Stunning Aerial View of Singapore at Sunset

Singapore

A Vibrant City-state Where Diverse Cultures Merge Beautifully

A tiny island nation off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore has come a long way since its British Crown Colony days and establishment of an independent democratic nation in 1965. Today, the Republic of Singapore is the epitome of a modern-day Asian miracle, a cosmopolitan and affluent city-state enjoying one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Previously regarded as somewhat bland and sanitised, Singapore is anything but, as the millions of visitors who flock here can attest. The “Lion City” has truly roared back in style, cementing itself as one of Asia’s hottest destinations. 

Despite its compact size, this visually striking city is a surprising spectrum of contrasts, where east and west and modernity and tradition effortlessly merge. Gleaming skyscrapers and architectural masterpieces towering over ancient temples and colonial landmarks showcase the relentless development. One of Asia’s most ethnically diverse cities, Singapore reveals a melting pot of cultures, inherited from the Chinese, Malay, Arab and Indian immigrant population. Cultural legacies abound in a charming network of ethnic heritage quarters, with Chinatown and Little India taking starring roles. Other notable enclaves cover dazzling Marina Bay, home to many waterfront modern attractions, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, both pulsating nightlife hotspots set along the historic Singapore River. Despite intense urbanisation, Singapore is one of the planet’s greenest metropolises. Known as the “Garden City”, nearly half the land area is covered with lush green spaces. Beyond the central core, walking trails, goat farms, wetland reserves and beaches are waiting to be discovered, besides 60 smaller offshore islands including the largest, Sentosa, dubbed Singapore’s “State of Fun”.

WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT

  • Eating is a national past-time and this world-renowned foodies paradise caters to all tastes, from Michelin-starred restaurants and heritage refined dining to authentic hawker centres and multi-ethnic fare
  • A tropical “City in a Garden,” Singapore is dotted with parks and green spaces that include Gardens by the Bay and Heritage-listed Botanic Gardens – even skyscrapers shrouded in vertical gardens
  • One of the world’s safest, cleanest and most visitor-friendly cities, Singapore boasts an efficient and extensive public transport system, making it super-easy to get around
  • A heap of exciting world-class attractions, activities and festivities available 24/7 within a compact area means there is a never-ending supply of things to see and do for everyone
  • Each of Singapore’s vibrant ethnic quarters, especially Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India, offer unique historical, cultural and culinary insight and experiences
Country Facts
Capital City Singapore
Time Zone GMT +8
International Dial Code +65
Currency Singapore Dollar
Population 5.8 million
Religion Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity
Within Easy Reach Of...
Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) is one of the world’s busiest and best-connected airports, handling over 100 airlines flying to some 400 cities and an award-winning class attraction in its own right. It is also possible to enter southwest Malaysia and destinations further north by car and train
Hanoi, Vietnam 3hrs 40mins
Bangkok, Thailand 2hrs 30mins
Denpasar/Bali, Indonesia 2hrs 35mins
Hong Kong SAR 3hrs 50mins

When To Go

Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).
Weather Summary
As Singapore is situated 1.5 degrees north of the equator, the weather is generally sunny, warm and humid year-round. With average temperatures ranging from 25ºC to 33ºC (76ºF to 92ºF), there is normally little variation from month to month and day to day. Singapore’s tropical climate is divided into two monsoon seasons, the Northeast Monsoon (December to early March) and Southwest Monsoon (June to September).

Suggested Singapore Itineraries

Explore our Singapore sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.

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Authentic Tastes of Singapore & Malaysia

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Ultimate Island Romance in Singapore & Indonesia

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Singapore Tailored Experiences

Select from our exciting range of handcrafted tailored experiences to include in your customised journey.

  • The Living Legacy of Tiong Bahru

    The Pinnacle @ Duxton features the world’s two longest skybridge gardens and its seven interlinked towers rank as the world’s tallest public residential buildings. Enjoy spectacular city views from the 50th-storey skybridge and this impressive public housing project. Then head to nearby Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates. Founded in the 1920s this quaint neighbourhood is a living legacy of mass urban public housing established by the British colonials. Today, Tiong Bahru presents an intriguing mix of old and new, with definitive architecture and iconic landmarks still standing. It has also garnered a reputation as a hip neighbourhood, popular with younger Singaporeans for its authentic local-style eateries and cafés, street art and old-school nostalgia. Operating since 1955, Tiong Bahru Market boasts some of Singapore’s finest hawker stalls, serving traditional local specialities, the likes of Chwee Kueh and Prawn Noodles – there is even a Michelin Bib Gourmand chicken rice stall! Tiong Bahru is also renowned for its old-fashioned cakes. Pop into fourth-generation bakery, Galicier Pastry and sample Nyonya Kuehs and other delicious local favourites.

    Duration: 3.5 hrs

  • Follow the Heritage Peranakan Trail

    Peranakans are Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage. Join us on a memorable exploration of the Babas (gentlemen) and Nyonyas (ladies) distinctive heritage and traditions, amid some of Singapore’s Peranakan neighbourhoods.  First, take a stroll through Fort Canning Park Spice Garden, which rests on the original site of Singapore’s first Botanic Gardens. Here, discover the typical vegetables, spices and herbs that take pride of place in traditional Peranakan Nyonya cooking.

    Continue on to eastern Singapore and vibrant Joo Chiat / Katong, one of the city-state’s most storied neighbourhoods and where the Peranakan legacy is at its most prominent. As a former Peranakan strong-hold, much of Joo Chiat / Katong’s charm stems from the colourful heritage shophouses that showcase distinctive Chinese baroque architecture. Another rich heirloom is the authentic Nyonya cuisine. This iconic neighbourhood is the perfect place to sample typical Peranakan delicacies. Proceed to the upper floors of a shophouse, where a fascinating display of traditional Peranakan costumes, handicrafts and more, lends further cultural insight.   

