"The Singapore Botanical Gardens is a great place to get away from the crowds"
Singapore has a distinct feel that is unlike any other place in Asia. The ultra-modern skyline meets lush parks at every turn. With more than 25 per cent of Singapore’s population being foreign born, the nation is a true melting pot.
The weather in Singapore is perfect for those who love the sun. The heat and humidity level can get intense however. Throughout the majority of the year, daytime temperatures hover around 33°C with lows of 26°C after dark.
It rains quite frequently but only for short bouts. It is best to carry an umbrella but don’t be surprised to see blue skies again after an hour. January and February can be a bit cooler, but Singapore is affected by the North East monsoon weather so expect stronger rainfall.
The Chinese, Malay, and Indian influence combine together to make a culture that is distinctly Singaporean. This country is bursting with tons of things to keep you occupied on your holiday from entertainment to sightseeing.
So gather your sun hat and umbrella, and check out our list of things to do and see when visiting Singapore.
Sentosa Island: Singapore’s Island Hotspot
Sentosa Island has been called overhyped but the additions and overhauls that have been done in the last few years have really made it well worth a visit. It’s a short trip from central Singapore and you can do it by monorail in less than ten minutes.
For a more scenic trip, take the cable car. Prices start at £18 but check for promotional deals before you buy your tickets. You can typically buy admission into other attractions alongside the cable car for major savings.
Singapore’s first casino has just opened under the Crockfords Tower Hotel. Entry is free for foreigners so it’s worth a visit. Universal Studios Singapore is one of the island’s top attractions and a must-do if you like rides. They have the world’s tallest dueling rollercoaster and other heart stoppers alongside more child-friendly rides.
Voyage de la Vie is another top pick on the island. The unique rock circus show is full of unforgettable performances with dreamy music and costumes.
A True Garden City
The world is full of cities boasting about their garden space but Singapore is the real deal. An actual 50 per cent of the city’s space is covered in greenery and there are more than 50 major parks and four nature reserves.
The Singapore Botanical Gardens is a great place to get away from the crowds, and sometimes coldly modern feel of the city. It is open from 5 am until midnight so it is the ideal place to walk during the cool early morning or late evening hours.
The Gardens are home to the National Orchid Garden, which is one of the most peaceful places that you will find on the continent.
A Day at the Flyer
At 42 storeys high, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s largest Ferris wheel. The breath-taking views that you can get from 165m above the city is absolutely unparalleled. For around £14 you can get a bird’s eye view of everything that Singapore has to offer.
If you are looking for a truly indulgent experience, reserve your spot on the Singapore Flyer Sky Dining. For £130 per couple, you can enjoy an hour on the Singapore Flyer, a personal butler, a four course meal, access to the Flyer Lounge, and the Journey of Dreams interactive gallery.
In general, the Singapore Flyer is just a great place for first time tourists to get their bearings in the city. FunVee Open Top Bus and Duck and Hippo Tours both start their city tours there and there’s a tourist information office so plan to start there for easy tour options.
If you are ready for a more adventurous ride, check out Ultimate Drive. This world famous race track is home to the world’s best drivers during the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One Night Race.
Back to Nature at Changi Village
If you want to get away from the urban hustle and bustle, head over to Changi Village. Changi Beach is sandy and picturesque.
It has been a popular camping spot for Singaporeans for decades. Barbeque pits are available so it’s the perfect spot to make dinner then spend a blissful night out relaxing on the beach.
If you’re looking to relax in luxury then head down to Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa. Their amazing massages are based on the principles of reflexology and will restore your body’s natural energy flow. If you’ve never stuck your feet into a bowl full of fish, stay around after your massage for an experience that you won’t soon forget.
Public transport in Singapore is fantastic. You can get just about anywhere quickly and inexpensively with their metro system. It is an incredibly easy city to navigate and Singapore Tourist Passes are less than £5 for one day or you can get a three day pass under £10. Taxis are reasonably priced as well but hiring a car is not worth the hassle.
If you do decide to take a winter holiday, Chinese New Year (typically between January and February) is a great time to visit. There are also fantastic Diwali celebrations as well so check the calendar before you go.