Get up early and prepare for a long day of walking!
Follow our one day itinerary that packs in most major attractions in the city centre, and brings you from Chinatown via the Central Business District, the River Area and the Colonial District to Kampong Glam and Little India, before finishing off with drinks back in the River Area. We keep the Orchard Road extension for a more relaxed visit on Day 3 of this itinerary.
Day 2 is all about animal parks, and much more relaxing than Day 1. If your Day 1 party took a little longer, simply wake up late and skip Jurong Bird Park as the Zoo and the Night Safari are more interesting.
Purchase the package deal for a day for all three of the following attractions as it is cheaper than buying tickets for each individually.
Morning: Jurong Bird Park
Start your day at Jurong Bird Park, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. It houses a wide variety of birds and a number of interesting mini-attractions that are worth a visit like the African Waterfall Aviary. Within, you'll find the highest man-made waterfall in the world. Take a photo and forget about it. Jurong bird park is in the far west of Singapore, so its best to take a shuttle bus or taxi.
After lunch, take a taxi to the world class Singapore Zoological Gardens. Housing over 300 different species of animals from all over the world, this zoo is also home to the largest colony of Orangutans in captivity anywhere. Other animals of fame include the famous white tigers. The zoo is worth a visit, even if zoos in general are not usually on your must-see list.
Evening: Night Safari and St. James or Geylang
Have an early dinner at one of the eateries at the Zoo and wait for the Night Safari to open. Located right next door to the Zoo, the Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife park for nocturnal animals and offers a different experience to the usual run-of-the-mill zoo. Most of the animals like the Malayan Tapirs are on the endangered list and are rarely seen in a controlled environment.
If its not too late already, make your way to St. James Power Station for some serious partying, or head to one of the coffee shops along Geylang Road for beers with the locals. For something with more style, try one of the rather posh restaurants and bars on Dempsey Hill.
Note that Geylang is also an infamous red light area. This should not disturb your visiting experience if you are somewhat adventurous, but you may think twice if you travel with kids or are a solo female. Having said that, the area is generally very safe for tourists. We don't quite agree with the Singapore Tourism Board on the controversial point of Geylang. We believe your visit to Singapore is incomplete without experiencing the authentic side in Geylang!
Good morning, it's shopping time! Day 3 brings you to the iconic Orchard Road area, which consists of shopping malls next to shopping malls, interspersed with a couple of attractions.
Morning: Orchard Road
Take our Orchard Road walking tour, which takes you from The Cathay shopping mall near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to the Botanic Gardens. If you've had enough of sightseeing, simply skip the attractions and visit the shopping malls only!
Depending on the time you spend on shopping (and whether you include a visit to the Botanic Gardens), the walking tour can take you a full day. If you are done by early afternoon, take a taxi to Sentosa or a train to Harbourfront MRT, walk to VivoCity, and board the Sentosa Express sky train to this mini leisure island.
Sentosa has been face-lifted substantially over the past years, and the latest addition of Resorts World with its Casino and Universal Studios theme park is worth a visit.
Other recommended themed attractions include Images of Singapore, a museum that takes you through the entire history of Singapore through a variety of replicas, life-sized displays and relatively authentic sounds. An ideal place to gain a brief overview of Singapore’s history. Ironically, the Tiger Sky Tower was previously called the Carlsberg Sky Tower. It will give you a scenic view of Sentosa and parts of mainland Singapore from 131 metres above sea level. If you haven't had enough of animals on Day 2, visit the Underwater World aquarium with an impressive acrylic walk-through tunnel. Songs of the Sea is a multimedia show that entertains not only with laser-effects and songs but also boasts an impressive pyrotechnic display at the finale.
Sentosa also hosts a number of man-made beaches, such as Siloso Beach. These are frequently visited by locals and western expats on weekends. However, while being Singapore's nicest, the beaches are mediocre at best (and murky green pools at worst) for Asian standards.
When the sun goes down, head to one of the fancy beach bars along Siloso Beach. Azzura Beach Club is recommended to enjoy a drink and wind down your trip as it has a relaxing atmosphere coupled with comfortable deck-chairs. Another good spot is the Tanjong Beach Club on Tanjong Beach in the east of Sentosa. The parties here can get rowdy on Sunday nights.