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Tailor-make your trip in Singapore

Singapore is best experienced as a part of a stopover, either at the beginning or end of your trip to somewhere else in the region. It is not a place you would normally visit in its own right - it's just too small.

As a major hub within Southeast Asia it is perfect for visiting most countries in the region, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and of course Malaysia.

You can also easily pair it with other countries such as Cambodia and Malaysian Borneo in an Audley tailor-made itinerary.

Itineraries


Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.
Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore

Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore

Floral offerings adorn the awning of a shop in Little India, Singapore

Floral offerings adorn the awning of a shop in Little India, Singapore

Raffles Hotel,Singapore

Raffles Hotel,Singapore

48 hours in the city

We'd say you really need a minimum of 48 hours in Singapore to learn a little of its history and get a feel for the main sights.

Day one

Discover the Raffles legacy

A great place to start is the Raffles landing site and Cavenagh Bridge area by the river at Boat Quay.

After admiring the legacy of Raffles and Cavenagh, who governed the Straits Settlements for eight years, head into the Asian Civilisation Museum. Here impressive displays cleverly document some of the many cultures found in Asia.

Take a river trip in a bumboat

A relaxing and informative way to explore the river is on traditional bumboats which depart from regular piers on the quays.

At lunchtime you may like to relax in shady Fort Canning Park with great views over the city.

Visit a past POW camp

Continuing, a worthwhile trip just out of the city is to Changi Museum with poignant reminders of Changi Prison’s history as a Second World War POW camp.

Day two

Explore Chinatown

A good contrast on day two would be to visit Chinatown, one of Singapore’s most historically intact areas.

Amongst the highlights are Amoy Street with tastefully renovated shophouses, the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple and stunning Thian Hock Buddhist Temple. The nearby Chinatown Heritage Centre is our favourite museum in Singapore.

Little India

To continue your exploration of Singapore’s diverse culture continue to Little India where the fortune tellers, spice and aromatic curry stalls and Indian music around Serangoon Road recreate the subcontinent in miniature.

Take in the views from the Singapore Flyer

In the evening you might like to take a sunset trip on the Singapore Flyer – Singapore’s larger version of the London Eye. The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay often host world class concerts, musicals and plays which are worth booking in advance. Or simply relax by the river and sample some of Singapore’s sensational cuisine.

A further 24 hours in Singapore

Encounter Singapore's wildlife

Having spent a day or two exploring the main highlights of the city you may like to spend a day relaxing on the beach or familiarising yourself with some of Southeast Asia’s wildlife.

Sentosa Island - beaches, parks and gardens

Sentosa Island is Singapore’s playground for all ages with attractive beaches, amusement parks, gardens and a fascinating underwater world. There are a couple of good hotels on the island that offer a different option to staying in the city.

Visit a tropical jungle

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve takes you back to a time when Singapore was swathed in virgin rainforest. Home to an incredible variety of insects, birds and plants with good walking trails this is a great place to acclimatise before exploring other tropical jungles of Asia.

Try a zoo and night safari

To see larger animals as well as some of the continent’s most endangered species we recommend the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Sensitively managed and run with a strong emphasis on conservation the zoo and safari provide great opportunities to get up close to the wildlife.

Recommended hotels in Singapore

Singapore offers interesting accommodation options for all budgets. Choose from a plethora of excellent international hotel brands, characterful independent properties that make the most of grand colonial buildings, and boutique hotels converted from former shop houses.

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Premier harbour room, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Premier harbour room, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Grand Hotel Suite, Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Grand Hotel Suite, Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Rendezvous Hotel Lobby

Rendezvous Hotel Lobby

Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore

Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore

Desire restaurant, The Scarlet, Singapore

Desire restaurant, The Scarlet, Singapore

Bobs bar and terrace at Capella

Bobs bar and terrace at Capella

Fullerton Hotel

Offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Singapore’s arts and financial districts, the Fullerton offers understated comfort and elegance.

Transformed from the original Fullerton building which was built in 1928 and home to the city's post office and most Government departments, its rich heritage, neo-classical architecture, strategic location and excellent service make it one of the best places to stay in Singapore.

Just minutes from Boat and Clarke Quays, the hotel is ideally located for access to a wide choice of Singapore's restaurants, bars, theatres and shopping areas.

Mandarin Oriental

Located a ten minute walk from City Hall train station and within easy access of shops, bars and restaurants, this modern hotel has been refurbished to extremely high standards, making it one of the best in town.

Hotel facilities available include a modern gym with outdoor patio for yoga, large spa and 25 long metre lap pool overlooking the harbour. There is a choice of six restaurants and bars to cater for every taste (Morton's Steakhouse has a very good weekday happy hour) and the breakfast buffet is one of the best we have visited.

