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The multicultural population, colonial history, family-friendly theme parks, ancient rainforests and contemporary buzz are what make Singapore such a fascinating place to book a hotel. This ‘City in a Garden’ offers verdant rainforests just a short hop from the most cosmopolitan of city pleasures.
What’s more Singapore likes to make everything just so easy: there are thousands of things to do and every one of them is easily accessible. Live the high life, enjoy the night life and experience the wild life: that’s Singaporean style!
The Colonial District – At the very centre of Singapore city is the Raffles hotel, where enjoying a high tea is an absolute must. Surrounding the nearby colonial buildings, and the green recreation grounds of the Padang, are museums, galleries and other historic sights.
Orchard Road – If shopping is high on your agenda then this is the place to be. Here you will find designer clothes, tailor-made suits, sports equipment, electronics and antiques. After you’ve explored the malls you can rest your weary feet in the delightful Botanic Gardens.
Chinatown and Little India – Explore the Indian and Chinese heritage of Singapore in these districts and you will have your senses assaulted by the wonderful aromas and tastes of their cuisines. While you are here you can explore the temples and crafts of each culture – look out in particular for the silks and silversmiths of Little India.
Around the Island – A short trip outside the city will bring you to ancient rainforests bustling with monkeys and drongos, or it could drop you by wetlands that seethe with lobsters and giant lizards. There are bananas, papayas and jackfruit dripping from trees in this suddenly remote island paradise. You can mountain bike round sleepy Pulau Ubin, or enjoy the beach at Sentosa, but the delights of the city itself are never too far away!
The Colonial District, and its Raffles hotel, are just one side of the Singaporean story. A walking tour round Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter offers plenty of colourful sights and helps fill in some of the gaps. A trip out to the island of Pulau Ubin to explore hidden Thai temples will help you escape the crowds of the city. For natural sights there is a fascinating Zoological Gardens and Night Safari just outside the city itself, but venture a little further and you’ll find yourself in pristine forests with wildlife all around.
Singapore mixes urbane pleasures, such as shopping in Orchard Street or taking high tea in the Raffles, with rather more wild adventures, such as trips into the rainforest, visits to the wildlife reserves and even breakfast with the orangutans! There’s plenty for the family, with Legoland, Universal Studios, Madame Tussauds and zip line adventure parks. For those with rather more refined tastes there are food tours of all of Singapore’s mouthwatering cuisines: chilli-spiked crab, fragrant laksa, spicy rendang or sumptuous biryani are all there for the sampling.