Top Travel Tips Singapore by Paul and Carole

Top Travel Tips Singapore

by Paul and Carole

We have now visited Singapore 3 times and wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. Here are our top travel tips Singapore for you to consider when planning a trip to this fascinating destination.

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Singapore skyline view from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Top Travel Tips Singapore 1 – Take an Open Top Bus Tour

Easy to navigate and the majority of activities we have listed below can be accessed via the stops. Different options and prices are available and you can check out the details here –

Orange Funvee Buses

Red City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off

This really is a great way to orientate yourself and make the most of your stay particularly if you are only in Singapore for a short time. We also used taxis which were very reasonable and the MRT Train system is also easy to use.

Top Travel Tips Singapore 2Go to the Gardens by the Bay

Spend some time at the Gardens by the Bay, spectacular in the day and the light shows at night are incredible too. Free to enter it really is a great way to spend your time and there is so much to do.

For more information do visit here – Gardens by the Bay.

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Gardens by the Bay

Top Travel Tips Singapore 3Visit the Sky Park at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

On the 57th Floor of the Marina Bay Sands is the Sky Park. An observation deck that gives the most spectacular views of Singapore. It is open until 10pm, and you can stay as long as you like. We would recommend heading there before sunset to catch the views in day light, then watching the transformation as Singapore lights up the sky.

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View of Gardens from the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

If you are feeling extravagant we would really recommend a stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, it is crazy money but it is definitely one of the best places we have ever stayed in our lives and then access to the Sky Park is free! You can read about our stay here.

Top Travel Tips Singapore 4Watch the Spectra Light and Water Show

This is a spectacular show which is held every day, is free, lasts 15 minutes and is held in at the event plaza in front of the shoppes at the marina bay. Consisting of lights, fountains and music, it really is a delight. For times and more information about the Spectra Show visit here.

Top Travel Tips Singapore 5 – Visit Chinatown

Check out the temples, museums and street markets. The smells, colours and taste are a feast for all senses, it gets very busy and mad, but just pick a spot, grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by, a great experience!

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Top Travel Tips Singapore 6Visit the Merlion

Half fish, half lion the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront, merlion park. The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ and its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’. The statue spouts water out of it’s mouth and is a significant landmark. The view from the Merlion over to the Marina Bay Sands is pretty spectacular too.

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The Merlion in Singapore

Top Travel Tips Singapore 7Wander around Little India

This is such a vibrant area of Singapore, full of colour with endless eating and shopping opportunities. On one of visits we stayed in this area and loved it, we wandered for hours, soaked up the atmosphere, and ate fabulous food. We would love to go back. Find out more here.

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Street art in Little India Singapore

Top Travel Tips Singapore 8Take a boat trip from Clarkes Quay

Take a trip on a Bumboat from Clarke Quay, which also visits Boat Quay and Marina Bay. You can get on and off to visit the sights and the narrative is very educational. Check out the details here.

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Bumboat in Clarke Quay in Singapore

Clarkes Quay is a great area full of restaurants and bars. There are also small convenience stores where you can buy snacks and beers so you don’t have to pay the expensive prices in the restaurants if you don’t want too.

Top Travel Tips Singapore 9Get catapulted into the air on the G-Max Reverse Bungy at Clarke Quay

If you like the thrill of the fair then there is the G-Max Reverse Bungee at Clarke Quay. The capsule seats up to five at a time, and catapults you 60 metres into the air, reaching speeds of up to 200 kmph and 5G of force. We happily just watched and heard the screams of the riders, but if adrenaline rushes are for you then this could be your thing. For more information visit here.

Top Travel Tips Singapore 10Eat Chilli Crab at Jumbos Restaurant Clarke Quay

We were advised to do this and we were not disappointed. It wasn’t cheap but so worth getting into the sticky mess that we did and so glad bibs were provided! The flavour was amazing and it was a great experience. We would advise getting there early or booking in advance as it gets very busy. You can contact Jumbo’s here.

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Chilli Crab at Jumbo’s

Top Travel Tips Singapore 11Drink a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel

Head to the famous Raffles Hotel and head to the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling. It is not cheap but a worth while experience and the Singapore Slings and the jugs of beer went down very well.

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The famous Singapore Sling

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Raffles Hotel Singapore

Top Travel Tips Singapore 12Visit Universal Studios on Sentosa Island

We had a brilliant day out at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. We hit the rides, the Mummy was terrifying, had fun fighting the Transformers and got wet on the Jurassic Park Rapids. Waterworld was a fantastic show with audience participation and we all laughed our way through Donkey Live! We would really recommend a day here if you have time. For any further information, this can be found here.

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Waterworld at Universal Studios Sentosa

Top Travel Tips Singapore 13 – Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer

This large observation wheel takes in spectacular views over the Marina Bay area and over to Raffles. Food and drinks are available, a flight simulator and you can even get your feet nibbled by fish. Check out this page for more information about the Singapore Flyer.

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Singapore Eye behind the Gardens of the Bay

So there you have it, a few things to keep you occupied during your visit. We love Singapore, it is very safe and clean, easy to get around with plenty to see and do and we can’t wait to return!

As well as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel we have stayed at the Jen Orchardgateway Hotel on Orchard Road and you can read our reviews by clicking these links. We also spent one night at the Perek Hotel in Little India which was a good choice for those with a tighter budget.

Have you visited Singapore? What else would you recommend to do? We would love to hear in the comments below.

