Chinatown, Singapore, street market. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

Chinatown, Singapore, street market. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

I was in Singapore for 3 nights and 4 days in the summer. I was flying from Los Angeles to India and got a 96 hour transit visa at Singapore's Changi Airport. The first morning I woke up, I was completely jet lagged and only managed to go out for a lunch date with a friend at Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping hub. The second day I explored Chinatown and Gardens by the Bay. The third day I visited Little India and Arab Street. If I had more time, I would have liked to go to the Sentosa Islands, Universal Studios and the Singapore Zoo.

Here are the top 5 things I did in Singapore in 96 hours:

1. Chinatown

Chinatown in Singapore is a culture hub with ornate temples, museums and bustling streets lined with old shops and restaurants that serve traditional Chinese cuisine. Apart from the regular tourist must-do's in Chinatown like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Red Dot Museum, my friend and photographer in Singapore Aik Beng Chia (ABC), took me to some great locations which I would not have visited otherwise, including an old Chinese comic store.

Read my full post on Things to do in Singapore: Chinatown.

 Chinatown, Singapore, street market. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

Chinatown, Singapore, street market. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

2. Gardens by the Bay

Located adjacent to the Marina Reservoir in central Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is the top tourist attraction in Singapore. It is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land. It has won several awards and accolades for being one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations. It comprises of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The gardens have a wide range of rare plant species ranging from those grown in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.

Read my full post on Things to do in Singapore: Gardens by the Bay.

 Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia. Image©www.thingstodot.com.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia. Image©www.thingstodot.com.

3. Little India

Locate along the Serangoon River across Chinatown, Little India is a bustling ethnic Indian area in Singapore with lots of colorful Indian shops, restaurants, temples and mosques as well as boutique hotels. It is a great place just to walk around and immerse yourself in the Indian culture.

Read my full post on Things to do in Singapore: Little India.

 Little India, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

Little India, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia (ABC). Image©www.thingstodot.com.

4. Arab Street

Arab street is a bustling Muslim neighborhood of Singapore that includes Bussorah Street, Haji and Bali Lanes and Muscat Street. From colorful shops selling cool fabrics and Persian rugs to indie boutiques, restored shop-houses and lots of cool street art, Arab street along with Little India are perhaps one of the most vibrant areas of Singapore.  The Masjid Sultan Mosque located in the historic Kampong Glam in the heart of Arab street, is the focal point for Singapore's Muslim community.

Read my full post on Arab Street, Singapore's coolest neighborhood and creative hub. 

 Arab street, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia. Image©www.thingstodot.com.

Arab street, Singapore. Photo: Aik Beng Chia. Image©www.thingstodot.com.

5. Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore’s top shopping district with luxury boutiques, discount outlets as well as department stores, alongside luxury hotels, restaurants and cafes. There is something for every budget there and one can actually spend the whole day walking from one end of the road to the other. I visited Chanel, Zara and picked up a rather beautiful handbag from Takashimaya department store.

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