Singapore. For five days. What on earth am I going to do in Singapore for five days? – That was precisely what I was pondering the first time I visited The Lion City, and since I’ve been back a handful of times since, and Singapore is one of my favourite cities in the world, clearly I found all the right answers!
Singapore has developed a (well deserved) reputation as a stopover destination. With Changi, the best airport in the world, and Singapore Airlines, my favourite to fly, it’s not hard to guess why. How many other airports in the world can you catch a free movie, enjoy a butterfly or sunflower garden, relax by a waterfall, shop till you drop, or even check-in to an airport rooftop pool?
Then, of course, if you have scheduled your flights to have a layover of more than a few hours, the excellent public transport or extensive line of taxis make it super easy to nip into the city. Soak up the famous sights like the Marina and Gardens by the Bay, before enjoying a Singapore Sling and some Chilli Crab at the airport before your onward journey.
But I’m here to break it to you, if that is the only time you are dedicating to Singapore then you are doing it all wrong. In short: stop stopovers, stay a while, and sample the different sides of Singapore, which is so much more than a gateway to South East Asia.
COVID-19 Update: ‘Singapore Clean’ Initiative
Singapore has slowly started to reopen to tourism for certain countries as of June 2020, with a gradually phased opening to further nations in the current weeks and months, check official travel advisories for further details.
In addition to this, the Singapore Clean programme is working with tourism businesses, such as restaurants, accommodation and attractions to implement new procedures to minimise any risk for visitors, these businesses are then verified by an inspector, and given the new Singapore Clean stamp.
Further details and updates on border restrictions and the Singapore Clean initiative, visit the official website.