In-transit for 8 hours in Singapore

Tripoto
27th Mar 2018

On my recent visit to Australia, I had 8 hours transit time for the connecting flight to Sydney at the Changi Airport in Singapore. The airport in itself is a fascinating and spectacular place to pretty much do whatever you would on a regular holiday trip. Its got brand stores, good food, gardens, spots for some photo shoots and much more that you can do while you wait for your next flight, keeping in mind that you have enough time, obviously.

Day 1

Planes can be seen up-close at their respective gates in the terminals

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The Travelator, which feels like a boon while you try and reach or change gates.

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Those lengthy corridors and numerous gates make sure to get you tired. :p

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

One of the squares in Terminal 1 of the airport

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The gardens look so natural and are pretty well maintained

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Trying some photography skills ;)

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

An art piece in the lawn outside

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

TWG tea store at Terminal 1

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

This beautiful garden is one amazing sight

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Some eggs for the Easter egg hunt

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Watering themselves aye

Photo of Airport Boulevard, Changi International Airport (SIN), Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

As I have been to this airport quiet a few times and toured around it, this time I wanted to go visit the downtown to check out the attractions on the reclaimed land in Singapore. Also, I had scheduled couple of meetings with my long lost college mates, both of whom I last met was in 2007. Phew! Long time indeed.

There are few conditions and restrictions while obtaining a transit visa at the airport. Having an Australian Visa allowed me to pass through immigration where a temporary transit visa is issued. For all other passengers, who might want to have a look at the requirements, more in detail, click here.

I was carrying just about $20SGD which I exchanged at the airport. Credit card was a back up options which I only wanted to use in worst of the scenarios that I can get into.

After clearing the immigration, I took a train ticket from Changi Airport to Bayfront, where in I had to change trains first at Tanah Merah onto the green line and then at Paya Lebar to get onto the yellow line to reach my destination. The ticket cost was about $1.65SGD. The train system here is one of the best that I have seen. This is the most preferred and the quickest commuting option for the locals.

After passing through some tunnels and taking those train transfers I had finally reached Marina Bay station that led into the convention centre and onto the road in front of the Marina Bay Sands, standing tall with some elegant and splendour.

The Corridor that leads you in and out of the Bayfront train station

Photo of In-transit for 8 hours in Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The view from the taxi pick up rank outside the convention centre

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

View from the Helix Bridge

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The Marina Bay Sands is not just this structure here but the shopping mall, the convention centre, Entertainment venues and a museum as well on the whole. To know everything about it, you can check out their website here.

Excuse me for the poor video type and quality

You can take a short boat ride inside the shopping mall of the Marina Bay Sands called The Shoppes

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Most of the popular brands are available if not for the very expensive ones.

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

This Chandelier comes alive in sync with the touch sensitive lights on the floor to give a lively experience if watched from up here

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

It has also got a Casino inside for all the gambling enthusiasts ;)

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

IllumiBar on the other exit of The Shoppe towards the downtown

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

As you can see, those chairs and tables at the IllumiBar might light up during the night

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Louis Vitton exclusive on water

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Any opportunity to harvest nature is not let go by

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla
Photo of Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

ArtScience Museum

Photo of Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Helix Bridge - which looks more stunnig in the dark

Photo of Helix Bridge, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The Float - Worlds largest floating stadium and stage

Photo of Helix Bridge, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

It has got a seating capacity of about 9000

Photo of Helix Bridge, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

A group of kids probably having a school outing

Photo of Helix Bridge, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The Marina Bay Sands along with ArtScience Museum, The Shoppe and the convention centre which is undergoing some construction work

Photo of Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Downtown Singapore (CBD)

Photo of Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

The Fullerton Hotel - It looks so classy and vintage after all the new developments

Photo of Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

All in one panorama

Photo of Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

I took a walk along the Helix bridge and towards the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay where the outdoor theatre was. It was raining and I had no umbrella or a raincoat to cover myself. So waited there until the rain stopped and headed back towards the shopping mall where I was to catch up with one of the two mates of mine.

So, with him I came walking into the Gardens by the Bay

Photo of In-transit for 8 hours in Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Gardens by the Bay is another iconic spot to visit which provides an experience that you are in some part of the Jurassic World. It houses a Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes and bunch of other entertainment and hangout areas. You can check out all the current happenings and other detailed information on their website here.

Photo of Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla
Photo of Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

You can see the Singapore Flyer in the backdrop. This bridge that I am on connects the gardens to the top of the shopping mall and guess what? That would be passing through the hotel.

Photo of Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Lobby downstairs of the Marina Bay Sands. wow!

Photo of Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Sharing one of those instagram stories

Photo of Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

After some chat, my mate had to leave and the next one was yet to arrive. Funny part is that, we three are all mutual friends and yet could not make it possible to meet them both together. Its their schedule that got them cramped up and so had to be done this way. Anyways, we at the least met somehow.

Having dinner at a dhaba in Little India

Photo of Little India, Singapore by Dheeraj Balla

Little India, as the name suggests is sort of an Indian town within the city. Nothing different to India it would be and it would instantly make you feel that you are back home.

After dinner, I took the train from the nearest station back to the airport to catch my flight to Sydney.

On the whole, it was a great experience to have explored and seen so much at literally no cost at all and meeting my friends was simply an icing on top of the cake.

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