Most of our Asia team have been to Singapore and have sampled the good and the bad of what this vibrant city has to offer. Be clear as to what you are after and they will deliver ideas and inspiration.
Why we like Singapore
Every now and again there is sheer delight in arriving somewhere which is spotlessly clean, where everything works and where the service, food and accommodation is simply impeccable. Such is Singapore. It can be used as a gateway to the East, as a stop-over en-route to Australasia or for rest and pampering after a journey through less perfect lands. What is there not to like?
What to expect on your Singapore holiday
The former British trading post and colony has carved a unique niche for itself over the past couple of centuries, nowadays offering a vivid combination of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own. Above all, however, it is spotlessly clean (chewing gum is banned!) but despite its rather sanitised reputation Singapore is anything but dull. The visitor is spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do: it boasts museums and river tours, plentiful green spaces, a vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural mix, and a whole planet's worth of culinary experiences.
Some ideas for a Singapore holiday
- The National Orchid Garden has the largest collection of orchids in the world.
- Changi Museum and chapel is a stark reminder of the Japanese occupation.
- Eat in Lau Pa Sat, the largest surviving Victorian filigree cast-iron structure in South East Asia. Built in Scotland and shipped to Singapore in 1894.
- For the shopping experience Orchard Road is the place to go.
- If you are not staying there, then a Singapore Sling at the bar in Raffle’s Hotel is a walk down colonial lane.