Singapore has a fame for being a super-safe and super-clean metropolis. However guests must also remember there may be zero tolerance on crime – a 29-year-old Briton hit the headlines lately after being sentenced to 24 lashes for drug offences.
Now there are a bunch of recent design inns within the metropolis, a implausible bar and foodie scene, and it’s preferrred, both as a remaining vacation spot or as a stopover en path to Australia.
You’ll get pleasure from a enjoyable time on this shiny new star within the East – and right here’s tips on how to get the very best out of it in two days…
The lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum (above) hosts exhibitions from design to expertise
DAY ONE – MORNING
Obtain the app Seize – Singapore’s model of Uber – then head to the Marina Bay Sands Lodge (marinabaysands.com), the place you’ll be able to pop as much as the rooftop Lavo restaurant for brunch with a view. The ricotta pancakes with lemon and blueberries are divine. If you would like one thing a bit of totally different, how about hen and waffles?
Subsequent door to the lodge is the lotus flower-shaped ArtScience Museum (marinabaysands.com/museum), which hosts exhibitions from design to expertise.
A brief stroll away, the Gardens By The Bay (gardensbythebay.com.sg) covers 250 acres and have 220,000 vegetation.
The 18 futuristic, steel-clad ‘timber’ are literally big exhausts for the generators that cool the biodome greenhouses.
On the scent: The beautiful ‘timber’ at Gardens By The Bay, which has 220,000 vegetation
Head to one in every of Singapore’s big malls and also you’ll by no means be wanting procuring and eating alternatives, nevertheless it’s even higher for a reviving blast of cool air in a metropolis that’s famend for its excessive humidity ranges.
At Ion on Orchard Street (ionorchard.com), there are many designer shops to browse, though there are funds choices too. And as a vacationer, you’ll be able to even declare again the seven per cent Items & Companies Tax.
If you’re prepared for a snack, go to the basement meals courtroom for some toast with kaya, a caramel-like unfold of sugar, coconut milk and eggs.
In Chinatown, chef Ivan Brehm (previously of Heston Blumenthal’s Fats Duck) conjures up excellent flavours at Nouri (nouri.com.sg). A five-course tasting menu with wine pairings prices £155 per individual. Dishes embody Afro-Brazilian fritters with turmeric, coconut sauce, bread and salted prawn vatapa, and nasturtium marshmallow with candied orange. A brief stroll away is Native (tribenative.com), the place Vijay Mudaliar crafts cocktails from strange elements together with erm, pureed grasshoppers.
DAY TWO – MORNING
Escape the hustle and bustle and see a distinct aspect of Singapore by taking the North South line of the metro to Kranji and the Kranji Struggle Cemetery (cwgc.org), the place 4,000 Commonwealth troopers killed in two world wars lie buried.
Earlier than you head again, be a part of the locals within the Kopitam cafe at Kranji station, the place a bowl of laksa – spicy noodle soup – prices lower than £2.50.
Get the low-down: A Vespa tour will take you all around the metropolis
Again in central Singapore, see locations featured within the latest hit film Loopy Wealthy Asian from the sidecar of a souped-up, chauffeur-driven Vespa. The 2-hour tour, which prices from £210pp, features a cease for meals (sideways.sg).
Hawker centres are an establishment right here: no-frills meals courts the place the costs are nice and meals is top-notch.
In Queenstown, Timbre+ gives a contemporary tackle one, with varied eating retailers housed in former delivery containers and dwell music most nights (timbreplus.sg). Seize a bucket of ice on your beers, then select a starter at one spot, a foremost some other place and dessert at a 3rd. It’s nice worth. For those who’re flying out of Changi Terminal 1, pack your swimsuit in hand baggage for the rooftop pool that’s open until midnight (£10.)
Earlier than you head to Changi Terminal 1 on your flight to the UK, relax at Timbre+’s rooftop pool – it’s open till midnight.