If you’re going to be on a plane for over 20 hours, to you might as well make the most of your time. We opted for a 24 hour layover in Singapore. We arrived around 6:30am and went straight to our hotel to freshen up in their infinity pool As you could see, the pool was pretty bomb.
I was in Singapore 4 years ago, but was disappointed that I was not able to leave the airport. The only thing I wanted to do was visit some hawker stalls, so this was on the top of my list this time around. Our taxi driver recommended the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. Lucky for us it was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel. We arrived around 10am and most of the stalls were still closed. There were probably about 60 stalls under one roof; the possiblies were endless.
We read that Tian Tian Hainese Chicken was served some of the best Hainanese chicken. I don’t normally enjoy Hainanese chicken, but since we were in Singapore, I had to. A line was formed even before the stall opened, but the line moved fast. It was worth the wait! But be sure to get it with hot sauce.
Hawker stalls are the place to go for cheap good eats. Each dish was around $2-4 USD. Some of the other dishes we tried were Laksa and Char Kway Teow. I was in noodle heaven. Singapore is also known for their Indian food. I don’t remember the name of this dish, but it was fried dough filled with potatoes and it came with different dipping sauces.
This is the place to go if you want to buy souvenirs. They have everything from Super Hero luggage tags to kiddie chopsticks. They also have hawker stalls, but unfortunitely we were too full to try any food here. We loved the beef jerky! It melted in our mouths. Too bad we weren’t able to bring this back to the States.
I think chilli crabs are the most famous dish in Singapore. Wes raved about these chilli crabs. We went to Jumbo Seafood and ordered one chilli crab and one black pepper crab. I made the mistake of wanted to try the black pepper crab. We should have just ordered two chilli crabs. The black pepper crab was good, but could not compare to the chilli crab. The spices were on point. Be sure to order the fried mantou to scoop up the excess sauce. Why can’t we have giant crabs in the States?
Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s most iconic hotel. They’re known for their infinity pool, but it’s only open for their guests. For less than $20 a ticket, you can go up to the rooftop for a view of the whole city. I’m not sure if I can say that it was worth it, but we were able to score some cool photos.
Next to the hotel is the Garden by the Bay and it’s free to walk around the grounds. We had a fun time strooling around this area. I wish we were able to see this at night.
This was probably the biggest let down. It’s not in the city center and not easily accessable by public transportation, so opted for a 1 hour taxi ride. We purchased the 8:15pm tickets for the Night Safari. We waited almost 2 hours to get on the Night Safari. I admit it was an unique experience as we got to drive through the zoo and see the animals at night. It was a 45 minute safari and there was a guide speaking throughout the tour. However, there were a bunch of rude people who spoke over the guide. The wait had been so long that we missed all the other attractions the zoo had to offer. There was an option to walk through the zoo instead of the safari ride. I wonder if that would have been a better experience.
For only having 24 hours in Singapore, I think we were able to accomplish alot. I just wish my stomach was bigger so I could have ate more.