We highly recommend our RentCar guests spend a few extra days in Singapore to explore this little red dot that presents a melting pot of architecture, culture, and food. There are so many activities and top-rated tourist attractions in Singapore and you will definitely not be bored!
From the visual treat that is Gardens by the Bay, the colourful neighbourhoods of Little India and Chinatown, Michelin starred Newton Hawker Food, to old temples juxtaposed against shiny new skyscrapers with rooftop bars. Here’s the lowdown of all the best things you should not miss and places to go in Singapore, most of which can be organised in the day or night.
What's so special about Marina Bay Sands? Well, for the best views and to get an overall impression of Singapore- start at the very top. Sands SkyPark Public Observation Deck is just the place, perched on top of Marina Bay Sands, open daily 11 am - 9 pm. The view is equally incredible by day where you can see across the sea or at night when the glittering skyline twinkles with city lights. The price to access the observation deck is S$26 (you can buy tickets online).
This lets you access the outer edge of the viewing deck, while if you visit the Ce La Vi bar (similarly priced but redeemable against a drink) you can still have magnificent views, and relax at a shaded table but you won’t be able to access the lower deck.
Note: Sadly only residents of the hotel can access the infamous 142m Marina Bay Sands Infinity pool.
Sands SkyPark Observation Deck
Ce La Vi L57-01, North Sky Park, Sands
Skypark Hotel Lobby
Tower 3, Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6688 8888
Sideways Vintage Vespa Sidecar Heritage Tours offer a novel way to see Singapore from the sidecar of a vintage Vespa and allow you access to all the hard-to-access back streets. Click Here.
Or why not Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour to get a guided view of the city complete with multilingual onboard commentaries – it’s a great way to take in all the sights with minimum effort.
If you are on a time budget note that Changi airport offers a free sightseeing bus tour FreeTourSingapore straight from the airport.
There’s also the award-winning amphibious DUCKtour on a vehicle that navigates both land and water which kids will enjoy.
Trishaw Uncle Ride, the only licensed operator for trishaw tours in Singapore appointed by the Singapore Tourism Board, will pedal you all over central Singapore in a little three-wheeled trishaw of yesteryear – a fun experience for the family.
Billing itself as the world's best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo is a pretty impressive place. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated, with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space.
The orangutans are particularly impressive, and visitors can watch as babies and adults alike swing high above their platforms and snack on fruits. There is also a large chimpanzee family, zebras, meerkats, a komodo dragon, mole rats, white tigers, kangaroos, and many other creatures.
Guests can observe feedings for some of the animals. Allow at least three hours to make your way around the zoo.
If the zoo doesn't satisfy your need for getting close to wildlife, there's also the Night Safari, River Safari (including a giant panda forest), and the Jurong Bird Park. Park hopper passes are available if you plan to visit more than one of the wildlife parks.
For a unique and personal wildlife experience, try the Singapore Zoo Breakfast with the Orangutans. This hassle-free tour includes transportation from and to your hotel, allows you half day to explore the zoo, and has an optional upgrade to enjoy breakfast in the company of the zoo's much-loved orangutans.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore
Official site: www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo
If the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands doesn't quite do it for you, try taking in high tea while looking out over the city from the Singapore Flyer, the world's largest giant observation wheel. Choose from several different packages that allow you to be served and pampered while enjoying a view that encompasses not only the Singapore skyline but as far away as the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia's Straits of Johor.
There are several different ticket packages to choose from, and each includes access to the multimedia Journey of Dreams exhibit, which delves into Singapore's history and the creation of the Singapore Flyer.
Flights last 30 minutes and run from early morning until late at night, so you can choose which view of the city you want to enjoy: the beginning of another bustling day or when Singapore is aglow after dark.
