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À good place to stay in Singapore + what to do?

What are the best things to do for 3 days in Singapore? Any suggestions on a good place to stay too? 

8 Answers

answered by
Janelle from Charleston

It would help to know your budget.  When I went to Singapore it was with my parents and they went all out and we stayed at Raffles Hotel.  It was the experience of a lifetime and I'd recommend it if you have that kind of money.  If I was paying I wouldn't spend that kind of money, but I do think the central business district and the colonial district are the 2 best neighbourhoods to base yourself out of.  Singapore is the best food city on Earth by far.  You can eat extremely well on the cheap, too, by eating at hawker centres.  My favourite hawker centre is the Golden Mile Food Centre just north of the colonial district. Most of the offerings are Thai and Chinese, but the best thing I found there was a dish of barbecued mutton bones in a candy-apple red sauce called "Sup Tulang."  [If you eat Sup Tulang, wear hospital gloves or else you'll have red stains all over your body and your clothes.]  Other good hawker centres are the Maxwell Food Centre for Hainanese chicken rice (especially Tian Tian Cooked Food), Changi Village Food Centre for chili-crab and the Old Airport Road Food Centre for fish and seafood.  Some good sit-down restaurants are The Banana Leaf Apolo in Little India for fish-head curry (again wear hospital gloves) and Din Tai Fung for dim sum (multiple locations).

If you're into shopping Singapore does that very well too.  Maxwell Road is a 2-mile strip of mega-malls with stores at all price ranges, and Little India is a good place to buy less expensive trinkets. 

For attractions, don't miss the Botanical Garden singapore, the Malay Heritage Centre, the Peranakan Museum, the National Museum of Singapore and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and other small museums in Chinatown.

Lastly, Changi Airport Singapore is an attraction in itself.  It's the perfectly designed airport with easy gate connections, great food and great shopping and it's everything an airport should be.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Raffles Hotel (attraction)
  2. Golden Mile Food Centre (restaurant)
  3. Maxwell Food Centre (restaurant)
  4. Tian Tian Cooked Food (attraction)
  5. Changi Village Food Centre (attraction)
  6. Old Airport Road Food Centre (attraction)
  7. The Banana Leaf Apolo (restaurant)
  8. Din Tai Fung (restaurant)
  9. Botanical Garden singapore (attraction)
  10. Malay Heritage Centre (attraction)
  11. Peranakan Museum (attraction)
  12. National Museum of Singapore (attraction)
  13. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (attraction)
  14. Chinatown (hotel)
  15. Changi Airport Singapore (attraction)
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answered by
Debbie from Florida

Hi Fred, we've also stayed for three days (technically two days because we went to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on our 2nd day) in Singapore and went to almost all tourist attractions in the city.  You can read it here  We stayed at the Hotel Grand Pacific but there are cheaper ones in the area too like Hotel 81 Chinatown. You may also want to consider staying in Marina Bay Sands.  We stayed there last Oct and the view is to die for! Enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kuala Lumpur (city)
  2. Singapore (country)
  3. Hotel Grand Pacific (attraction)
  4. Hotel 81 Chinatown (hotel)
  5. Marina Bay Sands (hotel)
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answered by
Daisy from California

I agree with the answer below.  Don't miss Gardens by the Bay in the afternoon into the evening.  It is something you will never forget.  If possible have dinner at the restaurant at the top of the largest super tree there.   Then head the two blocks to The Marina Bay Sands and mention the Ku De Ta bar to get up the elevator for amazing views of the city by night  and their lightshow if you are there by eight.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gardens by the Bay (attraction)
  2. Marina Bay Sands (hotel)
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answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

