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 with a scrumptious meal of chapatti (Indian flatbread eaten with curry). At Azmi Restaurant (located at the junction of Norris Road in Little India), feast on this unleavened flatbread and a selection of chicken, mutton and lamb curries.
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* community and history at the Peranakan Museum, which is filled with fine artefacts and fun exhibits. Various aspects of this hybrid Southeast Asian culture—made up of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures—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.
Also nearby is Fort Canning Park, a small hill in the city steeped in history and lush 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.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
In the evening, head to Kampong Glam to check out the sights of 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 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.