One Day in Singapore Itinerary – Top things to do in Singapore

Singapore is a destination that belies both its small geographical size and it’s location in South-East Asia. Singapore is a mass of ethic influences – Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Indian. Once part of the British Empire, and now the British Commonwealth, this small island nation is found at the very tip of the Malay Peninsula. English is widely spoken along with other dialects. Singapore is often used as a ‘transit’ stop for travelers who often break the arduous journey from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. SInce Singapore is such a compact nation, it is one of the easiest destinations to visit “fully” on a short trip. Within 24 hours you could quite literally see the whole world on the streets.


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Singapore does not have a Season, as such. You will find Singapore weather hot and humid whatever time of year. Nonetheless, some months may be marginally cooler than others, but in general, they are all pretty humid – around 30 C in daytime. The best time to visit Singapore may be during what is called the ‘Northeast monsoon’ that runs from November to early March when the temperatures cool a little in comparison to the rest of the year.

Singapore Skyline
Singapore Skyline, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr



Singapore is a city-state country and one of the world’s most prosperous countries, at that. Singapore is a modern city of the 21st century that embraces economic progress against the old traditions. Although most of the old Singapore has been reconstructed, many significant landmarks within the ‘Colonial district’ have been preserved.

Colonial Architecture
Colonial Architecture, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

Singapore is an excellent place where you can take pleasure with your food and shopping with lively hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all over Asia. Singapore offers shopping meccas like Orchard Road and Suntec City. There is continuous development around Sentosa and Marina Bay as part of Singapore’s new direction towards Fun and Entertainment.

Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr



Top things to do in Singapore

Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Singapore.


Visit Merlion statue on Sentosa island

Start your day by catching the cable car to Sentosa Island. Sentosa is home to several lush hotels, Universal Studios and the infamous ‘Merlion’ statue – the symbol of Singapore. Wherever possible aim to get to the Merlion early to avoid the crowds or if really organised, purchase pre-advanced tickets before you arrive. Take a ride to the Mouth of the Merlion for stunning views across the Strait of Singapore.

Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr
Merlion Statue on Sentosa Island
Merlion Statue on Sentosa Island, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr


Go shopping and grab a lunch at suntec city

Suntec City is located near the Central Business District and is a vast complex offering a shopping mall, an exhibition centre and office tower blocks. You’ll know when you’re at the right place as the venue boasts the ‘Worlds Largest Fountain of Wealth‘. There are plenty of shopping options here, whether you’re after clothes, souvenirs, books or electrical goods you’ll find everything you need within this mall.

The complex is divided into Four zones to help shoppers navigate with ease; these zones are based on the Feng Shui design. The Fountain Terrace is where the majority of restaurants are found, and the Entertainment Centre is located in the Fourth zone devoted to a whole host of pleasure and leisure pursuits.


Explore colonial grandeur

The Colonial District forms the very heart of Singapore with elegant Georgian and Victorian buildings lining the banks of the Singapore River. The Colonial District is one of the best areas in Singapore for a self-walking tour. The area is brimming with impressive buildings and famous landmarks such as Old Parliament House, the Old Supreme Court and City Hall.

Colonial District Singapore
Colonial District, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr


Cocktails and afternoon tea

‘The jewel in the crown’ of the Colonial District is the infamous Raffles Hotel, developed from a beachfront bungalow built in the 1880s into a model of heritage luxury. The whole building is elegant. Explore a warren of courtyards and verandas on your way to the ‘Long Bar’ to the birthplace of the Singapore Sling Cocktail.

Raffles Hotel
Raffles Hotel, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

Located on the other side of the Colonial District (if lunch at Suntec City wasn’t enough), allow room for Afternoon Tea at ‘The Courtyard’ at The Fullerton Hotel. Found in the atrium lobby of the hotel, this is where guests can enjoy a leisurely late afternoon while sitting on plush sofas eating a delectable selection of scones, finger sandwiches, cheeses, breads, sliced meats etc. with tasty desserts to suit: Chocolate Eclair, Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Flavoured Macaroon, English Fruit Cake etc.

