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Being as the smallest country in Southeast Asia, Singapore is still one of the most dynamic cities. Developed from a sleepy fishing village into a glittering metropolis, the island city-state is famous for its glitzy skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls, and super clean streets. This country is also described as a quintessential cosmopolitan city with the highest religious diversity in Asia. All of which make Singapore a truly unique destination. Every year, Singapore attracts millions of visitors, higher than the population of this beautiful city. In addition, the city offers a plethora of other options for entertainment such as Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Botanic Garden, Marina Bay Sands, Tiger Balm Garden, and the Singapore Night Safari. Do not miss the opportunity to explore Singapore tours, speak to our travel experts now!
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Travel Guide

1. When is the best time to visit Singapore?

Because of its location in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s weather is quite hot and humid all year.

The best time to visit Singapore is during July to September, especially around July. This is the festive season, so you will have a great time to explore the many facets of Singapore such as the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival.

Casino experience at Marina Bay Sands Casino or Resorts World Sentosa

The first name is Marina Bay Sands Hotel which is designed as a multi-tower structure look like a ship resting along the top. Interesting experiences here can't be without heading to the on-site casino. Costing an $5.5 million to create, the casino encompasses more than 1,500 slots and 600 table games across 15,000 square metres of gaming space on four levels. Beside a broad selection of games that are popular in Asia, you can also play internationally popular games like roulette, baccarat, craps and pontoon.

The other is Sentosa Island where you will never be bored with the countless table games and slots to be enjoyed. Thanks to its professional severving, you can enjoy your baccarat or roulette with satisfaction

Fine dining at Odette

Odette is recognised as the highest level by the Michelin Guide, it is a three star serving modern French cuisine by chef Julien Royer. You will enjoy your meat in National Gallery Singapore and boasting calming pretty, pale and gently whimsical interiors. One of the delights on the menu was mushroom tea, rosemary smoked organic egg, smoked pigeon, foie gras and scallops. These dishes will be paired with unique combinations and presented attractively.

Paddock Club at Formula One

The Formula One Paddock Club three-day bundle has to be the best recommendation for you. You should stand right above the pit garages to have the best views of lane action, conveniently visit free-flowing Champagne and fine dining from restaurants by Heston Blumenthal and Nobu Matsuhisa.

Signature cocktails at Raffles

Raffles is a five-star palatial hotel and famous for the Singapore Sling cocktail. The gin-based cocktail is mixed with pineapple juice, lime juice, curacao, Benedictine and cherry liqueur, which was created over 100 years ago by a bartender in the hotel’s Long Bar. The Long Bar is designed in the style of Malayan life in the 1920s, which offers an upmarket spot to sip on the original Singapore Sling.

 

Spa day at ESPA Resorts World Sentosa

EPSA offers a truly relaxing day with both luxurious services and facilities. There are signature treatments that you should try are the two-hour ultimate hammam ritual, a selection of 90-minute exclusive facials or the two-hour stress reliever body ritual.

Club Indulgence at Mandarin Oriental

The five-star hotel in central Marina Bay offers fine dining restaurants, a luxurious spa and exquisite suites. Arrive by limousine transfer in a Mercedes Benz E-Class and benefit from daily Champagne breakfasts, a 20% discount on a 90-minute treatment at The Spa, evening cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, all day wines, beers, soft drinks and an afternoon tea service and late check out with the club indulgence package.

Marina Bay Sands

The opulent Marina Bay Sands resort complex includes a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. The Skypark's viewing deck and infinity pool are found in the ship (yes, ship) that tops the hotel. From there, you can see the innovative double helix bridge, the port, the Gardens by the Bay (101 hectares of land converted into waterfront gardens), and the impressive skyline. While up there on top of the city, guests can grab a snack or a coffee at the rooftop restaurant or pick up some keepsakes from the souvenir stand.

Gardens by the Bay

This place is perfect for enjoying the vibrant plant life and escaping the city bustle for a moment. You won't want to miss Supertree Grove designed to perform environmentally sustainable functions. Then, head to the Cloud Forest Dome to see the world's tallest indoor waterfall and learn a bit about biodiversity.

 

Orchard Road

The Orchard Road area is a great place to start a shopping spree, as there are high-end stores at every turn. You'd expect nothing less from a neighborhood that boasts 22 malls and six department stores.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer is known as the world's largest giant observation wheel. You can choose to be served a high tea while enjoying a view that encompasses not only the Singapore skyline but as far away as the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia's Straits of Johor. Flights last 30 minutes and run all day, so you are free to see sceneries at night or day.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

This colonial building is one of the world's last grand 19th-century hotels. Built in 1887, the hotel has been a city landmark for over a century and still maintained its tony reputation with excellent food and service. The classical architecture and tropical gardens provide a refined setting and represent another facet of Singapore's varied and rich history.

