Out of all the Asia travel destinations, Singapore is not a city you instantly think of, when booking your next trip. Most travelers only stay for a couple of nights because they are travelling through towards their dream trip in Asia. But believe me, Singapore is a city you definitely have to discover! In this Singapore itinerary 2 days guide, you can read everything you need to know about planning your trip, and sightseeing.
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Singapore Itinerary 2 days: How to spend 48 hours in Singapore
Singapore is a bustling city, where you can eat deliciously on every corner of every street. The metropolis seems to take you to the future where there are no persuasive billboards next to the highways, almost only electric vehicles, and where it is a challenge to find garbage on the public streets.
The city is an oasis of tranquility despite all the crowds. Singapore, as an oasis full of tree vegetation, is an example to the rest of the world and it remains peaceful and liveable at all times, despite all the hustle and bustle!
Quick travel tips on planning 2 days in Singapore Itinerary
Here are some essential tips for planning your trip to Singapore.
When is the best time to visit Singapore?
Singapore is a year-round destination. However, the best time to visit Singapore is around the dry season, which is from December to June. March is a great month to visit as overall things are cheaper (including flights from many destinations).
During the dry months, Singapore has the least amount of rain, and it is usually pleasant and sunny.
Where to stay in Singapore?
To explore the city, a three-night stay is not a luxury, but a necessity. Singapore is a big city and your days will be easily filled with all the wonderful activities and must-does the city has to offer.
When planning a trip, try to book your hotel accommodations in advance because cheap hotels in Singapore are scarce, especially when not booked well in advance.
Booking.com offers you a handy list of hotels in Singapore at the best prices. The advantage of the booking website is that a booking comes with last-minute reservation changes or cancellation possibilities.
Travel or tourist visa
Most travelers to Singapore will not require a visa, and some even get a visa on arrival. Do check your country’s specific requirements before paying for flights.
Belgian citizens don’t need a visa to travel to Singapore. We can stay for a maximum of 30 days. Remember that your passport needs to be valid for a period of six months.
Sightseeing in Singapore
For commuting in Singapore, there are a couple of options,
- From the airport: When commuting from the airport to the center, you can use a taxi, bus, shared ride or a private transfer. Here is a private transfer to your hotel from the airport
- Taxi: Download the ‘Pick me’ app, which is the South Asian version of ‘Uber’.
- Singapore City Pass: You can get a city savings pass for 2 or 3 days, and use it for sightseeing attractions tickets. Check it out here.
Day 1 of 2 days in Singapore itinerary
Upon arrival in Singapore, check in to your hotel and then get ready to explore! Here is what you can visit on your first day in the city.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Marina Bay Sands is a resort in Singapore that has become the country’s most popular tourist destination. Built-in 2010, it boasts two 55-story hotels, 3 cascading towers, and three different casino buildings. With its extravagant architecture and modern amenities, this resort offers something for everyone!
It is often listed in the top 10 of the world’s most iconic hotels and is home to the largest infinity pool in the world that you just have to see to believe it. Book your Marina Bay Sands and SkyPark tickets here.
ArtScience Museum and Gardens By The Bay
Besides the hotel, here you can discover the ArtScience Museum and Gardens By The Bay.
Gardens By The Bay is a place where people can come to enjoy nature, and it has been designed with the idea of bringing families together. This park also offers a lot for children as well as adults.
There are many different types of gardens here that create a beautiful landscape. It’s not just about what you see on the surface though, there are plenty of hidden gems in this park if you’re willing to explore!
The trees in Gardens By The Bay set the tone for sustainable urban development and are certainly worth a visit, both during the day and evening.
When night falls, the vertical gardens come alive through a mesmerizing Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm. Let yourself be astonished!
These gardens are further divided into different zones, including Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Heritage Gardens. You can visit the Cloud forest and enjoy the beautiful indoor waterfall while learning about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Visit the botanical garden of Singapore, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is completely free of charge to explore this 162-year-old tropical garden.
The gardens feature plants from all around the world and are home to over 60,000 plant species and orchids.
There is the National Orchid Garden located inside here. It’s home to some endangered species like the white orchid which only grows in this region of Southeast Asia. This garden was inaugurated by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1995.
At the gardens, you can also enjoy designated areas such as the Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, and Water Lily Pool.
Palawan beach, Sentosa Island
Singapore’s Sentosa Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. This small island has plenty to offer for travelers, including a variety of beaches and resorts.
One popular beach destination on Sentosa Island is Palawan Beach that boasts white sand beaches with clear waters that are perfect for swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing. You can spend the rest of the day here, watch the sundown and relax!
