Top Singapore Stopover Attractions

2 January 2013
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For travellers who have a stopover at Singapore's famed Changi Airport, there is  a multitude of activities to keep you entertained. Whether you decide to stay put or leave the airport and head into the city for a few hours, there are plenty of things to do in between connecting flights. Take advantage of the facilities at the airport or head into the city to see the sights.

Here are our top stopover attractions in Singapore.

 Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer and Singapore Cable Car
Just 30 minutes from Changi Airport, get a bird's eye view of the entire city on the Singapore Flyer. At 165 metres, the Singapore Flyer is the highest ferris wheel in the world and for a 30-minute rotation in one of 28 air-conditioned carriages, makes it the perfect place to observe the busy city at any time of day or night. Singapore Cable Car offers 360-degree views of the city, the harbour and Sentosa, which you can visit on the same ticket. Choose to dine or just admire the view during a round trip in a sparkling Swarovski Jewel Box or a novel Angry Birds themed cabin.

Changi Airport Singapore
With just a few hours to spare on a Singapore stopover, Changi Airport is the perfect place to stretch your legs and take advantage of the facilities and services on offer. Enjoy the nature walk; an open-air rooftop cactus garden, a bamboo garden, an orchid garden and the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport. Swim, work out, watch a movie or book a beauty treatment. For those with a stopover of five hours duration or more, Changi Aiport offers a free city tour.

Botanical Gardens and Gardens by the Bay
Spend some Singapore stopover time strolling through the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, open from 5am until midnight every day of the year. Discover the National Orchid Garden, Bromeliad House, a tropical rainforest and three lakes, including Symphony Lake, which is home to occasional live performances. Just five minutes away is Gardens by the Bay, with its unique rainwater collecting and solar power generating Supertrees. Enjoy some down time amidst lush lawns and tropical palm trees by day, and the OCBC Garden Rhapsody light and sound show by night. Head to nearby Clarke Quay for more late night entertainment options.

Colonial District
Singapore's Colonial District, on the north of Singapore River, is home to the National Museum, The Asia Civisations Museum, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Art Museum. With several hours to spare during a stopover in Singapore, take a guided walking tour to learn about the impact of British colonisation on Singapore's governance, hear the stories of French missionaries, see churches and cathedrals, the Singapore Cricket Club, and enjoy a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel.

Little India
Little India is home to Singapore's ex-pat Indian community. If you're on a shopping stopover, start at the Mufasa Centre, with its vibrant crowds and impressive variety of goods, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a more authentic Little Indian experience, visit the markets on Friday nights or during weekends. Nearby is Chinatown and Raffles Hotel.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.