Situated at the bustling heart of thriving Asia, Singapore has become one of the most sought-after locations for conventions. The Lion City has developed into a global knowledge hub for the biomedical sciences, financial, medical, education, IT and communications and service sectors. Over the past few years, Singapore has been making full use of its 710 km2 of land to come up with new attractions that will keep the destination fresh.
With a tropical climate combined with a selection of the world's most diverse cuisines, outstanding sights and abundant shopping, makes this 'Lion City' ideal for an intriguing visit. A trip to Singapore can be planned around a few days or a week as there is a wealth of attractions to suit almost any interest. Singapore is also a great place to visit for excellent hotels, glorious beaches, amazing attractions and sizzling nightlife. Discover and be enraptured by its unique mixture of cultural traits.
Singapore is a tropical shopping wonderland, with chic malls, trendy designer boutiques and huge department stores seemingly everywhere. Watch out - you could get lost for days in such a shopper's paradise!
The main shopping certainly happens along Orchard Road – a glorious boulevard with both home-grown and international brands - but there's plenty of exciting shopping to be found all over the island, and also on Sentosa. Here there is truly something for everyone's taste and budget, be it designer haute couture or a cool, high-fashion label, up-and-coming local artists or glamorous jewelry – Singapore has it all. One of each year's most eagerly anticipated events is The Great Singapore Sale. Expect huge discounts everywhere you look, and crowds arriving from all over, just to take part in the excitement - and savings!
Singaporeans are deeply passionate about good food - which probably explains why the city-island has become one of the world's premiere food capitals.
Whether you're thinking of a degustation menu featuring several courses and prepared by a celebrity chef, or just a quick and inexpensive dish from a nearby hawker centre, Singapore offers you an astonishing range of choices. Here's our very own selection of restaurants, enabling you to book your table via this website and receive confirmation from the owner himself. Your culinary experience of Singapore really won't be complete if you eat only in traditional restaurants. Be sure to try out some of the local delicacies in the popular hawker centres and local eateries. Our food guide article offers a simple introduction to the best local signature dishes, and even helps you to order them in style using "Singlish".
Things to do
One thing is sure – Singapore has quite a lot to offer, and your day can be as relaxing, adventurous, fun or educational as you feel. From interesting museums to lovely parks, from amazing theme parks to lively casinos – the choice is all yours.
With the enormous number and variety of things to do and places to see, you might not find it easy to make a choice – so let us help you and guide you through the highlights in each section. Also, check out our favourite restaurants, bars and shopping malls. And make sure you have a look at our list of local events and festivals, so you don't miss out on anything when planning your trip to Singapore.