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Where to Stay in Singapore

Where to stay in Singapore – a guide to the Lion City 

Map Image source: Britannica 

If you think Hong Kong is the only city in Southeast Asia with a magnificent skyline filled with incredibly high skyscrapers, then you haven’t visited Singapore and witnessed the perfect combination of skyscrapers and nature. This unique island-country consists of the mainland, and around 63 smaller, and mostly uninhabited islands. Despite being quite a small country, it is a financial and economic giant. 

In the ‘’Lion City’’, which is the translation of Singapore from Sanskrit, you can feel a whole range of diverse and multiple influences. Malay, Chinese, Arabic, Indian, and even English cultures are just some of those strong effects present in the cultural and historical landmarks, local cuisine, and lifestyle in general. 

Public transportation 

Singapore is famous for having the most developed and cost-efficient network of public transportation on its mainland. As a result, it is very easy to grasp how the system functions, and without the need for a rental, visiting all the major sights, especially in the town, is a piece of cake. If you want to find out more about the ways for zipping around town, you can do so here

Public transportation Image source: landtransportguru

Safety alert

This beautiful country is considered the 5th safest country in the world. Violent crimes are a rarity while petty crimes such as pickpocketing are most common. They usually take place at the airports, the city’s main attractions, and public transportation. The greatest problem the tourists face is rental scams. Make sure to check your sources twice and always use the services of the accredited agents. 

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Singapore 

Singapore Image source: pixabay

While this anomaly of being a city-state may be interesting, we will focus on the city part only since the vast majority of popular activities and significant landmarks are set here. Despite being quite compact, Singapore has many diverse districts where you can stay in. Every neighborhood is specific and unique, with a lot to offer to every kind of tourist. Often, while wandering around these districts, you discover different cultures at every turn. However, if you want to make the most of your visit to this global city, you have to carefully select the place to stay. 

Depending on whether you are visiting Singapore for the first time, for nightlife, on a budget, or looking for a long-term stay, don’t worry, there is a perfect neighborhood to suit your needs. Since Singapore is well-known for being one of the most expensive travel destinations in the world, your travel budget will largely have a say in where you will stay in the city.

Some of the most popular neighborhoods are:

  1. Marina Bay
  2. Clarke Quay
  3. Chinatown
  4. Tiong Bahru
  5. Katong

And here is why we have selected precisely these neighborhoods for you:

Area Ideal for:  Why?
Marina Bay  First visit to Singapore Great location for visiting all major cultural and historical landmarks
Clarke Quay Nightlife Numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are located here
Chinatown On a budget Cheap and affordable accommodation
Tiong Bahru  Bohemians Trendy and hipster places
Katong  Long-term stay  Away from the crowd, local experience

Neighborhoods in greater detail

If you are visiting Singapore for the first time, then you should base yourself in Marina Bay, as this area contains the majority of tourist attractions, as well as a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget. Similarly, the greatest nightlife options are available in Clarke Quay where you will surely find a restaurant, bar, or a nightclub to your liking. 

However, if you are traveling on a budget, with limited resources, then select Chinatown, or Little India as your base, since these areas not only offer affordable accommodation options but also diverse activities which you can enjoy without adding unplanned expenses. Moreover, in Chinatown, you can witness the mixture of traditional Chinese medicine shops and places of worship with modern restaurants and bars. 

A more urban side of Singapore is Tiong Bahru district which used to be the first public housing area in this town. Tiong Bahru is far from the crowd with many trendy and hip cafes, shops, and restaurants. For the long-term stay in Singapore, Katong seems like the wisest choice because it is a well-known residential area with the best local cuisine. Staying in Katong will provide you with a unique experience of the local life in Singapore. 

Where to stay in Singapore for the first time – Marina Bay 

Map of Marina Bay

The first impression you get when you come to this area of Singapore is the sense of space. Instead of skyscrapers and densely packed buildings, here you have a view of the city from the water surrounding it. With wonderful sights and bright lights, this area will simply take your breath away. It is the city’s central location and quite near other great districts such as the Quay area. 

Singapore at night Image source: fenix2222

Things to see and do in Marina Bay

Marina Bay offers plenty of fun activities to do and many attractions to visit. Some of the sights worth seeing are the following ones: 

  • Marina Bay Sands
  • The Merlion Statue 
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 
  • ArtScience Museum 
  • Singapore Flyer

Marina Bay Sands

This is Singapore’s most marvelous hotel facing Marina Bay. In the form of a giant ship, this skyscraper is home to the largest rooftop Infinity Pool in the world, along with numerous dining, entertainment, and shopping facilities. 

Marina Bay Image source: marinabaysands

Marina Bay Sands Image source: marinabaysands

The Merlion Statue

Tourism Board of Singapore designed this mythical-like creature back in the 1980s. It is half fish, half lion, and has been one of the greatest symbols of Singapore ever since. 

Statue Image source: engriffiths

Gardens by the Bay

This is a futuristic botanic garden with huge man-made trees called ‘’Supertree Grove’’. It is quite popular among tourists who love to explore this site by signing up for a Skywalk over these gardens. 

Gardens by day Image source: pexels

Gardens by night Image source: burek_svemirski

Esplanade—Theatres on the Bay

This is a multi-purpose arena where cultural displays and live performances are usually held in its concert hall, theatre or the outdoor performance area. Also, families regularly visit this complex because it hosts free events.

Esplanade Image source: jinpark_gt86

ArtScience Museum

This exquisite museum in the lotus flower shape is one of the greatest attractions in Singapore, if not the greatest. With over 20 galleries, tourists can get familiar with the highlights of the cultural and historical heritage of Singapore. 

Museum Image source: k_leiemon

Singapore Flyer 

If you are interested in Singapore’s skyline, then don’t miss a chance for a ride on the Singapore Flywheel, an amazing observation wheel, and enjoy the view of the most iconic sights from above. 

Wheel Image source: benglen__

Where to stay in Marina Bay

Marina Bay offers a wonderful view of the bay and the city’s outskirts. This area is also home to many luxurious and expensive hotels and resorts, but it is possible to find comfortable Airbnbs as well. The average price is 109$ per night. 

Our top 3 picks are the following ones:

Affordable option – This studio perfect for single travelers 


Moderate price – These serviced suites


Luxury option – This brand new studio apartment


Find more Airbnbs in Marina Bay here

Where to stay in Singapore for nightlife – Clarke Quay


Clarke Quay and the river neighborhood was once an important trading station. Today, located perfectly between Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands, it is a lively district famous for its wild nightlife and parties. Apart from distinguished restaurants, you can find numerous bars, clubs, and pubs to suit everyone’s taste. This area is a subtle mixture of serious and modern business buildings, and old and traditional shops, while posh clubs and bars are found in between. If you take a short walk west, you will find yourself in Riverside and Robertson Quay which are more withdrawn and private areas with a more relaxed version of nightlife. 

Clark Quay at night Image source: samie.yu