Things To Do In Singapore When You Are Here On A Stopover
Singapore is a stopover city, from where millions of people connect flights every year. Even though small, one is sure to be spoilt of choice on things to do while waiting for the next connecting flight from the island nation.
If you have plenty of time, taking some time to cool off nerves and relax muscles while sampling some of the world’s finest attractions should be a no-brainer.
At The Airport
If you only have few hours before the gates open for the next connecting flight, then leaving the airport won’t be such a good idea. Given that Singapore plays host to some of the best airports, sightseeing some of the best architectures may as well be a good idea to pass time at the airport.
There is a reason why Changi International Airport keeps topping the charts as the best airport in the world. If you have less than two hours, then you could take time to visit the cactus garden at T1 in Changi Airport or take a ride on the world’s tallest slide in T3.
While at the airport, you can also try a 24-hour cinema or go swimming. There is also a stopover snifter rooftop bar ideal for relaxing after a long flight. If you are into the environment, you can visit a nearby garden and sample some 40 species of butterflies.
Out of the Airport
If your layover is more than five hours, then this would be the best time to visit the city and engage in sightseeing of all manner. If you wish to sample entertainment or dining joints, visiting Orchard Road dubbed as Singapore’s New York Fifth Avenue should be a good place for a start.
The three miles Orchard Road plays host to some of the best retail outlets, ideal for anyone looking to do some shopping. The street offers access to 22 deluxe malls as well as six department stores. Iconic designer’s stores, as well as high street brands, also come in handy. Entertainment and dining options also come in plenty, suiting every budget.
Visit the Sentosa Island
While at the airport, you can jump at the Sentosa Express for a ride to the magnificent Sentosa Island. The island is dubbed the ‘State Fun’ for a reason given that it comes with a variety of things that one can do, right from visiting the universal studio to the magnificent Adventure Cove Water Park. There is also a Dolphin Island within the island.
The island also comes with magnificent beaches perfect for relaxing while gazing in the sun. The Siloso Beach is a must visit renowned for holding after dark parties.
Visit Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Singapore is dubbed as the hub for everything for a reason. If you have a day or two until your next flight, you could take time to sample what the island nation has to offer in its botanical gardens as well as Zoos.
Botanic gardens are located along the Bukit Timah Road from where one is sure to sightsee some of the largest display of orchids. The botanic gardens come with over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids. Wondering in the park aimlessly may come into play as an excellent way of relaxing after a long flight while enjoying the fragrance the orchids have to offer.
There is also the Singapore Zoo that one can pay a visit to have a view of the giant pandas as well as Kai Kai and Jia Jiam as well as white tiger and orangutans. Rated as one of the best in the world, the Singapore Zoo comes with elevated platforms perfect for peeking through the park as well as spacious enclosures and underwater galleries.
For couples, the Singapore Zoo is a perfect place to have a romantic walkthrough given the ambiance and the opportunity to come up close with some endangered wild species
Singapore comes with a good mixture of architecture worth paying a visit as part of a sightseeing adventure. Mega skyscrapers to colonial buildings from the British Empire as well as loads of temples are some of the architectural designs that welcome one into the island nation.
A mixture of colonial buildings to skyscraper is what one can expect while pondering around the city along the Padang field. Around the field the City Hall, St Andrews Cathedral is an imposing architecture from where the Supreme Court is also evident.
Chinatown along the New Bridge Road is another imposing architecture worth paying a visit. You can also use this opportunity to explore some of the delicacies on offer be it during dinner or lunch time. In addition to acting as an eatery epicenter, visiting the Chinatown Heritage Center should allow one to learn the history behind Singapore’s early Chinese migrants.
You can also stroll through the back lanes to have a feel of the old flats and neighborhoods in China town where the smasui women used to live.
Sightseeing won’t be complete without paying the Marina Bay Sands Skypark a visit. The park plays host to a 57-story luxury hotel and casino which acts as a symbol of Singapore’s skyline. The Skypark contains a rooftop infinity pool, ideal for relaxing while overlooking the entire city.
Singapore diversity is also epitomized’ by ethnic districts with tastes of different cultures right from smells, music, and flavors. Little India is one such place worth visiting just east of the Singapore River. While visiting, one is sure to enjoy multicolored buildings as well as Indian floral on display the city also plays host to the oldest and busiest Hindu temple in the name of Sri Veeramakaliamman, worth a visit.
If you have plans to explore Singapore beyond the airport, it would be important to check beforehand, if you can do so without a visa. Travelers with American and Canadian passports can visit visa-free. It would also be wise to factor in time nicely especially for people with layovers of less than 5 hours.