Given its favourable position equidistant from both Australia and Asia, Singapore is considered a key stepping stone for those travelling north and south of the equator. But while many travellers spend but a few hours in this distinct city-state before jetting to their final destination, it’s well worth exploring Singapore further if your schedule allows.
Here, we offer a stopover guide to Singapore, including information on the must-see sights and the best places to eat, drink and shop during an overnight stay as part of a luxury escorted tour from Scenic.
The skyline of Singapore may suggest an impenetrable urban jungle, but the state’s greening policy means vast swathes of the metropolis boast parks, gardens, and pockets of stunning tropical flora. To experience this contrast at its evocative best, make for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 156-year-old public park honoured by UNESCO on account of its prized natural beauty.
If history and heritage are at the top of your Singapore travel agenda, be sure to visit the delightfully named Baba House. Located in Singapore’s charming Blair Plain district; Baba House is an exquisitely preserved Peranakan homestead, whose antique façade exudes the vibrancy and intrigue of Singapore’s colourful past.
And for those keen to experience Singapore’s world-renowned hustle and bustle, one of the best places to take a stroll is Little India. A melting pot of culture, street food and market stalls; Little India sees the collision of several ethnic groups, each with its own story to tell.
If there’s one thing Singaporeans do well, it’s food. Wherever you choose to travel across this sprawling metropolis, you’ll never be far from a delicious plate of freshly prepared local cuisine — from Michelin star restaurants to authentic Asian street food.
For a light bite on the move, be sure to visit the Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre. Featuring hundreds of independent eateries, and ample open-air seating, this is one of Singapore’s finest Hawker food markets, and the best place to sample the nation’s favourite dish, chwee kueh.
For an upscale culinary experience, pay a visit to Iggy’s at the Hilton. Celebrated as one of Singapore’s best restaurants, Iggy’s delivers balanced Japanese flavours carefully prepared by head chef, Akmal Anuar. Couple this clean, fresh fare with an exhaustive wine selection, and Iggy’s provides a truly decadent dining experience.
Alternatively, if it’s liquid refreshment you’re seeking during a visit to Singapore, make your way to 1-Altitude, a fabulous skyline bar on the roof of the famous Raffles Building. Along with impressive panoramic views of the city, you can savour one of Singapore’s best-loved aperitifs, the Singapore Sling.
Paris and London may be the premier retail destinations of Europe, but they have a worthy rival in Singapore. Considered the epicentre of Asia’s booming retail craze, Singapore is home to an extraordinary array of designer stores, exclusive boutiques and intriguing street markets.
Among the innumerable retail destinations of Singapore, none afford as many opportunities to spend as Orchard Road. In 2012, this three-mile shopping promenade was voted the world’s finest retail street, and for good reason. Orchard Road is home to no less than twenty-two exclusive shopping arcades, as well as a glut of designer flagships. If you’ve only time to visit one such retail mall, choose ION Orchard, the epitome of contemporary shopping in Singapore.
Here at Scenic, we offer a number of luxury escorted tours to Singapore and Southeast Asia. To discover the complete range, visit our Escorted Tours page or call us on 0808 278 7429.