If you have ever been on a long-haul flight, that stops off in the middle of nowhere for a little too long, you know it can be hard to find things to do to entertain yourself before you’re off again. The time drags, you’re left scratching your head and all you want to do is to get to your destination so you can sleep off the jet lag. But in my opinion, we’ve been missing a trick.
The stopover gives us an incredible opportunity to see the best bits of a whole new place and allows us to move on before we get bored.
Here then, I want to share with you the best things to do during a 24-hour stopover in Singapore.
Now, I recognize that the weather in South East Asia can be very unpredictable especially at this time of year, so I have broken this article down to give you some inspiration on places you can visit come rain or shine.
Embracing the sun (or clear skies)
1. The Gardens by the Bay are home to the infamous Supertree Grove (or in English, the big metal trees that look like they’ve been snapped straight out of James Cameron’s 2009 ‘Avatar’). These landmarks are iconic and worth visiting regardless of the time of day, although the light show they display in the evenings makes them look more dramatic as they contrast the night sky beautifully.
(Sorry for my poor camera work, it really doesn’t do any justice to how amazing they are)
2. The Singapore Botanic Gardens provide a stunning collection of different plants and trees from across SE Asia.
I recognize walking around the gardens aren’t for everyone, but personally I love the tranquility of being alone in nature. For me, this was a great way to relax and escape the bustle of the city.
3. The street art around Beach Road is worth visiting and admiring. The murals and displays that cover the sides of buildings and line side streets with a vibrant masks of colour are beautiful. It is worth passing through this area for a quick look, to appreciate the creativity and experience the thriving culture that surrounds the Masjid Sultan.
Escaping the rain
1. The Gardens by the Bay are also home to the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. These are both indoors and provide a nice escape from the seasons, if they aren’t being too favourable during your lay-over.
The Flower Dome provides a collection of flowers from across the globe, and features a variety of wood carvings that are iconographic of their home locations.
The Cloud Dome nextdoor is home to a incredible indoor waterfall that features a walk-way around the entire display and provides incomparable views of the entire garden and Marina Bay.
2. Little India has an amazing collection of stalls, lovely street restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Although the restaurants might not look like much from the outside, the quality of food is delicious and really affordable. Not far from the centre of Singapore, Little India is easily accessible via the underground and gives you a real authentic experience of Indian culture.
3. On route to the Marina Bay Sands the Helix Bridge provides cover to observe the best view of the city, particularly during the evening. Take a moment to appreciate the skyline before you head to the nearby shopping centre to find an authentic Malaysian dish.
Life’s too short to waste 24-hours in an airport, so make the most of it!
I’m not a great photographer to say the least, but if for whatever reason you want to see more photos of my travels, check out my Instagram @mollanna_