Discover The Best of Singapore in 3 Days: A Complete Itinerary for First-Timers

From modern futuristic gardens to traditional temples, world-class shopping to beachside adventures, Singapore has something for everyone. Explore the Lion City with our exhilarating three-day itinerary designed especially for first-time visitors. Discover the city’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks with local pro tips from the Naumi Hotels Singapore team.

 

DAY ONE: SINGAPORE ICONIC LANDMARKS

 

Supertree Grove 

 

Some of the most unmissable attractions at Gardens by the Bay are the Supertrees. These are large, magnificent structures measuring 25-50 metres tall that greet you with their impressive height. Apart from adding to the beauty of the Garden landscape, these Supertrees are actually vertical gardens that house more than 162,900 plants of over 200 species. At night, these structures light up the waters in a dazzling glow of blue, pink and purple during the Garden Rhapsody, a nightly light and sound show.

For a 360-degree breathtaking view of the Gardens and Marina Bay, consider going up to the Supertree Observatory or take a walk on the OCBC Skyway, a 128m-long suspension bridge between the Supertrees. 

Naumi’s Pro Tip: While the conservatories have a fee, the Garden Rhapsody light show is free to the public from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm. Be sure to catch the dazzling show if you’re visiting at night! 

 

Floral Fantasy

 

For flower enthusiasts, do not miss the Floral Fantasy, an indoor conservatory blending creative flower arrangements, artistry and technology to make up four different fantasy-like garden landscapes. 

 

Flower Dome

 

Next, head on to the Flower Dome and experience perpetual spring with unique plants and flowers blooming in the cool and dry Mediterranean climate commonly found in South Africa, Australia and America. With its Guinness World Record for the largest glass greenhouse in the world, this award-winning conservatory is definitely a must-go! 

 

Cloud Forest

 

If flowers are not your type, head on to the Cloud Forest to discover rare and unique flora in a mist-covered landscape. Unlike the first two conservatories, the Cloud Forest uses temperature control technology to replicate the tropical montane climates in mountain forests. It also houses the tallest indoor waterfall in the world standing at over 30 metres tall! 

 

Marina Bay Sands 

 

Next, take a 4 minute walk to Marina Bay Sands, one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore. With what looks like a ship stacked on top of 3 identical towers, this attraction is definitely one that you should not miss! Head into The Shoppes to fulfil your luxury shopping desires or dine at a selection of their celebrity chef restaurants for an exquisite dining experience. 

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Don’t forget to visit during nighttime to catch the Spectra – A Light & Water Show and be enthralled by the perfect blend of lasers, visual projections and orchestra music. Held nightly for just 15 minutes at the Event Plaza of Marina Bay Sands, the performance is free to the public and a must-watch for first-timers! Showtimes are at 8 pm & 9 pm from Sun – Thur, and at 8 pm, 9 pm & 10 pm from Fri – Sat. 

 

ArtScience Museum

 

Located right outside Marina Bay Sands is the ArtScience Museum where exhibitions combining art, science and technology come together. Having collaborated with renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol, their permanent exhibition, “Future World: Where Art Meets Science” invites its guests to explore the future through a collection of interactive digital installations. 

 

Singapore Flyer

 

Cross over the Helix Bridge and take a ride up the famed Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest observation wheel giving you impressive, panoramic views of the city skyline. On a clear day, the Flyer can give you views as far as the Southern Islands of Singapore and even the Indonesian Riau Islands. We recommend taking a ride during sunset, as it gives you a view of the Singapore skyline bathed in a beautiful sunset glow. 

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Want something a little more special? The Singapore Flyer offers a premium champagne experience where you can enjoy the breathtaking views while sipping on champagne, at $79 per pax. This package not only entitles you to an exquisite viewing experience, it also offers a complimentary admission to the Time Capsule, a multisensory attraction bringing you to Singapore’s past, present and future after your flight on the Singapore Flyer. 

 

Merlion

 

From the Singapore Flyer, walk alongside the waterfront towards the Merlion, Singapore’s official mascot. With the head of a lion, the body of a fish and water sprouting out of its mouth, this intriguing statue is the most iconic photo-taking spot for tourists. While you’re here, get creative and try different poses for a perfect shot with the Merlion!

  

Boat Quay

 

For the last stop of the day, take a 10 minute walk towards Boat Quay, Singapore’s representative nightlife district teeming with music, life and dance along the Singapore River. Grab a drink or two while you’re here, or head over to Jumbo Seafood for a taste of Singaporeans favourite dish, the chilli crab! Not ready to end the day yet? Jump on the River Cruise and enjoy a relaxing ride while you take in the beautiful night view along the Singapore River. 

DAY TWO: BEACH & WILDIFE

 

Sentosa Island

 

Ready for a bit of sun and fun? Begin your second day with a trip to Sentosa, a resort island just off the Southern coast of SingaporeEntrance to the island takes the form of bus, train, and foot, but we recommend taking the cable car from Harbourfront Station, as you can take in beautiful panoramic views of the pristine sandy beaches on your way here. 

 

S.E.A. Aquarium

 

For marine lovers, hop off at Resorts World Sentosa and visit the S.E.A. Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums home to more than 1,000 species of marine animals. If you would like to go a little deeper, consider going for a guided tour to understand more about marine conservation and get a peak of what goes on behind the scenes at the aquarium. 

 

Beach & Adventure At Sentosa

 

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a lover of watersports, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone seeking a fun time at Sentosa. For thrill seekers, we recommend heading to Mega Adventure Park or Skypark by AJ Hackett, where you can experience the exhilarating thrill of doing a bungee jump, going down the zip-line, or screaming to your heart’s content on the Giant Swing. 

