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Submitted on Sep 18, 2019 Useful Info

How long to visit Singapore for first time visitors

  • In terms of how many days to spend visiting Singapore, I personally recommend first time visitors stay for 3-5 days, which will give you a pretty good sense of what Singapore is about. This will allow you lots of time to see most of the attractions in Singapore, all at a relatively leisurely pace
  • It's definitely possible to visit for less than 3 days. Heck some people do just a layover trip from Changi Airport. The country is so compact (Singapore's area is just 722 square kilometers, which makes it even smaller than Berlin which is 892 square kilometers), and transportation is extremely advanced, that you can see a lot of things in a relatively little time
  • One thing to keep in mind is just how hot and humid Singapore is. My advice is to not cram too many things into a short amount of time, and give yourself enough time to kick back and relax in an air-conditioned mall
  • If you have 2 days or less, I'd recommend just focusing on the downtown area plus Marina Bay. Most of the most high profile points of interest are clustered around here, including the Marina Bay Sands, Merlion, Gardens by the Bay, the Parliament House, the National Gallery, and the "Durian". In addition, don't forget Changi International Airport, which is an attraction in itself as the best airport in the world, plus its newly opened Jewel building (the one with a huge circular indoor waterfall)
  • When you have 3 days and longer, there are so much more to explore in the country:
  • Orchard road: the glitzy shopping street
  • Chinatown: the largest of the ethnic neighbourhoods with lots of traditional Chinese architecture and fantastic food
  • Little India: located just next to Chinatown, you can get some amazing Indian food here
  • Kampong Glam: this is the ethnic Malay enclave
  • Hawker centres: street food, Singapore style. Hawker centres are enclosed food halls where you can get lots of delicious food from all kinds of ethnic origins (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Japanese, Korean, Thai, etc.) for cheap. It's a very traditional Singapore way of eating out. One of these food stalls, is actually Michelin-starred
  • Raffles Hotel: the oldest luxury hotel in Singapore that's been continuously operating since 1887. It's one of the most iconic heritage buildings in Singapore. Its bar is where Singapore Sling cocktail was invented
  • Botanic Gardens: it's actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's an amazing piece of lush oasis not too far from the downtown
  • Sentosa Island: a tiny island off Singapore where Universal Studios is located, plus casinos, resorts, beaches, and lots of restaurants and bars. It's basically the resort/entertainment section of Singapore
  • Mt. Faber: a little hill overlooking Singapore. It's a nice getaway from the concrete jungle, and you can walk on a tree-top pathway here to breath in some fresh air and look down at the glamour that is Singapore