We recently had a 24 hour layover in Singapore. This may not seem like a lot of time to explore a city, but when a city is as compact as Singapore you can fit a lot into 24 hours. Singapore has a great public transport system making it easy to visit all the cities cultural, culinary and architectural highlights in 24 hours.
We landed into Changi Airport early in the morning. We hopped into an Uber and went straight for our accommodation. We based ourselves in the heart of China Town in Atlantis Pod Hotel. The accommodation was very futuristic with each pod having their own electrical outlets, lighting options and a mirror. We booked a double pod and it was great value for money
China town was the perfect location to centre ourselves. We were surrounded by some of the best culinary delights Singapore had to offer. So first stop of the day was breakfast at the famous Hawker stands. We headed to the Maxwell Hawkers with a specific dish from a specific restaurant in mind.
Liao Fan Hawker is located in the Maxwell Hawker in the heart of Chinatown. This Hawker stand was the first Hawker to be awarded one Michelin star for their soya sauce chicken dish. They also hold the title of worlds cheapest Michelin starred meal.
Personally we felt the dish wasn’t anything spectacular, however for foodies like us we were not going to turn down the opportunity to try the worlds cheapest Michelin starred meal.
After breakfast we explored China town for about an hour and a half taking in the sights, browsing the markets and enjoying the atmosphere.
Next stop for the afternoon was checking out the boutiques, street art and cafes on the colourful Haji Lane. Haji Lane is located close to the downtown area of the city. The closes subway station is Bugis Station. Take your time gazing at the colourful murals on Haji Lane and the surrounding streets. The area also as many beautiful boutiques for both men and women if you feel like treating yourself. Before we left Haji Lane we grabbed a quick coffee at one of the colourful coffee shops and set off to the next location.
Our final stop for the day was to the Marina area of Singapore. We grabbed some take out for dinner, got some beers and made our way to Gardens by the Bay to pick a prime location to watch the light show.
Gardens by the bay is a nature park in the city. The Avatar-looking landscape will capture your attention from the moment see the gardens. The gardens are home to over 500,000 species of plants. While you are here make sure to check out the Flower Dome (the largest greenhouse in the world) and the Cloud forrest filled with rare plants from around the world.
Every night at 7:45pm and 8:45pm Gardens by the Bay put on a spectacular 15 minute music and lights show known as Garden Rhapsody. This incredible FREE show is not to be missed when in Singapore. The Avatar-like trees are lit up and the lights flicker and dance to music.
After being wowed by Garden Rhapsody we then walked to Marina Bay where we grabbed our seats and prepared to be amazed by the second FREE show of the night. Every evening at 8pm and 9pm (there is a 10pm show Fri & Sat) down at Marina Bay there is a light and water show. Grab a seat on the steps in front of the Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall and prepared to be amazed by a truly magical experience. Fountains of water dance to the music as the coloured lazer lights flash from the Marina Bay Sands building.
After our evening full of free entertainment we grabbed a drink at one of the many bars around the Marina Bay area before making our way back to the Hostel.
24 hours in Singapore is enough time to take in all of the major city sights. We really enjoyed what Singapore had to offer in terms of culinary delights and multi cultural society. Next time we pay a visit to Singapore it will be fore bit longer that 24 hours for sure.
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