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These include Gardens by the Bay, a unique nature park and greening project with state-of-the-art glasshouses and sci-fi-like Supertrees – vertical gardens beautifully illuminated by night. Other green highlights of Singapore are its UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens (home to the National Orchid Garden), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, with a mangrove forest and rich biodiversity) and Jurong Lake Gardens (the national gardens, including Chinese and Japanese enclosures).
We also adore a leisurely amble around Chinatown, Singapore’s largest heritage neighbourhood, with its cultural treasures, architectural gems and hip haunts. Still home to the descendants of Singapore’s early Chinese settlers, its major sights are the Chinatown Heritage Centre and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. And don’t miss Little India, another absorbing enclave with brightly painted shophouses, colourful street art, temples and mosques.
As a tropical destination, Singapore is hot and humid all through the year, with just short bursts of (refreshing!) rainfall. It also has a huge array of exciting festivals and other events across the seasons, meaning there is always something fascinating to join in with whatever month you choose to visit.
Average Temperatures during Spring and Winter differ very little and range between 32°C and 30°C.
In Singapore you can treat yourself to some of the world's least-expensive Michelin-starred food from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (which has held a Michelin star since 2016)
Singapore is made up of 64 islands surrounding the main island, including the island-resort of Sentosa and beauty spots such as Pulau Ubin, St John's Island and Sister's Islands.
It is one of the greenest cities on Earth, with around 50% of its total land taken up by parks, gardens and nature reserves such as the Chek Jawa wetland reserve.
Visiting some of Singapore’s offshore islands is a delightful way to spend the day. For instance, hop aboard a ferry from Changi Point on the east coast to Pulau Ubin and be transported back to 1960s Singapore thanks to the last traditional remaining Kampung villages and the Chek Jawa wetland reserve with its cycle trails and footpaths.
Singapore’s fantastic nightlife also has to be experienced to be believed, whether your taste runs to sleek cocktail bars or characterful local water holes – or both. Don’t miss Jigger & Pony, which was no less than Best Bar in Asia on The World's 50 Best Bars 2022 list, and MO Bar, voted among Asia's 50 Best Bars 2022.
A Singapore River cruise by traditional bumboat lets you soak in the rustic charm of this historic waterway in the heart of the modern city – and with the emphasis on green power, as these boats now now have zero-CO2 electric engines. Embarkation points include the Raffles Landing Jetty and the Promenade Jetty (Marina Bay).
Universal Studios Singapore includes 18 attractions created or redesigned specifically for the country’s only movie-theme park. There’s something here for all ages: thrill-seekers particularly love the duelling Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon coasters that experience several near-misses during their aerial combat, with some riders seated and some suspended.
A private tour of Kampong Gelam and Little India will reveal to you ancient Malay and Islam influences in the form of the Sultan’s Royal Palace (Istana Kampong Glam) and Masjid Sultan (Sultan’s Mosque), Haji Lane with its Arab teahouses (and modern street art), and Tekka market with its local fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.
Wellness activities are Plentiful in Singapore and one of our favourites is taking an outdoor yoga class at Marina Bay. With the city skyline to gaze out at, the class will fly by. Alternatively, if you've tired yourself out exploring, head to Pablo Blau, Four Seasons Spa or Aramsa Garden Spa for some much-needed soothing.
Hawker centres are the best place to sample local food in all its multi-ethnic glory, including chicken rice, laksa (noodle soup with coconut broth), roti prata (flatbread flavoured with ghee) and nasi lemak (aromatic rice eaten with deep-fried fish or chicken wings).
Singapore’s gastronomic star also continues to rise, with 2022 witnessing a new record total of 52 Michelin-accoladed eateries – including Les Amis, Odette and Zen all with three stars apiece.
Indian, Chinese, Malay and Peranakan restaurants are the places to try fish-head curry, a unique-to-Singapore delicacy featuring the head of a red snapper in a rich spicy gravy, with vegetables such as okra and aubergine. It’s often brought to the table still bubbling in a clay pot.
Singapore’s seafood restaurants are best loved by many for their chilli crab, usually featuring sweet juicy mud crabs and served with mantou –fried or steamed buns for dipping into the sauce of tomatoes and chilli paste thickened with ribbons of beaten eggs.
One of the most popular dishes in Singapore is the modestly named chicken rice – a Hainanese dish of poached chicken served with fragrant rice, spicy chilli and ginger paste, found everywhere from hawker centres to high-end restaurants.