Despite its small landmass, Singapore has no shortage of sightseeing attractions and exciting events. We could easily list out as many as 55 of the best places to visit. But if you’re here for a short trip and you want to cram as many must-see spots in town, you have to shrink your list down to the truly iconic ones.

You’ve probably heard of the more popular tourist attractions such as Marina Bay Sands and Jewel Changi Airport’s Rain Vortex — indubitably one of the strongest visual representation of the Singapore. In addition to those, here are the best tourist attractions in Singapore that you must visit when you’re here.

One of the most iconic tourist attractions in Singapore — the Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport

1. The Palawan @ Sentosa

Singapore’s newest leisure and entertainment haven at Sentosa features eight distinctive experiences, each brimming with thrilling activities that cater to visitors of every age.

Here’s what you can do at The Palawan @ Sentosa: HyperDrive, the first indoor go-kart, HydroDash, Singapore’s largest waterpark, UltraGolf, an 18-hole mini golf course, two alluring beach clubs, a food truck section, and Dog Run, a fenced up area for your dogs to run free.

The Palawan @ Sentosa

2. Changi Airport

Changi Airport, the best airport in the world, transcends the basic function of an airport. You could literally reserve one day of your itinerary for the attractions around here.

From the iconic Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi Airport, to the newest digital attractions in Terminal 2, there is really no shortage to the amount of things you can do at this airport.

Changi Airport

3. Singapore Botanic Gardens

If finding time for a garden visit feels challenging, rest assured that the Singapore Botanic Gardens isn’t your ordinary green space — it’s the sole tropical botanic garden proudly gracing UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Not only can you witness over 2,000 flora and fauna, including Singapore’s national flower, the Orchid, you can also sign up for nature tours and hands-on workshops, as well as cafe-hop around the area.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

4. Gardens by the Bay

Supertree Grove. Photo: Gardens by the Bay

If real plants do not impress you, how about these grandeur Supertrees at one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Singapore — Gardens by the Bay.

Aside from the popular Supertree Grove, which is free for the public, there are also other interesting things to do in Gardens by the Bay. Traverse the OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory, Cloud Forest, and more. If you visit at the right timing, you’ll be able to catch seasonal offerings, such as the Sakura collection in Spring.

Gardens by the Bay

5. Marina Bay Sands

The prominent symbol of Singapore’s skyline; even if you’re not planning to stay at this luxury hotel, you have to stop by for a photo.

Aside from catching a shot for the gram, you can also spend some time exploring its nearby attractions, such as ArtScience Museum for its unique exhibitions, shop for luxury goods at The Shoppes, and stroll along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, one of the most romantic walking trails in Singapore, especially at night.

Marina Bay Sands

6. Resorts World Sentosa

When you’re searching for must-visit places in Singapore, you’ll notice that majority of the attractions are sightseeing. Hence, if you’re looking for exhilarating activities, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is the place to be.

It’s home to Universal Studios Singapore (USS), which is famous for its Singapore-exclusive Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster ride. Due to its popularity, you’ll probably need to spend the entire day at USS. We recommend reserving two days for RWS, so you can also explore the Adventure Cove Waterpark or visit S.E.A Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquarium with over 100,000 marine animals.

Resorts World Sentosa

7. Mandai Wildlife Reserve

City zoos have a poor reputation for its limited space and uninhabitable living conditions for their animals. However, Mandai Wildlife Reserve stands as a beacon challenging this stereotype.

Birds fly around freely, while lions roaming around a spacious natural habitat (with safety features in place, of course). Mandai Wildlife Reserve is split into five attractions: Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Bird Paradise, Night Safari and Mandai Wildlife West.

Every visit to their parks supports their conservation projects in Singapore and across Southeast Asia.

Mandai Wildlife Reserve

8. Haw Par Villa

Photo: Haw Par Villa

Perhaps one of the most unique theme parks in the world, Haw Par Villa depicts the Ten Courts of Hell from Chinese folklore.

Not only is it a unique photo spot in Singapore, you can learn all about Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion. Don’t forget to sign up for their complimentary tour, at selected timings, at their Hell’s Museum Reception Counter. Daring individuals, “who didn’t earn a place in hell”, can also stay the night in their Shipping Container Hotel, located right beside the main attraction.

Haw Par Villa

9. Lao Pa Sat

Among the popular hawker centres in Singapore, Lao Pa Sat stands as the most accessible one, conveniently located in the central area.

