Singapore City GUIDE

Deciding where to go in Singapore can seem like a difficult task for first-time visitors. However, on an island that measures 50 kilometres (31 miles) from one end to another, you can travel easily and cheaply at any time of day or night. To help you decide what to do in Singapore, we have compiled a hotel guide, and below we have listed Singapore’s neighbourhoods with some interesting facts.

 

CIVIC DISTRICT AND MARINA BAY

Great in the day but brilliant at night when the city comes alive. Experience the light shows at 8 pm and 9 pm. Allow 2 hours for an overview and 4 hours for an in-depth exploration.

 
  • Admire the historical colonial buildings and learn about the founding of Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles.

  • Meet the famous Singapore Merlion and find out the legend behind the half lion, half fish mascot.

  • Enjoy a Singapore Sling at Raffles, Singapore’s most famous hotel.

  • Marvel at the view from our secret lookout point on the roof of one of the old buildings and learn about the development and building of the city.

  • Add on a Singapore River cruise to explore the city on a bumboat.

 
 
 

CHINATOWN

One of the best districts for exploring local food. Visit the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world! Allow 1.5 hours for an overview and 4 hours for an in-depth exploration.

 
  • Follow the journey of the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. First visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple where thanks were given to the God of the Sea for a safe arrival. Learn about Taoism and fortune telling.

  • Explore the back streets and Ann Siang Hill and learn about Clan Associations and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and learn about Buddhism.

  • Feast on Chinese delicacies at the Chinatown Hawker Centre and shop till you drop at the souvenir markets.

  • See the site of long-gone opium dens, coolie accommodation and death houses.

 
 
 

LITTLE INDIA

Equally good to explore during the day and evening. Allow 1 to 2 hours for an in-depth exploration.

 
  • Explore the colourful gold, spice and fabric markets of Singapore’s most vibrant district.

  • Learn about the early town planning and how Singapore’s ethnic districts, including Little India, came about.

  • Enjoy a selection of popular Indian foods from savoury snacks to sweet treats.

  • Visit the breathtaking Sri Mariamman temple and learn about Hinduism and its mystical beliefs.

 
 
 

KAMPONG GLAM AND ARAB STREET

Equally good to explore during the day and evening. Allow 1 hour for an overview and 2.5 hours for an in-depth exploration.

 
  • Visit the former home of the Malay royalty and learn about how they sold Singapore to the British.

  • See the impressive Sultan’s Mosque and discover the five pillars of Islam.

  • Explore authentic shops specialising in Arabian trades and the super trendy Haji Lane.

  • Uncover Singapore’s past as a starting hub for Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca.

 
 
 
 
 

TIONG BAHRU

Come hungry as Tiong Bahru is renowned for its super clean old school Hawker Centre. Allow 1 to 2 hours to explore this trendy neighbourhood.

 
  • Named as one of the worlds coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, Tiong Bahru’s charming art deco buildings are one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates.

  • Learn about the design and development of this heritage listed area.

  • Chow down at the Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre, one of the most famous in Singapore due to its concentration of ‘legend’ stalls, many in operation since the 1950s.