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Everyone loves a bargain, and while many of Singapore’s world-class museums are worth the full admission fee, with a little planning you can save on regular prices or even get in for ... Read more about Guide to Singapore museum discounts .
The National Museum of Singapore is housed in a beautiful 1887-built building (the former Raffles library and museum) and offers an array of galleries celebrating Singapore’s history and culture. Singapore is home to oodles of museums, but thanks to informative displays, a range of exhibitions and a lovely gift shop and choice of restaurants, this is one to include on your essentials ... Read more about National Museum of Singapore .
Singapore is awash in museums, so it can be difficult to determine just which ones are really worth your time if you’re here on a quick trip. Among them all there is one museum a step above the rest: the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) near Boat Quay in the heart of central ... Read more about Asian Civilisations Museum .
Despite its somewhat out of the way location, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a fabulously presented and diverse museum well worth the half-day of your time you’ll probably need to get the most out of it. The museum dates back to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles’ times and is located within the grounds of the National University of Singapore. It’s part public display, part research ... Read more about Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum .
A sister to the Asian Civilisations Museum, The Peranakan Museum is set in a gorgeous three-storey building on Armenian Street and is well deserving of an hour or two of your time. You’ll find it at the base of Fort Canning Park and just a short walk from the National ... Read more about Peranakan Museum .
Get a crash course in the kebaya, keris and everything else Malay at the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore’s historic Kampong Glam neighbourhood. This museum was totally overhauled a few years ago and is bigger and better than ever ... Read more about Malay Heritage Centre .
Singapore's infamous Changi POW Prison was demolished long ago, but this museum and replica of the prison chapel serve as a reminder of the suffering during World War II and the Japanese occupation. The u-shaped museum may be small but it does an outstanding job taking visitors through the effect World War II had on Singapore, While many museums tend to focus on the British and other allied ... Read more about The Changi Museum & Chapel .
Revamped and reopened in January 2016, Chinatown Heritage Centre is an excellent interactive museum well worth a couple of hours of your Singapore stopover. ... Read more about Chinatown Heritage Centre .
If you’re curious how a backwater trading post blossoms into a high-tech metropolis of more than 5 million people, you can get some insights at the URA Gallery. With so many people in so little space, every detail of Singapore’s growth needs to be carefully planned and the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) are the people who do ... Read more about URA Singapore City Gallery .
Singapore's largest university has a diverse collection of more than 7,000 pieces of Asian art and artefacts. The Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian collections can be seen at the main campus in a traditional museum set-up with informative signs, but the Straits Chinese antiques are housed in the Baba House, a restored Peranakan mansion in the Tanjong Pagar conservation district, which is ... Read more about NUS Museum .
A part of the Marina Bay Sands organisation, Singapore's ArtScience Museum seeks to explore the relationship between the seemingly contrary realms of art and science. Designed by Moshie Safdie, the unmissable design resembles two hands held palms upwards with the fingers jutting towards the sky. Each fingertip has a skylight which is used to illuminate the interior. Within the museum there are ... Read more about ArtScience Museum .
The Istana (palace in Malay) is the official residence of Singapore’s president, located at the very end of Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road behind a large white gate flanked by sentries. The building was completed in 1869 and originally served to house the governors in the British colonial ... Read more about The Istana .
When you were a kid, how did you treat your toys? Did you tear into a new toy and play until it broke, or were you the type who kept your favourites in mint condition with the original box? The Founder of the Mint Museum, Singaporean Chang Yang Fa, was definitely the latter and his collection of more than 50,000 toys has been turned into one of the city’s best niche ... Read more about Mint Museum of Toys .
A museum showcasing luggage, iPod stereos, and thermal underwear? The Red Dot Design Museum’s collection may seem oddly mundane, but if you’re familiar with the award of the same name it makes a lot more ... Read more about Red Dot Design Museum .
Singapore’s Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is a lot more fun than the name suggests, with antique fire engines and the opportunity to stick your arm into a hazmat (hazardous material) suit. It’s the perfect place to take aspiring firefighters and admission is ... Read more about Civil Defence Heritage Gallery .
