Things to do in Singapore

Read this handy guide to visiting Singapore in May

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Singapore stands out as a premier tourist destination in the Eastern hemisphere, drawing visitors for a multitude of compelling reasons. Renowned globally as a shopping haven, Singapore boasts outlets for every major luxury brand, catering to its immense popularity among tourists. In addition to the indulgent shopping escapades and diverse food scene, visitors in May can also experience the cultural vibrancy through the arts, with numerous museums and theaters showcasing both contemporary and traditional works. Furthermore, the city's amusement parks offer thrills for all ages, rounding out the excitement of a Singaporean holiday. The efficient public transport system and the city's adherence to the rule of law ensure that your visit will be as smooth as it is memorable.

What makes Singapore in May special?

Singapore in may

  • Hot but well planned: Singapore in May will be hot and humid, but fear not! With abundant water-based attractions and indoor havens like parks, museums, and theaters, there's always a way to beat the heat while enjoying wholesome entertainment.
  • Embrace the buzz: With Singapore's perpetual popularity, you won't have to worry about crowds overwhelming you. Accommodations are plentiful, and the city's myriad attractions ensure there's something for everyone.
  • Join the Global Spotlight: From concerts by international sensations to events like the Singapore International Festival of Arts and the AIA Glow Festival, Singapore stands as a top-tier holiday destination, drawing visitors from near and far.

Singapore in May : Weather

Singapore in May is moderately hot. The temperature during the month hovers between 25°C and 31°C. The average temperature is 27°C. May is slightly rainier than April, but it's still far less than monsoon downpour. It rains for almost 18 days on an average in May.

Singapore in May - weather

Visiting Singapore in May : Things to do


Singapore Zoo

Singapore in May - things to do - Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo is possibly the single most popular spot in the entire country. You get to see the animals in their habitat along with some interesting shows and exhibits. Additionally, entry is permitted during animal feeding time to give you a unique perspective of the planet’s wildlife. The zoo is protected by a wacky bunch of creatures called the Creature Crew. In May, this might be the best experience of the summer for your little ones.

May Timings

  • Singapore Zoo: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (last entry 5:30)

80 Mandai Lake Rd, 729826
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Gardens by the Bay

Singapore in May - Gardens by the Bay

It is no secret that Singapore is easy on the eyes. Among all the attractions that make this small country beautiful, is this rather unusual garden destination. It is one of the major horticulture attractions in the world. Gardens by the Bay does its part in taking garden artistry and education to the next level while providing the visitors with a relaxed dining experience. You must visit this place if you wish to escape the heat of May.

May Timings

  • Daily from 5:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953
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Singapore Cable Car

If you thought Singapore was pretty on one of your trips by road, wait till you see the place from the sky. This cable car journey lets you have a birds-eye view of the luxury resorts of Singapore, the pristine blue water of the ocean surrounding it, and the abundance of greenery that colors it. Choose between the two available lines and make the most of your May evening.

May Timings

08:45 AM to 9:30 PM


1 Harbourfront Ave, tower 2 Keppel Bay Tower,
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Universal Studios

Singapore in May - Universal Studios

Whenever you hear the name of Universal Studios, you can assume that something thrilling is around the corner. In Asia’s first and only Universal Studios Theme Park, you can experience 24 rides, attractions, and shows. There are seven themed zones that are sure to delight the child in you. In May, you would especially enjoy the river raft ride through the Jurassic Park.

May Timings

  • Daily 11 AM to 6 PM
Universal Studios, Singapore

8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
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Singapore River Safari

Singapore in May - River Safari

This attraction is handmade for the hot summers of Singapore. Within the vast Singapore Zoo is an aquatic world that is waiting for you. Visit the manatees chilling in their natural habitat and understand their fascinating world, or take a closer look at life in Amazon. You will also have the chance to discover how aquatic life depends on its habitat day in and day out.

May Timings

  • Daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Singapore in May - River Safari

80 Mandai Lake Rd, 729826
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Singapore Flyer

Don't miss out on witnessing a spectacular birds-eye view of the Sparkling Singaporean skyline on Asia’s largest observational wheel. This is one experience you cannot afford to miss to cap off your Singapore trip in a fabulous manner. There's also a cool dining experience at the Singapore flyer which makes it perfect for those data nights or some family time.

May Timings

  • Daily 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Last entry at 9:30PM)

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
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A Walking Tour

Singapore in May - walking tour

Singapore isn’t all about the well-engineered theme parks and the perfect adventure activities. Beyond the glamour lies a country like any other, with people working hard to make a living. Walk around Singapore and discover the ground zero picture of the nation. Learn the nuances of the local dialect and understand the roots of this place.


Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Singapore in May

No matter when you are visiting Singapore, Sands Skypark is a place that you cannot afford to miss. The observation deck is 57 levels high and offers a breathtaking view of the entire city from a central position. The rooftop infinity pool is the largest of its kind in the world. Once you are done enjoying the view, you may choose to duck into one of the restaurants or bars in the building to end your day perfectly.

