- Producer and Primary Host: Charles Huang
- Layover Mini-Series
- Running Time: 10 minutes 9 seconds
- Filmed: January 2016
- Sponsors: The Pod – Boutique Capsule Hotel
- Premiere Date: September 18, 2016
As part of season of DIY Destinations, and Travel Guide, one of the Travel Guide episode featured Kuala Lumpur and Destinations episode featuring Palau. To get from Kuala Lumpur, we had to fly to Manila to catch a United Airlines flight to Palau. Therefore, I thought it will be neat to do a new series called Layover to show how easily and inexpensively to discover a new cities between connecting flights as long as layover is more than 8 or more hours. In this case, I was lucky enough to have exactly 23.5 hours to spent in Singapore. For this episode, I’ll be showing everyone who to discover most of Singapore’s free attractions and few off the beaten path attractions. So, let’s get started!
The best way to get to most of the tourist attraction in Singapore is using their light rail directly from the Changi Airport. You get a 1 day, 2 day or 3 day Tourist Pass for SG $10, $16 or $20, which gives you unlimited travel on their subway, light rail and the buses. I recommend you get a two day pass even if you are staying under 24 hours, as coverage of the day pass begins from your 1st usage of the pass to the end of public transport service for that day. You get the Tourist Pass right near the entrance to the airport MRT station, there is a $10 deposit for the card which is refunded once the card is returned on your last day. The hours of operation for metro are 5:30 am to before 1:00 am daily and
Directions: From the Airport MRT Station, take East-West Line and interchange at Tanah Merah for direction to Joo Koon and get off at the Bugis Station or Little India Station.
Recommended Time: 23 minutes for transportation / 90 minutes for tour.
The Little India located east of the Singapore River and home to the Singapore’s Tamil community. On the Serangoon Road and neighbouring streets, you’ll see a mix of Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. It is a great place to try out Singapore-Indian food ran by the Tamil population and look for bargains in the Little India Arcade, famous for its cheap electronics as well as clothing and jewelries.
Recommended Time: 20 minutes for walk / 30 minutes for tour.
Just a 15 minutes away is a off the beaten path consist of independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes, as well as street arts.
Recommended Time: 3 minutes for walk / 15 minutes for sightseeing.
Direction: From Bugis Station, take the East West Line to City Hall Interchange Station and continue on foot southeast on Stamford Rd and turn right onto St Andrew’s Rd. Alternatively, you can take Bus 145 to the The Treasury and walk 200 meters.
Recommended Time: 25 minutes for transportation / 20 minutes for exterior tour.
The Parliament House located near the Interchange Station, in the Civic District of the Downtown Core. The Parliament House replaced the Old Parliament in 1999 and its designed to represent a contemporary architectural expression of Singapore’s authority and sovereignty. Proceedings of Parliament are open to all general public based on first come, first served and dates of sittings can found on the official Parliament of Singapore homepage. Photos is not allowed in the Parliament House and all visitors must dress modestly, and admission is denied to anyone wearing singlet, shorts, slippers/ sandals or attired in clothing bearing inappropriate words, slogans or symbols, including those bearing political party affiliation.
Recommended Time: 5 minutes walk / 90 minutes for the tour.
For nature lovers, just few minutes walk from the Parliament House is the Fort Canning Park. It’s located in the southeast portion of the island and consist of a small hill slightly more than 60 metres high surrounded by greens. The park also called Government Hill as Sir Stamford Raffles, considered the founder of Singapore established his residences and the country’s first botanical garden there in 1822.
Recommended Time: 5 minutes walk / 15 minutes for the sightseeing.
The Clarke Quay is located right underneath Fort Canning and situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River, the centre of trade since modern Singapore was founded in 1819.
Recommended Time: 15 minutes walk/ 10 bus or MRT / 90 minutes for the sightseeing.
Just a short 15 minutes walk or 8 minutes by MRT, you’ll reach the Singapore’s Chinatown. This is where you can try some amazing Singapore Style Chinese Food without costing a arms and a leg. For example, a large Chinese bum filled with mince pork and vegetables will only set you back SG $1.50 for $1.00 USD. Large section of Chinatown has declared national heritage sites and designated for preservation. Some of the place of interest includes: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Kreta Ayer Road, Keong Saik Road, and Mosque Street.
MERLION / CLIFFORD PIER
Recommended Time: 25 minutes MRT / 30 minutes for the sightseeing
One of the most famous well known marketing icon of Singapore is the Merlion, mythical creature with a lion’s head and a body of a fish. It was first used as a logo by Singapore Tourism Board and over time it widely known as mascot of Singapore. Right by the Merlion is the Clifford Pier where you’ll get a breathtaking view of the Marina Bay Sands.
THE ESPLANADE – THEATRES ON THE BAY
Recommended Time: 20 minute walk / 30 minutes for the sightseeing
The theatres on the Bay, also known as the Esplanade Theatre is a 60,000 square metres performing arts centre. Named after the nearby Esplanade Park, it consists of a concert hall which seats about 1,800 and a theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts.
Recommended Time: 20 minute walk / 15 minutes for the sightseeing
Only ten minutes walk is another important landmark the Singapore Flyer, the most famous giant Ferris wheel in the world. It opened in 2008, construction having taken about 2½ years and consist of 28 air-conditioned capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers.
From its terminal building, you’ll able to see right across the bay and get glimpse of Tree of Life.
WONDER FULL LIGHT & WATER SHOW
Recommended Time: 20 minute walk / 15 minutes for the show
Since 2011 the Wonder Full Light & Water Show has being going on almost every night. It is Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show with light, music and sound and the stunning cityscape of Singapore lit up in the backdrop.
Sunday – Thursday: 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:00 pm
THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS
Recommended Time: 1 minute walk / 30 minutes for the visit
Few steps away is the country’s largest luxury shopping mall, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is open late every night, this is one place you can lose serious weight by lighten up wall as it contain predominantly high end designer labels. But if you are on a budget, you can window shop like me and also get away from the Singapore heat.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Recommended Time: 20 minute walk / 30 minutes for the tour
Another famous landmark is the Super Tree Grove, its a tree-like structures with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft). They are vertical gardens that also serves as varieties of functions, which include planting, shading and air intake and exhaust functions as part of the cooling systems for the nearby Flower Dome.
RETURN TO CHANGI AIRPORT
The return fare is included in your Tourist Pass, I recommend you get two day pass even if you are staying under 24 hours as each day expired at midnight. From the Gardens by the Bay, walk to Bayfront Station to the Downtown Line to Bugis and transferred to East-West Line and get off at the Changi Airport.
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