Travelling on business and travelling for leisure are two very different things. Business travellers usually spend so little time in a destination, that it seems a waste. So we investigate how much culture can you actually fit into an hour?
This week we’re in Singapore!
Singapore’s main airport, Changi International, is located at the the most south-eastern point of the island but has a variety of ways to connect around the state.
Since splitting off from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has became a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most “technology-ready” nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with “best investment potential” (BERI), second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port.
So, if you’ve got a spare 60 minutes next time you’re travelling on business in Singapore, here are our pick of 4 unique things you can do on your visit.
CTI Insider Tip
“Singapore is actually a state like Monaco or the Vatican City, rather than a city or country.”
Hub Leader, London Travel Hub
Singapore Fact file
4.4m | Population
660 | Sq KM
300 | Multilingual HQs
+65 | International dialing code
0 | Doesn’t have a ‘capital’
Take in some history
Conveniently located next to the airport, The Changi Museum is a museum dedicated to Singapore’s history during the Second World War. The Museum has a collection of paintings, photographs and personal effects donated by former POWs. Among the collection is a series of paintings and sketches by a POW named William Haxworth which provide valuable insight on the daily life of the internees during the occupation.
Singapore Art Museum is considered one of the best art museums in the whole of Singapore, and is within walking distance of the Singapore Flyer and many other attractions. The museum is a collection of contemporary Asian art, festivals and tours in a former 1850’s Catholic school.
Ride the Singapore Flyer
Standing at 165 meters tall, the Singapore Flyer is the second tallest observation wheel in the world, and the only way to see the entire state in a short space of time. A breathtaking rotation will only take around 30 minutes and set you back just over £18.
Visit Gardens by the bay
Gardens by the bay (pictured below) are possibly one of the most recognisable landmarks in Singapore, along with the botanical skygarden which is propped among 3 skyscrapers.
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 250 acres of reclaimed land adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The gardens include a number of other developments such as Conservatories, Flower Dome, South American garden, Cloud mountain and Supertree grove.