A melting pot of cultures, blending Chinese, Indian and Muslim tradition in a modern metropolis to rival any Western shore, Singapore is definitely one of the 'must see' destinations in the Far East. From colonial monuments to the thriving cultural communities of China Town and Little India to the renovation of Sentosa Island with Resorts World including Universal Studios and the enhancement of the Marina Bay area, Singapore is catapulting into the International spotlight. Throw in stunning beaches, great shopping and fantastic nightlife and Singapore holidays really do have it all.
Singapore, SingaporeThe Orchard Hotel offers cosmopolitan elegance and comfort in a coveted location on the world famous shopping and entertainment boulevard, Orchard Road. The location means that you can step out More Info
Raffles: Declared a National monument in 1987, the legendary Raffles Hotel stands as a jewel in Singapore's crown. No visit to Singapore would be complete without sampling a Singapore Sling at the world famous Raffles Hotel Long Bar.
Shopping: The Great Singapore Sale held every year from late May-July is a major shopping event organised by the Singapore Tourist Board where many malls and stores extend their opening hours and offer excellent discounts and additional benefits for tourists. Orchard Road is a must visit and is crammed with modern malls and department stores. If you're looking for more traditional purchases, head to China Town and pick up paintings, trinkets and silks from the bustling street stalls.
Night Safari: See the drama and mystery of the jungle come alive at the World's premier night safari! Watch Cape buffalo, blue sheep, striped hyena, rhinoceros and more roaming freely through the lush grounds. Set in 40 hectares of dense secondary forest the night safari is a thrilling experience for all.
Sentosa: Located just fifteen minutes from the city by car, ferry or cable car, Sentosa is Singapore's own island resort gateway and Asia's favourite playground. Totally revamped into an amusement park complete with nature walks, butterfly parks and water slides, you can even find Universal Studios here with incredible rides and shows. Framed by coconut palms, Sentosa's beaches are a true tropical haven perfect to relax after a day of fun and excitement!
Food: With such a rich multicultural heritage, Singapore has a mind-boggling range of cafés and restaurants serving everything from Chinese to Indian, Lebanese to Vietnamese and Italian to Spanish cuisine. Make sure to try the hawker food stalls which are strictly monitored for hygiene and are a great way to sample tasty local delicacies.
When to go
Temperature Range: 25°C - 31°C
Most popular: January - June
Best value: July - August
Best weather: Any time, however November and December have the most rainfall.
Direct flights: Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Quantas.
Indirect flights: Emirates, Malaysia Airlines and KLM.
Visa information: None for British citizens
Health information: Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.
Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
When To Go
July and August offer the best value accommodation.
Best Time to Go
Any time. Lying just north of the equator, Singapore basks in year round sunshine cooled by sporadic rainfall.
The most popular time to visit Singapore is between January and June.
April is the warmest month.
Like most of South East Asia, Singapore has a hot and humid climate with daytime temperatures reaching 30°C and night time temperatures rarely falling below 20°C. November and December have the most rainfall; however brief rain showers are expected every month of the year and provide a cool respite from the sun.
Singapore Travel Information
There are a number of airlines flying from the UK to Singapore.
Direct Carriers: Singapore Airlines offers direct flights from both London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore. British Airways and Quantas also offer direct flights from London. Flight time is approximately 12 hours.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Singapore via Dubai, Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and should you wish to start your journey closer to home KLM offer UK regional departure points via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: These are included in the cost of your flight ticket.
Fastest Flight Time: 12hrs 45mins (London Heathrow - Singapore)
British passport holders are not required a visa to enter Singapore for tourist stays up to 28 days only. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Singapore. Please contact the Singaporean Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 235 8315.
How to obtain a visa
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