marina bay sands 2 days in singapore

Singapore may be tiny, but this South East Asian city beats a lot of country in the world for cleanliness, a good transport system, a wide range of interesting sights as well as the sustainability of most of its structures and way of life.

2 days in Singapore is definitely enough to see most of what this vibrant country has to offer. So here’s a quick guide to help you figure out your 2 days in Singapore itinerary.

2 Days in Singapore: Itinerary With Maps and Tips

Day 1 of 2 Days in Singapore Itinerary

1. Merlion Park

Merlion Park in singapore

Grab some breakfast to go and start your first day in Singapore at the iconic Merlion Park. No trip to this lovely South East Asian country without seeing the merlions, and having a photo with the ‘cub’ and ‘parent’ merlion in the background.

Morning is the best time to go here as Singapore can get too hot and humid most of the day. From this park, you also have a great view of the central business district and the Marina Bay Sands. And visiting this landmark is one of the best free things to do in Singapore. 

The Merlion Park is also just a short walk to the Raffles Place MRT station which is helpful since the next destination is a train ride away.

2. National Gallery

national gallery in singapore

From either Bugis or Orchard Road station, take the MRT and stop at City Hall. The National Gallery is just a leisurely 7-minute walk away, occupying the City Hall and what used to be the former Supreme Court.

A must visit when in Singapore, the National Gallery features 8,000 art pieces from the National Collection, housed in 64,000 square meters of space.

The collections are made up of 19th century to present-day art from Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia, as well as important artists from all over the world. The National Gallery is also home to the first art education center in Singapore —  the Keppel Centre.

3. Marina Bay Sands

marina bay sands in singapore

From the City Hall MRT, stop at the Bayfront Station and take the few minutes to walk to Marina Bay Sands.

It’s the place to be in Singapore during the evening for the magical fountain and light show. The Marina Bay Sands is also a sight to behold at night as it lights up.

If you’re only staying in Singapore for two days, it’s probably worth it to spend the night here to have access to the world-famous infinity pool at the top of the hotel and enjoy stunning views of perhaps the whole of Singapore from the waters.

4. Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the bay in singapore

From Marina Bay Sands, you can easily walk to Gardens By The Bay. This stunning garden complex by the waterfront occupies 250 acres of land. This green paradise is home to every continent’s (save for Antarctica) exotic plant species.

Gardens By The Bay is home to two ‘domes’ — the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The Flower Dome is the world’s biggest glasshouse without columns, that’s home to plant species from the Mediterranean region.

The Cloud Forest meanwhile has the tallest indoor waterfall and has a Treewalk top where you can view six levels of rare plants from all over the world. You can send hours exploring this massive garden complex that’s uniquely Singapore.

You need a ticket to see the gardens be sure to book ahead. However, there’s also a free outdoor garden here that visitors can access even without a ticket

5. Hawker Food Park

Hawker food park in singapore

One of the best things to enjoy in Singapore is the food, and there’s a lot of different types of cuisines you can try here. However, most restaurants are quite expensive and wouldn’t be practical if you want to try a variety of dishes.

A great alternative though where you can experience affordable and authentic Asian fare is by dining at a hawker center or food court/park. Two places to check out for your next meals are the Bugis Food Village or Orchard Road.

Bugis Food Village is close to Bugis MRT Station, which is accessible via the Downtown line from Bayfront MRT station close to Gardens by the Bay.

It is where you get to eat like a local, as food stalls offer Chinese, Indian, Malay and Thai food. Orchard Road’s food courts, meanwhile, are air-conditioned as they are located inside shopping malls.

The stalls in these food courts also offer classic Singaporean fare and some of the best you can try are ION Orchard’s Food Opera and the Food Republic in Wisma Atria. And trying the best local dishes is the best way to end your first day in Singapore. 

1st day of 2 days in Singapore Itinerary Map

Day 2 of 2 Days in Singapore Itinerary

1. Ride a Cable Car to Sentosa 

cable car in singapore

Starts your second day in Singapore by going to Sentosa Island. If you want an exciting way to travel from the mainland to Sentosa, riding the cable car is a must. The views are amazing and the ride is quite exhilarating.

There are other ways to get to the island aside from the cable car: monorail or the free bus service. Transportation is free to get from one place to another on the island.

2. Fort Siloso / Skywalk

Fort Siloso in singapore

The 11 story Fort Siloso Skywalk offers stunning views if most of Sentosa Island especially the beaches.

This walk leads up to Fort Siloso, is a defense system designed to protect Singapore from invaders during the Second World War.

This is a must if you’re interested in Singapore’s history. The fort is also home to a museum that has documents and artifacts related to both the fort’s and Singapore’s military history.

3. Universal Studios / S. E. A. Aquarium

S. E. A. Aquarium in singapore

You can spend the rest of your Sentosa visit in any of these two fun venues. If you’re into rides or shows inspired by films, then Universal Studios is the place for you.

Some of the best places you must check out inside this massive theme park are the Battlestar Galactica, Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy.

For kids and kids-at-heart, there are the 3D shows that feature Madagascar, Puss in Boots, Shrek and Sesame Street.

The S. E.A. Aquarium meanwhile is officially the biggest aquarium in the world. It has 10 different zones representing the world’s oceans, has 49 different habitats, 800 types of aquatic life and about a hundred thousand marine species.

Two of the must-see here are the massive Open Ocean habitat, that’s a fascinating look at marine life in totally open habitat, and the Shark Seas tank, which features over 200 sharks, even some endangered species.

4. ArtScience Museum

ArtScience museum in singapore

The trip back from Sentosa should take you back to Harbourfront MRT, which connects you again to Bayfront Station which is close to Marina Bay Sands. Just take a few minute’s walls to the incredible ArtScience Museum, which features one-of-a-kind interactive exhibitions and installations.

Fusing art, culture, science, and technology, this is another must in Singapore. Be sure to check out the stunning permanent exhibition calked Future Wold, which takes visitors through different environments such as Nature, Park, Sanctuary, Space and Town.

This is where art, music, science, technology, storytelling and perhaps a bit of magic come together for an unforgettable interactive experience.

5. Haji Lane and Arab Street

haji lane and arab street in singapore

After a day of sensory overload exploring both Sentosa and a bit of the mainland, relax by taking a leisurely stroll along Haji Lane or the nearby Arab Street.

Both are easily reached from the Bugis MRT Station, known as among the most creative and picturesque areas in Singapore.

Haji Lane with its hipster vibe and street art, Arab street with its old fashioned shops. There are also a variety of cool cafes and eateries here so if you’re craving for some dinner before you head out, these are great places to be as well as an amazing last glimpse of Singapore before you leave.

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