Indulge in local delicacies such as Feng Xiang Ba Kut Teh, Qiu Lian Ban Mian, Munchi Pancakes, and more. From 7pm onwards, you’ll also get to experience “authentic hawker culture” with their open-air Satay Street, where vendors would serve freshly-grilled skewers under the night sky.

Lao Pa Sat

10. Singapore Cable Car

Revel in breathtaking panoramic views at 100 meters above sea level aboard the Singapore Cable Car.

Beyond the awe-inspiring scenery, you can also utilise the cable car as a practical mean of transportation. Opt for the Mount Faber line to ascend to the summit of Mount Faber, where Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro awaits, offering a dining experience with unparalleled views. Additionally, consider the cable car as a unique route to Sentosa. While the Sentosa Express, a monorail that connects VivoCity and Sentosa, is a more common method, seizing the opportunity to embark on the Cable Car ride to Sentosa allows you to seamlessly combine two experiences in one journey.

Singapore Cable Car

11. Lazarus Island

One of the themed tiny homes on Lazarus Island

While Singapore offers a number of offshore islands for day trips, Lazarus Island stands as a exceptional choice with its brand new offerings.

The highlight of the island is no doubt Tiny Away Escape, tiny but functional homes that are perfect for city dwellers who crave for a serene retreat in the middle of nowhere. Stay in for a relaxing movie night, start a barbecue, or release your stress with kayaking, stand-up paddling, or floating yoga.

Lazarus Island

12. Chinatown

Since Singapore is known as a melting pot of culture, you have to visit one of their biggest cultural sites.

Aside from sightseeing, Chinatown is the place to be for affordable souvenirs and snacks. Snap a picture at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, savour authentic Chinese food at Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, and if you visit on a weekend, you can even witness a unique sight of the elderly playing chess under a pavilion.

Chinatown

13. Little India

In the same vein, head down to Little India to learn more about the Indian Community’s history and culture.

Start off at the Indian Heritage Centre to browse permanent and special exhibitions featuring traditional clothing, holograms, artefacts, and more, before roaming the streets of Little India. Sample street food, shop for souvenirs, and get a traditional Indian tattoo, also known as henna. Don’t forget to snap some shots along the way, as the vibrant colours of the stalls and buildings, as well as their intricately-designed temples, make for a good backdrop.

Little India

14. Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam was originally assigned for the Sultan and his household, along with the Malay and Arab communities. Now, it’s known as one of the most Instagrammable neighbourhoods in Singapore, thriving with interesting stalls and cafes.

Witness the Sultan Mosque, the biggest mosque in Singapore, and roam around Arab Street and Haji Lane for quirky shops and popular cafes.

Kampong Glam

15. The Intan

Photo: The Intan

In the 19th century, The Peranakans were the pioneers in business and government in Singapore, establishing a strong community. Over time, Peranakan culture faded into the history books, leaving The Intan as one of the strongest representation of their culture in Singapore.

Embark on a guided tour through the museum to delve into the intricacies of Peranakan heritage and culture. Immerse yourself in their captivating stories, explore artifacts and crafts that narrate their history, and indulge in the unique experience of savoring a Peranakan-style afternoon tea.

The Intan

16. National Museum of Singapore

As Singapore’s oldest museum, the National Museum of Singapore is a captivating institution that aims to inspire through the narratives of Singapore and the wider world.

Centered around Singapore’s rich stories, visitors can delve into the Singapore History Gallery and Singapore, Very Old Tree — two of the permanent exhibitions at the museum. For those seeking more, the museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, providing an ever-evolving and enriching experience. Check their website for updates on the latest temporary exhibits.

National Museum of Singapore

17. National Gallery Singapore

Not to be confused with the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore focuses on art rather than history.

With over 8,000 pieces, the gallery oversees the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern art, with a variety of temporary exhibitions, which are all listed on their website. the gallery is also a popular spot for photos, given its Insta-worthy colonial architecture.

National Gallery Singapore

18. Esplanade

Dubbed as “the Durian” due to its spiky structure, Esplanade was one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore in the early days. Esplanade is home to a wide variety of art forms, including art galleries, dance performances and jazz tunes.

While this attraction is catered more towards the Arts crowd, it’s also a great spot to cycle or have a picnic while admiring the Marina Bay Sands skyline without the crowd.

Esplanade

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