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Double Your Vacation With a Stopover in Singapore

Stopovers are still one of the best-kept travel secrets. It’s designed to extend your time from a few hours to a couple days or even longer so you can get a taste of a city that you may have otherwise never stepped foot in. This travel hack is a great way to essentially double your vacation—and it’s wildly underutilized.

To help travelers make the most of a trip to Asia, Singapore is offering stopover packages that take the stress out of planning so you can explore the island and cross another exciting destination off your bucket list. 

What is a Stopover?

A stopover, also known as a multi-city flight, is a travel hack that capitalizes on a necessary layover by converting that layover to a short stay either en route to your vacation destination or on your way back home.

Since Singapore is the gateway to Southeast Asia, travelers on long-haul flights to or from Asia will often experience a layover at Changi Airport. Converting this layover to a stopover is the perfect way to include another destination without having to extend your trip by more than a day or two (or longer if you have the time). More importantly, a stopover in Singapore will give you a taste for why this island nation is a popular vacation destination in its own right.

Popular Multi-city Flights and Itineraries

Singapore is such a popular airline hub that you could add a stopover for almost any route to or from Asia without affecting the cost by much. Here are some top routes from major U.S. cities to Asia and Australia:

New York City

  • New York City –> Singapore –> Sydney –> Singapore –> New York City
  • New York City –> Singapore –> Bangkok –> Singapore –> New York City
  • New York City –> Singapore –> Bali –> Singapore –> New York City

Miami

  • Miami –> Singapore –> Chiang Mai –> Singapore –> Miami
  • Miami –> Singapore –> Hong Kong –> Singapore –> Miami
  • Miami –> Singapore –> Shanghai –> Singapore –> Miami

Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles –> Singapore –> Kuala Lumpur –> Singapore –> Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles –> Singapore –> Beijing –> Singapore –> Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles –> Singapore –> Ho Chi Minh City –> Singapore –> Los Angeles

Chicago

  • Chicago –> Singapore –> Yangon –> Singapore –> Chicago
  • Chicago –> Singapore –> Jakarta –> Singapore –> Chicago
  • Chicago –> Singapore –> Phnom Penh –> Singapore –> Chicago

Boston

  • Boston –> Singapore –> Melbourne –> Singapore –> Boston
  • Boston –> Singapore –> Manila –> Singapore –> Boston
  • Boston –> Singapore –> Phuket –> Singapore –> Boston

What Can I Do in Singapore?

This island nation is internationally known for its bold and thriving culinary scene, abundance of shopping options, and multicultural neighborhoods. There are gems to be discovered on every street, from small hawker stalls to buzzing marketplaces and sky-high gardens to tranquil beaches. Singapore’s diversity is what sets it apart from its Southeast Asian neighbors.

Feast on Local Fare

Take your taste buds on a tour of Singapore’s local eats, ranging from upscale multi-course dining to inexpensive street food bursting with flavor.

For a multicultural food experience, try local Peranakan cuisine at Michelin-starred Candlenut, Cantonese dishes at Kok Sen Restaurant, and Italian-meets-Asian dessert at Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique. For fresh-from-the-water seafood with a Singaporean spin, head to Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong.

If you want to sample a little of everything, Singapore’s celebrated hawker centers, like Newton Food Centre or Makansutra Gluttons Bay, offer an opportunity to indulge in a variety of dishes.

Enjoy an original Singapore Sling from Raffles Hotel’s historic Long Bar any time of year.

Discover the Local Fashion Scene

Singaporeans are fashion-forward, and the island is renowned for its range of shopping options, from expansive high-end malls to boutique stores with local labels.

Shop international high-end brands at ION Orchard Mall and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Discover collections from Singaporean designers at Design Orchard Centre, where retail space filled with local labels mingles with a talent incubator for up-and-coming Singaporean designers. Shop charming independent boutiques along Haji Lane or head to Bugis Street Market to experience a bustling marketplace with a range of goods.

Bird’s-eye view of Marina Bay Sands.

Explore Local Neighborhoods

In Little India, you’ll be wowed by the Mustafa Centre. Open 24 hours a day, this megamall is a shopper’s paradise that sells everything you could want to shop for, from inexpensive souvenirs to apparel and electronics.

Over in Chinatown, nosh on chicken rice at Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, one of world’s first hawker stalls to be awarded a Michelin star, and then stroll the grounds at the peaceful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Experience local Peranakan culture in Joo Chiat and Katong, where quaint shophouses still stand and offer visitors the chance to buy traditional apparel and taste Nonya delicacies like laksa and kueh chan.

Singapore: Photo credit: Adrian Jakob

Sightsee Around the Island

Don’t let Singapore’s skyscrapers fool you—there’s a lot of green space around the city. Inside Gardens by the Bay, you’ll be surrounded by colorful flowers in full bloom and in awe at the Supertree Grove’s towering vertical gardens. At the serene Singapore Botanic Gardens, highlights include an expansive tropical rainforest and more than 1,000 orchid species. This verdant tropical garden space was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

What’s a visit to an island without going to the beach? Experience Singapore’s sand and surf at top destinations like Siloso Beach, East Coast Park or Changi Beach Park.

How Do I Book a Stopover Flight?

Skyscanner makes this travel hack quite easy to pull off. Just follow these step-by-step instructions:

1. Search for flights using the “Multi-city” option.

Set up your multi-city flight search like this in order to include Singapore as your stopover destination.

2. Select the itinerary that’s optimal for you and complete your flight booking.

3. Go to the Changi Stopovers site and click Book Now to get started. American citizens won’t need to worry about obtaining a visa, so a stopover in Singapore really is stress-free with this package.

Enjoy a smooth departure from Changi Airport to your hotel with the Singapore stopover package.

The Changi Stopover Package

Changi Airport Group, in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board, created a range of affordable stopover packages that will set you up with everything you need for a gratifying stay in Singapore.

The packages start at $47* for two days and one night and include a stay at the hotel of your choice, a free one-way coach transfer from the airport to your hotel, and a free pre-loaded SIM card. The longest stopover package is for four days and three nights.

Singapore offers myriad activities for the everyday visitor. The food, fashion, and friendly locals make the island a worthwhile destination to visit any time of the year. A stopover for at least one night provides the perfect opportunity to experience the best this island has to offer.

*Subject to currency fluctuations and applicable fees and charges at the time of purchase as well as availability of package

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