Singapore is known for its futuristic architecture, immaculate surroundings and vibrant street food scene. Travellers can sample it all during a stopover, leaving the country’s world-class international airport.
Stopovers are an ideal way to rest between long-haul flights, explore a new city and make your holiday last that little bit longer, says Nicky Potgieter, Flight Centre Travel Group’s Leisure Marketing Leader.
Singapore Airlines, the tourism board and Changi Airport have partnered on one of the most comprehensive stop-over incentives, providing free city tours and airport shopping credits to eligible passengers.
“Whether you have six hours or two days, Singapore is the perfect stopover destination. The airport is out of this world, it’s easy to get around the city and you can squeeze a lot within a short time,” Potgieter adds.
In honour of the new Singapore Stop-Over offer, Flight Centre has picked out its top spots within easy reach of Singapore’s world-class airport:
Before you leave the airport
Voted the world’s best airport for the sixth year in a row by Skytrax, Changi Airport is an attraction in its own right. Stop jetlag in its tracks by doing a few laps in the rooftop swimming pool, enjoy the numerous flower gardens or marvel at the world’s first airport butterfly garden, home to more than 1,000 butterflies.
Jewel Changi Airport, due to open in 2019, will connect the existing terminals via glass walkways and house even more attractions, including the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
Feast the senses
Singapore’s food scene alone is reason enough to explore. The country’s mix of Chinese, Indian, Malay and European heritage is reflected in its local cuisine, with appealing subtleties and tastes.
“Singapore is the ultimate foodie destination,” remarks Potgieter. “Eat the best food of your life at a hawker centre (formalised street food court) for just a few dollars. Try Maxwell Road Hawker Centre or eat with the locals at Old Airport Road Food Centre, one of the oldest hawker centres in the city. For those travellers looking for linen tablecloths and crystal tableware, 39 restaurants in Singapore have been awarded Michelin stars in 2018.”
Get some fresh air
From the famous Botanic Gardens – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015 – to the 250-acre Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is well on its way to achieving its vision of being the world’s greenest city.
“Make sure you visit Gardens by the Bay at night too,” suggests Potgieter. “The ‘supertrees’ collect solar energy and at night, are lit up to create the most fantastic spectacle of colour and light.”
Hit the streets
Take to the streets to admire the architecture and energy of Chinatown, Little India and Emerald Hill. Every corner yields a new Instagram shot and, when the humidity gets too much, duck into the nearest café to cool down and enjoy a sweet iced tea.
Sundowners at sunset
In a compact city of futuristic skyscrapers, the best way to view the skyline is from above.
“Rooftop bars, such as Cé La Vi on the 57th floor of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, are ideal for sundowners. The drinks aren’t cheap, but it will be worth it for the incredible view,” says Potgieter.
For travellers lucky enough to be staying at the Marina Sands, snap the ultimate selfie at the famous infinity pool. Or head to Southbridge’s Oyster Bar for a different 360° view of Singapore’s skyline.
In a place that boasts a world-first attraction on almost every corner and is perfectly designed for exploring in a short space of time, travellers would be missing out if they skipped a Singapore stopover on their next Far East adventure.