Long treated as southeast Asia’s stepchild—overachieving, handsome and trying too hard—Singapore is often portrayed as a flyover destination. Perhaps this is one of the reasons the impressive Changi Airport is indeed a universe in itself, where weary travelers have access to a butterfly garden, free movie theater and swimming pools. But considering what an extraordinary gateway the city is, with direct flights to most of southeast Asia (including Myanmar and Siem Reap), and the many different experiences it offers, Singapore is perfect for a more extensive layover, both pre- and post-trip.
Here is a taste of the city in three days, whether you’re using the time to get acclimated to the climate and time zone or unwinding after a busy travel schedule.
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