A Layovers Guide to Singapore
Singapore — a place where I spent hours sleeping in the airport during my layovers. Almost everybody who flies will have to have a layover in Singapore at one point or another, and while the layovers suck, Singapore does not. During my layover (17 hours of torture) and after my nap (40 hours of sleeplessness) I decided to take to the city of Singapore and make the most of the time I had there.
Gardens by the Bay
How could this not have been at the top of the list? I find it strange, Singapore’s population to land ratio is 9000 people to 1 square kilometre (insane right?) yet they’ve managed to set aside 101 hectares of land to create this beautiful place where close to 9 million people visit annually. You might there it could get pretty crowded but considering the sheer size of this place it actually surprised me when I arrived to find it a lot less crowded than I had initially pictured. For me, the highlight was definitely The Supertree Grove (as seen in the photo below) where huge man made canopies that measure between 25m and 50m in height adorn the centre of The Garden. As you can see, it rained the day I was there for my layover so truth be told, it’s just my favourite because I didn’t get the chance to check out the other sections of the Gardens: Flower Dome, Cloud Forest or the Children’s Garden.
The ArtScience Museum
The ArtScience Museum is located within the Marina Bay Sands resort and by far the most amazing museum of its kind, in fact, it’s the only one of its kind in the world. The exhibits are literally like something out of this world. I had the pleasure of visiting the ‘Future World’ exhibitions and was just blown away by what was on show. The photo below was taken by a total stranger as I walked through one of the exhibits: Space. Entry to any particular exhibition is $17 for an adult and $12 for a child/senior/student, so not too expensive, and absolutely worth it in my opinion. This is one place you really don’t want to miss out on visiting during your layover in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands: The Shoppes
When I first heard of Marina Bay Sands, immediately the thing that came to mind was the resort with the infinity pool overlooking the city that you would’ve seen on Instagram at one point or another…
You would soon realise that Marina Bay Sands doesn’t only include the resort as well as the ArtScience Museum, but also the shopping centre directly across from the resort. There is a river that goes through the shopping centre itself with boats that go back and forth from one end to the other. There are a tonne of different shops (or The Shoppes as Singaporeans call it) ranging from brands just starting out, all the way to high end retail outlets such as Chanel and Victoria Secret as well as many others. On top of the retail precinct there are endless amount of eateries that will ensure you don’t get hungry during your layover in Singapore.
The Singapore River (Sungei Singapura)
What better way to end your day in Singapore before boarding your flight than to have a walk along The Singapore River, otherwise known as Sungei Singapura. It stretches for a total of 3km and gives you a beautiful view of the city of Singapore. Palm trees stretch through the majority of it and restaurants are dotted throughout the walk. I also had the pleasure of watching the sun set behind the city which I viewed from The Singapore River and it was absolutely amazing.
We all know how painful long layovers can be so I really hope this list has helped you out! Even just a bit. If worst comes to worst and you don’t have time to do all of this on your own, there are free bus tours of the city that leave every hour or so and leave directly from the airport!
If there is anything you think I should add to this list please let me know! I’d love to take on other people’s opinions. For now stay safe but not too safe — Go.