For tourists seeking something less thrilling, consider taking a ride up SkyHelix Sentosa, an open-air gondola that gently rotates while it ascends towards the sky. Sit back and enjoy the crisp air 79 metres above the ground while you sip on a refreshing, iced drink. Travelling with your friends or family? Consider going for the Skyline Luge, where you can compete for who’s faster as you zip down the four different tracks.  

Not looking for exhilarating activities? Consider having a picnic or a leisurely stroll at Siloso, Palawan, or Tanjong beach and enjoy the sounds of the splashing waves as you look towards the sea.

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Not sure which beach to go to? The beaches at Sentosa have different characteristics that cater to every beach-goer’s needs. If you’re travelling with friends or are a thrill seeker, Siloso Beach’s lively and vibrant atmosphere is perfect for you. Its wide array of physical activities, such as watersports, zip-line and bungee jumping are sure to excite you! For families, we recommend Palawan Beach, where families with children can play beach volleyball, swim or build sandcastles in a tranquil atmosphere. Tanjong Beach, being located the furthest from the bustle of the energetic crowd at Siloso Beach, is the perfect location for tourists seeking a quiet, peaceful retreat. 

 

Night Safari

 

To end off your second day, make your way to the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park with over 900 animals from around 100 species. Take a guided tram tour to observe these nocturnal animals in their natural habitat and learn about their unique behaviors. While you’re there, don’t miss the Creatures of the Night Show, which showcases a variety of nocturnal animals performing their talent through a series of amazing tricks.

DAY THREE: FAMOUS NEIGHBOURHOODS

Chinatown

Begin your final day in Singapore with a trip to Chinatown, a bustling cultural neighbourhood set amongst a busy business landscape. Take your time to discover Chinatown’s rich culture and history; from its prominent shophouses to its festive seasonal installations, there are simply so many things to discover! One of the most poignant attractions in the area, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, is hard to miss with its majestic architecture and collection of Buddhist artifacts. For a good fix of local cuisine, head over to Maxwell Food Center located right across the temple. 

Naumi’s Pro Tip: If you’re intending to visit the religious buildings in the area, including the temples and mosques at Temple Street, take note of the dress code that all visitors must adhere to: Hats, caps and clothing that expose too much skin including shorts and singlets are not allowed in temples and mosques. We recommend bringing a scarf or a thin jacket to throw on when exploring these areas, so you can still stick to your light clothing in the sweltering Singapore heat. 

 

Little India

Next, find your way to Little India, a vibrant and colourful ethnic district with a rich history and culture home to a large Indian community. While you’re here, make sure to visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India’s visually stunning temple known for its colourful façade and intricate carvings. Just 6 minutes away is the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping center that sells a wide variety of goods including Indian clothing, jewelry and spices.

 

Kampong Glam

Take a short walk over and you’ll find the majestic golden dome of the Sultan Mosque in the heart of Singapore’s Muslim community. Once reigned by Malay Sultans, this area has since transformed into a trendy district with vibrant cultures, chic hanging spots and eye-catching street art. Up ahead, a string of carpet and fabric shops line Arab Street, and a variety of hole-in-the-wall boutiques, vintage clothing stores and hip cafes make up Haji Lane. If you’re looking for a cool spot for a sip of iced coffee or pick up some unique souvenirs, Kampong Glam is the perfect place for you! 

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Want that instagrammable picture to glitz up your Instagram feed? Take your time to wander through the amazing murals and street art found at almost every turn around Little India and Haji Lane. With an array of colourful, splendid artwork by top artists, you are guaranteed to get your perfect shot! 

Orchard Road

For our next stop, explore Singapore’s busiest shopping district, Orchard Road. With a wide selection of glitzy air-conditioned shopping malls to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices as you indulge in your last-minute shopping desires. For starters, be sure to check out ION Orchard, Paragon and Takashimaya Shopping Centre for all the largest luxury brands you can ever find!

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Skip the fancy gelatos and opt for one of the ice cream carts dotted around the busy traffic junctions at Orchard Road for a truly authentic local Singaporean experience. These ice cream carts are an integral part of Singapore’s street hawker culture and are normally run by older ‘uncles’ or ‘aunties’ selling ice cream on the road for as cheap as $1 to $2.

Unlike typical ice cream shops where ice cream is scooped out from a container, these carts serve them by cutting them out from a block. Choose how you would like your ice cream by having it either sandwiched between a piece of bread or crispy wafer. For a cheap price of $1 to $2, this decadent treat is definitely a must try! 

Jewel Changi Airport

If you have some time to spare before your flight back home, make sure to stop at Jewel Changi Airport to catch a glimpse of the famed Rain Vortex, the largest indoor waterfall in the world. Be mesmerised by the sheets of water cascading down from 40 metres high as you stand amongst a forest backdrop in the Forest Valley. Come night time, this magnificent waterfall transforms into an extravagant art piece during the Light & Sound Show every Mon-Thu, at 8 pm and 9 pm.

Still have some time to spare? Be sure to check out the wide selection of stores and restaurants featuring local brands, such as Lovet, In Good Company, Birds of Paradise and L’éclair Pâtisserie.

Naumi’s Pro Tip: Being a popular tourist attraction, it can be difficult to get a nice shot of the Rain Vortex at the bottom of the fountain as it is normally crowded with tourists looking for a good spot. Instead of competing with the rest of the crowd, head up to the Canopy Bridge for a clear view of the Vortex and to get that perfect instagrammable shot! But be aware if you’re afraid of heights, as the bridge is lined with a clear glass flooring for that extra thrill.


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