What to see in Singapore in 1 day. Itinerary of attractions.
Singapore, though small, is a big island. There are plenty of places worth visiting in Singapore. My list of “must see” attractions in Singapore was made at random: I read something here or there. Of course, we didn’t intend to wander around Singapore at random. We had the Lonely Planet guidebook with us. But we did not intend to follow Lonely Planet’s itinerary either.
On our very first day in Singapore we decided to “rock out”: we took Lonely Planet and walked the route “Colonial and Modern Singapore. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that this itinerary contains the main attractions of Singapore, but that the most famous ones are for sure.
The itinerary is designed for five hours of walking, but with all the stops and “I wonder what’s out there,” it could take longer Are you ready to virtually walk around Singapore? Then let’s go!
Colonial and Modern Singapore
The route starts at the legendary Raffles Hotel. The hotel is a symbol of Singapore and one of the must-see attractions. D. Conrad, S. Maugham, R. Kipling all praised the Raffles Hotel. For interest, you can read the history of the hotel on the wiki.
The price per night at the Raffles Hotel starts at $400, and I don’t know if it’s worth it. After all, part of the hotel is open to tourists for free, and part of the hotel is where the guests live.
The fountain in the open to tourists part of the hotel
The part of the hotel that is closed to tourists.
I know, I know, it’s not nice to peek, but just one shot!
There is a souvenir store on the hotel grounds. The prices there are not small, and sold, in my opinion, things with utility of about 0. Souvenirs in a word. It was not the souvenirs that struck me, but the people who piled whole baskets of stuff. What for? Somewhere children have nothing to eat, and somewhere people stock up on stuff for the cost of which you can feed a village in Africa.
Either geese or ducks are a very dynamic sculpture on the way to the next waypoint.
Opposite the birds is a huge mirrored wall of a shopping (sort of) complex. So how can you not “stump the bow”?
The small, blatantly white and eye-catching St. Andrew’s Cathedral looks absolutely fantastic among the skyscrapers of concrete and glass.
Moving on. Singapore is so stunning that words can’t express it.
The real Tower of Babel and an inconspicuous memorial to the King of Siam, who visited Singapore back in 1871.
Here is the waterfront of the Singapore River. Like the rest of the city, the waterfront is very green. Lots of shade. In general, we were very lucky: the sky is covered with clouds, but only enough to prevent the sun from squeezing the pedestrians.
The opposite shore is strewn with skyscrapers.
On the shore where we are is a statue of the founder of Singapore, Sir Raffles. Unfortunately, the statue is under renovation, covered in scaffolding and sheathed in transparent material. Not a very exciting sight, so instead of pictures of the statue of Sir Raffles, Igor photographed a bronze sculpture telling about the life of Singaporeans in the distant colonial era.
The sculpture was so lifelike that we hung back and looked at it.
The porter with the long pigtail is clearly Chinese. The pigtail is a sign of loyalty to the emperor.
Here is another sculpture. Also requires time to comprehend.
After studying all the statues, we moved on. Our destination was the opposite bank of the river, dotted with small old houses with tiled roofs, behind which gray skyscrapers lined up in dense rows.
It’s hard to take your eyes off of that. And 50 years ago, there was nothing like this.
From the Elgin Bridge, I took a few more pictures of the skyscrapers.
Boat Quay is lined with restaurants and cafes.
You can eat and relax here and the prices are quite reasonable. There’s a great selection of fresh (I’d say live) seafood dishes.
Walking along the Singapore Riverfront is a pleasure, and looking for objects marked on the schematic map in Lonely Planet is a fascinating quest. While looking for one sculpture by Salvador Dali, we found several others and tangerine bushes.
Progress and Advancement sculpture. By Yang Ying Feng, 1988
From the maze of skyscrapers through Esplanade drive we came to Marina Promenade.
The pedestrian walkway on the Esplanade dr. bridge.
On the way we took another couple of pictures of Singapore’s beauty, but from a different angle.
Do you see a strange dome-shaped prickly structure right behind the bridge in the photo? It is a durian-shaped building. Here is a miracle of engineering thought closer:
In Asia, the durian is considered the king of fruits. We don’t really share people’s enthusiasm for durian. We tried it a few times, but nothing. I can’t even stand the smell of it, it makes me sick. But a lot of people eat durian in their mouths.