Sentosa Island

A must-see on Sentosa Island is the Merlion, Singapore's famous statue that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. You can take an escalator to the top of the statue and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Siloso Beach is a good spot for getting in beach time, and visitors can play volleyball on free courts or go kayaking and skimboarding. Additionally, the Underwater World aquarium, where you can swim with dolphins.. Adventurous types will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the SeaBreeze Water-Sports.

Clarke Quay

The "center of commerce during the 19th century," Clarke Quay was known as a "center of commerce during the 19th century”. Staying here gives tourists the chance to admire some of the city's historic bridges and view landmarks like the Merlion from the water. The Quay's biggest hit with younger tourists is a giant bungee-jumping attraction, an adrenaline-packed thrill ride.

Night Safari Singapore

The highlight of theNight Safari Singapore introducing visitors to the nocturnal lives of the residents. The park's habitats are divided into four sections, each with its own trail that lets you observe these elusive creatures as they go about their "day”. The Leopard Trail has  leopards, as well as lions, flying foxes, civets, and porcupines among other animals. The Fishing Cat Trail tours the habitat of animals native to Singapore. East Lodge Trail features Malayan tigers and spotted hyenas, and the Wallaby Trail introduces visitors to the marsupials of Australia.

Chinatown

There are many authentic Chinese foods and bright red lanterns here. You can visit the Chinese Heritage Centre and see the impressive and beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple. This neighborhood is a testament to the influence of the Chinese throughout Singapore's past. Further, it's home to the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, where the quaint bistros and upscale boutiques could be at home in any Western city.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens received a UNESCO World Heritage nomination. The city preserves pieces of Singapore's wilder heritage. Here, a walking trail leads to the gardens' heritage trees, which are conserved to protect the city's mature tree species. Other popular things to do include visiting the eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, sculptures, and several other formal gardens.

Best beach for a party: Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Sentosa is an artificial beach on reclaimed land and located just off Singapore's southern coast. The Island is home to three of Singapore’s best beaches.

If you’re seeking swaying palm trees and tropical vibes, Tanjong is where it’s at. The crowning glory is Tanjong Beach Club, which serves up delicious bites with tropical beats. At the weekend, the venue gets livelier as the day wears on.

Best beach for swimming: Lazarus Beach, Lazarus Island

Lazarus Island is one of the islands that make up the ‘Southern Islands of Singapore’.It is quite inaccessible to arrive at Lazarus Beach. You need to take a scheduled ferry from Marina South Pier to St. John’s Island. Lazarus Island is joined to St. John’s via a 100-meter paved causeway. Because of being an unspoiled beach in Singapore , there are no stores on the island which means you need to bring your own supplies.

Best beach for a hotel stay: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

In Siloso Beach, you'll find a lovely lagoon equipped with water sports and beach activities. If you're looking for an adventurous way to arrive, the Mega Zip with a 450m long zip line will satisfy you. Take the thrilling ride from the forest of Mount Imbiah and land on Siloso Beach.

Further, you will have an excellent spot for Italian food at Trapizza with only a short walk from the hotel. Otherwise, you can go to Nestopia to experience a unique open-air play space with netted obstacle courses and giant slides.

Best beach for families: Palawan Beach, Sentosa

Palawan sits between Sentosa’s Siloso and Tanjong Beach. Children will love Palawan because it is home to HydroDash which is Singapore’s floating aqua park. HydroDash welcomes those age 5 and up but reserve in advance if you’re visiting on the weekend.

Moreover, there is a suspension bridge which leads you to the ‘Southernmost point of Continental Asia’. For eats, head to FOC Sentosa where you can enjoy paella and tapas overlooking the lagoon.

Best beach for sunrise: Changi Beach

Changi Beach forms one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore. With its location on the far east of Singapore, this is the perfect spot to catch a sunrise. Alternatively, for those seeking a scenic stroll, head to the boardwalk in the western end of Changi Point. Additional, Changi Village is another excellent spot for hawker fare.

Best beach for activity: East Coach Beach

East Coast Park is a man-made beach built on reclaimed land with a length of over 15km. Activities that are served up the beach such as wakeboarding and windsurfing . There are many rental shops hiring out anything from tandem bikes to a pedal go-kart for rollerblading and riding cycles. Moreover, there are many different eateries dotted throughout the Park, from chili crab at Jumbo Seafood to salads at PS Café.

