What to do in 72 Hours in Singapore.

72 Hours in Singapore

At the time of writing this, it’s been an absolute age since I was actually in Singapore. I’ve realised that I haven’t written my post about my time there, so this is that post. First of all I need to say that it exceeded my expectations. It is easily in my top 3 cities that I’ve visited and I’d love to return for a longer. I say this because I was only there for 3 days as a stopover before heading onwards to Borneo to celebrate my cousin getting married.

The city is stunning and ridiculously clean. It oozes class and is wonderful to just chill out in. The only downside is the price, meals out, drinks and shopping are all extortionate. If you’re interested in high fashion (which I certainly am not) then this is the city for you.

If you’re planning on stopping over for 3 nights then these are my top places to visit.

Visit the Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a 101 hectare garden located in the hear of the city. I’m not even into my gardening or flowers in the slightest but it’s just so beautiful and tranquil. You can spend hours just walking around the many gardens it hides away. It has 3 main attractions; 2 huge domes (The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest), and then the Supertree Grove which puts on a spectacular light show every night, which is well worth a watch (probably the highlight of my trip).

For around $22 you can pay to go up to the bar and restaurant at the top of one of the the ‘SuperTrees’. The restaurant provides a 360 degrees view of Singapore and the Gardens and the bar is probably the best bar I’ve ever been in (the drinks are quite pricy but the first one is included in entry price) The views definitely make up for the price.

Top Tip: Avoid the Flower Dome and head straight for the Cloud Forest. This will save you money and you get the best of both worlds in the Cloud Forest. The views alone from the top of there make this the better dome to visit.

Super Tree Day

One of the Super Tree’s during the day

Visit the Botanical Gardens

For someone who isn’t interested in flowers, gardens or anything remotely similar, you’re probably wondering why I spent a good proportion of my time at gardens. To answer this simply, these are beautiful and picturesque. More like a common garden space with lakes, ponds and secluded areas to just stroll around these gardens make a perfect escape from the city for half a day. A short ride on the MHT from any of Singapore’s’ stations will transport you outside of the cities boundary. The only downside to this is the humidity so you couldn’t walk around the whole thing quickly or in one day, but there are shaded areas and you can just take a seat on the grass and chill out.

Top Tip: take a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated whilst walking around. You’d be surprised how quickly it can tire you out in the heat. 

Botanical Garden Fountain

Fountain at the Botanical Gardens

Visit Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island can provide a mini vacation or just a simple day trip out for the family. It houses Universal Studios Singapore, the SEA aquarium, a waterpark and many hotels, restaurants and beaches for you to relax on. I decided to use it as a chance to visit the SEA Aquarium (South East Asia Aquarium) which I’d heard was amazing. If you don’t mind the sea of selfie sticks then it is exactly that, amazing. I’d never seen some of the fish that they house before and was in awe when I saw my first ever Manta Ray. The scale of the main tank is ridiculous, you’ll see if you go…

Top Tip: take the cable car over to the island to see a great birds eye view of it’s attractions. You could also take the train or hop in a taxi.

Merlin at Sentosa

The Merlion at Sentosa Island

Watch the SuperTree Light Show

As I mentioned above, the SuperTrees at the Gardens by the Bay  are a must see. This show is one for the senses, as it incorporates both light and sound. Get there around 10 minutes before the show and grab yourself a good spot to view it from and you just back, relax and take it all in. It takes place twice daily: 7:45pm and 8:45pm.

Top Tip: view this show twice, once from ground level and then again from the top of one the super trees. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed when you have a gin and tonic in your hand whilst watching this spectacle.

Super Tree Light Show

Super Tree’s during the light show.

Of course this isn’t all Singapore has to offer, but are my top things to see. You can check out my other posts on this wonderful city by clicking HERE

Are you planning a trip to Singapore sometime soon? What are you most excited about seeing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!



  1. March 14, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I chuckled when I read this as I too am busy writing a post about Singapore even though its over a year since i was there last! The Gardens on the Bay are my favoutite area and I just love the super trees. I visited in december last and the Christmas Wonderland in the gardens was spectacular 🙂

    • Mark
      March 15, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      I meant to write it as soon as I returned but never got round to it. Agreed that the Gardens by the Bay are amazing to visit. That light show is just spectacular. Looking forward to reading your post!

  2. May 26, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I am absolutely dying to visit Singapore! This just makes me want to go so much more! It seems you packed a lot into your 72 hours!! It sounds like you had a great time!
    Neve | https://lifewithneve.com/

    • Mark
      May 29, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Singapore is definitely a must visit city for me. It’s ideal because you can go there as a stopover city, spend 3 nights then move on! Definitely, definitely plan a visit if you can 😀 Thanks for reading!

  3. June 2, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Great post! I visited Singapore when I was young and loved it but am dying to go back. This has made me want to visit even more and I’ll have plenty of tips for when I do, so thank you.

    Ps. I love your blog logo. I’m a fellow (adopted) Mancunian- I grew up in Cheshire but have lived in Manchester for a while now.

    • Mark
      June 2, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Singapore is such a good city to visit, either as a full holiday or just as a 3 day stopover! Definitely plan to go back sometime.

      Haha thank you very much, I was born In Manchester, then moved to Cheshire and later this month I’m moving back to Manchester! Small world eh!

      Thanks for reading 😀

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