27 March 2018
Singapore is a destination of arts and culture, mouthwatering cuisine, glittering modernity and old-world charm. A spectacular blend of incredible contemporary design and the natural world, this magical city has so many exciting places to visit.
Delve into its heart and explore the six wonders of Singapore. From Singapore Slings to treetop walks, these six ideas will fully immerse you in this spectacular destination.
Gardens by the Bay
Nestled in Marina South, the marvellous Gardens by the Bay contains more than 500,000 species of plants.
Covering almost 250 acres, this ginormous green space features garden artistry, a Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, children’s area and the breathtaking Supertree Grove. Created with 16 man-made “Supertrees” - towering purpose-built “trees” at between 25 and 50 metres tall - this vertical garden is connected in part by a suspended walkway, and there's a dazzling light and sound display in the evening.
Located towards the north of the city overlapping the central Civic District and Financial District, Marina Bay is home to sky-high architecture, a waterfront promenade, and the exquisite Gardens by the Bay.
Dine at one of the stylish restaurants or sip an artisan beer at the world’s highest microbrewery. Stroll the 3.5km promenade and marvel at the beautiful landscape, and don't make sure you explore the exhibitions at the astounding ArtScience Museum.
Head towards the south of the city and you’ll come across Sentosa Island, also known as the State of Fun.
Thrill seekers will be delighted with the theme parks and water parks here, and you can build sandcastles and dip your toes into the water on the 2-mile long beach.
In need of a little rest and relaxation after all the activity? Stop for a spot of lunch at one of the stylish restaurants on the waterfront, relax in a charming café as you watch the world go by or indulge in a pampering spa treatment.
From street food to fine dining, chilli crab to Mod-Sin, there are so many delicious tastes to try in Singapore – it really is a foodies’ paradise!
Taking inspiration from Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes, you’ll find lots of fusion cuisine especially as the latest generation of chefs have created “Mod-Sin” - cooking that adds a contemporary twist to local dishes.
The city is dotted with restaurants specialising in international cuisine and there's plenty of tantalising street food stalls, too. With so many mouthwatering bites on offer, expect long queues at street food stalls as people line up to tuck into their favourite dishes.
While you’re in Singapore, don’t forget to sample kaya toast, laksa, roti prata, Hainanese chicken rice and chilli crab. These are just a few of their most famous dishes!
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Built in 1887, the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore is an exquisite piece of architecture that epitomises Singapore’s colonial history. Glamorous, elegant and with past guests including Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham, this bright white building is utterly charming.
It’s a delightful place to stay but even if you aren’t a guest of the hotel, make sure you pop by for a Singapore Sling. The infamous cocktail was created here in the Long Bar.
Heritage and culture
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, with influences from its colonial heritage and history as a trading post adding to its rich tapestry. In the city, visitors will come across the Armenian Church, Singapore’s oldest Christian church, the Jamae Mosque (Masjid Chulia) which is nestled in Chinatown, the Buddhist Tooth Relic Temple, and the Fuk Tak Chi Museum, once a Chinese temple.
There are also many fascinating museums and galleries dedicated to Singapore’s dynamic culture. The National Gallery Singapore houses masterpieces from leading artists, the ArtScience Museum features world-class touring exhibitions, while the Asian Civilisations Museum is another fascinating place to discover.
Unique to Singapore is its Peranakan culture - “Peranakan” means “locally born” in Malay – and it’s a mix of traditions influenced by Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesian customs. Visit NUS Baba House, a beautifully restored heritage house to gain an insight into the Peranakan community.
You might also notice locals speaking Singlish, a mix of catchphrases with lots of English additions thrown in!