There are many reasons why you should visit Singapore and it’s not just as a layover to catch another flight - although this is a great opportunity to go in the city itself. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a stopover, make sure to extend your layover to at least a couple of days, there are a few places in Singapore that absolutely cannot be missed for the first time traveller so keep reading.
Singapore is by far one of the most organized and structured countries I’ve visited. Is a country of many cultures, known for its impeccable cleanliness and low crime rate. Is sometimes called “The Fine City,” but this title has a double meaning that you don’t want to be on the wrong end of. To learn more of the things that are illegal in Singapore click the link.
Changi Airport is always on all the top lists for being one of the best airports in the world, is a playground for in-transit passengers. Every terminal has a different type of vibe and the kinetic rain can’t be miss.
In terms of transport, once you arrive you can take the $9SGD (about $7USD) shuttle that drop you directly at the door of your accommodation for the night - just like i did since we arrived quite late. On the way back you can take the MRT to the airport and depending on the terminal take the skytrain, it's quite simple. There are several ways to get around town, but we found that the MRT was the easiest, fastest and cheapest.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
This is my favorite place in Singapore, you can’t miss it. The thing that i must liked was the Garden Rhapsody at Supertree, we didn't even knew they did this and for ur surprise we were just for the show - I think this made me love it even more. The futuristic tree skyscrapers pulsate with colours every night at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm.
Gardens by the Bay’s two domes are also well worth a visit. The Cloud Forest Dome features a giant indoor waterfall (the largest in world) and the Flower Dome is home to ever changing displays (it was full of tulips, windmills and clogs when I visited). If you don’t want to go to the domes you can still enjoy a walk through the surreal landscapes of Gardens by the Bay. The conservatories that are part of the botanical gardens carry heavy entrance fees, but walking around the bases of the Supertree Grove is free — and the Skywalk is just $5SGD ($4USD).
Find a perfect photo opportunity to Singapore’s mascot, Merlion - situated on the north side of the harbour, it is about 15min walk from Marina Bay Sands. In the evening, you can even watch the famous light show, right from this very position or from Marina Bay. This half fish lion statue is the symbol of Singapore. It’s not all that interesting but the views of Marina Bay and surrounding skyscrapers makes it a good place to go, especially at night.
Is a must visit district of Singapore. Is renowned for its delicious street food, markets and stalls. It’s one of the most colourful areas of Singapore and is worth at least a couple of hours of exploration.
It’s also worth checking out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore (dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea.)
This historic suburb in Singapore features rows of colourful shop houses, countless Turkish / Middle Eastern restaurants and a beautiful mosque -Sultan Mosque surrounded by palm trees and pastel-hued shopfronts, is a great place to visit day or night and be sure to check out the fabric stores on Arab Street.
The streets of Little India are lined with colourful shop houses and restaurants selling delicious Indian food. Little India is one of the city’s most interesting old suburbs to explore.
SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
Just a short few minutes from Chinatown, is the oldest Hindu temple in all of Singapore. Since its construction in 1827, it has played an important role in the love of Hindus in Singapore. Today is best known for the fire-walking ceremony or Theemithi.
MARINA BAY SANDS
If you’re not a guest at the hotel, you can still see the amazing views at the top Marina Bay Sands at the Observation Deck. It will set you back $23, but seeing the city spread out before you is a priceless Singapore experience.
This historical riverside gives a solid insight into the colonialist history in Singapore and shows a great variety of beautiful old colonial buildings. Be sure to hop on a traditional boat for a cruise around the quay and Marina Bay for some of the best views of the city!
JUBILEE BRIDGE & HELIX BRIDGE
The bridge is part of a trail that highlights Singapore's history, and was built to celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015. The Esplanade Bridge was too narrow for pedestrians. Now with the Jubilee Bridge, pedestrians can stroll comfortably across the Singapore River.
Helix Bridge provides quick access to Marina Bay Sands for pedestrians who are walking from the Esplanade and the City Hall area. At the same time, a walk along the bridge provides unparalleled views of the city skyline. Five viewing pods extended from the bridge were built for visitors to take in the view. Is the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, opened in 2010.
O T H E R T H I N G S T O D O
The Singapore Night Safari | Singapore Botanic Gardens | Raffles Hotel | The Singapore Buddhist Lodge and Temple | Universal Studios
Green Areas: Relax at the Chinese/Japanese Gardens | Walk around Bedok Reservoir | See the views at Mt Faber Park - Henderson Waves | Visit Fort Canning Park
Art: Enjoy the rainbow-inspired paint job on the MICA building (Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts) | Singapore Art Museum
Stroll around: Orchard Road (for shopping) | Emerald Hill | | Haji Lane | Katong | Joo Chiat
Islands: Sentosa Island | Kusu Island | St John’s Island | Pulau Sakijang Bendera
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