What to see in Singapore

Chinatown

There is a little bit of something to see and do for everyone in Singapore, the most diverse and contrasting place in Southeast Asia. Whether you are here for a quick stopover or backpacking on the overland trail through Asia, you will find lots of unique cultural sights and sounds and the kind of creature comforts that you simply cannot find elsewhere in the region.

Known affectionately as the ‘Little Red Dot’, Singapore is small but perfectly formed. There is no arduous travel on polluted, traffic clogged roads so you can easily explore in great detail during just a couple of days. The ethnic districts of Chinatown, Little India and the Malay quarter of Kampong Glam are great fun to stroll around while shopping and eating are the undisputed national sports of Singapore where gleaming malls, street markets and hawker food stalls are everywhere.

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Fun is most definitely on the menu in Singapore and kids will be engrossed and entertained in equal measure in intuitive museums, thrilling amusement parks, water sports centres and on golden sandy beaches.

Mirroring the diverse cultural makeup of its citizens, the Singapore art world is just as varied and colourful. Traditional oriental art and ornate Malay tapestries will compete for your attention with exuberant Bollywood musicals, nights of Chinese opera and every conceivable contemporary art form.

Discover exotic wildlife at the Jurong Bird Park or laze on the inviting golden beaches of Changi. Singapore’s many captivating museums offer up interactive fun for kids and fascinating artefacts from colonial and wartime history.

Singapore’s famous fantasy island of Sentosa is a weekend haven for families looking for high octane thrills and extravagant entertainment. For most people Chinatown is the beating heart of Singapore life, where age old traditions and rituals still endure.