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A melting pot of cultures

Singapore has long been a popular stopover destination for travellers. But there is so much to this destination that requires spending more than a few days here. After the majority of its forested areas were destroyed, Singapore’s government has been striving to turn 10% of the country into parks and green spaces. Jump on a ferry to explore some of the islands - Coney Island and Pulau Ubin are our picks for nature lovers. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is also well worth a visit if you’re looking for a nature escape closer to the city, along with the iconic Gardens by the Bay. At Bukit Timah Nature Reserve you can hike up Singapore’s tallest hill for views of the surrounding rainforest.

Lovers of art, history and culture will also find plenty to occupy themselves with in Singapore. There’s the National Museum of Singapore, the National Gallery, and the ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands®. Hit the streets to discover intriguing neighbourhoods filled with street art, splendid mosques, synagogues, churches and Indian temples, colourful markets and beautifully preserved shophouses. Singaporeans also love their food, and there are so many culinary delights to sample here, from hawker food centres to Michelin-starred restaurants. Ask our expert travel consultants for their top foodie recommendations. 

Before you leave Singapore, make sure you check out the Jewel at Changi Airport. Walk along the Canopy Bridge, stroll along the garden trails in Canopy Park (while the kid play in the mazes and bouncing nets) and immerse yourself in a world of interactive digital discovery at the Changi Experience Studio.

Things you should know about Singapore

Singapore has four official languages: Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and English.

The name Singapore comes from the Sanskrit word for “lion city”, and is the reason you’ll see a lion in the country’s coat of arms.

Some restaurants in Singapore will add a 10% “service charge” to your bill. This isn’t the same as a tip, and you will need to pay it. 

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Travel through Singapore on a Trishaw, its entertaining, informative, and finishes in china town where some of the best culinary experiences are found.
Lisa Roebuck
World Travellers New Plymouth

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