This 5-day Singapore tour itinerary is designed for those planning to stay in Singapore for five days, but it can easily be tailored for shorter trips. Just pick the days that appeal to you the most.
On your first day in Singapore, keep it low-key by exploring the historical offerings of the city. Travelling is exhausting even if you're only in the air for a few hours, but if you've just flown in from far off, like the United States, Canada, or Australia, chances are you are jet-lagged and travel-weary. Spending the first day of this 5-day Singapore tour itinerary exploring air-conditioned museums is a great way indeed.
Singapore Art Museum
Start your day off with a delicious pastry at Ah Teng's Bakery in Raffles Hotel, then head to the Raffles Hotel Museum to get an up-close look at the history of one of the world's most famous historical hotels from it inception through its Golden Age of Travel and into modern times. Since the museum is relatively small and the displays are not overwhelming, this is the perfect starting point to shift your brain from sleepy travel mode to historical buff mode.
Walk off those delicious pastries by walking a few blocks to the west (about 10 minutes) of Raffle's Hotel, to the Singapore Art Museum. Opened in 1996, the museum houses the largest collection of modern Southeast Asia artworks. From there, it's just a short walk to the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore's oldest and largest museum and the keeper of the 11 National Treasures. The building seamlessly joins the old and the new, with the original neo-Classical building connected to the newer metal and glass structure.
By now, you've most likely worked up a nice appetite from all this walking and touring, so pop into Chef Chan's in the National Museum and grab some lunch before heading back outside and over to the Asian Civilisations Museum, just a five-minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station. The building itself is a historical artifact worthy of admiration, featuring neo-Palladian style architecture and stately looking Doric columns. Inside, you'll find 11 galleries depicting the history of Asia, from the coins and jewellery of the early civilisations of South Asia to the artistic calligraphy of Islamic West Asia.
The museums typically close in the early evening, so once you've finished with the Asian Civilisations Museum, either head back to your hotel for a relaxing dinner or grab a bite along the way. Don't stay out too late though, because Day 2 of this 5-day Singapore tour itinerary starts bright and early!
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