1 Day in Singapore (Part 3 – Raffle Hotel, Orchard, Little India, Arab Street)

Raffle Hotel

I took a short taxi ride from the Casino to Raffle Hotel (SG$4).  Raffle Hotel is a colonial-style hotel build back in 1887 and is one of the world’s most famous hotels.  Tourists flock to the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel to sample the original Singapore Sling, a sickly sweet pink mix of pineapple juice, gin and more, but locals (almost) never touch the stuff.  Being a tourist, I ventured in for a taste, and it was good but nothing more than a nice fruit punch with alcohol.  Raffle Hotel is very lovely.  The structure and decoration brings you back 100 years to the colonial era.  After Raffle, I jumped into a short MRT ride from Raffle Place to Orchard Road.

Part 3 of 3 of my 1 Day in Singapore.  To see part 1 and part 2, click Changi Arrival and Chinatown/Merlion.

Little India Singapore

Little India Singapore

Orchard Road  

Orchard road is a 2.2 km long street that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore.  One can find all the major brands here.  The street was very clean, modern looking, and filled with high-end stores like LV, Hermes, etc.  Honestly, Orchard road was not of any interests to me.  It is just a shopping area with multi-stories mall, similar to what you can find in Bangkok, Tokyo, or any other major Asian city.  I also didn’t have any interest in making my bags/luggage heavier.  It was about noon and I felt hungry and tired, so I made my way back to Maxwell for the lunch mentioned earlier.

Little India

After the wonderful lunch at Maxwell, I took the MRT from Chinatown to Little India.  Once I got here, I felt like I was in the difference country. Chinese were rarely found here. This area is crowded with Indian people, stores and restaurants. It was not as clean as other part of the city. I visited the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Tekka Market/Mall (wet market and souvenirs shop that will give you the aroma of Little India) and just walked around the area for about 45mins.  Rain was pouring toward the end of my walk and I had to hide myself under store’s awning. If my stomach was not full with yummy foods from China town, I would have loved to try one of the Indian restaurants here. There were also many gold shops here and they seem to be all packed with customers. Little India in Singapore is just like certain part of New Delhi, but just cleaner and more organized.


Little India Walking Tour Singapore

Little India Walking Tour Singapore

Singapore Downpour Rain

Singapore Downpour Rain









Masjid Sultan and Arab Street

Once the rain stopped, I walked from Little India to Arab Street to see the one of most beautiful and important Mosques in Singapore. It is about 1.3 km walk from Indian town. The nearest MRT is Bugis. From MRT it is about 5 minutes walk along Victoria Street or North Bridge Rd.  It is very beautiful in its architecture.  They will not allow tourists to go inside during praying.  Appropriate attires are needed and often times, tourists fail to do so.  So, I didn’t bother to try to get inside.  The Mosque is surrounded by many restaurants and stores where you can buy postcard and souvenirs.

Masjid Sultan Singapore

Masjid Sultan Singapore

Arab Street Singapore

Arab Street Singapore









It was about 4pm by then and I was pretty much done for the day.  I was exhausted, so I made my way to Bugis Village shopping center where I had a cup of coffee to wait out another down pour.  Around 5pm, I made my way back to the airport from Bugis MRT station.  I had to get my luggage and catch the train to Kuala Lumpur.

There are so many other places in Singapore which I did not visited on this 1 day trip (National Museum, Night Safari, Asian Civilization Museum, Galang Area, Sensata Island, Zoo, or the boat ride along the Singapore River).  I simply did not have enough time and frankly I had no interests in some of those things I missed.   Yes, you can see all of Singapore’s key attractions in 1 day (in 8-12 tiring hours), so if you have an 8-12 hours layover,  get out of the airport and do it.  For shorter layover, the tourism center at the airport also offers 2-3 hours or half day tour.  However, to really experience all that Singapore has to offers (night life, evening walk, chilling at a popular bar in town, and getting some sense of the local daily life/culture), one would really need 2 full days here.

To see part 1 and part 2 of this 1 Day in Singapore trip, click Changi Arrival and Chinatown/Merlion.


  1. I have travelled to Malaysia and Singapore, and I feel both countries have similarities. However, between both countries, my preference would be Malaysia.

  2. Hi! Did you have to go to the immigration line before you get out of Changi Airport? Our layover in July with hubby and toddler is about 30 hours… We’re thinking of using either the transit hotel or getting one outside the airport. Hoping you can shed some light… What a great travel blog. Thank you!!

    • If yoi use transit hotel, you will not need to go through immigration or get out of airport as the transits hotels are in the terminal. If you use outside airport hotel, you will have to clear immigration.

  3. your blog is very informatiive,,,i came across it as i was hoping to make a day tour each in SING and KUL…thanks.

  4. My husband and I were thinking of staying in Singapore for two nights, but we are planning on booking a reward flight and we have to leave a day later for seat availability. Thus, our itinerary ends up fitting only one day in Singapore. I didn’t think we would be able to see everything, but your blog has been so helpful…thanks for all the helpful tips!

    • Yep…you can see most of Singapore in 8-12 hours, then you will be so tired that you will sleep the whole fight back.

  5. Your blog is a true delite to read..its made my visit to KL and Singapore so easy..and those tips about the Train rides are simply money savers.
    Thanks so much for such informative stuff..

  6. Singapore was nice for once or twice of visit, and for three to seven days of staying in. More than that, you will find that Singapore is boring. I last year visit Singapore for four or five times to visit my bf, and I already felt stuck with Singaporeans’ life (I’m from Indonesia by the way). Not much to do, all you’ll see are people go shopping and shopping and shopping, eating, hang out at malls, and nightlife such as clubbing and partying. The resources all are artificial or man made. Even the natural object such as nature parks or zoo or beaches, all are too man made.
    Life in Singapore is so plain…

  7. Great pictures and nice blog, i will travel to Malaysia and Singapore from 20 Jan for 4 nights, so can’t wait, will follow your advices 😉

    Thanks and pls visit my blog too !

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