If you don’t know a lot about modern Asian history, and think Singapore is all about British colonialism, this excellent small museum is sure to enlighten you. Dr Sun Yat Sen was the key revolutionary figure in overthrowing feudal China and is regarded as the founding father of the modern People’s Republic of China. Dr Sun spent time in Singapore working for the revolutionary cause, based in ... Read more about Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall .
Tucked away on a peaceful hill off Singapore’s Pasir Panjang is a stately restored colonial bungalow housing World War II exhibit titled Reflections at Bukit ... Read more about Reflections at Bukit Chandu .
The multi-tiered Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of Singapore's most important religious sites and is a must-see on any walk around Chinatown. But there's more to it than the impressive exterior; head inside to experience the chanting monks, museum of Buddhist art and peaceful rooftop ... Read more about Buddha Tooth Relic Temple .
One of the oldest standing temples in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng is an important Hokkien temple honouring Ma Zu Po, the Chinese goddess of the sea who is believed to protect seafarers and ... Read more about Thian Hock Keng Temple .
Visit Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple to see the role that religion plays in the daily lives of Singapore’s Chinese ... Read more about Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple .
If this temple reminds you of Bangkok you're not imagining things — it was founded by a Thai monk. The monk, Vutthisara, arrived in Singapore in 1927 and built a small shack housing a Buddha image on Racecourse Road. The shack quickly grew in popularity and after funds were garnered from local philanthropists Aw Boon How and Aw Boon Par, the present day temple was built. The highlight of the ... Read more about Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple .
Surrounded by bankers’ skyscrapers, this Taoist temple dating back to 1850 is a well preserved relic in the middle of Singapore’s central business district down behind Boat ... Read more about Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple (Yueh Hai Ching Temple) .
Despite its location in Little India, Leong San is a Chinese Taoist temple. It was established in 1913 by a monk who travelled to Singapore with little more than a statue of the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Im. Chuan Wu heralded from Fujian province in China and upon arriving in Singapore in 1913 he set about setting up a centre for serving the sick with what was initially just a gaggle of huts. ... Read more about Leong San Temple .
Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore — its roots can be traced back to 1827 when it was the only Hindu temple in the city and its priests had the authority to officiate over Hindu ... Read more about Sri Mariamman Temple .
Slip off your shoes if you want to enter this South Indian testament to Singapore’s religious harmony, set near a turn on the pedestrian section of Waterloo St in downtown ... Read more about Sri Krishnan Temple .
The temple's origins date back to 1859 and it is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the six-faced patron god of India's Tamil Nadu state. Every year around January or February the temple acts as the end point for the dramatic Thaipusam festival, a procession of people who pierce their bodies and carry spiked metal cages to show their devotion to Lord Murugan. On most days the temple is less bloody and it ... Read more about Chettiar Temple .
In many religions women are considered to be the gentler sex. To see why this definitely isn’t the case in Hinduism, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, which is dedicated the fierce goddess ... Read more about Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple .
This Hindu temple in the heart of Little India dates back to 1855 but had a much humbler appearance before the five-tier Gorupam roof was added in the 1960s. If you look carefully at the carvings you'll see many representations of Vishnu, the preserver of the universe and god the temple is dedicated to, plus his female consort Lakshmi and eagle sidekick Garuda. This temple is the starting ... Read more about Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple .
Opened in November 2015, Singapore’s National Gallery joins the ranks of the Asian Civilisations Museum and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum as absolute must-sees in the city state. Boasting a growing art scene and spectacular architecture matched by the impressive views from the rooftop, the museum is well worth a few hours of your ... Read more about National Gallery .
Considering that Singapore is not known for its creativity and free-thinking, the avant-garde paintings, photography and sculptures by local artists at the Singapore Art Museum may surprise you. Set on Bras Basah Road, the building was originally the home of the St Joseph's Institution -- a missionary school that was founded by the French in 1852. It grew over the years and remained as a ... Read more about Singapore Art Museum .
Singapore’s National Design Centre (NDC) is a hub for all things design in Singapore. Essentially a space for design businesses, the rotating exhibitions will be of interest to design-savvy travellers (check if there’s anything on first). The handy location in the Bugis and Bras Basah area occupies the restored art deco premises of the former St Anthony’s Convent. Aside from the ... Read more about National Design Centre .
