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Globetrotter: 16 reasons to add Singapore to your 2021 travel plans.

Singapore is a city fuelled by passion and pride. Around every corner, incredible experiences are being crafted, cooked, painted, designed, grown or built by locals who share a common trait: passion. Like them, you’ll be empowered to do what you love in this city of limitless possibilities—whether you’re a foodie, explorer, collector, socialiser, action seeker or culture shaper.

Culture Shaper: Explore the rich tapestry of art and culture

Little India: Stroll through the eclectic neighbourhood of Little India leisurely as you rediscover and chance upon hidden gems, traditional delights and delectable cuisine.

Chinatown: Charming streets lined with merchants; uncles (All older people are referred to as uncles and aunties, regardless of whether they are relatives) playing an afternoon game of chess in the shadow of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple; chic eateries and mouth-watering hawker fare–these are familiar sights and new discoveries waiting to unfold in Chinatown.

Joo Chiat/Katong: With its pastel-hued shophouses, rich heritage and old-world charm, Joo Chiat/Katong is the perfect destination for in-depth exploration. Coupled with delectable food, fantastic shopping, nearby walks to the beach and cosy stays in heritage hotels, there’s plenty of things to see and do over three days in this quaint and delightful neighbourhood.

 

National Gallery Singapore: The National Gallery Singapore is a visual arts institution housing an unparalleled collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art. At 64,000 square metres, it is the largest visual arts venue in Singapore and one of the largest in the region.


Collector: Shop and set trends

Orchard Road: A world-renowned shoppers’ paradise, Singapore is noted as one of the world’s most business-friendly cities, which attracts both famous international brands and local designers to set up shop in our business-friendly metropolis.

Kampong Gelam: Formerly the seat of sultans in Singapore, the heritage district of Kampong Gelam (also commonly referred to as “Kampong Glam”) is a hypnotic blend of old and new. You can idle the time away in the boutique shops and cafes, unwind in the comfort of the heritage hotel, and feast on culinary delights from day till night.


Explorer: Discover intriguing places in the city and beyond

Botanic Garden: Singapore’s oldest garden is a treasure trove for plant lovers or those who want to have a good time outdoors.

Gardens by the Bay: Nature’s beauty is unveiled with Gardens by the Bay’s surreal sights, paradise-like spaces and lush greenery.

Jewel Changi Airport: An unparalleled fusion of design, architecture and lush nature, this world-class lifestyle hub is the perfect way to experience Singapore’s many charms. The world’s tallest indoor waterfall soars up to 40 metres and is bound to inspire explorers who love nature and architecture. 

Marina Bay – The modern district of Marina Bay is a myriad of museums, an iconic garden, Michelin-dining options and a trove of top-notch shopping, 

Singapore Zoo: the Singapore Zoo is a haven for wondrous wildlife and a must-visit for animal lovers. Besides being home to over 2,800 animals from 300 species—including crocodiles, Malayan tapirs and white tigers—the zoo has won a trove of international and local awards. These include plaudits from Forbes Traveler as one of the best zoos in the world, the Asian Attraction Awards for Most Popular Attraction in the Wildlife Park category and the STB 22nd Tourism Award for Best Leisure Attraction Experience of the Year. It was ranked as one of the world’s top 3 zoos by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2018.

Night Safari: This 13-time Best Attraction Experience winner is worth staying up late for. At the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park you will be greeted by close to 900 animals from over 100 species. 


Action Seeker: chase the excitement, enjoy the thrills

Sentosa Island: From sun-kissed beaches to high-flying thrills, Sentosa is the perfect island getaway. Whether you’re looking to explore nature and heritage, pamper yourself with spa and wellness, lounge on the beach or soak up the island vibes, the state of fun is sure to leave you spellbound. 


Socialiser: Meet & Mingle at some of Asia’s Top 50 restaurants which are in Singapore.

Clarke Quay: Known as the party centre of Singapore. Whether you’re looking to dance up a storm or indulge in a bubbly, Clarke Quay is bound to slake your thirst for entertainment nightlife.

Club Street: Fully charged with an electrifying atmosphere after dark and a favourite with night owls and nightlife lovers. The street is buzzing with energy come nightfall—the roads are closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday evenings, with crowds spilling out onto the streets.


Foodie: Authentic flavours and culinary insights

Hawker Centre: Populated by passionate foodies, Singaporeans enjoy a wide variety of good food at affordable prices. Hawker centres, which are an indispensable pillar of the Singaporean way of life, offer numerous cuisines. UNESCO has recently inscribed #OurHawkerCulture on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

 


From luxury retail to world-class international cuisines, exciting leisure spots, pristine beaches, exciting attractions and tropical landscapes. Singapore is a destination to add to your 2021 travel itinerary.

GO: Visit www.visitsingapore.com for more information.

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David Tapley - Editor
Dubai-based editor for one of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publications across Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Specialised in food, hospitality, arts, culture, and travel-related content.

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