24 hours in Singapore
Singapore is an amazing city and it is well deserving of a dedicated holiday in itself, but often people find themselves there for a short stopover on their way to another destination. As a popular transfer destination for people visiting the likes of New Zealand and Indonesia, as well as a prime business location, you may find yourself in Singapore for a short period of time. Instead of staying at the airport or in your hotel room, there are plenty of interesting things that you can do on a world wind trip to this bustling city.
Eat breakfast on the waterfront
The day starts very early in Singapore as locals and tourists enjoy a relaxing coffee before the sweltering heat hits you and the hustle and bustle of the day starts. The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore hotel overlooks the famous Singapore River near the picturesque Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay.
Stroll through Little India
Singapore is a food lovers’ dream and nothing will arouse the senses of a spice fanatic more than a stroll through the Serangoon Road area of the city that is affectionately known as Little India. As well as shopping for spices, there are lots of electronics shops where you can pick up the latest gadgets on the market. The curry puffs that are sold on the streets are very popular and will tide you over until lunch.
Changi Museum and Chapel
History enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to this commemoration of the WWII Allied POWs who suffered at the hands of the Japanese. While this may not seem a suitable attraction for a vacation but the famous Changi Murals that were painted by the prisoners are stunning and you will be moved by the intimate place of worship that is the chapel. If you want to soak up more of the city’s culture you can visit one of the many temples in the city including the famous Sri Mariamman Temple.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Nature enthusiasts will love the chance to explore this 74 hectare UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to the National Orchid Garden, that has over 600 varieties of the exotic flower, and a primeval rainforest.
Feast on street food
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is situated on in the heart of the business district and is home to a bustling street food scene. You can pick up local delights for a spot of lunch or taste different foods from around the globe. If you are working in the main business district, The Copthorne Kings Hotel Singapore is ideally located in the centre of town and has a shuttle service is available as well as there being multilingual staff on hand for your every need.
Gardens by the Bay
Take a stroll around the unique S$1 billion space-age botanical garden that boasts magnificent sculptures and an awe-inspiring ‘cloud forest’ that overlooks the city and the South China sea. If you visit between 19.45 and 20.45 you can watch the spectacular Garden Rhapsody show featuring twinkling trees and ambient music.
Shop until you drop
The Orchard Hotel is the best hotel to stay in if you want to be within walking distance of the city’s prime shopping destinations. You can take refuge from the heat of the sun in the many air-conditioned malls that stock everything from designer handbags to the latest must-have toys for children.
To finish off your day you should head to the bright lights of Singapore’s China Town where you can pick up dinner from one of the many colourful street food stores. A milk tea and a slice of melon cake are a must. If you prefer to dine in restaurants, dishes such as Chilli Crab, Laksa and Nasi Padang are world famous and you will struggle to get better outside of Singapore. There is also the option to dine in at your hotel if you want to take an early night before moving on to your next destination.
Whether you are a keen foodie, a culture vulture or a shopaholic, Singapore is the perfect destination and you are sure to want to stay for a lot longer than 24 hours. Millennium Hotels has a range of luxury hotels that suit both business people and those looking to explore Singapore while on vacation.