19 August 2019
WHAT TO DO, SEE, TASTE AND EXPERIENCE ON YOUR STOPOVER
As a popular stopover spot for Australian travellers making their way to Europe, Singapore offers plenty for inexperienced and seasoned travellers alike. Breaking up a long flight with a few days in Singapore is a smart way to soften the jetlag blow and see a new city at the same time. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in this cosmopolitan place that is full of surprises:
Morning: Take it easy by starting your day with a leisurely brunch at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Stretch your legs on a walk around the verdant grounds that are home to an astounding array of tropical plants, then stop in at one of the onsite cafes for a casual brunch and coffee. Starting your journey in Singapore surrounded by nature is a good way to shrug off jetlag and recalibrate after a flight.
Midday: Head to the Orchard Road district to soak up the electric atmosphere of this popular shopping and entertainment precinct. Shop up a storm at one of the many department stores located here, drop into a contemporary art gallery or studio to see the local art scene in action and grab lunch at one of the casual eateries or food courts dotted throughout the precinct. Everything from tea lounges to Michelin-starred restaurants can be found in the Orchard Road area.
Evening: Take to the water on a cruise along the Singapore River. Seeing Singapore’s skyline by night is must-do and floating down the river away from the city streets is a relaxing way to see the city after dark. Afterwards, alight at one of the quays and enjoy a seafood feast at one of the many restaurants that line the river. Chilli crab is one of Singapore’s most beloved dishes so why not sample it on your first night?
Morning: Start the day by meeting new friends at the Singapore Zoo. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, book in to share a very special jungle breakfast with some of the local residents. Dining with orangutans is something you’ll never forget and is best booked in advance to avoid missing out. Afterwards, wander around the grounds of this sprawling zoo where monkeys, hippos, tapirs, chimpanzees, lizards and exotic birds can be found.
Midday: Catch a taxi to the Little India area of Singapore to enjoy a curry, mango lassi and other Indian delicacies for lunch. With a significant population of Indians living in Singapore, this is a top spot to savour the flavours of the Subcontinent without having to fly to India. Afterwards, wander around this small yet atmospheric enclave to witness the colours and energy of the local retail scene. From brightly coloured saris to fragrant spices, art, incense, sweets, gold jewellery and more, this is one of Singapore’s most vibrant areas. Want to learn more about Indian culture in Singapore? Visit the Indian Heritage Centre on Campbell Lane to find out about how Indians came to call Singapore home.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in the lap of luxury enjoying high tea at one of Singapore’s upscale hotels. A remnant of the colonial era, afternoon tea and high tea is still a popular fixture in Singapore (especially for expats and visitors). Many hotels offer high tea on weekdays and weekends, with delicate sandwiches, sweet cakes, moreish scones, champagne and/or tea offered by hotels like Raffles, Intercontinental, Shangri-La Hotel, St Regis and Parkroyal. Singapore can be a humid place, so relaxing in airconditioned bliss in the afternoon out of the heat and sun is a great idea. What better way to retreat from the world than in luxury with a cake and champagne in hand?
Evening: By night, head to the impressive Marina Bay Sands complex to indulge in the finer things in life. Catch a stage show, order a cocktail (with a side serve of city views) at the rooftop bar and savour fine cuisine in one of the many restaurants located within the modern complex. As one of Singapore’s leading entertainment hubs, it’s entirely possible to spend many hours here and not get bored. Simply surrender to the over-the-top offerings of this multipurpose hotel, casino, retail, dining and entertainment space and make the most of your final night in Singapore.
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