Make the most of your 2 days in Singapore with this speedy itinerary for conscious travellers.

I’ll admit it: before visiting Singapore, it wasn’t a country that made my bucket list. 

Like many people, I assumed it would be another Asian city, only with less tradition and culture to enjoy.

Yep – I pre-judged Singapore hard. And, as someone who will take nature over skyscrapers any day, I had zero expectations for my short trip to Singapore.

Only Singapore isn’t like other cities – in Asia or elsewhere. Singapore is completely unique. From its eclectic architecture to the fact it’s full of nature, Singapore is like nowhere else.

Whatever your usual travel style, here’s how to make the most of your two days in Singapore.

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Is 2 days in Singapore enough?

Although Singapore is a small city state – one of only three in the world! – don’t let its size mislead you.

If you think two days in Singapore is enough, I totally get it – I did myself. Many travellers think the country’s tiny size means there are few things to do in Singapore.

Spend any length of time here, though, and you’ll realise you could easily extend your Singapore trip. While 2 days in Singapore is enough to see some of the city’s best bits, it’s not enough to see it all. Far from it. 

Don’t panic, though – this 2-day Singapore itinerary aims to show you all of the city’s quirks and uniqueness in the shortest time. Many people visit Singapore on a long layover or before embarking on a cruise, and the city is still accessible enough to enjoy in just two days. 

You’ll just need to be smart about it – and this Singapore itinerary has been created to maximise your time.
 


Sultan Mosque in Singapore

How to plan two days in Singapore

Two days in Singapore isn’t enough to see all sides of this multi-faceted city. Therefore, I recommend choosing what matters most to you before you arrive. 

For conscious travellers, you could spend two full days exploring the many examples of ecotourism in Singapore.   

Love eating your way around a new city? There are plenty of unique restaurants in Singapore for foodies to enjoy.

Or, if you’re a fellow photographer, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Singapore’s varied architecture, colourful streets and friendly locals.


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What to do in Singapore in 2 days

Thanks to Singapore’s efficient (and increasingly eco-friendly!) MRT system, it’s easy to see a lot of Singapore in two days. 

To maximise your time and get to know each area a little more intimately, I recommend only visiting one or two parts of Singapore per day. 

Here are some of my favourite things to do and places to visit in Singapore.

Places to visit in Singapore in 2 days

Singapore is one of the most eclectic cities in the world. Thanks to its international influences and inhabitants, Singapore has a mix of vibrant neighbourhoods.

Here are the best spots to see in two days.

1 – Marina Bay 

This busy area is home to Singapore’s most famous landmark: the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

This area is modern, unique and at times feels like you’ve been thrown into the middle of a sci-fi movie. In other words, Marina Bay in fun! 

No trip to Singapore is complete without stopping by this iconic neighbourhood. However you spend your two days in Singapore, make sure your itinerary includes some time here.


Marina Bay Sands at sunset Singapore
Singapore’s most famous district is a must-visit.

2 – Haji Lane

Situated in Singapore’s Kampong Glam neighbourhood, this quirky lane is filled with fun murals, independent fashion labels and amazing cafes. 

Perhaps I’m slightly biased as an Arabic speaker who lived in the Middle East, but for me Haji Lane is one of the city’s most exciting streets.


3 – Clarke Quay

Love nightlife? You’ll no doubt find yourself at Clarke Quay during your two days in Singapore!

Don’t overlook this area of Singapore during the day time, though. Its colourful buildings have an almost cartoon-like vibe, making for a fun place to stroll. You’ll also find loads of great (albeit it slightly pricey) restaurants here.


4 – Chinatown

With the Chinese making up nearly three quarters of Singapore’s population, the city’s Chinatown is a must-visit. 

As you might expect, it’s home to some of the city’s best hawker centres, local-approved restaurants and numerous temples.


A green building in Haji Lane, Singapore
Two days in Singapore is enough to get a taste for the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods, like Haji Lane.

Things to do in Singapore in 2 days

From cultural immersion to futuristic entertainment and everything in-between, here’s how to see the best of Singapore in two days.


