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Singapore travel guide

Food is sure to be a highlight of your time in Singapore, with the melting pot of cultures no more apparent than in its vast array of delicious cuisine. From sensational street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, the answer to ‘What to eat in Singapore?’ is to simply try as much as you can! The slick MRT can zip you around the city in minutes, giving you every opportunity to visit museums, Gardens by the Bay, Orchard Road shopping precinct, the Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Flyer and more.Explore our Singapore travel guide and discover how to make the most of your time in this bustling metropolis. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have all sorts of suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel, where to stay, getting around and more. We even have an in-depth guide to Singapore’s esteemed Changi Airport.

Where to stay

Having trouble deciding where to stay in Singapore? Start by considering what you’re most hoping to get from your holiday. If you’re due for an indulgent shopping spree, staying near Orchard Road makes sense. Alternatively, if classic touristy activities are what you’re seeking, lean towards the resorts of Sentosa Island.The best areas to stay in Singapore also include Chinatown and Little India – perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the Chinese or Indian aspects of Singapore’s culture (and cuisine!). Of course, if you have the budget for it, the iconic Marina Bay Sands is hard to...

Things to do

There are more things to do in Singapore than the city’s compact size would suggest. Join the animals enjoying the warm weather at Singapore Zoo, or head into the air-conditioned comfort of Orchard Road’s endless shopping centres. Your next exciting activity is never far away in Singapore, and neither is your next delicious meal – don’t miss your chance to sample the world-famous hawker centres which offer a large variety of cooked foods across many stalls.

Travel tips

Travelling overseas can always be a little stressful at first, but these Singapore travel tips will help you arrive feeling confident and ready to have a great time. First, some good news: compared to other destinations in Asia, Singapore’s culture is easier to navigate. English is one of the four official languages, the city is very clean and modern, and Western-style food is readily available in most areas. These factors make this city a fantastic destination if this is your first holiday in Asia.

Getting Around

Getting from place to place is easy and quick thanks to the efficiency of Singapore transport and the intelligent layout of the city. Plentiful taxis provide a direct and affordable route to wherever you want to go next. Alternatively, the city’s colour-coded, five-line rail system and buses mean you can enjoy getting around Singapore like a local.If you can cope with the heat and humidity, walking is often a decent option, depending on where you’re headed. To get further on your own steam, consider hiring a bike and pedalling your way through Singapore.

Where to eat

A likely highlight of your holiday, Singapore food and drink is a delicious reflection of the cultures that call this city home. Dine in style along the river at Clarke Quay, treat your taste buds in Chinatown and Little India, or immerse your senses in Singapore’s world-famous hawker centres.If there was ever a perfect place to try a new cuisine every day, Singapore is that place. Feast on spicy Malaysian specialties one day and chow down on Indian curries the next. When you need a taste of home you’ll find plenty of familiar food too – grab a coffee and breakfast at Toast Box, one of...

Shopping

When you’re on holiday in Singapore, shopping is basically non-negotiable. The city is famous for its eclectic range of shopping experiences – from the commercial stores of Orchard Road that stretch into the horizon to the quirky boutiques of Haji Lane. Beyond Orchard Road, Singapore’s suburbs also offer a bounty of shopping complexes. A comprehensive shopping tour of the city would include Bugis Junction, JCube, Marina Square, Suntec City, and VivoCity, which is connected to Sentosa Island by monorail. Don’t know what to buy in Singapore? The many, many Singapore shopping centres will...

Best time to travel

The weather in Singapore is perpetually hot and humid. The island is very close to the equator, which means it doesn’t experience four distinct seasons like Australia does. Rather, it goes through a ‘dry’ season (March to August) and a ‘wet’ season (September to February). Despite the wet/dry titles, you can actually expect some Singapore rainfall any day of the year – most often in the late afternoon.Many people consider late February to early April the best time to travel to Singapore. By visiting in these months, you’ll miss the heaviest rains of November, December, and January. You also...

Parks

There’s good reason why this place is sometimes referred to as the ‘Garden City’ – Singapore parks and gardens are both beautiful and plentiful. Despite having one of the highest population densities in the world, Singapore maintains a healthy number of green spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy. From the majestic Singapore Botanic Gardens overflowing with floral life to the humble peace and quiet of neighbourhood parks, there are countless places you can go in the city to enjoy unspoilt nature. In particular, the Gardens by the Bay in Marina Bay are a horticultural masterpiece not...