I must admit, I am pretty good at creating itineraries and sticking to some sort of routine – call me a granny or whatever you like, lists, itineraries and structures are my everything and I couldn’t live without them. They make my life so much better to know that, A) I have planned and B) that I am organised. Back in May, I embarked on a solo trip to one of my favourite places ever – Singapore. Yes, you may already know that I have been there a ton of times before and think that I know it better than the back of my hand, but I can assure you that I don’t and I very much enjoy following an itinerary so I can get the best of everything. Before embarking on the trip, I was given a lot of information by fellow travellers and the Singapore Tourism Board and with that, a 5 day itinerary was created. Do I think Singapore can be done in 5 days? Absolutely yes, it will be jam-packed, but there is so much fun to have and in those days, you wouldn’t feel like you’ve missed a lot. So without further ado, here’s my perfect 5 day itinerary to Singapore.
- Start off at Little India, walk along the street, taking in the culture
- Take a short MRT ride to Chinatown for more exploring
- Lunch at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre
- Leave Chinatown after lunch and head to the National Design Centre (closest station is Bugis)
- Stop off at Bugis Junction for a beverage
- Around 6:30pm, start making your way to Gardens By The Bay, explore the area and catch the light show at 7:45pm
- Have your dinner at Satay By The Bay
- Head in to Orchard Road (Singapore’s famous shopping street) for a little wonder and a shop for those who enjoy shopping
- Lunch at Hanna Japanese Restaurant
- After lunch, hop on the MTR back to Bugis and walk to Haji Lane (a street full of the coolest shopping boutiques)
- Stop off for drink at one of the cafes, I particularly like the I Am café situated right at the beginning of the lane
- Head back towards Bugis Market for a bit of market shopping
- Have dinner at Hot Pot Pin (found on Bras Brasah Road, easily one of the best hot pot places I’ve been to and you have to order the tomato base soup)
- Visit the Botanic Gardens, the perfect spot for a little morning stroll and if you like orchids, they have a separate garden which houses all the prettiest orchids ever. This garden is chargeable at $5 per person
- Have lunch at Corner House (restaurant based within the Botanic Gardens and the best thing? It’s super instagrammable!)
- Take a short MRT ride towards City Hall and head for the Merlion. I go here without fail every time I visit Singapore, it’s a lovely place to sit and chill and watch the day go by with the most gorgeous view of the city and the river
- Head towards Somerset and have dinner in 101 Somerset. After dinner, visit Ice Lab and have a dessert consisting of shaved iced - the portions are huge, you can share if you like, if not, have the whole bowl to yourself, I did!
- Head in to Night Safari for an awesome night adventure where you get to meet some of the most amazing animals (the park closes at midnight)
- For the history lovers, take a trip to the National Museum of Singapore to start your day
- Lunch at Swee Choon Dim Sum, this restaurant is open 24 hours, so whenever you fancy some midnight food, you can always pop back
- Head towards the Singapore Flyer late afternoon and explore around the area
- Hop on the Flyer just before the night starts to fall and get an amazing view of the city from above
- Take a cab over to Clarke Quay and finish off the evening with a nice meal at Red House Seafood or if like me, you’re a hot pot fanatic – try Hai Di Lao, its currently a famous hot pot restaurant in Singapore
- Finishing off the last day, take the MTR to Harbourfront and then the express train in to Sentosa Island
- Explore Sentosa Island, visit the giant Merlion, spend some time along the man-made beach and if you’re feeling brave, try out Wave House – a machine stimulated surfer’s paradise where all levels are welcome
- Head back in to Harbourfront and pop in to Vivo City for any last minute gifts you need to pick up
- Now, spend the evening doing whatever you wish. The likelihood of you being super tired is at an all-time high, so I won’t blame you if you went straight back to your hotel and slept. But if you’re still lively, then feel free to explore the city more or if you are feeling super brave, the clubs are always open until late, my personal favourite is Zouk Singapore – that place never fails me!
I hope this itinerary has helped any of you’s planning to visit Singapore and I am aware that’s its pretty full on, but that is Singapore in its full glory. Let me know if you are planning a trip and need any other tips. Enjoy!