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How to Spend 1 Day in Singapore

How to Spend 1 Day in Singapore

Cosmopolitan and cutting-edge Singapore is one of Asia’s most rewarding urban destinations. Measuring just 26 miles (42 kilometers) wide and 14 miles (22 kilometers) long, the island-nation is wonderfully compact, making it easy to get around without wasting hours in transit. Here’s how to experience the best of Singapore in just one day.

Morning: Gardens or Wildlife

Singapore christened itself the Garden City and is increasingly living up to that moniker, with architects and designers integrating greenery into new developments in unexpected and often innovative ways. Discover the ingenious urban-meets-nature designs of Gardens by the Bay, home to the vertical gardens of Supertree Grove and the Cloud Forest Conservatory. If it’s wildlife rather than plant life you want to see, visit the world-renowned Singapore Zoo or the Jurong Bird Park instead. 

Afternoon: Urban Exploring

Grab lunch at a hawker center: Tiong Bahru Market and Maxwell Food Centre offer authentic eats at low prices. Next up, continue your day with a guided tour of Singapore’s must-sees, from the Merlion—the half-fish, half-lion sculpture on Singapore's waterfront—to Chinatown’s ancient Thian Hock Keng Temple. Alternatively, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour that lets you choose which sights you want to prioritize, getting on and off along the route at your leisure. After exploring at ground level, ride the lift up 57 floors to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark to soak up 360-degree vistas of Singapore from on high. 

Evening: Dazzling Lights, Night Markets, and Singapore Slings

Singapore is one of those cities that only gets livelier after dark. See its attention-grabbing architectural landmarks lit up dramatically from the top deck of a nighttime hop-on hop-off tour bus. For even more spectacular after-dark vistas, go for a late-night spin on the Singapore Flyer wheel. Alternatively, opt for a guided nighttime tour. Some tours include sit-down dinners, while others include samples of street food from hawker centers, such as Telok Ayer. And almost all nighttime tours give guests the chance to try the city-state’s legendary signature cocktail: the Singapore Sling. 

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Singapore City Tour

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Take a Singapore city tour to orient yourself with popular districts like Chinatown, Little India and Marina Bay. A great activity for the start of your trip, this half-day tour introduces you to top attractions like the Merlion, colonial landmarks like City Hall and cultural sites like Thian Hock Keng Temple. A stop at the UNESCO-listed botanical gardens is also included along the way.
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Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck Admission Ticket

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Longer than the Eiffel Tower, and large enough to house four-and-a-half parked jumbo jets, the Sands SkyPark is an architectural marvel. It also offers visitors a chance to see some of the best 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyline. With this admission ticket, you are able to explore the SkyPark’s observation deck, shop for souvenirs, and listen to an audio guide to learn about the history of different parts of Singapore while looking down at them. Plus, booking your ticket in advance means you avoid waiting in line.
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Colonial Charms of the City

Colonial Charms of the City

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With this Singapore evening experience, you can enjoy the best of the city during the lively nighttime hours. Start with dinner of chicken rice or nasi goreng at a wonderful restaurant. Then board a traditional bumboat for a cruise on the Singapore River, and end at the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel where you can try the iconic Singapore Sling if you select the upgrade option when booking.
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