Enjoy the Best of Singapore in 24 Hours
It’s fun to plan your own holiday itinerary but it can also be a huge headache. There are so many places to visit, so many things to do, and so little time!
Even for a country often described as a little red dot on the map, there’s still quite a fair bit for travellers to explore.
Whether you’ve got a spare day on your business trip or just want to make the best of a day of your vacation, here’s a handy guide on how you can enjoy the best of Singapore in just 24 hours.
Visit The Temples in Chinatown and Stop by Maxwell for Brunch
Start your day by delving into the rich culture and history of Singapore right in Chinatown.
Image Credit: Singapore Travel Hub
Chinatown shophouses / Image Credit: Cavin Teo
Walk through the lanes of the many restored shophouses preserved for heritage purposes, and while you’re there, why not pick up some souvenirs?
Maxwell Food Centre / Image Credit: SG Asia City
Stop by Maxwell Food Centre for brunch. The classic breakfast sets from the drinks stalls are definitely worth a try; it comes with kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs, and a coffee or tea. Or indulge in some famed Chicken Rice if you want something heartier!
Sri Mariamman Temple / Image Credit: Visit Singapore
Talk a stroll down to the Sri Mariamman Temple. Gazetted as a National Monument, the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore is a major attraction due to its prominent architecture — a pyramid-like entrance tower, Gopuram, covered with sculptures of Hindu deities and other beings.
Chinatown Heritage Centre / Image Credit: Museum Roundtable
Take a trip down memory lane at Chinatown Heritage Centre. Step in and experience what life was like for the Singapore pioneers.
Experience Reverse Bungee and Ride the Singapore River Cruise
Clarke Quay / Image Credit: Travel Yourself Today
Home to many pubs, bars, and night clubs around, Clarke Quay is a popular nightlife spot in Singapore. However, there’s a lot Clarke Quay can offer in the day too.
First Generation (sculpture) / Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Spot the sculptures that line the river, which depict the lives of locals back in the day.
Singapore River Cruise / Image Credit: Make My Trip
Take the Civic District Walking Trail
Image Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum
Make your way to the Asian Civilisations Museum and check out Asia’s rich history , including the Ancient Religions Gallery which traces the spread of religions from India to the rest of Asia.
Take the Civic District Walking Trail from there and take lots of photos as you stop by the many artworks on your way towards Esplanade!
Esplanade and Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay / Image Credit: Visit Singapore
Makansutra Gluttons Bay / Image Credit: takemachelin
Appreciate Nature at Gardens by the Bay
Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay
Make your way towards Gardens by the Bay, where you can get tickets to take a stroll on the suspended walkways between the mighty Supertrees and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lush garden.
Dinner and Shopping at Orchard Road
Orchard Road / Credit Image: Visit Singapore
You’ll be spoilt for choice deciding what to eat for dinner as the malls that flank the shopping belt offer an abundance of dining options. You can indulge in some retail therapy at the retails stores and high-end boutiques after dinner as well, as the malls usually shut at around 10pm.
Retreat and Relax
CHI, The Spa / Image Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
After a long day of exploring Singapore, retreat back to your room at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Drop off your shopping bags and treat yourself to a nice massage at CHI, The Spa, or go for room service and have some healthy snacks delivered to you while you kick back, relax, and look through the photos you’ve taken throughout the day!