Singapore

Singapore Travel Guide

Though the city isn't especially strong on art museums and other cultural institutions, when you visit Singapore there are still plenty of urban distractions to keep you occupied. If you make it to all the other stops in our Singapore travel guide, take a day trip to neighboring Sentosa Island and hit the beach. Orchard Road. For many Singapore travel means one thing: shopping. Here you'll find many of the best boutiques and department stores in Asia. Singapore Zoo. One of the world's outstanding zoos and conservation centers, even travelers without kids in tow will want to see the rainforest exhibits when they visit Singapore. Raffles Hotel. The colonial atmosphere of the days when the British ruled Singapore live on at the legendary Raffles. Night Market. Of Singapore's many night markets, Bugis Street is one of the most popular. Stalls sell souvenirs, street food, and fresh juices to locals and tourists. Botanic Gardens. For more than 150 years, the Botanic Gardens have provided an oasis of green in bustling Singapore, while also being an important research center from the British era to the present day.

Travelers with a minimum five-hour layover can journey into the city on one of two free stopover tours. The Colonial Excursion retraces Singapore’s storied past via a walk along the landmark-rimmed Singapore River.

Billed as a “lifestyle concept store,” Eggthree sells an unusual selection of clothing, accessories, house wares, and gift items. One of four Singaporean locations, this Chinatown branch is only a three-minute walk from trendy Ann Siang Hill.

The gallery features emerging Asian artists.

Each floor of this glass-enclosed mall is designed to showcase its 100 high-end shops.

Orchids are Singapore’s national flower, and this shop’s three locations sell them in a variety of hues and hybrids. Look for the rare maroon dendrobium among the more usual whites, pinks, and purples.

This well-equipped public lounge has free Internet stations, LCD televisions with cable, and a “kiddie corner” television tuned into the Cartoon Channel. Or, pull up a sleek purple armchair and gaze out onto the runway.

Singapore’s Post Bar, in the iconic Fullerton Hotel, lends its swank style to its airport outpost. Behind an onyx bar, black-clad bartenders shake up zany twists of the classics like the Gold Sling, a Goldschlager-doused version of the national cocktail made with gin, brandy, and Benedictine.

A Singapore mainstay since its opening in 1991, Zouk is a magnet for the local “in crowd.” The club, located in a renovated warehouse on Jiak Kim Street, is actually a complex of four venues: the main Zouk room, designed with whitewashed walls and a multilevel dance floor; Phuture, which includes

Cabanas surrounding the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s pool, stellar views of the cityscape—no wonder throngs line up to get in.

The sweetly packaged cakes and crackers on sale here make great gifts, and the Indonesian delicacies taste as good as they look. Don’t miss the kue lapis, a steamed butter-and-egg-based layer cake too laborious to make on your own.

Changi’s two theaters play the latest blockbusters and cable TV movies around the clock, with up to 10 screenings daily. And the upholstered armchairs are cushier than plane seating. Check for schedules posted outside the theaters.

Surrounded by the many dining and nightlife venues of Chinatown, Union Restaurant & Bar is located in a traditional shophouse on bustling Club Street.

The fine, jewel-box Asian Civilisations Museum was opened in a colonial-era riverfront structure.

Singapore Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport, servicing more than 100 international airlines and providing flights to 210 cities worldwide.