Should You Visit Singapore?

Are you thinking about visiting Singapore? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.

Is Singapore worth visiting?

Yes, it's worth visiting this city for two to seven days because of the many great activities. Singapore is a modern city-state with a mix of cultures and neighborhoods. There are many historic buildings tucked between modern high rises and green gardens. There's also a nice waterfront area with great restaurants and high energy. The city is a financial hub for the entire world, so you'll find many expats from many different countries living and working here. We first visited in the winter of 2011 and have returned several times. During our time here, we fell in love with its diverse culture and cosmpolitan atmosphere. Singapore is loved by visitors for many reasons, and is routinely on national "best of" lists, including VOGUE's Best Places to Travel in 2023.

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Reasons to Visit Singapore

From local dives to five star restaurants, the city's food scene is all about diversity. Make sure you try Hainanese chicken rice, chili crab, and Hokkien prawn mee.

As a globalized city, you'll find almost any type of music here. Popular music venues include Timbre, Zouk, and the Crazy Elephant.

From sleek high rises with rooftop pools to family-friendly resorts with kid oriented activities, this city has it all. Popular resorts include Oasia Resort Sentosa, Dusit Thani Laguna, and The Ritz-Carlton.

You'll find tons of malls along Orchard Road, but for a more eclectic shopping experience head to the Chinatown Street Market.

The mix of cultures and unique history have led to museums and landmarks that mix historic and modern. The Merlion statue in Merlion Park has become a symbol of the city. For an educational experience, head to the Asian Civilizations Museum, and to see colonial architecture check out Fort Canning Park.

It's all about the glitzy nightclubs and exclusive cocktail bars. Head to Clarke Quay, Marina Bay Sands, or one of the many rooftop bars to experience the best of Singapore's nightlife. Do keep in mind that the city has a high alcohol tax, and strict rules around drinking in public places during certain hours.

You'll find most of the area's best beaches on Sentosa Island. There's a 2 kilometer long artificial beach that is split into Palawan Beach, Siloso Beach, and Tanjong Beach.

The Costs
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Singapore might be a very affordable destination for you. Check out the travel costs for Singapore here or see if Singapore is expensive here.


What is Singapore most famous for?

Singapore is most famous for its blend of cultures, its lush gardens, and its clean streets. The city is very popular for its food, music, resorts, and shopping. Also, it's known for museums. Many people love the nightlife and beaches, too. It is often described as global, diverse, colorful, glitzy, and modern.

What is the most famous sight in Singapore?

The most popular sight in Singapore is Merlion Park Waterfront. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Singapore on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Merlion Park Waterfront and other attractions here.

How touristy is Singapore? Is it a popular city to visit?

Singapore is a popular city for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Half Day or Full Day Private Custom Walking Tour of Singapore: $221
  • Singapore Food & Bike Tour - Downtown: $99
  • Singapore Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $55
  • Singapore - bike adventure beyond the concrete jungle: $42
  • Little India Hawker Food Tasting Tour: $84
  • Vegetarian Culinary Adventure in Singapore: $114
  • Singapore Street Food and Ethnic Quarters Kick Scooter Tour: $48
  • Singapore Flyer Experience with Singapore Sling: $75

How long should I spend in Singapore?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Singapore is two to seven days. Since Singapore has a variety of activities such as dining, music, resorts, and shopping, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Singapore?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Singapore?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Singapore?.