Even if religious sights are usually the last thing on your itinerary, you'll definitely notice St Andrew's Cathedral beside City Hall SMRT, with its steeple so high it just about contributes to the ... Read more about St Andrew's Cathedral .
Singapore's oldest church, the small, white Armenian Church was built way back when in 1835, making it not just the oldest church in Singapore but one of the city's oldest still standing buildings. At the time of the construction, Singapore was home to just 12 Armenians, but with funds raised from Armenian communities in India and Java -- along with European and Chinese residents of Singapore ... Read more about Armenian Church .
An iconic landmark in historic Kampong Glam, golden-domed Sultan Mosque is the centrepiece of Singapore’s Muslim community. If you’ve never been inside a mosque before, Sultan Mosque is very welcoming, with friendly guides on hand to greet non-Muslims and answer any questions you may ... Read more about Sultan Mosque (Masjid Sultan) .
Unusually named after a woman, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque is an interesting small historical mosque in Kampong Glam, the Malay heritage area of ... Read more about Hajjah Fatimah Mosque .
Half-lion, half-fish, the Merlion is the trademarked mascot of Singapore. No, this absurd creature isn’t from a local myth or children’s story; it was dreamed up by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 to use as their logo. The fish body represents Singapore’s long history as a port and the lion head is a reference to the city’s name – Singa Pura (Lion City). In spite of the extreme ... Read more about Merlion Park .
Feel on top of the world, or at least on top of Singapore, with views from one of the world’s largest cantilevered platforms. The SkyPark, an open-air wooden observation deck, perches on the rooftop 57 levels above the city and offers unobstructed 360º views of Singapore’s skyline as it overhangs the triple towers of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. ... Read more about Marina Bay Sands Skypark .
While exploring Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood it’s impossible not to notice the massive Pinnacle @ Duxton looming in the distance. This is the world’s tallest public housing building and its 50th storey observation skybridge is open to the public. With an entry cost of just S$5, you can think of it as a poor man’s Marina Bay ... Read more about The Pinnacle @ Duxton Skybridge .
Singapore isn’t called “the garden city” for nothing – you’ll find a shady green refuge in nearly every neighbourhood. Here’s a rundown of our favourite public parks offering everything from open-air concerts to cycling along the ... Read more about Singapore's best public parks .
Lush gardens and enclosures that use natural barriers instead of bars make the Singapore Zoo one of the most beautiful and modern in the ... Read more about Singapore Zoo .
Ever been to the zoo when the lions weren't napping? See them in a different light is the motto of this zoo spin-off and it's true. Many animals normally dozing through the daytime heat are awake and active come the evening. The simulated moonlight lets you get a good look and a few blurry photos of big cats, hyenas and deer and you can get a little too close for comfort with bats and flying ... Read more about Singapore Night Safari .
If you’re looking for respite from the glitz and rush of Singapore, the Botanic Gardens offer a variety of enticing green gardens and spaces to explore or simply retreat to with a good book. And with an MRT station open right by its entrance since 2011, it’s easier to reach than ... Read more about Singapore Botanic Gardens & National Orchid Garden .
Rounding out the trio of animal-themed attractions is Jurong Bird Park. It ranks as the world's second largest bird park in terms of size, but comes out on top for their number of feathered species (600) which range from the beautiful (birds of paradise) to the downright bizarre (cassowaries). All of the birds are in free-fly aviaries so have plenty of room to stretch their wings. If you ... Read more about Jurong Bird Park .
The newest addition to Singapore’s urban skyline is the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, perhaps best described as the city state’s version of New York’s Central Park. Located right in the heart of town, with its intriguing structures visible from the nearby highways, it’s worth making an effort to ... Read more about Gardens by the Bay .
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the largest rainforest left in Singapore and is a refuge for more than 500 species of animals. To educate the public about one of the park’s most commonly-sighted but peskiest creatures – the long-tailed macaque – the Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore leads a free “Monkey Walk” once a ... Read more about The Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore Monkey Walks .
Fort Canning, once a sought after vantage point over Singapore and rumoured to be the resting place of the spirits of ancient Malay kings, sits close to the centre of Singapore city, easy walking distance from the Quays to the south and Orchard Road to the north. It makes for a very worthwhile excursion for those weary of shopping malls and ... Read more about Fort Canning Park .
