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In the heart of Southeast Asia, vibrant Singapore is a popular stopover city for long-haul getaways. This city-state is a 13-hour flight from the UK, making it a convenient jumping-off point for Asia and Australasia. But, before you journey on to your final destination, why not tick another place off your list and spend a few days in the Lion City? There’s so much to do here that you can easily fill 72 hours in Singapore.

Contemporary and traditional in equal measure, this metropolis is a melting pot of different cultures. You’ll notice influences from China, India and Malaysia across Singapore’s varied architecture, but the city’s diversity is even more apparent in its delicious cuisine. Food is a big thing here, and you’ll probably spend a large part of your trip eating. You fill up at the bustling hawker centres, where casual stalls serve budget-friendly street food. In particular, chilli crab – the city’s signature dish – is a must-try during your few days in Singapore. And, if you fancy a special treat, there are dozens of Michelin-star restaurants to choose from.

While you could easily enjoy a food-focussed weekend here, there’s plenty more to experience. On your Singapore stopover, you can explore the iconic Gardens by the Bay, visit the acclaimed Singapore Zoo, and browse stylish shops along Orchard Road. Head to Sentosa Island for theme park thrills, or wander around the beautiful Botanic Gardens. And no trip to the Lion City would be complete without calling in to Raffles Hotel to try its famous cocktail creation – the Singapore Sling.

Whatever you’re into, our experts will help you plan the perfect itinerary, so you can really make the most of your 72 hours in Singapore. If you can, try to visit during the dry season between February and August, when temperatures hover in the high-twenties and rainfall is at its lowest. That way, you can discover all this exciting place has to offer, before continuing your holiday elsewhere.

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Day one

You might feel a little jet-lagged after your journey, so why not take it easy on your first day? Get your bearings with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. You can find out about Singapore’s history and culture thanks to the audio guide, as you take in Clarke Quay, Orchard Road, Chinatown and beyond. Relax in comfort and stop off at any key sights, like the National Museum or the Botanic Gardens. These gardens are one of only three in the world to be awarded UNESCO status, so they’re certainly worth a visit.

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In the evening, head to one of Singapore’s famous hawker centres and prepare for a feast. These laidback marketplaces are crammed with street food stalls, many of which specialise in one particular dish. And the quality is incredible. Chinatown Complex Food Centre is even home to the cheapest Michelin-starred dish in the word – stall Hawker Chan serves its star-winning Cantonese soya sauce chicken rice for only S$2.

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Day two

On the second day of your Singapore stopover, it’s time for some serious sightseeing, starting with the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Right by the marina, this exotic Eden is made up of beautiful gardens and tropical zones, including the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. But the Supertree Grove is the star of the show. Instantly recognisable, these man-made trees are 50 metres tall. And they’re connected by a canopy walkway, where you’ll have panoramic views over the gardens below.

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Singapore Zoo is another must-see. If you can, go in the evening – or, better still, plan your visit at night. When it’s cooler, the animals will be far more active. On a night safari, you’ll see big cats, elephants, rhinos, bears and much more.

Complete your day with a trip to Singapore’s most famous hotel, Raffles. Sip cocktails in the Long Bar, where a bar tender once invented the Singapore Sling – a refreshing drink made with gin, cherry brandy and lemon juice. Or relax in the Writer’s Bar, which was once a favourite haunt of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

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Day three

With just one day left, it’s time to go souvenir shopping on Orchard Road. This bustling avenue is the number one spot for retail therapy in Singapore, especially if you’re into designer labels. But if you’d prefer to pick up something unique, head to colourful Haji Lane. Independent boutiques are the order of the day here, and you can admire the bright street art too.

Alternatively, spend your day on Sentosa Island. Connected to Singapore by Causeway Bridge, this thrilling island is a hub of theme parks and beaches. Get your adrenaline pumping at Universal Studios Singapore, try out exciting watersports, or simply relax on the sun-soaked sands.

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If you want to round off your 72 hours in Singapore in style, why not treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind dining experience? Boasting a whopping 39 Michelin-starred restaurants, Singapore certainly knows a thing or two about gourmet cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an award-winning French bistro or a decadent Japanese eatery, there’s bound to be a spot you’ll love. 

