24 Hours in Singapore: The Essentials of What to Do and See

7 April, 2013

Singapore may be relatively small, but it’s never short on things to do. Tucked between Malaysia and the Singapore Strait, this Southeast Asian city-state boasts an array of luxury hotels, laid-back beaches and can’t-miss nightclubs. Need to see it all in one day? Follow this schedule, and you’ll be well on your way to a true Singapore experience.

9 a.m.: Your first order of business is finding the perfect place to stay. Cozy up to the 19th-century charm of the Raffles Hotel, or try a little five-star luxury at the Mandarin Oriental. Then, once you’ve settled in, hop over to Wild Honey for one of Singapore’s best breakfasts.

10:30 a.m.: No trip to Singapore is complete without a bit of beach time, so grab a train to East Coast Park for its seaside promenades and tree-lined shores. Prefer a more verdant setting? Spend the morning wandering through a virgin rainforest and exploring thousands of orchid species at the Botanic Gardens.

1 p.m.: After your tranquil garden experience, grab your Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Card and get ready for an afternoon of shopping. Start your journey with a walk through Chinatown, and then pop over to Orchard Road for its dizzying array of luxury boutiques like Miu Miu, Prada and Dior. Looking for something just off the beaten path? Browse the trendy shops on Haji Lane for a unique collection of clothing and home goods.

7 p.m.: There’s nothing like a day of shopping to work up an appetite. Spend a little time unwinding at your hotel, and then head over to the dazzling Marina Bay Sands resort for a drink at its rooftop Ku De Ta lounge and dinner at Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool Skypark

10 p.m.: It’s been a long day, but don’t give up just yet; you won’t want to miss a second of Singapore’s club scene. Dance the night away at the cutting-edge Zouk, or get the VIP treatment at the exclusive Pangaea. Want to keep your evening a bit more low-key? Try the underground sounds at Home Club; this trendy space is still plenty energetic, but it’s less likely to be filled with tourists. No matter where you go, make sure to say goodbye to your day in Singapore with one last champagne cocktail.

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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