Singapore

Until recently, Singapore was often dismissed as little more than a ‘stop over city’. However, over time the city has rapidly evolved into a thriving and exciting hub for tourists and locals alike. Singapore is made up of one main island and 62 islets. It’s known for its phenomenal growth from Third World to First World within one generation – pretty impressive, right?

You can see evidence of this rapid growth as you travel around taking in the sights of this magnificent country. In some areas there are buildings that are centuries old, whereas others look like they could have come from a sci-fi set.

Plant life is a big deal in Singapore as it pushes to become the global benchmark for eco-urbanisation. Many of the key attractions are centred around plants and flowers. The National Orchid Garden is one such place that should be on your itinerary. The Gardens by the Bay are another key attraction, partly because they’re home to the Cloud Forest. Walk through the mist to discover a futuristic garden, complete with its own waterfall.

To get the best view of Singapore, take a trip on the Singapore Flyer. It’s a big wheel, just like the London Eye, but the skyline is very different to the Thames. Go up at night to see the city sparkle! Marina Bay is the spot for wealthy tourists to splash their cash, but there’s nothing wrong with a little window-shopping here if you’re on a budget. There’s also a free ‘light and water’ show in the evening, so stick around for that.

The hop-on-hop-off bus service is great for ticking off the main sights, but our favourite way to see the real Singapore is on foot. A fine example of this is Haji Lane, with it’s diverse bars & restaurants. There’s also plenty for families here, including 3 major theme parks. Universal Studios is a great day out, Wild Wild Wet is refreshing and fun on a hot day and Haw Par Villa is centred around Chinese mythology and makes an original, intriguing trip.

Singapore is a spot where many different cultures come together. Rather than cultures clashing, you’ll find a colourful, engaging environment that every traveller should experience at least once.

It’s easy for tourists to get around thanks to the super-efficient public transport system. The city also has plenty of accommodation and eating options; from the cash-savvy backpacker to those who like to indulge, Singapore has a place for everyone. It even has  two Michelin-starred street food hawker stalls.

Plan your trip to Singapore today.

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  • Capital city: Singapore
  • Language: English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar
  • Time Difference: UTC + 8
  • Flight Time: 13h to Singapore Changi via London Heathrow
  • Visa: Stamp on arrival (UK passport holders)
  • Peak Season: Year Round

Did you know?

Singapore is one of only three surviving independent city-states in the world. The other two are Monaco & Vatican City