Singapore is Southeast Asia’s multicultural playground.
Sleek, luxurious hotels stand alongside colorful, historical shophouses as the Arab Quarter bleeds into Little India and Chinatown blends into a rich financial hub. There’s plenty to see in this small island nation and Big & Small had just 24 hours to explore the heart of Singapore.
Follow our journey, from the buttoned-up downtown core to the hip lanes surrounding Arab Street, the ornate Hindu temples of Little India, the bustling streets of Chinatown, and the futuristic worlds of Gardens by the Bay.
And watch as we taste some local food and check out Marina Bay Sands, one of the world’s swankiest hotels.
When you visit Singapore you need to be able to be mobile, so remember these key tips to guarantee a productive and successful trip.
- Book a room in a hotel, Airbnb, or hostel in the center. You need to be able to get around the city quickly, so be central.
- Be able to try and sample the main food, which takes influence from India, China, and the Middle East. Take the time to visit Little India, Chinatown, Arab Street, Haji Lane, and more.
- Walk and take the subway in Singapore. The Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT, is a rapid transit system making up the railway system in Singapore, spanning most of the city-state.
The reputation of Singapore may surprise, so be ready to enjoy every aspect of the city. In comparison, Singapore may be overlooked compared to Bangkok, but Singapore is more dynamic and varied than many realize.
There’s a lot to do and see here, and even if you can only carve out one day in Singapore, you find plenty to love in the Lion City.