A Singapore Stop-Over
What to do and see in a 48 hour stop over in Singapore
Singapore is probably most famous for being a fabulous stop-over city. It’s one of the major hubs in this part of the world, and if you’ve ever travelled to New Zealand, Australia or even Bangkok, and the Philippines – you’ve probably done a stop over through the amazing Singapore airport.
A lesson we should all learn as travellers though – is to never pass up the chance to explore a new city. Singapore has tones to offer a budding tourist or holiday maker – and you should give it a chance to wow you, rather than just staying cooped up in the airport for the duration of your stopover.
There are a few options here. Either you can keep a short stop-over and take advantage of the free city-tour that Singapore airport runs (it last and hour and technically you never have to go through customs or check out of the airport – because you stay in possession of airport staff) or you can opt for a longer stop-over (2 days is a good amount) and see everything the city has to offer on your own terms.
But is 48 hours enough?
Many would argue it isn’t – as Singapore is a city that is ever-growing and expanding – but you can cram in the highlights of the amazing city easily in 48 hours, and it’s then somewhere you check off your to-do list.
Singapore (unlike many major international cities) isn’t actually that big. It’s a very tiny country as a whole, and the main attractions tend to be within a 10 minute taxi-ride radius. Which works to your advantage, especially if you’ve got limited time to see everything you want and do everything you want.
Where should you stop?
For one night in the city (maybe two depending on how your flight falls time-wise) you’ll want to stay somewhere as central as possible. There are some incredibly luxurious hotel in the central tourist district (the marina) so if you have the budget and can stretch it – then treat yourself. In return for the high rooms prices, you’re in the middle of everything, and you’ll most likely get a great city view as well.
If you’re on a budget don’t be put off though – as Singapore has plenty of 3* hotels, and boutique hostels too, which give you central location but at half the price of a hotel.
What should you see and do?
Now we get onto the fun stuff! There is plenty to see and do here – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Below is a list of some of the most popular tourist destinations though, which is always a good place to start.
For the beach lovers out there, Sentosa Island is one of the cities most famous spots. You can enjoy sandy beaches here as well as fun activities such as the world famous luge ride which takes you zooming right down the island. There are plenty of eateries here too and even hotels – if you fancied stopping the night on the island too. For something a little unique, why not try swimming with dolphins at the Sentosa water park? They are a rare pink breed of dolphins too, which makes it even more special.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino
You’ll enjoy the best views in the city from the viewing point at the top of this hotel – and the views overlook the entire city and beyond. On a clear day you’ll be able to see for miles. It’s the newest development in the city and because of that it’s a hot spot for tourist and a prime photo opportunity too. The infinity pool is world famous, but if you want to take a dip you have to be a resident – so make sure you book a room first!
This area offers some incredible views over the marina and of the Marina Bay Sands – so if you’re a keen photographer, watching the sun go down from this spot is going to be a must-do for you.
This is Singapore’s most famous shopping district and it’s where you’ll find all the designers shop and trendy malls. If you’ve got cash to spend then this is where you want to be heading too. Try out the Orchard road cantina too – where they serve up lots of different meals and dishes in a food court setting.
The night zoo / safari
For something one of a kind, head over to the night safari at Singapore zoo. It’s the only one like it in the world and it’s one of the attractions that seems to make the biggest impressions of visitors. Just remember you mozzie repellant that’s all!
Guest post submitted by the Community Manager @ Asiarooms.com Born in Lithuania (love it!), studied in the UK, travelled around Asia and USA, taught in Africa and now residing in Singapore where, equipped with a strong cup of coffee and surrounded by an amazing team I’m blogging about travels, cultures, events and hotels in Asia.