The perfect add-on to any Southeast Asia itinerary; this is an ideal way to spend a few days discovering the beauty of Singapore…
DAY 1 – Ethnic Neighbourhoods and the Singapore Botanic Garden
Your first day in Singapore will begin with a cultural tour of the city. Explore Kampong Glam first, the home of the Malay community. Be awed by the golden dome of the Sultan’s Mosque, and the vintage stores on Haji Lane. A stop in Chinatown will follow, here you can sample the delicacies on Chinatown Food Street and discover the healing properties of Chinese medicines. Chinatown’s elaborately decorated Bhudda Tooth Relic Temple is a must see. Your final cultural hub to see will be Little India, a bustling community at the heart of which lies the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, eclectically colored and covered in beautiful Hindu carvings. Have lunch at the Banana Leaf Apolo, a traditional Indian restaurant, before heading over to the Singapore Botanic Garden for the afternoon.
The UNESCO listed gardens are utterly tranquil and are home to the National Orchid Garden, the world’s largest display of the national flower of Singapore.
You will have enough time to relax in your hotel later on or to sample a famous Raffles Hotel Afternoon tea before heading out to dine at Restaurant Andre, a world renowned restaurant, bringing you some of the finest haute cuisine.
DAY 2 – Marina Bay and the National Gallery
The morning of your second day will be spent cruising through the Marina Bay and down the Singapore River. This is the perfect way to soak in the skyline and to learn more about the city state’s foundation.
That afternoon a visit to the National Gallery, which houses the world’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art, is a must. This is the perfect insight into the rich tapestry of cultures that makes up the city, and will certainly leave you feeling inspired.
That evening we recommend you view the bright city lights with a cocktail in hand at Ce La Vi, at the top of Marina Bay Sands hotel. This is an utterly breath-taking perspective on the city. After drinks, head back to the Raffles hotel for an exquisite and innovative meal at Shinji.
DAY 3 – Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay
For your third and final day, take the morning at leisure. Why not check out some of the fantastic storeping on Orchard Road, where you will be wowed by the wares of local and international designers?
A break for lunch should be taken at a Hawker Centre, where you can sample some local delicacies and something quintessentially Singaporean. We like La Pau Sat, for its central location, and its impressive architecture – an octagonal shaped building, filled with ornamental columns.
Spend your afternoon at Gardens by the Bay, a collection of botanical gardens housed in futuristic structures and home to some of the most stunning tropical plants. You can while away plenty of time here and should make sure to come back for dinner at Pollen, a modern restaurant with a delectable menu, which is housed inside the gardens.