Singapore: Gateway to Southeast Asia with Remote Lands

Singapore is a destination unlike anywhere else — tropical, urban, cosmopolitan, green, and a gateway to Southeast Asia.

Singapore is a destination unlike anywhere else — tropical, urban, cosmopolitan, green, and a gateway to some of the most fascinating places in Southeast Asia. This city hosts some of the most luxurious hotels in the world and takes pride in caring for its nature, culture, and history. Join Remote Lands for a trip through the Lion City like no other. 

Follow your palette through Singapore on this quick five-day journey through Singapore’s most exciting culinary hot spots. With Singapore’s cosmopolitan background comes a wealth of diversity in cuisine, from laksa and humble hawker stalls to Michelin-star chefs at the hottest restaurants in Asia.

Nothing says more about Singaporean food than the hawker markets of downtown. Follow the crowds to a hawker center for fried kway teow and chili crab. The melding of cultures is what makes the Lion City such a hotbed of cuisine. On this journey, travelers will try authentic Peranakan fare in Joo Chiat, stroll Kampong Glam for a taste of Malaysian nasi lemak, and explore the vibrant Tekka Market of Little India. The hawker stall at Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle has the honor of serving the cheapest Michelin-star meal in the world, with its chicken dish clocking in at just $1.42.

Take the family on a 12-day adventure from Singapore to Penang on a journey that combines the family fun of Sentosa Island in the Lion City with hiking in the Cameron Highlands and the beaches and underwater wonders of Langkawi. 

Traveling into Malaysia, the family will head for the Cameron Highlands for food, hiking, and colonial history. Due to the high altitude, the strawberries here grow year round, and the family can make their very own strawberry treats after wandering into the strawberry fields for their picks.Further north in Penang, the clan can visit the Entopia Butterfly Farm to meet thousands of colorful fluttering butterflies, then the turtle sanctuary on Kerachut Beach, where kids can marvel at the baby turtles due to be released into the wild. On Malaysia’s island playground, Langkawi, the whole family can settle in for a little island adventure, including wildlife treks, dolphin spotting, kayaking through mangrove forests, and sailing to isolated islands.

Singapore prides itself on being a balance of city and nature, from the Gardens by the Bay to the crocodiles of the Sungei Buloh wetlands. Travelers can go birdwatching in Jurong Bird Park and spot macaques in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve all while experiencing Singapore from some of the most luxurious hotels in Asia. 

One of the most successful cities in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a haven for the finer things. On this five-day journey, travelers can see the Lion City via luxury supercar — be it a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Rolls Royce — and take on the Singapore F1 track and charter a yacht for champagne and a view of the city from the water.

The Lion City isn’t just a city. Travelers trade skyscrapers for beach as they go to Sentosa Island where they can relax at a luxurious spa, or head out for adventures such as bungee jumping, ziplining, and cycling. Escape the city and retreat to a quiet oasis on Sentosa Island, at the Capella Hotel, a mere 10-minutes away. Exclusive, private, and set on 30-acres of greenery with beachfront location, the property is a getaway destination. Then, take a super yacht around Singapore for champagne and a view of the city from the water; from here, travelers can even extend their journey to the many surrounding islands of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Singapore is in many ways a gateway destination, and this four-day excursion through the city’s past is ideal for history buffs. Travelers will visit the unearthed Battlebox, a monument to the British surrender almost eight decades ago and Fort Siloso in Sentosa on an exciting and enlightening journey. 

Inside Fort Canning Hill is a monument to the British surrender almost eight decades ago. There are many commemorations to the battle for Singapore, but none more apt than this secret bunker that was only relatively recently unearthed. A serene and poignant hideaway in northern Singapore, the Kranji War Memorial and Cemetery is the site of a former POW camp and hospital. The memorial has 24,000 names of fallen servicemen and women inscribed on the 13 walls.On Sentosa island, Fort Siloso features a coastal gun battery which was part of the “Fortress Singapore.” Here, travelers will squeeze into a preserved pillbox, inspect the remains of gun emplacements, and view displays of the British surrender at the Surrender Chamber.