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Singapore in 48 Hours

Travel Itinerary

This 48-hour itinerary starts in the afternoon, and will be great for hotel guests who have taken the morning flight and have just checked-in.

Chinatown Singapore preparing for Chinese New Year. Source: William Cho
Chinatown Singapore preparing for Chinese New Year. Source: William Cho

Day 1 Afternoon

Check-in at ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson at 2pm. Freshen up and then hop on the hotel shuttle to Serangoon MRT station.
Take the Northeast (Purple) Line to Chinatown.
In most large cities, Chinatowns are residential enclaves for the Chinese diaspora. In a country with a majority Chinese population, Singapore’s Chinatown is more of a heritage and conservation site for the Singaporean Chinese. Places of worship like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the Sri Mariamman Temple also showcase Singapore’s multiculturalism, by having a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple within the same enclave.
That being said, the Chinatown area is also a great street for shopping: along the main Temple street, you can find unique gifts and souvenirs, such as calligraphy work or cheongsams. 
The Singapore River Cruise has some of the best sights of Marina Bay (pictured: Esplanade) Source: Jpatoka
The Singapore River Cruise has some of the best sights of Marina Bay (pictured: Esplanade) Source: Jpatoka

Day 1 Late Afternoon

When you’re done sightseeing in Chinatown, take the Northeast Line from Chinatown MRT station to Clarke Quay.
A 5 minute walk away is the River Cruise. You can take a scenic ride along the Singapore River and savour the iconic Singaporean skyline as the sun begins to set.
After your River Cruise, take the Northeast Line from Clarke Quay MRT station to Little India, where you will switch to the Downtown Line to Bayfront. 
The Supertree Grove by night. Source: Tee Eric
The Supertree Grove by night. Source: Tee Eric

Day 1 Evening

As the sun begins to set, head to Gardens by the Bay to see it beautifully illuminated by night. Head to the conservatory complex to explore the Flower Dome and Cloud Complex, which showcases flowers of the world and flora of world's mountain ranges respectively in a climate-controlled environments. The Supertrees of the Gardens groves form the iconic Gardens landscape.
Take the Downtown Line back to Chinatown, and transfer to the Northeast Line to Potong Pasir.
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Day 1 Night

From Potong Pasir MRT station, Casuarina Curry is a short 12-minute walk away.
This award-winning restaurant is known for its delicious and freshly-made roti prata, a pan-fried flatbread originating from Pakistan or India. Serving over 40 different varieties of prata, from a plain or kosong prata, to more adventurous pratas like mushroom cheese or even chocolate prata.
From here, your hotel ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson is only a short six-minute walk away.
Rest up! You’ve got a long day tomorrow!
A stunning morning view of the Kallang River. Source: Leong Him Woh
A stunning morning view of the Kallang River. Source: Leong Him Woh

Day 2 Morning

Have your complimentary breakfast at the Chat & Chow Restaurant. Take the hotel shuttle once again to Tai Seng MRT station.
From here, you have one of two choices.
If you’re up for some fun-filled physical activity, take the Circle Line to Stadium to visit the newly constructed Singapore Sports Hub. If not, skip ahead for a second, more relaxing option.
The Singapore Sports Hub is an integrated sports, lifestyle, and entertainment centre with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. We suggest heading to the Water Sports Centre for a morning of fun-filled kayaking or boating in the waters of the Kallang Basin. You’ll be treated to some great views of Singapore that you won’t find on postcards. Don’t forget to apply some waterproof sunscreen!
Once you’re done, shower and change at the Sports Hub before heading to our next site. From Stadium MRT station, take the Circle Line to Dhoby Ghaut, and switch to the Northeast Line to HarbourFront.
A passageway in the National Museum of Singapore. Source: someformofhuman
A passageway in the National Museum of Singapore. Source: someformofhuman

