‘Transit: 12 hours’—we all start to get worried once we see this on our flight itinerary, because the transit hour is not long enough for an overnight hotel stay and if not too worn out from flying, these waiting hours would bore us to death. That’s okay; we’ve been there and got this figured out for you.
The first stop we’d like to take you to houses the world’s best airport in 2016, Changi Airport, Singapore. We have absolute no doubt why it has earned the title, given the airport facilities, restaurants, cafes and leisure activities provided with speedy immigration process—it truly is the best by far; also it’s the tidiest despite how hectic it gets.
Yes, the airport is awesome. You won’t disappoint if you stay in, but for those of you, who want to take advantage of the 12 hours, follow us!
Of course, if you don’t move at sloth speed, you’ll probably find yourself at the airport taxi line (or level B2 if you prefer the MRT subway) within the first hour. From the airport to downtown, a one-way ride costs about SGD30-40 and it takes you 30 minutes to get there.
First thing first, food. We recommend you to fill your growling tummy at Bugis area (MRT: Bugis station) as this part of the city offers various kinds of restaurants, from local to exotic. There will be something for everyone. Also, it is home to many charming cafes and popular photo spots. Make sure to stop by Sri Mariamma Hindu temple and Kwan Im Thong Hood temple, where there’s Singapore’s honored Lady Buddha.
Thirsty and need your caffeine kick? Check out Symmetry, Artistry, or Chye Seng Huat Hardware and watch Singapore café scene while enjoying your beverage.
Located within the same area, is the famous Haji Lane. The street is a collection of shop houses, offering fashionista goods and handmade souvenirs. In addition, it is known for striking street art, where the younsters get to express themselves.
If time permits (we suggest 3-4 hours), it’s time you get to meet the Merlion, Singapore’s iconic landmark. You shouldn’t miss this, especially if it’s your first time in Singapore. Hop off at MRT: Raffle’s Place and follow ‘Merlion Park’ exit, which will lead you to the uniquely stunning Singapore’s skyline view.
With the Marina bay sparklingly flowing through in the center, this spot never runs out of spectacular view supply. This is where a lot of people fall in love with Singapore, the city of ultimate luxury in coexistence with Asian culture and tradition.
Bugis and Marina bay is only a brief introduction to Singapore. This city, certainly, has more for you to discover. Oh, make sure you a spare at least an hour to head back to the airport and prep yourself for the next coming journey!