1 – Visit the museums 

Despite its small size and relatively short history, Singapore has no shortage of museums. 

From the National Museum of Singapore to the fun and quirky ArtScience Museum, there’s an (air-conditioned) exhibit for everyone.


2 – Watch the nightly light shows 

If you only do one thing in Singapore after dark, make it the nightly light show at Gardens by the Bay. Every night, the futuristic Supertrees put on a show – and it’s totally free.

Timed to the music, the surround sound speakers make for an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience.


3 – Immerse yourself in nature 

Singapore is the perfect city for nature lovers. On top of its Portland-rivalling sustainability initiatives, Singapore boasts plenty of green space. 

The city’s famous Botanic Gardens are even a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the only gardens on the planet to make the cut!


Tree at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Nature lovers won’t feel left out in Singapore.

4 – Sip on a Singapore Sling 

Yes – the famous cocktail that you’ve probably drunk all over the world originates from its namesake city. It would almost be rude not to have one… 

For the real deal, head to the Raffles Hotel – the iconic building where the drink was created.


5 – Hit the shops 

Singapore is one of the best shopping spots in Asia. From boutique fashion brands to unique home decor, Singapore is packed with incredible places to shop.

If you’re a photographer, you can also get a great deal on camera gear here. I picked up my Canon EOS RP for a super cheap price – and then received a tax refund on top.


6 – Experience the Singapore nightlife 

Singaporeans know how to party – that much was clear from the tired faces and sleepy Sunday mornings. 

Whatever you like to do after dark, Singapore’s bars, clubs and beaches will keep every visitor entertained.


ArtScience Museum Singapore
Singapore is small in size but big on entertainment.

7 – Stroll through the constantly changing streets

Singapore may be small, but it’s full of character.

Its multiculturalism gives way to an eclectic mix of streets and neighbourhoods. Simply strolling around Singapore is all part of the fun, especially for travellers who like to find their own way.


8 – Tuck into a variety of food

Another benefit of Singapore’s eclectic mix of inhabitants is the diversity of the food. And, not only is it diverse, it’s also incredible.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to street side bargains, you’ll struggle to find a bad meal in Singapore. Use your two days in Singapore wisely and try as much as you can.


9 – Enjoy the architecture 

Singapore is a city that has fun with its architecture. From the Helix Bridge to the flower-shaped ArtScience Museum, just walking around is an architectural safari for the eyes.

Even if architecture isn’t really your thing, you won’t be able to help staring up in awe!


Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Even the shortest Singapore itinerary should include a stop at Gardens by the Bay.

A speedy Singapore itinerary for 2 days

Hopefully by now you have an idea of what you want to see during your two days in Singapore. 

If you want to see as much as possible, this 2-day Singapore itinerary will maximise your time.

If there’s anything that doesn’t take your fancy, feel free to substitute it with something that’s more up your street.


WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE FOR 2 DAYS 

First things first – if you only have 2 days in Singapore, you’ll want to choose your base wisely. Here are the spots I recommend.

  • Go for the full Singapore experience at the country’s most famous hotel… If budget isn’t an issue, there’s only one place to stay in Singapore: the Marina Bay Sands hotel. This iconic spot is sure to feature on your Singapore itinerary in some way, but nothing beats staying there (and enjoying its sky-high infinity pool!).
  • Enjoy a history-soaked stay in the city’s other iconic hotel… Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel is the birthplace of the Singapore Sling and is an architectural masterpiece in itself.
  • For a quirky stay where you’ll be served by robots… You can’t beat M Social. This riverside hotel has a robot concierge and a robot egg chef who will make your breakfast just the way you want it.
  • If you’re visiting Singapore on a budget… Your money will go furthest in Little India. If you’re living the dorm life, check out Footprints Hostel, which includes breakfast and has an airport transfer available. Or, for a little more comfort, check in to the modest yet modern Marrison Desker Hotel.

Day 1 – Explore Singapore’s melange of cultures 

If there’s one thing that defines Singapore as a city, it’s the eclectic mix of people who live there.

Today, we’re going to explore the diverse influences that have shaped this city and immerse ourselves in their cultural hubs. 


