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Discover the beauty, culture and cuisine of this exotic Asian gem.
A bewitching blend of east and west, and a melting pot of Malay, European and Chinese cultures, Singapore is a popular holiday destination and a fantastic city for you to discover. Renowned for its shopping malls and street markets, explore exquisite restaurants serving up a world of culinary adventures, charming colonial attractions, outstanding natural beauty and a full calendar of exhilarating and colourful events to enthral and enchant.
- Hawker food stalls – open all hours, these handy kitchen’s-on-carts offer a world of choice from chilli crab to asaam laksa
- A multi-cultural city – a fantastic mix of mainly Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Western inhabitants
- Its proximity to prime Southeast Asian vacation spots such as the island of Sentosa, home to Resorts World® Sentosa theme park
- Iconic buildings such as the world-famous Raffles Singapore to the mind-defying Marina Bay Sands hotel. The Singapore skyline at night is a sight not to be missed.
Best time to visit Singapore
• Singapore experiences a tropical climate all year round and it is likely to be hot and humid whenever you choose to travel
• The wettest period is between November and January, but although there is a chance of rain year round, there is also plenty of sunshine and consistently high temperatures.
Singapore holiday highlights
The colonial region of Riverside, also known as the Civic Region, is where the British Statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles landed and first founded the city of Singapore in the early 19th Century. Today, you can stand on the banks of the Singapore River and watch 100 dragon boats rhythmically pulsating through the water during October’s River Regatta. On the south bank of the river you will see the modern shimmering skyscrapers of the central business district and find a myriad of bars, clubs and restaurants at Boat Quay.
Singapore is the departure or arrival point for a number of our featured Asia cruises. To create that perfect stay and cruise holiday we recommend spending a few days exploring the city before boarding your chosen cruise liner, or perhaps on your return if you have chose a round-trip voyage.
For the locals of Singapore, dining out is a passion as a whole host of Oriental delicacies, local specialities and cuisine from around the world are a mere stone’s throw away. Decide amongst a selection of Chinese, Malay, Indian, French and Italian restaurants, from informal to high end and treat your tastebuds with delights such as chilli crab, sambal stingray or char kway teow (literally meaning stir-fried ricecake strips) in the food-lover's heaven that is the Hawker Centre, or simply enjoy a civilised afternoon tea at the legendary Raffles Hotel.
The retail heart of the city is primarily located along the recently renovated Orchard Road. Once lined with spice orchards and plantations, the road is now dominated by high-end fashion emporiums and malls that draw you in with their glitzy façades and promise of treasures within. Take your pick of the fashion houses and space-age gadgets in over 200 malls around the shopping mecca of Singapore, or rummage for antiques at Peranakan Place.
Singapore’s Botanic Garden is one of the most famous of its kind throughout the world. Open since 1859 as an ornamental park which held fetes and flower shows, the park has been instrumental in the role of making Singapore a ‘Garden City’. Wander through the exotic gardens, including the National Orchid Garden, which is synonymous with this world-renowned garden.
To escape the city, locals and tourists head to Sentosa Island, a resort self-titled as ‘Asia’s Favourite Playground’. The island is home to Resorts World - Singapore’s own Universal Studios, the adrenaline-fuelled theme park of Imbiah Lookout and a number of fun-filled attractions along its two mile beach. Sentosa Island is a family’s dream destination which also features charming coastal and forest ecosystems and nature walks, ideal for a bit of wildlife spotting.