With a holiday to Singapore, you can shop the designer boutiques on Orchard Road, dine in restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, and sip world-famous cocktails at the historic Long Bar.
The Lion City
Singapore is one of only five city-states in the world, which means it’s both a city and a country in one. Residents call it the Lion City and although there aren’t any actual lions in this part of the world – other than at the zoo – this powerful creature symbolises it in many ways. Singapore is an important business hub, with an impressive financial and economic status.
Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. You can stroll through Chinatown surrounded by lanterns and pagoda-style temples, then hop over to Little India to tuck into a spicy curry. There are plenty of British influences, too, with Neo-classical buildings scattered through the streets. English is even one of the official state languages, so you won’t need a phrase book to get by.
One of the city’s main focal points is the marina, where you’ll find the legendary Marina Bay Sands Hotel, complete with a glitzy casino, infinity pool and sky garden. Unravelling along its edge is a high-end shopping mall, where a multitude of restaurants serve around-the-world cuisine and meals cooked up by celebrity chefs. And, after dark, lasers, smoke machines and moving pictures bring the waterside to life during the Wonder Full Show.
Elsewhere in the city, you’ve got an island-style resort where you can soak up the sun on the beach, hit the slides at the waterpark or ride the rollercoasters at Universal Studios®. The Singapore Zoo and River Safari line up face-to-face encounters with orang-utans and manatees. And, at the Night Safari, you can spy on nocturnal animals – like hyenas, tigers and slow lorises – in complete darkness.