Your 4-Day Singapore Itinerary
Your 4-Day Singapore Itinerary
Only got four days to spare in Singapore? Planning a round-the-world trip and decided to stop-over in Singapore for four days? Not very sure what to do? LocoMole’s got you covered. Unearth Singaporean delights and delicacies, local hangouts and get ready for the best four days of your life with us.
- Day 1: Esplanade, Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Muesum, Gardens of the Bay, Marina Barrage – or take a self-guided tour following the Marina Bay Scenic Trail
- Day 2: Sentosa Island, Resort World Sentosa (including Universal Studios and Southeast Asia Aquarium) – or follow the Sentosa Must See Trail
- Day 3: Visit cultural Singapore via the Chinatown Trail, Little India Trail and/or Kampong Glam Trail
- Day 4: Shopping around Singapore via the Singapore Shopping Trail or Bugis Trail
Day 0: Arrival in Singapore’s Changi Airport
Welcome to Changi Airport, Singapore’s best and only airport. Crowned the world’s best airport for the 5th year running in 2017, this airport is itself a worthy tourist attraction. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week and filled with a variety of things to do you could jolly well spend up to half a day here. But since your destination is Singapore, let’s grab your bags and go!
If you’re worried about landing at odd hours and not being able to get transport out of the airport, not to fret! Transport from the airport is available 24 hours all.
Where to stay
Most hotels have a check-in time of 2pm and a check-out time of 10am. If you’re on a budget and would rather not splurge on a hotel, there are plenty of hostels and AirBnBs available around Singapore for you to stay at instead. Most accommodation places are convenient and easy to access, with food places and/or public transport just a stone’s throw away. So make the most of your lodging and find somewhere that suits your traveller’s needs the most.
Day 1 – Marina Bay Sands, Merlion, Garden by the Bay
Rise and Shine – 9am
If you’re staying in a hotel, most hotels serve a complimentary breakfast buffet as part of the package. Otherwise, if you would like a taste of local food, which is both cheap and good, check out the many hawker centres. Lau Pa Sat is one of Singapore’s most famous hawker centres and probably one of the largest ones too – this is a definite must-visit for tourists!
And whether or not you’re a foodie, you have to check out LocoMole’s must eat food trail and hawker legends trail! Both trails take you around Singapore to eat the best of the best and experience local Singaporean food, like well, a true local would!
Marina Bay Area – 11am
Littered with state-of-the-art buildings and one of the most visually stunning areas of Singapore, Marina Bay should not be missed. Take a stroll around this scenic area and uncover some of the world’s most architecturally interesting buildings such as the lotus-shaped Art Science Museum, the durian-shaped Esplanade and the DNA-shaped Helix Bridge!
Starting from Esplanade, then take a walk along the Marina Bay and you’ll also see some of Singapore’s most famous attractions such as the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Gardens by the Bay. If you love walking and would like to walk around all of Marina Bay thoroughly, check out LocoMole’s Marina Bay Scenic Trail, which covers 14 of Marina Bay’s hottest, including the iconic Merlion!
Getting there: MRT to Esplanade Station
Gardens By The Bay – 2pm
One of Singapore’s most popular attractions, the Gardens are definite must-visit! Just a 10 minute walk away from Bayfront MRT station, this is the perfect venue to spend your afternoon. Most people think that the Gardens just consist of the 2 conservatories – Flower dome and Cloud Forest, the Gardens actually spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land! There are 3 different sectors – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, each consisting of different smaller gardens that you have to visit! Pack some food for an easy afternoon picnic lunch at the park and be blown away by what nature has to give.
Check out LocoMole’s Gardens By The Bay Trail for your free mobile-based map and trail to get you around the Gardens!
Getting there: Bayfront MRT station, or walk over from Marina Bay Sands.
SuperTree Grove Light Up – 745pm
While you’re at the Gardens, you absolutely cannot miss the SuperTree Grove light up. The show runs daily and is free for all! The light show lasts for 15 minutes and you’ll be able to see the trees glisten and glow in the dark – it truly is a spectacle well worth waiting for. If you’re feeling hungry after this, grab some dinner at Satay by the Bay, a hawker centre located at the Gardens.
