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.

Stop along Changi’s Nature Trail for a breath of fresh air. This tropical garden near the koi pond in Terminal 3 is home to 47 species of butterflies that roam free among hanging plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants, and palm trees—there’s even a waterfall.

Owned by the eponymous design studio, Asylum is a high-end clothing store on Ann Siang Hill. The two-story space originally housed an inventory of quirky home furnishings and pieces from local fashion designers like Grace Tan and Aiwei.

Hovering 900 feet above the city, this three-story establishment includes a sports bar, a restaurant, and an alfresco cocktail hot spot.

Stop at this Singaporean chain store for Asian-inspired apparel with a modern twist, plus beautifully crafted accessories like pendants, bracelets, and necklaces fashioned from glass beads, jade, and topaz.

Terminal 1’s Ambassador Hotel opens its Balinese-style rooftop pool to nonguests. The onetime $14 access fee is good for an unlimited amount of time and includes a complimentary soft drink at the bar and use of towels, toiletries, and shower facilities.

The Esplanade complex is called the Durian Building for its resemblance to the spiny-skinned fruit. Smells better, though.

Located at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, Damai Spa combines Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European techniques to create an immersive, healing experience. Named after the Malay and Indonesian word for “peace,” the spa provides a tranquil, nature-inspired environment.

This Hong Kong–born souvenir shop brims with eclectic finds from the Far East and beyond. Browse the racks for embroidered kimonos or colorful cheongsam (a high-collared traditional dress).

Expect sensory overload at this free multimedia zone packed wall to wall with the latest in entertainment: a LAN gaming room, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, and music booths equipped with built-in speakers and TVs showing music videos.

Occupying three adjacent shops on Temple Street, this spacious kitchen supply store sells tableware, utensils, and foodservice products to Singapore’s top restaurants and hotels, as well as amateur chefs.

Dour Brahman priests perform their time-honored devotions to the destroyer goddess Kali at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.