Living in Asia has its perks — the weather, the food, and most importantly, easy access to incredible Asian budget travel destinations. Singapore has consistently been a favorite among couples, friends and families alike.
The ease of travel and range of accommodation catering to different budgets makes Singapore a must-do destination, even if you have just 48 hours.
Tranquil parks, river safaris, amusement rides and oodles of noodles… here’s how to discover Singapore in 48 hours
* Budget flights from Chennai to Singapore cost between Rs. 13,000 and Rs. 16,000 for a round trip, depending on when you book. Taking the 10 pm flight will get you to Singapore at 4.40 am local time. Check into your hotel and catch a few hours of sleep.
8.30 am– Singapore Zoo
The zoo is well-connected by bus; else you can take a taxi from the nearest train station connected to your line. Hang out with free-range orangutans and lemurs, feed the giraffes, watch the Komodo dragon, learn about tropical and polar critters, and walk through the fragile forest enclosures. You can carry your own lunch or head to the restaurants on site for a choice of Indian, Malaysian, Chinese or international food. The zoo also offers river safaris and night safaris. Take the free bus shuttle to the Khatib MRT station, and make your way to HarbourFront Station.
2 pm– Sentosa Island
The HarbourFront Station connects mainland Singapore with Sentosa Island. With a choice of getting there by cable car or the monorail Sentosa Express or you could just have a leisurely stroll through the Sentosa Boardwalk.
The S.E.A. Aquarium houses over 1,00,000 marine animals, plenty of educational information, and a stunning 36-metre wide Open Ocean Habitat. There’s also the Dolphin Island, Butterfly Park, Water Park and indoor skydiving among other attractions. Walking by the beach is a bit of a disappointment though – if this is on your list, skip it without a second thought!
Universal Studios offers some fantastic rides, experiences, live shows, and interactive entertainment until 7 pm (9 pm on some days) and can easily be done in the second half of the day once the crowds begin to thin. Remember that it is the most popular destination for families with children, so you will be surrounded by screaming toddlers and harried parents.
On your way back from Sentosa Island, make sure to catch a view of the bay at the HarbourFront station.
9 pm– Duxton Hill
Located in the Tanjong Pagar area, Duxton Hill is lined with charming cafés and bars offering every cuisine you can imagine. We headed to the Lucha Loco Mexican bar and were thoroughly impressed.
9 am– Jurong Bird Park
While getting to see toucans, snowy owls, lorises, penguins, swans and birds of prey is exciting, it is particularly interesting to see the park’s conservation centre. The park has beautiful walkthroughs and has made a commendable effort to mimic rainforest ecosystems.
The park has beautiful walkthroughs and has made a commendable effort to mimic rainforest ecosystems.
1 pm– Lau Pa Sat
Head to Lau Pa Sat, a food market reminiscent of London’s Borough Market, for a hearty and budget-friendly lunch of Indian, Malaysian, Chinese and continental food. Satays and Tiger beer are recommended. At five bucks a pint, you’ll return craving this Asian lager with your next meal. If you are vegetarian, your options are unfortunately restricted to Indian and Asian tofu. A determined quest to experience local cuisine can begin with a visit to every stall and end with a Mysore masala dosa.
2 pm– Marina Bay
An easy 15-minute walk from Lau Pa Sat is the central Marina Bay area. Go to the Gardens by the Bay to explore the impressive botanical conservation efforts at the Flower Dome, and learn about fragile cloud forests on the elevated walkways.
Walk along the harbor, get a picture with the Merlion, grab a bite at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen (we took a good longing peek), and go up the Singapore Flyer or the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark for a beautiful view of the city’s skyline.
9 pm– Clarke Quay
So much of Singapore’s culture revolves around food experiences and Clarke Quay offers yet another unique dining setting. On the banks of the Singapore River, Clarke
Quay was once an important trade area. Now, it serves as the city’s nightlife capital, with restaurants and bars located in erstwhile warehouses.
Every restaurant vies for attention with live bands and performances.
The Octapas Tapas Bar by the river has a lovely view to enjoy your last evening in Singapore, with a white wine sangria and Singapore Sling.
Some more travel hacks
Indian citizens have to apply for a visa in advance. Check ica.gov.sga month before your travel.
* Indigo, Scoot, Jet Airways and Air India Express operate budget flights from Chennai. If you’re flying back in the evening, Scoot operates a luxurious Dreamliner with lower cabin pressure and intelligent lighting.
Alternatives to Lau Pa Sat for budget meals include Smith Street in Chinatown and Tekka Centre in Little India. They are also good areas to take a wander and shop for knick-knacks.
Remember to check out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown.
Getting around Singapore is easiest on the MRT system, operating five lines connecting the entire city. Pick up a map and a travel card at your nearest station. Taxis can be expensive, but worth to get to the Zoo and Bird Park.
Purchase a Singapore Attractions Pass on singaporepass.com redeem it for a travel card at Changi Airport to save time and money.
TOP 12 SINGAPORE’S ATTRACTIONS
You can visit for FREE with the Singapore Pass!
- Universal Studios Singapore
- Night Safari
- Singapore Flyer
- Singapore DUCKtours
- Singapore7 Hop On
- S.E.A. Aquarium
- Madame Tussauds
- Singapore Zoo
- Gardens By The Bay
- HiPPO Night City Tours
- Singapore Cable Car
- River Safari
You can also purchase a Hop-on Hop-off bus pass, which will get you to every tourist spot in the city and offer bus top tours.
For detailed travel-related information, you can refer this Lonely Planet’s Singapore Travel Guide: