All the best attractions in 48 hours? Yep, if you only have 2 days in Singapore, here is what you need to know, where you need to be, and what you simply have got to experience.
Singapore, officially named the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country that is bound to steal your heart, even in the short time that you’ve got to travel through.
Singapore happens to be a truly modern city that has become a place of interest for expats, tourists, and adventurists alike.
If you aren’t quite sure if you can fit in everything you truly want to do, don’t worry. Surprisingly, Singapore is tiny, which means it’s just the right size for a quick 48-hour jaunt and some exploratory fun.
So, with 48 hours to go here’s where you should begin….
The Top 8 Things To Do When You Have 2 Days In Singapore
With only 2 days in Singapore it’s hard to fit everything in, but I’m going to do my best to help you find the best things to do!
1. Wake Up, Grab A Coffee, And Walk
If you’ve had time to get a good night sleep before your clock starts ticking, even better. With a 48-hour time limit, the moment the sun rises, you should be up and at ‘em.
Just kidding. But rise early to capitalise on the time you have in this destination where “passion is made possible.”
Wake up early and walk. Take in the town.
Explore the alleyways scattered across the city and stop in at one of the quirky cafes open just in time for the early risers.
You’ll find the architecture in Singapore is a clash of modern and ancient, so enjoy the juxtaposition and revel in the way even the wisdom of the days gone by still informs modern life today.
Carry cash so you can try the curious foods and fresh fruits sold in the markets along the way.
2. Get Your Booty To Tiong Bahru, The Hippest Part Of Town
Tiong Bahru is the “hip” part of Singapore, truly. Quaint art deco shophouses next to a residential estate is also jam-packed with the best food in the city.
You’ll find not only pure Singapore culture here, but plenty of delicious food and shopping unlike anywhere else.
Experience the taste of some of Singapore’s most traditional dishes like chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes topped with preserved radish) or lor mee (braised noodles).
3. Experience The Colorful And Vibrant Glam Of Kampong Glam
History. Culture. Shopping. Food. Perfect, right? Just what you want with 48 hours in Singapore!
Start your journey at the Sultan Mosque, a massive golden-domed prayer hall that doubles as a mosque and one of Singapore’s most important places of worship, and explore from there.
The mosque itself was build in 1824 for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore.
Since the middle eastern vibe runs strong here, obviously from its rich historical context, you can also enjoy true middle eastern cuisine and venture through the boutiques selling authentic middle eastern goods like silk scarves and Persian rugs.
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4. Explore The Cultural Scenes
Little India. Chinatown. These stops on your itinerary should definitely be a destination of yours while in Singapore.
And, hopefully you’re hungry, because a trip wouldn’t be a trip without a constant exploration of culture through cuisine, now would it?
When you pass through Little India and Chinatown, you’ll have the chance to find the most authentic and delicious foods.
Wander through Chinatown’s Food Street and you can pick which eatery you’d like to eat at simply by smelling what smells most delicious in the air.
One helpful trick to determine what’s the best food on the block? Look for the longest line and wait in that one. Chances are everyone else knows something you don’t.
Even if you’ve only got 48 hours in Singapore, you could happily spend all of that looking for the best food in town!
5. Take In The Temples
One of the beautiful four-story Buddhist temples, which is a distinctive sight behind the market stalls of Chinatown, is Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Thian Hock Keng Temple, Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple, Burmese Buddhist Temple, and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (Temple of 1,000 Lights) are also worthy temples to add to your list.
6. Try Gardens By The Bay
According to TripAdvisor, Gardens By the Bay is the number one attraction in Singapore, and Singapore itself calls Gardens By the Bay, “Singapore’s Garden of Wonder.”
The nature park itself is home to more than one million (yes, 1 million!) plants and three waterfront gardens.
You don’t have to have a green thumb to appreciate an award-winning orchid display, Flower Dome (where spring is perpetual and unique plants bloom all year-round), Cloud Forest or OCBC Skyway which is a scenic stroll 22 meters above ground!
Explore the history of Singapore within the Heritage Gardens, World of Plants, the Canyon, the Sun Pavilion, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lake and a host of more than 40 art sculpture—including Floral Clock and The Eagle Has Landed—from all around the world.
7. Strolling After Sunset
To make sure you don’t miss your flight at the end of the trip, partying too intensely may just not be on the agenda.
So, if you’re looking for a simple way to wind down at the end of the day, enjoy the sunset and take in the view of the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel.
By the way, if you’re wondering where to stay in Singapore, this is on of the tallest hotels that you’ll find there.
The infinity pool on the rooftop…atop three towers…let me just tell you this: you’ll know it when you see it. It’s iconic within the Singaporean skyline.
Snap a picture of this baby and, once you get back home, convince your friends that you actually swam in it.
8. Spectra: A Magical Light And Water Show Overlooking The Bay
No matter how old you are, the Spectra light and water show will steal your heart.
This fantastic combination of lights, colors and music is an amazing experience for both the adults and the children.
The show is completely free, and the light display begins at 8 p.m. every night, but if you miss the first showing, there will be another option at 9 p.m. and sometimes even a third show at 10 p.m. on the weekends.
Get there early or you won’t be able to find a spot.