So much is the same, but different, in the exotic everyday mix of this island city-state. It starts at Changi International Airport where the arrival experience is as quick and painless as the speedy, 20-minute ride into the city centre. Here visitors are spoilt for choice with an array of intriguing places to explore, history to discover, thrills to chase and a vibrant arts tapestry to unravel.
Singapore is a safe city for travellers, so venture out with gusto. Take to the streets for a look at the traditional two-storey shophouses of old world Singapore. Wander through the colourful, textile and accessory-filled bazaars at Arab Street in Kampong Glam. In Chinatown, the shophouses offer art and antiques, souvenirs and clothing.
Delve into history with a visit to the underground Fort Canning Battle Box, where the drama of Singapore’s surrender to the Japanese in 1942 marked the end of the British Empire.
Visit the National Gallery of Singapore and the ArtScience Museum to see art and science fuse in a world of wonderment and the MINT Museum of Toys to catch Astro Boy, Popeye and Tintin.
A magical, human-made plant kingdom awaits discovery at Gardens by the Bay. Explore the Flower Dome, one of the most extensive glass greenhouses in the world, and the Cloud Forest, a mountain of waterfalls with a walking trail through misty walls of tropical vegetation and flowers.