Explore Singapore over three days with these wallet-friendly options.
Take in the country’s most enjoyable experiences on a budget in just three days.
The first thing you might want to do is to find a place to stay (this list should help). Getting around the island is also a breeze, thanks to the interconnected public transport system. Here’s a tip: Buy a three-day Singapore Tourist Pass for S$20 which gives you unlimited travel on all public buses, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT).
The first stop is Little India, one of Singapore’s well-known ethnic enclave. Kick off the morning scrumptious meal of chapatti (Indian flatbread eaten with curry). At the Azmi Restaurant (located at the junction of Norris Road in Little India), feast on this unleavened flatbread (going for S$0.90 each) and a selection of chicken, mutton and lamb curries, each costing less than S$5.
Walk off that meal and view one of the oldest churches in Singapore at nearby Bras Basah. Built in 1835, the Armenian Church on Hill Street was gazetted as a national monument in 1973 and restored in 1994. While you are in the area, get to know Singapore’s vibrant Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) community and history at the Peranakan Museum, filled with fine artefacts and fun exhibits. Various aspects of this hybrid Southeast Asian culture—made up of Chinese, Malay and Indian element—are brought to life here. Highlights include stories of prominent Peranakans in Singapore's history and how today’s Peranakans have evolved with their culture. The museum offers Friday night discounts at S$5 for adults and S$3 for students.
Also nearby is Fort Canning Park, a small hill in the city that is steeped in history and lush with glorious flora and fauna. The park was originally known as Bukit Larangan, or 'Forbidden Hill' in Malay. Today, the 18-hectare space is full of attractions—from ancient artefacts for history buffs to outdoor lawns for concerts, and of course, greenery for nature lovers.
In the evening, head to Kampong Glam to check out the sights at one of the oldest yet trendiest areas. Start at Sultan Mosque with its massive golden domes and huge prayer hall. It is a must-see if you’re in the historic Kampong Glam district. While you’re there, look closer at the onion domes. The base of each dome is decorated with glass bottle ends, donated by less fortunate Muslims during its construction so that all Muslims, not just the rich, could contribute. Architecture lovers can rejoice—free guided tours are available. Hungry? You’ll love the culinary delights in the area, from local delicacies such as nasi padang (steamed rice served with various dishes) and Malay kueh (bite-sized snacks or desserts) to Middle Eastern cuisine, many decently priced.