Singapore is considered the center point for any air travel. Thus there are plenty of stop overs in the country but rarely do people make use of this lay over. The immigration laws of the country is so convenient that if you have a layover and you don’t take the opportunity to see the city, I’s a waste. So for those of you who have a day in the city but didn’t think you could do it in a day, here the guide for you.
First up, my recommendation for any city that you want to get a quick overview of, the Hop on, Hop off Bus. Most people will tell you to stay away from these tourist traps but I feel that it sometimes helps you get a good idea of the layout of the city. So I say first on the Singapore itinerary, The Bus, get an idea of the city. It’ll take you a maximum of a few hours and they will show you all the touristy spots. That way you can say that you saw all of them but don’t really have to waste time on them.
Now I know you’re tired, you’ve just had a flight and you need some peace. Next up on the itinerary, the Botanical Gardens. This is an ideal spot for those of you who’d like a light lunch amidst a beautiful setting. It’s peaceful, it’s serene and it has fresh air. A good tip to get over jet lag or the fatigue that follows it is fresh air. It may be an old wives tale but fresh air will do wonders.
Next up, Sentosa Island. This little haven has a variety of activities suited for any person raging from water sports, to aquariums, to museums, to wildlife reserves park and of course beaches. Here you can swim with the dolphins or lounge on the private beaches and take a quick nap. The Cable car ride is something that cannot be missed and it will give you a different view of the city. A view from the top.
Next up, it’s time for dinner. This might be one of the best parts about Singapore, the food. The beauty of this city is that it is a true cosmopolitan. Due its rising status in the commercial world, Singapore is a host to many different cultures and nationalities. With the people come the food, so Singapore will have almost any type of food you wish to eat. In my opinion you can go to a restaurant and enjoy your meal, but for me nothing beats the night markets you find tucked in little streets and alleyways. This is where you’ll find the food of the people and the food of the people is good. My recommendation is to take a walk around the Clarke Quay area. This gives you an impressive view of the city’s skyline and is particularly beautiful at nighttime when lit up. Then while you walk, you will find plenty of street markets, find the one that looks the busiest and check out the stalls. Remember no matter how appealing the stall looks, always go for the busiest stall. This way you know the food moves and that there is a demand for the food which means that the food if good. Make sure to try out chicken satay with peanut sauce and chili crabs, these are must haves when in Singapore. So there you have it, a one day guide for a quick tour of the city.