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Join us on an escorted tour to Singapore, a city-state like no other. An intoxicating blend of old and new, squeaky clean Singapore is a melting pot of fascinating and diverse cultures, from Indian and Malaysian to British and Chinese.
For a small destination, Singapore packs a mighty punch. Known as the ‘Gateway to Asia’, Singapore is a perfect introduction to this beguiling region. Once a British colonial trading post, today Singapore is a thriving global economic powerhouse and one of the Four Asian Tigers. Despite its rapid development in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, affluent Singapore has not forgotten its traditional roots.
One minute, you’ll be walking through traditional Chinatown, with its roadside markets and colourful lanterns, the next, you’ll find yourself in the Gardens by the Bay, an ultra-modern creative waterside nature park with futuristic structures.
On a Newmarket Holidays Singapore tour, you’ll discover the city-state’s most iconic sights and areas, from Little India and the Colonial District, crowned by the iconic Raffles Hotel (where the Singapore Sling cocktail was first mixed), to glitzy Orchard Road and futuristic Marina Bay. Take the time to explore the Gardens by the Bay and the UNESCO-protected Botanic Gardens, home to the National Orchid Centre.
Eating and shopping are two pastimes that Singaporeans enjoy perhaps above all else, and you’ll get the chance to do plenty of both on your tour. Singapore is renowned for its hawker food centres, which, thanks to its multicultural identity, serve a variety of delicious foods, including Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Thai. There are several stalls that have even been awarded the prestigious Michelin Star! As for shopping, you’ll find everything from clothes and antiques to electronic gadgets and perfume for sale in Singapore.
Home to over 5 million people, multiple languages and distinct cultures, Singapore is a diverse and interesting destination, with much to offer visitors. The city boasts historic districts, with temples, markets and hawker centres to explore, alongside modern developments, including the luxurious Marina Bay Sands hotel, which is home to the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. Singapore isn’t just built-up urban
areas though: the city is also noted for its many green spaces, most famously Gardens by the Bay, which offer guests some respite from the busy downtown area.
When the local greeting (makan) means ‘have you eaten?’, it is safe to assume you’re in a place where food is a high priority.
Singapore’s food and drink scene benefits also massively from its multiculturalism, and has something to suit every palate, including Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Chinese and European-inspired dishes.
Noodle and rice dishes are very popular in Singapore, along with seafood. Chili crab is the national dish of Singapore, whilst Hainanese chicken (Chinese-style chicken and rice) and nasi lemak (a Malaysian dish cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with rice) are very popular too. Due to its large Indian community, dishes like biryani and roti (flat bread) are also commonplace. Kaya toast (toast served with a jam made from coconut milk, eggs and pandan leaves) and coffee is a breakfast staple in Singapore.
Singapore is a Muslim country, so drinking alcohol is not overly common. That being said, licensed hotels and restaurants do serve alcohol, albeit at a premium.
First trip to Singapore? Here are a few questions you might have.
No. UK passport holders can enter Singapore without a visa, and stay for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from the date you enter Singapore.
Singapore is warm and humid all year, with frequent rainfall and storms during certain times. Temperatures don’t tend to vary too much throughout the year, hovering around 30°C during the day. Generally, Singapore is hit by two monsoons: the northeast monsoon (December to February) and the southwest monsoon (June to September) The best time to visit Singapore is during February and April, when northeast monsoon is easing off, and there is less rainfall and more sunnier days.
In general, Singapore is an expensive place to visit. However, you can cut costs by booking onto a Newmarket tour, with flights, accommodation and some sightseeing included in the price, and by eating at hawker centres.