Jess Buchan

Singapore is one of the cleanest and most organised cities in the world. Home to the best airport in the world for five years running, Changi Airport, Singapore is often merely a layover to travellers. Most never leave the airport (and with Changi as amazing as it is, you don't need to!) but there's a whole city of Singapore that deserves a visit. I had just 48 hours in the tropical city and I made sure to see the most I could. Here are a few must-visit places.


Best things to see in Singapore

Visit Little India

Singapore is a brilliant way to ease yourself into Asia. It's as tidy and organised as a Western city yet has pockets of authentic surprises. One of those pockets is Little India. This suburb is exactly as described, a thriving, chaotic jumble of market stalls and Bollywood music. Like the raucous little sister of Singapore, Little India is messy, loud and entertaining. Head here for cheap accommodation and the best Indian food outside India!

Check out Bugis Street

Not far from Little India is Bugis Street. Head here for delicious and cheap street food and immerse yourself with the locals as they chow down on char kwan teow or nasi lemak. It’s also a good place to pick up souvenirs.

Explore Kampong Glam

The area is an eclectic blend of culture, history and a funky lifestyle scene. There is a strong Malay presence here and it’s a great place to learn more about the Malay culture. Foodies will enjoy the many street stalls selling culinary delights but the best part of Kampong Glam is Haji Lane – Singapore’s answer to the hipster phenomenon. Jam packed full of street art, quirky boutiques and hip cafes and bars, Haji Lane is the perfect spot to do a bit of shopping and finish up with a cocktail or two.

Haji Lane

See Marina Bay

Not far from Haji Lane is Singapore’s most iconic landmark, Marina Bay. Famous for those epic rooftop photos from the infinity pool at the top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Where Haji Lane is hipster and cool, Marina Bay is modern and super-glam. The skyline of Marina Bay hosts some impressive architecture which is home to equally impressive restaurants and bars. This is the ideal spot to try Singapore’s signature cocktail – the Singapore Sling!

Marina Bay

Walk through Gardens By The Bay

Just down from the Marina is the Gardens by the Bay, 101 hectares of beautiful garden sprawled out in the centre of the city. Home to natural and architectural delights such as the Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. You could easily spend a day wandering through the gardens but make sure you witness the Supertrees come alive at night with a light and music show.

Supertree Grove

Wander the Botanical Gardens

If the city is a little too much for you, head into the Botanical Gardens to get back to nature. This sprawling park is another way Singapore lives up to its reputation as a ‘City in a Garden’. Best visited in the early morning when it’s still cool, you can spend hours wandering through the beautifully manicured gardens. It’s also a perfect place for those wanting to exert a bit of energy, the park is full of people jogging, doing yoga or bootcamps. If shopping is your preferred form of cardio, the Orchard Road shopping district is just minutes away.

Botanical Gardens

Things to know about visiting Singapore:

  • I stayed in Little India, where it is backpackers galore, but generally anywhere in Singapore you will find good accommodation. For a real local experience, find a place through Airbnb, they have plenty of options!
  • The city of Singapore is very proud of their cleanliness. Chewing gum is banned and littering will bring on a hefty fine. Oh and don’t be eating durian fruit on the metro, that’ll get you into trouble as well!
  • Singapore is one of the easiest cities to get around in. The MRT metro system, which is very similar to the London Underground is probably the quickest way to get around however if you’d prefer to stay above aground, there are plenty of scooters or bicycles for hire or you can just take a taxi
  • If you’re lucky and staying a little longer in Singapore, why not check out places such as Centosa Island, Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios? There is so much to do in this fast-moving city that you won’t find it hard to fill up your layover at all!


Jess Buchan is an Aussie travel blogger who has lived in Europe and loves to share her travel stories on her blog, Instagram @ablondeandherpassport and Twitter @ablondeandher.

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