Rich cultural history ~ food lovers paradise ~ iconic landmarks ~ unspoilt natural havens
Founded in 1819 as a tax-free port by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Singapore is an effortlessly sophisticated city with a dizzying assortment of attractions packed into its characterful districts. Its appeal also springs from its multi-cultural population, a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian, which can make a short walk across town feel like a hop from one country to another.
Talking of which, getting around couldn’t be easier thanks to Singapore’s compact size and sleek public transport system, the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), which enables you zip around the city without fuss.
When it comes to seeing and doing, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Step back in time for a wander around the Civic District, check-out popular Chinatown, delve into Little India or Katong-Joo Chiat, or be wowed by the futuristic architecture of Marina Bay.
Soak up 360-degree views from Sands SkyPark Observation Deck at the awesome Marina Bay Sands, or take a scenic spin on the Singapore Flyer. Perhaps head to the waterfront Merlion Park for a glimpse of Singapore’s unmissable icon. Spend time at the award-winning Singapore Zoo, where animals roam freely in their natural habitats, try the Rainforest Walking Trail at Singapore’s Botanic Garden or hop on the cable car to Sentosa Island.
Singapore is not just skyscrapers, it is also home to beautiful parks, gardens and nature reserves. Visit the Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage Site and visit the Rainforest Walking Trail or Orchid Gardens; enjoy panoramic views of the forest at MacRitchie Reservoir Park; or hop on a ferry and visit one of Singapore’s offshore islands, such as Pulau Ubin, a tranquil island sanctuary, perfect for nature lovers.
Few cities on the planet can match Singapore for shopping with Orchard Road your go to place for luxury labels and high street favourites. Stretching for over a mile this retail thoroughfare easily rivals London’s Oxford Street. For less mass-market shopping, try local neighbourhoods for independent boutiques, quirky art galleries and bustling markets.
If food is your passion, Singapore is very much the place for you. Its rich dining scene features a mix of authentic local fare at hawker centres, slap-up meals in Chinatown as well as Michelin-star experiences. You can also dine alfresco in lively Clarke Quay before painting the town red, chill out with a cocktail or two at an array of fabulous rooftop bars or pop into iconic Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar.
Perfect as a standalone destination, Singapore can also be combined with numerous Far East or Middle East options for the holiday of your dreams.
GMT +7 hours
Singapore is approximately 13 hours (non-stop flights) from the UK.
Singapore is hot and humid all year round with temperatures usually above 30ºC. There are two rainy seasons from December to early March and June to September, however do be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential, but usually brief.
Travel by small tram and see a myriad of nocturnal animals, from fierce predators to timid forest dwellers, in a wild jungle habitat. Dinner is included at the Safari Restaurant.
From £109 (inc dinner)
Savour a ‘jungle breakfast’ with orang-utans at Singapore Zoo, regarded as one of the best in the world. Spread over 28 hectares it is home to over 3,600 mammals, birds and reptiles.
Discover the REAL Singapore during this four hour tour. Highlights include a visit to a typical residential town, a local market, sample local snacks and drinks at a coffee shop, see historic monuments, the ultra-modern business district, meander alongside the Singapore River and part of the Formula 1 route.
Join a guide for an evening tour led by kerosene lamp around Fort Siloso, Singapore’s only well-preserved coastal fort which is a treasure trove of WWII memorabilia.
The recently renovated Geylang Serai market has been a vibrant focal point for the local Malay community since 1964. On this morning tour you’ll sample breakfast at the hawker centre and visit fascinating wet markets.
Experience Singapore’s sights, sounds and flavours up close and personal as a unique fleet of hand restored vintage vespa sidecars take you off the beaten track. Breeze down quaint alleyways and enjoy face to face encounters with locals as you meet 'Storytellers'. During the hour long ride you'll also get an overview of historic neighbourhoods and see sights such as the Esplanade, Anderson Bridge, St Andrew's Cathedral, Malay Heritage Centre, Sultan Mosque, Haji Lane and more.
Look forward to a great evening on board the luxury yacht Le Tara. During the two hour cruise, take in the beautiful evening city skyline before anchoring at St Johns Islands where you enjoy a 'fusion meals' dinner. As you dine, soak up the spectacular sight of the sun setting.
From £65 (inc dinner)
All fully vaccinated travellers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and under arriving by land, air or sea checkpoints will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test prior for arrival in Singapore. With this move, fully vaccinated travellers can enter Singapore, quarantine-free, without the requirement for any tests (pre-departure or on-arrival).