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Singapore's mishmash of cultures is evident in its diverse array of attractions. For such a tiny city-state, bigger and bolder real estate projects are constantly in development. Its biggest draw, however, is its unique mix of cultures, ethnicities and cuisines that shaped Singapore's history. A place that embraces the new but preserves the old, Singapore is a truly modern city.
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Stroll through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which was founded in 1859. Here you can join a tai chi session or just leisurely walk through the lovely, manicured greenery located right in the center of Singapore. The Gardens have spectacular displays of tropical flora and fauna, in addition to several wonderful sculptures and architectural touches.
Asian Civilizations Museum
Learn about Singapore's unusual confluence of Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures at the Asian Civilizations Museum. The 11 exhibit halls are filled with more than 1,300 works of art, rare antiques, and cultural artifacts in a wide range of subjects, from the maritime history of Singapore to the impact of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Visit the Singapore Zoo for their famed Night Safari, which allows you the rare opportunity of seeing nocturnal animals in their element. The zoo is a 170-acre park home to 160 species, 50% of which are endangered species from Southeast Asia, including the greater one-horned rhinoceros, the barasingha, or Indian swamp deer, and the red dhole.
Singapore Culinary Academy
Experience the myriad tastes of Singapore at a local cooking school and spice garden. Tour the grounds with the founder, sample fresh, organic spices, and learn about Nyonya cuisine, a uniquely Singapore style which fuses Chinese ingredients and cooking techniques with Malay flavors.
Explore Orchard Road, the main thoroughfare of central Singapore. Its high-end department stores, broad sidewalks, and stately trees recall New York's Fifth Avenue or London's Regent Street; virtually every international luxury brand is represented. For products with a more local flavor, browse the outlets of independent designers and smaller labels clustered nearby in the Club Street–Ann Siang Hill district.
Immerse yourself in the art of preparing and serving Chinese tea. Sit back and watch carefully as the staff shows you how to pour and appreciate a proper cup. You can also buy a wide variety of teas and elegant utensils here.
Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall
Visit Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall, one of Singapore's most respected centers for traditional Chinese medicine. Stop in for a cup of ginseng tea, and browse the shelves of exotic, dried ingredients said to remedy almost any malady known to man. Consult with a staff member for an on-the-spot diagnosis, and have them prescribe something for your ailments.
Explore Little India, a bustling neighborhood centered on Serangoon Road. Here, countless shops and stalls sell all sorts of Indian items: fresh flower garlands, glittering bangles, multicolored saris and textiles, and all the manner of Bollywood movies and soundtracks.
Attend a performance at the Esplanade Theatre, a futuristic, domed structure that overlooks the Marina Bay waterfront. Since its opening in 2002, the Esplanade has provided a world-class venute to host all sorts of performances, from Chinese opera to jazz festivals, classical Indian dance to pop concerts. Additionally, the Esplanade features a variety of rotating exhibitions, from contemporary art to modern cinema.
Bugis Street Night Market
Wander through the Bugis Street Night Market, which is situated along a walkway through Bugis Village, opposite Parco Bugis Junction. The three-story indoor market has over 100 stalls, which sell a variety of goods: casual clothes, accessories, bags, CDs and more.
Stroll along the Singapore River to Clarke Quay, home to restored warehouses dating back as far as the 1880s, which have been converted into shops and restaurants.
Cruise the Singapore River in a traditional Chinese bumboat, a low-hanging wooden vessel with a brightly painted bow, and learn the pivotal role the river played in Singapore's economic development. Steam down the river and visit the Finger Pier, Tanjong Pagar Terminal, and Brani Terminal, for a glimpse of daily operations at the second busiest port in the world.
Visit an indoor “hawker” center, where myriad vendors serve Singapore’s justly famed street food, a local obsession. Specialties include barbecued crab and deep-fried baby squid; for dessert, try goreng pisang, which are banana and yam fritters.
