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Visiting Singapore is a notoriously expensive trip. According to Business Insider’s January 2020 article, Singapore comes in at number 7 on the list of the world’s most expensive country. For this reason you will want to make sure you make the most of your time in this incredible city state. Here I recommend how enjoy Singapore in 3 days in my itinerary for Singapore.

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1. Explore Singapore Airport

It is likely that you will be flying into Singapore. Singapore Changi Airport is considered one of the tourist spots in Singapore, consistently winning the Best Airport in the World Award. Singapore Jewel is found at Singapore Airport and is home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall.

2. Chinatown

No Singapore itinerary would be complete without a trip to Chinatown. Located here is Singapore’s beautiful Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple, which is open everyday for you to visit for free. This is the perfet activity if you are looking to stick to a budget in Singapore. After topping up on culture at the temple head to Chinatown Food Street to get something to eat and drink.

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3. Merlion Park

The Marina Bay Area a tourist spot in Singapore which just has to be viewed at night. The best way to view this is to head to Merlion Park where you can see the Marina Sands Bay Hotel, Singapore Flyer and Suntec City all lit up. Here you can also check out the Merlion Fountain, which is the official Singapore mascot. These are all free to look at, so are ideal for a Singapore budget trip.

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1. Bugis Street

Start day two of this itinerary for Singapore by heading to Bugis Street, the best place to shop cheap in Singapore. It is actually the former red light district of the city but has now been converted into a big market. It’s lower prices mean it’s the perfect place to grab food, clothes and souvenirs.

2. Arab Street

A short walk from the Bugis Street market is Arab Street. Here you can check out the Sultan Mosque, Arab food and silk markets and some quirky street art on Haji Lane. Learn more about Singapore and it’s attractions in my Singapore travel guide.

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3. Little India

You’ll probably be starting to get hungry by this point, so head over to Little India to not only explore the vibrant markets and buzzing Tekka Centre, but also grab some Roti Pratta. Little India is the best place to go for cheap street food so ideal for exploring Singapore on a budget. Roti Prata will set you back a couple of dollars at the most.

4. ArtScience Musem

At around 2/3pm on day two of this itinerary for Singapore, head for the Marina Bay Area – there is so much to see and do here! Start with the ArtScience Museum, the first of it’s kind in the world and one of the best tourist spots in Singapore. The Future Worlds Exhibition is a must see in Singapore, with it’s amazing Crystal Universe at the end. A ticket will set you back 15-20S$ (£8.40-£11.20 May 2019 prices)

5. Gardens by the Bay

Any travel guide for Singapore will tell you that you HAVE to visit Gardens by the Bayl, so it is a must on any Singapore itinerary. It is just a short walk from the ArtScience Museum. If you want to visit any of the conservatories, I would recommend getting tickets in advance to avoid the queues. I got mine from my hostel as they had discounted rates! Start with the Flower Dome, and then head for the Cloud Forest and check out the amazing indoor waterfall cascading from the ceiling.

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The OCBC Skywalk is a must at sunset. There is an amazing view of the city and of the Marina Bay Hotel, which complement the low orange sun perfectly. In order to see all these things you’ll want to spend a good 2 hours at the Gardens by the Bay. From around 7pm get yourself a good spot at the Supertree Grove to see the Gardens of Rhapsody Lightshow. This show is in every night at 7:45 and 8:45. It’s free and definitely worth hanging around for.


1. Botanical Gardens

To begin the final of 3 days in Singapore, head to the huge Botanical gardens. They are free to visit and are the only tropical gardens in the world to be a UNESCO world heritage site.

2. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Head to Little India for some lunch at the Tekka Centre and then check out the Sri Veeramakaliamman hindu temple 

3. Marina Bay Sky Deck

To fully admire the Singapore skyline in daylight, sunset and at night head up to the Marina Bay Sands observation deck at around 5:30pm. From up here you can see the best panoramic view in Singapore. It costs 23S$ (£12.90 – May 2019 prices) to go up.

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4. Spectre Light and Water Show

To finish off your 3 days in Singapore itinerary, enjoy the free Spectre Water and Light Show hosted at Marina Bay every night at 8 and 9pm. If you are coming from the Marina Bay Skydeck, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get down. There is often a large queue for the lift. Alternatively you could give yourself a birds eye view of the show by watching it from above on the deck. I watched the show from both the observation deck and on the marina and definitely preferred the view from the marina.

Watch days 2 and 3 of my trip to Singapore in my Singapore travel vlog

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