Singapore has developed into one of Asia's most interesting cities and is now modern, multiethnic, and amazingly green, making it a must-see on a luxury vacation. A stroll through the state's many precincts will show you how seamlessly history and high-tech have been incorporated into this island state, which combines historical and modern sites.
A landmark in the country, the tri-towered Marina Bay Sands has futuristic-looking architecture. Singapore is also a shopper's paradise, with top international brands, outdoor art installations, and local designer shops dispersed over the island and brimming with what seems like an endless array of alternatives. Singapore, often known as the "City in Nature," is a location where you can combine an urban city break with your love of nature. Lush regions like the Botanic Gardens, which are recognized by UNESCO, and Gardens by the Bay make Singapore one of the world's greenest cities.
Beautiful historical structures blend in with the city's cutting-edge skyscrapers, and around every corner you'll find old-world markets, temples, and shophouses that pay homage to the city's mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian roots. Singapore is a city that thrives on food, and its cuisine reflects its culture. Legendary hawker centers serve up scrumptious street food, and their hawker culture has been added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are also an abundance of fine dining options.
Another component in the never-ending box of wonders we call Singapore are attractions like the Singapore Zoo, its groundbreaking Night Safari, and the resort island of Sentosa.
Singapore’s skyline is best experienced high with a drink in hand. The Cé La Vi Restaurant and Sky Bar atop the Marina Bay Sands is a bucket-list option for most people and its dreamy front-row views of Singapore’s futuristic marina one side and the Gardens by the Bay on the other are incredible. If you want a view of the iconic hotel itself, though, 1-Altitude at the summit of One Raffles Place is the loftiest trendy bar in Singapore, while LeVel33 is the world’s highest microbrewery. Cheers!
Even though Singapore is compact, its beautiful green spaces make it feel like a Tardis – far bigger than how it appears on a map. The Singapore Botanic Gardens, the only tropical gardens to be named a World Heritage site, is a lush wonderland of lakes, sculpted lawns, thick rainforest and themed gardens and are the city’s lungs. Its star attraction is the National Orchid Garden, where over 1,000 species of the flower blanket every inch of its landscaped splendour. At the city’s Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay fuses sleekly sculptured structures with natural beauty. Its space-age Supertrees are iconic images of the city, twinkling in kaleidoscopic colours come the evening for its nightly Garden Rhapsody music and light show. The equally eye-catching biodomes house floral displays mimicking the Mediterranean and the tropics.
As well as its green spaces filled with flora, Singapore has plenty of wildlife hotspots, too. The Rivers Wonders is a great place for families, with children fascinated with its array of animals, including manatees and monkeys, piranhas and pandas. Singapore Zoo combines spacious enclosures filled with wildlife like white tigers and baboons with gorgeously landscaped gardens bursting with eye-popping flora, while its sister park, the Night Safari, provides a unique after-dark experience where a combination of trams and walking trails afford close-up glimpses of wildlife. They’re brilliantly fun days out for both couples and families alike.
Singapore’s island of Sentosa Island is designed for fun. Across its entirety lies a world-class selection of theme parks and amusements, including the thrilling rides at Universal Studios, an enormous waterpark and a wealth of marine life at SEA Aquarium. Every square inch is covered with entertainment and you could easily lose at least a day or two here. Even the route into the island is fun, with the option of a cable car rewarding you with fine aerial views of both Singapore’s dramatic skyline and Sentosa itself. It’s ideal for children and kids at heart, with the island fringed with golden beaches and studded with cool bars.
The most famous cocktail in town, the Singapore Sling has garnered something akin to celebrity status in the 100 years or so it has been drunk. Created by Raffles Hotel barman Ngiam Tong Boon, having a glass of the gin-based cocktail has become a must-do experience while you’re on holiday in Singapore. Of course, the iconic place to sip a Sling is at the colonial-inspired hotel’s Long Bar.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended and Singapore is deemed to have a risk of the Zika virus. If you’re entering Singapore from a Yellow Fever zone, possession of a valid Yellow Fever inoculation certificate is required. For any current travel health advice, you should seek guidance from your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel. You would also need a Covid-19 vaccination card and a negative Covid-19 PCR test result not less than 72hours old.
The official currency of the country is Singapore is Singapore Dollar.
Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. Speak with your agent on how to get a visa.
The official languages spoken in the Singapore is Malay, Tamil, English, Mandarin Chinese, Singaporean Mandarin
Less than 100 miles from the Equator, Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year. Daily temperatures are consistent, staying around 27°C.
Though the thermometer stays the same, rainfall during Singapore’s year varies far more greatly. It experiences two rainy seasons, with the Northeast Monsoon occurring from November through to March, when temperatures start to dip (slightly). Showers can last for long periods of time, although most are only short and sharp.
The Southwest Monsoon is from June to September. Singapore's June and July are Singapore’s hottest and (oddly) driest months, with temperatures often around 30 °C. These months can get quite hazy, too, with prevailing winds bringing over smoke from yearly forest fires in Sumatra. Despite the increased threat of rain, June to August can be a good time to plan a holiday to Singapore, especially for lovers of cuisine and shopping, as the city’s annual Food Festival and Great Singapore Sale bring a buzz.
Rain can still fall during the rest of the year, but it’s often in the form of quick showers in the afternoon. On its hottest days, we’d recommend doing Singapore’s outdoor attractions either in the morning or late afternoon and taking refuge in the air-conditioned shopping malls during the midday sun.
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