You can be trekking through lush forest at MacRitchie in the morning, and blowing your hair back on theme park rides at Sentosa in the afternoon. Eat hearty Asian dishes for less than 5 SGD at a hawker centre (open-air food court), or treat yourself to a slap-up meal in a gourmet restaurant. For kids, Singapore offers cool entertainment destinations, quirky shopping streets, and range of wildlife attractions. It’s all here for the taking on a holiday in Singapore.
Free Shuttle Bus to Business and Shopping Districts, Great Location only a 5 minute walk from Orchard Road, Winner of the Tripadvisor - Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence
Only Beachfront Resort in Singapore located on Sentosa Island, Home to one of Singapores Largest Childrens Club The Cool Zone, Close to Southeast Asias First Univesal Studios.
Full of Historical Charm, Long Bar - Home of the Famous Singapore Sling, Resident Historian - take a tour of Raffles to learn about its storied past.
Award Winning 5* Hotel in the heart of Marina Bay, Situated right on the, trackside of the annual Sinagpore Grand Prix Formula One Race, Direct Access to Marina Square Shopping Mall.
Consistently Voted as one fo the worlds best hotels, A Sanctuary in a Great Central Location, Luxurious Chi Spa - treatments that reflect a true sense of Singapore.
Full of Historical Charm, Long Bar - Home of the Famous Singapore Sling, Resident Historian - take a tour of Raffles to learn about its storied past.
Family-friendly, fun, safe, and extremely easy to navigate on the slick MRT metro system, Singapore is an ideal destination for families. Take your pick from our top seven kid-friendly attractions.
Take the Singapore Cable Car from Mount Faber to Sentosa, building the excitement before you even get to the theme parks and attractions on the island.
Featuring Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park and one of the world’s largest aquariums, Sentosa Island has family-focused entertainment down to a fine art. Bright and bold, it’s a place that kids, big and small, can enjoy. Adrenalin-fuelled fun can be found at the iFly indoor skydiving centre. The MegaZip zip wire sees willing participants soar through the sky, and the Adventure Cove is great if you have a range of ages to cater for. Children can enjoy a splash about, while bigger kids jump in with both feet at the wave pool and slides.
Make your way to the giant space-age lotus flower on Bayfront Avenue, which is home to Singapore ArtScience Museum. Bringing together the worlds of art and science, the museum’s permanent exhibition takes a close look at how creativity shapes the world we live in. Three unique galleries: Curiosity, Inspiration and Expression will get older kids’ creative juices flowing.
You don’t have to be the biggest animal lover to be impressed by the offerings at Singapore Zoo. Set within 28 leafy hectares on the banks of the Upper Seletar Reservoir, the spacious, almost barrier-free surroundings provide the animals with a convincing replica of their natural habitat. Don’t miss breakfast with the orang-utans, who kindly come out to greet their audience. Rub shoulders with lories, Malayan flying foxes, and ring-tailed lemurs in the Fragile Forest biome before heading over to the Great Rift Valley to meet hamadryas baboons, Nubian ibexes, and black-backed jackals. Your own little monkeys can roam free at the Rainforest Kidzworld area.
Singapore’s Night Safari tour starts at 7.30pm and allows you to linger among its inhabitants until midnight. Hop aboard an electric shuttle tram before continuing your journey through 35 hectares of dense forest on foot. The park is home to over 2,500 animals, including the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger. Get up close and personal with the free-roaming and friendlier creatures, while the more fearsome ones are kept safely behind barriers.
Home to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, Singapore’s River Safari mimics the incredible underwater and riverbank environments of some of the world’s most important waterways: the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Mekong and Yangtze. Don’t miss the giant pandas, who you’ll meet after making your way down the Yangtze.
A great place to bring the younger members of your family, Jurong Bird Park is home to more than 5,000 of feathered creatures. You’ll get a chance to feed the birds at the Lory Loft forest enclosure, and kids can let off steam at the wet-and-dry Birds of Play playground. Swimsuits are available to buy if you haven’t packed your own.
Finding the right holiday destination for the whole family can be challenging; particularly when you’re travelling with teens. Singapore’s quirky eateries, excellent public transport and trendy hotspots make it a superb choice for your family getaway. Here are some top tips to help your holiday fly.
Teens tend to survive on a different time zone. They stay up late and like to sleep in. Try not to plan too much first thing – at best, they will be monosyllabic and exhausted, at worst, you won’t get them out of bed. Choose your hotel wisely, so you can pop out for a swim, spa treatment, or some space until they wake up.
Get them involved in the decision making when you’re planning the day’s activities. That way they are far more engaged. Why not hand them the map and let them be responsible for working out how to get from A to B (which in Singapore is super easy)? You can even give them the responsibility of choosing where to eat each day. With so many great places to eat in Singapore, you can’t go wrong.
Limit the amount of museums and art galleries that you visit; teens don’t always appreciate them and can get bored. Stopping off for an exotic drink at the legendary Raffles Hotel is a fun way to sneak some history into your trip.
Please Note:The legal drinking age in Singapore is 18 yrs.
Take lots of breaks for food. Singapore is perfect for this - there are street markets and hawker centres (open-air food courts) everywhere, and you can pick up meals and snacks for less than £2.50.
Don’t let them keep telling you what time it is ‘back home’, it only serves to make them tired. Stay up late on the first night, go somewhere lively to eat like the 40 Hands coffee shop, and get up early the next morning.
Try not to walk too far. Public transport is easy to use in Singapore, and with so much to see and do in close proximity, there’s no need to be travelling too far each day.
Make a visit to a temple as interesting as possible. Get them involved in lighting the incense sticks and meditating. Try searching Buddha’s tooth relic to find the protector of your birth animal.
Go up high to survey the views from above. Rooftop terraces, cable car tours, and canopy walks give an exciting sense of perspective and will help you spot things to do.
Thanks to its diverse cultural influences, Singapore is a foodie’s paradise - with enough variety to suit everyone’s taste buds. Families can enjoy a range of dining experiences, from fine dining at one end, to cheap-and-cheerful hawker centres (open-air food courts) at the other. The city allows you to eat at your whim - and enjoy every second of it!
Here’s our top 10 list of must-try dishes on your holiday in Singapore.
After a long day of touring the city, treat the family to some much needed comfort food from Lau Pa Sat food market. With enough choice to satisfy even the pickiest of palettes, this is a great place to take the family for a hearty meal. If you’re looking for something light but filling, we recommend the fishball soup noodles. These tasty vermicelli rice noodles are served in a homemade broth and accompanied with a variety of fishball and fishcake slices.
If you take a visit to Chinatown, don’t leave without stopping off for lunch at the Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre. The laksa soup (spicy noodle soup) is a popular dish here. Made from thick vermicelli noodles mixed with a meat or fish filling in a coconut curry broth, this dish is great for warming you up on milder days.
For a real taste of Singaporean culture, be sure to sample some of the delicious offerings at the hawker centre street stalls. Satay skewers are a popular choice, with many of the food stalls offering their own unique take on the satay sauces. A half order of mutton, chicken, and prawn skewers is more than enough to feed the family. On a warm day, let the kids wash it down with a refreshing natural coconut water, while you enjoy a cold mug of Tiger beer.
Treat the kids to a Singaporean favourite - mango ice kachang. This delightfully colourful dessert is made from flavoured ice shavings, topped with mangos and filled with red bean (a common ingredient used in East Asian desserts) and grass jelly. The sweet dessert is a fantastic pick-me-up after a long day of exploring.
To start your day in true Singaporean fashion, order a serving of kaya toast (toast spread with coconut jam). Typically served with two soft boiled eggs and kopi (a sweet, dark coffee), this dish is delicious in the morning. Kaya is served in several coffee shops throughout Singapore and varies in colour from golden brown to a light pastel green.
Unless you’re a vegetarian, your holiday in Singapore isn’t complete until you’ve sampled chilli crab. Long Beach seafood restaurant in Dempsey Hill is famous for the dish and serve it alongside fried mantou (deep fried buns) - another Singaporean speciality. Customers are kitted out with aprons so you can get really stuck into mopping up the sauce.
With its roots in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine, bak kut teh or yuk gwut cha translates to meat bone tea. Though tea is served alongside the dish, bak kut teh refers to the spiced-broth soup and accompanying pork spare ribs. The ribs are simmered in the soup for hours, giving way to a tender, meaty concoction that's warming and filling. If Balastier Road is part of your holiday itinerary, visit Founder Bak Kut Teh which is famous for its broth and spare ribs.
A favourite among locals and foodies alike, Hainanese chicken rice is a must-try if you’re on holiday in Singapore. This labour-intensive dish takes hours of preparation and patience, as its tastiness depends on the tenderness of the chicken and the flavour of the rice, which is cooked in chicken broth. The Tian Tian restaurant at Maxwell Food Centre is a popular place to try this dish, but it is also available from the nearby food stalls.
Visit the Tekka Market in Little India and you’ll see locals scooping up biryani (mixed rice dish) with their hands, which is the traditional way to eat the food. Some stalls even serve biryani on a pandan leaf rather than a plate, for easy scooping!
Unlike the sweet carrot cake you would find in an English tea room, this popular savoury dish consists of chunks of red radish fried with egg and spring onion. The cake is then served with spoonfuls of chilli sauce for dipping. White carrot cake can be ordered in most hawker centres. Encourage the kids to watch it being made - the process is just as fascinating as the finished product.
With such a rich and varied food scene, Singapore is great place to get an authentic taste of South East Asia.
The people of Singapore see themselves as one people. Their steadfast determination not to be defined as Malayan, Chinese, Japanese or Indian, but as Singaporean, is palpable and powerful. We’ve pulled together some cultural highlights so you can experience Singapore’s diverse community for yourself.
The Peranakan Chinese (also known as Straits Chinese) are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who first settled in Singapore. Blair Road is part of the Blair Plain conservation area, which features houses with Chinese, Malay, European and British colonial influences. The homes on this particular street are widely admired for their beautiful shuttered windows and doors, colourful courtyards and elaborate tiles.
Located in the Mandarin Gallery on Orchard Road, the Suju Japanese Restaurant is your go-to for authentic sushi. Choose from the set lunch menu, or sample one of the fresh sushi platters.
Culture-seekers will love the range of brightly-coloured saris and Indonesian dresses displayed at Tekka Market. Spend time browsing the stalls for your perfect souvenir, or treat yourself to a quality suit from one of many tailors offering custom orders and alterations. Before you leave, get a henna design on your hand to remind yourself of your holiday in Singapore.
The council flats in London don't hold a candle to the beautiful art deco public housing estate in Tiong Bahru. The staircases are wonderfully symmetrical, and the feeling throughout the different complexes is one of peaceful, laidback living. Small gardens and parks have been built nearby to allow for evening strolls and afternoon chats. Built in the 1930s, it's one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore and, as a result, is now part of the Tiong Bahru conservation area.
Fun fact: Vogue Magazine named Tiong Bahru one of the world's coolest neighbourhoods, along with Hackney!
Hokkien food and culture have a huge influence on Singaporean cuisine. You’ll notice several Hokkien restaurants and cafes dotted along the city streets, often bustling with office workers during the afternoon. Be sure to sample the hokkien mee (stir-fried noodles mixed with slices of pork, squid, and prawns). Other specialities include, breaded pork loin served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce, fried prawn cakes, and steamed chicken with fragrant rice.
Each of these activities are a wonderful and unique way to experience the various cultural influences that thrive in Singapore - but they’re just a start. There is so much to discover. Book a holiday in Singapore to witness a country that's constantly evolving, growing and developing its own national identity.
Rich in culture and tradition, Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood is a melting pot of South Asian influence. From traditional restaurants serving Indian delicacies on banana leafs, to cloth shops bursting with colour and atmosphere, there is a piece of culture on every corner. Reach this vibrant area via MRT and make sure you leave at least half a day free to fully savour the sights, sounds and smells. For a deeper insight into the culture, the Indian Heritage Centre offers a rich programme of Indian-inspired activities and art.
Singapore’s unique cultural melting pot brings with it a colourful collection of family-friendly festivals, giving you plenty of chance to party. Vibrant decorations signal the start of religious and cultural festivities, and the city’s obsession with food tends to intensify. Whichever month you decide to visit, there’s a good chance you’ll find festivities going on somewhere. We’ve listed just some of our favourite festivals in Singapore below.
Considering a majority of the population is of Chinese heritage, it comes as no surprise that Singapore’s biggest annual festival is based in Chinatown. Held each February, Chinese New Year treats Singaporeans to a two-day holiday. Typical festivities include music, live performances and markets filled with Chinese treats. Head to Orchard Road to watch the city’s wonderfully outrageous parade-come-variety-show, the Chingay Parade of Dreams.
Deepavali is the Tamil name for Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Held each October, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains throughout the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. In Singapore, Hindu temples light up with oil lamps, candles and fairy lights. Make your way to Serangoon Road in Little India to see eye-catching street decorations and bazaars brimming with saris, spices and jasmine garlands.
Walk around the streets of Singapore between August and September you’ll notice several tables laid out with offerings, including meats, sweets and incense. These offerings are gifts for the spirits who come back to roam the earth during the seventh lunar month. Chinatown plays host to events including feasts, outdoor Chinese opera and comedy performances.
Hari Raya Puasa is the Malay name for Eid Al Fitr, the Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan. It takes place each September/October. Shuffle your way through the roadside bazaars in Geylang Serai and Kampong Glam, and follow your nose past a tempting array of authentic Malay specialities. Colourful decorations and street lighting make this festival a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds.
Also known as the Mooncake Festival or the August Moon Festival, the Lantern Festival is the time when Buddhists honour the full moon and enjoy family-centred festivities. Paper lanterns, decorations and lights brighten up the city. At moon-viewing parties, families nibble on mooncakes - traditional pie-shaped pastries with seriously sweet fillings such as lotus seed paste.
Held at various venues throughout the city, the Singapore Festival of Arts (SIFA) aims to encourage cultural diversity through seven weeks of varied artistic experiences. Visit the city-state between June and September to see a range of colourful events, from theatre productions and film screenings, to street dance showcases and musical performances.
Celebrated in January or February each year, this two-day celebration sees Hindu devotees process from the Sri Srinavasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to the Chettiar Hindu Temple on Tank Road. Held in honour of Lord Subramaniam, the destroyer of all evil, devotees walk the 4.5 km pilgrimage route carrying a variety of kavadis (offerings), from elaborate feather-embellished structures, to simple pots of milk. Hymns and prayers are chanted throughout the procession, making for a spectacular experience.
On Vesak Day, Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Temples are filled with worshippers offering flowers, candles and prayers during this time of joy, peace and reflection. Monk teachings and vegetarian feasts are common around this time. Countries following the Gregorian calendar tend to celebrate the day in May (or June, if it’s a leap year).