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 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.
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History and Culture
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.
Nature and wildlife
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.
And if you love wildlife, check out the magical Singapore Night Safari, S.E.A. Aquarium, Jurong Bird Park or the Singapore Zoo.
Food and drink
The city also has plenty of 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.
You absolutely must try the national dish of Hainanese chicken rice, along with chilli crab, Char kway teow and Kaya toast – a unique Singaporean take on breakfast.
Adventure and experiences
To get the very 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 its diverse bars and restaurants. There’s also plenty for families here, including three 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.
It’s easy for tourists to get around thanks to the super-efficient public transport system.
- 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
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