May Timings

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Sunday: 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM

10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
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Singapore in May : Events to Look Out For

Singapore in May events

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Date: 17 May to 2 June, 2024
The Singapore International Festival of Arts is an annual celebration of performance art, spanning theatre, music, dance, film, and visual arts. Launched in 1977, it has evolved into one of the most anticipated events in the country.

Singapore in may events

Niall Horan Concert

9 May, 2024
One Direction fame Niall Horan is on tour an will be performing at Singapore Indoor Stadium this May. Niall will be playing songs from his latest album 'The Show' , bringing his charismatic presence and soulful melodies to fans in the region. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, buy here!

Singapore in May : Essentials


LanguageEnglish, Malay, Chinese & Tamil


Time zoneGMT+8


Country Code+65


Socket Type G


CurrencySingapore dollar (SGD)

Singapore Weather in May

Singapore in May is on the hotter side. The equatorial weather ensures that the temperatures remain consistent with April and June. Daylight hours are long and as such, ideal for sightseeing. It rains quite frequently in May. The sea temperature in May is warm and ideal to go swimming.

Best Accommodation Options for Your May Visit to Singapore

Singapore stands out as one of the premier tourist destinations in the Eastern hemisphere, drawing nearly 18 million visitors annually. Thankfully, accommodation options in Singapore cater to a wide range of budgets, ensuring there's something for everyone.

  • Luxury Hotels: Indulge in opulence at Resorts World Sentosa - Crockfords Tower, Capella Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
  • Mid-range Hotels: Enjoy comfort and quality at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Resorts World Sentosa - Equarius Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
  • Budget Hotels: Opt for affordability without compromising on comfort at Quincy Hotel by Far East Hospitality, One Farrer Hotel, Wangz Hotel, Village Hotel Changi by Far East Hospitality.

What to Pack for Visiting Singapore in May

Singapore has plenty of outdoor attractions that you would like to hit. Pack plenty of sunblock and loose-fit clothing. Prefer comfortable sneakers over flip-flops. Keep your shades handy as well. It would be wise to keep a mosquito repellant handy during the trip. If you are planning to walk around, keep a water bottle with you at all times. Even though monsoon is months away, rains are very common in Singapore. Pack waterproof jackets and boots.

Getting Around Singapore in May

Singapore has invested a lot of thought and effort into developing its transport network and after numerous years of painful diligence, tourists were gifted with the breezy experience of today. Buses are the most cost-effective means of transport in Singapore. Bus services in Singapore are provided by SBS Transit and SMRT from 5:30 AM to midnight. There are Night Owl and NightRider services post midnight. Train services are a major lifeline of Singapore. A huge majority of all commuters and tourists use trains to get around Singapore. Taxis are an option for you if you don’t mind the extra cost and really prefer the privacy of the car.

Must-Try Delicacies While Visiting Singapore in May

Singapore in may - food

Laksa is a result of a wonderful marriage of Chinese and Malay cuisine. The base is made of rice or noodles. It is then topped with starch and curry. A wide variety of proteins are also used before herbs and veggies are added to it. If you want to go back with a food ballad to narrate, visit Sungei Road Laksa and order their specialty dish.

Singapore in may - food
Chicken Rice

This might not be out of a fancy bucket list, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to skip it. Both local people and tourists prefer this simple dish more than any other. Flavored rice is topped with boiled chicken and a choice of sauce. It is available with almost all streetside food hawkers. But some of the best chicken rice is served at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice and Hup Hong Chicken Rice.

Singapore in may - food
Carrot Cake

This might raise a few eyebrows, but the carrot cake in Singapore is not sweet. It is not made of carrots either. In a local dialect, carrots can refer to daikon radishes as well. So, these salty snacks are basically rice cakes but made with daikon radishes and rice flour. It is both soft and crunchy. The best carrot cakes are served at Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao.

Singapore in may - food
Ice Kacang

Ice creams made of shaved ice aren’t uncommon anywhere in the world. Singapore’s rendition of this popular dessert consists of jelly and bean base. Loosely packed ice is then mounted on it followed by a number of flavored syrups, condensed milk, and sweet cream corn. For really sinful Ice Kacang, visit Berseh Ice Kacang at the Berseh Food Center.

Singapore in may - food
Putu Piring

This is a south Indian inspired dessert quite popular in Singapore. Rice flour is steamed with Gula Melaka mix. This dessert is at its best when had with freshly desiccated coconut and pandan leaves. There have been a number of updates in this recipe and the debate is still ongoing whether these are an improvement on the original or not. The best Putu Piring is available at the Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring.

Tips for Visiting Singapore in May

  • Keep an antiperspirant handy if you are planning a long day out in May. The humid conditions are bound to make you sweat profusely as long as you are outdoors.
  • Reach all attractions and spot at least 30 minutes in advance. May is a busy tourism period and waiting time could be longer if you are not at the venue early.
  • Check with your hotel if they provide a ‘handy’, which is a complimentary mobile device with a local sim card. This will keep your roaming costs down.
  • Carry plenty of small change and low-value notes on your trips apart from carrying your Forex card. Singapore has a lot of cheap thrills to offer, so do not miss out on those.

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