Guide to Singapore

The Lion City has many surprising sides.  It is traditional and charming, yet impressive and modern.  Throughout Singapore, urban sophistication is balanced with nature and character.  

The abundance of greenery amidst the forest of steel and glass structures lends Singapore the name of ‘Garden City.’  Due to its ecological efforts, Singapore has also been deemed the greenest city in Asia in recent years. 

Here you’ll find the Marine Life Park, one of the world’s biggest aquariums with an aquatic adventure haven, Water Cove Park where you can snorkel with sea creatures.

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay building is an architectural wonder and home to a flower garden and cloud forest, a vertical forest in the sky.  Another city oasis is the city’s national park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, filled with lakes, flowers and gardens and the elegant National Orchid Garden.

Although renowned for its modern architecture, sitting below Singapore’s stunning skyline of skyscrapers, you’ll find amongst the modern facets, delightful streets peppered with colourful temples and charming traditional stores. 

The vibrant Kampomg Glam district is the place for perusing the city’s traditional retail offerings, such as textiles and jewellery. This buzzing is home to some of Singapore’s more quirky restaurants, off-beat galleries and shops.  While here, you can visit one of the city’s most important mosques, the 19th-century Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan).

As one of the richest nations in the world, Singapore is a definitive luxury travel destination.  It is a shopper’s paradise with retail therapy for all tastes.  Orchard Road is the city’s main shopping precinct with some of best current shopping malls such as ION Orchard.  Here you can shop from the high street up to top-end flagship stores like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dior. 

You can also dine at international eateries in the mall’s food hall or at contemporary, upmarket ION Sky restaurant, over 200 metres above ground level with 360 degree views over the city.

As one of the top gastro-capitals of the world, Singapore is a foodie’s paradise, with hundreds of native and international eateries throughout.  Don’t leave the city without tasting the Singaporean chicken rice and chilli crab.  For fine dining, you are spoiled for choice, with many celebrity chef restaurants such as Waku Ghin at the glamorous Marina Bay Sands Hotel.  Here you can also indulge in stylish libations from a menu of over 85 bespoke cocktails.

Singapore offers leading some of the best bars in the East and slickest rooftop bars in the world.  Check out Helipad for high-altitude views over Singapore River and Clarke Quay.  Round off a day in the style of James Bond with a Singapore Sling cocktail at the eponymous Raffles Hotel

Expect the unexpected during a visit to this remarkable city.

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