Come on a journey of discovery through Singapore, as we take a one of a kind travel adventure, with our intrepid urbanites! Let us uncover the hidden wonders of this vibrant, non-stop city. Sit back, relax and let us do the leg work for you!
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From the moment you step on-board the flight, Singapore Airlines’ world-renowned, signature hospitality sets the tone for the adventure to come. It’s true, the airline’s seats ensure a restful night’s sleep, but you’ll be forgiven for disregarding this to stay up all night bingeing on KrisWorld’s selection of in-flight programming from around the world. On arrival, the task is simple yet limitless: Experience all that Singapore has to offer. Well, thank you very much Singapore, don’t mind if we do…
The beauty of Singapore lies in celebrating its vibrant mix of old and new – to pack the most into the trip, you will have to embrace this contrast. From the culturally charming Kampong Glam to the mystically magnificent Supertrees towering over the Gardens by the Bay, every view demands your attention.
Then there are the signature spots, the classics that should not be missed. For the culture seekers, you are able to soak up Singapore’s cultural diversity and past when you wander through the historic Chinatown, Little India’s vibrant and colourful streets, as well as Katong’s carefully conserved Peranakan shophouses once occupied by the Straits Chinese in Singapore. The trendy cosmopolite will be spoilt for choice along the reputable shopping districts of Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands, where they populate a top 10 place on the must-do charts of shopping mavens.
For travellers interested to take a break from the regular itinerary to experience modern Singapore like a local, do not leave out the exploration of local residential ‘heartland’ areas. You will be pleased to find that old neighbourhoods such as Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane, while heritage rich and offer a slice of traditional Singapore, they are jammed packed with an eclectic mix of modern food and lifestyle establishments.
Singapore’s diversity is also greatly reflected in its food culture and there is something for everyone in this foodie’s paradise. Experience the mingling of cultures and tastes that have flavoured Singapore, culminating in a delectable dining scene that while steeped in heritage and tradition, is also varied, new and full of innovation.
You will be searching for Char Kway Teow (stir fried flat rice noodles) and Laksa (noodle dish with a spicy coconut-based soup, usually served with prawns and cockles) no doubt – but other classics such as Chilli Crab, Hokkien Mee (egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with egg, pork, prawns and squid), Hainanese Chicken Rice and Kaya Toast (bread topped with pandan leaf infused coconut jam) are all within easy reach. The adventurous traveller can attempt to conquer the city’s famous street food centres (Maxwell Food Centre and the Lau Pa Sat are must-do locations) in search of the greatest versions of these iconic dishes.
Singapore isn’t just a street foodie haven though. Beyond the local scene, it has morphed into a fine dining oasis with many award-winning restaurants. The dynamism of Singapore’s food scene is evidenced in the inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore which lists 200 eateries spanning 35 different cuisines and establishments. If gourmet food is on the menu, seek out Michelin starred restaurants (Candlenut or Corner House are favourites) or chic bistros run by local chefs (Wild Rocket by Willin Low and National Kitchen by Violet Oon ought to be on your list) for a taste of that modern Singaporean fare.
Being bowled over by the culinary and cultural richness of Singapore is a magical experience which one should definitely not miss. More than that, you’ll also be pleased to learn that Singapore is just around the corner from SIA key gateway cities around the US.
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