5 Awesome Day Trips from Singapore

This is a guest post by Jessica Peters, a freelance writer from Melbourne who blogs about health and fitness. Jessica is an avid traveller and regularly crosses the globe to learn about other cultures while blogging from her laptop.

Singapore is a south-eastern country and is currently the world’s only city-island-nation. This wealthy location is full of lavish hotels, exclusive shopping malls, and high-class restaurants. It is also packed full of history and culture and it doesn’t lack green open spaces and ethnicity, making it a fantastic place to go on vacation.

It is easy to get immersed in this city-state, and you should try your best to do so. However, Singapore itself is in close proximity to a number of outlying islands, and it is in a convenient location if you are keen to visit the neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Malaysia, where you can see the beautiful beaches and traditional settlements. If you like the sound of Singapore but would like to know more about what surrounds it, then here are 5 awesome day trips from Singapore you can consider while you are there.


The island of Batam is located in Indonesia. It only takes an hour to reach by ferry. Duck Ferries offer affordable and efficient transport to Singapore’s surrounding locations and they make it easy to do so. Batam is popular amongst Singaporeans and expats alike. It is cheap and has a buzzing nightlife, where you will find locals and travellers partying. The main cuisine on this island consists of seafood and you can get your adrenaline pumping by taking part in some water sports at Waterfront City.

Coney Island

Coney Island focuses on sustainability and has many environmental-based initiatives, which once led to the island closing its gates to the general public. However, the island is now open to visitors, which means anyone can go over to explore the scattered natural elements. You can also learn about energy and water conservation. If you are interested in visiting the island, then all you have to do is catch a taxi from Singapore to Coney Island Park.


Malacca was previously the most relevant trading port found in Southeast Asia before Singapore obtained the title. This makes Malacca a very fascinating area to visit. There is plenty of preserved colonial architecture to be seen, and it is classed as one of the main tourist attractions. The delicious Portuguese influenced food Malacca has to offer also draws in the tourists. Also, in 2008, the colonial splendour alongside the above gained Malacca a UNESCO World Heritage status.

Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is a popular but quiet island that contains a mixture of aesthetic coastlines, tranquil cycle paths and wonderful wetlands, which can all be enjoyed in just a day. It is the ideal place to visit if you feel like you need to get away from the busy urbanized streets of Singapore. You can also visit Singapore’s last remaining traditional communities, which are bursting with culture and are delightful to walk through while you learn about the history of the island.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island, also known as the ‘fun state,’ is undeniably a tourist hot spot and is classed as Singapore’s most admired destination for a day trip. The island’s popularity is due to the wide amount of activities it has to offer. You can see many famous resorts, go on nature walks, and visit shopping malls and casinos. There is also a Universal Studios Theme Park, which is extremely popular. If you want to visit Sentosa island, then you can do so by cable car.

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a party animal, a foodie, a shopaholic, or you like to be at one with nature, there is something for everyone if you visit Singapore and its surrounding locations. One thing is for certain, you won’t be bored here. Finding something that you enjoy is guaranteed, and you will never be short on things to do with whoever you decide to travel with.

17 thoughts on “5 Awesome Day Trips from Singapore”

  1. Thanks so much for this article! Some great travel inspiration, I’m currently an expat living in Jakarta but moving to Singapore in the next few months. I had never heard of the other islands other than Batam and Sentosa sp that’s really something to look forward to visiting once all travel starts again.

  2. These all sound like excellent day trips from Singapore to see more of the surrounding areas. I’ve never been to Singapore, but have always wanted to travel there. These will definitely be helpful for future reference.

  3. Thank you for the helpful suggestions about where to go for a day trip to Singapore. I have visited Singapore once but didn’t leave and probably would not have thought about doing that without having read your article first. Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. Love it! I wish I had time to check out both Pulau Ubin and Batam, but I was only in Singapore for a weekend. I think it would be really cool to see the traditional village on Pulau Ubin and rent a bike for a day. Thanks for sharing, and great guest post, Jessica!

  5. I knew Malacca and the Sentosa island but had never read about the other 3 destinations. Pulau Ubin definitely seems like a perfect place for people to unwind and find peace. I’d love to go there and learn more about the culture of the traditional communities as well. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sentosa Island looks so different compares to when I visited it in the 70s and 80s. And I just realized that the Universal Studios is located here. It’s good to read that the cable car is still there. I wish I visited Malacca. The reddish architecture in the town caught my attention right away.

  7. I was only knowing Sentosa Island day trip from Singapore but good to know about other places nearby this beautiful city. Malacca looks amazing as it has wonderful architecture. Pulau Ubin too looks very relaxed and full of nature which looks opposite to urbanized Singapore. Thanks for sharing great day trips.

  8. These are indeed awesome ideas. We actually went to Malacca during our last trip to Singapore. It has very rich culture and history making it very interesting. High Recommended.

    My friends had been recommending Pulau Ubin and we’re planning tov visit during our next trip. 🙂

  9. Hi Medha! Long time! 🙂
    Malaca and Bintang are part of Singapore? No need for another visa right? Pulau Ubin with its last traditional communities makes it sound so interesting. Twice I have been to Singapore but from this list I have done only Sentosa island. Wish I knew these places before.

    1. Indrani they’re not part of Singapore, they’re in fact part of Malaysia and Indonesia respectively but they can be done as a day trip from Singapore. Indonesia has visa on arrival for Indians I believe and Malaysia is a simple online process.

  10. I did not know that you can do a day trip to Malacca. Now that gives Singapore a different perspective. Also, did not know about the Batam island. I had heard of only Bintang. Guess, now Singapore requires a longer stay. 🙂

  11. We spent 3 days in Singapore the first time we visited. And did not get out of the city. So great to see some things to do on a return visit. While we do not travel for night life, we would definitely visit Batam for the seafood. Seeing Malacca would be a treat. We love to add more UNESCO sites to our list. A fun day at Sentosa Island would probably get everyone’s vote. Thanks for the ideas.

    1. It’s the same for me, I didn’t get to take day trips either, though I did visit Sentosa. Batam and Malacca look like places I’d want to visit as well.

  12. I love Singapore but spent my time in the city. I’ll have to make a point to day trip to one of two of these places on my next visit. Eco-friendly Coney Island and Sentosa Island sound right up my alley.

  13. I havent been to this region yet but Singapore is high up on my list and I would love to check out all these places on the list. Is Malacca in Singapore or Malaysia? I thought it was in Malaysia but I could be wrong.

    1. It is in Malaysia Danik, it has been suggested as a day trip from Singapore due to the geographical proximity. Similarly, Batam is in Indonesia but easily doable as a day trip from Singapore.

  14. last year i went there, but i missed Sentosa Island due to our short period of tour. But jan 2020 again i am going to singapore tour, and this time will cover everything.

    Thanks to you and your article, nice information.

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