Slip away for a Singapore trip: safaris and street food in the lively Lion City

The flashy island nation of Singapore's bursting with culture and jaw-dropping sights. Once a busy trading hub, it's evolved into a multicultural melting pot with fascinating stops around every colourful corner.

One of my favourite things to do in Singapore is travel the world via sensational street food – from buttery prata (flatbread) in Little India to pork-laden hokkien mee (chewy noodles doused in seafood stock) in Chinatown. When I’m sated and need some time out, the incense-scented calm of Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple and the man-made beaches of Sentosa help me unwind and find my centre.

This jam-packed Asian wonderland has stolen my heart. Take a peek at some of my top picks of what to do and see on your own Singaporean adventure.

What to see in Singapore: surreal sculptures and gargantuan gardens


One of the best things about Singapore is the number of attractions that literally leave me awestruck. From nature and religion to things that are just plain odd, there’s something about Singapore’s one-of-a-kind experiences that have endeared this place to me.

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Where to stay in Singapore

Choose from vintage shophouses to world-class luxury.

Taste the iconic Singapore sling at this iconic Singapore hotel

Classic luxury awaits at the world-famous Raffles Hotel. Even the exterior exudes elegance, from its stately chalk-white facade to the tranquil palm-fringed courtyard. Take a Studio Suite for colonial grandeur and taste the high life with personal butler service. Find serenity with a treatment in the onsite spa, then sip fruity Singapore Slings in the iconic Long Bar.

Hotel Raffles Singapore

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Singapore, 8.3 km to Ang Mo Kio - AMK
9.3 Excellent (1839 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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A hotel that embodies Old Singapore

Get a taste of old Singapore at The Sultan. Housed in colonial-style shophouses, this elegant yet affordable accommodation is a self-professed ‘heritage hotel’. Sitting in central Kampong Glam, you’ll be immersed in the scents and sounds of this evocative neighbourhood. Make the three-minute walk to Masjid Sultan for a tour, then settle in a café on Haji Lane for steaming chai. Hit the onsite jazz club after dark to kick back with live music and handcrafted cocktails.

The Sultan

Singapore, 7.5 km to Ang Mo Kio - AMK
7.7 Good (1149 reviews)
Very good Service 8.4 / 10
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A budget-friendly boutique hotel in Singapore

If I’m travelling on a budget, I head to Hotel Clover The Arts for stylish and comfortable digs that won’t blow the bank. An eight-minute walk from lively Clarke Quay, this boutique accommodation is like an art gallery with beds. Hand-painted works adorn each room, and the exterior features a kaleidoscopic five-storey mural. Add in free breakfast plus a roof terrace with a turquoise pool, and you’ll see why I return to this spot time and time again.

Hotel Clover The Arts Singapore

Singapore, 9.1 km to Ang Mo Kio - AMK
7.6 Good (1627 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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A showstopping stay on your Singapore trip

Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime indulgence at Marina Bay Sands. Boasting five stars and eye-popping interiors, this behemoth towers over Singapore’s CBD and waterfront. Hit the SkyPark Observation Deck for a dip in the infinity pool, then unleash some feel-good vibes in the fitness club or spa. Catch a world-class show in the Sands Theatre before trawling the high-end eateries offering palate-pleasing fusion food.

Marina Bay Sands

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Singapore, 9.7 km to Ang Mo Kio - AMK
8.5 Excellent (9474 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Where to eat in Singapore


From street food hawkers to Michelin-starred menus.

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