My Eight Hour Singapore Stopover. A year ago friends of ours traveled to Singapore and couldn’t stop raving about it… In fact they loved it so much they actually wanted to pack up and move to this amazing city.
So earlier this year, when I had the opportunity to travel to Bali via Singapore, I couldn’t resist a quick stopover and run through the city.
Eight hours might sound a lot, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind, timing wise. Your travel to and from the airport, arrivals, trying to find your way through the airport and checking in again… So I was left with 4hours.
As the sun rose we flew in over this tiny little island, my excitement grew and I couldn’t wait to start exploring!
At the airport I checked in my hand luggage for the day and set off to the city via a taxi, I had no time to waste otherwise I would have opted for the metro experience.
Out of my experience through traveling for work and being on my own, the best and most economical way to see the city is by a hop on hop off bus, and that’s exactly what I did. The whole route takes about an hour to complete. I wanted to see as much as possible in my limited time, so decided to stay on the bus for a whole tour and afterward get off at 1 or 2 stops, that I really wanted to see.
The first stop was the GARDENS BY THE BAY – absolutely loved it and it’s unbelievably beauty. I chose to walk the CLOUD FOREST DOME (it was on my must see list) and so worth it. When I return one day I would love to see it at night with the gardens lit up.
Afterwards I took walk around the Marina and MARINA BAY SAND, the architecture is just amazing. I headed back down to the main streets, just in time for peak lunch hour, where the queues were endless for the most popular spots. I had a great lunch at one of the quieter restaurants, which you also kind of figure out are the pricier ones. For my last and final stop I was off to RAFFLES to end off my little adventure with a Singapore Sling and peanuts, at this world famous LONG BAR.
All and all the best to find little gems is to walk and explore, but if your time is limited the hop on hop off is the way to go.
I absolutely loved what I saw and will definitely be back!