Stopover Cities: Making the most of a Singapore Stopover

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Flying in and out of Australia is never an easy thing, especially when you’re headed for (or returning from) Europe –Β requiring a whopping 20 hours++ in the air! But it can be much more enjoyable with the simple and straight forward effort to findΒ Asia’sΒ best stopover cities to break up the travel. So on my way back to Australia after 6 weeks in Europe, I made a point of stopping in to Singapore for a three day stopover to break up my British Airways flight back to Sydney. Here’s why Singapore is on of the best stopover cities in Asia and how to make the most of just a few days here!


How to Make the Most of A Singapore Stopover

Singapore is by far and large Asia’s most Westernised capital city. It is incredibly modern, safe, and comfortable to travel around. While other Asian cities offer more culture and charm on the surface, once you dig a little deeper in Singapore you will find this in abundance. But if you just want a couple of days to relax and unwind and see the highlights of a new city, here’s how to do it…


Check in: Mandarin Oriental

You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Singapore, as nearly every international chain is here and there are also some great boutique hotels if you’re on a budget. However if you aren’t on a budget and want to experience that quintessential Asian hospitality you’ve heard all about, look no further than booking a room at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. I’ve stayed with this hotel chain all around the world and it continues to be one of the best – if not the best – especially in terms of a personalised service with a warm smile. The staff remember your name and even room preferences! While it won’t come cheap, you will certainly get what you pay for at MO hotels.

Outdoor pool - Mandarin Oriental

Singapore_Super_trees one dollar ice cream singapore

Check it Out: Don’t Miss…

There are a few places in Singapore that absolutely cannot be missed for the first time traveller.

Gardens by the Bay

This huge park (101 hectares) of reclaimed land brings life back into Singapore.Β The park is a great place to take an afternoon stroll, run, or just to visit in the evenings for the free light show. It is absolutely gorgeous at blue hour (the hour after sunset) as the supertrees light up the night sky.

China Town

China Town is for sure one of the most vibrant and happening parts of the city. Be sure to stop by to check out the local street stalls and don’t miss the chance to try a $1.20 ice cream in wafers – great for combating the Singapore humidity levels!

Singapore Botanic Gardens

If you’re a nature lover, would like to see the National flowers up close (orchards), or just want to escape the city vibes, head for the Botanic Gardens – centrally located and they’re also directly reachable by MRT.

See this post for more ideas on where to go in Singapore for Nature Lovers.

Clarke Quay

This historical riverside gives a solid insight into the colonialist history in Singapore and shows a great variety of beautiful old colonial buildings. Be sure to hop on a traditional boat for a cruise around the quay and Marina Bay for some of the best views of the city!

Eat Here…

With just a couple of nights in Singapore, you really have to make some tough choices on where to eat as the city is bursting with so many great restaurants. If you’re after some cheap eats (quick, no frills), head straight for the Hawker’s Centres – here you will try fantastic local cuisine for just a few dollars.

But if you’re after the “best of the best” in Singapore, you’re in for a real treat!

2am Dessert Bar

Life short – have dessert first! One of my favourite places to go for a midnight mission is the aptly named “2am Dessert Bar”. Just as the title suggests, it is a late night dessert bar opened daily ’til 2:00am (closed Mondays).

21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, 277733

Wild Rocket

This restaurant is a testament to the foodie culture in Singapore. It is a gastronomic experience without the hefty price tag, meaning there is literally no reason not to book yourself a table here! Expect creative flavour combinations, local fresh produce, and outstanding service.

10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228119

LeVeL 33

If you’re after a rooftop bar in Singapore (at some point you should be, its an absolute must whilst in the city!), then head straight for the best of the best – Level 33.

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1

For some more ideas, see this post about the strangely wonderful places to eat in Singapore or for the weird and whacky, see these Singaporean foods to try.


With thanks to Mandarin Oriental Singapore for welcoming me to experience a Singapore Stopover!

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    October 22, 2015 at 1:29 am

    It’s amazing how much you can get done in a stopover! I look forward to visiting Singapore soon! Your wonderful blog has inspired me to travel and document my own travels in my own blog (just started this last week and I’m SO excited!)

    October 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I know how you feel with the long flights to Australia. Especially when you have a long stopover. I had 7 hours in Ho Chi Minh on my way back from South Korea in July. Then we fly through the night and I had to work the day I arrived. It was hell!

    I think next time I’ll definitely factor in a stopover.

    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    October 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    A stopover in Singapore is always a must, if possible! Even if only to visit the hawker centres!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    October 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love this city! I’ve been there many times and find it very photogenic. I’ve posted a post about my illustrated journey there… So inspiring, this city.

    Velysia Zhang
    October 20, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Singapore is definitely an ideal country for stopover. My favorite would be Gardens by the bay. It was amazing especially during the light show. Love your great photos, always!

    Claire & Laura
    October 20, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Our “stopovers” are usually loitering in the duty free of an empty airport at 3am….this is a whole new world to us!

    October 19, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Stopovers are one thing I’ve yet to utilise while making long haul plane journeys. You’ve definitely inspired me to figure how to do one though! πŸ˜‰

    Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    October 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I just had a stop over in Singapore, it’s a great place to stop over and I agree it’s definitely worth checking out the gardens and The Marina Bays Sands. Some of the restaurants were amazing and I loved the roof top bars.
    Lots of love,

    October 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    That Singapore ice cream is a must! Ahh I really miss Singapore so much. Really want to visit Gardens by the bay.

    Thanks for sharing, Brooke πŸ™‚

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