Singapore is a city which deserves a lot more time than 36 hours but if you’ve only got a bit of a stopover, here’s how to make the most of it.
Visit Gardens by the Bay
You can’t visit Singapore without strolling around the famous ‘Gardens by the Bay’ and its unique ‘super tree grove’.
If you’re limited on time, like we were, opt to visit The Cloud Forest out of the attractions on offer as this houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall inside a giant glass climate controlled bio dome! It’s a real tropical feel inside with temperatures of 23-25 Degrees Celsius and a cold air water mist meets you as you step inside.
The tree-top walk takes you to the top of the waterfall and you can enjoy stunning views of the gardens and super trees. It’s safe to say, this was our favourite spot in Singapore and it’s easy to see why.
Snap a selfie in Merlion Park
The Merlion is a mythical creature of a lion’s head with the body of a fish and it’s known as the ‘mascot’ of Singapore. The original Merlion statue is 8.6 metres tall and spouts water from its mouth. Phil had too much fun snapping a shot with this one.
The statue sits near the Fullerton Hotel, overlooking the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Yes, it’s super touristy and you might have to squeeze through the crowds and ask people to take your photo, but it’s a great area to sit and people watch on a sunny day.
Treat yourself to a meal at the Marina Bay Sands
As it was Phil’s birthday, we opted for the Chocolate and Cheese Buffet on Level 55 at Hotel Tower 2 in Club 55. The views from here are incredible and you even get a complimentary glass of bubbly if it is in fact your birthday week (they do check ID so bear this in mind!)
There’s also a wine pairing available for a bit of extra indulgence – if you can manage it after ‘all you can eat’ of over 40 chocolate-based desserts and 12 varieties of European cheeses. Even if you don’t come for dinner in the hotel, it is worth the visit alone for the views across the city skyline.
Take in more skyline views from the Singapore Flyer
Definitely one to do at night as the city lights look incredible from up here, as well as having a unique perspective of the light show at Gardens by the Bay. Again, as it was Phil’s birthday (thank you Phil) we treated ourselves to the ‘Singapore Sling’ package and by fluke we got the whole capsule to ourselves, enjoying a cheeky tipple whilst taking in the views. Date night goals!
Hop across to Sentosa Island to visit Universal Studios
Channel your inner child/big kid vibes and jump in a short cab ride to Universal Studios. It might be fairly small but it makes up for it with the high quality of rides (that I definitely didn’t go on 3 times in a row whilst Phil watched on with a dizzy tummy as apparently once is enough for him). Our favourites: Battlestar Gallactica and Revenge of the Mummy.
Spend an evening at Clarke Quay
Located by the Singapore River and filled with bright coloured lights and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with the thriving nightlife here.
There’s plenty of riverside restaurants to choose from but if you’re a fan of live music, you have to stay on for a drink or 3 at The Crazy Elephant live music bar. Yes the drinks are a little pricey but there’s no entry fee and you can enjoy epic Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm and Blues late into the night. We were lucky enough to be there for the famous Crazy Elephant jam session on a Sunday night and got to witness some awesome musicians in action. The perfect way to end our short but sweet time in Singapore. We’ll definitely be back.