Start the day in Kampong Glam

Wherever you choose to stay in Singapore, it should be fairly easy to get to Singapore’s Muslim quarter.

This fun district will wake you up with its colourful streets, lively residents and the subtle scent of shisha. 

It’s also home to some of Singapore’s best cafes, so head to one for a hearty breakfast. There’s nowhere better than Kafe Utu for an African-inspired brunch and sustainably sourced coffee.

Or, for a quality brekkie that’s worthy of a spot on your Instagram feed, stop by Earlybird


What to see in Kampong Glam: 
  • The Sultan Mosque is Singapore’s largest. This impressive building dominates the streets around it and is a great place to start your exploration. 
  • Soak up the street art in Haji Lane. This colourful narrow street is one of Singapore’s brightest spots.
  • Don’t leave without checking out Kampong Glam’s bustling shops. Haji Lane is lined with small boutiques and silk shops, while Jamal Kazura Aromatics has been selling essential oils since 1933.

Wall murals in Haji Lane Singapore
Full of things to inspire art lovers, Kampong Glam is an outdoor gallery in itself.

Head northwest to Little India

If you’ve ever visited Kuala Lumpur, Singapore’s Little India may well remind you of its Malaysian counterpart. 

Little India brings all the bustle, colour and cuisine of India and adds a touch of Singapore orderliness.

The result is a bright, buzzing district that’s fun to explore – yet still eerily clean and organised.


What to do in Little India: 
  • Visit a Hindu temple. Both Sri Veeramakaliamman and Sri Srinivasa Perumal are impressively colourful and well worth the visit. With only 2 days in Singapore, though, it’s probably best to choose just one.
  • Stop by the House of Tan Teng Niah. This unique house blends in with the colour of Little India but stands out with its distinctive Chinese architecture. 
  • Get lost in Little India Arcade. This maze of narrow alleyways is home to shop houses that date back to the 1920s and are full of Indian souvenirs.

No trip to Singapore’s Little India would be complete without tasting some of the authentic Indian cuisine here. Before you leave stop for lunch in one of the many eateries. 

Head to the Tekka Centre to grab some purse-friendly street food at Singapore’s most colour Hawker Market.


Life in Little India district in Singapore

Stop by the National Museum of Singapore

After lunch, take a 15-20 minute stroll down to the National Museum of Singapore. Inside, you can learn more about Singapore’s history while cooling off in some much-needed air-conditioning.

After visiting and learning about how Singapore came to be the multicultural city it is today, you’ll be able to appreciate each neighbourhood more. 

Since you only have 2 days in Singapore, I recommend booking a skip the queue ticket online before you go to save time. Click here to get yours before your visit.


Continue south to Chinatown

Another short walk south will bring you to yet another distinctive neighbourhood: Chinatown. 

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the beautiful architecture and temples that adorn this district of Singapore.


What to do in Chinatown: 

Singapore National Museum building
In true Singaporean style, the National Museum is housed in an impressive building.

End your first day in Singapore at Clarke Quay

I hope you have some energy left because Singapore knows how to party! Whether you’re an all-night dancer or prefer a casual cocktail, there’s only place to go: Clarke Quay. 

This fun and colourful riverside spot comes to life at night. Here, you’ll find restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained until you’re ready to hit the sheets.


Day 2 – See the greener side of Singapore 

Although a bustling, international city, Singapore has all the tranquillity of somewhere far from the bright lights and busy streets – if you go to the right spots. 

Today, we’re going to explore Singapore’s gardens so you can see a totally different side of this dynamic city.

Start the day on a boat tour 

Whether you stayed out late last night or not, you’ll be pleased to know our second day in Singapore is going to be super chilled out. 

Take a river cruise from Clark Quay – where you can also stop for breakfast, if you wish – to see the city from its waters. 

Book your ticket online before you go to save both time and money.


Singapore river cruise boats in front of Clarke Quay

See Singapore from above

Now you’ve gotten your bearings and seen this part of Singapore from the river, it’s time to see the city from a different point of view.

