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Singapore is Asia's food capital, where East meets West in a dizzying mélange of flavours. Its street food is some of the world's tastiest: start in Chinatown food street with local favourites such as Char Kway Teow (fried broad noodles). At the East Coast Seafood Centre, try spicy chilli crab while the kids enjoy black pepper crayfish. Elsewhere, of course, the big hotels offer international food of every type.
When it's time to take a break from city life, head to the beaches of Sentosa Island for a few days of relaxation, or take a day trip to Sentosa and visit Underwater World, Asia's largest tropical fish oceanarium. You could also take a leisurely stroll around Singapore's beautiful Botanical Gardens, or even visit Jurong Bird Park and view more than 60 species of birds.
There are lots of family attractions, including Singapore Zoo, which has opened Night Safari, the world's first night-time wildlife park - the kids will love it as they meet leopards, otters and owls, among other animals, in the Creatures of the Night show. At Underwater World, you can swim with the dolphins, as well as (friendly) sharks.
Serious shoppers will be happy to know the shops open till 9.00pm or 10.00pm (except for Mustafa Centre in Little India, open 24 hours a day!). On Sundays, head to Clarke Quay markets, down by the river - you'll find all sorts of exotica. You can haggle in the smaller shops, and you'll pick up wonderful crafts in the various ethnic quarters. Come in June to attack the great Singapore sale - it's a retail frenzy!
Water is all around, and it's great fun to take to it on a boat. Cruise the harbour on one of the 'bum boats' that once took goods to the warehouses. Take a day cruise or a dinner cruise, passing sights such as Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. Or, treat yourself to a luxury 5- or 7-night cruise across to Thailand and Malaysia, aboard Superstar Virgo or Superstar Gemini.
Feb - Chinese New Year
May - Labour Day and Vesak Day
Aug - National Day
Sep - F1 Singapore Grand Prix
Oct - Hari Raya Puasa - Festival marking the end of Ramadan
Oct - Diwali - Hindu Festival of LightPlease note: All events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Back to top