24 Hours in Singapore.
Singapore often serves as a stopover when going to Australia or Bali due to its good geographic location. That’s why many people spend only one or two nights in Singapore before hopping on another plane. But trust me even within only 24 hours there is still a lot to do or see in Singapore. 🙂
We arrived in Singapore in the late afternoon. A fast checking-in and getting changed will help you to get some some impressions before the sun sets. For most Europeans Singapore-jetlag comes in handy to enjoy a bit of the night before going to bed.
Singapore by night.
Singapore is a melting pot and that is also evident in the local cuisine that is influenced by thai, indian and malaysian cuisine. We had dinner in one of the countless restaurants by the Singapore River. They are super touristic and rather overprized, so I can not recommend them. But the young coconuts they served saved my evening. 😉
It is not a huge city, most of the things are within walking-distance even though air-conditioned cars are much more convenient due to high temperatures and even higher humidity. The skyscrapers are helpful when it comes to orientation just in case you get “lost” on your way.
Fancy a sundowner above the roofs of Singapore? There is a bar called One Altitude at 1 Raffles Place, where one would have the most magnificent view over the city including the Marina Bay Sands. Somehow I was not very lucky as it was already the second time the 360° open rooftop bar was closed due to bad weather. If you are curious and willing to give it a try, go and check it out. According to pictures and articles it should be worth the entrance fee of S$30 (23€) that includes one drink. Another option for a mocktail/cocktail with a view is The Fullerton Hotel, a traditional hotel by the water. We enjoyed a drink outside on their rooftop bar The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Don’t miss to try their Singapore Sling is to while away the evening.
The early bird catches the worm.
Not getting up too late the next day really pays off as there are countless things to do during the daytime: a ride on the Singapore Flyer, a visit to the Gardens by the Bay, a trip to the “fun island” Sentosa in the south of Singapore or a ramble through Little India or China Town to discover the cultural diversity. If you are into architecture this is the place to be – versatile, multifaceted, modern with a twist and very clean at the same time.
I decided to go for a stroll around the Marina Bay Sands Area and the Merlion Park. The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Located near the CBD and the One Fullerton Hotel, it is the icon as well as the landmark of Singapore. It’s my personal all-time-favorite attraction and a must when in Singapore. 🙂 Marina Bay Sands seems to be so close from the Merlion but it takes about a 15-minutes-walk. Going up the Marina Bay Sands is definitely worth a visit.
Save the S$22 entrance fee for the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands and instead spend the money on some snacks or a drink in one of the rooftop bars. Flight Bar & Lounge (Sands SkyPark, Tower 1) and CÉ LA VI (Sands SkyPark, Tower 3) are very chic. CÉ LA VI is located one floor above the observation deck and for almost the same price you can enjoy the magnificent view, sipping a fresh fruit-juice. Win-win, huh?
Have you been to Singapore before? Or are you planning a trip to the “Little Red Dot”?
Are you curious how I spent my 24 hours in Delhi?
Let me know in the comments below. Safe travels, Carola. <3