By LINDA JAMES | Updated APRIL 17, 2022

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Singapore is the perfect holiday destination because it can satisfy the needs and wants of a vast range of travellers and itineraries. There’s a wide variety of things to do and see (for those without and with children), it has fabulous food, a thriving arts scene, gorgeous gardens and a rich and diverse cultural heritage. And all travellers can experience this regardless of how many days you spend in Singapore.

How many days in Singapore is enough?

You can get a taste of Singapore in a day (it will whet your appetite for more) and see most of the key attractions. Three days will allow you to see the key attractions and also experience more of the city’s cultural heritage. In 5 to 7 days, you’ll be able to really savour everything Singapore has to offer. 

What can I see in Singapore in 1 day?

With a 1-day itinerary you can: ride the Singapore Flyer, visit Gardens by the Bay, check out the views from Marina Bay Sands Skypark, drop into Chinatown to visit a hawker centre, do a little shopping on Orchard Rd, experience the history and architecture of Singapore on Emerald Hill Rd and have a quick bite at the Newton Food Centre.

How can I spend 4 days in Singapore?

Here are my recommendations for how to spend 4 days in Singapore:

  • Day 1: Start by immersing yourself in culture by visiting Little India, see some stunning temples, do some bargain shopping at the Mustafa Centre and eat at the Tekka Centre before going to the Riverside area to see the amazing National Museum of Singapore and the National Gallery.
  • Day 2: Go to Marina Bay and check out Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands hotel, ArtScience Museum, Helix Bridge and the Singapore Flyer and then on to Chinatown to visit some temples and hawker centres.
  • Day 3: Get your fill of colourful street art, quirky vintage shops and hipster cafes in Bugis-Kampong Glam (the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities) and Joo Chiat/Katong (Peranakan culture), which also has some beautifully restored shophouses.
  • Day 4: Ride a cable car to Mount Faber (do the Loop, Henderson Waves, Alexander Arch, Canopy Walkway) OR Sentosa Island.

How can I explore Singapore in 7 days?

Seven days is the perfect time to really immerse yourself in Singapore’s culture, heritage and fun!

  • Day 1: Get over your jet lag and spend the morning at the Botanic Gardens before heading to Orchard Rd, Emerald Hill Rd and Newton Food Centre.
  • Day 2: Pick up the pace and ride the Singapore Flyer then cross the Helix Bridge to the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay. Head back to Marina Bay Sands for sunset from the SkyPark and then back to Gardens by the Bay to watch the Garden Rhapsody show.
  • Day 3: Start with the temples in Little India, do some shopping at Mustafa Centre and food at the Tekka Centre before heading to Bugis-Kampong Glam to check out the vibrant street art, vintage shops and hipster cafes. End the day by enjoying happy hour in Baji Lane.
  • Day 4: Ride the cable car to Mt Faber, check out the views and then head to the Riverside area to visit the National Museum of Singapore and the National Gallery. Take a sunset bumboat ride on the river.
  • Day 5: Get your thrills and spills on Sentosa Island at Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and many more. End the day by watching the Magical Shores light and sound show at Siloso Beach.
  • Day 6: Head to Joo Chiat/Katong to experience Peranakan culture as well as get some Instagram shots with the beautifully restored shophouses.
  • Day 7: Immerse yourself at the Jewel shopping centre at Changi Airport on your last day. There is so much to do and see, you’ll be hard pressed to see it all.


As you can see, there’s a wide variety of ways to spend your time in Singapore but, no matter how much time you have, there are itineraries to suit everyone! If you need some help planning your trip, check out my area guides and recommendations on where to stay.

Link to 1-day Singapore itinerary
Link to 3-day Singapore itinerary

Want more of Singapore?

Learn how to plan your Singapore trip
Link to where to eat and drink in Singapore
Link to Singapore area guides