In Episode 2, here’s what I’ve got planned for you: Five trip ideas for when you only have ONE day in Singapore, and you want to get the most out of it!
These trip ideas will give you a good sample of this Island City, even if you’re on a stopover in Singapore for a few hours. Better still, if you here for longer than that, these one-day trip ideas might be just what you need on your short stay here.
Here’s what I covered in Episode 2 of the podcast:
A shout-out to my new podcasting friend, Jessy Piskai – host of the When in Korea podcast on iTunes! Jessy is stationed in South Korea with her husband Chris and little dog Einstein. Listen to what Jessy shares about living in Korea, its culture, superstitions – and overcoming the challenges of a different language. Her enthusiasm is contagious! Visit Jessy’s website at TastyOldCabbage.com
Tip Number 1: Get on board the Hop On- Hop Off City Tour bus
- Hop-on Hop-off city tour buses are a great way to see Singapore comfortably, and within a short time
- Sit on top deck of the bus to get a 360-degree view of your travels!
- Great spot to grab pictures while you’re on the tour
- Several different city bus tour operators in Singapore (these also offer online booking)
- Note: in the podcast, I mentioned that the price of one-day pass usually goes for S$33. Duck Tours also offers a more economical one-day pass for S$18 called the Original Tour Package. Read more about it here.
- Travel tip: Buy your tickets in the afternoon. Because they are valid for 24-hours, you can still make use of them in the next morning or early afternoon.
- Travel tip 2: Pick one tour route and stay on the bus for the entire route – just take in the view and the pre-recorded commentary. After the bus returns to its beginning point, you’ve got a better idea of which place you want to stop and visit for a while. Now, hop on again and pick and choose where you want to visit and spend more time at.
Tip Number 2: Grab an Aerial view of Singapore
- Best place to get an aerial view of Singapore: Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
- You can get tickets online for a guided tour on the SkyPark – pick a clear, sunny day!
- Insider tip: Enjoy the view AND a drink up on top the SkyPark by visiting Ku De Ta, one of those chic bars there. BUT make you’re dressed appropriately. The last time I brought my friends there, the concierge at the Ku De Ta bar only allowed my friend who had a dress on – and stopped me and her husband from entering because we only had shorts, tee-shirts and were wearing tennis shoes. Oh well. Casual business attire is a good idea. The view from Ku De Ta is incredible – especially after sunset.
Tip Number 3: Try one food. Take one picture. Buy one souvenir.
- Some foods you might want to try while you’re on your day trip
- Singapore Roast or Steamed Chicken Rice (Chinese/Malay)
- Laksa (Malay)
- Prata (Indian)
- Nasi Lemak (Malay)
- Chili Crab (Chinese)
- Hokkien Mee (Chinese)
Tip Number 4: Visit the Southern-most point of Continental Asia.
- Get some bragging rights – visit and have your picture taken at the southern-most point of Continental Asia
- It’s off the resort island of Sentosa
- Click here for visual directions
- Palawan Beach is great for a game of volleyball or just getting a suntan on the white beaches. Lifeguards are on duty so you can swim/play safe. Changing rooms and lockers available nearby. Lockers require coins for use ($2 and above, depending on the size of the locker)
Tip Number 5: A relaxing boat ride and tour on the Singapore River
- End your day with a calming, no-stress boat ride on the Singapore River
- Check whether your Hop-on Hop-off tour package includes a boat ride
- The bum boats are clean and move slowly
- Here’s a list of boat tour operators:
- Insider tip: if you’re here in Singapore on Sunday-Thursday, try to time your boat ride between 8pm and 10pm. The Marina Bay Sands has a spectacular laser-light show and you might get to see it while you’re on the boat tour. (Light show schedule here)
Other Insider Tips
- If you have a transit in Singapore for 5 hours or more, jump on a FREE 2-HOUR CITY TOUR organized by Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport!
- When you touch down at Singapore’s Changi Airport, you can register for these tours, just approach the staff at the Free Singapore Tours (FST) Registration Booth located at Terminal 2 (Level 2, near Transfer Lounge E) or Terminal 3 (Level 2, near Transfer Lounge B). They suggest that you “register at the booth at least 1 hour before the start of the tour that you would like to participate in.”
- Currency Exchange booths all around the City – but if you would rather not deal with trying to find one, just get some small amount exchange at the Airport. You’ll find these in the passenger terminals (click for locations)