Singapore: It's More than Meets the Eye
Ideal Length:3 Days
Best Time To Go:April - November
Flight Time:LAX 15 Hours 10 Minutes, CHI 19 Hours 30 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 17 Hours 50 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$5,295
After a day of exploring Chinatown, vacationers can grab a bite to eat or drink in Ann Siang Hill for amazing views of nearby shophouses and the skyscrapers located in Singapore's Central Business District.
Visit Little India to buy beautiful garland sold at the Jothi Store & Flower Shop, and learn a few secrets about the historic neighborhood from the shop’s owner Rajakumar Chandra.
Before you leave, make sure you visit Haji Lane to go shopping at the unique boutiques for everything from clothing to handmade souvenirs.
In Kampong Glam, visit the Malay Heritage Center, once a Sultan’s palace, but today it showcases the culture, heritage and history of Malay Singaporeans. Grab dinner afterwards at Hjh Maimunah Nasi Padang to try authentic Malay cuisine.
In addition to Gardens by the Bay, consider visiting Southern Ridges, another beautiful green space in Singapore. This 6-mile trail connects parks between the Kent Ridge Park and HarbourFront.
Singapore Architecture and Green Spaces
Begin your day with a visit of beautiful flora and fauna at the Southern Ridges. Then take a leisurely walk along architectural marvel, Henderson Waves, before grabbing a sumptuous lunch at Pollen, located in the spectacular Gardens by the Bay. End your day with delicious satay on the waterfront as the sun sets.
Lunch at PollenShare This Activity
For lunch, head to the Gardens by the Bay for a fine-dining experience, located at the climate-controlled Flower Dome. This unique restaurant celebrates fresh produce in its French-Mediterranean dishes, plated to mimic the flowers and plants that surround the eatery.
Gardens by the BayShare This Activity
Don’t miss visiting this architecture marvel, where landscape designers and horticulturists take gardening to the next level. The Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove and Dragon & Kingfisher Lakes are not-to-be-missed highlights. Afterwards, head to the waterfront to grab a bite to eat at Satay by the bay as the sun sets.
Singapore Explore the Lion City's Rich Cultures
Today, you’ll take an immersive excursion to Chinatown to visit the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, eat lunch at a Michelin-star hawker stall, check out the newest and largest museum of modern Singapore and Southeast art, and eat an authentic Peranakan dinner followed by a rooftop nightcap in Ann Siang Hill.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple ImmersionShare This Activity
In Chinatown, visit the impressive Tang-styled Chinese Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Explore the origin of the Temple’s name, head to the 3rd floor for the Buddhist Culture Museum and the Sacred Light Hall on the 4th floor.
Chinatown Complex Market & Food CenterShare This Activity
Visitors to this unofficial living museum will find family businesses that have been around for generations on the first floor. Stop at Foo Leong Records, where Mrs. Wong has run the record store for more than 40 years, selling Cantopop, Mandopop and other music from Southeast and East Asia.
Eat at the Largest Hawker CenterShare This Activity
Grab a bite to eat on the second floor of the Chinatown Complex, where you’ll find the largest hawker center in Singapore. Choose from more than 260 stalls, including the Michelin-starred Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. The massive eatery only lends credence to the Lion City’s reputation as one of the world’s leading culinary capitals.
National Gallery SingaporeShare This Activity
Enjoy the Civic District where the buildings range from historic to modern, or both, like the National Gallery Singapore, transformed from a former City Hall and Supreme Court to a modern architectural wonder. This visual arts institution houses an unparalleled collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
National Kitchen by Violet OonShare This Activity
For dinner, head to this Peranakan restaurant that serves fiery dishes for which the community (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) is renowned. Like the food, the restaurant’s décor of antique furniture and black-and-white photos from Oon’s personal collection comes straight from the heart.
Rooftop View in Ann SiangShare This Activity
While you’re in Chinatown, visit Ann Siang Hill, a beautiful area with a stretch of lively bars and restaurants. Head to Potato Head Bar for award-winning, handcrafted cocktails, while you enjoy the rooftop views of the shophouses and the Central Business District’s skyscrapers.
Singapore Explore Eclectic Neighborhoods
Immerse yourself in Singapore’s cultural heritage with classes at the Sri Srinivasa Temple. Visit Kampong Glam to learn about Malay culture, taste Malay cuisines at a family-run restaurant and listen to live music on Haji Lane.
Theravam Classes at Sri Srinivasa Perumal TempleShare This Activity
Visit one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples to take free Theravam classes, where you’ll learn how local devotees worship the man incarnations of Lord Vishu. In case you didn’t know Theravam is part of a collection of devotional poetry.
Jothi Store & Flower ShopShare This Activity
This modest flower shop has grown into a full-blown enterprise, supplying garlands to almost all Hindu temples and Indian weddings in Singapore. Learn a few secrets about the historic neighborhood from the shop’s owner Rajakumar Chandra, who is also the chairman of the Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association.
Vegetarian-Friendly Indian RestaurantShare This Activity
Across from the shop, eat at lunch the century-old Ananda Bhavan Restaurant. This local chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants claims to be the oldest of its kind in the city. Go for the experience and specialties, such as thosai (savoury pancake) and masala chai (spiced tea).
Explore the Malay Heritage CenterShare This Activity
Continue your neighborhood exploration in Kampong Glam, where we recommend a visit to the Malay Heritage Center, once a Sultan’s palace. Today, the Center and the mosque, the Masjid Sultan, remains the epicenter of the Muslim community.
Haji Lane Souvenir ShoppingShare This Activity
If you’re looking for unique souvenirs, head to Haji Lane, known for its hip boutiques. Many of them take inspiration from local culture, for instance the cute plushies and cushions, modeled after local snacks, that are stocked at Meykrs.
Malay Cuisine at Hjh Maimunah Nasi PadangShare This Activity
For decades this family-run restaurant has served some of the best authentic Malay food in the Lion City, sticking to their mum’s time-honored recipes. Make sure you try their specialties: sambal goreng (fried tofu, string beans and chili paste) and ayam bakar (barbecued chicken) on rice.
Gotham City Gin and Live Street MusicShare This Activity
After dinner, head to Atlas, located in the ‘Gotham City building’, where you can sip on a martini or negroni shaken up with small-batch spirits. Then make your way Haji Lane for al fresco seating to watch live musicians belt out tunes at The Singapura Club or Going Om.