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A short trip to Singapore is the perfect start to your holiday – but where to next? You could jet off to Malaysia to see the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur and the tranquil islands of Langkawi. Experience a variety of cultures in Penang, or head to Borneo to see orangutans, tropical rainforest and bright coral reefs.

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Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore beautiful Bali? When you pair this Indonesian gem with Singapore, you’ll have the perfect combination of urban adventures and relaxing beach time. 

Alternatively, Singapore is more than half between the UK and Australia – so why not continue your travels Down Under? You can fly to Sydney and discover the east coast’s glittering cities and stunning natural landscapes, or head to Perth and explore Western Australia’s vineyards and beaches. Whatever you’re looking for, our experts will help you plan the ultimate Singapore multi-centre holiday.

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Day one

Day one

You might feel a little jet-lagged after your journey, so why not take it easy on your first day? Get your bearings with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. You can find out about Singapore’s history and culture thanks to the audio guide, as you take in Clarke Quay, Orchard Road, Chinatown and beyond. Relax in comfort and stop off at any key sights, like the National Museum or the Botanic Gardens. These gardens are one of only three in the world to be awarded UNESCO status, so they’re certainly worth a visit.

Show More
Show Less

In the evening, head to one of Singapore’s famous hawker centres and prepare for a feast. These laidback marketplaces are crammed with street food stalls, many of which specialise in one particular dish. And the quality is incredible. Chinatown Complex Food Centre is even home to the cheapest Michelin-starred dish in the word – stall Hawker Chan serves its star-winning Cantonese soya sauce chicken rice for only S$2.

Show More
Show Less

Day two

Day two

On the second day of your Singapore stopover, it’s time for some serious sightseeing, starting with the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Right by the marina, this exotic Eden is made up of beautiful gardens and tropical zones, including the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome. But the Supertree Grove is the star of the show. Instantly recognisable, these man-made trees are 50 metres tall. And they’re connected by a canopy walkway, where you’ll have panoramic views over the gardens below.

Show More
Show Less

Singapore Zoo is another must-see. If you can, go in the evening – or, better still, plan your visit at night. When it’s cooler, the animals will be far more active. On a night safari, you’ll see big cats, elephants, rhinos, bears and much more.

Complete your day with a trip to Singapore’s most famous hotel, Raffles. Sip cocktails in the Long Bar, where a bar tender once invented the Singapore Sling – a refreshing drink made with gin, cherry brandy and lemon juice. Or relax in the Writer’s Bar, which was once a favourite haunt of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

Show More
Show Less

Day three

Day three

With just one day left, it’s time to go souvenir shopping on Orchard Road. This bustling avenue is the number one spot for retail therapy in Singapore, especially if you’re into designer labels. But if you’d prefer to pick up something unique, head to colourful Haji Lane. Independent boutiques are the order of the day here, and you can admire the bright street art too.

Alternatively, spend your day on Sentosa Island. Connected to Singapore by Causeway Bridge, this thrilling island is a hub of theme parks and beaches. Get your adrenaline pumping at Universal Studios Singapore, try out exciting watersports, or simply relax on the sun-soaked sands.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to round off your 72 hours in Singapore in style, why not treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind dining experience? Boasting a whopping 39 Michelin-starred restaurants, Singapore certainly knows a thing or two about gourmet cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an award-winning French bistro or a decadent Japanese eatery, there’s bound to be a spot you’ll love. 

Show More
Show Less

Where to next?

Discover more

A short trip to Singapore is the perfect start to your holiday – but where to next? You could jet off to Malaysia to see the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur and the tranquil islands of Langkawi. Experience a variety of cultures in Penang, or head to Borneo to see orangutans, tropical rainforest and bright coral reefs.

Show More
Show Less

Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore beautiful Bali? When you pair this Indonesian gem with Singapore, you’ll have the perfect combination of urban adventures and relaxing beach time. 

Alternatively, Singapore is more than half between the UK and Australia – so why not continue your travels Down Under? You can fly to Sydney and discover the east coast’s glittering cities and stunning natural landscapes, or head to Perth and explore Western Australia’s vineyards and beaches. Whatever you’re looking for, our experts will help you plan the ultimate Singapore multi-centre holiday.

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