Singapore tourist guide - what to see

There is a little bit of something to see and do for everyone in Singapore, the most diverse and contrasting place in Southeast Asia. Whether you are here for a quick stopover or backpacking on the overland trail through Asia, you will find lots of unique cultural sights and sounds and the kind of creature comforts that you simply cannot find elsewhere in the region. 

Known affectionately as the ‘Little Red Dot’, Singapore is small but perfectly formed. There is no arduous travel on polluted, traffic clogged roads so you can easily explore in great detail during just a couple of days. The ethnic districts of Chinatown, Little India and the Malay quarter of Kampong Glam are great fun to stroll around while shopping and eating are the undisputed national sports of Singapore where gleaming malls, street markets and hawker food stalls are everywhere.

Attractions

Singapore has a wealth of diverse tourist attractions from science centres popular with youngsters to colonial parks and Arabian-influenced ethnic quarters with a litany of sights...more

Chinatown

Browse the frenzied daily street market, offering all the exotic sights, sounds and smells of the Far East or explore the many imposing temples in Singapore's Chinatown...more

City tours

Get the most out of your time in Singapore with a guided tour of the city which can encompass both land and sea. There are even free offerings from the airport for short-stay layovers...more

Sentosa Island

A day in Sentosa will be jam packed with high speed rides and traditional fairground fun, glitzy entertainment, gorgeous beaches and a little nature and history thrown in for good measure...more

Kampong Glam

Singapore's Islamic quarter is a mesmerising medley of hookah pipe cafés and aromatic market stalls with towering minarets, sumptuous Arabian cuisine and periodic prayer calls...more

Colonial District

The Colonial District of Singapore is home to some of the city's most important attractions and where European settlers made the island-state great through commerce and trade...more

Day trips

Despite its small size, there are lots of interesting days out in store. You can spend a tranquil day exploring nature on the sleepy offshore island of Pulau Ubin or the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve...more

Museums & galleries

An arty weekend in Singapore can take in everything from western style fine art exhibitions, ethnic folk art and crafts from China and India and contemporary works by celebrated painters...more

More on what to see in Singapore

Fun is most definitely on the menu in Singapore and kids will be engrossed and entertained in equal measure in intuitive museums, thrilling amusement parks, water sports centres and on golden sandy beaches.

Mirroring the diverse cultural makeup of its citizens, the Singapore art world is just as varied and colourful. Traditional oriental art and ornate Malay tapestries will compete for your attention with exuberant Bollywood musicals, nights of Chinese opera and every conceivable contemporary art form.

Discover exotic wildlife at the Jurong Bird Park or laze on the inviting golden beaches of Changi. Singapore’s many captivating museums offer up interactive fun for kids and fascinating artefacts from colonial and wartime history. Singapore’s famous fantasy island of Sentosa is a weekend haven for families looking for high octane thrills and extravagant entertainment. For most people Chinatown is the beating heart of Singapore life, where age old traditions and rituals still endure.

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