Day 2 of 2 days in Singapore itinerary
Kickstart your day 2 in Singapore with a nice breakfast and then make your way to Little India to ignite your senses and taste buds.
Visit Little India
India is a diverse country with many regions, languages, and religions, and in Singapore, you can experience a version of India known as Little India. This area in the Central Business District was set up to accommodate Indian traders who were coming into the city-state for business purposes.
Today it is bustling with activity, from colorful shops, cute narrow lanes to amazing cafes and restaurants serving international cuisine.
Take the time to wander the charming lanes, as these are great photo spots in Singapore. These streets are lined with religious places such as Hindu temples decorated with bright colors depicting scenes. Do pay a visit to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Or go shopping, buy spices, fabric, jewelry, or incense sticks to take back home.
Here is a self-guided audio tour of the Little India neighborhood to understand its origins. Or book a culture tour with a local travel guide.
Checking this off in the morning will allow you to explore the place at ease.
Explore downtown Singapore on a bumboat
In the afternoon enjoy the balmy weather in Singapore by sitting on the deck of a bumboat. A bumboat is a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored away from the shore. Bum boats are the most popular form of transportation in Singapore.
They can be found on every corner and offer affordable, local tours around the city, and are an excellent way to see all that this beautiful city has to offer! Typically a tour or ride will be 20-30 minutes long.
Many visitors to the city take a riverboat cruise from Marina Bay to Clarke Quay.
Chinatown for the evening
Chinatown is the largest hawker center in Singapore with over 260 food stalls. Chinatown Complex Food Center offers you a full range of local dishes, from chili crab, Hainanese chicken rice to dim sums.
I left this activity for the evening so that you can enjoy the lights and then grab dinner.
Here is an evening tour of Chinatown with a meal included.
While you are at it, don’t forget to check out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The Buddha Tooth Relic is housed in a giant stupa weighing a whopping 3,500 kilograms and made from 320 kilograms of gold! So don’t miss it!
Chinatown is also home to the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore – The Sri Mariamman Temple.
If you do not wish to spend all evening in Chinatown, then another option is to head to Marina Bay Sands Hotel for an epic light show. There are a few options for light shows,
- Spectra Light Show: This is a free light show that takes place at the plaza of Marina Bay Sands. It is an amazing experience, you have to see it for yourself. This event occurs late in the evening, after 08:00 pm
- Garden Rhapsody Light Show: This is another light snow that takes place at the Gardens by the Bay. If you loved this spot during the day, you will LOVE it in the evening as it comes alive!
More attractions for 2 day Singapore itinerary
Here are additional sightseeing options to consider for your Singapore trip,
- Haji Lane: Haji Lane is a cool and colorful street in Singapore. It is located in the Kampong Glam neighborhood of Singapore and is a short walk from Bugis MRT station. This place comes alive with people shopping, eating at restaurants, and buying items from vendors who set up stalls along the streets.
- Arab Quarter: This neighborhood is famous for its traditional dishes like hummus and falafel sandwiches as well as hookah with a rich cultural heritage. Arab Quarter is located in the Kampong Glam area as well.
- Malay Heritage Centre here and many other cultural complexes
Best Shopping in Singapore
Orchard Road is a true shopping paradise. The street offers plenty of luxury retail shops to world-class international cuisines.
Ion Richard, Singapore’s most glamorous shopping complex, offers a variety of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The shops near Marina Bay Sands are close to shopping heaven as well.
Where to find the best views over Singapore?
For an epic view over Singapore, head to the following areas,
- The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, located 57 stores up from the heart of the Marina Bay area, the Skypark boasts scenic views of the panoramic vistas of Marina Bay and Singapore’s world-class cityscape.
- Take in a bird’s-eye view of Gardens by the Bay and the impressive Supertree Grove, and admire the sea view that stretches from Marina South Pier to the Singapore Strait
Top Restaurants in Singapore: Where to eat in Singapore?
There are so many amazing places to eat in Singapore. Here are some of my favorites,
- To spoil yourself with a well-deserved cocktail in Singapore, check out the secret cocktail bar at 28 Hong Kong Street. Not exactly the cheapest drinks but together with the setting, these drinks will blow you away and make you feel the love with which the cocktails are made.
- Taste Asian cuisine in all scents and colors at the Telok Ayer Market, from fresh crabs to jumbo seafood. Try the best Asian food one could wish for.
- If you are open for an extra treat or if you are celebrating something special, have dinner in Meta! But don’t forget to book well in advance.
- Buy your own drinks at 7/11 and enjoy the riverside of the Singapore River along with some street food.
I hope you enjoyed reading our guide on how to spend 48 hours in Singapore. This itinerary can be easily customized by you, just swap some of the recommendations listed above! And have fun!
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