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Singapore

Singapore might be one of the smallest countries in the world, but it packs a punch with superb dining, museums and galleries, and a melting pot of different cultures to explore. This tiny nation has much to offer visitors and one overriding passion: food. From hawker markets to classy Michelin star restaurants, Singapore has one of the world’s most exciting and diverse dining scenes. Here you can dine like a king for less than S$10 or live it up at a swanky five star celebrity chef restaurant. Singapore’s culinary heritage comes from the blend of cultures that settled here over the years, from the early British colonial era to the modern Asian hub that it is today. English, Malay, Peranakan, Chinese, Arabic and Indian communities are just a few of the ethnic groups that make up Singapore. Many of its bustling original districts such as Chinatown remain and offer a historic and simultaneously modern take on the city’s cultural evolution.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO 

Hang out at Tiong Bahru
Eat at Chinatown Food Street
Take a sunset cruise
Visit Sri Mariamman Temple
Join a food tour in Little India
Visit Gardens by the Bay
Dine at hawker market
Take a photo of the Merlion
Ride the Singapore Flyer
Historic Chinatown shophouses in Singapore

Eat your fill in Chinatown

Temple in Singapore

Visit a temple

SINGAPORE WEATHER

Singapore has two seasons: wet and dry.  Its proximity to the equator means it is warm throughout the year and rain is common, even during the so-called dry season. Singapore’s dry season runs from March to August and offers cooler temperatures with lower humidity. Rainfall and humidity tends to be highest in November, December, and January. February, March and April are good options for avoiding the worst of the wet season. Provided you don’t visit during the school holidays, you’ll can often pick up good flight and accommodation deals during these months. 

TRAVEL TIPS

Singapore is one of the world’s cleanest cities. Chewing gum is banned and littering can involve a fine of $2,000 dollars, so be tidy.

Singapore’s hawker markets undergo regular checks by government health inspectors and have strict hygiene standards. Relax and enjoy!

Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system is the fastest way to get around. Most attractions are within walking distance of a station. 

Alcohol is expensive in Singapore, especially for wine drinkers. Happy hours are common and help your holiday dollar go further. 

Sunrise from the Fullerton Singapore

TRAVEL INSPIRATION

  • Sofitel Singapore City Centre is a 5 star hotel in the heart of Chinatown with one of the best pools in Singapore.

  • The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is perfect for an adults only Singapore getaway or a stopover staycation on the way to Europe.

  • Staying at Six Senses Maxwell offers a rare chance to truly immerse yourself in the heart of Singapore while indulging your mind, body and spirit.

  • Many Australians have ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to exploring Singapore. Why not skip the sights and have a Singapore Staycation instead?

  • Sentosa in Singapore has always been a popular destination for families but it has recently reinvented itself as an adult playground. Here are 5 ways to enjoy Sentosa without the kids.

  • Whether you prefer cold drip or a latte, here is where to find some of Singapore's best coffee in Tiong Bahru, one of the city's hippest neighbourhoods.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.