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How To Make The Most Of A Layover In Singapore

My spring break officially ended with a long layover in Singapore! We flew on a budget airline called Scoot from Bali to Singapore and then flew 8 hours the next day from Singapore back to Sydney. We didn’t pay for accommodation in Singapore and instead opted to spend the night sleeping in the Singapore airport, which wasn’t too bad considering it’s the nicest airport in the world. There was a sunflower garden, movie theater, game room, spa, food court, and tons of shops for us to enjoy in the airport.

And outside of the airport….

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Gardens By The Bay

Supertree Grove

The wedding scene in Crazy Rich Asians was filmed here. The Supertree Grove is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore! These 12 iconic trees are unique to Singapore and are free to explore! If you want to do the Skywalk it only costs $8 and will give you a chance to walk high above the ground and among the trees. Each night at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm there is a light and sound show. The trees light up in sync with music — this was my favorite thing in Singapore!

The Supertree Grove forest during the daytime in Singapore
The Supertree Grove forest during the night in Singapore
Supertree Grove evening light show in Singapore

Cloud Forest

One of the two famous indoor botanical gardens located in Gardens by the Bay. This one has the world’s highest indoor waterfall! This place is really cool because there is a Cloud Walk that goes behind the waterfall and will loop you through a series of exhibits of unique tropical flora. It cost less than $30 USD to see both the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome… grab tickets in advance!

The world's tallest indoor waterfall in the Cloud Forest in Singapore

Flower Dome

The Flower Dome is exactly what is sounds like — it’s the largest glass greenhouse in the world filled with flowers! When I visited there was a Dutch inspired tulip display. I was more impressed by the Cloud Forest, but I definitely recommend visiting here too!

Tulips in the Flower Dome during a layover in Singapore
Tulips in the Flower Dome during a layover in Singapore
Tropical flowers in the Flower Dome in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

This iconic Singaporean structure is one of the largest hotels in the world! It is a 5-star resort so rooms are expensive, but the public is able to use its famous casino and explore its shops.

During our layover in Singapore, we also paid ~$30 to go up to the Sands SkyPark which is an observation deck that overlooks the entire city. Unfortunately you have to be a guest of the hotel to use the infinity pool, so we didn’t get to do this, but hopefully one day I’ll be back (and with more money!). Don’t miss the observation deck though, and grab a ticket in advance to visit!

View of Singapore from the top of Marina Bay Sands' observation deck

Singapore Flyer

Giant ferris wheel located in downtown Singapore with awesome views! Walk across the helix bridge to get there. I highly recommend grabbing a ticket or tour in advance.

View from the Skywalk in the Supertree Grove in Singapore

Sentosa Island

We didn’t make it here during our layover in Singapore, but this island is right off the shore of the city and is home to Singapore’s Universal Studios.

Newtown Food Centre

If you’re a Crazy Rich Asians fan like me you can’t leave Singapore without coming here! It’s the hawker center (term to describe Singapore’s lively food markets) featured in the beginning of the movie when Rachel first lands in Singapore. My friends and I even sat at the same table as they did in the film! The food here was so delicious! Singapore really knows how to do street food right.

Newtown Food Centre where Crazy Rich Asians was filmed in Singapore

Overall I LOVED having a long layover in Singapore and really hope to come back one day. The city is so clean and modern… I was really impressed! It’s not a huge city so I actually felt like one day was enough to see all the sights, but I want to visit in the future and stay a night in Marina Bay Sands! That’s all for my spring break Asia series!

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