Singapore Itinerary: Barkadahan Trip


  • Published on: 14-Aug-2014
  • Posted by: @lm!ng

Singapore Itinerary: Barkadahan Trip

This is an itinerary recommended for the youngsters or young at heart. It's a 7-day fully loaded tour with a side trip to Malaysia. It requires a lot of energy, more walking and less sleeping hours. My suggestion it to get a flight that will arrive midnight or early morning in Singapore.

Day 1:

Arrival in Singapore. Free maps are provided at the arrival area. If landed at midnight, you can start your tour before lunch or after lunch after getting enough sleep.

Make a stroll around the neighborhood, have breakfast and try the famous Kaya Toast set with Kopi. To familiarize yourself on the public transport: buses, trains or cabs. Get an ezlink card instead of paying cash in buses and trains. Head to Marina Bay and have a selfie with Merlion. If hawkers area is not available near your accommodation, you can have it at Starbucks or Coffee Bean near the Merlion statue. Cross the Esplanade Bridge and take a picture along the walkway with the famous durian structure "Esplanade" in your background. The roof is designed based on a microphone. Then walk towards Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino via Helix Bridge to cool down in the Shopping Centre and enjoy the view facing the Merlion and the skyscraper. Go up to take pictures of the Marina Bay Sands towers and see the Gardens by the Bay super trees from afar.

Take the lift down to Gardens by the Bay, enjoy the park for free Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, Children's Garden, Heritage Gardens, Supertree Grove, Sun Pavilion, World of Plants and Bay East Garden. You may also check out paid attractions like Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Skyway.  Hungry? There's a food court at the Marina Bay Sands where you can take out or "tapao" the food and bring to your next destination. Spend the rest of your afternoon there.

Before sunset, walk to the Singapore Flyer and experience the magical feeling in the 30-minute ride when you're on top of the world riding the big wheel. Have your first Singapore dinner at Makansutra Gluttons by the Bay near the Esplanade. Try the famous chili crab, cereal prawns, and other local dishes. You may also try their local drinks like chin chow (sweetened drinks with grass jelly), lemon barley, water chestnut, soya bean milk or chrysanthemum tea.

Enjoy the rest of the night taking pictures in the Marina Bay.

Time Tourist Spots / Attractions Remarks
10:00am - 11:00am Breakfast at Hawkers area around your neighborhood or you can have it at Starbucks or Coffee Bean breakfast near Merlion.  
11:00am - 11:30am Merlion Park Free
11:30am - 12:00pm Esplanada Bridge / Esplanade Free
12:00pm - 12:30pm Helix Bridge Free
12:30pm - 02:30pm Marina Bay Sand and Casino and Lunch at Food Court Free
02:30pm -0 6:00pm Gardens by the Bay Free/Paid
06:00pm - 06:45pm Singapore Flyer Paid
07:15pm - 09:00pm Dinner at Makansutra Gluttons by the Bay  
09:00pm - 10:00pm Picture taking around the Marina bay at night  

Day 2:

For a limited time, it would be good to go the three parks in 1 day. Getting a 3-in-1 park hopper ticket is cheaper rather than buying tickets at the park. For four people or less, take a cab or take the bus (but it would be timing consuming). For more than four people, take a Maxi cab and scheduled a pickup. Take note, need to pay each pickup from point A to point B (around $60 to $70 for a 7 seater MPV).

For this tour you can choose where you will start:

Option 1: Jurong Bird

Start your tour early and be at Jurong Bird Park at 08:00 to have breakfast in their picnic area. Do a stroll and discover the different kinds of birds. Make sure to head your way to Hawk Walk to witness the Kings of the Skies Show at 10:00 am. Then catch up the next show, the High Flyers Show at Pools Amphitheatre at 11:00 am. Take your quick lunch and be at your pick up point (if you arrange for a pickup) at most by 1:15 pm otherwise, need to leave earlier to catch up with a public bus going to Singapore Zoo, which takes more than 1 hour, and it would take four bus rides. I would suggest you take a cab with a travelling time of 21 mins only.

Time Shows Venue
10:00am Kings of the Skies Show Hawk Walk
11:00am High Flyers Show Pools Amphitheatre

Option 2: River Safari

For this option, there's an hour difference when you start the tour. Be at River Safari at 09:00 and you can have your breakfast before you entered the park. Take a stroll and discover the animals inhabiting along the rivers and do not forget to take the Amazon River Quest ride. Meet giant pandas Kai Kai & Jia Jia. Spend the rest of your morning in this park. Have your lunch before going to Singapore Zoo at 1:00 pm. The good thing about this option is the next park is just around the area, no need to travel.

