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Less Than 24 Things You Can Do In Singapore In 24 Hours

You've seen those travel lists compiled of things to do in exciting countries... and they're all the same. Here's a theme park, this is a local dish, there's a fun fact and here's a picture of a tooth relic temple. Well, this one is much the same, kinda.

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I'd imagine that you've just landed by plane - you'd be at Changi Airport. You can pretty much spend 24hours in the airport itself.

Which really just invalidates the rest of this, but read on - there's things out there that you can't experience from within one of the world's best airports.

1. First Impressions

The next thing you'd want to do after leaving the airport is get straight into modern day Singapore. There's so many things to look at, shiny things, everywhere.

You can really see them all in one place at one time. This cuts down a lot of time when you can see the whole island in a matter of seconds. More on that later.

Drive across Bayfront Ave, Sheares Ave or the Benjamin Sheares Flover - here you'll see why the celebs say that Singapore is the city of the 'future.'

Bonus points for driving across at night because everything has shiny lights and it looks *amazing.*

2. An Unforgettable View

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Once you've gotten over that bridge, you're pretty much in the heart of the Marina Bay area this is a tourist hotspot and home of Marina Bay Sands. Commonly referred to as 'MBS' and new member of the Singapore Skyline this building is home to a Casino, Mall, a few other things and most importantly a SkyPark with an amazing view. It'll cost you $25 per person to go up to the top, but it is definitely worth it.

3. The Quays

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Across the pond or the bay or whatever you want to call it is the famous Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Esplanade Theatre (two big things that look like durians) and a whole host of other things.

If you're big walker you're going to love this. Once you come down from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark you can walk all the way to the other side passing the Esplanade, where you'll get amazing views of the skyline *great for the gram*, over the footbridge to the Merlion and then under another bridge and you'll find yourself behind The Fullerton Hotel and along the Boat Quay/Clarke Quay area. Hot tip, don't eat in this area unless you're prepared to spend a lot of money.

Walk around there for a while - you'll see plenty of shophouses and get a taste for the former shipping area.

4. Museums and Galleries

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After all that fun and adventure that you've had walking around in the heat you might want to take a detour into some air-conditioning. There's no better AC than at the National Gallery of Singapore.

It does cost foreigners to go into the exhibitions but you can walk through the main arteries for free. There's a good cafe inside and also a shop where you can buy some really nice Singapore made items to take back to your mother country.

There's actually a whole bunch of good Museums and Galleries around. The other great one is Singapore Art Museum just a short walk from here.

Fun Fact: The National Gallery of Singapore is located in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings. Luckily a lot of the architecture and design of the building has been maintained and restored. Extra bonus points its an instagrammers dream.

5. Bollywood Veggies


If you now want to get out of the 'rat race' and busy parts of modern day Singapore, I won't blame you. It's pretty hectic.

Time to get out of the city and head to some areas that most locals don't go.

This place is called Bollywood Veggies... and no, before you think it's a set where Bollywood films are shot featuring nothing but Vegetables... you are WRONG.


It's a farm, clearly. Lets focus on the farm part. Now you're probably thinking why the flippity flip does Singapore have a farm, how do you even farm in Singapore, where do you get all that land from?!?!

Well there's a good reason behind that, and you'll discover it when you get to the farm - the owners will tell you the story.

Bollywood Veggies is out in the Kranji Countryside - the most peaceful part of Singapore.

At the farm you can take part in a cooking class, walk around in amazement or just visit the Bistro for a meal.

Hint: Apparently the Banana Loaf Cake is amazing.

6. Tiger Beer Factory Tour

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Now, while you're out there in the middle of nowhere you'll probably want something to drink. Or not. Maybe you just want to know how something works... probably because you've been watching so many episodes of "How Things Work" and you've wanted to be in the show so you've spent your life finding factory tours so that you could pretend that you were in the show. No? Just Me. Oh.

Here's the Tiger Beer Factory tour. It's nearby so why not check it out. At the end of the tour you can even have a beer. Well deserved.

When I say nearby, it's about a 20 minute drive. Out in these areas you'll need to take a cab. You're on holiday so I'd recommend you take a cab or if you love uber, just use uber but cabbies or 'Taxi Uncles/Aunties' nearly always have good stories to tell and it'd be a shame to miss out on that bonus experience.

7. Some Places to eat (NOT ALL)

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If you've just left the beer factory tour you might want to grab something to eat. Now, this is where everything gets interesting. There's so many different varieties of food to eat - All of varying qualities, All in different locations, All of which are highly or lowly regarded.

So, where do you go to get dinky di Singapore food?

