Between traipsing through Thailand and beaching it in Bali, we made a quick 36 hour stop in Singapore. Though quick, spending 36 hours in Singapore was well worth it!
When you arrive in Singapore, hopefully via Changi airport, use public transportation to get around. The public transportation is simple (in English), clean and efficient. We opted to stay in Chinatown so boarded the MRT East West line from Changi, switched to the North East line at Outram Park and rode one stop to Chinatown.
The location of our hotel was excellent but the hotel itself, let’s just say I wouldn’t stay there again. Luckily, we were not planning on spending much time at the hotel during our 36 hours in Singapore.
Our first stop, FOOD!
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
Hawker centres are where it is at for food! I did a little Googling and found Maxwell Road Hawker Centre which was a short walk from our hotel.
Hawker centres are food courts were you can find affordable, high quality food. We had no idea which stall to go to so we got in the one with the longest line.
Long line = great food! No one is going to wait in line for mediocre food.
This isn’t your run of the mill garden. The Botanical Gardens are massive and you could spend hours just roaming around.
We saw everything from topiaries to a floral clock. The Botanical Gardens are absolutely worth a visit if you are in Singapore.
The Supertrees could have been a lame tourist attraction but instead, they were fabulous. If you only have 36 hours in Singapore, do not miss the Supertrees.
Each Supertree is about as tall as a 16-story building and is not actually made of any trees. Over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers have been planted on the 18 Supertrees. (source)The #Supertrees at @GardensbytheBay in Singapore are well worth a visit! | http://alwaysemilyh.com/36-hours-in-singapore/ Click To Tweet
The light and music shows plays twice each night at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
I would have loved to stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel but it was WAY outside of our budget. We did, however, take the time to walk around the massive hotel. It reminded me of any given hotel in Las Vegas.
Just a note, wear something nice if you want to go to the top to experience they amazing views of the city. SL and I weren’t allowed up. Most likely because we probably looked like sweaty backpackers.
Dinner at a local joint in Singapore’s Chinatown
Feel free to blow your budget on super nice but expensive restaurants all over the city. Or do what we did and duck into a small joint in an alley in Chinatown. I am not sure of exactly where we went but it was good.
We were up and out first thing in the morning. Having only 36 hours in this super cool city meant no sleeping in!
Start your day with coffee and temples.
Buddha Tooth Relic and Sri Mariamman Temples
Both of these temples are located a short walk away from each other in Chinatown.
Buddha Tooth Relic temple is a Tang-style Chinese Buddhist temple. The temple gets its name because it supposedly houses the left canine tooth of Buddha himself.
The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindi temple. The six tiers are ornamentally decorated with sculptures of Hindi deities. I loved this temple and just wish we had had more time to take it all in.
Lunch and Shopping on Smith Street
Right around the corner from the temples was Smith Street which runs through the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown.
It is lined with hawker stalls, shops and kiosks for shopping. While exploring Smith Street, we shopped, ate lunch and got a snack.
I am eating a bun and wearing a bun. Buns on buns.
Having only 36 hours in Singapore, we didn’t get to see many parts of the city. But what was did see was amazing. At this point in our journey, it was time to head to the airport.
Get to airport early because Singapore has the best airport EVER! Seriously, I could have stayed at the airport for hours upon hours and not been bored.
Checking in and get though security then find a kiosk that will give you ideas on what to do based on the amount of time you have before your flight leaves.
On my agenda:
- Sunflower garden
- Orchid garden
- Koi pond
- Cactus garden
- Social tree
- Got a foot/leg massage
After having fun at Changi, our 36 hours in Singapore came to an end and we boarded our flight to Bali.
Related: Staying at Prama Sanur Beach Bali
I’ll be back Singapore, I’ll be back.36 Hours in Singapore | http://alwaysemilyh.com/36-hours-in-singapore/ Click To Tweet