As they walk around Marina Bay, few people probably realise they’re actually walking around the largest fresh water catchment in Singapore. Marina Bay is one of 15 fresh water catchments spread across the city state and encompasses more than 10,000 hectares — or roughly one-sixth the size of ... Read more about Marina Barrage .
Need a break from the city? Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a world-class conservation area set within a sprawling 202-hectare mangrove swamp along Singapore’s northern coast — a paradise for migratory birds on their journey from Siberia to Australia for winter. ... Read more about Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve .
Singapore has many public parks, but if you want to picnic by the seaside, walk through dense jungle and learn about World War II history there's only one that fits the bill: the Labrador Nature ... Read more about Labrador Nature Reserve .
Tampines Eco Green is a 36-hectare park in Singapore’s east, boasting grasslands, freshwater wetlands and secondary rainforest — right in the midst of a high-rise, high-density township. As part of Tampines Park Connector, the park is linked from Bedok Resovoir Park to Sun Plaza Park, then to Pasir Ris Town Park and finally to Pasir Ris Park on the north coast. All up it’s about a ... Read more about Tampines Eco Green .
Punggol is a new town in the northeast heartland of Singapore; most newlyweds applying for their first new public housing apartments will end up living here. It may not be near to Singapore’s shopping or business districts, and it may still be peppered with large patches of undeveloped land and swamps, but it’s where many future Singaporeans will grow up — and where travellers should head ... Read more about Punggol Waterway Park .
It’s no secret that Singapore is an expensive city. But even if you’re down to your last Sing-dollar, it’s possible to sightsee without spending a cent. Can? Can! (That’s Singlish for yes, it’s really possible). Here are some of our favourite freebies. Have fun ... Read more about Fun free things to do .
With its squeaky-clean streets and English-speaking population, Singapore is a hassle-free destination for a family holiday. It’s also home to some world-class attractions that kids will go crazy for. In fact, there are so many family-friendly attractions in Singapore I’m breaking this post into two parts. This one will cover the Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo and Science Centre & Snow ... Read more about Singapore's best attractions for families .
With its exclusive casino and luxury shopping Marina Bay Sands has become the playground for Singapore’s rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed by the average person. Within this ultra-modern shopping mall you’ll even find activities that kids will enjoy. Here are some ... Read more about Family-friendly activities at Marina Bay Sands .
We love a fairground ride, and a fairground ride with a view, what could be better? Well, a fairground ride with a view and Champagne of course! Ok, we’re getting carried away — we didn’t do the Champagne ride, but it’s an ... Read more about Singapore Flyer .
If you’re in Singapore right now you’ve probably become well acquainted with your umbrella, with November through January the rainiest months of the year. Don’t let the gloomy weather stop you from enjoying the city – there are plenty of indoor attractions for these rainy ... Read more about Rainy day suggestions for Singapore .
With gleaming skyscrapers, colonial hotels, the world’s tallest ferris wheel, and a Merlion, there’s no mistaking the Singapore skyline for anywhere else in the world. If you’re hoping to get some panoramic photos of this dazzling city-state, these viewpoints are where you’ll want to ... Read more about Where to photograph the Singapore skyline .
Did you know ice skating was a thing in Singapore? It’s possibly not the first activity that springs to mind when you think of the tropics, but it’s a great way to cool ... Read more about Ice skating .
You’ve got the sari and the gold jewellery, now all you need to complete the look is a henna tattoo. Read on to learn what to expect of this traditional form of temporary tattooing and where to find a henna artist in Singapore’s Little India ... Read more about Henna tattoos in Singapore's Little India .
After the cleanliness and crazy prices, what friends who’ve visited me in Singapore commented most about was the heat. Though the temperature is similar to Bangkok or Bali, Singapore feels hotter. Maybe it’s the relentless humidity or the extreme difference between the icily air-conditioned indoors and sweltering outdoors, but you’ll sweat through your shirt in less time that it takes to ... Read more about Where to go for a swim in Singapore .
After six years of construction and at a cost of S$1.3 billion, the Singapore Sports Hub finally opened its doors in June. The 35-hectare complex is filled with athletic venues, public spaces and a sports-themed mall — Kallang ... Read more about Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang Wave .