Raffles Hotel

Established in 1887, Raffles is as much a landmark of Singapore as it is an accommodation option. The first choice for travellers since its opening, the hotel is centrally located and is renowned for its immaculately landscaped gardens and polished service.

The 103 suites are all furnished in period style and the property retains much of its original character. Raffles’ high teas are always a highlight and a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar (almost an institution in itself), is an essential part of any visit to Singapore. It is a beautiful place to treat yourself or a loved one on a special occasion.

Rendezvous Hotel

Located in the heart of civic and cultural centre is the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore.

The property boasts 298 rooms and three suites, each with a host of modern conveniences such as in-room Internet access, air-conditioning, mini-bar and more. The hotel has a Balinese inspired swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and a variety of restaurants, while the Superior and Deluxe rooms feature a shower only (no bath tubs).

Only a short walk away is Orchard Road, famed for its shopping. There is also a metro station nearby, making it easy to travel around the city.

Swissotel Merchant Court

Centrally located on the Singapore River at Clarke Quay, Swissotel Merchant Court offers good value for a property of this calibre.

The 476 rooms and suites are compact yet well appointed and stylishly furnished. Recreational facilities include a tropically landscaped pool area with jacuzzi, and a fullyequipped fitness centre and spa. Orchard Road, Chinatown and the numerous bars and restaurants on Clarke and Boat Quay, are all within easy reach.

The Fullerton Bay

The Fullerton Bay is the only hotel in Singapore to be built directly on the waters of Singapore's Marina Bay. The prime waterfront location in the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront encompasses breathtaking architecture that combines both modernity and heritage.

Vintage nautical maps and local artwork line the hotel's walkways, while the 100 rooms and six individually themed suites are arguably the best in the city. A unique feature of all the guest rooms is the balcony they all have which offers views of both the Marina Bay waterfront and Singapore's skyline.

The Scarlet

The Scarlet is arguably Singapore's best boutique property.

Like many buildings in the area, the hotel was converted from former Chinese shop houses. All of the compact rooms are individually and theatrically styled with rich, luscious fabrics and the unique furnishings are comfortable while you are also supplied with a good range of amenities.

For an early evening drink or an alfresco meal head to the rooftop restaurant with its tasty and creative Mediterranean cuisine and suave atmosphere.

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore

Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore

Things to see and do

1. Little India

Be amazed by the sights, sounds and smells of the nightly hawker stalls in Little India.

2. Chinatown

Wander around the streets of Chinatown and enjoy a visit to one of the excellent restaurants, galleries or cafés of Ann Siang Hill.

3. Gardens by the Bay

Covering a square kilometre, this incredible horticultural showcase has a variety of plant species from all over the world.

4. Asian Civilisations Museum

Exploring the history of Asia as a whole, the Asian Civilisations Museum offers displays on ancient culture, textiles and ethnicity.

5. Raffles Hotel

Throw your nut shells on the floor and enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar or indulge in a sumptuous traditional afternoon tea.

6. Sentosa Island

An island of family-friendly attractions including beaches, Underwater World and Universal Studios.

7. Shopping

From the glossy malls on Orchard Road to the more local goods on Arab Street, Chinatown’s Sago Street, or the Tekka Centre in Little India, Singapore is a shopper’s heaven.

8. Festivals

Celebrate Singapore’s ethnic and cultural diversity at one of its many festivals such as Chinese New Year, the Hindu Thaipusam and the illuminations of Hari Raya Puasa at the end of Ramadan.

Take a train trip

Did you know?

  • Singapore’s recorded history began in the early 1800s, when it found a role as a trading post with the Orient.
  • It is one of only three city-states in the world, the other two being the Vatican City and Monaco. 
  • Apart from Monaco, it is one of the most densely populated cities on Earth.
  • There are four official languages in Singapore: English (most people speak English), Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
  • You can find the national anthem in microtext on the back of the $1,000 Singapore dollar (UK £474 / US $741).
  • It has the largest tropical orchid garden in the world.
Street restaurants in Chinatown, Singapore

Dao Lanten girls with their mother, Vietnam

Harbour illuminations, Boat Quay, Singapore

Harbour illuminations, Boat Quay, Singapore

When to go to Singapore

Singapore is a year-round destination and is consistently hot and humid with an average temperature of 27°C (80°F).

There are two distinct wet seasons: from December to March and from June to September. During these times you can expect light winds and some spectacular but brief thunderstorms.

Meet our specialists

Many of our Southeast Asia specialists have visited Singapore and spent some time here.

They have visited the hotels (often staying in them), and they have been to the places of interest and mingled with the locals.

We believe this is the only way that we can genuinely offer you a tailor-made service and enable you to discover a side to Singapore that other travel companies might miss.

Meet our Southeast Asia specialists

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