While you’re in Singapore, why not explore some of the Lion City’s top sights. Don’t miss…
SMRT – Singapore Mass Rapid Transit – the easy and affordable way to get around Singapore by bus, train and taxi. Download the app to use the route planner. www.smrt.com.sg
National Botanic Gardens – With more than 150 years of history, the 82 hectare Gardens continue to play an important role as a leading tropical botanical institute. The Gardens are the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO World Heritage List, following Orto Botanico di Padova and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Don’t miss the Orchid Gardens with a spectacular showcase of over 2,000 species from around the world.
Gardens by the Bay – an integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, with 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Marina Bay in Singapore’s downtown. Stunning by day and especially at night, the Gardens feature the supremely photogenic SuperTree Grove with skywalk and light show, and Cloud Mountain – a climate-controlled dome featuring a 40m high ‘mountain’ with tropical garden and waterfalls.
Marina Bay – Marvel at the architectural icons across the impressive skyline, and take in some of the best views in the world from the famous SkyPark or the highest infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Walk along the scenic waterfront promenade decorated with artistic sculptures that lead you right to the water’s edge of Marina Reservoir, with kite flyers, dragon boat races and musical performances.
Orchard Road – Spanning almost 2.2 km, Orchard Road is a swanky, tree-lined one-way boulevard flanked by distinctive shopping malls and hotels.
Chinatown – This maze of narrow roads includes Chinatown Food Street, with restaurants serving traditional fare, while Club Street is full of trendy wine bars. Souvenir shops, street markets and boutiques dot the area, offering clothes, crafts and antiques, alongside several temples and museums, including the colourful Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple.
Little India – located east of the Singapore River, Little India has the busy Serangoon Road as its centre point. With Indian music and the scent of incense, this is a hub for shopping and dining especially on India vegetarian food. Olden-day trades sit next to newer businesses: flower-garland vendors, modern eateries, boutique hotels, as well as arts groups, several temples and mosques.
Singapore Flyer – Asia’s largest giant observation wheel stands 165m (451ft) tall, offering breath-taking panoramic views of the Marina Bay and beyond, with shops and dining.
Visit the Merlion – Head to the harbourfront area of Singapore (10 minute walk from Marina Bay Sands, or 25 minute walk from Clark Quay) to meet Singapore’s mascot, Merlion. It’s a great place to view the skyline, or watch the evening light show across the harbour (8pm and 9.30pm Sunday to Thursday).
Singapore Cable Car – Just 15 minutes from Downtown Singapore, sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline from the cable car to Mount Faber and all the fun of Sentosa island.
Sentosa Island – Singapore’s beloved island resort, best known for its tropical beaches, parks, luxurious hotels and thrilling attractions. Reach from the city by road or cable car.
Southern Ridges – Leave the city behind. Choose one of eight stunning walking trails through the tree-tops of Singapore’s most mountainous area, the Southern Ridges. The walks (10km in total) include Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Park and Kent Ridge Park, taking you through and above rainforests, monkeys and tropical gardens. There are plenty of opportunities to leave the trail, and you’re never far from the city’s transport network (MRT) when it’s time to go back to civilisation.
Dining and Food Experiences:
Hawker Centres – For a huge choice of authentic and affordable street food, head to one of several ‘hawker centres’ around Chinatown and Little India, offering hundreds of stalls under one roof. Two hawker stalls even have Michelin stars: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Stall (Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre), and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Tai Hwa Eating House) with many more accredited with Michelin “Bib Gourmand” to recognised restaurants and street food establishments offering quality cuisines. Don’t leave without trying Singapore’s famous chilli crab.
Durian fruit – You’ll definitely smell this fruit if you visit the street markets. It’s beloved across Southeast Asia and is a “must try” while you’re in Singapore. Don’t be put off by the smell – the flavour is a curious mix of savoury, sweet and creamy (think garlic, chives, caramel and cream). Nutrition facts: Durian offers phytonutrients, water, protein, and beneficial fats. While very low in cholesterol and sodium, it is rich in dietary fibre and is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C.