Singapore Changi Airport, first impression
Three days in Singapore, the pearl of Asia, such a wonderful surprise! So bright, so colorful, so welcoming to everyone! The top star among Asian cosmopolitans. Right after you land at the Changi International Airport in Singapore, you will fill a smell of an adventure. If you are just transferring and have some time, take a chance and explore this city on its own, the cherry on the top of Asian airports! Take the inside train and visit this miracle and you will step into a new world. The catch is that if you need a Singapore transit visa, you don’t need it on this train. If your transit time is longer then 5. 5 hours, you have even more possibilities. Check on http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/transit.html#anchorTET. But, if you can spend three days in Singapore, fasten your seat belts and live the dream!
Accommodation and local restaurants
I took a small but spotless room in the Garni hotel Fragrance, Emerald, for the affordable price of 43 US$ per night. So, for a total of 129S$ for three days, I was in this bustling area full of local restaurants, small shops, and markets. I realized I was right in the heart of Singapore’s unique cultural mixture. Hidden and calm, yet really well connected to the city center by buses and MTR, this location was the right choice. I discovered a local restaurant with a variety of local dishes at low prices and enjoyed incredibly tasty food. Then again, you can do it anywhere in Singapore for a small price. Other accommodation options are hostels with prices from around 15-20US$ per night, depending on the location and room type. Finally, you can find astonishing hotels for a considerable amount of money (prices go up to even 1000US$ per night).
Best way to explore the city amenities
Grab a free city map at the airport and you’ll be equipped to explore the city in three days. Don’t buy in advance tickets and passes for the Singapore amenities. Do that at the spot, it’s even cheaper than you expect. Some magnificent views and shows you can experience for free! Besides the tickets for buses and MTR (available in any of 7 Eleven stores), get the Big Bus Tours pass. For an acceptable price, it allows you exploring Singapore treasures during the day by the hop on and hop off system. Using the three bus lines, green, blue and yellow, you have a chance to observe the amenities and listen to the details in deferent languages. There’re several options with prices from 22US$ – 44US$. It’s the best way of choosing your favorites and then spend the time visiting them. The Classic Big Bus tour pass is forthy eight hours valid, and I loved it.
List for three days
There is no chance that you can visit everything that this magnificent city can offer you. But here is the list of the things that you should see in these three days in Singapore:
- Gardens by the Bay, Mesmerising Garden Rahspody Show, an audiovisual spectacle performed every day from 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
- Singapore Botanic Gardens (more on https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/singapore-botanic-gardens )
- Sentosa Island, the perfect spot to spend the day and enjoy various activities; sunbathing and swimming or kayaking on several beaches, S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa Merlion, Mega Zip, Mega Bounce, etc.
- China Town, especially the 1827 Sri Mariamman Temple and the ornate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
- Marina Sands Bay Singapore observation deck with a fabulous view of the Singapore panorama.
- Arab Street and Haji Lane, Singapore
Nightlife in Singapore
Clarke Quay and Riverside
Do you like to spend time in coffee bars and restaurants? The best choice is The Clarke Quay and the riverside; Vivid nightlife, full of locals and foreigners, will get you into the mood for one big international party! You may treat yourself with cocktails and other alcoholic beverages and also tasty and colorful local and international dishes. Try the famous Singapore crab! It’s a bit expensive but worths every penny. Several night clubs like Attica, Zouk, Canvas Night Club, and Shuffle Bistro Bar offer fun and relaxation depending on your mood.
Things NOT to DO in Singapore
If you plan to spend three days in Singapore, have in mind that the pearl of Asia also has a “don’t do it” list and here are some tips:
- If you are a passionate smoker, visiting this city will be a challenge for you! Smoking in Singapore is a chargeable offense in most of the places where you use to do it in other countries all over the world. You are not allowed to smoke almost anywhere, even in your own premises and especially not in public. Anti-Smoking measures in Singapore have a history of progress. During the past twenty years, the authorities gradually extended places and areas where smoking is prohibited. The highlight is- these rules are supported by the citizens of Singapore, and the last one was updated in 2019. – no smoking in Orchard Road, the main shopping area except for limited space around the police stations.
- Don’t litter in Singapore and pay attention to it!
- Avoid chewing gum unless it is prescripted to you by your doctor ( it can be a cure :-), especially for scuba divers)
- Don’t forget to flash in the toilets
- Don’t watch the porn, even in private
In the end, let me tell you what I enjoyed the most! Eating in an Indian vegan restaurant, coffee in Arab Street and the Mesmerising Garden Rahspody Show! So, go and make your bucket list :-).