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
Official site: www.singaporeflyer.com
The “garden city” initiative by the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has resulted in an amazing abundance of greenery and parks in Singapore. Gardens by the Bay with its magnificent Supertree grove, flecked with purple is one of the most recognisable attractions in Singapore. There is direct access from MBS hotel into the Gardens by the Bay (free to enter). If you are travelling with kids, bring their swimmers as there is a fantastic free outdoor water play area with fountains and a playground. Then make your way through the gardens towards the OCBC Skyway atop the Supertree Grove. This raised walkway (S$8) affords excellent views of the gardens so get your camera ready! If it’s raining (or if the heat becomes too much) you can visit the indoor climate-controlled conservatory Cloud Forest and Flower Dome inside Gardens by the Bay (ticketed) where you’ll see rare flora and fauna plus the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
Another park worth a stroll in is the UNESCO world heritage site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens which is free to enter.
Check out the National Orchid Garden while you are there (fees apply) and if you have kids, search out the free Jacob Ballas children’s garden complete with a treehouse, slides, sandpit, water play (bring swimmers), and vegetable garden. The Gallop Extension is an 8-hectare addition to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, bringing the total area of the Gardens to 82 hectares. It comprises two conserved buildings that have been refurbished into the Botanical Art Gallery and Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, the COMO Adventure Grove, Mingxin Rambler's Ridge, and OCBC Arboretum.
Start at Temple Street or Pagoda Street where you can browse the trinket shops and purchase a memento teapot with matching cups, chopsticks with your name on them and other knick-knacks.
If you are here on the weekend, know that free walking tours take place every Saturday at the Chinatown Visitors Centre at 10:00 am (reserve ahead).
Look out for the stunning Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum* which is worth a look around and the newly added array of Chinatown iconic street art
To eat, there are restaurants for lunch in Chinatown and nearby Ann Siang Hill with its colourful shophouses, or check out a hawker market in our ‘Where To Eat’ guide.
Chinatown Visitors Centre,
2 Banda Street,
For a spot of culture, there are over 50 museums in Singapore.
Adults and kids alike will love the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay offering a highly interactive digital-forward experience at Future World, where art meets science, amongst other temporary exhibitions.
For art lovers, check out the stunning National Art Gallery housed in the former Supreme Court and City Hall, and the National Museum of Singapore which showcases the country’s history and culture.
Marine lovers, the stunning S.E.A Aquarium where you can admire manta rays, sharks, and other marine animals through the world’s largest ocean viewing window. Click Here
Sentosa is home to Universal Studios Singapore featuring 24 rides, shows, and movie-themed attractions including Battlestar Galactica, Transformers The Ride, and Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase.
Plus there are beaches aplenty for some downtime - Palawan beach is also now home to Singapore's first floating aqua park - Hydrodash.
Tekka Centre is one of Singapore’s most vibrant wet markets where you’ll find stalls of spices and stunningly colourful fresh produce from exotic vegetables and herbs to coconuts (try some refreshing coconut water straight out of the shell at one of the drinks stalls), to counters of fresh seafood. A separate section of Tekka Centre sells made-to-order hawker food from Prata to Biryani, where you can fuel up before your next stop. Food stalls are rated “A” to C for hygiene (“A” being the cleanest). A few streets down, take a peek inside the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples*. There’s plenty of opportunity to window shop at the various gold and sari shops along the way.
665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads,
Little India, Singapore
Tel: +65 6733 2225
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple,
141 Serangoon Road, Little India,
If time allows, jump on the river taxi (5 pm - 7 pm and 8 am-10 am weekdays only, ticketed) at Esplanade for a scenic tour of Marina Bay. Your riverboat will take you past Boat Quay, colourful Clarke Quay and on to Robertson Quay where you can get off and have signature Singapore Chilli Crab at Red House (see other dining options here – link-) or complete the tour and end up back at Esplanade for views of the Merlion, Singapore Flyer, the Helix Bridge and the CBD skyline. Click Here
Sipping the infamous "Singapore Sling" cocktail in the newly refurbished Raffles Hotel, Singapore is a definite must-do.
Time your rooftop visit well and you’ll also be able to catch the Marina Bay Sands ‘Spectra’, a free outdoor light and water show staged to the symphony of music, displayed over the water at the MBS promenade nightly at 8pm and 9pm. (currently, temporarily closed due to Covid regulations)
Have fun and enjoy, and if you fancy a private island getaway near Singapore with a car to drive around then do enquire below...