Sizzle and spice, sweaty days and a Singapore Sling. This is a guaranteed trifecta when you visit this island equatorial nation.
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, a glorious mishmash of flavours and luscious green ecosystems intertwined with cutting-edge design. It’s a place where you’ll spend your day ducking in and out of air-conditioned shops and slurp noodles next to strangers, delight in floral wanders in the UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens and then let your hair down in the evenings, Crazy Rich Asians style.
If food is your weakness, then loosen a belt notch. In Singapore, Michelin fame lies in the hawker stalls, usually found at one of the food centres dotted around the city. With no dress code or hefty price tag, the focus is solely on the food. Satay, laksa, pork noodles, chicken rice – your wallet will be beaming and your waistline will forgive you. Here are 7 hawker stalls and dishes you simply cannot miss.
Thanks to the efficiency of Singapore’s world renowned public transport system, you can whizz across the city to see how different religions and ethnic communities live harmoniously side-by-side. Spend a morning admiring the candy-coloured Peranakan Houses and munching on nyonya cakes in the east before scooting back to the west to experience the thrum and the heat of Little India. Come nighttime, wander aimlessly through the nostalgic streets of Chinatown where old colonial structures house gentrified pizza shops and cocktail bars.
The recently opened Jewel at Changi Airport is a mini adventure in itself and certainly an unmissable highlight of any Singapore visit or layover. Twirl underneath the vortex waterfall, dine in swish restaurants and browse high-street labels in cool comfort.
But the ultimate showstopper and number one attraction in Singapore is of course, Gardens by the Bay. Since 2012, the award-winning horticultural attraction has welcomed millions of visitors, showcasing the plant kingdom in an entertaining and educational way. Make sure to witness the splendour of the Supertree Grove by day and particularly by night, to see the supertrees lit up in all its Avatar glory.
Singapore is undoubtedly one of Asia’s hit-list destinations. The question is – can you handle the heat?
Top Experiences in Singapore
1. Explore Gardens By The Bay
Singapore’s number #1 attraction is a show-stopping horticultural masterpiece, shining light on plant species from all over the world.
2. Admire everything at Jewel Changi Airport
The latest architectural wonder in Singapore, you could spend an entire day exploring Jewel Changi. The vortex waterfall is not to be missed.
3. Eat at a Michelin Guide hawker stall
The one place in the world where Michelin recognition comes without a hefty price tag. We recommend a gluttonous approach.
4. Learn about Peranakan culture
A sub-ethnic group said to have arrived in Singapore in 1819, the Peranakan influence remains strong. Make sure to taste nyonya cakes.
5. Take a day trip to Sentosa Island
To keep the little ones entertained, and the big ones too, head out for a day of rollercoasters, comedy shows and cartoons galore.
Before You Go To Singapore...
Having invested heavily in its infrastructure and tourism in the last two decades, Singapore is no longer just a layover. The country has become a hot ticket Asian destination – and not only because of its proximity to the equator. Pack your cottons and your linens and get ready to visit Singapore.
Planning Your Trip To Singapore
What is the official language of Singapore? What is Singapore’s currency? What is the best way to travel around Singapore? Here’s a quick snapshot to help plan your trip to Singapore.
English, Malay, Mandarin & Tamil
Singaporean Dollars (SGD)
Free in shopping malls and some restaurants
Metro, buses, Grab rideshare, taxis
Singapore operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz frequency. Plug type G.
Best Time To Go To Singapore
Given its proximity to the equator, expect the climate in Singapore to mostly be on the warm side all year round. If you decide to visit in the wet season, pack a poncho or look out for umbrellas usually supplied by your accommodation.
November – February. Peak holiday season which leads into Chinese (Lunar) New Year. This is also monsoon season.
March – July. Fewer public holidays means fewer closures. There is also less rain in these months.
August – October. Except for mid-September during the Singapore Grand Prix. Moderate temperatures.
Sound Like A Local
Singapore has four official languages listed in its constitution: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. While in the country, you may also hear colloquial Singaporean English, better known as Singlish. The English-based creole language is a blend of Singaporean slang and English.
The below phrases are in Malay.
YES / NO
iya / tidak
ONE, TWO, THREE
satu, dua, tiga