Singapore in 24 Hours


Singapore is AMAZING. We stopped here for a quick 24 hour layover between San Francisco and New Delhi, and instantly fell in love with this little country. I feel like I barely scratched the surface during our quick time in Singapore, but it was awesome to get our feet on the ground and cram in as much as we could in a day. There are so many cultures and influences that have combined to create Singapore’s own unique identity. And since it’s such a new country (only 52 years old!), it was so impeccably clean, modern, and beautiful. But what I loved most about Singapore most was the people. Everywhere we turned, we were met with kindness! Here’s what we did: 

SLEEP! Since our flight landed at night, we booked a room at ParkRoyal on Pickering to get some rest before exploring. We ended up spending so much time at the hotel because a) we were exhausted after the 16 trek and b) literally everything about this hotel was absolutely incredible. I was blown away by this place. The infinity pool looking over the city, the rooftop gardens, and the room itself were above and beyond anywhere I’ve ever stayed in the US. 

In the morning, we had about 5 hours between breakfast and when we had to leave for the airport. It was quick, but I we got to see a lot and definitely get a feel for the city. First, we went to Gardens By The Bay, specifically the Cloud Dome and the Flower Dome. This was the place that every travel guide, person I talked to, and internet search unanimously recommended as a must do. And it did not disappoint. I’ve been to botanical gardens before, but nothing like this. The Cloud Dome literally had a giant manmade mountain and waterfall inside! Unreal. 

Next, we headed across the Singapore River to the Merlion Statue + Park. Definitely glad we saw it since it’s so iconic, but the statue itself was honestly a lot smaller than I had pictured! Still, the park was right on the waterfront and there were tons of great restaurants and shops. 

After that, I was on a mission to find Brother Bird Soft Serve Co, this really amazing soft serve and mochi place I’d seen on Instagram. The search took us to Arab Street, a really cool, boho district with Middle Eastern influence. There were tons of colorful murals, hole in the wall shops, and music blaring down the alleyways. Accidental discoveries like this are always my favorite, so this district was my favorite. And yes, we found the soft serve place, and YES it was amazing! 

Then, it was back to the hotel for a quick afternoon tea before we headed back to the airport to catch our flight to India! Singapore, you were the best! 

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  1. LOVE these photos, the gardens look beautiful!
    xo, hannah

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