Best beach for a day trip: Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is home to Singapore’s last village and the Chek Jawa Wetlands. With an area of 1020 hectare, you will freely explore the island. Chek Jawa is one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. You can also plan to arrive at low tide and admire the sea life after the tide table. On Pulau Ubin, Mamam is the only official beach, which is a popular campsite with basic facilities. Additionally, you can enjoy a handful of casual restaurants in Ubin town like Season Live Seafood.

Culture of Singapore is a melange of Malay, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Eurasian culture and influences. That is the reason for an eccentric and striking Singaporean culture today .

Religion in Singapore

Chinese Buddhism is the major religion in Singapore, due to the large population of Southern Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Hinduism is also prevalent, being the faith of those with South Indian heritage. Christianity is growing quite exponentially as a belief system, and many young Singaporeans are leaning towards it.

Language of Singapore

Singapore has four official languages – English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin Chinese. Because of being a former colonial country, English is the most commonly spoken and written language. In writing, Singapore follows British English. In spite of being the national language Malay is spoken by only 15-17% Singaporeans in some political fields. Most people can speak good English and one of their mother tongues.

Festivals of Singapore

The culture of Singapore is highly influenced by a large number of religious festivities taking place all around the year. August 9 is the country’s Independence Day, which has been celebrated with the National Day Parade since 2005. Other than this, the public holiday list of Singapore is a reflection of the country’s racial, religious and linguistic diversity. Among the assured ones, there is Chinese New Year, Eid-ul-Fitr, Diwali and Buddhist Vesak Day,, as well as Christmas and New Year’s Day. Other celebrated festivals are Pongal, Thaipusam, Buddha Jayanti and Hari Raya Haji. Among cultural festivals, there is the Singapore Food Festival every year. The Buddhists celebrate Hungry Ghost Festival and offer eatables to the spirits of their deceased. Mid-Autumn Festival or the Lantern Festival is one of the largest celebrations in the country, which marks the 15th and the last day of Chinese New Year festivities. The sky of Singapore gets covered with flaming dots of paper lanterns set free.

Singapore's Folk Dance and Music

The range of dance comprising traditional is a reflection of the diversity of the culture in Singapore. Lion Dance by the Chinese community is performed during various festivities like New Year while the Malay National Dance - Zapin - is popular among Malays. One can even find Indian Bharatanatyam and Kathak being taught in multiple schools in Singapore. Also, you can experience western-style performing arts including Opera and Ballet with the courtesy of Symphony Orchestra at Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay which offers free jazz and opera performances occasionally by the water's edge. The island also hosts a range of music festivals like Mosaic Music Festival and the cutting edge Baybeats every year.

The cultures of Singapore are a blend of multiple ethnic influences including Chinese, Malay, Indians and others, the reason being the country's history as a trading hub. Therefore, some popular Singaporean customs and traditions that you need to notice are:

Do’s

  • Always shake hands firmly, which is considered respectful.
  • Take off the shoes before entering any one's house. .
  • Call elderly people as 'Uncle' or 'Auntie', which shows respect
  • Queuing is a rule in Singapore .
  • Littering in Garbage.
  • Strictly obey traffic rules.

Don’ts

  • Do not stick chopsticks upright in the bowl, which is considered bad luck.
  • Do not touch anyone's head, which is considered sacred by many.
  • Do not pinpoint someone or something with a finger.
  • Do not have behaviors of gender discrimination in Singapore.
  • Do not Possess or bring chewing gum into the country unofficially.
  • Do not smoke, urinate, spit, Commit affray or a fight  in public places.

Singapore is not a cheap place to live, but a very pocket-friendly place to eat. The country has all types of food, which is from on streets to high-end restaurants. Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Malay dishes are most common. In detail, Hawker Centres are a particular speciality of Singapore, where a wide variety of flavours are available to be enjoyed in mostly open-air communal seating. You also can taste a plate of soy-sauce chicken rice or noodles with the price of only SGD 2 on the second floor of Chinatown Complex. For seafood, pork or lamb skewers and noodle-and—broth-based dishes are most in demand. Laksa is the common street food, which is basically a bowl of vermicelli noodles with prawns or fishcakes. Among drinks, Tiger beer is a popular choice for drinkers. Beside, there are many teetotallers who love The Tarik – the traditional Singaporean black tea with milk, made by aerating it between two cups.

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Diep Anh

Diep Anh

My name is Diep Anh or Lara - your travel consultant. With a great love for tourism, I have a passion to discover the beauty of every corner in my beautiful country. I am very happy to be a part of the Lux Travel DMC family where I can share my experiences with passengers around the world and organize wonderful and unforgettable trips in Vietnam, in the Indochinese countries for them
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