What to see and do if you have 48 hours in Singapore

Sep 13, 2017

The compactness of the Little Red Dot, and the efficiency of its world-class public transport systems, makes it the perfect city to enjoy a variety of experiences properly without rushing from one attraction to the next. Here’s a 48-hour itinerary to get you started.


8am – Henderson Waves

Southern Ridges, Singapore

Get up bright and early for a revitalising walk along the 10km-long Southern Ridges trail (above) that connects Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. With options to get on or off the trail depending on the distance you’d like to do, these ridges have something for everyone, whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or walking enthusiast. The architecturally stunning Henderson Waves (Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge) offers sweeping views of the city – spot the Daniel Libeskind-designed Reflections at Keppel Bay – and at HortPark, peaceful green spaces and themed gardens fascinate and soothe.

To get to your next stop: Take bus No. 97 from the bus stop opposite HortPark to Marina Bay Sands, where you can walk to Gardens By The Bay.

11am – Gardens by the Bay

Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay

Enjoy some cool respite from the Singapore heat in the air-conditioned conservatories at the award-winning Gardens By The Bay: Flower Dome, where it is perpetually spring, and Cloud Forest (above), a misty wonderland that’s home to rare plants that thrive in the mountains. Have tea at the beautiful Pollen restaurant or head over to nearby Marina Bay Sands for a plethora of celebrity chef options including Long Chim by David Thompson and Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batali.

To get to your next stop: Hop onto the MRT train at Bayfront station and alight at Ang Mo Kio station. Take bus No. 138 to River Safari.

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4pm – River Safari

Giant panda at Singapore's River Safari

The river is calling at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. Learn about various river habitats and their inhabitants, including the Amazon (with its giant anteaters and tapirs) and the Ganges (with its Goonch Catfish and Indian Gharial). This attraction is also home to the well-loved Kai Kai and Jia Jia, two giant pandas (above) that were gifted by China. Don’t leave the area so quickly after your visit – pop over to the neighbouring Night Safari, the world’s first wildlife night park where you can observe the otherwise hidden lives of a range of nocturnal animals.