WHAT TO DO IN SINGAPORE IN 3 DAYS
Day 1: Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest and/or Flower dome, and Marina Bay Sands
We went to the Gardens around 9am and that’s also when tour busses start unloading many tourists!! If you don’t want tourists in your photos, then I suggest arriving even earlier. Honestly, arriving anywhere during sunrise is the best time, you also get the best skies.
Anyone is allowed to enter the Marina Bay Sands hotel and go up to the restaurant / bar on the rooftop. The views are amazing! However, only guests are allowed in the infinity pool. The restaurant is pretty expensive but the prices are pretty typical for restaurants in Singapore. There is also free wifi in the hotel lobby and great A/C!
The Cloud Forest & Flower Dome are at the Gardens by the Bay. There are discounted rates for Singapore residents (need to bring your ID as proof of residency). For non-residents, they only show rates for both the Cloud Forest & Flower Dome (around 32SGD) but they don’t show any rate for only the Cloud Forest or only the Flower Dome on its own. We asked why and they said that normally people just go to both so they don’t display the price for just one… Seemed kind of shady because it is easy to be tricked into thinking that you have to buy both. But you don’t!!
If you only want to visit one, go up to the ticketing desk and tell them you only want to go to one and they will give you a ticket for half the price (16SGD).
Day 2: Little India, Arab Street, & Haji Lane
Here is where you will find lots of colorful buildings, shopping, and beautiful street art! We took the train to Little India MRT station and visited the famous “Tan Teng Niah Residence”. You can then walk through Little India and eventually get to Arab Street & Haji Lane (they are next to each other). There are cute boutique shops on Haji Lane as well as really cool street art. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed in Arab Street because I expected there to be a lot more Arabic cultural shops and restaurants… but there wasn’t. Instead there was just a bunch of shops selling fabric and barely any Arabic restaurants.
Katong Joo Chiat Road / Koon Seng Road is popular on instagram but we didn’t have the time to visit as it was a bit out of the way. If you have the time, check it out, it looks pretty cool!
Day 3: Orchard Street & Sunset at the Merlion
Orchard Street is where you will find all the designer shops! It’s very expensive to shop at the stores here but it is nice to walk down and enter Orchard Central as well. It is a popular street so there are lots of tourists walking around as well as locals. Delicious ice cream stands on the street as well as street performers!
Catch your final sunset in Singapore at the Merlion! The views here are incredible, there is an awesome Merlion statue to take pictures with and after the sun goes down, you witness a beautiful light show off the Marina Bay Sands Hotel!