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Just over 200 miles southeast of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore is a vibrant city-state in the heart of Southeast Asia. A real melting pot of cultures, the Lion City has influences from India, China and Malaysia, which you’ll notice across its architecture and cuisine. You’ll see old and new side-by-side on your Singapore holiday, from bustling markets and incense-filled temples, to soaring skyscrapers and slick shopping malls.

But the ‘City in a Garden’ has plenty of green spaces, too. Singapore is peppered with parks and forests, and the Botanic Gardens here are one of only three in the world to be awarded UNESCO status. But the most famous Eden is the Gardens by the Bay. Filled with tropical flowers, a cloud forest and the other-worldly Supertree Grove, this nature park is a must-see on your holiday to Singapore.

Elsewhere, top attractions include the incredible Singapore Zoo, the chic shops of Orchard Road, and Sentosa Island. Connected to Singapore by Causeway Bridge, Sentosa offers powdery beaches, watersports and thrilling theme parks, including Universal Studios Singapore.

Of all the things to do on your Singapore trip, though, eating should be very high on your list. Food is a big deal here. You’ll find hawker centres – casual marketplaces filled with street food stalls – in every neighbourhood, serving cheap, delicious meals. If you want something a little more upmarket, there are dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from. Or you could visit Raffles Singapore and sip a Singapore Sling in the hotel’s Long Bar, where this fruity cocktail was first created.  

Singapore has plenty to offer as a holiday destination in its own right, but it’s also a great place for a stopover. You could spend a few days here on your way to Malaysia or Indonesia, or break up your journey to Australia. Singapore and Thailand also make a great combination, as you can experience both city and beach. Whatever you’re looking for, our experts will help you plan the perfect holiday to Singapore.

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Things to do in Singapore

You’ll be spoiled for things to do on your Singapore getaway. At the top of your list should be the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 100 hectares in the city centre, right by the marina, this lush haven is home to several gardens and tropical zones, like the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. But the highlight is the Supertree Grove. Soaring 50 metres into the sky, these man-made trees are connected by a canopy walkway, giving you sweeping views over the gardens. And, if you visit at night, you’ll be able to see their incredible light display.

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Singapore Zoo is another great attraction and, like the Gardens by the Bay, it’s best to go after dark – the animals will be much more active in the cooler temperatures. On a night safari, you can expect to see big cats, bears, elephants, rhinos and more.

When you crave some retail therapy, head to Orchard Road. This busy boulevard is Singapore’s number one shopping spot, filled with designer labels. If you’re looking for something unique, though, browse the independent boutiques of Haji Lane. You’ll get some great photos here, too, as the walls are adorned with colourful street art.

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Hawker centres and restaurants

Singapore has a fantastic food scene. With everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to al fresco hawker centres, this city has something for every taste and budget.

The Lion City is renowned for its street food, so a visit to a Singapore hawker centre is a must-do. These open-air dining spots are filled with a variety of stalls selling affordable bites. You can enjoy all kinds of flavours in dishes influenced by Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisines. Feast on Hainanese chicken rice, creamy laksa and delicious chilli crab – a classic Singaporean dish of stir-fried crab in a sweet, tomato-based sauce.

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At the other end of the spectrum, high-class eateries give you the opportunity to enjoy a special meal. Singapore boasts 39 Michelin-starred restaurants, two of which – Les Amis and Odette – have even been awarded three Michelin stars. With cuisines ranging from Italian to Nordic-Japanese, you’re sure to find something you like. But you don’t need to blow the budget to enjoy Michelin-accredited food. You’ll actually find the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred dish in Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Here, casual Hawker Chan serves its star-winning Cantonese soya sauce chicken rice for just S$2.

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Singapore hotels

This city has several iconic hotels, but the most famous one is Raffles Singapore. Dating back to 1887, this ambient hotel oozes charm. No holiday to Singapore would be complete with a visit to the Long Bar – the birthplace of gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling. Or you could sip Champagne in the Writers Bar, where visiting authors have included Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

Marina Bay Sands is another of the best hotels in Singapore. With its distinctive three-tower silhouette and ‘floating’ infinity pool, this place is immediately recognisable. And the Sky Park – perched atop the 57-storey hotel – has unparalleled views across the city.

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If you’re travelling with children, consider staying at Shangri-La Singapore. This plush hotel has fantastic facilities for families, including a splash park, a jungle-themed playroom, and multiple menus for kids. There’s even a family pantry where you can stock up on essentials.

Alternatively, take a look at Pan Pacific Singapore. With a therapeutic spa, two bars and six restaurants, this central hotel makes a great base for sightseeing.

 

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Best time to visit Singapore

Like most places in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a tropical climate. It’s warm all year round with temperatures averaging 28°C, although it feels much hotter due to the high humidity. Heavy downpours are fairly common in Singapore, too. You could be out enjoying the sunshine one minute, and the next you’ll be ducking inside – so it’s worth packing a lightweight waterproof or a small umbrella.

