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Explore Singapore with Tropic in 72 hours

24 hours

With limited time, you’ll want to make sure you see the very best highlights the city has to offer. These are our top three picks if you’ve got 24 hours to spare in Singapore.

Gardens By The Bay

This extraordinary attraction is simply a must-see, a horticultural and architectural marvel unlike any other in the world. From the 35-metre tall indoor waterfall to the remarkable array of cacti on display, you can discover the world’s flowers, plants and trees in air-conditioned comfort.

Chinatown Food Street

Singapore is a foodie’s delight, incorporating a melting pot of cuisines including Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and more. There’s no better place to experience it all than the Chinatown Complex Food Centre on Smith St, featuring over 260 food stalls. Try everything from black pepper crab to BBQ stingray, and don’t leave Singapore without trying the signature chicken rice dish.

National Gallery Singapore

A visit to the National Gallery will give you an incredible overview of Singaporean and South-East Asian art. Set in magnificently redeveloped gallery spaces that transformed the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall into a combined floor area of 64,000 square metres, you’ll get to see historic and modern artworks of all varieties. An enriching experience.

48 hours

With a little more time to see the sights, Tropic recommends catching the top 3 highlights previously, combined with some extra attractions thrown in.

Sentosa Island

If you’re travelling with children, Sentosa Island is a sure-bet to fill a few hours during your stay in Singapore. You can check out the Butterfly Park, Madame Tussauds, 4D Adventureland or take a Segway ride. The Island is called “The State of Fun” for good reason!

Cocktail bars

If you’re in Singapore with your partner (or solo), a visit to some of the city’s world-class cocktail bars should be on your night-time agenda. Check out the multi-million-dollar expanse of Atlas Bar, the uber-trendy Operation Dagger or the famous Manhattan Bar. Of course, enjoying a Singapore Sling at the historic Raffles Hotel is also mandatory.

72 hours

Once you’ve done the tourist attractions listed above, you’ve got an extra day to relax and enjoy Singapore. It’s worth taking the extra time to do the following…

Singapore Zoo

Described as the world’s best rainforest zoo, you’ll discover more than 2800 animals across 300 species at the stunning Singapore Zoo. Getting up close and personal with orangutans is worth the visit alone.

Singapore River Cruise

There’s no better way to experience the city than with a view from the water. Learn about the Singapore’s evolution from a small fishing village to a global trading hub as you venture along the city’s waterways.

STAY: Ann Siang House

This funky, boutique hotel is a beautifully restored 1920s shophouse right in the heart of the action at Chinatown. Featuring just 20 rooms, Ann Siang House is our new favourite place to stay in Singapore.

Flight details

SilkAir is currently flying five times per week from Cairns to Singapore, with three morning departures on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and two afternoon departures on Wednesday and Friday.
Apart from the fun, food and attractions to see in Singapore, the Cairns-Singapore service connects you to a world of destinations. Besides SilkAir’s network of over 50 destinations within South-East Asia, China and India, you can connect to over 100 destinations on the Singapore Airlines Group network, which includes Singapore Airlines and Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary arm.
Only 50 minutes connecting time is required for people to connect to another SilkAir or Singapore Airline flight. This means that people in Cairns could get to Phuket in Thailand in just 9 hours and Europe (for example Amsterdam and Frankfurt) in around 21 hours.
During the flight, you’ll enjoy SilkAir’s world-class service and a world of entertainment on the SilkAir Studio app, available for free on your device.

Pics: Singapore Tourism Board