24 hours in Singapore

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.


Open top bus singapore


2) Chinatown

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.


Chinatown Singapore


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!


 Singapore Botanical Gardens


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.


The InnCrowd Scooter Tour Singapore


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’?


Marina Bay Sands Resort Singapore at Sunset


And if you have more time…

Check out Universal Studios, the Night Safari or if you’re feeling flush, check out one of the many shopping spots.

What did you get up to in Singapore? Got any tips for the next time we visit?


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4 Responses to 24 hours in Singapore

  1. Amanda 2 February, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Hey Beth and Gaz, we went to Singapore in April 2013. Chinatown is a must see and definitely agree about the alcohol prices! Eating at the hawker centre’s was probably our favourite thing to do in Singapore. Thanks for helping us reminisce!

    • Beth 14 February, 2014 at 6:07 am #

      I don’t think we made it into the actual Hawker Centre for food but we did sample some dim sum and dragon fruit juice on the street. We’ll have to make sure we head inside next time! Are you based in Bali at the moment Amanda?

  2. thetravelliz 19 December, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Glad I saw this during my planning period. I think I’ll only have a few days in Singapore, but at least now I know what is possible.

    Good ideas ( :

    • Gaz 20 December, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      It’s a great little city to explore for a few days, we hope you have a great trip! Let us know if you find any other interesting things whilst your there.

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