10 things to do in Singapore on a stopover

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore

10 Things to do in Singapore

Shopping, business, urban vibe, modern, a country and a city sharing the same name, clean and amazingly well organised are a few words to describe Singapore. A total different world than other Asian countries and city’s, make Singapore an unique destination for a city trip or stop over on your way to Australia, Asia or Europe.

Singha Pura, which means city of lions, was once an empty island with a handful of fisherman, till Mr Raffles arrived, known as the founder of Singapore. Yes, the man behind the beautiful and luxurious snow-white Raffles Hotel, which you definitely should check out from the outside, or if you have tons of money, stay there a night or 2. The building is absolutely gorgeous. Have a look at the Raffles Hotel here

There is so much to see and do in Singapore, but if you plan it right, you can have a great time and see all the highlights during a 2 or 3 night stop over. We share 10 top things you definitely can`t miss during your visit to Singapore!

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(1) Sentosa Island

A great place to relax after all the impressions of the big city, or maybe you only want to relax during your stop over, and skip the big city smoke. Lots of newlyweds have their honeymoons at Sentosa Island or doing their  wedding photo shoots. There are lots of activities to do for families, with a nice beach, the Universal studio`s Singapore, a few golf courses and great swimming pools you can easily spend a day or 2 here if you have the time, or just want to relax during your stop over.

(2) Visit the Botanical Gardens

Have a walk around Singapore`s beautiful botanical gardens. Such a nice green and relax place to skip the busy city life.

Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
Botanical Garden Singapore
The Botanical Gardens in Singapore are a great way to relax during your stop over


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(3) Shopping

Singapore has many massive shopping malls with a wide range of top designers or unique boutique shops.  Visit Orchard Rd, Singapore’s shopping mecca but also have a look at the small handicraft stores.

shopping in Singapore
shopping in Singapore

(4) Chinatown

We try to have a look in every big city`s Chinatown, just to taste the atmosphere and wander along all the tiny market and food stalls. In Singapore`s Chinatown you will find the Tian Hock Keng Temple. Chinatown`s oldest and most important temple. It is a beautiful and tranquil place with colourful paintings, massive stone lions at the entrance to scare off evil spirits, and of course the smell of incense. Another interesting fact is that the tiles are Dutch and the gates are Scottish.

Tian Hock Keng Temple Singapore
Tian Hock Keng Temple Singapore
Tian Hock Keng Temple Singapore
Tian Hock Keng Temple Singapore

(5) Clarke Quay

Have a stroll along the esplanade after a day of shopping and crash in one of the many bars or restaurant on the waterside to drink an icy cold Tiger Beer ( Singapore`s national brew )

Clarke quay Singapore
Clarke quay Singapore
Clarke quay Singapore
Clarke quay Singapore

(6) The Waterfront Promenade

Just sit and relax and have a look around at the waterfront promenade, where you will find the famous white Merlion ( half-fish, half-lion ) From here you will have a great view at Singapore`s skyline and the river. At night you can enjoy the stunning light show of the Marina Bay Sands at the opposite of the Merlion

Singapore merlion
Singapore merlion

(7) Singapore River Cruise

Another way to explore Singapore`s stunning skyline is by a river cruise. It only takes around 1 hour, but you get great views of the main attractions. Especially when you go just before sunset, you can enjoy all the beautiful little lights of the city and with a bit of luck, beautiful sunset colours. We took the boat from the Merlion up to the Robertson Quay.

Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise
Singapore river cruise

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(8) Gardens by the Bay

The gardens by the bay is one of the top award-winning gardens of the world. Inside and outside, this is definitely one of the most interesting gardens you will ever come across. Outside along a beautiful walking path, you will discover massive high-tech super trees ( even better when it`s dark and they light up in amazing colours. Inside the massive flower dome (the largest glass green house in the world )  you can check out diverse plant life from around the world, displayed in amazing conservatories. Stroll along thousand-year old olive trees and unusual boab trees.  Discover the tallest indoor waterfall in the world and, much more.

Gardens by the bay Singapore at night
Gardens by the bay Singapore at night
Gardens by the bay Singapore at night
Gardens by the bay Singapore at night

(9) Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is a stunning architectural masterpiece, featuring a hotel, casino, shopping mall, museum and exhibition complex and theatre.

Each night, the complex will show its amazing light and laser show.  The best views of the light show you will get at the city side of the Marina Bay, at the Merlion. But if you have the change, also check it out from above, either at the sky bar or from the viewing deck. From here you`ve got an amazing view over the city.

Next to the Marina Bay Sands, you will find the beautifully designed Art Science Museum.

Marina Bay Sands and Art science museum in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands and Art science museum in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Shopping Centre Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Shopping Centre Singapore

(10) Stay in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Even it was only to have a swim in the amazing infinity pool with views over the city. Swimming pool is only accessible for hotel guests and room prices are from 350 AUD per night.. Check it out here

We managed to have a glimpse of the swimming pool from the sky deck and it looked absolutely amazing! It`s for sure on our Travel 2 do List during our next Singapore visit.

Pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
Pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
View from the skydeck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
View from the skydeck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
View from the skydeck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore
View from the skydeck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore

What do you thing of Singapore as a stop over city? Have you been there? Or do you prefer to fly via other Asian cities like Hong Kong ? Talk to us in the comments below

 


 

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16 Comments

  • You are totally right Sophie! Singapore has so much to offer for every family!
    Next time we would love to go to Sentosa Islands and actually swim in the Marina Bay sands Rooftop pool 😉

  • Hi Jane! It really is right?! We didn’t stay at the Marina Bay Sands either, we went up to the roof to have that magnificent view, but staying in the hotel and enjoying that swimming pool is definitely on our bucket list for our next Singapore visit.

  • This place has transformed alot in last 10 years. it has so many wonderful places to see. and you can easily spend a week with your family by checking out new places everyday!

  • This article made me miss Singapore! I’ve been to all the places except staying at the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore River Cruise. It’s truly a beautiful city.

  • Hi Marjorie! That is great to hear! Singapore is a perfect place to celebrate your birthday, I am sure of that! 🙂 Yest the botanical gardens are absolutely great! It is nice to skip the hustle and bustle of the city for a bit! Have a great time in Singapore 🙂

    Jo

  • You have pretty much answered my question on what to do in singapore. I will be going there in August in celebration of my birthday and I didn’t know where to go. My friend lives there but she’s not sure where to take me so now I can tell her something. I’m definitely including the botanical garden in the itinerary.

  • Well written! 🙂 This post is very helpful for those people having a stopover at Singapore but also for people visiting the place as a tourist for days. 🙂

  • Hi Nicole, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I totally share your thoughts with you! We ve been to Singapore twice now, and still plenty new things to discover 🙂
    Jo

  • Singapore has to be one of the most wonderful places to spend time. As a visitor, I just loved the place and how open and cohesive all the cultures are and how friendly the people were. The food is just fabulous and as your photos show, there is no shortage of great scenery! There really is so much to see and do and I can’t wait to visit again.

  • Singapore really is lovely! And changed a lot ( in a better way ) compared with the first time i had a stop over on the way to Australia. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is amazing! Unfortunatly never stayed there, only enjoyed a drink at the roof top terrace, but defo wanna stay there one night and plunge in that pool 😉

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