Singapore is an ideal layover location. If your layover is under eight hours, the airport is bursting with activities to keep you busy. There’s a cinema, butterfly garden, sunflower garden, shopping mall, rooftop pool, and even a hotel if you need to nap. But if your layover is lengthy, I suggest you see Singapore! After all, it’s only a twenty-minute taxi ride from the airport.
Need some inspiration on what to do during your short stint in Singapore? Here’s a play-by-play of how we spent our 12-hour layover in Singapore:
12:30 AM: We land in Singapore, and check-in our bags to the next flight leg. All we’re bringing to Singapore is a small backpack with toiletries and a change of clothes. We head to the hotel information desk inside the airport, and ask for the cheapest available hotel room- they book us a hotel room in Little India for 60 Singapore dollars.
1:15 AM: Get into taxi heading to Little India, Singapore. Little India is centrally located, and our fare is under 20 Singapore dollars.
1:35 AM: Arrive at hotel and set down our bags. We wander Little India, looking for some food- luckily there are dozens of cheap restaurants serving authentic Indian dishes.
2 AM – 7:30 AM: We slept, although you could opt to participate in a more exciting alternative activity- sipping Singapore Slings at the place they were invented: Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar http://www.raffles.com/singapore/dining/long-bar/ .
7:30 AM: Rise and shine and grab some breakfast- time to speed-sightsee all of Singapore. The easiest way to accomplish this is by going full-blown tourist and purchasing a hop-on hop-off, double-decker sightseeing bus ticket for $25 USD (http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/singapore/singapore.htm ).
8:30 AM: Sightseeing Bus tours begin at 8:30 and 9 AM, depending on a route. The best part about this tour is its flexible time frame, so you can “hop off” at any point to dash to the airport. You’ll roam through neighborhoods like Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Bugis Village, the Historic Civil District, The Esplanade, and the Boat Quay. You’ll see and learn about sights such as Marina Bay, Singapore Art Museum, City Hall, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Asian Civilization Museum, and more.
10 AM: We decided to cut our city tour short, hopping off at Marina Bay Sands. You could certainly see more of Singapore, but we were on a mission to swim in the world-famous infinity pool atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. In order to access the pool, you must have a room key. Rooms start at $600 a night. We were three broke backpacking girls. So we went up to the rooftop and grabbed lunch at the Cé La Vi Restaurant, which has remarkable views of the infinity pool and Singapore’s skyline. We struck up a conversation with the table next to us, a group of guys who just so happened to be hotel guests. They let us borrow their room keys for 20 minutes so we could euphorically swim and take photos in the infinity pool- score! Even if you don’t meet such generous hotel guests, you can experience fantastic views and food at the Cé La Vi Restaurant.
10:45 AM: We get a cab from Marina Bay Sands to the Singapore airport, which only takes 15 minutes. With soaking wet hair, we check into our flight and go through security, glowing with happiness from our epic layover.