We made our first stop at Marina Promenade. Here is Food City, where you can eat inexpensive and delicious food. The portions are huge and fit several people. I won’t take photos of the food, we were too hungry I will just show you the Chinese, who we joined out of desperation: all the tables were taken.
Marina Promenade has gorgeous views of the skyscrapers and the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
It looks like an ordinary three skyscrapers, of which there are many in Singapore, if it were not for the boat on the roof. And hotels with a boat on the roof, you know, nowadays are very expensive. From $300 a night.
It costs SGD 23 per person to get on the roof of the Marina Bay Hotel in Singapore. The post “Photo: Singapore from the roof of Marina Bay Sands” is just about how we climbed to the roof and the views from the boat.
From the Marina Promenade you can see Merlion. Merlion is either a lionfish or a lionfish, the symbol of Singapore. There is always a full house on the bridge near Merlion.
I’ll show you the nighttime Merlion and the nighttime Marina Bay Sands in this post, and I’ll tell you about the nightly light show as well.
Through the crowds on Marina Promenade we came to the final straight of the route. Lots of people for a reason. Chinese New Year, after all. A holiday. People are resting.
The pedestrian bridge in the form of a double helix of DNA.
There are balconies on the bridge from which you can take beautiful pictures of Singapore’s skyscrapers.
Time to finish. The sun is setting behind the skyscrapers, the battery in the camera is dying, and we are running out of energy.
For the first day it was a great march, to check your strength, to tune in for more. You can read about “more” in the next posts. Stay with us!
Hi, my name is Tatiana, and I’m happy to see you on the Life is Unpredictable! blog. I love to travel, and on the blog I share my experiences, tips and other helpful notes.
1 DAY SINGAPORE.
This article is recognized to help travelers see Singapore in 1 day. Let me tell you right away that you won’t even get to see the top 10 sights in Singapore and one day on such a city is nothing.
It’s like Friday night you go to the pub and yourself allotted 1 hour of time and yourself calming yourself that you have enough. But we all understand that time is not enough :). It is the same with Singapore. But I hasten to please all who will be here just 1 day: believe me, those tourists who come to Singapore for 3-4 days, it too will not have time to see even half of the required minimum.
View of the sunset in Singapore at the observation deck
Conclusion: Singapore is a unique city and transportation center of Southeast Asia. Don’t be sad, just plan your next trip to Thailand or Malaysia or Bali through Singapore.
Singapore in 1 Day
So: you’re like most tourists (98%) in transit in Singapore. And you have only one day to get to know this city of the future. You’ve probably already read the article: top 30+ attractions in Singapore and already wondered by now: what to see in 1 day.
There are two pieces of news for you: bad news and good news. Let’s start with the bad.
- Unlike many cities around the world, Singapore has huge distances between sights. I only realized this when I first got here. Neither London, nor Paris, nor any other capital city has such a spread of sights.
- Those sights that are paid for cost some crazy money. For example, a circle on the Ferris wheel for two of us cost 66 SGD (about $50). This is with a discount, on the stocks, bought two weeks in advance. For this money I lived in Minsk for a week.
- Moving to transport, as will cost a penny – and walk having only a day in stock is not very found, well, read the first point about the distance.
- Pluses are also there and they are very important. Singapore has an excellent subway network. There is a subway at almost all landmarks. The only exceptions are the Zoo, the River Safari and the Safari at night. Read more about Singapore’s subway and what passes are available in this link.
- There is a subway at Singapore Changi Airport, which allows a guaranteed trip to the center in 40-50 minutes without traffic jams and force majeure, and in the same time to return.
I personally think that the subway at the airport is an important point showing the openness of the city and its desire to attract tourists and its level of development. It often happens that to get to the city from the airport is more expensive than a plane ticket. Singapore is very cool in this respect. Transport network is developed chic.
- In Singapore there are enough free attractions. So for tourists on a limited budget do not need to worry, there is something for them to do too.
What to see in Singapore in 1 Day
The length of the walking route as on the map above will be at least 8km, if not all 10. Keep this in mind.
