The city-state of Singapore is a true marvel of the modern world: a highly urbanised, cosmopolitan economic powerhouse where skyscrapers and high-tech infrastructure blends seamlessly with an interesting cultural mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Known as the Garden City due its extraordinary amount of parks and urban greenery, Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, welcoming well over 10 million international visitors each year.
Singapore might seem, at first glance, like an odd place to take children, but Singapore’s celebrated efficiency makes it remarkably easy to explore as a family. You will be amazed at the eclectic opportunities there are to discover. Marvel at spectacular animals at Singapore Zoo or take part in a Night Safari where a huge variety of nocturnal animals (from tigers to tarsiers) can be glimpsed! Enjoy the beauty of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, one of two urban rainforests worldwide, or why not take a trip to Sentosa Island, with luxurious resorts and theme parks dotted around the small tropical paradise?
For the culturally-minded, Singapore is home to an impressive range of museums (such as the Asian Civilisation Museum), while the areas of Chinatown, Little India, and the Arab Quarter pay homage to the city's roots, and play host to some of the city's best cultural sights, events and cuisine.
What to do with children in Singapore
Best time to visit Singapore
Singapore has a tropical climate, characterised by hot and humid weather all year round. Although rainfall is common throughout the year, the wettest months are between November and January. The best time to visit Singapore is during its festive seasons, the best of which is Chinese New Year (occurring at the end of January or beginning of February each year).