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59 Responses to Top Travel Tips Singapore by Paul and Carole

  1. Esther Diaz says:

    Oh my <3 Singapore is on my bucket list. Hopefully, I can visit this with my parents. Thank you so much for sharing this. Awesome post! 🙂

  2. Tracy says:

    Great tips – we particularly loved visiting Gardens by the Bay which wasn’t open when we were last in Singapore. Always a great place to stay for a few days – we enjoyed afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel too! We have yet to visit Sentosa! We planned to last trip but somehow missed it again! Next time! #FeetDoTravel
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  3. We’ve never had more than 24 hours in Singapore and thought we had ‘seen it all’. How wrong we were! So many of these attractions look like fun, I think on our trip home we’re going to go for the extended layover option!

  4. 3 times? That is awesome! Just this morning my husband was telling me he want to visit Singapore. I have to show him this post. I would love to visit Little India and Chinatown. I know they are very colorful. Have you stopped by the hawker centers? Which ones you recommend? #feetdotravel

    • We went to a hawker centre by the Singapore Eye and had some great food, we also had the best curry in Little India, and both were reasonably priced. It is a great place to visit, hope you get to visit too!

  5. We visit Singapore quite a bit for visas but never really have much time there, but we did enjoy Gardens by the Bay and going to the observation deck at Marina Sands Hotel! We return in January and you have given me some great suggestions here, thank you! Pinned for January! #feetdotravel

  6. We would love to go to Singapore! You have listed a variety of activities, and I think we would need at least 3-4 days to see our top choices. We just might have to spring for a stay at the Marina Bay Hotel!
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  7. Great summary of the top things to do in Singapore! Pinning it for my next trip there #feetdotravel

  8. We went to Singapore a couple of times a long time ago and loved it, even though it rained the whole time. It seems to have changed a lot since, so should go back.
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  9. David says:

    I really enjoyed my recent trip to Singapore and am glad to see I also did many of these. Disappointed I didn’t visit the Garden by the Bay at night but I did watch the sunset from the Bastion there which was great. I definitely recommend eating at the market in the People’s Complex in Chinatown for a cheap meal.

  10. Esther says:

    It’s interesting, I always wanted to visit Singapore, though I honestly have no clue why. Your photos make me realise however that I was right to put it on my wishlist!
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  11. great. can relate so easily being frequent traveller there

  12. Fantastic list! We’re on board for everything…except that reverse bungy contraption. Love this list, so we’re Pinning for later and hoping we get to Singapore to put it to use before too long! By the way…the crab bibs…that’s a good look! 😉 Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard, you two!
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  13. Anda says:

    Great tips! I’m saving your post for future reference. I want very much to go to Singapore, so hope I’ll be able to refer back to it in the future. The Sky Park at the Marina Bay looks absolutely fantastic. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  14. We will be in Singapore early next year so I am saving this for future reference. We have been there twice before but some of the things on your list are new to me.
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  15. Wow! thank you for sharing..been living in singapore for 2 years and its really amazing living singapore.. my favorite part is Mustafa.. and the indian food..

  16. Michelle says:

    Ooooh I always love reading about my country from another perspective! I’ve never taken the boat trip you mention, for one thing. Gardens at the Bay is pretty impressive, but it’s a bit too futuristic for my liking (I hate how all the new-ish buildings in Singapore look like spaceships… have you noticed?!). I prefer the Botanic Gardens, although I guess it’s a bit more “normal”. Has some nice colonial architecture though 🙂

  17. I have never been to Singapore so great to read your tips. Honestly, one of the reasons I want to visit is to go The Raffles and a Singapore Sling there sounds like a great break 🙂 ~ Jessica

  18. I can too remember that thrilling experience at Universal Studios! WOW!
    Thanks for sharing those memories. 🙂

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  21. Just opened up my pin to takes notes from your top tips as we are there in a couple of weeks!

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  23. Megan Indoe says:

    Oh this makes me want to go back to Singapore so bad! I think Gardens by the Bay were one of my top highlights but I also loved all the food hawker stalls and Little India! Perhaps you inspired us to go back!!!

  24. The views are amazing so worth a visit!

  25. Nathan says:

    It’s always interesting to see how other travellers view and tour around your own country, and it seems like you guys pretty much nailed most of the attractions our tiny island nation has to offer. Nevertheless, you may wish to include more cultural experiences by exploring some of the other ethnic communities such as Kampong Glam and Little India to better experience our unique blend of multi-racialism. Great guide!
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  26. Amber Tatton says:

    Little India looks so cool, I had no idea that place even existed! I would love to visit Singapore and this list has given me some major inspiration!

  27. Heraa says:

    Great tips shared by you. We loved Garden by the bay and Sentosa island. You have made an excellent guides for first timers 🙂

  28. Frank says:

    We just got back from Singapore. Very impressive the way they built this futuristic, utopian city out of the jungle. Came here 20 years ago…but even I was shocked by some of the changes. I’m not going to say that it’s my favorite place – but it sure is impressive! (and the beer is frigin expensive!)

    • It is very impressive! It is so expensive, very difficult to find a cheap beer. We followed some locals that appeared to be students who went to a Smile convenience store and bought some beer. We then sat by the bridge in Clarkes Quay, which seemed to be an acceptable place to hang out, drank our beers while watching the sun go down. We felt very smug that we had found a sort of bargain in Singapore lol!

  29. Kevin says:

    Would totally not expect to try gumbo in Singapore. Good to know!

  30. You guys are amazing. Very informative and Fun reading article about Singapore.

  31. Jack Lim says:

    Thanks Carole. Its been a nice write up on the insight of Singapore. It’s plenty of useful tips to help plan my trip

  32. Great Post and Stunning Pictures. Singapore – One of the best city I have visited so far. I have visited Singapore last year and had an amazing time in Marina Bay. Actually didn’t get any chance to try out any of the above bars. But hopefully, cover next time.

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