Singapore is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. A city-state, Singapore is a modern metropolis, which is immaculately clean and organized. Although small in size, the city is packed with amazing attractions, both natural and manmade. If you find yourself in Singapore for a short period of time, while in transit to some other country or city, do take the chance to explore the city. While 24 hours are too short to cover all the attractions that the city offers, you can surely see some of the major places of Singapore in a day. Let us check out how a one day in Singapore itinerary can look like.
Singapore Itinerary for One Day
Singapore is an amalgamation of three different cultures, namely Chinese, Malay and Indian. Although the city is a beautiful metropolis with modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, it has been able to preserve its ethnic cultures beautifully. To ensure that you see every aspect of the city, your itinerary is designed to include both the traditional and the modern parts of the city.
It is best to start your tour with a visit to Chinatown, one of the ethnic areas of the city. Vibrant, colourful and energetic, the place is filled with street markets, temples, souvenir and gift shops, etc. It is a great place to grab a delicious and breakfast of some Chinese delicacies at affordable prices. Apart from roaming along the streets of Chinatown, you must also visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Along with the beautiful statue of the Buddha, you would be able to see unique Buddhist artefacts from different parts of the world here. Chinatown is also home to the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, Sri Mariamman Temple, which is known for its beautiful architecture.
After exploring the Chinese side of Singapore, it is time to visit Little India, which is the centre of the Indian community of the city-state. Complete with Indian restaurants, shops selling Indian goods, traditional temples, the place would surely give you the air of actually being in India. As you do not have much time, it would be best to stick to just a few places, which include Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (a 19th century Hindu temple), Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, House of Tan Teng Niah, Temple of 1000 lights. If you want to indulge in some shopping, Mustafa Centre (24/7 shopping place) is a place where you would find anything you are looking for, at amazing prices.
Exploring Chinatown and Little India is truly interesting, but as the morning turns to afternoon, you would want to find some respite from the heat of the place. Head to Orchard Road, which is a street filled with shopping malls and boutiques. Here, you would find everything from local to world famous brands. However, if shopping is not on your agenda during such a short trip, you can visit this place to enjoy the cool air-conditioners and to have a scrumptious lunch at one of the restaurants or food courts. Some of the popular food places on Orchard Road are ION Orchard Food Opera, Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar, Roost, etc. The food is not only tasty and hygienic but affordable too.
Once you have satiated your tummy and cooled off a little, it is time to continue exploring the city. The Merlion Park should be your next destination, where you would find two statues of Singapore’s national icon, the Merlion. With the head of a lion and body of a mermaid, the main Merlion statue measures 8.6 meters in height and spouts water from its mouth. On the other hand, the Merlion cub measures just 2 meters. At the park, you can take a picture with the Merlion in the background, admire the Marina Bay area and the impressive skyline of Singapore, and enjoy a bumboat ride over the Singapore River.
Gardens by the Bay
Your next destination would surely surprise you if you think that Singapore is only about buildings and large constructions. Gardens by the Bay is a manmade forest ecosystem, right in the middle of the city. Spread around 250 acres, the garden has two really cool conservatories, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Garden. There is also the Supertree Grove, where you find giant-sized manmade trees decorated with beautiful lights. As you would reach the Gardens by the Bay around sunset, you would be able to witness the beauty of the trees lighting up as the sun goes down. If you are ready to wait a little longer, do check the Garden Rhapsody Show (at 7:45 and 8:45 PM), which is an incredible light and sound show performed by the lights on the supertrees.
Singapore Night Safari
As the day descends into night, you would want to end your stay in Singapore with a nice meal or perhaps a few drinks. If this is what you want, Clarke Quay of Singapore has lot of options. But if you love animals and outdoors, the Singapore Night Safari is a unique experience that you must try. The Singapore Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo, spread around 86 acres of area. Here, you would be able to see over 130 species of animals and their nocturnal life. The zoo has naturalistic habitats and the animals are kept in open enclosures. You are free to explore the place on a tram or by foot though the various walking trails. Apart from the exhibits, you would also be able to watch interesting live shows and performances during the safari.
Tips for One Day Singapore Tour
Here are some tips that would make your Singapore holiday smooth, efficient and tension-free.
• The best way to travel in Singapore is by taking the MRT, i.e. the metro which connects all the major locations of the city. Moreover, it is cheap, fast and extremely efficient.
• If you want to save time, you also have the option of taking local cabs or Uber cab services, which may be a little more expensive than the metro.
• Rains in Singapore could appear anytime, so it would be smart to carry a light rain jacket or umbrella with you. Carrying an umbrella would also protect you from the harsh afternoon sunlight.
• Do not litter anywhere in Singapore as there are strict laws against it. Also, chewing gum is banned in the city-state.
• Food in street markets and hawker streets are extremely clean and safe.
• Carry a bottle with you and refill it from any tap or fountain in public places as it is completely safe. Moreover, bottled water is expensive in Singapore.
Singapore is an amazing city with a lot to offer, and you would want to fit lot of things in one day. However, this would spoil your entire day. Instead, pick a few spots that interest you and enjoy them fully.