12 Months of Travel: January 2017 – Singapore

Like Singapore itself, Gardens by the Bay is a perfect blend of natural beauty and breath-taking man-made creations. Marvel over its towering groves of “supertrees”, vertical gardens that light up in a brilliant display at night.

In celebration of our 2017 calendar, Anywhere Anytime Journeys has created the “12 Months of Travel” to accompany the calendar’s breath-taking photos.

2017 begins with …

Singapore

Wondering where to eat, drink, shop, play and soak up culture, art and nature in Singapore? These insider tips will give you advice on how to best experience the destination.

Food & Drink

Experience the mingling of cultures and tastes that have flavored Singapore during its half-century of independence, culminating in a delectable dining scene that’s full of innovation. Singapore is a foodie’s paradise and its culinary character is truly defined by its local food, which includes must-try dishes like: chili crab, fish head curry, Hokkien prawn mee, laksa, rojak and roti prata. Well known for its delicious hawker fare, Singapore has morphed into a fine dining oasis with many award winning restaurants, such as Restaurant Andre, Waku Ghin, Jaan, Les Amis, Iggy’s, Burnt Ends, Shinji by Kanesaka and Tippling Club. Singapore’s sophisticated drinking society may be loyal to fine wines but there is more than enough room for boutique whiskies, craft beers, Japanese sake and cult cocktails. The Singapore Sling cocktail (made famous by the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel) celebrates its 100th birthday in 2015 and widely regarded as the national drink of the country. Favorite bars in Singapore include: Kudeta, 1-Altitude, Lantern, Ce La Vi and Southbridge.

Culture

The melding of Singapore’s rich tapestry of cultures into a harmonious collective is the country’s biggest attraction. Sitting at the international crossroads of commerce, Singapore is home to a range of ethnicities. This diverse cultural make-up is reflected in the neighborhoods that were settled by the early migrants: Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam (Malay district). Today, these enclaves have become cultural hot spots for boutique hotels, innovative restaurants and up-and-coming art galleries. With four official languages (English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil), Singapore’s people are also bound together by one common language: Singlish (short for Singaporean English), a delightful slang consisting of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil words.

Art

If you’re in the mood for both international and local masterpieces, Singapore’s wide range of galleries, museums and fairs have got you covered. Some favorite museums include: ArtScience Museum, Museum of Art & Design (better known as MAD), Singapore Art Museum and the newly opened Singapore Pinacothèque (Pinacothèque de Paris’s first venue outside of Europe). The City Hall and former Supreme Court buildings have been transformed into Singapore’s National Art Gallery, which opens in Nov 2015. Music lovers can catch world class performances at stunning venues like the Esplanade and the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall.

Shopping

Since it achieved independence in 1965, Singapore has been on a path of robust economic growth – attracting retailers from all over the world. Today, Singapore’s stylish scene is a showcase for local designers and top international brands, and ranges from glamorous malls to up-and-coming boutiques tucked into hip neighborhoods. Shopping highlights include: Orchard Road’s ION Orchard, Paragon, Ngee Ann City, and Keepers (featuring local designers and artisans); Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade; and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Nature

Pockets of amazing natural wonders can be found throughout Singapore, providing a welcome respite from the bustle of the city. Singapore is nicknamed the “Garden City” and over 50% of the country is covered in greenery. Gardens by the Bay with its futuristic Supertree Grove, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, is a superb, must-see attraction in Singapore. The Singapore Botanic Garden, which was just appointed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great place to unwind and soak up nature and is home to The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display. Singapore’s TreeTop Walk, a free-standing suspension bridge in MacRitchie Reservoir, creates a mid-air pathway that winds its way through a forest canopy.

MUST SEE OR DO

Sights — The colonial grandeur of Raffles Hotel; the National Orchid Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens and the futuristic Gardens by the Bay; Singapore’s nightscape, seen from atop Mount Faber or the Sands SkyPark observation deck; the Hindu temples and sari shops of Little India; the Thian Hock Keng Temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown; the kitsch Chinese mythology on display at Haw Par Villa theme park; the theater and concerts at the durian-shaped Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay.

Museums — Modern art from Asia at the Singapore Art Museum; a glimpse of Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures at the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum; the beautifully restored National Museum of Singapore.

Memorable Meals — Spicy chili or black pepper crabs at the East Coast Seafood Centre; juicy Kobe steaks at CUT by Wolfgang Puck; authentic Tokyo sushi at Shinji by Kanesaka; exquisite Chinese fare at Summer Pavilion Restaurant; an Indian feast at Rang Mahal; dining in a classic black-and-white colonial bungalow at P.S. Cafe at Harding Road; inexpensive and authentic local fare from an outdoor hawker center.

Late Night — Live jazz at Harry’s @ Boat Quay; live blues at the Crazy Elephant; bar-hopping at St. James Power Station; all night beach parties on Sentosa Island; late-night shisha water pipes at Arab Street; or hanging out with nocturnal creatures at the Night Safari.

Walks — Taking in Singapore’s colonial heritage at and around the grassy Padang (an open field in the heart of downtown), starting from Raffles Hotel and ending up at nearby Boat Quay or Clifford Pier; a jaunt through busy Chinatown anytime or an after-dark stroll through nearby Club Street; a walk down Little India’s Serangoon Road; perusing hip shops and cafes along Arab Street.

Especially for Kids — The thrilling amusement park rides at Universal Studios Singapore; a cable car ride to Sentosa Island, with its thrilling rides and miniature golf; Jurong Bird Park; many different attractions and animal shows at the Singapore Zoo; rides and interactive exhibits at the Singapore Discovery Centre; enjoying man-made snow and a snow-covered hill at Snow City.

How would you like to explore Singapore?

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For more information or to book your Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.

[SOURCES: Anywhere Anytime Journeys’ Destination Site & the Pocket Travel Guide App.]


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