breathtaking aerial view of the affluent surrounding, surely all the tiredness of travel vanishes here.
Science Centre or Jurong Bird Park
Next up, we have Science Centre – a place that will make your jaws dropped. Aimed at educating kids and parents about different wonders of science in an interactive way, there are more than one thousand exhibits in this place. Right from chemical reactions to stunning space world, Science Centre will leave you enthralled.
If you’re not traveling with kids, and would rather let this attraction pass, you can go to Jurong Bird Park – an aviary spread across 49 acres. As you take a walk, you can spot Penguins, Salmon-crested cockatoo, Caribbean flamingos and many other birds.
The Night Safari
As the sun sets down, prepare for the final attraction for the day – The Night Safari. This is among Singapore’s prime attraction and world’s first nocturnal zoo. There are about 2,500 animals here, and 130 species. As the name suggests the zoo opens at night and is set up in a humid tropical forest. This indeed is a wildlife viewing experience to look forward too. Asian elephants, Indian rhinoceros and tigers are among the animals you can expect to spot when here.
Other than wildlife safari, the zoo organizes cultural performances and don’t worry about the hunger pangs as you have food and beverages outlet.
So, after visiting three attractions, you can finally call it a day and return to your hotel for an overnight stay!
Day 2: A day dedicated full of fun
Begin your day early with delicious breakfast and get ready to visit the highlight of any Singapore tour, Sentosa Island. Located in the Southern Coast of Singapore, this island is dotted with fun theme parks and other attractions. There are many ways to reach here – by road, pedestrian walk, monorail and indeed the most scenic, cable car.
Since different people have different choices and Sentosa offers a myriad of options, we are dividing the attractions in three categories so you can choose better for the day.
Theme parks and galleries
When in Sentosa you cannot miss some of these finest attractions – iFly Singapore (indoor skydiving), Madame Tussauds (featuring wax statues of famous personalities), Mega Adventure Park (South East Asia’s steepest zip wire), S.E.A. Aquarium (home to more than one lakh marine creatures), Universal Studios (movie-themed park).
If you’re looking for a time with nature’s bounty and peace, then you can visit – Sentosa Nature Heritage Walks ( 30 carefully-conserved heritage trees and buildings, including Fort Siloso) and Sentosa Nature Discovery
For someone wanting a lovely beach time, there are three beautiful beaches in the island – Siloso Beach, Tanjong Beach and Palawan Beach. You also have a stunning golf course, coupled with first-class dining option and state-of-the-art facilities.
Bonus: Being a full-fledged resort island, you also have options of accommodation here. So, to make the most of your time in Singapore, it is suggested you book a stay in Sentosa.
Day 3: More fun before you bid goodbye to the Little Red Dot
And as your 3 days trip in Singapore comes to an end today, you must start this day early as well. Let’s assume you’re taking the late-night flight back home. So, we have time at least till evening 6 pm. We’re dedicating this day for shopping and little bit of sightseeing.
Start with Bugis Street, known to be the biggest market in Singapore. If you’re a shopaholic, you wouldn’t want to leave, as you get to bargain to bag what you please. Clothes, bags, shoes, sunglasses; you name it and you’ll find that around, and that too at cheap prices. So enjoy yourself, but don’t be too involved as we have more places to cover before you board your flight back home.
Other options if you’re not a shopaholic
If you’re not into shopping, you can skip this and head over to visit other tourist attractions of Singapore – Singapore Art Museum, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Kwan In Thong Hood Cho Temple, St. Andrews Cathedral and Clarke Quay.
Gardens by the Bay
Standing as an icon of country’s tourism scenario, your 3 perfect days in Singapore wouldn’t be as perfect without this one in the itinerary. This 101 hectare nature park looks futuristic where you can skywalk above the ground, meandering through oversized seashell-shaped greenhouses. Since this is a huge property, allow yourself sufficient time for exploration (about 2-3 hours).
Now it’s time to end your beautiful 3 days trip in Singapore as you make your way to the airport.
Pro tip! Don’t even think your journey ends here, as the more time you have in Changi Airport the better again! As this is world’s best airport, with attractions such as butterfly gardens.
Budget for 3 days in Singapore
So, the next thing you must be wondering is your ideal budget to explore Singapore in 3 days. Well, since budget depends on person to person and where he is coming from, you cannot define an exact amount. However, here is a rough estimate regarding ‘3 days in Singapore budget ‘
- If you’re a budget traveler who’ll stay in hostels and will do most free attractions, then the budget should be about 161-201 SGD/person (excluding flight and visa)
- If you’re on a mid-budget, and would be staying in two or three star hotels, will be visiting some important sites with entry charges; then the budget should be 302-401 SGD (excluding flight and visa)
This was it! Your perfect itinerary defining how to spend 3 days in Singapore in the most efficient way. Indeed there are many other ways you can spend these days, book customizable Singapore tour packages with TravelTriangle and say goodbye to hassles of planning and execution. Just sit back and enjoy!
Further Read: 20 Best Hotels In Singapore For A Class-Apart Stay