Marina Bay Sands Light and Water Show – 930pm
After dinner, take a leisurely stroll back to Marina Bay Sands and enjoy Spectra – Marina Bay Sands’ light and water show. Again, this is a free for all, daily event. This 13 minute synchronized show reflects Singapore’s journey as a multicultural society and the cosmopolitan city that she has become.
From Sundays to Thursdays, there are 2 different time slots – 8pm and 930pm – while on Fridays and Saturdays, there are 3 different time slots – 8pm, 930pm and 11pm – so do plan your activities around Spectra as it is not to be missed!
For the Night Owls – 1015pm
Night still young and still raring to make the most of your night? Singapore’s the place for you! With an amazing nightlife scene, night owls will have something interesting to do for sure. If you’re a party animal, head down to Clarke Quay, Singapore’s most popular spot for clubbing! And if you’re more of a quiet, peaceful night owl, head to Mount Faber for amazing views of the Western Part of Central Singapore! You can also head to the world’s first Night Safari which is open until 12midnight daily!
There are also plenty of food places open till late, so why not try out some dim sum at Swee Choon? They are open past 2am, so this place is great for clubbers as well! If you would like to find out more about late-night events and activities, check out LocoMole’s Singapore Night Trail!
Back to Hotel – 1am
It’s been a long day. Especially if you’ve been out clubbing, having supper or looking at animals! It’s time to get some sleep and prepare yourself for yet another day of fun.
Day 2 – Sentosa Island, Resort World and Universal Studio!
Rise and Shine – 10am
It’s sleep-in day considering you partied so hard last night! If you miss out on the breakfast buffet provided by your hotel, don’t forget about all the food that hawker centres serve, which taste as good as (some even better, in my opinion) hotel food.
Sentosa – 11am
Ah Sentosa, yet another world-famous Singapore attraction. A small island resort off the southern coast of Singapore, you’ll be able to get there by taxi, bus or monorail. Otherwise aptly known as “The State of Fun”, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to what to do here! Pick between activities such as the Skywalk, Luge, iFly and many more!
You’ll also be able to easily get the Sentosa FUN Passes which allows you access to 3 or 5 activities of your choice, or all 20 different activities! Aside from just having fun, Sentosa is also home to a wide range of history that history buffs will be excited to uncover.
Check out the Sentosa Attractions trail by LocoMole to find out more about what you can do at Sentosa and how you can make the most out of your time there!
Universal Studios Singapore – 2pm
Still craving for more fun? Head to Singapore’s very own Universal Studio located at Sentosa! There’s something for everyone here – whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a family looking for something fun for your children and even you! There are also 4D shows (which are absolutely stunning!) and kiddy rides.
Tips: Avoid going on the weekends so to avoid the long queues! Check out the checklist that one of our writers came up with after having spent her day at USS too! You do not want to miss out on this adventure.
SEA Aquarium- 5pm
Tired from all the exhilarating rides you’ve sat on at USS? Located a mere 10 minute walk away is the S.E.A Aquarium! Home to over 1,000 species of underwater creatures, the last 2 hours you spend here on Sentosa Island will be 2 hours filled with awe. Also home to the Maritime Experiential Museum, you’ll be able to visit 2 attractions for the price of 1!
Even if you’re not into sea creatures, do give the aquarium a chance! There are so many picturesque and scenic photography spots within the aquarium, that you should definitely do it for the ‘Gram!
Back to Hotel – 10pm
It’s been a long day of FUN, so it’s time to head home and get some rest! It’s your second last day in Singapore and there’s still tons to do.
Day 3 – Cultural Singapore via Chinatown, Little India & Kampong Glam
Rise and Shine – 9am
Wakey wakey! If you’re into all things cultural and historical, day 3 will be your favourite day. It’s time to explore Singapore’s amazing over-bubbling hotpot of culture and rich history.
Chinatown – 9 am
Welcome to Chinatown! Get ready to be immersed into the world of Chinese history as you explore beautiful temples and the busy little streets of Chinatown. If you’re an avid shopper and would love to get some souvenirs, this is the perfect place for you. You’ll be able to pick up tiny trinkets that will remind you of your time spent in sunny Singapore. If you’re feeling peckish (as I always am), People’s Park is home to amazing and cheap food that your tastebuds have to try.
Follow the LocoMole Chinatown Trail and uncover the stories behind People’s Park, Sri Mariamman Temple, Smith Street and Buddha Tooth Relic. Be guided by LocoMole trail on what you should do in each locations.
