Singapore is a small city-country and attraction highlights are not so far from each other so you can just hop from one place to another. Aside from that, the city’s transportation system is very good and most popular sites can be reached by the train. If it’s your first time in Singapore and you only have limited time to explore, it’s best to use the MRT or the taxi to get to your destination. So this won’t be too hard even if you haven’t been in the city, you don’t even need a tour guide on your sightseeing. All you need is an adventurous heart and some cash to proceed. What to do then if you only have a day in Singapore?

Depending on what time of the day you are most free. If you start early, you may want to try Singapore’s local toast, the Kaya toast (toasted bread with butter and Kaya made from sweetened coconut milk) matched with the Singapore-style cooked egg (slightly boiled egg) and Singapore local kopi. This is available in hawker centers. Airport cafes also serve this.

From Changi Airport, your first stop is the Esplanade (Theatres by the bay) the iconic durian structure in Singapore. You can find cosmopolitan food centers, malls and the library esplanade. Take some pictures and enjoy the place. Also, just nearby is the Merlion Park where you find the Merlion (half lion half fish) of which Singapore is famous for. You can relax and sit on the benches in the park and take photos as this will be your ultimate evidence that you have been to Singapore. A Singapore trip without the Merlion is incomplete. Around the area are the Singapore flyer and the Marina Bay Sands. You may choose to ride the flyer, the largest observation wheel in the world for a 30-minute ride for a spectacular view of the city and the neighboring countries Indonesia and Malaysia or just go to Marina Bay Sands Skypark which also offers the same view. You can also do a lot of things in Marina Bay Sands as this one is an entertainment complex where you find shops, casino, restaurants, hotel and the art science museum. This place is great for taking pictures. From Marina Bay, you can pass through the Helix Bridge, the world’s first double-helix structure inspired by the yin and yang concept of the Asian culture which is said to bring wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay. This bridge links Marina Bay to the Singapore Flyer and the Gardens by the Bay. This will complete your half day tour

As to where to go for lunch, the esplanade has lots of food centers around depending on your choice of food. Some local food to try on includes chili crab, chicken rice, hokkien mee, laksa, etc.

If you’re still free in the afternoon, you may want to visit Sentosa and take some photos with you. Just hop on the MRT going to Harbourfront and buy a ticket either for the monorail or the cable car ride going to Sentosa whichever you fancy. You can do a lot of things in the island with the beach and the Resorts World Sentosa including the Universal Studios. A day is not enough to do everything especially if you want to enjoy the theme park. But there are a lot of beautiful things to capture your camera with. Just choose the activities you want to do. There is an information booth when you get down where you can find information on what to do in the island.

However, if you’re only free time is in the evening, the Esplanade, Merlion Park and the Marina Bay Sands are also perfect at night as it transforms into an enchanting beauty with the colors of the lights and the dark night where the view is spectacular. After enjoying this part of the city, hail a taxi and go to the nearby Clarke Quay where Singapore’s night life is so alive. Have some food and drinks or go for a boat ride along the Singapore River. If you want some adrenaline pumping activity, you can also find the Gmax here where you’ll be able to try the reverse bungee.

After exploring the city, you can just hop on a taxi or the nearest MRT station and go back to Changi airport for your flight. However little time you may have, the important thing is you enjoyed your stay and you have a glimpse of the city.