In the Lion City, you’re always sure to have a roaring good time. Welcome to blog travels and for this guide we’re visiting Singapore, an island city state that, although modest in size, packs a whole lot to see and do more than enough to fill a 24 hour period. Are you a fan of our posts? Be sure to subscribe to blog travels and Ring the bell to be notified about our latest posts. Everything that Singapore does, it does, well. Whatever motivates you to travel, whether it’s food, architecture, art, shopping, or beautiful green spaces, Singapore is sure to deliver and with its world renowned mass rapid transit or MRT subway system, getting around is a breeze. Of course, in a city with so much to see, you’ll likely also be happy walking to get around. Please note that we won’t be focusing on food for this post, but foodie should check out our post on how to eat your way through a day in Singapore. Before diving into our day, we just want to start off by pointing out that Singapore’s Changi Airport is a destination in its own right. It’s one of the most modern, green, beautiful and functional airports anywhere in the world. So be it on your way in or out of the city.
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Make sure to set aside some time to really appreciate all that Shanghai has to offer. Many of the sites and attractions we will be checking out on our trip are fairly concentrated near and around central Singapore southern coast. To begin our day, however, we start a little further. East in the cat and Juliet district. Things move a bit slower in this colorful and culturally rich part of the city, giving you a glimpse into a local lifestyle that’s less glamorous and more cozy and quaint. This residential neighborhood was historically inhabited by Peranakans Chinese immigrants who settled in Malaysia and developed their own distinct culture with its eye-catching architecture and laid back atmosphere, gothong is the perfect place for an early morning stroll. Like we said, Singapore as a city and country excels at most things. And museums are no exception. So after spending a couple of hours in Kathang, we’ll make our way West to the National Museum of Singapore, dating back to 1849. It’s the oldest museum in the nation’s history, though it’s worth noting that it moved locations a number of times before settling into the beautiful building on Stanford Rd. That it now calls home.
The National Museum is a great place to learn about Singapore’s rich and often complicated history. It also boasts some more notably immersive and experimental exhibits. Singapore is a destination. It has a great reverence for history and culture, but is also at the cutting edge of many industries. As such it only seems appropriate that our morning of museums strikes a similar balance from the National Museum. We head South East to the Arts Science Museum. It’s about a 25 minute walk, but on the way you can see one of Singapore’s most famous landmarks, the Raffles Hotel, which dates back to 1887 and is actually one of their national monuments. The Arts Science Museum is situated at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Integrated resort. There is a lot to see here, but try not to get too distracted. I will be coming back to the area in the evening when it really shines. The Arts Science Museum is an architectural wonder. It’s a Lotus flower-like shape earning it.
The nickname, the welcoming hand of Singapore. Here you’ll encounter a variety of high tech, interactive forward thinking exhibits and programs that need to be experienced first hand to really be appreciated and are sure to blow away. Visitors of all ages. We’ve tried to keep your morning relatively relaxed, but in the afternoon portion of our visit. We’re really going to dive head first into this vibrant and eclectic city, so buckle up, Singapore is often described as a melting pot, a country where various groups of people from different nationalities have settled, bringing with them their own culture. Heading northeast from the Art Science Museum, we enter Little India, often referred to by locals as Azteca. We’d highly recommend taking one of the self guided tours along the Little India Heritage trails. It’s a great way to see the neighborhood highlights. The area is a feast for the senses, but nowhere is that more true than at the little. India Arcade, a lively and eclectic market located on Sarangan Road. Next, we’ll be heading West to Orchard Rd. Any serious shoppers out there likely don’t need an introduction, but for those of you not in the know, Orchard Rd is retail heaven, though it only spans about 1.3 miles. Orchard Road is home to a dizzying array of department stores, shopping malls and boutiques from exclusive luxury brands to mainstays like H&M and top shops. When it comes to retail, Orchard Rd has got it all. Of course. It’s also known for its restaurants. Cafes, entertainment options and remarkable architecture.
Whether you’re interested in shopping doesn’t really matter. Orchard Rd is a part of Singapore’s modern cultural experience. Like we said, Singapore is a melting pot, so whenever you’ve had your fill of Orchard Rd, we’re going to head South to Chinatown. People of Chinese descent make up Singapore’s largest diaspora, and so it’s only logical that Singapore’s Chinatown puts most North American equivalents to shame. Again, there’s plenty of shopping to be done, not to mention an abundance of cheap eats just waiting to tickle your taste buds. For those interested in temples here you’ll find some of the city’s best, including the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and the Tianhe King Temple. But really Chinatowns are the sort of place you just need to walk around soaking up the sights, smells and vibrant atmosphere. Chinatown is nice and close to two of Singapore’s most popular areas for evening activities. The first is Marina Bay, which we pass through earlier in the day when visiting the Art Science Museum.
After dark, the Marina Bay Sands Resort comes alive each evening. There’s an elaborate light and water show at 8:00 and 9:00 o’clock. A veritable hub of nightlife, Marina Bay is home to numerous entertainment options, clubs, restaurants and bars, including some rooftop ones where you can pair your drink with a breathtaking view right next to the Marina. Bay Complex is one of Singapore’s most iconic instagrammable spots. The Gardens by the Bay, this giant futuristic nature park is honestly worth a visit during the day as well, but at night when the large tree-like structures are illuminated, it’s like you’ve stepped into another world. Peaceful, serene and breathtakingly beautiful. A walk through the gardens by the Bay is an experience you’ll never forget.
And one that you will surely be talking about for years to come. Another one of the must visit attractions in the area. Located just across the Benjamin Sheares Bridge on the other side of the Singapore River, opened in 2008 and standing 541 feet in height, it’s one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels. Its staggering height coupled with the design of its capsules, makes it so the Singapore Flyer offers a truly incomparable view of the city. At this point, you might be ready to call it a night if you’re a real night owl and want to stretch your 24 hours in Singapore to it. Limits, however you can always head upriver to Clarke Quay, another one of the city’s best spots for nightlife where the atmosphere is a bit more hard partying. The food is more outrageous than nightclubs. Bumping. The bars are elaborately themed and the atmosphere is simply infectious. Seriously, it’s like a theme park, but do you agree with our picks? Check out these.
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