While Singapore is easy enough to explore on your own, you can learn a lot more about the city by exploring with a knowledgeable guide. Here’s a rundown of various walking tours of Singapore covering everything from historical sites to nature reserves to ... Read more about Walking tours of Singapore .
If you’re thinking of joining a guided walking tour of Singapore you can’t go wrong with Original Singapore Walks. Their guides speak perfect English and have in-depth knowledge of Singapore’s cultures and history – including the city-state’s dark ... Read more about Original Singapore Walks .
With a promise of tasting around 40 various dishes of Singaporean food, how could I not go on the Betel Box weekly food walking tour of Joo Chiat when I was staying with them last week? Aside from eating, the tour promised to tell visitors all about how Singaporeans live, play and pay, so quite a bit of the tour was culture ... Read more about Betel Box Food Walks .
Singapore may be a long way from Europe, but this little island played a pivotal role in World War II. Whether you’re a war buff or just want to learn more about this chapter of history, here’s an itinerary that will take you to Singapore’s most important WW2 sites and memorials. Note that these sites are spread across Singapore — you’ll need to start early and take a few taxis to see ... Read more about Itineraries: Singapore for World War II buffs .
It’s pretty easy to take cheap shots at Singapore and its near manic shopping scene. It’s not just the quantity of department stores and high-end outlets that can grate, but the sheer volume of shoppers can overwhelm too. I realise some Singaporeans do have a job, but on most visits I’m struck by how it seems that the job is ... Read more about Public sculpture on Singapore's Orchard Road .
With its bustling markets, fascinating architecture and mouthwatering food, Singapore’s Chinatown is not to be missed. It’s possible to rush through this walking tour of Chinatown in a few hours, but we’d advise setting aside most of the day so that you can take it at an easy pace. A lot of walking and sightseeing is involved, but we’ve added in eating too just to keep everything all ... Read more about A one day walking tour of Chinatown .
With its beautiful temples, exotic markets and delicious food, Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood is not to be missed. Even if you only have a couple hours to spare you can still see the highlights of this ethnic enclave. This quick walking tour takes about two hours, including time for some shopping and a cup of masala tea, or you could rush through it in one ... Read more about A quick Little India walking tour .
Emerald Hill is one of the most colourful streets in Singapore and makes an easy detour from the shopping belt of Orchard Road. Come for the beautiful Peranakan architecture, a bit of antiquing, or maybe a drink at one of the trendy ... Read more about A walk along Singapore's Emerald Hill .
Eurasians are among the ethnic groups in Singapore that make up that cryptic official “others” category of the local population. Travellers typically know little about them, but the Eurasian Association in Singapore, founded in 1919, is the perfect place to learn ... Read more about Eurasian Singapore .
Armenia’s difficult physical conditions saw enterprising merchants move abroad from the 19th century, many landing in Asia, including a few in Singapore. The community here numbered merely around 100 families at its peak, but the people left a a disproportionate imprint on Singaporean culture and heritage. Here are a few of the contributions the Armenian diaspora ... Read more about Singapore's Armenian heritage .
Everton Park is a cluster of six old public apartment blocks in the Outram area opposite The Pinnacle@Duxton boasting an array of old-style shops and restaurants with an increasing number of hipster joints opening right along side them. Come for a coffee and browse and see an example of how old and new Singapore ... Read more about Everton Park .
When you think of Singapore and shopping, don't think of Orchard Road's swanky mainstream designers, repetitive chain stores and cookie-cutter coffee houses. Nestled between busy North Bridge and Ophir Roads instead you'll find Haji Lane, Singapore's fashionista haven, offering quirky boutiques, vintage and local fashion, unusual homewares, and offbeat little cafes and ... Read more about Singapore's Hip Haji .
Maybe Singapore is a nation of shopaholics – or maybe Singaporeans and visitors here just love free air-conditioning – but the city-state has more than its fair share of shopping malls. Most can be found along Orchard Road, but there are mega-malls in every area of Singapore. Here are our top picks for malls not on Orchard ... Read more about The best malls not on Orchard Road .
