Enjoy the Best of Singapore in 24 Hours

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.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and MuseumImage Credit: Singapore Travel Hub

Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and learn more about one of the four main religions in Singapore.

Chinatown shophousesChinatown 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 CentreMaxwell 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 TempleSri 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 CentreChinatown 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 QuayClarke Quay / Image Credit: Travel Yourself Today

Stroll along Chinatown towards Clarke Quay, a riverside quay within the Singapore River area.

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)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 CruiseSingapore River Cruise / Image Credit: Make My Trip

You can also choose to enjoy the sights of the city on a bumboat. Or challenge yourself to a thrilling experience with the G-Max Reverse Bungy and GX-5 Extreme Swing!

Take the Civic District Walking Trail

Asian Civilisations MuseumImage 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 BayEsplanade — Theatres on the Bay / Image Credit: Visit Singapore

Stop by the iconic Esplanade, and visit Makansutra Gluttons Bay to grab a quick bite.

Makansutra Gluttons BayMakansutra Gluttons Bay / Image Credit: takemachelin

Grab some local delights like Satay, barbecued chicken wings, or Char Kway Teow before you go on to enjoy a scenic view of the river.

View From The Helix BridgeView From The Helix Bridge / Image Credit: Visit Singapore

Marvel at the sights of Singapore’s urban cityscape: ArtScience Museum, Singapore Flyer, Merlion sculpture, and the many skyscrapers that make up Singapore’s Central Business District.

Appreciate Nature at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the BayImage 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.

Gardens by the BayGardens by the Bay / Image Credit: Bumble Bee MumGardens by the Bay - Cloud ForestCloud Forest / Image Credit: Weekend Go Where

Enjoy the breath-taking view and mist from the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, Cloud Forest, and learn more about plant life in the Flower Dome.

Dinner and Shopping at Orchard Road

Orchard RoadOrchard Road / Credit Image: Visit Singapore

When night falls, take the MRT down to Somerset or Orchard and walk down Asia’s most famous shopping street, Orchard Road.

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

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - CHI, The SpaCHI, 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!

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