It's hard to make recommendations when I don't know what you're into, but there are some spectacular places to eat, drink and soak up the Singapore skyline. I'd recommend you visit Gardens by the Bay, particularly at night. The lights are spectacular and it's potentially a bit cooler to walk around. During the day, the heat and humidity can be brutal. If you're interested in going to the beach, try Tanjong Beach Club. This is over on Sentosa and taxis can be problematic (particularly in getting back) but you can get there using the Sentosa Express LRT. If you're not staying Marina Bay Sands, you can experience the view back towards the city by having a drink at a bar such as Ku De Ta, or by booking a meal at one of the restaurants there. It's a great way of avoiding the tourist trap of paying for access to the Sky Park. Other great places to drink are The Lighthouse and the Lantern Bar at the The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Head there in the early evening, order some cocktails and watch the nightly laser light show emanating from Marina Bay Sands. It's very pleasant. If you're into craft beers try LeVeL33, which also has great views. There are loads of hawker centres offering Singapore street food. A great one is Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. Head through Chinatown and you'll also see plenty of fun places to eat and drink. Getting around Singapore is easy - you can use the SMRT rail system, or cabs aren't particularly expensive, although at peak periods the traffic can be really bad and the tolls can ramp up the cost a bit. Some other things to see? Night Safari is fun, but a long way out of the city, and if you're into heights you might enjoy the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Botanic Gardens are also worth walking around.

In terms of where to stay? Singapore is hotel central. It really depends on the area you'd like to stay and your budget. For your first visit I'd probably recommend you stay somewhere near Orchard Road or the Singapore River. Enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gardens by the Bay (attraction)
  2. Tanjong Beach Club (attraction)
  3. Sentosa Express LRT (attraction)
  4. Marina Bay Sands (hotel)
  5. The Lighthouse (restaurant)
  6. The Fullerton Bay Hotel (hotel)
  7. LeVeL33 (restaurant)
  8. Maxwell Road Hawker Centre (attraction)
  9. Night Safari (attraction)
  10. Singapore Flyer (attraction)
  11. Singapore Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  12. Orchard Road (attraction)
  13. Singapore River (region)
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answered by
Tricia from Singapore

Eat lots of good food! Recommendations off the top of my head are:

1) Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

2) Hawker food at Maxwell Food Centre Maxwell Food Centre (1 Kadayanallur St)

3) Crab & very delicious seafood (15 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh #01-01)

A good place to stay would be around the central area? There are many great hotels centrally located, like BIG Hotel at Bugis without the exorbitant price tag of the hotels in the Orchard area :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (attraction)
  2. Maxwell Food Centre (restaurant)

answered by
Thoo from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

for more budget stay at V hotel, hotel 88,QUeen hotel, google backpack hostel nearby bugis,( jalan besar).

for better can stay at MBS, marina bay sand, infinity pool is awesome view.

Visit Garden by the Bay, EAt katong laksa, try all the local food- lau pa sat, go Sentosa.

visit Singapore museum.

shopping - Bugis strees, Ochard road, Chintatown, Little India.

answered by
Edna from Paris

I'd recommend two neighborhoods: Chinatown or along Boat Quay . I lived near Chinatown for 1.5 years and loved it because it was central, near great hawker centers (like Maxwell Food Centre ), and had good metro hubs for getting around the city.

I liked the Clarke Quay/Boat Quay for short trips back to Singapore because it was close to nightlife, closer to the tourist attractions, and provided a nice tourist-friendly, photogenic view of Singapore.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Chinatown (hotel)
  2. Boat Quay (attraction)
  3. Maxwell Food Centre (restaurant)

answered by
Derik from Singapore

hey Fred, my suggestion is to save on accommodation and spend on attractions. There are many good hostels, e.g. The Plot Hostels, here which are as comfortable, safe, clean, with good design themes, as boutique hotels. Check out this hostel as it's located in one of the oldest neighborhoods, Tiong Bahru, where local food, chic cafes and restaurants can be found. It is also just 10 mins away from Orchard Road.  


Guess the best places to go as a usual tourist will be Sentosa, where Universal Studios is, Singapore Zoo, Marina Bay areas. If you are into cultural and heritage, then there are many places to go to. The folks at The Plot Hostels will be able to advise you on that, you can check with them during reservation.  


Have fun in Singapore!

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