One of the most modern cities in the world, Singapore is a fascinating cultural melting-pot. This luxurious 6-day trip will show you the city by way of traditional bumboat. See the island’s dense rainforest and soak in the sun on the lush Sentosa island, these are spots that few travelers are even aware exist.
Move from the ultra-modern city-state of Singapore to the exotic tropical paradise of Tioman island in Malaysia on this 5-day luxury journey. You’ll enjoy a swim with a view in the infinity pool atop Marina Bay Sands, followed by a private yacht cruise to a remote Malaysian island, where you’ll fish, snorkel, and dine.
Spend time in bustling, pristine Singapore, as you bask in the fun, shopping, and culture of city life, before taking an ultra-luxury private yacht cruise, complete with personal butler service, to the remote and stunning Indonesian islands of Nongsa and Nikoi, on this fantastic 5-day luxury escape.
Experience for yourself the similarities and differences between sparkling Singapore and mesmerizing Malaysia. These two countries were once part of the same state, but in 1965, Singapore became independent. Nowadays, their cultural similarities make them friendly neighbors, while the juxtaposition of their vastly different landscapes...
Island-hop from the bustling island nation of Singapore to the many islands of Indonesia, on this exciting 13-day luxury tour. You’ll capture the Singapore cityscape from atop Marina Bay Sands, raft down the Telaga Waja river in Bali, hunt for dragons on Komodo island, and explore the ancient ruins of Yogyakarta.
Eastern & Oriental Express
Passengers aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express by Belmond get the opportunity to travel in style and luxury on magical journeys throughout Southeast Asia with a range of trips; destinations include the buzzing cities of Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the breath-taking temples of Angkor Wat and the UNESCO world Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Aboard the train, guests enjoy every comfort, with three options of comfortable private cabins, each with its own en-suite facilities, not to mention the train’s rear carriage where travelers can enjoy views of the passing scenery by day and socializing with cocktails and entertainment come nightfall. Dining is a pleasure with breakfast in bed and a range of international cuisine served in the dining cars. The train’s bar car is open all hours for guests to relax, chat and enjoy a drink or two as the landscape slides by.
"To have been young and had a room at Raffles was life at its best." - James Michener. Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has grown from strength to strength. The Raffles has 103 suites, dispersed over four wings buffered by fragrance-filled gardens and linked by breezy verandahs. Here, residents are pampered in an atmosphere of privacy and intimacy, with large airy interiors inspired by the colonial bungalows of the early 20th century - lofty 14-foot ceilings, fine Oriental carpets and original etchings. The Raffles has a complete repertoire of fine eateries, which now stand at 18, making it one of the most comprehensive food and beverage facilities in Asia. Located on the third-floor deck of the Courtyard Wing, the hotel’s 24-hour pool, jacuzzis, and health club are for the exclusive use of hotel residents. Gymnasium facilities and equipment include treadmills, stationery bicycles, a universal weight machine, sauna and steam bath in the gentlemen and ladies’ changing rooms. RafflesAmrita Spa at Raffles Hotel offers relaxing wellness therapy in the privacy and luxury of a grand hotel. The property also has a pool, shopping arcade, Raffles Hotel Museum, Jubilee Hall (Victorian-style theater for film screenings) and Raffles Culinary Academy. The Raffles is a 2-minute ride on public transportation to the Orchard Road shopping strip and 20 minutes from Changi International Airport.
The Patina, Capitol Singapore
Ideally located in Singapore’s Central Business District, The Patina is within short walking distance from transport links and lies less than two miles from Gardens by the Bay. The hotel’s two buildings sport lovingly-restored architecture that recalls an age of colonial grandeur. The 157guest rooms, divided between the Capitol wing, the Stamford wing and the Pinnacle suites, continue the theme with classical design features amid comfort and elegance. The hotel restaurant, Eru, serves fusion cuisine, blending Peruvian and Japanese flavors and culinary techniques in its open kitchen; similarly, the cocktails at Eru Bar are inflected with Peruvian accents. Guests’ wellness is taken care of thanks to the Patina Spa, fitness center and saltwater relaxation pool.