How To Plan Your 5 Day Singapore Itinerary – What To Do In 5 Days?
Singapore is one of the most beautiful island nations with a skyline like something out of a science-fiction film. Beneath the sleek architecture of skyrises lies a melting pot of cultures in a picturesque setting that will leave you mesmerised.
Singapore is small in size but boasts plenty of tourist attractions that will take you a week or two to cover entirely. However, if you have less time than that, our five-day itinerary will help you cover all bases.
Here are some Pro Tips that will help you plan the perfect holiday.
- Budget – Singapore continues to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you can still cover most of the country within INR 60,000 per person including flights, if you plan your trip smartly. Get in touch with Ithaka and we’ll plan your dream vacation seamlessly.
- Transportation – There are three modes of public transport in Singapore — Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), buses, and taxis. We recommend using the MRT as its the fastest way to get around the city. The network is so well planned that most of Singapore’s attractions are within walking distance of the nearest station.
- Attractions – You’ll never run out of things to do or visit in Singapore is – there are many tourist attractions, exciting activities, plenty of day trips for people of all ages, and these can even be tailored to your preferences . You can easily spend a week here and still not cover all of it.
- Accommodation – Whether you’re looking for a premium luxury hotel, a value-for-money mid-range hotel, or a budget guesthouse, Singapore has something for everyone. If you plan ahead, accommodation is a breeze.
Day 1 — Discover Singapore’s Local Culture
For your first day, begin with exploring tourist hot spots like Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam to learn about the diverse cultural heritage of Singapore. Here you can visit old temples, grand mosques, and traditional shops.
On Serangoon Road, variety is the key. The main strip of Little India is lined with traditional Indian tailors, jewellery stores, and fashion outlets that will gladden the hearts of shoppers. Similarly, Chinatown is a hub for all things Chinese. This colourful market is your one-stop-shop for traditional Chinese items, imported toys, and rare antiques.
On the other end, Kampong Glam is home to mosques, carpet shops, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It has recently seen a surge in boutique cocktail bars and funky restaurants. It’s hard not to have a great time shopping in these picturesque streets known for Singapore’s best offbeat boutiques and vintage styles.
Afterward, you can take the metro to the busy Bugis Street for a culinary adventure.. Select from a variety of meals, snacks, desserts or drinks at super cheap prices for an authentic taste of Singapore’s famous street food.
Day 2 — Visit The National Museum, Singapore Botanic Gardens, and Singapore Flyer
On day two of your Singapore itinerary, we check off some major attractions the city has to offer. Begin the day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens — a World Heritage Site, and the only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO list. Take your time exploring the picturesque gardens, including the Botanic Centre and Tanglin Gate. You can then head to the National Museum of Singapore on Stamford Road, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this remarkable city and learn about its colonial past.
Wind down the day with a scenic ride on the Singapore Flyer, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the city from 165 metres above ground. We recommend saving this for the evening, when the city lights up, giving you unrivalled views from the top.
Day 3 — Explore The Island Of Fun At Sentosa
This island resort off the southern coast of Singapore is well connected to the city by road, cable car, and monorail. Have a blast at Sentosa with the sheer range of water sports – water slides, snorkelling, even swimming with rays and going face to face with sharks! You can also get up close to dolphins. The Maritime Museum here is a treat for history buffs. You can start your day with a visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium with over 1000 species of marine animals including Hammerhead Sharks, Nurse Sharks, and the Giant Moray Eel.
Later, head over to the nearby Universal Studios. It’s a thrill-a-minute experience here, ranging from a 4-D theatrical experience to death-defying roller coasters. The day promises to be a fun outing for children and adults. However, if you wish to save time, opt for the express pass – it is a tad expensive but will allow you to skip the long lines.
Day 4 — Witness Singapore’s Exotic Wildlife
Singapore’s zoo is famous all around the world, thanks to its 11 zones that house more than 2000 animals, including over 300 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Its unique design makes you feel you’re walking in the wilderness. But don’t worry – there are hidden barriers, moats, and glass separating you from the animals.
The true highlight of the zoo is a trip to the Night Safari. It gives you a chance to observe the animal kingdom under the light of stars! The animals are housed in specially designed environments that mimic their natural habitats. Once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you will find yourself face to face with endangered animals like the Asian Elephant, Malayan Tapir, and Malayan Tiger.
The River Safari, like the name suggests, is a river-themed zoo and aquarium located between the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. It has been designed to represent the topography of famous rivers around the world — like the Ganges, Nile, and the Amazon. It is home to some rare creatures like the Mekong freshwater stingrays, West Indian Manatees, and Chinese alligators.
Day 5 — Enjoy The Last Day At The Iconic Marina Bay
For your last day in Singapore, make your way to the famed Marina Bay to see the city’s most spectacular location. The multi-billion-dollar Marina Bay Sands complex hosts many attractions like the Science Museum, the Casino, as well as various dining and nightlife spots. Take a stroll through the Helix Bridge into The Shoppes from Marina Square mall and indulge in shopping from a wide range of luxury brands.
As the sun sets, the beautiful city of Singapore comes alive with its own bright lights. Make sure to catch the spectacular light show that illuminates several iconic landmarks. With such a gorgeous view, this will be the perfect ending to your trip.
With so much history, culture, and entertainment, Singapore never has a boring moment. There’s something here for everyone. Plan your trip to the Lion City with Ithaka and embark on a journey of a lifetime!