Long dismissed as little more than a sterile stopover, Singapore has reinvented itself as one of the world’s hotlist destinations.

The Wild Side

The world’s aspiring ‘City in a Garden’ is an unexpected wonderland for fans of all things green and natural. Catch a city bus and end up in ancient rainforests rustling with monkeys and Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, muddy wetlands teeming with lobsters and giant lizards, or sleepy farms heaving with bananas, papayas and jackfruit. Alternatively, hop on a bumboat and then cycle your way around a rustic island paradise. Or just stay central and escape to Singapore’s soothing Botanic Gardens. Welcome to the wild side, in an oh-so-Singaporean, user-friendly package.

Why I Love Singapore

By Cristian Bonetto, Writer
What I love most about Singapore are the sharp and constant contrasts: smoky temples in the shadow of skyscrapers, luxe condos backing onto jungle, old-school shophouses housing secret cocktail dens. I can travel the world without ever leaving the island. One minute I’m in the ‘Hong Kong’ wet markets and malls of Chinatown, the next the ‘Mumbai’ street scenes of Little India, the next the red-light ‘Patpong, Bangkok’ district of Geylang. Dig deeper than the ‘sterile’ cliches and you’ll find a place more complex, contradictory and addictive than you might imagine. Even after countless sojourns, Asia’s little red dot never fails to make me swoon.

Shop Until You Drop

Dirt-cheap prices may be a thing of the past but Singapore remains a retail joyride. Its malls are the stuff of legend – ambitious consumer temples packed with catwalk couture, on-trend street brands and just-released electronics. Beyond the malls is a scene that’s deliciously eclectic and increasingly idiosyncratic: hunt down Chinese medicines, dusty antiques or local art in heritage Chinatown shophouses; bag bespoke fragrances to the Islamic call to prayer in Kampong Glam; or pick up local frocks, bling and books in the deco buildings of Tiong Bahru.

Asian ‘It’ Kid

Asia’s perennial geek has finally found its groove. More than just satay and malls, new-school Singapore is all about sci-fi architecture in billion-dollar gardens, contemporary art in converted colonial barracks, and single-origin coffee in heritage shophouses. There’s a deepening self-confidence and it’s driving everything, from Singapore’s striking new hotels to its modern menus and expertly curated cocktails. Beyond these bold new thrills is a nation with history and depth, recounted in museums as enlightened as they are engaging. Singapore, boring? Pah-lease.

Food, Glorious Food

From chilli-spiked crab, to fragrant laksa, rendang and biryani, Singapore is a mouthwatering feast of flavours. Singaporeans are obsessed with food – good food – and you’ll find it steaming, sizzling and simmering almost everywhere you look. Indeed, food is the greatest unifier across ethnic divides and the country’s celebrated hawker centres are a heady mix of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian spices. Centuries of cultural exchange shine through in the region’s unique Nonya cuisine, while modern Singapore’s global status is reflected in a booming restaurant scene that covers all bases with ever-increasing competence.

Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Singapore - Night Safari

Arrive in Singapore and drive to the hotel. Relax at the hotel and later, proceed for Night Safari (which is optional). Overnight stay will be in Singapore.

Day 2 - Singapore City Tour and Sentosa Island Tour

Relish a tasty breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a city tour. Visit Parliament House, China Town and Supreme Court. Also, visit City Hall and Little India. Stop at Raffles Landing Site, Sentosa Island and the underwater world. Later, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay will be in Singapore.

Day 3 - Universal Studio with Sea Aquarium

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and proceed to the Universal Studios.

Day 4 - Singapore - Malaysia - City Tour

Arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and drive to the hotel. Relax at the hotel and later, go for shopping. Proceed for a half-day city tour of Kuala Lumpur. Visit China Town, National Museum, National Monument and Kings Palace. Later, drive through Lake Gardens, stop at the Old Railway Station to click pictures and also, visit Merdeka Square, the Chocolate Factory, Sultan Abdul Monument building and Petronas Twin Towers. You can also visit the Sunway Lagoon. Enjoy the overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur.

Day 5 - Genting Highlands with Snow World

Transfer from Kuala Lumpur Airport or the hotel to Genting Highlands which is a 24-hour entertainment resort. Later, check in at the hotel and relax for a while. Visit the Outdoor Theme Park, Casino de Genting and enjoy shows like Arena of Stars (tickets not included in the package). Also, visit First World Plaza in Malaysia. Overnight stay will be in Genting.

Day 6 - Depart from Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and check out from the hotel. Later, drive to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and head for your onward journey.