Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia. Although it’s quite small, it’s a city that has everything – high-rises, street food, amazing sights, a beautiful botanical garden, shopping malls, and so much more. Nicknamed “The City in a Garden”, it is bustling, eco-friendly, modern, and extremely clean. You can easily get from Changi Airport to your accommodations by hiring a taxi or Grab. The airport is very close to the city center and will only take about 15-20 minutes depending on where you are located. Once you get to Singapore, you can get around via MRT or hiring a Grab. In this guide to Singapore, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, where to eat, and things to do in the area!
PRO TIP: We highly recommend taking Grabs verses local taxis. The price was significantly more expensive and the local taxi drivers are not the best or safest drivers.
During our time in Singapore, we were lucky enough to stay with a friend during the time we were there. As lodging is quite expensive, this helped us saved a bit of money!
Here are some things to do during your time in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay – This iconic park is one of Singapore’s most popular attractions. The entire park strives to be eco-friendly and it is a great place to explore. Our favorite exhibits were the Cloud Forest and Flower exhibit name. Tickets are XSGD/$20 USD per person which is a bit expensive for a backpacker’s budget but we decided it would be worth it and it definitely met our expectations! Its also extra if you want to go to the top of Supertree Grove.
Marina Bay Sands – This iconic hotel has some of the rooftop views of Singapore. Some of the best vies of the hotel can be seen at Gardens by the Bay. If you’re looking for a fancy night out, make sure to head to the rooftop for drinks. You can also check out the restaurant at the top as well.
Koon Seng Road – This has to be one of the prettiest streets in Singapore. Houses on this road were built in the 1920s and were inhabited by Pernakan Chinese, the first Chinese immigrants to come to Singapore from Malaysia. Most of these houses are still occupied.
Central Perk – If you’re a Friends fan, then this themed café is a must visit. There are episodes running all day and the place is decorated just like the show. It’s a nice way to start the morning!
Fort Canning Park – Located right in the middle of Singapore’s downtown area, this park is a great way to spend the day. There are many different historical sights and it is such a lovely walk around the park grounds.
library@orchard – One of the coolest libraries we’ve seen, this one is located inside of a mall. This library is modern, bright and very quiet. If you’re looking for a place to relax and catch up on some reading, this is the spot to be.
Haji Lane and Muscat Street – This indie neighborhood is home to hole-in-the-wall boutiques, hip cafes, cool bars and restaurants. Muscat Street has a ton of street art that is worth exploring. This area is definitely a great way to spend the day and take loads of photos!
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Din Tai Fung – This chain restaurant has some amazing dumpling options. There are several locations and it’s a bit pricey for a backpacking budget but it was so good.
Carrot Gun Rabbit – If you’re looking for some good burgers over beers or wine, this is a great place to have dinner. They also have happy hour specials!
Uncle Chieng Ice Cream Cart – This little cart located on Orchard Road sells ice cream in white bread. Yes, it sounds strange but for some reason its SO good and super cheap. Its 1.20SGD/$0.88USD.
Satay by the Bay – After spending the day at Gardens by the Bay, you can grab sticks of satay at this outdoor food stall.
Birds of Paradise – If you’re craving artisanal gelato with various kinds of flavors, you have to check out this spot. There’s usually a line but it goes fairly quickly.
Zam Zam – Located across the street from Masjid Sultan, this spot has some really great Indian food options. Its typically crowded but the food is good and there is a second floor for additional seating.
Shake Shack – Either start or end your trip with one of our favorite burger joints at the Jewel at Changi airport, you won’t regret it!
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That’s our guide to Singaporebut like always, all opinions are entirely our own. Above all, enjoy Singapore!
Disclaimer: We have no financial incentive to promote lodging or any other services. This recommendation comes solely from personal experience.
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