Skyscrapers stand alongside traditional housing and religious temples, in a city boasting a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Bustling hawker centres, incredible shopping and encapsulating culture make Singapore truly memorable.
Add to this the flamboyant grandeur of a modernised city boasting significant wealth and trade, and you may well be visiting one of the most exciting destinations on the planet.
You’ll find top end resorts on Sentosa Island which lies just off the south coast of Singapore. The island itself is one big visitor attraction, especially for families. Boasting a Universal Studios theme park, a massive oceanarium, as well as numerous attractive beaches, Sentosa is an entertaining oasis removed from the fast pace of Singapore city.
A stay in Chinatown or Little India will transform your Singapore holidays into a more traditional and cultural affair. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown is not to be missed, and the same can be said for the fantastic hawker market in Little India which will fill your satisfied belly.
For a more glamorous culinary experience you should head down towards the Singapore River and tuck into the city’s famous chilli crab while admiring the magnificent backdrop of the city’s twinkling skyline. In this area around the glitzy Marina Bay, you’ll find the grandest of hotels and bars. Duck into one of them and sample the country’s signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling – the original was concocted in the Raffles Hotel bar, so it’s a great spot to begin the night.
A wander down by the Singapore River and Marina Bay is a great way of appreciating the modern affluence of Singapore. The dynamic and eye-catching architecture of buildings such as the Marina Bay Hotel and the Esplanade Theatre are memorable sights. In this very same area you can gain an insight into Singapore’s history and heritage in the colonial core of the city. The Raffles Statue and Fullerton Hotel are an ode to a past time, while nearby the Merlion, Singapore’s official symbol, provides the postcard image of the country.
Meandering around Singapore can be an exhausting task, especially in the middle of the day when temperatures can reach into the humid high 30s. Avoiding the monsoon season between November and January is advisable, especially if you plan to relax in one of Singapore’s many natural attractions, such as Jurong Bird Park or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
If you do get caught out by the rain, there are still plenty of attractions to see. It will give you a great chance to visit some of Singapore’s museums and art galleries. For a cultural insight you can visit the Asian Civilisations Museum by the river, or spend some time at the Singapore Art Museum for some local artistic gems.
Winding around the skyscrapers by the riverside will give you a great impression of the scale of Singapore’s banking core. Combine this with a trip down memory lane by visiting the various heritage sites in this area; in particular make sure you take a stroll across Cavenagh Bridge, the only suspension bridge in Singapore, and the oldest in the whole city.
Visiting a food hawker market allows you to enjoy some traditional culinary treats and at a highly affordable price. The hawker market in Little India is particularly rewarding, though Chinatown’s Smith Street food stalls will give it a run for its money and a must-do on Singapore holidays.
Marina Bay’s Gardens by the Bay Park provides a fantastic afternoon of gawping and exploring around various separate gardens. The park bases its flowery exhibits on each individual continent of the world, as well as displaying some incredible creative features and sculptures.
End your day by sitting on the steps outside of the Marina Bay Hotel for the nightly Laser Light Show. The show makes use of various lights and fountains positioned in the river to create a mesmerising artistic performance. A truly memorable way to end a day in Singapore … unless you fancy another Singapore Sling before you head back to your hotel.