Singapore Zoo

Spend your afternoon at the zoo. Don't miss the exhibits of a white tiger, proboscis monkey, Free-Ranging Orang Utan, Pygmy Hippo, Otter, Tapir and more. Check out those animals that you have never seen before in the Frozen Tundra, Wild Africa, Australian Outback, Reptile Garden and a lot more to see. But be also cautious of the time and you must witness the following shows (afternoon timing):

Time Shows Venue
2:30pm Rainforest Fights Back Show Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre
3:30pm Elephants at Work & Play Show Elephants of Asia
5:00pm Splash Safari Show Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre

Night Zafari

Have your dinner at the entrance of the zoo or you may take it at Night Safari entrance and witness the Thumbuakar Performance while dining. Expect a long queue. So if you want to catch up the 7.30 pm Creatures of the Night Show, then be hurry. If you miss it, you can try the tram ride first and catch up the show timings at 8.30 pm, 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Enjoy the rainforest and nocturnal animals!


Day 3:

Time to explore Asia's Favorite Playground - Sentosa. The island offers a wide variety of attractions. You can choose where to go, like to hang out in Siloso Beach or take a picture of the father Merlion statue and some more. If you're on a tight budget, you can select few paid attractions and avail the free amenities provided on the island. Here are the options for getting to the island:

Option 1: By Cable Cable Car Ride

You can choose where to start your cable ride from Mount Faber or Harbourfront Tower II where you can choose a round trip ride or single ride.

Option 2: Monorail

Go to VivoCity (Lobby L, Level 3), take the Sentosa Express

Option 3: By Foot via Sentosa Boardwalk

You only have to pay S$1 / entry per person on weekdays and Free during weekends or public holidays

On the island you can do the following options:

Option 1:

Time Attractions Remarks
10:00am - 11:00am Underwater World: Meet the Dolphins Paid
11:00am - 12:00pm Underwater World: Aquarium Paid
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 3:30pm Luge and Skyride Paid
3:30pm - 5:30pm 4D Magix + Sentosa CineBlast Paid
5:30pm - 6:30pm GoGreen Segway Eco Adventure Paid
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner  
7:40pm - 8:30pm Wings of Time (Showtimes: 7.40pm & 8.40pm daily) Paid

Option 2:

Time Attractions Remarks
10:00am - 01:00pm SEA Aquarium Experience Paid
01:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch  
2:30pm - 3:30pm Luge and Skyride Paid
3:30pm - 5:30pm 4D Magix + Sentosa CineBlast Paid
5:30pm - 6:30pm GoGreen Segway Eco Adventure Paid
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner  
7:40pm - 8:30pm Wings of Time (Showtimes: 7.40pm & 8.40pm daily) Paid

or you can check combo packages for cheaper prices online.


Day 4:

Trip to JB, Malaysia
- Legoland
- Kitty Town
- Premium Shopping Outlet

You can go to Johor Bahru via public transport or private van if you want an easy ride. I would suggest availing the "Go Private package," it's quite expensive, but this service will pick up at your home/hotel and brings you to the theme parks of your choice in JB. The package includes the theme park ticket admissions and fare ride back to Singapore. But if you plan to stay in Malaysia for another 1 to 2 days, then it's better to take public transport then travel to your next destination in Malaysia.

Day 5:

KL, Malaysia or Penang or Melacca

Or you can also just stay in Singapore go to the following attractions:

  • Adventure Cove Waterpark
  • Trick Eye Musuem
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Orchard Road


Day 6:

Universal Studios

Explore the 7 zones being offered in this theme park and I have recommended some attractions and rides for the youngsters

Zone Attractions Remarks

Meet and Greet Marilyn Monroe, Woody Woodpecker™ and other famous characters

Meet the Minions from DESPICABLE ME™or Kung Fu Panda

Shop for souvenirs but you can do this later before going home.

New York

Lights, Camera, Action!™ Hosted by Steven Spielberg

The Rockafellas

Sci-Fi City

TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle


Meet and Greet: People of Earth, DO NOT BE ALARMED

Meet and Greet: AUTOBOTS, Roll Out!

Expect a long queue in Transformers Ride.
Ancient Egypt

Revenge of the Mummy™

Meet and Greet: Army of Anubis

Lost World

Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure™


Expects long queue at Rapids Adventure

WaterWorld has only 2 or 3 shows per day.

Far Far Away

Shrek 4-D Adventure

Meet and Greet: Shrek, Princess Fiona,  Puss in Boots, Prince Charming or Fairy God Mother


Madagascar: A Crate Adventure

Street Entertainment: Madagascar Boogie!



Day 7:

This is most relaxed day, your last day! Time to go for shopping some souvenirs. Places to go for cheaper prices:

  • Bugis Street
  • China Town
  • Daiso

If you plan to buy new smartphone, tablet, TV, laptop, DSLR, other gadgets and accessories, then I recommend these stores:

  • Funan Digital Store
  • Sim Lim Square
  • Challenger (Items are in discounted prices for members or some items you can avail member points only).


Pack up and be at the airport 2 hours before your expected departure time. Have a safe trip!

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