24 Hours in Singapore
Singapore has always been labeled as an expensive country. This was the reason why I do not want to stay longer and explore the place because I have a tight budget. Singapore was the first country I visited for my month long travel. I was with my boyfriend who wanted to tag along even for just 2 days before I start my solo travel. (The reason why I needed to budget).
It was a quick getaway for us to travel together, and we only had 1 full day to visit the common tourist attractions in Singapore. And to tell you the truth, we did the usual ‘things to do in Singapore’ in a day minus the universal theme park, which is by the way, I wanted to do, but we did not have enough time to do it. At least I have a reason to go back to Singapore.
So if you have a lay over and a tight budget, this guide is perfect for you!
Book your flight at least 6 weeks before your departure date to get reasonable rates. If you know the budget airlines in your country you can book it there directly. Like in Philippines, the cheapest low-cost airline is cebupacificair.com. But if you don’t, you can search cheap flights via here:
Reserve your accommodation ahead of time. You can book in Booking.com without reservation fee. We stayed in Mori Hostel. It was cheap and very comfortable. Plus they are okay to leave your bags before your check-in time.
Other Options for less than SGD25 per night:
The best way to get around Singapore is to avail the Singapore Tourist Pass . You can choose 1-3 days unlimited pass for trains and buses around Singapore. Price starts at SGD10 (Subjected to a $10 refundable rental deposit).
To navigate yourself within Singapore, use Google Maps‘ directions. To have a data internet connection, you can buy a 4G sim card with 100GB data. You can pick up the sim card at Changi airport.
Tour and Activities:
If you like to book ahead of time on what activity you would like to do in Singapore. You can book it in Klook . They have list of tours, activities and even transportation. If you are a planner. You will love this site.
Where to go?
Changi International Airport
We arrived in Singapore around 2AM. At this hour, the unlimited ticket ride was not yet available (opening time: 8AM). We stayed at Changi airport and tried its facility. The movie, the game station, their canteen, we went to the gardens, we even slept in the hallway with other travellers. No wonder it was labeled as the one of the best airport in the world.
Explore Little India
Our Accommodation is near Little India. During our visit, Deepavali or Diwali was celebrated (it is usually on October or November). It is an annual celebration known as Festival of Lights, where they celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Also, if you like to shop, Mustafa Centre is a popular 24-hour shopping mall in Singapore.
Walk around Bugis Street
Bugis Street Market is one of the biggest and cheapest places to come shopping in Singapore. Aside from the fact that it is a hub of shopping, bugis street has buildings with old architecture.
Bugis Junction is also around the area. It is a shopping mall composed of 3 blocks of preserved pre-war shops.
Not also far from Bugis Street Market is the Albert Center. We tried to eat some of Singaporean Foods that are similar to Filipino Foods like Lomi (Lor mi in Singapore).
Head to China Town
A bustling area in Singapore. There are a lot of temples and museum in this side of the country. Not Chinese heritage but also Buddhist and Hindu.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – It is a four-story red temple with an amazing Chinese architecture.
China Town Street Market – There are a lot shops too where you can buy cheap stuff. Also around the area you should try the Potong Ice Cream. We tried the red bean flavor.
China Town Food Street – We tried their own version og Ngohiong, it is called Ngo Hiang .
Where the Singapore River is located. It is also known for its vibrant night life. There are a lot of bars and restaurant located in the area.
Walk around Marina Bay and Take in the Amazing Architecture
You can view the marina bay sands casino resort, the art science museum, and the Sungapore Flyer.
The places below are the most popular:
Merlion Park – This half mermaid-half lion is the mythical symbol of Singapore, and probably the most popular photo-op for tourist visiting in Singapore.
Gardens by the Bay (Supertree Grove)- giant man-made tree structures that are covered in exotic plants and utilize solar energy which powers their lights every night.
Flower Dome and cloud forest – You can see here the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, thousands of beautiful flowers and you can walk among the clouds. Opening hours: 9AM-9PM.
Don’t forget to shop IMM outlet Mall
It is the best Factory outlet in Singapore. Opening time is 10Am – 10PM. If it closes, you can always go to Mustafa Cetre.
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That’s exactly what I Would love to do.. Thanks
Did you go to Kampung Glam? That was my favorite in Singapore – such an Instagram heaven of cute houses and stores. Also, did you see the lightshow at Gardens on the Bay? Best free thing to do in Singapore!
Sad to say this bus missed the lightshow. ? Also, I never heard about Kampung Glam. Maybe I’ll visit next time!
Love Singapore.. this is a great itinerary for 24 hours in Singapore and excellent locations to see in a short time. Thanks for sharing.
Love all your recommendations! I am planning on visiting Singapore next year and this article really helps! Thanks a lot.
Great way to spend a day and night in Singapore! Thanks for sharing!
Janice in Wanderland
I stayed in Singapore for 8 days and it was one of those chill travel that I had. There are days when I would just roam around, find cute coffee shops, or just EAT. There were days when I did some activities. It was just light, yes it’s expensive but it’s a nice country esp for solo travelers since it is safe.
OMG I loved this post! I’m planning on stopping in Singapore next year so I am definitely bookmarking this for later! And I’ve heard AMAZING things about the airport! How long do you think someone could spend wandering around just the airport?
Yes, the airport is amazing. I actually enjoyed my time. I spent 7 hours in there. Hahaha.
Seems like a wonderful way to spend a day in Singapore. The airport itself is nothing less than a tourist spot. But I feel one day is too less to spend here. There are so many other attractions including Sentosa and Universal Studio, Zoo (if you have kids) and many more that minimum 4 days stay is a must.