24 HOURS IN SINGAPORE
Singapore is a great city to visit and ideally you'll have a week or so to spend time there. If you're a little time poor, don't worry, Singapore can easily be done in 24 hours. We've jam packed our 24 hour itinerary full with all of Singapore's highlights so that you can make the most of your time there.
Get up nice and early and splurge on breakfast at your hotel/hostel or a nearby cafe to save time. If you're feeling adventurous then go for a more traditional Singaporean breakfast like Pandan scented, kaya toast. Wherever you go, take your map with you and get familiar with where you're headed for the over breakfast, we've found this a great way to cut down on time and stress.
Get stuck into your day and head down the bustling streets of Chinatown. There is plenty to see and do in Chinatown including plenty of food stalls, souvenir markets and the Chinatown Heritage Center, which should be your first stop. Enjoy wandering around the surrounding streets early in the day to avoid the lunchtime heat.
Take some time and step back into Singapore's migrant history at the Chinatown Heritage Center. The center offers a comprehensive look into Chinese migration to Singapore, the struggles immigrants overcame and the triumphs they enjoyed. The center offers a variety of information including video, photos and remodeled sets. For 15 SGD it's good value, entertaining and we think it is a must do.
For a budget meal that will be ready in minutes, it's important to check out all the stalls that make up the Coliwa Chinatown Complex. Be greeted by huge range of food stalls selling different varieties of cuisine for very reasonable prices.
The best way to see a country is to walk through its streets. Singapore is no exception to this rule so get walking and visit Merlion, the famous Singaporean statue that's part fish, part lion. Merlion won't take up too much of your time, a few photos will suffice.
From Merlion, jump on the train at Raffles Place station and head to Bugis Station where you will be near the famous Arab Street. Arab Street has a great atmosphere with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants. You will also find plenty of places to smoke hookah in impressive Shisha pipes. Wander around the area and make sure you take some time to see the Masjid Sultan temple. If you've got more than 24 hours, you could also stop and visit the Malaysian Heritage Center.
It's time to head back to Bugis station and head to City Hall station, the closest Station to Raffles Hotel. Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most iconic places to visit and is the birth place of the Singapore Sling cocktail. The hotel itself boasts some impressive architecture and is surround by beautiful grounds. Pop in for an overpriced Singapore Sling and enjoy taking in the atmosphere.
Now that you've been refreshed, start the walk to the Marina Bay, Singapore's very cosmopolitan district. We recommend starting on the Float at Marina Bay side and then walking over the very impressive Helix Bridge, modeled on the Double Helix theory.
The walk across the Helix Bridge will bring you to the very modern Marina Bay Sands Shopping Complex. If you're into design and technology then head to the Art Science Museum for a look around.
As the sun starts to set, it's time to head up to the rooftop bar at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. There is an observation deck that works well for families or if you've got limited time however be prepared for the $23SGD price tag. Alternatively, opt to get a drink at the Flight Bar & Lounge. Expect similar prices to the observation desk, however at least you get to enjoy a drink with those jaw-dropping views.
You'll be starting to feel a little peckish by now so it's time to make some food choices. We recommend making the trek out to Newton Circus, a lively hawkers market that even the locals eat at. If that's too far there is a closer choice, Makansutra, which is located in the Marina Bay area. You'll still get a feel for the hawker atmosphere but the selection and authenticity isn't as good as Newton, plus you'll be paying tourist prices. If you're after a more sophisticated affair there are plenty of fine- dining options around the Marina Bay area.
If you're ready to let your hair down then you should head to Boat Quay for some riverside drinks. The area is fun and happening but as with all of Singapore's bars, alcohol is rather expensive. The Prince of Wales has live music, a great view and really welcoming atmosphere.
So there you have it, it's more than possible to see some of Singapore's biggest sites in just 24 hours. Singapore is a great melting pot of culture and a really interesting place to visit.