I had the opportunity to visit Singapore for two short layovers on my way to visit family in the Philippines foe the holidays. Unfortunately, the only times I was able to visit Singapore was at night arriving at 8:00pm. My choices were limited, but I was able to do more than I anticipated during that time frame! Singapore is a very clean and safe city. I had no problems walking around and didn’t worry about my safety. This city is perfect for solo travels and especially your first one. So here is my guide to a night layover in Singapore.
Exiting the Airport
If you have carry on luggage that you don’t want to lug around the city, I suggest you store it at the luggage storage right outside of customs. It costs about $4 for 12 hours which was perfect for me and my budget! If you exited out of terminal 3, to take an uber you need to go down stars to B1 or basement 1 (you can see the button on the elevator). To take a taxi you can stay on level 1. You can see signs everywhere to find signs where to take the train to the city if that is an option for you. Just be warned the train and buses do end early so if you are out late at night like I was, the train wasn’t much of an option for me.
How to Get Around
There are a fee ways to get around Singapore such as a Taxi, MRT, Bus or uber. I found it easier for me to get around via Uber only because I had a short amount of time to spend in Singapore. Uber Pool was the way to go! It was more affordable and a great way to meet new people. On top of that, I was tired from traveling for 15 hours and I desperately wanted to get some food!
Things to See
Gardens by the Bay – Walkway Closes at 9
Gardens by the Bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Singapore and made Singapore’s tourism skyrocket. With the famous trees and beautiful biodomes it makes it the perfect location to visit. Be sure to see the attractions below within the park:
5am – 2am
OCBC Skyway – $8 for Adults
9am – 9pm
Flower Dome and Cloud Forest $28
9am – 9pm
On the way from Gardens by the Bay to the Merlion you can walk around the Helix Bridge. If you have a hard time walking, I suggest you rent bikes but I found the walk fairly enjoyable. The Helix bridge reminds me of something from Harry Potter. It is beautifully lit at night and an interesting bridge to walk across.
Merlion – The Wonder Full Fire Show – FREE
8pm – 9:30pm
The Merlion is pretty much the symbol for Singapore. It is a beautiful Lion Mermaid which I relate to very much being a Leo that loves water so much. There are many souvenirs with this beautiful Merlion on it. It blows water out of it’s mouth and there supposedly is a beautiful fire show at 8pm that I unfortunately missed.
Foods to Eat
Most Hawker Centre’s close early and since I was more interested in seeing the Supertrees, I made that a priority which left me with limited options for late night hawker centres. Some of the must try food are: laksa soup, garlic butter tiger prawn (these things are huge! I had only one thankfully and it at least 8 inches long), dim sum (my favorite are soup dim sum – the dumplings filled with broth) and the chili crab.
Nelson Hawker Centre
Closes at 2am
Hawker Centre for Local Singaporean Food
Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 1 Star Michelin Restaurant
9:30am – 9pm
Some of the most affordable Michelin Star Restaurants are located in Singapore which makes their food incredibly popular among tourists. They have many hawker food stands with so many food options that it makes it hard to just choose one. Be sure to enjoy as much food as possible!
The Mustafa Centre – Open 24 Hours
This is the most affordable place in town to get souvinera. They have a lot of keychains in bulk perfect for family members or coworkers. All the souvenirs are on the second level. This huge markets offers more than souvenirs but plenty of other shopping needs as well. You can buy food, pearls, watches, suitcases and so much more here!