Singapore has always been known an amazing place to stopover en route to somewhere further afield, more than 100 international airlines fly via Changi Airport, but as I discovered it’s an action packed holiday destination with shopping options and activities to rival anywhere in the world.
Your direct flight from Christchurch with Singapore Airlines takes 10 hours and 50 minutes – you’ll easily be able to fill this time watching the huge range of on-demand entertainment in really comfortable seatingwhile being looked after by the amazing inflight crew.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Singapore and as I found out, it wasn’t nearly enough time to soak up everything Singapore has to offer. Some of the highlights during my visit was shopping on Orchard Road, it’s the bustling main shopping street in Singapore, with doors open until around 10pm and has shops ranging from your familiar UK/Europe highstreet brands through to designer stores and amazing eating options – there’s really something for everyone.
Gardens by the Bay
The unbelievable Gardens by the Bay is also a must-do, you can explore Singapore 22metres above the ground on the Skyway at the Supertree Grove, free admission to the outdoor gardens, or visit the conservatories which includes the Heritage Garden and Cloud Forest. These are just a few of the activities to explore while you’re here. If you go in the early evening you’ll be amazed by the lighting displays.
My favourite place was Sentosa – where there is something for everyone. Universal Studios is located on Sentosa and you have the option to upgrade to the VIP pass for around $30 on top of your standard ticket price, which allows you to skip the queue and go straight to the front of the line. Adventure Cove has an incredible water park with a water system where you can hop on a tube and bob around the park, or learn to snorkel with real fish.
The SEA Aquarium Marine Life Park, the largest Aquarium in the world and many smaller aquariums filled with every imaginable marine creature. There’s also a luge and you could have a go on a Segway tour.
These are just a few of the activities we were able to cover in our short time in Singapore – I’ll have to go back and see the rest!
If this is your first time travelling to an Asian country Singapore is a great place to visit, it’s very safe and English is widely spoken. It also allows you the opportunity to explore other cultural hubs, such as Chinatown and Little India and a get feel for travelling in other parts of Asia that are a little off the beaten track. And of course you can shop up a store at the markets here, or get a delicious meal.