The charming yet cosmopolitan city of Singapore is a gateway to the Far East, enchanting its visitors with a vibrant culture and clean approach to living. Although a thriving city of business, centred around its bustling port, Singapore maintains some beautiful parks and gardens that give it a more natural character that’s just waiting to be discovered. Arriving in the port you will be taken aback by the wonders of this Asian destination, and exploring its diverse attractions will give you an introduction to the Garden City.
As a thriving commercial hub, Singapore is bursting with opportunities for shopping, whether you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe or find some souvenirs to take home. Orchard Road is the heart of the city when it comes to retail, with 22 shopping malls and thousands of brands that call this street home. Not only does is offer some of the best fashion brands and boutique shops, it also has a wealth of restaurants and bars where you can wine and dine after exhausting your energy in the malls. However, if you’re looking to sample local cuisine and find a more authentic experience, then head to the Bugis Street Market to immerse yourself into local life and culture. Street food is a fantastic way to satisfy an appetite, and delicacies like Dim Sum taste at their freshest from those tiny street-side stalls that you’d never suspect could serve such mouth-watering treats.
Singapore is widely regarded as one of the greenest cities in the world, so when you need to escape from the busy streets for a more tranquil afternoon, head to a park for a few hours of relaxation. The Gardens by the Bay cradle the marina and combine the natural greenery with interesting architecture and conservatories that make them so iconic. Animal lovers can be delighted by the inhabitants of Singapore Zoo and the Jurong Bird Park; here you can meet the creatures of the rainforest and even arrange a Night Safari for a unique experience.
At Singapore Zoo, you’ll get an astonishing surprise at the thousands of free roaming animals, wandering their rainforest habitat for all to see. A great day out, here you can watch elephants, tigers, orang-utans and a whole family of exotic animals living freely in the forest whilst you explore the grounds. Meanwhile the MacRitchie Reservoir Park is an outstanding feature of the city, with endless trails winding through peaceful forests that make for a relaxing afternoon walk with a picnic.
Luxury is high on the agenda for anyone wanting a five star experience in the city of Singapore. A trip to the splendid Raffles Hotel allows you the chance to sip an authentic Singapore Sling as you stroll around the bar and grounds of this magnificent building. An elegant addition to any cruise itinerary, here you will feel like royalty as you relax in the sun soaking up the luxurious surroundings. Many cruise companies include an afternoon of high tea in the hotel’s enchanting Tiffin Room. This colonial building is an atmospheric setting for High Tea, and for best results should be combined with a visit to the shores where the hotel has its origins, with the landing of Sir Stamford Raffles in the colonial period.
If you’d rather fill your time with activities and sightseeing that will create unforgettable moments of your getaway, then there is no shortage of excursions available in and around Singapore. Most cruise operators offer tours as a great value addition to the itinerary, and a city tour is a great way to get to know the areas. Beyond the attractions of Orchard Road and the gardens, there are some fantastic highlights that mark the Singapore landscape. A trip to Singarpore’s oldest Hindu temple, Sri Mariamann Temple, is an incredible insight into the religious background of the city, whilst the Christian Church of St Andrews displays the rich diversity of the country. History has also had a significant impact on Singapore, and the scars of war and upheaval can be found at important attractions such as the Old Ford factory War Museum and the Kranji War Memorial that lie beyond the city. Along with the various battlefields that scatter the region, it is a stark reminder that Singapore wasn’t always as prosperous and peaceful as you find it today.
A highlight of any cruise to the Far East, Singapore welcomes millions of visitors every day to this luscious city. A magical combination of city thrills and natural beauty, it’s an essential addition to a journey through Asia that has something for everyone.