Singapore, ideally located in the heart of Southeast Asia, packs a lot in its 280 sq miles; enough to explore for at least a week, when it is safe to travel again.
The city-state is known for its iconic skyline, multi-cultural heritage and its diverse cuisine, but increasingly Singapore is rapidly gaining notoriety as “City in nature” due to its lush mantle of tropical greenery and biophilic approach to future landscapes.
Classic must-visits include the UNESCO-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens (with over 200 “VIP orchids” named after dignitaries such as Prince William and Kate Middleton) and the awe-inspiring, award-winning Gardens by Bay with its infamous Supertree Grove and Garden Rhapsody light show. Beyond that lies wonderful greenery and we recommend exploring the many green havens, including the MacRitchie Nature Trail and Reservoir Park, Henderson Waves and Hort Park.
With all the trails and scenery, one will whet up an appetite and a trip to Singapore would not be complete without experiencing the famous hawker centres (featuring the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred stall), especially since Hawker Culture was added to UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2020. There are so many dishes to taste, from chicken rice to chilli crab, roti prata to fish head curry and for those who crave sweet treats at the end of the meal try kuehs (cakes) and chendol.