48 Hours in Singapore – Not Your Usual Stuff (Part 1 of 2)

Singapore City Skyline

Magnificent skyline of the business district on this tiny island-state with the gushing Merlion in the foreground.

Given Singapore’s ever-increasing popularity in recent years, this mega-petite metropolis, (an oxymoron, but it fits), is becoming a must-see for the 1-2 weekers, but more so the whirlwind 48 hour-ers.

Fret not however, even if you have a mere two days, your senses will be more than titillated at every turn.

The city’s intrigue is so captivating, even the time-strapped visitor will try and squeeze in every ounce of jet-lagged energy, just to get a taste of the exciting things to do in Singapore before hitting Changi’s departure lounge.

This ‘mini-itinerary’ is for those seeking unique experiences, especially the local favorites and golden nuggets cozily nestled among the nooks and crannies within the city.

Orchard Road, Sentosa, The Botanical Gardens, Singapore Zoo et al, aw heck.., let’s just leave those for the sugared-up kids and package tourists!

Better yet, let’s venture behind the glitz and glamour and explore what treats await you – ‘On the Other Side’….

Budget Stay in the “Not So Cheap” Singapore

So you’re looking for somewhere clean, comfy, conveniently located, and of course inexpensive to match your allowance.

The following two budget hotels in Singapore are regarded as the top choices to meet the above criteria.

Ibis Hotel Singapore on Bencoolen

Located in downtown Bugis district, Ibis Hotel Bencoolen is a business hotel of 538 rooms, but minus the recreational amenities.

However, if you’re seeking a clean and affordable resting place offering international standards and service, then this is your prime choice bar none.

Rated the ‘Best Budget Hotel in Singapore’ by TTG Asia, coupled with a multiple award-winning team at the helm and friendly staff, you simply can’t go wrong with the Ibis.

(Rates range from US$138 per night)
Nearest MRT train station: Bugis (EW12)

Big Hotel Singapore – (Bugis District)

Big Hotel Singapore Deluxe Room

Typical guestroom of Big Hotel Singapore with Scandinavian vibes, plush Serta mattress and free Wi-Fi. Rates start from US$89.

This affordable hotel with Scandinavian-style interiors would be the prudent way to go for those really eye-balling their wallet. Similar to the Ibis, Big Hotel is very conveniently located.

It offers simple and compact yet clean, comfortable rooms with top-class amenities like plush Serta mattress, luxurious rain-shower, free Wi-Fi and excellent hospitable service.

(Rates start at US$89 per night)
Nearest MRT train stations: Bugis (EW12) and Bras Basah (CC2)

Coming Up – The first 24-hours in Singapore…