The unparalleled choice available in Singapore has made it a popular tourist destination; in fact, it ranks in the top ten most visited cities in the world. The Singaporean government continue to capitalise on its incredible success (worth an estimated S$25 billion annually), thus, the fascinating island-city has been perfectly honed to offer visitors an unforgettable experience. On planning a trip to Singapore, you will discover countless opportunities afforded by a fusion of cultures, historical genres and breath-taking architecture.
If you are looking for direct flights to Singapore, fly to Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN). With its stunning architecture and vast choice of shops, Changi airport is in itself an experience, and perfect for a bit of last-minute shopping!
Singapore enjoys a relatively consistent tropical climate all year around, so your trip to Singapore won’t necessarily be influenced by the weather. There is a constant flow of business travellers throughout the year and the city is constantly thrumming with people visiting for business and pleasure, however there are some times that are best avoided if you want to beat the crush. National holidays and popular events will see a huge rise in prices, so steer clear of Chinese New Year and, if you want to avoid hordes of British tourists, it may be wise to avoid school holiday times too (if you can).
It may be known for its extravagance and luxury, but a trip to Singapore will expose to you a wealth of cultural influences, richly embellished by both traditional pastimes and advanced technology. Singaporean architecture reflects the city as a whole; contrasting inspirations fuse seamlessly to delightful effect. Traditional buildings nestle alongside gravity-defying skyscrapers; Mosques overlook Buddhist Temples and Chinese architecture competes with that of Little India. However, rather than jarring with each other, these buildings stand together in mesmerising harmony.
A visit to Chinatown is a must: here you will be overwhelmed by the sounds, sights and smells of traditional China. Make your way to Pagoda Street where, at 18.45 every Saturday evening, you can witness the phenomenal Lion Dance. Despite Singapore’s penchant for technological advancement, or perhaps because of it, Singapore is a world leader in eco-attractions. The S$1 billion Botanic Gardens are truly breath-taking and an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the city. Just like the architecture, the gardens are awash with contrasts and surprises, including climate controlled bio-domes, sculptures and high-tech Supertrees. Ride the Skyway between the two Supertrees and take in views of the city, and don’t miss the spectacular Garden Rhapsody, a light show that takes place between 19.45 and 20.45 every evening.
When it comes to modern Singaporean architecture, Marina Bay Sands is the first thing to spring to most minds. The 55 storey high complex has transformed the city’s skyline and offers absolute opulence, even by extravagant Singapore’s standards; watch the sun rise from the observation deck and take the plunge in the 200-metre-high infinity swimming pool.
Like its namesake, Singaporeans tend to love or hate the Durian, or Esplanade Theatre. Regardless of your opinion on the 2,000 seat theatre, its architecture is truly incredible, so a cursory visit is advisable. If you are culturally inclined, it is worth checking the programme for a choice of world-class performances.
Due to the mix of cultural influences, your culinary experiences in Singapore are limited only by your imagination! The Singapore Sling is synonymous with this remarkable city. Enjoy your iconic cocktail, made using the traditional recipe created in 1915, upon the Singapore Flyer, the huge Ferris wheel at Marina Bay. Savour the taste of your hand-shaken cocktail as you soar 165 metres into the air. After your aperitif, visit the Singapore Food Trail where you can explore the delights of Singapore. Seating 600 people, the unique dining experience evokes the glamour of days gone past; choose from a range of food fenders, from barbequed seafood, fresh oysters, delicious satay.
If you are spoilt for choice on your trip to Singapore, visit a Hawker Centre, where you can choose from a dazzling array of food from a range of cultures. Hawker Centres popped up throughout the city in the 1970s, in reaction to the government’s attempt to move street sellers from the curbs. The result is food markets packed with traditional Chinese, Indian, Malay, Western and Southeast Asian fare. Bak Kut Teh, a tea made from pork ribs and herbs, is a must, as are Chilli Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice and, for the more adventurous, Fish Head Curry. There are so many choices, we will let you decide which is the best! Whether you are looking for amazing zoos, unrivalled botanical experiences, staggering architecture or world-class food, your trip to Singapore will not disappoint. Your only problem will be packing in the many varied pursuits that the city has to offer, and, of course, leaving…
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