Just off the southern tip of Malaysia sits the tiny republic of Singapore, a shimmering urban jewel of financial power.
Shiny skyscrapers, massive malls and a refreshingly efficient public transport system; on the surface Singapore seems cold and futuristic, but if you dig deeper you can reveal this nation’s true personality.
The 63 islands centre on Singapore Island itself, the largest and most travelled isle. Away from the urban jungle, the centre of the island has lush forests and sparkling reservoirs just waiting for be discovered. To the south sits the island of Sentosa, a popular tourist destination.
Singapore maintains a healthy balance between western modernity and traditional Asian values and street life. An exploration on ground level unveils a colourful infusion of religious and cultures, all living alongside one another in harmony. A short walk across downtown Singapore can make you feel as if you are country hopping. The cuisine in Singapore is a major selling point. An amalgamation of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian, you can find dishes here that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. As with other South East Asian countries, the street food scene is buzzing, and some of the best and most affordable food can be found at roadside stalls. The country’s position as a high-traffic, tax-free port spurred its evolution from a charmingly chaotic colonial city into a futuristic shrine to consumerism. The transition adds to the island’s intriguing character, as elegant temples and colonial buildings stand firm alongside rows upon rows of sky towers. Try not to just stay in the city – Singapore has its own share of beautiful scenery and wildlife, and the manageable jungle treks are great for both novice and seasoned adventurers. The north of the island also homes a popular zoo, wetland reserve and Bukit Brown, one of Singapore’s few remaining historic cemeteries.
12 hours 50 minutes
Best Time To Go
April to August