Head to the Singapore Flyer, a big wheel that gives incredible views over Singapore. It’s about a 30-minute walk from the river cruise point, or you can hop on the Downtown Line at Fort Canning and get off at Promenade.

Getting there early should help avoid the queues, but booking online is still recommended.


Grab a local lunch at The Shoppes 

The Shoppes at Marina Bay is one of Singapore’s biggest shopping malls. I’m not saying you should go shopping here though (unless you want to, of course!).

Instead, head here for the food court. It gets busy, but it full of tasty street food-style fare.

I recommend the Hainanese chicken rice at Sinkee Famous Chicken Rice, but there are plenty of options for all types of taste buds!


The crystal maze at Singapore ArtScience Museum
The crystal maze is just one of many fun exhibits at the ArtScience Museum.

Lose yourself in the ArtScience Museum

After lunch, head just outside the Shoppes to the ArtScience Museum. This fun museum is full of exhibits that blend art and science is interactive ways. 

I won’t ruin the surprise, but let’s just say you could easily spend both days here!

Book your tickets online to avoid the queues, save money and maximise your time. 


Head to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest

End the day at my favourite place in Singapore: the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome! Step inside for one of the most impressive indoor gardens you’ll ever see, with themed areas, towering waterfalls and a fun sky walk.

This 2 Domes ticket will allow you to enter both without having to queue.

Another place that you could spend two days exploring, you’ll want to allow at least a couple of hours here. 

If you want to learn more about their little-known history, this self-guided mobile tour will teach you a lot.


The Cloud Forest skywalk at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Don’t miss the sky walk inside the Cloud Forest!

Watch the Supertrees light up 

As sunset begins to fall, head outside to see a different kind of foliage: Singapore’s Supertrees! 

These futuristic trees are one of the most iconic parts of the city and, every night, they put on a show for its visitors. 

The show is free and takes place twice every night. The first one starts at 7:4PM, so aim to find a spot by 7:30PM and settle in to enjoy a unique light and music extravaganza. 


Grab a riverside dinner

Whether you stay for the entire show or not, you’ll probably be hungry afterwards!

Cross over the Helix Bridge – an experience in itself – and walk along the river to Alter Ego. This small and unassuming restaurant feels a little bit like a hipster pub, and its menu could well be taken from one.

Poke bowls and craft beer are the go-to here, and Alter Ego does both of them well. If you’re not a fan of either, there are plenty of other, equally millennial-luring dishes to feast on.


Marina Bay Light Show Singapore
If Spectra is happening, you’ll definitely know!

Catch the Spectra show 

If you’re lucky, you should be able to finish your dinner in time to catch Singapore’s other must-see light show: Spectra. 

This impressive light and laser show lights up the Marina Bay Sands hotel and surrounding area two times every night. The second show is at 9PM, but there’s also a third show at 11PM on weekends.

If you’re in Singapore on a Friday or Saturday, enjoy a slower dinner and catch the later one. Otherwise, eat up quickly and head outside for the 8PM show.


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Adapting this Singapore itinerary for a one day trip

With many travellers passing through on layovers and heading on to cruises, you may well have less than two days in Singapore. 

If you only have time to spend one full day in Singapore, though, don’t panic. You can easily adapt this itinerary! 

If you’re on a one day trip to Singapore, you have two options: 

  1. Choose whichever day interests you most, or 
  2. Combine elements of both days on this 2-day Singapore itinerary 

If I were you, I would do number two. You’ll get to see more sides of Singapore – and in a city this eclectic, it will give you a much more rounded introduction.

With just one day to explore, I would combine the morning of day #1 with the afternoon and evening of the second day.

It’s tough to cut out the other parts, but this would be the best way to see more of Singapore in one day.

And, if you have more than two days in Singapore, you can of course spread this Singapore itinerary out more!

You could easily spend twice as much time at nearly all of the stops on this itinerary, so you can see how it goes.

While you can’t see everything in Singapore in two days, I hope this has shown how much you can squeeze in (without compromising on quality!).

If one thing’s for sure, your two days in Singapore will have you planning a return trip to see even more!


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