Blog # 10 : Layover Singapore Edition
A very Happy New Year to all the readers, followers and bloggers…
Its been a while..a haven’t post anything…been busy for the past holidays and Pinas vacation..
To start the New Year here my first blog for 2019..My Singapore Layover before going home to Philippines last December 2018. Many passengers/travelers hate long layover at the airport but for me as an adventurous person when going on an international flight. I always booked a flight with layovers because its cheap and advantage is no additional cost for flight tickets and you have a chance to explore new country, new city, taste their local food and experience their culture.
Here it goes….
I booked an evening flights from DUBAI-SINGAPORE-MANILA via Singapore Airlines.December is a holiday rush,many of expat from Dubai were going back home for holidays.Going to airport as early as possible is a must.I arrive early at the airport the gates for check in baggage is not yet open.So I’m heading for some quick snack at staff canteen (JB & CO) at the upper level of departure area.
I bought some chicken empanda just for 5 dhs & ice tea for 5 dhs (cheap eats at Dubai Airport) Total of 10 dirhams for a snack.
After checking in all my baggage and immigration are fast & efficient by using e-gates no long queue just scan your emirates id and your done.
Dubai to Singapore flight duration -07 hours 15 mins
Just arrived on time safe and sound.
FREE SINGAPORE TOURS:
Singapore offers Free Tour.If you have at least 5.5 hours till 24 hours to spare before your next connecting flight, they have free 2.5 hour guided tours with 2 short photo stops. The Heritage Tour runs 5 times daily and the City Sights Tour runs 2 times daily.
For more info visit their site : http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-services/free-singapore-tour.html?tab=heritagetour
I chose to explore the city on my own. So much things to do on 12 hours layover.
From Changi Airport you need to take sky train going to terminal 2 where you can find Changi Airport MRT.
Note: I spend approximately 1 hour to clear customs and immigration.
CHANGI AIRPORT MRT STATION:
Singapore Tourist Pass for 1 – Day cost 10 $ (SGD) which entitles you an unlimited number of rides on the public transport system (MRT, LRT & Public Buses) for the whole day. Subjected to a $ 10 rental deposit.
BAYFRONT MRT (DOWNTOWN LINE)
From Changi MRT STATION going to BAYFRONT MRT – I almost spend 1 hour including walking,change of MRT line, plus lost to wrong train flatform. “Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF.”
Exits at Bayfront Station:
Exit A – Connects to Bayfront Avenue street level.
Exit A – Connects to Gardens by the Bay.
Exits C & D – Connect to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (1 minute walk), Sands Expo & Convention Centre (3 minute walk), the Hotel (5 minute walk), Sands SkyPark (10 minute walk), ArtScience Museum (10 minute walk), and Sands Theatre (10 minute walk). Signs direct the way to each location and other attractions at Marina Bay Sands.
Exit E – Connects to Sands Expo & Convention Centre.
Things to do:
Visit The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls, with over 800,000 square feet of high-end retail shoppes such as Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Chanel. This eye-catching modern shopping mecca features a contemporary and open design, with breathtaking views of Singapore’s city skyline. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, visitors can look forward to a refreshing mix of international luxury brands, emerging labels and new concepts.
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre (1,300,000 sq ft) convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000-square-metre (800,000 sq ft) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m (220 ft). The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie architects. ( credits to Wikipedia)
Gardens By The Bay
A must see when traveling to Singapore, this place shouldn’t be missed in your itineraries.
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00, Outdoor Gardens: Daily 05:00 – 02:00
Best time to Visit:
In the morning before noon, if you wish to visit the domes and walk around the gardens when there’s not too many people around.
In the evenings, if you wish to catch the musical lights show at the supertrees. The shows are at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Anytime is good for visiting the flower dome and the rain forest dome as they are indoors.
The grove is another must see in Singapore. Admission is free. The entrance is a little hard to find. You have to find your way through the Marina Bay Sands hotel. There is an elevator outside near the middle, that gets you to the sky bridge, which crossed through the hotel hall to the gardens.
Part 2 will be uploaded soon…Chinatown & Merlion…