Singapore Attractions

Teeming with sightseeing opportunities, Singapore is a great city for any traveller to explore. With historical sites such as Kampong Gelam and Thian Hock Keng Temple; cultural enclaves like Chinatown and Little India; and beautiful gardens and animal parks like the Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Jurong Birdpark, Singapore has a wide range of attractions on offer. Have a picnic in the Singapore Botanical Gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet, take the kids to the Singapore Zoological Gardens where animals from all over the world can be viewed, explore tropical rainforest within the city at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, or lounge on the beaches of the resort island of Sentosa. Those with an eye for art and design will love the red dot design museum, which showcases some of the most innovative and exciting designs, and art lovers should visit the Singapore Art Museum.

Visitors wanting to see the sights should buy a Singapore Tourist Pass, which is an all-day travel pass that allows unlimited travel on Singapore's public buses and MRT trains and can be bought for one, two or three-days.

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Raffles Hotel

The Raffles Hotel is a grand Victorian edifice rising from the pavements of the colonial district. Its elegant charm has enticed writers and entertainers such as Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin. Singapore Slings have become the...  see full details



Chinatown, Singapore

Chinatown

Chinatown is set against the backdrop of Singapore's modern infrastructure and the prosperous financial district. It is a crowded and colourful network of streets and alleyways contained by Upper Pickering Street, Cantonment Road, New Bridge and South Bridge Road. The area is a receptacle...  see full details



Little India, Singapore

Little India

The first Indian settlers in Singapore arrived with Sir Stamford Raffles in the early 19th century, bringing with them colourful silks, aromatic spices, incense and other accoutrements of Indian culture. They worked on the roads and helped build the infrastructure of the city, settling...  see full details



Kampong Gelam, Singapore

Kampong Gelam and Arab Street

Kampong Gelam is said to have taken its name from the Gelam tribe of sea gypsies who lived in the original Malay village southwest of the Rochor River. Sir Stamford Raffles allotted the area as an ethnic enclave to the Muslim population and...  see full details



Orchard Road, Singapore

Orchard Road

Singapore certainly is a vibrant place, and in many ways Orchard Road is the city-state's beating heart. The retail and entertainment centre of Singapore, 'Orchard' (as the surrounding area is commonly known) is as popular with locals as it is with foreign visitors, and...  see full details



Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is housed in a beautifully restored building (formerly St Joseph's School for Boys) which stands serenely on Bras Basah Road. The old colonial building contrasts pleasantly with the wide selection of contemporary and pop art. The museum showcases the...  see full details



Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore's Botanic Gardens sweep across an area of 52 hectares (128 acres) constituted by primary forest and specialty gardens in close proximity to the city centre. The National Orchid Garden is the world's largest orchid garden, featuring thousands of varieties set among water features...  see full details



Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Singapore and Rio de Janeiro are the world's only two cities to contain primary rainforest within their boundaries. Bukit Timah is located seven miles (12km) from Singapore's centre and provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the region's tropical rainforest without travelling into rural areas....  see full details



The Chinese and Japanese Gardens, Singapore

Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Traditional Chinese and Japanese landscape design is gorgeously represented in these neighbouring gardens, which provide a tranquil retreat from the city and take hours to explore thoroughly. The grounds are huge and immaculately well-maintained and will delight gardening enthusiasts. The Imperial Sung Dynasty style...  see full details



Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island

This theme park island is a popular weekend excursion and one of the most visited attractions in Singapore, receiving millions of visitors a year. A day's fun could easily turn into an overnight stay in any one of the hotels or camping sites....  see full details



The Chapel, Changi Prison, Singapore

Changi Museum

It was here, during World War II, that Allied Prisoners Of War soldiers (POWs) were subjected to harsh treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors. Changi Prison is still in use as a correctional facility and it is now the place of...  see full details



Pulau Ubin, Singapore

Pulau Ubin

The island of Ubin is Singapore's second largest offshore island and provides a peaceful interlude to the city's bustle. The island can be reached by traditional bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal and the boat ride is fun in itself. The boat...  see full details



Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa is a theme park containing more than a thousand statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes and characters from Chinese mythology and folklore. Located along Pasir Panjang Road, Haw Par Villa was previously known as Tiger Balm Gardens and subsequently renamed...  see full details



Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore

Thian Hock Keng Temple

The 'Temple of Heavenly Bliss', the Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest and most important of the Chinese Hokkien temples in Singapore. Construction was completed in 1842, in a traditional southern Chinese architectural style, with not a single nail used in its construction....  see full details



The Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum is one of Singapore's finest, most comprehensive museums and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Its permanent collection consists of furniture, jade, porcelain, fine arts, and other artefacts covering 5,000 years of the region's history, with...  see full details



Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Singapore's equivalent of the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer is an enormous Ferris wheel that doubles as an excellent urban observation point. The Flyer is an incredible 42 storeys, or 541 feet (165m) high, making it one of the largest Ferris wheels in...  see full details



Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's Gardens by the Bay consists of three distinct waterfront gardens in the city's Marina Bay area. The initiative was started as a means to transform Singapore from a mere 'Garden City' into a 'City in a Garden' and is intended to provide...  see full details



Geylang, Singapore

Geylang

Singapore's neighbourhood of Geylang is strange in that although it looks and feels like a typically 'Asian' neighbourhood, it is actually quite different from the rest of Singapore, which has seen great gentrification and modernisation over the last 40 years or so. The rows...  see full details