Below is a list of sights with timings that you can and should see in 1 day. As a basis for that you arrive in the morning, and leave late at night. And then everyone makes up his own itinerary.
- It will take you 30 minutes at Changi airport to get to the subway and figure out how to buy a ticket or a metro pass. The link was above.
- 1 hour to get to the city center on the subway
Since you have very little time, you need to look straight at what are the symbols of the city. And this is the main harbor of the city around which there are several major attractions from the category of must see.
- Take the blue metro station Bayfront and get off right next to the most famous hotel in the world – Marina Bay Sands. Get acquainted with the hotel and go up to its observation deck. We allot an hour for everything, if we waltz.
View from the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
- Next we go to the ferris wheel, buy a ticket and do a lap on the world’s second tallest ferris wheel with amazing views of the city. The road, waiting, 1 round on the wheel – at least 80 minutes. Learn more about the ferris wheel here.
- Right next to the Singapore Ferris wheel is a Formula 1 track, starting line and famous pit stop boxes. This attraction is completely free and will take you about 30 minutes.
Totally free for F1 fans
- Another 60 minutes will be spent walking and exploring the largest fountain in the world. Be sure to perform a ritual of wealth and toss a coin into it. Detailed report on the fountain of wealth in Singapore.
- Note that 60 minutes adds up to: 20 minutes of driving and 30-40 minutes that you will spend at the fountain, possibly drinking coffee in one of the cafes.
Good to know: The fountain of wealth is located in the huge shopping complex Suntec City, which has a large hypermarket (they are rare in central Singapore), where you can buy gifts from Singapore home: buckwheat, pasta chilies, fish skin chips and more. For those with 1 day in Singapore, this is probably the best place for a little shopping.
- Next you’ll have to explore the Esplanade Theatre, plan up to 30 minutes to see its unusual architecture. It is located near the central harbor on the promenade, which offers a steep view of all the main attractions of the city. It also has free Wi-Fi, which is rare in Singapore. You can spare another 30 minutes to relax on the waterfront.
- From the Esplanade Theater, we take a visual reference point for the city’s symbol, the Merlion. A lion with the body of a fish with a fountain bursting out of its mouth. It is easy to see from the promenade and is on the other side of the canal, you only need to cross the bridge. This facility is completely free.
The photo was taken near Merlion. From here there is a great view of the opposite side of the harbor
- To finish the circle with the Marina Bay Sands Hotel we continue around the harbor in a counterclockwise direction. On the way there is another vantage point: a craft beer bar on the 33rd floor of the Level33 Business Center. You can find it here. At the same link you can also find more information about the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
View of the harbor from the bar at level33
- Having finished the circle of the hotel from where we started you have three options depending on the time left:
- Go see the Lotus Flower Museum of Art and Science. But it is for sure you had a good look from any point of the promenade and as a rule it is enough and there is no reason to get close to it if you are not going inside.
- Go to the shopping or food court at The Shoppes, which is adjacent to the Marina Bay Hotel.
- Going to Gardens By the Bay is a must for everyone.
- Learn more about Gardens By The Bay here: prices, what to see and how to see it, and lots of tips and tips and tips on how-to’s. The show lasts 15 minutes and at 8pm you can run to the subway and head towards the airport.
On this lawn is cool to lie down and watch the light show. The seats start to be occupied an hour and a half before.
- And the last attraction for today is Changi Airport. Be sure to take 2-3 hours to get to know this wonder of human thought. It’s not just any airport and here’s why:
- In the 40 years of its existence the airport has won more than 250 international prestigious awards
- The Best Airport in the World 19 times
- 7 times in a row.
- The new Jewel Relax Zone is amazing.
It is important to understand: the route above is compiled by the modest and subjective opinion of the author and does not claim to be rigid, it should only help you to make your own unique route for the day. Our route is designed for 10 hours and 10km of walking.
In conclusion: if you have a task to see Singapore in 1 day, it’s an impossible task, and after visiting all the attractions listed above, you will be off your feet. But it will be a reason to go back.
And for those who are in Singapore for more days:
Comfortable shoes and good Band-Aids!
If you find any inaccuracies – write in the comments!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Below are resources to help you save money when organizing your own trip to Singapore: