Marina Bay Area
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Most affectionately know Singapore as 'the Lion City'; a stopover hub en route to Europe and Asia. Not any more! The recent explosion of tourism development plus a plethora of major events have made this east-meets-west city a not to be missed holiday destination. While pockets of the city-state retain its colonial, environmental and cultural charms, the island state has surpassed itself in having one of the world's most commendable public transport system, heritage buildings, best-in-class accommodation, shopping and world-class attractions. Book a Singapore holiday package and experience an escape like no other! Or, read more about Singapore's shopping, dining, entertainment and family holidays.
The rich colonial history, limited land size and strategic location in South East Asia plays a part in shaping the country today. Singapore is an important regional centre for finance, arts, business and leisure travel and it is not surprising to see how modern influences have managed to blend in easily with local cultures. English is the main language, thereby making the city very accessible.
Singapore is perfect for stopovers, family holidays, romantic escapes and a memorable trip. Business travellers will find state-of-the-art venues, excellent hotels and various entertainment options for meetings and conferences. If you're travelling with your family, spend some time in the many award-winning theme parks, explore interactive museums or water activities around the island. Serious shoppers will find almost every international brand with competitive prices in a conglomerate of departmental stores. Foodies at heart will know that sampling the multicultural cuisine in Singapore is a major highlight. For some much needed pampering, spas and resorts are plentiful. The bustling nightlife, year round events and festivals will keep you occupied until the early hours of the morning.
Holidays, leisure travels or work trips alike, you will find a hotel or accommodation suited to your budget and preferences. Go for luxury comfort with five star hotels or boutique hotels for something different.
You’ll find the island’s most famous shopping strip is a great base for a holiday. Orchard Road is lined with department stores and specialty shops carrying product from renowned international brands. Expect to see the latest fashion from Europe, US and Asia. Check out huge departmental stores including Tangs, Ngee Ann City & Takashimaya, Ion Orchard, Wisma Atria, Centrepoint, Knightsbridge, 313@Somerset and the renowned Swedish fashion brand H&M, the first in Asia. While the area is synonymous with retail haven, it is also a great place to sample some of Singapore’s local cuisine. If you have the chance, visit Orchard Road during the months and days prior to Christmas as the shops will deck out their best Yuletide outfit to compete for the best dressed buildings. The colours, lights and ornaments will mesmerise your senses.
Historic Chinatown is a conglomerate of cultures and is a great place to stay. Boutique and themed hotels are abundant and the area is full of attractions, entertainment and shops. While Chinatown still retain its ‘shophouses’ architecture from colonial times, the buildings were given a new life with fresh paints and modern installations. Lining Pagoda Streets are stalls and shops selling an assortment of souvenirs, electronics, textiles and traditional Chinese herbs. At night, you can enjoy alfresco dining in a hawker stalls street setting or have a drink or two at one of the bars and clubs in the area. Don’t miss the Chinatown Heritage Centre and retraced the footsteps of early Chinese Migrants. Other notable attractions include the Sri Mariamman Temple, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Jamae Mosque.
One of the most recent additions to the Singapore icon is the Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort with an awesome contemporary architecture. Three iconic hotel towers support a ship structure that host the spectacular Sands SkyPark with one of the most stunning infinity pool in the region. You’ll encounter an entirely new shopping experience with the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, a retail haven dedicated to high-end international brands and a Louis Vuitton concept store on a floating island. Another attraction is Gardens by the Bay, a futuristic concept of parks and gardens integrating impressive manmade structures with rare plants.
The resort island of Sentosa is just off the southern shore of Singapore. It is the home of Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studio, a plethora of excitements perfect for a family holiday. There’s also an oceanarium, a butterfly park, water rides and lots of tropical-themed attractions. Stay in one of the luxury themed hotel for a memorable getaway.
Singapore is warm and humid all year round. Average day temperature is about 30oC. You can visit Singapore anytime of the year as there are no distinc seasons.
Changi Airport (SIN) is located on the eastern side of the island. Singapore flight time is between 7 and 7½ hours from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. From Perth, it takes slightly more than 5 hours.
The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit connects the airport to the city centre and is a very cost effective way to travel. Airport shuttles, taxis and transfers are buses are available.