Day 2 Late Morning

Alternatively, take the the Circle Line to Bras Basah for museum and gallery galore.
From Bras Basah MRT station, you can visit as many as three galleries/museums: the Peranakan Museum, the National Museum, and the Singapore Art Museum, also called SAM.
Each of them offers something unique. Peranakan Museum showcases and preserves the culture and heritage of one of Singapore's ethnic groups, its namesake, the Peranakan people. The National Museum, Singapore's oldest museum, focuses on exhibits about Singapore's unique and vibrant history. The Singapore Art Museum, a converted catholic school, curates contemporary art in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia, and is the country's first art museum.
Once you're done, walk to Bras Basah MRT station and take the Circle Line to Dhoby Ghaut. From there, switch to the Northeast Line to HarbourFront.
The view of Sentosa from VivoCity. Source: Tdxiang
The view of Sentosa from VivoCity. Source: Tdxiang

Day 2 Afternoon

Exit the train station into VivoCity. We'll be heading to Sentosa in a bit, but have your lunch at VivoCity instead as food places in Sentosa tend to be limited and very expensive.
The large mall has dining options for all budgets. You can have some great, inexpensive food at the food courts, or if you want something fancier, there are lovely restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating that overlook Sentosa. 
After your lunch, take the Sentosa Express monorail to, you guessed it, Sentosa.
S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore. Source: Project Manhattan
S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore. Source: Project Manhattan

Day 2 Mid-Afternoon

You'll probably want something a little more relaxing after your lunch, so alight at Waterfront station.
Head to the S.E.A. Aquarium. Begin by exploring Asia's maritime history at the Maritime Experiential Museum. After which, observe over 800 species of marine animals across 10 different aquarium zones, from the Straits of Melacca to the Persian Gulf, from the Bay of Bengal to the the South China Sea.
When you're done, head on to the Sentosa Express again.
The Sentosa Luge & Skyline. Source: Terence Ong
The Sentosa Luge & Skyline. Source: Terence Ong

Day 2 Late Afternoon

Alight at the Imbiah stop, and head for the Sentosa Luge & Skyline.
Board the Skyline chairlift and enjoy the stunning view of Sentosa and the Singaporean skyline. 
Getting off the chairlift, have a wild time on the Skyline Luge, where you navigate one of two trails, the Jungle Trail or the Dragon Trail, cruising as fast or slow as you like; fun for all ages!
Once you're done here, head back to the Mainland on the Sentosa Express.
ION Orchard on Orchard Road. Source: Chen Si Yuan
ION Orchard on Orchard Road. Source: Chen Si Yuan

Day 2 Evening

From HarbourFront MRT station, take the Northeast Line to Dhoby Ghaut. You're in Orchard Road now!
You're spoiled for choice here. You can either walk or take 2 stops down the North-South Line to Orchard Road. You can explore Singapore's famed shopping street. Have your pick for dinner here. There's everything. You can head to Lucky Plaza for some great Filipino food, or to ION Sky for a more luxurious (and slightly pricey) dining experience, where you’re treated to a full panoramic view of Singapore from the 56th floor.
Shophouses have now become hip bars on Emerald Hill. Source: Rob Hurson
Shophouses have now become hip bars on Emerald Hill. Source: Rob Hurson

Day 2 Evening

After which, you can walk over towards Somerset to Emerald Hill, where a little street of shophouses-turned-bars lie hidden away from the bustling Orchard Road.
If you're with family, you can skip this option in favor of spending some more time at any one of the many malls along Orchard.
Once you're done, walk back to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, and take the Circle Line back to MacPherson.
Head back to ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson and call it a night!
The colorful storefronts of Little India. Source: Carrie Kellenberger
The colorful storefronts of Little India. Source: Carrie Kellenberger

Day 3 Morning

It's an early morning! Head to Little India MRT station, which is serviced by both the Northeast Line and Downtown Line.
The Little India district used to house ethnic Indian minorities in colonial Singapore. Today, it remains a hub for Indian food and culture.
You can have your breakfast at some dosai places. Light, fluffy, and thin savour pancakes, they're a great breakfast option!
There's so much to do here. You can go shopping again at Mustafa Centre, a large 24-hour hypermarket with unbeatable prices. Additionally, small shops that line the streets sell various Indian products and sundries, and are rarely found outside Little India in Singapore. You can purchase a sari, or pick up some unique Indian sweets.
Have your lunch in Little India before heading back to MacPherson. Tekka Centre has some great hawker fare at an affordable price
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