Let me start by letting you know how brilliant Singapore is. I may be slightly biased as my first trip followed on from 3 months of travelling across India and Sri Lanka, but the place oozed beauty and fun with every turn we took. I would not hesitate in visiting the city if I get another chance. As such, there is no need for me to rack my brain in order to find 3 amazing activities for 3 days in Singapore, so here are my top 3. I have completed all of these activities, so can confirm first hand how great they are!
At risk of being boring and repetitious (you can find this recommendation anywhere you look), I can’t handle not including what was my favourite activity during my stay in the Lion city. Anyone who has been to Singapore will always recommend this place and for good reason, it has been extremely well planned and the resulting end product is a beautifully serene garden landscape – a testament to the natural world in one of the world’s biggest trading ports. You can literally get lost here, if I was you I’d actively try to do just that. You’ll never get bored as you jump from one exhibition to another.
The two stellar attractions are the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Make sure you purchase the ticket that includes entry to these two as you can easily spend an hour or two wandering around each. If you’re visiting on a hot day – the Cloud Forest is unbelievably nice to retreat to during the hottest part of the day. Me and my girlfriend Kathy thoroughly enjoyed the chance to ‘de-sweat’ as we enjoyed the multistory offering – including the 35 metre waterfall! Once you’re done in one dome, you can head to the next as they are well situated to hop between. Strolling through the Flower Dome, you stumble through different regions and their respective flora – it’s so interesting to see so many differing plant environments in such a small place.
After those two you have the OCBC Skyway which sits amongst the Super Tree Grove. It’s safe to say Kathy wasn’t impressed with me as I proceeded to by her a ticket (ignoring her protests), to join me 22 meters up – after a little coercing she soon relaxed and we enjoyed some splendid panoramas of the Singaporean skyline. It just so happens that this is also the place to be to watch the at 7:45PM and 8:45PM when the daily light show transforms the trees into a mesmerising visual experience. The main crowds head straight down to the grove itself, I’d suggest doing what we did and head slightly to the side of the trees (take a left from the nearby taxi rank). You’ll then get a nice place to perch and full view of the show – I took the main article photo from this location.
All in Gardens By The Bay is a great day out and whilst not a single activity, it’s a must if you’re in Singapore.
If you’re a big kid, like me, then a trip to Sentosa will help satisfy any fun cravings you may be having. From Universal Studios to the S.E.A Aquarium, there is something for everyone in this little gem. We decided to opt for the Day Fun Pass which gave us access to every attraction on the island, except for Universal – theoretically it would be nice to have that too, but there is so much to do you simply wouldn’t have time for it all anyway!
One of my favourite activities on the island was the Skyline Luge, a 1.4 kilometre descent of speed and as much daring as you want! Personally I just let it go and barely touched the brakes, although almost flipping the cart at one point probably proves I was taking it a bit too quickly. Kathy on the other hand enjoyed a relaxed and peaceful (except for me whizzing past) roll down to the finish line. Included in the ticket is a ride back up on the Skyride, again great fun and probably something you’d miss if it wasn’t bundled in with the day pass.
Another stand-out was the Tiger Sky Tower which offers 360 views of the island and Singapore. The viewing platform rises to 299 feet and has a slow horizontal movement that allows you to take in the sights without feeling like your battling to take it all in! This is nearby the luge and can easily be hooked in before or after. We also visited the 4D movies, which again is not your average experience – watching Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson look for Atlantis was all well and good, before we were scared sh*tless by the massive centipede under our legs and stabbed in the back by a scorpion! Great fun if you have the 30 minutes required.
The pass allowed us access to plenty more attractions all of which were top notch. I would only say that the S.E.A Aquarium was extremely busy and not all that fun for us – maybe we hit it at a bad time (10AM)!
Again, if you’d like more info on Sentosa – head over to the official website.
Not another garden! Yes. The city itself is known as the Garden city by some and even as you drive down Singapore’s largest roads, you feel like you’re driving through a well sculptured rain forest runway. With that in mind, you expect big things when it comes to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and it delivers. A short ride on the MRT (which is also brilliant) from our apartment was all it took to be slap bang at the gardens gates and we spent a whole day exploring this place, but it could probably be done in a morning or afternoon.
It’s free to enter and there are also a couple of tours for you to follow along with that are spread throughout the year. We didn’t manage to get to one of these, but they have some good reviews on TripAdvisor – maybe look there for more information on them. We did manage to get to the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage where there was a Chinese orchestra performing. You can pick up some snacks from a nearby café, they were expensive, but the peanut dip and Kathy’s raspberry and chocolate mousse were very tasty. Hopefully you’ll get luckier than us, as shortly before the orchestra was due to start the heavens opened and we had to take shelter under one of the huge trees! Top tip: take a waterproof coat with you, we learnt this the hard way (only my coat was 100% waterproofed).
After relaxing for a while on the banks of Symphony Lake (make sure to feed the fish here), head to the National Orchid Garden. This is must see for anyone who has any slight interest in these plants and for those that don’t – it’s a great eye-opener into how many different varieties there are. It cost a few extra dollars to get in, but it was definitely worth it. Once again, there is a ‘cool’ house within the Orchid Garden – perfect if you need a break from the sun, or in our case the tropical rains!
Take a picnic with you on this one, there are plenty of gorgeous spots to chill out and dine alfresco whilst you ogle feeding Kingfishers.
To find our more on the Singapore Botanic Gardens and what might be on for the dates you visit, head to their site.
If you have any questions about what else we got up to during our stay, or more specific queries on these activities – comment below and we’ll do our best to help answer them! Let me know what you thought of my 3 Amazing Activities For 3 Days In Singapore.