Ever passed through a country on transit but wanted to make a stopover so you can explore the place? Well, according to me, to explore and experience a place fully you must be able to spend at least a week there. I spent almost a week in Singapore but since Changi Airport has a lot of transits that got me thinking, would someone be able to spend 2 days in Singapore and see everything? Well, yes.
The first step to making a Singapore itinerary 2 days would be to figure out visa requirements and flight timings to Singapore that would be convenient for you. I recommend landing in the morning so you can sightsee right away or the night before and rent a room in the airport hotel.
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REALITY! I’m sure you must have seen a thousand pretty pictures of @jewelchangiairport taken from splendid vantage points and almost no people. However, here’s the actual reality that not many want to show on @instagram . @singapore is a tourist destination, but the airport is more so because of the several layovers that happen there. Anyone on a transit of more than 3 hours can visit the Jewel and spend time there. There are free shuttle trains connecting terminals all the time . Other than the Rain Vortex (waterfall), there are quite a few things to do around the area that might especially prove helpful for travelers to while away some time. Some of these are quite kid friendly, but we couldn’t visit as our kid was not being too friendly at that moment 🙄 (I have a lot of failed family images of him crying as proof to show when he’s all grown)
If you are looking to stay longer for your Singapore holiday, here’s a Singapore itinerary for 5 days
Singapore Itinerary 2 Days
To check whether you qualify for visa-free entry, click here. This website also shows you what you may require as documents and procedure for obtaining a Singapore visa.
After having this sorted, the next step is to book your flights. I always use Skyscanner to run a quick search of all budget airlines. Choose the multi-city option and dates according to your stay in Singapore. Here’s an easy way to enter your destinations below:
The best way of having a hassle-free holiday is to pre-book as many things in advance. I always have my flight details, hotel booking confirmations with address, and a mental plan of what to do sorted. Of course, the itinerary is pretty much subject to change as you don’t want to be following a strict timetable. It is a holiday after all. But having the basic things planned out saves time and sometimes money.
Booking.com is very convenient and allows you to choose a hotel according to your budget. Whether luxury or an affordable place to stay in Singapore, pick a hotel near the MRT (metro) so you can skimp on some traveling time. Click here to pick a hotel for yourself.
How to Spend 2 days in Singapore
For a mix of culture and touristy things, I have compiled both into the next couple of days.
Day 1: Little India with Monster Day Tours + Arab Street + Haji Lane
While researching on activities to do in Singapore, I came across these FREE walking tours held by Monster Day Tours which are actually walking tours that are conducted at specific timings and dates showing the best of the country.
In case you are not traveling to Singapore on those days, there is a chance to book a private tour with them and choose the exact places you want to see and things to do. Depending on the plan, Monster Day Tours will create a customized tour for you.
Assuming you are in the country on a Friday and Saturday, Friday is when they have a walking tour of Little India from 9.30 am until 12 pm. We had a friendly guide named Yap who took us through the various stalls, hawker centers, and street art in this little area. Check out the link here to see the itineraries.
After the tour, head to one of the hawker centers for lunch. You can try the Hainanese Chicken with Rice or how about some Singaporean Rojak? The satay in Singapore is pretty good too and one for the bucket lists like how Paula has it in her Asian Bucket List.
The next place on our Singapore tour is Arab Street. You can arrive at this spot by going to Bugis metro station and taking the Raffles Hospital Exit B. There is a little walking to do for about 5 minutes and you will be greeted with the view of Masjid Sultan. I recommend visiting this place around the evening, say 4 pm, so you can see the mosque and street art during the day and stay in Haji Lane in the evening.
Haji Lane is just a 5-minute walk from Arab street and houses a number of cafes and restaurants. Stop here for a bite or coffee and enjoy the cool graffiti. There are also various window shopping opportunities for souvenirs. After about 7 pm, Haji Lane completely transforms into a more relaxed place with local artists playing and people chilling on bean bags. I, unfortunately, couldn’t get a picture of this as I was too busy enjoying the whole thing!
Later, go to your hotel and have a good night’s rest.
Day 2: Chinatown with Monster Day Tours + Gardens by the Bay + Merlion Park/ The Jewel
Rise early for another tour hosted by Monster Day Tours where you will have to meet the guide at Chinatown MRT Exit A at 9.30 am. The guide will take you around the local streets of Chinatown and you may even have the opportunity to try the local favorite breakfast, Kaya Toast with Kopi. This was my favorite breakfast there and I wish I got some kaya home!
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KOPI & KAYA TOAST ☕️🍞 A humble local breakfast in Singapore is a cup of coffee with toasted bread stuffed with jam made of coconut, eggs, and sugar. There is also a very generous slice of butter in the toast for that added taste 😍 This was easily one of my favorite meals in @singapore . If you are a foodie, then truly Singapore is one of the best places to visit for affordable street food that doesn’t make you sick like in other countries! I have a full post on some of the best dishes to try there, find it on hungryoungwoman.com or on #instastories 😊
You will also see the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum where the guide will explain everything about its history and importance, later you can have brunch at the nearby hawker center.
Once you are dropped at Telok Ayer MRT (that’s where the tour ends), go to Bayfront MRT station. Take the exit for Gardens by the Bay and walk to see the beautiful supertrees. I literally was the happiest person there! The place is so magical and definitely very very instagrammable.
If you have the time, try watching the Garden Rhapsody show that starts at about 7.45 pm every evening where the supertrees light up and play in sync with a song.
Next, choose to either see the Merlion statue or the Jewel in Changi airport depending on the flight to your next destination. To get to Merlion Park, we took a cab that we booked on Grab for only S$6 as we were too tired to walk.
For Jewel Changi airport, you can either take the MRT to Changi Airport if you can walk or hire a cab through Grab. Tell the driver to drop you at Terminal 1 as that’s where The Jewel is. It is definitely one of the cheap things to do in Singapore as it is entirely free!
Next time you are wondering if things to do in Singapore for 2 days will be worth it, I tell you that it is easily doable if you only have a clear plan in mind. You can see the best places in Singapore and get to know about the culture there, as well as the appetizing food that I miss very much.
Have you ever visited a country for just 2 days? Let me know which one!
Until then, happy traveling! xx
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Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links which will give me a small commission if you purchase a product/service. This will not result in any extra cost to you. Although I was provided a complimentary private tour by Monster Day Tours, my opinions remain unbiased and true to the best of my knowledge.