    Our final stop is Emerald Hill, a picture-perfect conservation enclave, located off celebrated Orchard Road, in downtown Singapore. These charming sloping streets were formerly the residence of much of the city-state’s wealthy Peranakan folk.  Again, many of the beautifully preserved, century-old terraced houses, shrouded by fragrant Frangipani trees, display typical Baroque architectural traits.

    Duration: 3.5 hrs

  • Go Wild at Singapore Zoo and River Safari

    Experience Singapore’s wild side and get inspired by nature, at two award-winning natural attractions. First stop, Singapore Zoo, one of the planet’s most beautiful wildlife park settings. Here, more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species roam free in 26ha (64ac) of open-concept, natural rainforest environment. With more than 34 percent of its animals ranked as endangered, Singapore Zoo retains a strong international reputation for its conservation initiatives. Whether exploring by tram or on foot, experience a series of authentically designed, globally-themed wildlife habitats, which include animal feeding sessions and up-close encounters within walk-through zones. Start your visit and amazing day out with a unique dining experience, “Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife”, in the company of the zoo’s iconic residents, the Orangutan. Set within a free-form natural habitat, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with an entire family of adorable Orangutans.

    Continue your wild adventure at the River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, home to 400 plant species and over 7,500 aquatic and terrestrial animals. Embark on an exploratory river adventure through eight globally themed habitats, some, home to endangered species. Meet giant pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai, at a climate-controlled exhibit along the Yangtze River zone. Stroll through Squirrel Monkey Forest and stop by the Flooded Amazon Forest to marvel at the thriving riverine life.

    Duration: 8 hrs

  • A Taste of Singapore’s Heritage Cuisine

    Dishing-up an authentic melting pot of flavours, Singapore’s unique cultural diversity is reflected in its exceptional local cuisines – mainly Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan (Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage). Head to Geylang Serai, one of Singapore’s oldest Malay neighbourhoods and nowadays, renowned as a foodie haven for its wonderful local cuisine. It is also home to one of Singapore’s biggest wet markets, which stands at the heart of the local Malay community. Geylang Serai Market is also noteworthy for its traditional Malay and Indian fare. At the upper level food court, sample beloved favourites such as Roti Prata and Thosai, washed down with a frothy glass of Teh Tarik (“pulled tea”). Continue to Joo Chiat / Katong, one of Singapore’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Much of the charming Peranakan heritage and culture is still evident today and so too, the authentic Babas and Nyonya dishes. For Singaporeans, Joo Chiat/Katong is regarded as the original home to world-famous Laksa, besides Ondeh-ondeh and other Peranakan delicacies. Spot the local popiah masters at work, standing over hot griddles twirling dough mid-air, creating paper-thin wrappers for the sought-after popiahs (stuffed crepes).

    Duration: 3.5 hrs

  • In the Footsteps of Singapore’s Colonial Past

    Our heritage journey commences along the historic Singapore River. From its origins as an obscure fishing village to a thriving colonial-era trading port, the history of the Lion City is intrinsically linked to this river. Nowadays, the Singapore river is fronted with grand colonial buildings and restored warehouses boasting chic quayside dining and entertainment venues – sharply contrasting with the backdrop of skyscrapers. Amidst this historical legacy, we arrive at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, positioned at the mouth of the Singapore River. Built 1928 on the original site of a fortress, the Fullerton Building stands as a magnificent neoclassical landmark that for near-on a century, played a pivotal role in bygone times. This beautifully restored property was the former home to Singapore’s first General Post Office, the Exchange Room and prestigious Singapore Club. Now Singapore’s 71st National Monument, the Fullerton Building has also been transformed into a 400-room, heritage five-star hotel. Indulge in a traditional ritual of High Tea in the sun-lit atrium of The Courtyard. Afterwards, mail a postcard home via the British-style, red pillar postbox within The Fullerton Heritage Gallery. Conclude your fascinating heritage trail on a “bumboat” (water taxi) along the Singapore River, cruising past the historic waterfront and its iconic sights.

    Duration: 3.5 hrs

  • Morning Walking Tour and Market Discoveries

    Go local, with a guided walking tour through one of Singapore’s local wet markets, where fresh goods such as meats, poultry and produce are sold. The term “wet market” actually derives from stall vendors washing down the floors with water after rinsing fruit and vegetables and keeping fish and seafood alive. Starting bright and early, Singapore’s wet markets afford a marvellous opportunity to experience old-fashioned commerce, in sharp contrast to modern-day, glitzy shopping malls. Strolling around the wet market, simply soak-up the colourful sights, lively sounds and pungent aromas. Your guide will point out items of note, such as exotic spices and local delicacies including black chicken.

    Continue on foot to the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore’s largest hawker centre, where hundreds of food stalls dish-up authentic local fare. This renowned food centre is also home to the world’s most affordable Michelin-starred meal, at Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall. Enjoy a local-style breakfast before strolling over to a traditional Chinese heritage shop, frequented by locals for medicinal herbs, tonics and even, tea-time pastries. Conclude this memorable morning walking tour on a sweet note, sampling local desserts.

    Duration: 3 hrs

Hotels We Recommend

Explore a selection of our hotel offerings to complete your customised journey. The number of hotels and resorts throughout Southeast Asia are extensive and varied. Please contact us for more accommodation options.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Singapore

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Romance

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Singapore

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Groups

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Singapore

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Groups

SO / Sofitel Singapore

Singapore

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, Groups

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