Little India – 1 pm
Ready for your hands and arms to be filled with intricate and beautiful henna designs? Well, Little India has got you covered. Visit temples, mosques and one of Singapore’s 24-hour shopping centres – Mustafa Centre! You’ll be amazed at the rich culture the Indian community has and be absolutely gob-smacked by the wide array of beautiful traditional costumes. Don’t forget to head to Tekka Centre for delectable Indian cuisine – you’ll be spoilt for choice as to what to eat and your tummy will be stuffed. If you’re not sure what to do here, check out the Little India trail!
Kampong Glam – 7 pm
Feasted on Indian and Chinese delicacies and ready for something else? Kampong Glam is here to save the day! Unleash your inner hipster side and explore one of Singapore’s most hipster lane – Haji Lane. You won’t be able to resist spending all your money on the boutiques located here! You’ll also explore intricately designed mosques and admire the artistic graffiti located along the streets. If you’re ready for dinner, you won’t be disappointed as you try to choose between bars and cafes.
If you need more help around, download the LocoMole Kampong Glam’s Trail for stories, to-dos and more!
Back to Hotel – 9pm
We’ve all had a long and educational day, so let’s have an early night and prepare yourself for your last day in Singapore tomorrow!
Day 4 – Shopping!
Rise and Shine – 9am
Last day in Singapore, there’s no time to have a sleep-in! I hoped you’ve decided to book a late flight back to Singapore and only need to get to the airport at 9pm! We’ve got an amazing last day of activities decked out for you. Most hotels have a fixed check-out time of 10am. However, if you would prefer to have a late check-out, do call up the reception and check if this is possible. If it is, you might be able to sleep in until 11am instead! Remember to pack all your belongings before we set off for your last Singaporean adventure.
If you’re worried about having to lug your luggage around while you soak in the last bits of Singapore, have no fear! Porter Express will pick your luggage up from the hotel for you and deliver it to Changi Airport. Your luggage will be delivered to you near the check-in counter at a time selected by you. Lugging your luggage around while you explore has truly become a thing of the past.
I. Shopping Frenzy for Brands!
Singapore is a reputable shopping paradise – enough for both the brand conscious shopaholics and budget shoppers. It’s a good idea to get around using the Singapore Shopping Trail and get informed on the best shopping places you should not miss.
Tips: Most shopping malls in Singapore opens around 10-11am. Orchard Road is probably Singapore’s most famous and busiest shopping area. A whole stretch of road dedicated to shopping malls, this is definitely the place to go. And even if you’re not a fan of shopping, if you happen to be in Singapore during the festive periods, the light-ups along Orchard Road are beautiful and worth the trip down for.
II. Budget Shopping on a Frenzy!
If you’re on a budget, check out the budget-friendlier malls, such as Lucky Plaza, SCAPE, the standalone H&M building and Far East Plaza along Orchard Road. You can also check out Plaza Singapura, two MRT stations away from Orchard Station or take a 15-minute leisurely stroll there. Bugis Village is also a shopping paradise for any budget shopaholics. Also check out our recommended finds for thrift shopping in Singapore.
Other Recommended Options
Exploring Museums – starts 10am
History buff? Art buff? Or simply a museum buff? Singapore’s got your back completely covered. With 25 museums scattered all around Singapore, if this is something that interests you, the museum scene here will definitely amaze you. Some of the more popular museums are the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), 8Q SAM, the Art Science Museum, the Singapore Science Centre and the Singapore Discovery Centre. I would check them all out if I were you, they are all seriously pretty amazing.
If you’ve only got the time to check out one museum, I would highly recommend the SAM as they’ve always got amazing exhibitions up and they also try to make their exhibitions as interactive and interesting as possible! Definitely worth a visit, it’s always been a 10/10 experience every time I’ve been there.
Remember to check out LocoMole’s Museum Trail if you love museums and see if you’ve got the time to uncover all 25 museums!
More 1-day options
- Follow the Singapore on a Budget trail and visit 10 iconic places in Singapore for absolutely free!
- Follow the Singapore City Photography trail designed for photography buff and get tips to know where and how to take beautiful photos around Singapore.
- If you are a foodie, follow the footsteps of the Singapore Must Eat Food Trail and Singapore Hawker Legends Food Trail to hunt down the must eat food of Singapore.