So, you’ve only 24 hours in Singapore, and (gasp!) the clock’s ticking. Honestly speaking, it will not be enough to cover the entire island nation (yes, the Little Red Dot has that many amazing things to see and do!).
Our advice? Pick attractions that guarantee the most fun. We’d recommend going for the must-sees — ArtScience Museum, S.E.A. Aquarium and Night Safari. We know, we know, it sounds ordinary, but hear us out. The key to seeing the best of Singapore in 24 hours is less of travelling to a place and more of experiencing a particular place. Here’s how to spend a great day in Singapore, the Traveloka way.
Ever found yourself gazing at your desktop’s screensaver of fish swimming in the sea? The S.E.A. Aquarium has brought that to life with its floor-to-ceiling aquarium. We admit to spending quite some time just gazing deeply at the aquarium, our thoughts like the trail of bubbles that disappeared as quickly as they had appeared in the water. Boy, was it a calming and refreshing trip!
Tip: We’d recommend starting your adventure early in the morning with S.E.A. Aquarium because of crowds trickling in the second half of the day.
Suggested time to spend: About two to three hours to cover the entire aquarium.
If you’re fond of walking, take the MRT and alight at Bayfront, Promenade or Marina Bay station and walk towards the resort. You’ll see a lotus-shaped building (we thought it also looked like a bunch of bananas, and “suffered” from the visual representation since then).
The ArtScience Museum is reputed for its amazing permanent and limited time art installations and exhibitions. Check out what’s currently on before making your way there!
Tip: Start from the top floor of the museum with Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition and proceed from there. Find unique souvenirs at the gift store on the ground floor.
Suggested time to spend: Depending on the number of exhibitions you’re seeing, we spent a total of two hours for three exhibitions. We especially love Future World: Where Art Meets Science. Good news: It’s a permanent exhibition!
Forget the city nightlife. Here’s what a night in the wild looks like. It took us a while to adjust to the dimly-lit zoo — with only enough lighting parallel to a moonlit night — as to recreate the animals’ natural habitat as closely as possible. You can tour around the zoo in a tram ride, but a private tour is also available if you’d like a closer look at the animals.
Note: Night Safari is accessible by public transportation. You can take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio station before transferring to bus SBS 138 and walk to the zoo. Do note that the last departure is at 11.00p.m.
Tip: We’d suggest you keep your smartphones away and experience the night safari as it is. Smartphone cameras are generally unable to capture good photos in low light, and flashes may agitate the wild animals.
Suggested time to spend: About three hours. Plan your evening around Night Safari’s two live shows — Thumbuakar fire show (which starts at 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm daily, except on Wednesdays and an additional slot of 10.00pm on weekends and public holidays), and Creatures of the Night Show (which starts at 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm).
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