Finding a souvenir that sums up the Singapore experience can be a bit of a challenge because there aren’t many locally-made products (other than the hawker food you ate for lunch – burp!). Some may be quite cheesy, but these are the most popular souvenirs of ... Read more about What are some popular souvenirs in Singapore? .
Singapore’s an ideal place to stock up on fresh English-language reading material. You will find bookstores in the shopping malls, but true bookworms will want to support these independent bookstores specialising in quirky reads and works by local ... Read more about Singapore's best independent bookstores .
Situated right in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district, Lucky Plaza is the unofficial hub for the Filipino diaspora in Singapore. From the exterior, Lucky Plaza looks dated, but step inside this mini-Manila and you’ll be surprised at some of the treasures you’ll find. While it doesn’t have the swank of Ngee Ann City or Ion, if you’re in downtown Orchard, stop by and check out ... Read more about Lucky Plaza .
Welcome to Singapore, where the streets are free of touts, prices are the same for everyone, and taxi drivers always use the meter! So is Singapore truly scam-free? I’d have to say the answer is almost, but not quite. Tourists do occasionally get ripped off and nine times out of ten it happens at Sim Lim Square, Singapore's largest IT mall, located between Little India and Bugis. According to ... Read more about How to avoid rip-offs at Sim Lim Square .
For many tourists a visit to Singapore is an excuse to indulge in some serious retail therapy. After window shopping for luxury brands on Orchard Road and browsing cheap souvenirs at the Chinatown Street market, the next stop on the Singapore shopping spree is usually Sim Lim Square to check out the latest electronic ... Read more about Tips for buying electronics in Singapore .
Singapore is often dismissed as being the most Westernised country in Asia, but the older generation has hung on to many customs including traditional Chinese funeral rites. While funerals are deeply personal affairs that visitors probably shouldn’t intrude upon, you can gain some insight by visiting a Chinese funeral supply ... Read more about Inside a traditional Chinese funeral shop .
Whether you’re shopping for a designer watch, durian cookies, football cleats or the latest smartphone you can find it in Singapore – and all under one roof at the 24-hour shopping mecca of Mustafa ... Read more about 24-hour shopping at Mustafa Centre .
While Chinatown and Little India are so big they have their own MRT station, Singapore does have other, less obvious ethnic neighbourhoods. Migrant workers from nearby countries like Thailand, Burma, the Philippines, and Indonesia all have their own enclaves where they go for a taste of home on their weekly day off (that’s right, just ... Read more about Golden Mile Complex .
As the economic hub of Southeast Asia, people from across the region are drawn to Singapore to try to make a buck. These groups add to Singapore’s colourful cultural diversity and, as the communities grow, they establish their own restaurants, temples, and even shopping malls. Golden Mile Complex is the domain of the Thais, Lucky Plaza fills with Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers every ... Read more about Peninsula Plaza .
Ever wish your flight would be delayed just so you could have more time to take advantage of the shopping at Changi Airport? If you can plan ahead a little, you can avoid that by shopping for duty-free goods anytime you like at DFS ... Read more about Buying duty free in Singapore city .
If your Singapore itinerary includes a shopping spree on Orchard Road you’ll be happy to learn that the 7% GST included in prices can be refunded when you leave the ... Read more about How tourists can get a sales tax refund in Singapore .
While there won't be snow glistening or sleigh bells ringing in sunny Singapore during Christmas, on the main shopping street of Orchard Road, retailers do their best to create an enchanting winter wonderland. This year, walk down two-kilometre long Orchard Road from Tanglin Mall to Orchard Central and take in the elegant show, “Christmas on a Great Street”, in hues of blue and ... Read more about Orchard Road Christmas Light Up .
Sungei Road Thieves’ Market is Singapore’s largest and oldest flea market; bursting with all kinds of retro bric-a-brac, it’s a top spot to unearth an unusual souvenir. But thanks to Singapore’s art and design scene blossoming in recent years, you can also pick up more on-trend stuff at other markets these days. Here’s the lowdown on where to ... Read more about Markets in SIngapore .
In need of an accordion? Broken power tool? Typewriter? Watch parts? If it’s old junk you’re after, you’ll probably find it at Sungei Road Thieves Market. If you’re looking for a taste of authentic old Singapore, head to this rag-tag bazaar when you’re in the Bugis or Little India ... Read more about Sungei Road Thieves Market .
