Prepare to be fascinated and educated as you delve into Singapore’s colourful and multicultural heritage. Travel back in time to the late-19th and early-20th century as you explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre’s reconstructed rooms, before strolling through the glorious sights and smells of Little India, perhaps even stopping to have your future read by a fortune teller. If your cultural cravings still aren’t satisfied, Singapore is home to a huge variety of intriguing and informative museums and galleries; the oldest, The National Museum, houses fascinating, historical Singapore treasures, while Singapore Art Museum showcases a selection of contemporary Asian artwork.
Food in Singapore, as in much of Asia, is a national pastime and, with such a wealth of dining options to discover, you certainly won't go hungry. The riverside quays feature an eclectic mix of restaurants and alfresco dining, whilst the multi-cultural districts – such as Chinatown and Little India – offer truly authentic and utterly delicious food of their nations. For fine dining, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore offers an exquisite choice of Italian, Cantonese, American Steakhouse and Japanese cuisine, whilst Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s selection of world-class, award-winning, restaurants includes Shang Palace, which boasts an illustrious 45-year history and showcases authentic Cantonese cuisine.
Gardens by the Bay
Completely unique and captivating from the moment you arrive, visit the 101-hectare fantasy land that is Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Costing a staggering S$1 billion, the botanic garden is filled with space-age bio domes, high-tech, twinkling Supertrees and mind-boggling sculptures. Discover the Flower Dome, replicating the dry Mediterranean climate, before strolling through the tropical, waterfall-filled, Cloud Forest. For inimitable views of this fascinating garden, ride the futuristic OCBC Skyway through the Supertrees, before catching the truly spectacular Garden Rhapsody show in the evening.
An island of thrills, Singapore boasts countless attractions that offer endless fun for the whole family. Head to the glorious Universal Studios Singapore – south east Asia's first Hollywood movie theme park – featuring an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill-seekers, set in seven, uniquely-designed, movie zones. Another unforgettable day out, Singapore Zoo comprises 26 stunning hectares of spacious, naturalistic enclosures that house some cheeky, charming and fascinating animals – including orangutans, Malaysian Flying Foxes and White Tigers. Not only this, the zoo is home to the fun-filled Rainforest Kidszworld – a wonderland of slides, swings, pony rides and farmyard animals.
With a huge variety of glorious shopping opportunities, Singapore is the perfect destination for some good old retail therapy. For stunning jewellery, Mustafa Centre in Little India is open 24 hours, whilst Singapore’s famous Orchard Road – stretching over two kilometres – is world-renowned for its DFS (Duty Free Shopping) Galleria Scottswalk, the perfect place to grab a range of luxury goods, including watches, handbags and cosmetics. Alongside the most exclusive designer brands and elegant stores, Singapore offers a quirkier shopping scene; head to bustling Clarke Quay and spend the afternoon in the charming antique shops or, on a Sunday, get lost in the flea market.
For the ultimate way to travel, Singapore Airlines offers suites on-board the A380 aircraft. Each suite features sliding doors and window blinds to offer you complete privacy, as well as a fully-adjustable seat, soft leather chaise longue and separate stand-alone bed, plus the finest cuisine served when you wish.
British Airways and Qantas from London Heathrow to Singapore or Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.
From London Heathrow to Singapore: 12 hours, 40 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
There are penalties for overstaying your visa. These include fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment (the rattan cane) and deportation depending on the length of overstay.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.