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The dry season runs from February to August, but the best time to visit Singapore is between February and April, when rainfall is at its lowest. You might still get the occasional shower, but it’ll soon pass. May to October is usually stiflingly hot and humid. Even so, May to July is a popular time to visit Singapore, and you’ll find it’s very busy at this time of year.

The wet season runs from September to January. November to January is best avoided, as this is the wettest time of year.

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Essential Information

  • Visa: No visa required for visits lasting less than 90 days
  • Language: Malay and English
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar ($)
  • Time difference: GMT +8 hours
  • Flight duration from London: A direct flight to Changi Airport takes just under 13 hours
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Things to do

Things to do in Singapore

You’ll be spoiled for things to do on your Singapore getaway. At the top of your list should be the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 100 hectares in the city centre, right by the marina, this lush haven is home to several gardens and tropical zones, like the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. But the highlight is the Supertree Grove. Soaring 50 metres into the sky, these man-made trees are connected by a canopy walkway, giving you sweeping views over the gardens. And, if you visit at night, you’ll be able to see their incredible light display.

Show More
Show Less

Singapore Zoo is another great attraction and, like the Gardens by the Bay, it’s best to go after dark – the animals will be much more active in the cooler temperatures. On a night safari, you can expect to see big cats, bears, elephants, rhinos and more.

When you crave some retail therapy, head to Orchard Road. This busy boulevard is Singapore’s number one shopping spot, filled with designer labels. If you’re looking for something unique, though, browse the independent boutiques of Haji Lane. You’ll get some great photos here, too, as the walls are adorned with colourful street art.

Show More
Show Less

Dining scene

Hawker centres and restaurants

Singapore has a fantastic food scene. With everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to al fresco hawker centres, this city has something for every taste and budget.

The Lion City is renowned for its street food, so a visit to a Singapore hawker centre is a must-do. These open-air dining spots are filled with a variety of stalls selling affordable bites. You can enjoy all kinds of flavours in dishes influenced by Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisines. Feast on Hainanese chicken rice, creamy laksa and delicious chilli crab – a classic Singaporean dish of stir-fried crab in a sweet, tomato-based sauce.

Show More
Show Less

At the other end of the spectrum, high-class eateries give you the opportunity to enjoy a special meal. Singapore boasts 39 Michelin-starred restaurants, two of which – Les Amis and Odette – have even been awarded three Michelin stars. With cuisines ranging from Italian to Nordic-Japanese, you’re sure to find something you like. But you don’t need to blow the budget to enjoy Michelin-accredited food. You’ll actually find the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred dish in Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Here, casual Hawker Chan serves its star-winning Cantonese soya sauce chicken rice for just S$2.

Show More
Show Less

Hotels

Singapore hotels

This city has several iconic hotels, but the most famous one is Raffles Singapore. Dating back to 1887, this ambient hotel oozes charm. No holiday to Singapore would be complete with a visit to the Long Bar – the birthplace of gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling. Or you could sip Champagne in the Writers Bar, where visiting authors have included Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

Marina Bay Sands is another of the best hotels in Singapore. With its distinctive three-tower silhouette and ‘floating’ infinity pool, this place is immediately recognisable. And the Sky Park – perched atop the 57-storey hotel – has unparalleled views across the city.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re travelling with children, consider staying at Shangri-La Singapore. This plush hotel has fantastic facilities for families, including a splash park, a jungle-themed playroom, and multiple menus for kids. There’s even a family pantry where you can stock up on essentials.

Alternatively, take a look at Pan Pacific Singapore. With a therapeutic spa, two bars and six restaurants, this central hotel makes a great base for sightseeing.

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Singapore

Like most places in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a tropical climate. It’s warm all year round with temperatures averaging 28°C, although it feels much hotter due to the high humidity. Heavy downpours are fairly common in Singapore, too. You could be out enjoying the sunshine one minute, and the next you’ll be ducking inside – so it’s worth packing a lightweight waterproof or a small umbrella.

Show More
Show Less

The dry season runs from February to August, but the best time to visit Singapore is between February and April, when rainfall is at its lowest. You might still get the occasional shower, but it’ll soon pass. May to October is usually stiflingly hot and humid. Even so, May to July is a popular time to visit Singapore, and you’ll find it’s very busy at this time of year.

The wet season runs from September to January. November to January is best avoided, as this is the wettest time of year.

Show More
Show Less

Essential Info

Essential Information

  • Visa: No visa required for visits lasting less than 90 days
  • Language: Malay and English
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar ($)
  • Time difference: GMT +8 hours
  • Flight duration from London: A direct flight to Changi Airport takes just under 13 hours
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