With its fusion of Asian cultures, world-class city vibe and hiking trails nestled within its green lungs, Singapore might be a small nation, but it packs a mighty punch.
Holidays in Singapore are different from anything you’re likely to experience elsewhere in the world. At the foot of Malaysia in Southeast Asia, it is both an island state and city all wrapped into one magnificent package. Giant skyscrapers, glorious gardens – and sometimes both at the same time – plus mouth-watering food, legendary nightlife, diverse neighbourhoods and even theme parks and beaches for the kids, it’s incredible how much can be found in one place.
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Most visitors, especially those travelling to Singapore for the first time, base themselves around Marina Bay. This is the part of the city you’ll recognise from guidebooks and tv programmes, with the beautiful Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay – a stunning city oasis – and the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, boasting the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool, naturally. While the pool is reserved exclusively for overnight guests, visitors can pop up to the Observation Deck for breath-taking views, or come back at night for Spectra, an incredible light and sound display which sees Marina Bay come alive with colour-change fountains, water projections, music and dancing every evening for 15 minutes.
Younger travellers and couples will also enjoy The Quays district for its lively nightlife scene, while the Colonial/Historic area marries museums and architectural masterpieces with the beautiful Fort Canning Park, perfect for keen runners or simply just to chill out for a while.
But the beauty of Singapore holidays lies in the fact they don’t have to be dominated by modern skyscrapers and tech-tastic attractions. Head to other neighbourhoods, such as Little India or Chinatown for something more rugged, with delightful food, a vibrant atmosphere and cheaper accommodation!
Meanwhile, travel out of town a little for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Southern Ridges, which provide a great opportunity for hiking among beautiful tropical landscapes and exploring some of the city’s stunning treetop jungle walkways.
The small island of Sentosa is perfect for family holidays in Singapore. The entertainment centre is home to beaches, theme parks including Universal Studios and SEA Aquarium, great restaurants and even a couple of golf courses if you need an escape from the kids!
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