You have a long stopover in Singapore ? Lucky you, here are some tips to make it a once-in-a-lifetime adventure ! Whether you’re a city explorer or a nature lover, this place has it all.
To feel freer and not waste any time during your stopover, here are some tips. Before leaving, download the Singapore map in the maps.me application to be able to check it offline and change your money in Singaporean dollars. Once arrived at the airport, leave your suitcase/backpack at the transit, level 2 of the Departure Hall for $10 (if less than 10kg). You’re almost free to go ! Last but not least : the Singapore Tourist Pass will provide you with unlimited rides for $10 a day.
Singapore is the perfect mix of harmony, modernity and excessiveness. Indeed, this unique sovereign island city-state is home to some of the most innovative buildings of the world, starting with the Changi Jewel Airport, certified best airport in the world 7 times in a row. You can first visit the Jewel of the airport itself : it is an indoors jungle with a 40-metre-high waterfall. If you happen to be there by night, don’t worry : they got you covered with stunning night light shows.
Second stop of your visit: Koon Seng Road. It’s the closest visit spot from the airport, you can get there in around 30 minutes with the East West Line. It’s not only a nice colourful street but also a relic of history : the first Chinese immigrants built them back in the 20s’.
Another district shows off well the multiculturalism history of Singapore : Little India. From street food smells, vibrant markets, colourful Hindu and Chinese Temples, mosques, churches… Yes, this neighbourhood has pretty much everything you could ever want and need ! Must sees : House of Tan Teng Niah, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India Arcade.
If you didn’t see enough colourful places yet, you can head to the Old Street Police Station in Singapore’s central business area.
From there, you can do everything by foot and walk by the Sand SkyPark Observation Deck before heading to the most iconic spot of the country : Gardens by the Bay.
Those futuristic Gardens show off an incredible variety of lush greenery and skyscraper flowers. It either feels like you are in a science fiction movie or you’ve been teleported 100 years into the future. You can walk around the gardens for free and even witness the night light shows, but you’ll need to pay $12 to access the Cloud Forest and $8 to walk on the yellow path that connects the Supertree Grove, called the OCBC Skyway.
Here are all the spots I could visit during my 12 hours layover. If you have more time, do not hesitate to check out the Art and Science Museum and its out of the world exhibitions, but also the Masjid Sultan Mosque, People’s Park Complex, the Helix Bridge, the Chinese Gardens and the HSBC TreeTop Walk.