#1 Lor Mee is a delicious noodle dish. It's like noodles in gravy with a dash of vinegar to cut through all the sauciness. The best in the west is located at Feng Zhen Lor Mee: 3 Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre #03-146, Singapore 618499

#2 Chicken Rice is a staple in Singapore. If you want the most fragrant and consistent 'nasi ayam' then I'd recommend you look for Sinar Harapan Chicken Rice at 504 Jurong West Street 51, Singapore 640504

#3 Nasi Lemak was voted as one of the healthiest breakfast foods - Don't know how, don't really care too much either because it is hands down the most delicious foods for anytime of the day. The coconut rice coupled with the fried chicken, otak, peanuts and ikan bilis is a combination not to be messed with. In the west you'll probably want to go to Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak at Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, #01-06, Singapore 642221

Now not being from the west myself there's a whole host of other places to check out.

I'd recommend anything this guy suggests - he's rarely wrong.

8. Mustafa Centre

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One of my favourite places in Singapore is Little India. There's so many things to do and see. You can check out the Indian Heritage centre, stroll the streets, eat some amazing cuisine and probably one of my all time favourite things to do is lose many many hours in Mustafa Centre.

You're probably like - Who is Mustafa and why is he in the centre. Well, I don't know.

All I know is that if you want to buy anything in Singapore at ANY time of the day - you can come to Mustafa Centre and there'll be a 99.99% chance that they'll have it.

You'll get lost in the multiple floors, look alike areas and just the pure brilliance of this place. If you're going with friends and family make sure you hold on to each other because it REALLY is a maze.

9. Joo Chiat

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Joo Chiat is one of the most beautiful places in Singapore. It is rich with history, Architecture and Food!

You can visit the 'Candy House' row of shophouses. Head to the nearby Geylan Serai markets or just walk around and soak up the area.

If you want to eat some good vegan food around this area you can head to Loving Hut in Joo Chiat. I'd recommend the Kway Teow and Lemongrass cooler.

10. Chinatown

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I didn't really want to include China Town into the mix because it is in nearly every single tourist book that you've ever read.

When you do walk through make sure you try the Bak Kwa, Observe the elderly playing checkers and visit the Temple.

11. Pulau Ubin

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One of my favourite places that isn't in Singapore but is in Singapore. If that makes sense.

Pulau Ubin is an island about 10 minutes off of the mainland. Pulau Ubin in English means Granite Island. It used to home to a Granite Quarry, nowadays it is more of a place where people go on weekends to cycle, kids go to learn orienteering and where the locals who still live on the island partake in their daily lives.

If you want a glimpse into what old Singapore was like, this is probably the closest you'll get.

It's more of a day trip, you can eat the Seafood on the island and rent a bike for about $10.

If you want to see the last Kampung (Village) on the Singapore Mainland you'll need to head to Kampung Buangkok in the middle of the island. It's a bit difficult to get to and not really a 'tourist' destination so I wouldn't recommend going and knocking on people's doors but it is nice to look at from the outside.

If you are looking for food around this area you can eat at Changi Village - There's endless local food options, a decent cafe if you're after some coffee and nearby is the Changi Chapel Museum. If you have an interest in War History/POW History - I'd highly recommend going. It's free!

12. Other Foods You'll NEED to Try


Back to food; Here's a few things you'll need to try along the way.

# Durian - You can try and get out of this one but don't. You need to try this at least once in your life. While you're in Joo Chiat or Geylang I'd recommend getting a fresh durian to eat by the road side. Fresh is best. Trust me.

# Satay - One of the best meat on a stick type meals you can have in Singapore. Best places to eat satay from is East Coast Park Lagoon, if you're in the city I'd recommend just going to Gluttons By The Bay

# Teh Tarik and Prata - This one is a combo type deal, you can't do one without the other and in my opinion you need to eat them late at night. Best places are in Sin Ming (which coincidentally isn't open at night) or in little india. There's a whole bunch of other places but you know, you've only got 24 hours.

13. Gardens By The Bay

If you thought outside gardens were cool. You are somewhat wrong.

This has to be the coolest garden ever. It is indoors, it is air-conditioned, it has cool waterfalls, bridges and plants.

If you are 110 and love flora - you will enjoy yourself.

If you are 10 and love thinking you're in a movie - you will enjoy yourself.

If you are neither of these ages - you will enjoy yourself.

I'd recommend going in the middle of the day on weekday, there'll be less people. Avoid weekends like the plague.

Is that really all?

No. Really, no.

There's so many things to do. There's so many places to go.

If you aren't sure. Just walk around and discover what is nearby.

There's still places to see that I haven't mentioned...

* MacRitchie Reservoir and Tree Top Walk

* Haw Par Villa

* Sentosa & Fort Siloso

* East Coast Parkway

* Orchard Road

* Complete Geylang, Katong and Katong Complex Experience

* Swee Choon Dim Sum

* Founders Bak Kut Teh

...and whole host of other places.

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