Follow your nose into this bustling indoor market just off Serangoon Road. The ground floor is half wet market and half hawker centre, so you can feast on Indian food like rich curries, dosai and briyani rice, or buy the ingredients to make them yourself. The produce from Tekka Centre is known for being extremely fresh and extremely cheap, so this is the time to splurge on luscious Indian ... Read more about Tekka Centre Market .
Cheongsams, T-shirts, cameras, tea and dubious antiques: the sidestreets of Chinatown overflow with opportunities to spend your Sing-dollars -- generally with a poor value result. Many shops sell exactly the same goods and the quality is so-so, but the price is always right. Small souvenirs like magnets are 5 for $5 and you can get a real silk (as in, not real) robe for under $10. This is a ... Read more about Chinatown Street Market .
Some travellers dismiss Singapore as “Asia lite”: sanitised, commercialised and dull. Dispel such silly notions with a visit to the wet market at the Chinatown Complex where some of the produce is so fresh it’s still ... Read more about Chinatown complex .
Fold-out tables become displays for handmade jewellery and clothing, eco-friendly greeting cards and local zines. Most of the fashions are for women, but the free admission to the museum galleries is for everyone (usual price S$8). Just because the merchandise is hand-made doesn't mean it's cheap, and vendors are equipped to take credit cards. MAAD usually takes place the first weekend of the ... Read more about MAAD .
Why just eat chilli crab and chicken rice when you could be learning how to make them? For the souvenir that keeps on giving, enrol in one of these cooking classes to learn the art of making Singapore’s mouth-watering ... Read more about Cooking classes in Singapore .
Whether you’re on a tight schedule or just have aching feet, a cruise along the Singapore River is a great way to sit back and soak up Singapore’s sights. Regular boat tours last about 30 minutes and cruise past the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Merlion and Marina Bay ... Read more about Boat tours of the Singapore River .
Perhaps due to its overworked population, Singapore is bursting at the seams with yoga studios. Most cater to residents with monthly membership packages, but some offer drop-in rates for travellers and other infrequent yogis. Here’s a ... Read more about Drop-in yoga classes in Singapore .
In a climate like Singapore's, catching a new film release can be a great antidote to the sweat, and luckily the city state has dozens of cinemas to cater to the desire to cool down while munching ... Read more about Cinema in Singapore .
Who says Grand Prix motor racing is only for the rich and famous? Not in Singapore, where you can catch the only F1 night race in the world and first street circuit in the region every September at the Marina Bay circuit. Here’s how to do it on the cheap – well, ... Read more about Singapore Grand Prix .
Anyone who says Singapore is boring has obviously never witnessed the gruesome-but-fascinating festival of Thaipusam. This year it happens on January 27. Here’s everything you need to ... Read more about Thaipusam in Singapore .
Just when you thought Little India couldn’t get any more colourful or chaotic, the biggest festival on the Hindu calendar pulls into town. This year Deepavali falls on October 26 but, like Christmas, half the fun is the weeks leading up to the big day. If you’re in Singapore this month you must come down to Little India to shop at the festive markets and see the Deepavali decorations lit up ... Read more about Deepavali celebrations in Little India .
With nearly three out of every four Singaporeans being of Chinese heritage, it’s no surprise that Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year in the city state. It’s also the only multi-day public holiday in this high-stress society, and for many Singaporeans it’s the one time of year when they can forget about their jobs, turn off their smartphones, and spend some quality time ... Read more about Chinese New Year in Singapore .
While many people in Singapore are fasting this month for Ramadan, the city’s ghosts are feasting! The seventh lunar month is the Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and this year it falls from July 31 to August 28. But Hungry Ghost month isn’t really a celebration – it’s a downright spooky ... Read more about Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore .
As Hungry Ghost Month draws to a close, Singapore shifts from feeding the spirits to feasting on Mid-Autumn Festival treats with family and friends. This fall festival is second only to Chinese New Year as the most colourful time of year to visit Chinatown and runs from August 30 to September ... Read more about Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore .
Around 15 percent of Singapore’s citizens are Muslims, meaning the city-state, along with much of Southeast Asia, celebrates the month of Ramadan. This year the period runs July 10 to August 7; it’s a great time if you’re in Singapore to get a flavour of the Malay culture ... Read more about Ramadan in Singapore .
