Gardens by the Bay

There’s More to Explore in Singapore

Posted March 7th, 2017

Strategically located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore is THE cruise hub of the region offering two cruise terminals just a 30 minute drive from Changi Airport and 10 minutes to the city centre. Singapore can accommodate the world's largest ships so your cruising options are endless, and off the ship Singapore doesn't disappoint with a melting pot of cultures, a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site, the best shopping in the region, charming neighbourhoods to explore and of course amazing local cuisine. Read on to discover what we love most about Singapore.

A SPOT OF RETAIL THERAPY

Shopping in Singapore extends beyond Orchard Road for those in the know. After spending time in mega malls and international stores, hit the streets to discover unique local finds. The late-night shopper will enjoy Mustafa Centre, Singapore’s only 24-hour shopping destination and massive 75,000 sq ft one-stop shop for everything from clothes to gold jewellery. Looking for handmade and vintage wares? Explore the hip Haji Lane, part of the larger Kampong Glam area. For independent designer boutiques and eclectic lifestyle concept stores in traditional shophouses head to Ann Siang Hill. 

CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS

Escape from Singapore’s pulsating city life and into nature’s embrace. First up, head to the first tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens. The 183-acre grounds are home to the National Orchid Garden and offer plenty of hands-on activities. At S.E.A. Aquarium, over 100,000 marine animals await visitors. The underwater adventure is a journey along the route taken by seafarers of the past from Southeast Asia to Africa and beyond. And you can't go past the 18 Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay. The remarkable vertical gardens mimic the ecological functions of real trees and after sunset, catch the dazzling Garden Rhapsody Light Show. 

TAKE IN ALL THE SIGHTS

If you have a spare few hours, a local tour is a great way to explore the real Singapore. Join specially curated themed tours that range from the disappearing trades of traditional bread making and coffee roasting to one dedicated to the early life of Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. There are also customised culinary tours to explore Singapore’s food scene. Another great option is a Singapore River Cruise. Ride a traditional bumboat down the Singapore River, where many early migrants first set foot in Singapore. The scenic cruise features key sights like the Raffles Landing Site, which marks where Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in 1819, as well as the iconic Merlion that guards the river mouth. 

FOODIE FINDS

Singapore’s reputation as a food paradise is legendary. From affordable hawker fare at Chinatown Food Street and Makansutra Gluttons Bay, to local and celebrity chef restaurants like Labyrinth and Waku Ghin, no one ever goes hungry in Singapore! Looking to whet your whistle? Beverage choices in Singapore are endless: besides Clarke Quay, explore rooftop bars and microbreweries or discover speakeasies and hidden bars; Club Street, Ann Siang Hill, Keong Saik Road, Jalan Besar and everywhere in between, cocktails and beer beckon. Don’t forget to enjoy a Singapore Sling!

YOUR GUIDE TO CHANGI AIRPORT

Travellers love Changi Airport – getting in and out is fast and efficient, but it’s more than this that makes Singapore’s airport world-class. With over 350 retail and 130 dining outlets to choose from, it’s a haven for foodies and shopaholics alike. Take a leisurely walk in the Butterfly Garden, home to 1,000 butterflies, or enjoy family time with the kids at playgrounds where they can roam freely. For those who seek a more laid-back experience, the free movie theatres and rooftop swimming pool awaits.


Embark on your dream Singapore holiday with Cruiseabout. Contact one of our friendly staff on 1300 954 661 today!

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Cruise Specialist

  Absolutely nobody in Australia knows more about cruising than Cruiseabout. With close to 30,000 nights on ships all across the globe, our consultants’ extensive experience and passion for cruising is unequaled. We're here to share the joys of cruising holidays with more Australians and invite them into our world - because we love cruising!

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