Going on long haul flights comes with a plus; you get a “free” stopover and a chance to explore a new city. So I say take that stopover and spend a night or two to explore somewhere new without having to pay for flights to get there.
I have only ever visited Singapore on a stop over, but each time we go we experience the city more and more. Sure you don’t have time to travel far out of the city, but I assure you Singapore is so worth taking that extra effort for.
Singapore is a buzzing city with a heap of attractions, little cities within (aka little India), endless food selections and amazing hotels to stay in. As Singapore is a hot and sticky country/city, the city hotels obviously have pools, and a bonus of having a pool on top of a city hotel is you score a wicked 360 view. Bonus!
Singapore is one of Asia’s safest cities to be in, so makes travelling solo a perfect stop over destination. At first glance Singapore seems to be extremely Westernised, but if you explore a little deeper you will find culture and heritage and soon be taken by how incredible Singapore truly is.
Things to do
Sentosa Island: You can’t go to Singapore and not visit Sentosa. Sentosa is an island in Singapore with hotels, attractions places to swim, eat… the list goes on. Sentosa is family friendly and is filled with activities all year round. It’s like a tropical escape within a buzzing city.
Singapore Flyer: The Singapore Flyer is a huge ferris wheel, which takes you up, and beyond the city with a total 360 view. It sits at 165m and is sure to give you the best views of Singapore as you observe the city from above.
Universal Studios: Universal Studios is located on Sentosa Island and well, it’s a movie and TV themed amusement park. You can easily spend a day here enjoying rollercoasters and pigging out on fatty theme park foods.
Flashback: When we went, we purchased a sealed fairy-floss. The man selling it to us told us not to open it until we were back at the hotel, so what did we do? We opened it and well it evaporated from the humidity. So long story short… don’t open fairy-floss outside.
Singapore Zoo and Underwater World: If you are a lover of all things underwater and on land, then be sure to stop at either Singapore Underwater World or Zoo. My favourite is Underwater World as sea creatures and life underwater captivate me, so this for me was a must.
Singapore Botanic Gardens: Located around the main shopping district lives the Botanic Gardens. The botanic gardens is tropical garden and is a UNESCO world heritage site, the only tropical garden to be listed by the UNESCO. Entrance is free so take the day to enjoy or pack a picnic and wind down among a tropical “forest” in the cities centre.
Little “foreign” towns within Singapore
The Arab Quarter: Step into the streets of the Middle East right in Singapore. The colourful streets with a traditional middle eastern temple and Persian outlet stores, I can guarantee that you will feel as if you floated on a magic carpet and into another world.
The Arab Quarter also has traditional meals of the Middle East in street filled restaurants. You can even purchase jewellery, bags, sarongs, perfume and leather. Spend the afternoon or morning exploring a little taste of Middle Eastern culture without having to even travel to the Middle East.
Little India: Down in old Singapore there is this place called little India. An extremely charismatic pocket of Singapore and full of vibrant colours you can purchase spices, incense and other traditional items. You can hear India with Indian pop music around every corner and through every shop door along with the smell of curries being cooked up at traditional restaurants along the streets.
Not only can you shop, eat and smell India but you can also visit Indian temples and be inspired to ultimately take your own trip to India. I know it inspired me immensely and gave me serious wanderlust.
Stay for a night or two wont you?
Park Royal on Beach Road Singapore is an extremely versatile hotel only 20 minutes away from the airport with an AMAZING buffet breakfast. Even to today, it is the best buffet breakfast I have ever been too… and I have been to a lot!
Park Royal is located a few minutes walk away from the Arab Quarter and located in the city centre of downtown Singapore. Saying that, it is only a few minutes in a taxi or bus from the main city street in Singapore.
This hotel has an amazing pool and poolside bar, sitting on the top of the building over looking the city. You could easily spend a morning, day or afternoon by the pool and not even think about moving as you flick through your book with a smoothie by your side.