A guide below of some of my top things to do, places to eat/drink, how to get around and also a list of things I plan to do on future layovers with posts to follow!
I tend to just use the MRT – Underground Train System. You can get basically anywhere using this system you just need to know which stops to get off at.
Purchase an EZ Link Card – $12, this gets you the card ($5) and leaves $7 worth of credit on the card to start travelling. Top it up and reuse it again and again. Dont know what took me so long to get one of these, but seriously best investment!
See a list below of stations to get off at to be the closest to major tourist spots.
Bugis Street Markets
Masjid Sultan Mosque
Marina Bay Sands
Best View of Marina Bay Sands
Lau Pa Sat Hawkers Food Hall & Satay Street
Singapore Botanic Gardens – just don’t be fooled like we were by the signs for “Orchard” this DOES NOT lead you to Orchard Road. Way better off walking around, and then going back to this train station to get anywhere else.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE
MARINA BAY SANDS
If you want to go up Marina Bay Sands, I would suggest you go to Ce La Vie Bar instead of the viewing platform.
Essentially you get a very similar view, however you pay roughly $25SGD to go to the viewing platform and thats all that is there, or you pay $20SGD and go to Ce La Vie with a voucher worth $20 to spend at the bar – and you can see the famous infinity pool up close too! Sadly you cant use the pool as this is for Hotel Guests only – maybe a future accommodation option =P
Don’t feel like you have to spend the whole $20 on a drink – what we worked out was if you get one of the pizzas and fries to share this comes to approx. $37SGD – and you can just have water – or pay for drinks if you like.
ART SCIENCE MUSEUM
I only discovered how incredible this place was on my last layover. The ArtScience Museum is nothing short of amazing! Words cannot describe what you see when you get into the Future World Exhibit. Only $17SGD per exhibit, and worth every cent.
I Cant wait to check out some of the others next time I visit Singapore!
For something a bit different head over to explore the Street Art of Haji Lane! And while you are there make sure you pop in to SELFIE COFFEE and get a coffee with your face printed on it! Little bit pricey at $8? But seriously – how often do you get a coffee with your picture on it?!
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Waterfront Gardens set in the heart of the city. An Absolutely magical place to go any time of the day/week. The Highlight would have to be the magnificent SuperTrees that make you feel like you are in Avatar. Singapores number 1 tourist attraction and once you have been you will totally understand why!
Click here for my post on Gardens By The Bay for more information, Pricing etc!
Merlion Park is a Singapore Landmark and Major Tourist destination with one of the very best views of the harbour across the expansive Marina Bay area.
Time your visit with Marina Bay Sands’ twice-nightly light, laser and water show.
The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. One of those “Must Have” snaps of Singapore.
This is not the only Merlion in Singapore though – there are actually about 6 of them that are recognised as “Merlion” around the City. With the biggest one standing a whopping 8.6metres at Sentosa.
SINGAPORE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Tropical Gardens stretching through this crazy concrete jungle. Its almost impossible to think that one of the most built up cities would have such beautiful parks & gardens.
The tranquility, peace, quiet and clean air when you are walking through the gardens truly makes you feel like you are in a different city.
An MUST DO to get out of the city for a bit and enjoy some of Singapore’s Hidden Gems. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day here!
No trip to Singapore is complete without visiting Orchard Road at least once for a spot of retail therapy. Known as Asia’s most famous shopping street – home to hundreds of fashion favourites and high end stores. Designer threads, fast fashion, upscale restaurants, ethnic wares, art galleries and relaxed hangouts – you name it, Orchard Road has it all.
Singapore’s most popular island resort with endless things to see and do. Sentosa Island truly has something for everyone!
Sentosa – The State of Fun. Find all the entertainment you need for all ages on this island, where the fun is endless! World Class Attractions to jaw dropping theme park rides , there truly is something for everyone.
Click here for my post on Sentosa for more information, Pricing etc!
MEGA ADVENTURE PARK
Located on Sentosa Island. Mega Adventure Park is a definite must when visiting Sentosa. Fun for all ages, and even if you are on your own!
The team are so incredibly professional & well trained you will feel at total ease in there hands. Go along and check it out for yourself to see what all the fuss is about!
Have a read here Mega Adventure Park Singapore for a quick insight to how my day went!
PLACES TO EAT/DRINK
LAU PA SAT
A covered hawkers centre in the heart of Singapore offering an abundant choice of inexpensive local hawker food.
This is the place to go if you can’t decide what to have for dinner or have “fussy diners” in your group. There is something for everyone.
Try all the local dishes and just sit and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere.
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Location: On the corner of Boon Tat Street and Robinson Road, not far from the Raffles Place MRT station.
MRT: Raffles Place follow the signs for “Lau Pa Sat”
SATAY STREET – From 7pm
As the Sun goes down and the city lights up , from 7pm every night Satay Street Appears.
Located out the back of Lau Pa Sat, you will know you have arrived by the aroma of smokey bbq pouring through the place.
Each stall owner fights to provide you the very BEST satay you will try! Offering Pork, Beef, Chicken,Lamb & even offering to shell prawns for you – decision making is hard!
At just a small price of 70c a stick, its extremely affordable so why not try them all!
Authentic Singapore at its finest.
CO – NUT – INK ICECREAM
Strolling along the waterfront back from the Helix Bridge one evening I stumbled across this amazing treat! And after visiting Sentosa on the weekend , I have found they too have these delicious treats.Refreshing coconut ice cream with a variety of toppings, from peanut shavings to sticky rice and red ruby, served in a coconut husk! And to top it off, a FREE coconut water is served to complete the experience!
Enjoy your coconut goodness against the amazing view of the Waterfront or take it down and stroll along Siloso Beach in Sentosa.
Craving Acai one layover in Singapore, I did some research . And lucky for me I came across this gem, currently sitting at “THE BEST ACAI I HAVE EVER HAD!!”
Project Acai is located in the basement level of Takashimaya Mall on Orchard Road.
Take the MRT to Orchard, then either take the underpass towards Ngee Ann City, or come up to ground level and head towards “TAKASHIMAYA”
They offer a range of different bowls, sizes and smoothies. My favourite would have to be the Original Flower Bowl, or for a dessert type option try the Nuts for Acai !
For an abundance of options, head to Clarke Quay. You have loads of options of places to eat and drink.
The vibes are always pretty good down along the waterfront with music playing and daily specials , making Clarke Quay one of the places to be!