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3 days in Singapore

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3 days in Singapore
From grand views and fine dining to street markets and food stalls, the tiny city-state of Singapore offers a diverse and seemingly endless selection of attractions. And thanks to that close proximity and world-class public transportation, travellers can pack a three-day journey with some of the best shopping, dining and cultural experiences in Asia.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Singapore Flyer
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Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer, the world's largest giant observation wheel, gives a 360 panoramic view of Singapore, from the fast-changing Marina Bay that is transforming by the minute, to the islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. It is the best vantage point of Singapore to see and feel the vibrancy of the beautiful and colorful city. Besides enjoying the 30-minute ride on the 165-metre tall Singapore... More

Singapore Flyer, the world's largest giant observation wheel, gives a 360 panoramic view of Singapore, from the fast-changing Marina Bay that is transforming by the minute, to the islands of Malaysia and Indonesia. It is the best vantage point of Singapore to see and feel the vibrancy of the beautiful and colorful city. Besides enjoying the 30-minute ride on the 165-metre tall Singapore Flyer, the exciting mix of specialty and lifestyle concept shops at the three-story Retail Terminal. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Bumboat River Tour
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Bumboat River Tour

Board one of Singapore’s iconic bumboats, which have been retrofitted with zero-emission electric engines, and learn about the river’s colorful history while taking in the unforgettable skyline. Two tours circle Boat Quay, Circle Quay and Marina Bay. Taxi and charter services are also available.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Asian Civilisations Museum
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Asian Civilisations Museum

Trace the cultural roots of the island’s diverse population through the museum’s interactive displays. Virtual hosts greet you at each of the themed exhibits, which focus on the peoples of Southeast Asia, West Asia, South Asia and China. There is a steady rotation of special exhibitions and a fantastic museum shop. Exhibit highlights of this diverse cultural museum include a... More

Trace the cultural roots of the island’s diverse population through the museum’s interactive displays. Virtual hosts greet you at each of the themed exhibits, which focus on the peoples of Southeast Asia, West Asia, South Asia and China. There is a steady rotation of special exhibitions and a fantastic museum shop. Exhibit highlights of this diverse cultural museum include a ninth-century Buddha and a Chinese snuff box. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Courtyard, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
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The Courtyard, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Formerly a fort, post office and exchange, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a landmark on the river, a story well-documented at the hotel’s Heritage Gallery. If you’re not lucky enough to be a guest, definitely plan to savor the traditional venue with the delicious high tea spread at The Courtyard.

Cost: $30 - $50
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Day 2
Chinatown
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Chinatown

For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history, Chinatown is good place to start. Here, you’ll enjoy a mix of heritage visits to museums, shopping as well as a good variety of food options, sure to leave a traveller happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sri Mariamman Temple
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Sri Mariamman Temple

Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple is also one of the most popular thanks to its proximity to Chinatown and its colorful exterior. Admission is free, though a donation is requested of those taking photographs. An annual fire-walking ceremony is held here every October or November.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 20th February 2003, and as a charity under the Charities Act in 8th January 2004. The Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means ‘The Compassionate One’, and also called ‘The Future Buddha’.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Singapore Botanic Gardens
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Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a civic and community space, and a tourist destination. There you can find more than 10,000 types of plants... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Night Safari
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Night Safari

As dusk falls, get ready as over 2,500 nocturnal animals start their nightly rituals. Come up close to them as they frolic, graze and hunt. With an exciting tram ride that takes you through 7 geographical regions and more, embark on a fascinating journey through the world’s very first wildlife night park.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
Little India
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Little India

An experience for all five senses. Start at the Tekka Centre, a traditional wet market and food court where fresh meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and dry goods are sold. Cruise down Serangoon Road to find more groceries, restaurants, teahouses, tailors and Mustafa Centre, a massive department store selling anything and everything. Visit during Deepavali, the Hindu festival of light... More

An experience for all five senses. Start at the Tekka Centre, a traditional wet market and food court where fresh meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and dry goods are sold. Cruise down Serangoon Road to find more groceries, restaurants, teahouses, tailors and Mustafa Centre, a massive department store selling anything and everything. Visit during Deepavali, the Hindu festival of light, held in October or November. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Arab Street
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Arab Street

Visitors who enjoy a little bargaining will find it here among the historic shops selling textiles, perfume and more. Along with traditional Muslim food offerings, some Western restaurants have settled into the area, creating a Singaporean blend of cultures. Make sure to stop at the island’s largest mosque, the Sultan Mosque, a landmark in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Newton Food Centre
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Newton Food Centre
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Orchard Road
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Orchard Road

Spanning almost 2.2 km, Orchard Road is a swanky, tree-lined one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive shopping malls and hotels.The shopping belt comprises nearly 800,000 sq m of shops and restaurants and promises to please any taste or budget with its iconic malls which boast the full works - from opulent brands to high street fashion, and from exclusive restaurants to fast food... More

Spanning almost 2.2 km, Orchard Road is a swanky, tree-lined one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive shopping malls and hotels.The shopping belt comprises nearly 800,000 sq m of shops and restaurants and promises to please any taste or budget with its iconic malls which boast the full works - from opulent brands to high street fashion, and from exclusive restaurants to fast food joints.It is a Great Street to shop, dine, stay, play, work, and live. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Long Bar
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Long Bar

The birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel is a step into nostalgia, with its straw fans and colonial architecture. Inspired by the plantations of 1920s Malaya, this two storey bar is the place to be if you want to taste Singapore’s signature drink.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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