No, I’m not about to reveal that Singapore is Southeast Asia’s most underrated dive destination, nor that it really compares with some of the best. Of the sixty-some islands that make up Singapore, only one called Pulau Hantu is frequented by local scuba divers and ... Read more about Scuba diving at Pulau Hantu .
Once you've shopped your way down Orchard Road, slurped on char kway teow at a hawker centre, and spent more than the cost of your dorm bed on a Singapore Sling at ye olde Raffles Hotel, what more does Singapore have to offer? Well, it isn't known as the Garden City for nothing (and the Fine City, and the Lion City...), and visitors who venture beyond downtown will discover plenty of serene green ... Read more about Singapore: Escape the urban jungle .
Billed as “Asia’s favourite playground”, Sentosa attracts more than five million visitors and their dollars every year. Hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops can be found across the island along with an array of attractions, including Universal Studios Amusement Park, Adventure Cove Waterpark and a sky-diving ... Read more about Sentosa .
If you just can't get enough of Singapore's local suds, you can arrange a tour of Asia Pacific Breweries, home of Tiger Beer. Considering how expensive it is to drink in Singapore, S$18 is a bargain for a brewery tour and the chance to drink your fill of Tiger Beer at the “tasting session” that ... Read more about Asia Pacific Brewery Tour .
Despite what the glossy brochures tell you, Singapore isn’t all glitzy shopping centres and perfectly manicured gardens. See the darker, more dilapidated side of the city with a visit to the bizarre cultural theme park known as Haw Par ... Read more about Haw Par Villa (AKA Tiger Balm Gardens) .
Any Singapore trivia buff should know that the city-state isn’t made up of just one island, but 63 small separate ones. One of the easiest to reach, just a quick bumboat ride from Changi Village out near the airport, is Pulau Ubin, one of the most rustic places left in ... Read more about Pulau Ubin .
Most of the 62 small islands considered part of Singapore are well off the tourist trail, but Pulau Semakau has a waiting list of eager visitors. Considering this island is used as Singapore’s landfill, why would anyone want to go ... Read more about Pulau Semakau .
Continuing my exploration of Singapore’s 62 lesser-known islands, I caught a ferry at the Marina South Pier for a 15-minute ride to St John’s Island. After sailing through the busy port and getting my closest look yet at the huge container ships that dock outside of Singapore, underdeveloped St John’s Island felt a world away from the ... Read more about St John's Island .
Seafood aficionados love Singapore for its barbecue stingray, black pepper crab and cereal prawns — and with the city-state surrounded by water, the seafood here is as fresh as you can get. But where does your seafood come from, between the sea and your table? Enter Singapore’s fish ... Read more about Senoko Fishery Port .
Although Singapore is so densely populated that the government has resorted to literally increasing the size of the island, the northwest corner of the country remains refreshingly rural. The few businesses operating here have banded together to promote the Kranji countryside as an “agri-tainment” destination where you can visit small farms selling organic veggies, goat milk, ornamental fish, ... Read more about A visit to the farms of Singapore's Kranji countryside .
When Singapore split from Malaysia in the early 1960s, the government implemented a number of policies to rapidly modernise the newly independent city-state. One of them was to move all the people from Malaysian-style kampong villages to the high-rise public housing apartments. Somehow, one of these traditional villages was spared from the bulldozer and survives in 2012. It’s called Buangkok, ... Read more about Kampong Buangkok .
We’re not quite sure how to describe Bollywood Veggies – a sustainable farm, a retreat from the city, an eco-learning experience or a bistro serving amazing organic food – regardless, it’s one of Singapore’s best kept ... Read more about Bollywood Veggies .
A visit to Singapore’s Seletar area, home to a lush spread of trees, reservoir and charming houses, plus a still-in-use air base dating from when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) was stationed here, is like a step back to the British colonial ... Read more about Seletar: A heritage tour .
Are you looking for a uniquely Singaporean experience? Skip the malls and the theme parks and visit the NEWater Vistor Centre for a guided tour of the most high-tech water treatment plant in the world – one capable of turning sewage into drinking ... Read more about NEWater Visitor Centre .