The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Singapore in Just 3 Days!

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The Petite Scarlet Dot, Singapore will enchant you with mother nature’s abundance and will spoil you with top-notch facilities and iconic landmarks and attractions. But for someone lacking time or planning an extended stopover, the question ‘What to engage in Singapore for 3 days’ might become insurmountable to answer. Due to a multitude of tourist attractions in the country, narrowing down the finest ones for a brief period seems like a challenge.

Following all the investigation and shortlistings, you would definitely desire the assistance of an authority to guide you along, so you maximize your time in this nation. This blog is your holy grail, aiding you to discover the best of this country, day by day. Although this is a relatively tight-scheduled itinerary, you are given flexibility in terms of attractions, ensure you watch out for helpful tips provided throughout the posts. Let’s get started!


Day 1: Welcome to Singapore!

Let’s assume you arrive in Singapore Changi Airport and have completed baggage claims by 11 am. Simply check into your hotel, which we recommend should be in the city center for easy travel. Take your time, unwind and rejuvenate before having your lunch and finally setting out to explore the finest places to visit in Singapore.

Considering you might be slightly fatigued, and perhaps also experiencing jet lag, we are keeping this day on a lighter note, yet ensuring you experience the best of what this small country has to offer. This day will be dedicated to wildlife and nature.

MacRitchie Reservoir

The journey commences from MacRitchie Reservoir, the oldest reservoir in Singapore. Here, you have an abundance of activities to engage in, from water sports to nature trails and TreeTop Walk. The suspension bridge provides a breathtaking aerial view of the affluent surroundings, surely eradicating all travel weariness.

MacRitchie in Singapore

Science Centre or Jurong Bird Park

Next up, we have Science Center – a place that will make your jaws dropped. Intended at educating children and parents about various marvels of science in an interactive manner, there are over one thousand exhibits in this place. From chemical reactions to breathtaking space world, Science Center will leave you captivated.

If you’re not traveling with children, and would rather let this attraction pass, you can go to Jurong Bird Park – an aviary spread across 49 acres. As you take a stroll, you can spot Penguins, Salmon-crested cockatoo, Caribbean flamingos, and many other birds.

Jurong Bird Park

The Night Safari

As the sun sets down, prepare for the final attraction for the day – The Night Safari. This is among Singapore’s prime attraction and the world’s first nocturnal zoo. There are approximately 2,500 animals here, and 130 species. As the name implies, the zoo opens at night and is established in a humid tropical forest. This truly is a wildlife viewing experience to anticipate. Asian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, and tigers are among the animals you can expect to spot when here.

The Night Safari

Other than wildlife safari, the zoo organizes cultural performances and don’t worry about the hunger pangs as you have food and beverage outlets.

So, after visiting three attractions, you can finally call it a day and return to your hotel for an overnight stay!

Day 2: A day dedicated full of amusement

Begin your day early with delectable breakfast and get ready to visit the highlight of any Singapore tour, Sentosa Island. Located in the Southern Coast of Singapore, this island is adorned with entertaining theme parks and other attractions. There are numerous ways to reach here – by road, pedestrian walk, monorail, and indeed the most scenic, cable car.

Universal studios in Singapore

Since different individuals have different preferences and Sentosa offers a multitude of choices, we are dividing the attractions into three categories so you can choose better for the day.

Theme parks and galleries

When in Sentosa you cannot miss some of these finest attractions – iFly Singapore (indoor skydiving), Madame Tussauds (featuring wax statues of famous personalities), Mega Adventure Park (South East Asia’s steepest zip wire), S.E.A. Aquarium (home to more than one lakh marine creatures), Universal Studios (movie-themed park).

SEA Aquarium in Singapore

Ecological parks

If you’re searching for a time with nature’s abundance and tranquility, then you can visit – Sentosa Nature Heritage Walks (30 carefully-preserved heritage trees and buildings, including Fort Siloso) and Sentosa Nature Discovery


Sentosa Nature Discovery

For someone longing for a lovely coastline experience, there are three beautiful coastlines in the island – Siloso Beach, Tanjong Beach and Palawan Beach. You also have a stunning golf course, combined with top-notch dining option and state-of-the-art facilities.

Palawan Beach

Bonus: Being a full-fledged resort island, you also have options of accommodation here. So, to make the most of your time in Singapore, it is suggested you book a stay in Sentosa.

Essential Reading: Resorts World Sentosa: Guide To A Paradise Of Theme Parks, Adventure, And More

Day 3: More enjoyment before you bid farewell to the Little Red Dot

And as your 3 days trip in Singapore comes to an end today, you must start this day early as well. Let’s assume you’re taking the late-night flight back home. So, we have time at least till evening 6 pm. We’re allocating this day for shopping and a little bit of sightseeing.

Marina Bay Singapore

Bugis Street

Commence with Bugis Street, recognized as the largest marketplace in Singapore. If you’re a shopaholic, you wouldn’t want to depart, as you have the opportunity to negotiate and acquire whatever pleases you. Attire, handbags, footwear, shades; whatever you desire, you will discover it there, and at affordable prices too. So indulge yourself, but refrain from becoming excessively engaged as we have more destinations to visit before you embark on your return journey.

Bugis Street in Singapore

Alternative choices if you’re not a shopaholic

If shopping doesn’t interest you, you can skip this and proceed to explore other tourist attractions in Singapore – Singapore Art Museum, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Kwan In Thong Hood Cho Temple, St. Andrews Cathedral, and Clarke Quay.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

Serving as an emblem of the country’s tourism scene, your 3 ideal days in Singapore wouldn’t be truly ideal without including this in your itinerary. This 101-hectare natural park has a futuristic appearance, where you can stroll above the ground, winding through oversized seashell-shaped conservatories. Since this is a vast property, allocate ample time for exploration (approximately 2-3 hours).

Gardens by the Bay

Now it’s time to conclude your splendid 3-day vacation in Singapore as you head towards the airport.

Useful tip! Don’t even contemplate that your journey terminates here, as the more time you spend at Changi Airport, the better once again! This airport is renowned as the world’s best, featuring attractions such as butterfly gardens.

Estimated expenses for 3 days in Singapore

So, the following thing you must be wondering is your ideal budget to explore Singapore in 3 days. Well, since budget depends on individual to individual and where he is coming from, you cannot define an exact amount. However, here is a rough estimate regarding ‘3 days in Singapore budget ‘

  • If you’re a frugal traveler who’ll stay in hostels and will do most complimentary attractions, then the budget should be about 161-201 SGD/person (excluding flight and visa)
  • If you’re on a moderate budget, and would be staying in two or three star hotels, will be visiting some crucial sites with entry charges; then the budget should be 302-401 SGD (excluding flight and visa)

Singapore River

This was it! Your perfect schedule defining how to spend 3 days in Singapore in the most efficient way. Indeed there are many other ways you can spend these days, book customizable Singapore tour packages with Fred and Fuzzys and bid farewell to the hassles of planning and execution. Just sit back and enjoy!

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