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Singapore

Singapore
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5C5G Guide > Singapore

Located south of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is one of Asia's major financial and shipping centers, known as the "Lion City". Despite its limited land area, Singapore preserves countless historic buildings and offers renowned attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios, Singapore Zoo, and vibrant hawker centers. With Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines consistently ranked as the best globally, travelers can expect excellent layovers and immersive explorations.

Singapore's modern development began in 1819 with the establishment of a British trading post. Together with Penang and Malacca, it formed the "Straits Settlements", attracting a large influx of Chinese workers from Malaysia and southern China. Gaining independence from British rule in 1963, Singapore briefly joined Malaysia before being expelled due to political differences and ethnic tension. Today, it stands as one of the world's few city-states and has evolved into a harmonious cultural melting pot.

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Suggested Itinerary

For first-time visitors to Singapore, a 4-5 day trip is ideal. Spend 2 days exploring distinctive neighborhoods like Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Civic District, Little India, and Arab Street, known for their historic architecture and diverse cuisine. Reserve the remaining time for Marina Bay, Sentosa, Universal Studios, and Singapore Zoo, with each deserving over half a day.

DAY 1
Changi Airport → Chinatown
DAY 2
Chinatown → Clarke Quay → Boat Quay → Merlion Park → Bugis
DAY 3
Little India/Arab Street → Singapore Zoo → Night Safari
DAY 4
Singapore Cable Car → Universal Studios / Other Attractions in Sentosa
DAY 5
Marina Bay Sands → Gardens by the Bay → Jewel → Changi Airport

If you have extra time, consider a day trip to Johor Bahru, just across the border from Singapore, or embark on a 3.5-hour journey to the historic city of Malacca for a deeper exploration of the Singapore-Malaysia region.

Best Areas to Stay in Singapore

For city-centric itineraries, stay in Chinatown or Bugis/Civic District. These areas offer convenient transportation, diverse accommodations, shopping spots, and hawker centers for local cuisine. If Sentosa Island is one of the highlights of your trip, consider staying on the island for 1-2 nights. It provides easy access to attractions like Universal Studios and ensures prompt entry to the park in the morning.

    Chinatown   ✓ easy to get around

     Mercure ICON

     The Clan Hotel

     Hotel 1900

    Bugis/Civic District   ✓ easy to get around

     ST Signature Bugis Middle

     Mercure Bugis

     lyf Funan

    Sentosa   ✓ easy access to Universal Studios

     Village Hotel Sentosa

     The Outpost Hotel Sentosa

     Oasia Resort Sentosa

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