A former British colony, the city-state of Singapore has grown into one of the most prosperous countries in the world; boasting an affluent population and glamorous skyscrapers. Lighting up South East Asia, it is a glitzy part of the world that offers an absorbing area of things to see and do.
The ambitious city-state is densely populated – only beaten in those stakes by Monaco – and this makes it vibrant, dynamic and the perfect gateway for a trip around Asia. Constantly changing, the ‘Lion City’ has fine dining, wonderful shopping, contemporary art and outdoor activities for one and all.
Food & Shopping
For a number of years, the stability and infrastructure of Singapore made it the ideal destination for an extended layover to those flying long haul to Australia, or travelling Asia. Today, though, it pulls people in with delicious food, innovative style and natural beauty to explore.
A mix of Western, Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures, it’s hardly a surprise that Singapore offers up some of the most mouth-watering cuisine in the Far East. This isn’t just served up in fine dining restaurants either, as street food offers some brilliant delicacies. Chinatown, Little India and the Arab Quarter give you a great base to try some flavoursome food while hawker food markets have a wide range of dishes. Keep your eye out for: Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Satay and, of course, the delicious spicy chilli crab and black pepper crayfish.
Whether you are a shopaholic or not, the famed Orchard Road is a must whether you are hitting the plastic or gazing longingly through the windows. Aside from here, there are hi-tech malls to wander around, the stylish Haji Lane or markets, like down at the river at Clarke Quay, where you can haggle around for some beautiful, ethnic arts and crafts.
Things to do in Singapore
While Singapore is modern and bustling, there are plenty of things to do that give you a break from the bright lights. Sentosa Island is a popular resort that boasts beautiful beaches for relaxation, the Underwater World oceanarium and Universal Studios.
Aside from this, the Jurong Bird Park is wonderful, filled with a chorus of bird songs, Singapore Zoo is expansive and offers Night Safari, the Southern Ridges affords a scenic hiking area and the Botanic Gardens are virgin rainforest complete with the multi-coloured National Orchid Gardens. The nature reserves of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Macritchie Reservoir Park are great for working up a sweat too.
Whether it is day or night, both the waterfront promenade and marina bay are picturesque spots complete with beautiful views, and the former even has a laser show. Don’t forget a Singapore Sling at the iconic Raffles hotel either!
From the informative Asian Civilisations Museum to the Changi Chapel and Museum to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum there are plenty of places to learn about the past. Don’t miss the Kranji War Memorial which is a great place for reflection.
When to go
With a tropical rainforest climate, you can expect a hot and humid city that’s never too far away from a storm and rainfall. The seasons aren’t distinctive but the warmest months are April and May while monsoon season runs from November to January, so it might be best to avoid those when planning a trip to Singapore.
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From the picturesque colonial buildings at the heart of Singapore to the beautiful beaches at Sentosa Island, there are plenty of reasons to love this city-state. South East Asia has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to tourist destinations and this one is no different.
Delicious food, high class shopping and colourful nature reserves provide an eclectic mix of things to do and see. The moment you arrive and pass through one of the best airports in the world, Changi, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Whether you are one for lavish resorts or experiencing the delights of street vendors, there is something for you here
Key Highlights of Singapore
Want to add Singapore on to a trip? Ready to visit the affluent Far East city-state? Call today to speak to one of our experts about a holiday to the Lion City.
Singapore has grown massively in the last decade and is now firmly on of Asia’s most glamorous and luxurious cities. Whilst you can opt for a more budget experience of the city, visiting Singapore wouldn’t be complete without exploring the beautiful hotels, the world-class casino and the amazing restaurants and bars.
When packing for a city break in Singapore it’s important to remember you’ll probably be doing just as much sight-seeing as you will be sipping cocktails! As well as the glammed-up outfits and smart evening wear, make sure you pack sensible clothes for during the day that will keep you cool and feeling fresh.
Singapore is known for having a hot and humid climate so it is recommended that you take clothes made of natural fabrics that will help you feel cool even on the hottest of days. We’d also recommend bringing a cardigan or jumper out with you for when you head into shopping centres or hotels – as (more often than not) indoor locations tend to overcompensate the outdoor heat with the cool air-conditioning inside.
Because of Singapore’s location right on the equator, the country has a very hot and humid climate that tends to stay consistent year round. You’ll find the average being around 31º C, but prepare for much higher than that. Because of the humidity, the city can also feel much hotter than it is, so 31º C may feel like 40º C on particularly humid days.
The country is a very wet one, and gets a large amount of rainfall every year. This is partly because of the monsoons that pass through the country.
Whilst the heat is pretty reliable, the country does get a little cooler in December and January, and a little hotter in April and May.
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