This was our first ever trip to the island country, Singapore, so although it was only a flash visit (to pick up new Indonesian visas) we made sure we saw as much as possible in the time we had. Here’s our guide to spending 24 hours in Singapore…
1) Take an open top bus
I dragged a very reluctant Gaz onto the open top bus tour as it’s the best way to see any city if you’re short of time. It’s particularly good in Singapore because their strict traffic regulations mean the roads are totally clear so cruising around on the top of a bus in the sunshine, with a relatively tiny amount of pollution, is a really pleasurable way to admire the city’s architecture.
Peruse the street stalls and find a seat outside of one of the many Chinese restaurants to try some authentic dim sum. Ours looked rather like eyeballs but were very tasty and for a city with such high prices, you can expect to pay less than the average here for a meal and a Tiger beer. If you have a couple of hour to kill check out the Chinatown Heritage Centre for an authentic slice of Singapore’s history.
3) Walk through the Botanical Gardens
Utilise your hop-on hop-off bus ticket and get dropped off at Singapore Botanical Gardens for a stroll through the ‘Evolution Garden’ which teaches visitors about the first plant life on earth right up to the present day, or simply admire the beauty of nature as you stroll around the park. And the best part is, it’s free!
4) Join the scooter tour
If you’re a hostel go-er like us, then we highly recommend you stay at The InnCrowd Hostel in Little India. Despite being kept awake all night on our first night by a rather larger bear-like creature that had the nasal capacity to keep the people down the street awake with his fog-horn snoring, we really enjoyed our stay and met some great travelers there. The hostel offer a daily scooter tour around the city. The tour takes 5 hours to complete on a non-motorised scooter, but that does include a stop for dinner and a climb to one of the cities best look out points. For more info visit The InnCrowd.
5) Check out the nightlife
Head to Orchard Towers for a bogey and some overpriced beers (by over priced I mean the most expensive beer I’ve ever bought at £6.50 for half a pint!) Or if you’re feeling plush head to the 5 star Marina Bay Sands Resort for a panoramic view of the city, smooth and sexy beats and some very luxurious cocktails. Just don’t be surprised to see locals girls everywhere, trying to pick up a ‘hunky’ Western man, ‘love you long time’?
And if you have more time…
What did you get up to in Singapore? Got any tips for the next time we visit?