Singapore is a fascinating melting pot of East and West. Here the hypermodern buildings of the financial district blend with Chinatown’s classic small houses. As an old trading town, Singapore is the natural place for anyone who wants to shop – the range is enormous. In addition, Singapore offers a cuisine with influences from all corners of Asia that exceeds the highest expectations.

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Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay are among the world's most spectacular urban developments. The Gardens' inauguration in 2012 marked a decisive step towards refashioning Singapore from "Garden City" to "City in a Garden" -- it's easy to see why while wandering its 100+ hectares. The Gardens’ Supertree Grove consists of 18 tree-like structures, some reaching up to 50m in height. What’s hard to wrap one’s mind around is how closely these “trees” mimic their natural counterparts: overgrown with exotic plants and flowers, they mimic photosynthesis via a complex system of environmental technologies, and collect rainwater that later goes towards irrigation and fountain displays. There is a spectacular Skyway stretching between 2 of the tallest trees, which features a light and sound display at night. Another two unmissable attractions at the Gardens are the two conservatories: the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore
Jewel Changi Airport

Singapore's Changi Airport has won multiple awards (voted "Best in the World" for 7 consecutive years), and the jewel in its crown of regalia is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, fittingly called just that: Jewel. The waterfall comes down from the roof, creating a breathtaking vortex which recirculates rain water. The Rain Vortex is surrounded by a multiple-level display of tropical flora, including various species of blooming orchids; the top level features a family-friendly canopy park, and there are dozens of further shopping and entertainment venues around. One doesn't often hear of city residents doing day trips to the airport to simple spend time there, but it certainly is the case with jewel -- you'll see many making the trip to Changi with no luggage whatsoever, with the sole purpose of visiting the Jewel.

78 Airport Blvd, Singapore
Makansutra Gluttons Bay

Set smack in the middle of the action with the Marina Bay Sands in plain sight, Gluttons Bay is a row of hawker stalls serving all manner of Singaporean delights straight off the sizzling pans and grills to the lucky ones who manage secure a spot in the outdoor dining area that tends to fill up very quickly, especially at rush hour. A must-try to start with is a classic oyster omelette.

8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore
Chinatown Complex

The complex's primary attraction is food, and lots of it: apart from the celebrated, Michelin-listed Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle that continuously draws lines, there are dozens of other stalls, including those serving fresh juices and even draft beers.

335 Smith Street, Singapore
Suntec City

Eat, stroll and be impressed by this monumental indoor complex full of shopping arcades, cinemas, restaurants, conference centres and works of art - including a gigantic fountain. Moreover, it is a good place to cool down when the tropical heat is too oppressive outside.

3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore
Orchard Road

Orchard Road is the main shopping street in Singapore. There are department stores and shopping centres at an incomparable range which beats most. Anyone who wants, could easily add a few days to their trip just to walk up and down Orchard Road in search for bargains.

Orchard Road, Singapore


Like nearly everything else in the city, the Singapore Changi Airport is a miracle of efficiency. All services are provided locally and it is recognised as one of the best airports in the world. Both its terminals are linked by a skytrain which operates both at the transit and public areas and Terminal 3. Obviously, the shopping is high class here as well. Transportation to and from the city is excellent as the end station of one of the routes on the MRT tube is at the airport. The tube is also the cheapest and fastest way to the city. A taxi to the city takes around 30 minutes. Budget transport to the city and other parts of the island can also be by bus or by train. Terminals are located at the basement of airport terminals 1 and 2. Prepare the exact fare for buses as no change will be given. If you choose to go by train, you would have to switch trains at EW4 - Tanah Merah MRT Station to get downtown. A Ground Transport Centre (GTC) is available at the Arrival Hall of both Terminals. For more details on time tables and fares, pick up a copy of the MRT brochure at the Changi Airport MRT Station.

Airport Boulevard, Singapore

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the overwhelming majority of world countries do not require a visa for tourism stays of 30 to 90 days. Nationals of some countries do require a visa, which can often be easily obtained online and received in printable format. In orde to be granted entry into Singapore, all visitors must produce a passport valid for 6 months from the date of departure, proof of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay, a return or onward ticket, visa for the following destination (if applicable), and a yellow fever vaccination certificate (please consult the up-to-date list of countries whose national require vaccination at your planned travel dates).