Although Singapore was a British Colony for most of the 19th and early 20th century, it is now a very prosperous independent republic. Situated right at the bottom end of the Malay Peninsula in Asia, it is sandwiched between parts of Malaysia and the islands of Indonesia. It is a small nation with a large population, however the city itself is very clean with plenty of green spaces and crime is almost non-existent.
It is very easy to get around as the train system (MRT) is clean and efficient with stations everywhere, and the buses and taxis are remarkably reasonable and plentiful. Check out our flights to Singapore along with the vacation deals we have available and you’ll soon be enjoying all the fabulous sights that Singapore has in store.
Things to know before visiting Singapore
Singapore’s Changi Airport is at the very top of its game, consistently winning ‘Best Airport’ awards for passenger satisfaction, amenities and comfort. It is also well served by transport links into the city with shuttle and regular buses, trains, taxis and rental vehicles available. A flight from New York to Singapore takes approximately 20 hours, compared to 17 hours on a flight from Los Angeles to Singapore.
The temperature throughout the year is fairly consistent because of its position, so it is always lovely and warm. However, if you think you are likely to spend a large amount of time indoors, for example in a shopping center or movie theater, then remember a sweater. The air-con gets turned up pretty high and you might want to cover up a little more.
One of the more unusual aspects of Singapore is the rule regarding what you can bring into the country. As you will be on vacation you probably won’t fall foul of the laws against bringing in pirated DVDs, however chewing gum and electronic cigarettes are also banned, so make sure you don’t pack any in your suitcases.
Things to do in Singapore
There are so many interesting places to visit here it can be difficult to fit them all in. As well as a visit to the luxurious Raffles Hotel and of course a night safari around the wildlife reserves, you should try the Gardens by the Bay. It is a range of botanic gardens housed in domed conservatories, including the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and is well worth a look around.
If you fancy squaring up to your family with a little golfing adventure, how about trying a spot of indoor mini golf at the LilliPutt Range? There are so many things to do in Singapore, that when you book a flight and hotel package in Singapore with us, you won’t be able to wait until you can start your vacation.
Places to visit near Singapore
Although the city has many exciting places to visit, there are countless places and attractions outside Singapore for your enjoyment when you book your travel packages to Singapore with us. To experience something a little different, visit the countryside of Kranji where you can go to Bollywood Veggies. There you can even plant rice in the paddy fields or take on a challenge involving scarecrows, and best of all you can finish with a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch at the Poison Ivy Bistro for a peaceful interlude on your vacation.
What to eat in Singapore?
Singapore is a tale of two cities as you can eat well and spend very little, or at the other end of the scale a gourmet meal can cost you a lot. The cheapest and most authentic way to eat is to visit the food courts or Hawker Centers, and you can usually find them near busy shopping areas. You should make time to try the delicious kaya toast. It is a snack served between two slices of toast and is made from a sugary coconut jam, eggs and pandan (which has a taste a little like vanilla). And whatever you do after you have booked a travel package to Singapore with us, don’t miss out on the dim sum and dumplings. It’s definitely the best way to enjoy your fantastic vacation getaway.
What to bring from Singapore?
Not many places have a mythical creature to represent them, but Singapore’s merlion is representative of its rich fishing history and Singapore's original name, Lion City. With merlion souvenirs to be found all over the island along with the fantastic memories you will make, what better way to remember your glorious vacation. The sooner you book your flight and hotel deals with us, the sooner you can be browsing the shops, experiencing the rainforests, and having the vacation getaway of a lifetime.