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Singapore

A paradise of multiculturalism and cuisine, Singapore is a blend of East and West, old and new, natural and man-made and, above all, food and drinks

Singapore’s diversity ensures that its dining options are second to none. Demand and heightened tastes and expectations have given rise to myriad choices, ranging from hawker fare to fine dining. Visitors can pair their activities with explorations of the Singapore’s foodie trails to experience the city-state’s cultural melting pot. Singapore is a well-connected city so visitors can range far and wide without any concern that they’ll end up stranded. Pair your trips to world-class landmarks like Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa with chow-downs in the ethnic precincts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India.

To enjoy the lush greenery for which the Garden City is known, head to the northern tip of the island. Explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – where you may cross paths with monitor lizards and migratory birds – and seek out farms and organic restaurants in the nearby Kranji countryside.

When to go

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate. The monsoon season runs from December to March and the hottest months are from April to July. There’s little variation in temperature, but the city experiences different types of precipitation throughout the year.

There are many free-for-all traditional festivals on the Singapore events calendar. Admire the Chinese New Year lantern displays at the River Hongbao carnival, observe the colourful Hindu procession, Thaipusam and watch Kampong Glam come alive during Hari Raya Haji. There are also a number of world-class events to choose from. These include the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix and the dusk-to-dawn dance-music festival that is ZoukOut.

Flying with Jetstar

Singapore is Jetstar’s Asian hub, with a daily total of more than 100 flights arriving or departing. Jetstar connects passengers to a wide range of Asian cities, including Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong and Osaka.

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Getting around

Singapore has a high-frequency bus and train network covering a near-comprehensive range of routes. The Singapore Tourist Pass facilitates affordable, unlimited travel on bus and train services – the pass is available in one-, two-, or three-day options.

Airport information

CBD 20km

Travel time 20 minutes

Taxi Approx S$22

Bus Board bus 36 at Changi Airport Passengers Terminal 2 to city centre. The bus departs every 7-10 minutes; fare is S$1.80 (adult), S$0.60 (child). The journey takes an hour.

Train Runs every 5-10 minutes, fare is S$1.75 (adult), S$0.60 (child). The journey to the city centre takes 50 minutes.

Things to do

Tree nocturnes

Take a trip to the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo. This award-winning park encompasses seven zones that visitors can experience via a guided tram ride. Marvel at the indoor exhibits and hit the walking trails to experience the nighttime world of over 1,000 safari animals.

Higher power

The 25m-high TreeTop Walk – a free-standing suspension bridge – is the towering highlight of MacRitchie Nature Reserve. The walk, which is suitable for people of all ages, stretches for 250m and offers a panoramic view of the forest canopy.

Estate of the art

Just 10 minutes by car from Orchard Road, Singapore’s oldest housing estate retains its old-school flavour thanks to the presence of hip boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Follow the well-kept residential walkways and wander into the area’s speciality shops. Seek out Plain Vanilla Bakery for bespoke cupcakes, Abe’s Diner for casual ,home-style Japanese and European cuisine and Ting Heng Seafood Restaurant for the quintessential zi char (Singaporean stir-fry) and steamboat meal.

Dine and panache

Top eateries Restaurant Ember and Restaurant André are located in the heritage district bounded by Keong Saik Rd and Bukit Pasoh Rd. For quality, casual dining, try Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong and The House of Robert Timms. And for local favourites, Old Airport Road Food Centre and Chomp Chomp Food Centre are the places to go.

Past time

Hit the museum trail and make stops at the Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. The 3-Day Museum Pass grants you unlimited access to these local landmarks (individual: S$20; family of five or fewer: S$50).

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