The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr


Marina bay area

Spend the remaining hours exploring the Marina Bay area that is home to several iconic landmarks. Here you will discover the most iconic of all ‘the Marina Bay Sands hotel’ that looks like a ship placed on top of three towers. It is the ultimate of luxury hotel-ing boasting elegant rooms, an infinity pool and bar/restaurant at the top.

Marina Bay Sands at Night
Marina Bay Sands at Night, Author: Narin BI, Source: Flickr

After wandering the hotels’ lobby navigate the pathways to the ‘Gardens by the Bay’. You can’t miss the massive Super-trees here. These tree-shaped gardens are between nine and sixteen stories tall. Walk on the suspended walkway between two Super-trees to capture a bird’s eye view of the gardens.

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr

In the evening, catch the Sky Show: a ballet of lights and sounds at the Garden Rhapsody amidst the Super-trees.

Gardens by the bay Sky Show
Gardens by the bay Sky Show, Autor: Niels de Vries, Source: Flickr


Finally Boat Quay and Clarke Quay

After all the wandering around, make some time to finish off your  one day in Singapore by checking out Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. This section along the Singapore River is busy with restaurants, coffee shops and eateries that start springing to life towards the late evening and night. Boat Quay is cheaper on the wallet than Clarke Quay. It’s a place for soaking up the atmosphere by the river and also for photographs. Time permitting, take a boat trip that lasts approximately 45 minutes: this is best done at night when all the lights of the Quays, Downtown, the Colonial District and Marina Bay boastfully display their night grandeur.

Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay, Author: xiquinhosilva, Source: Flickr


Where to stay in Singapore?

Marina Bay Sands

The most iconic landmark of Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is more than a five star hotel. It offers an utmost luxury experience with its facilities, such as world’s largest rooftop infinity pool or Sands SkyPark observation deck where you can enjoy the most spectacular city skyline view. Guest can also enjoy an ultimate culinary experience at one of 20 dining options, premier shopping at one of largest luxury shopping malls in Singapore, ArtScience Museum or a world-class casino.

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Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

Hotel Mi

Hotel Mi is a stylish and modern setup in the center of the city, close to Singapore Art Museum. The hotel offers beautifully designed, compact rooms for a great value. It features a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool for those who seek relaxation away from the city crowds.

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Hotel Mi
Hotel Mi
Hotel Mi
Hotel Mi


Hotel Mono

Hotel Mono is a contemporary hotel set in a restored, traditional heritage shop house in the heart of Chinatown. The unique room design is characterized by the monochromatic colors, clean lines and white lightning. Rooms even being compact bring great comfort.

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Hotel Mono
Hotel Mono
Hotel Mono
Hotel Mono

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Extra tips for visiting Singapore

– Singapore is easy-going for dress standards in most cases. Nonetheless, if you’re going somewhere decent such as the Raffles Hotel or Afternoon Tea at the Fullerton Hotel, dress appropriately. Women should show some sort of modesty in public. Also remember to take a thin sweater or cardigan while going to the restaurants and the malls as most of them are kept air-conditioned and can be quite cold.

– Pay attention to their rules. Singapore has some ‘odd’ rules but abide by them and you’ll be fine. No chewing gum, no jaywalking, no smoking in public, no littering.

– Use the MRT underground as much as possible. It is clean, frequent, cheap and punctual.

– Make your trip to Singapore even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Singapore or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.


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Keith Evans
Keith Evans

British Born and raised in "Alice in Wonderland" country. From a small village known as Daresbury, Cheshire where the infamous story was fabricated. Travelling around the globe is not only a hobby but a true life experience. The World and Geography has always been of interest since a child and it was not uncommon for me to be seen reading atlases and maps rather than story books. South-East Asia is my happy place. Its where mos of my memories are made. Life is a rich tapestry.

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