Unless you’re stopping to recharge the batteries in the middle of a lengthy backpacking trip through the South-East Asia, there’s probably not enough in Singapore to justify an extended stay compared to what’s on offer elsewhere in the region.
However, Singapore is a fantastic stopover destination. While it’s not cheap, it’s hassle-free, clean and easy to get around.
Singapore in 2-3 days
Start off with a wander around the colonial district of Singapore and admire the grand old buildings. Make sure you pop into the famous Raffles Hotel, and the Asian Civilisations Museum is worth a look. Walk north (or catch the subway) into Little India and the Arab Quarter. Take your time soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. Later, head into Boat Quay or Clarke Quay and take your pick from one of the riverside bars.
Head to Orchard Road for shops, shops and more shops. Spend the afternoon walking around Chinatown, and stay for dinner and the evening. Grab some food and check out some of the interesting bars in the area.
If you’ve got any interest in the arts, don’t miss Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, a gleaming and impressive S$600m (US$400m) waterfront venue with shops, restaurants and state-of-the-art performance venues.
Take a bus to the impressive, and moving, Changi Museum. Afterwards take the bus (10 minutes) to Changi Village, from where you can get a boat to the relaxed island of Palau Ubin. Hire a bicycle and spend a few hours exploring the island.