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An island-nation only miles away from its nearest neighbor, Malaysia, Singapore began humbly as a trading post for the East India Trading Company and was officially founded by British statesman Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. This small but fascinating country, whose name translates from ancient Sanskrit meaning “Lion City,” is overflowing with experiences that bridge ancient history with wonders of the modern world. Walk along a neon-lit garden in the sky, sample sizzling street foods (including the world’s only $2 Michelin Star meal!), and meander through each pristine neighborhood for unexpected moments. Throughout the city Indian, Chinese, Arab, Malay and European elements are woven together in a rich tapestry that creates a kaleidoscope any visitor will fall in love with, from food and architecture to religion, language and more!

Tours & Packages to Singapore

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Independent Package Orient Adventure
Singapore, Tokyo & Hong Kong; discover the history, art, religion & cuisine of 3 Asian cities on your own; flights, hotel & city tours included
from $2799 w/ Flights 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Singapore & Bali Adventure
Singapore's cityscape & garden landscapes & culture-rich Ubud, Bali; with flights, hotels & city tours included plus optional Nusa Dua Beach extension
from $2099 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Singapore & Hong Kong Adventure
East meets West in Hong Kong, plus experience the cultures of Singapore; explore independently with flights, hotel & city tours included
from $2199 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Singapore & Tokyo Adventure
Modern mixes with traditional in Tokyo, plus explore the cultures of Singapore; travel on your own with flights, hotel & city tours included
from $2199 w/ Flights 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Singapore, Hong Kong & Bali Adventure
Ancient temples & modern skylines; explore independently with flights, hotels & city tours included plus optional Nua Beach extension
from $2899 w/ Flights 14 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Highlights

  1. Cultural Melting Pot

    Sultan MosqueSingapore, whose name is derived from ancient Sanskrit meaning “Lion City”, began humbly as a trading post for the East India Trading Company and was officially founded by British statesman Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. Though only 1,000 people were on the island when he arrived, the population quickly exploded—bringing commerce and industry to the relatively untouched land. The new markets for tin and trade brought Indian, Chinese, and Malay workers to Singapore, and cultural neighborhoods sprang up across the city. From the moment it began, multiculturalism has defined this island-nation.

    Today, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Malay, and European elements are woven together in a rich tapestry of Singaporean life. From food and architecture to religion, and language—visitors are treated to a kaleidoscope of cultures.

  2. Street Food

    Girls eating, Maxwell Food CenterSingapore has built a reputation for being a foodie city–and it’s no wonder why. From curries and dumplings to Nyonya (a delectable combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine) and even French and Italian cuisine, foodies come from all over the world to dine here! The best value in town can be found at the hawker centers. Whether a vast open-air common dining space or a packed food-court style space lined with “street food” stalls, hawker centers are ubiquitous in Singapore. In 2016, Singapore became only the fourth Asian country, and the first Southeast Asian country, to receive a Michelin Guide. The country boasts 29 restaurants with at least one Michelin star, including six with two stars and even one highly coveted three star Michelin restaurant. You can even eat the world’s cheapest Michelin star meal at the Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle hawker stall. 

    Don’t skip Smith Street, known as “Food Street”. Popular among tourists and locals, the stalls along Smith Street are packed during the prime evening hours.

  3. Gardens by the Bay

    Supertrees, Gardens by the BayAn iconic addition to Singapore’s modern skyline, the Gardens by the Bay embodies the country’s unofficial moniker, “City in a Garden”, by featuring 18 towering “supertrees.” These steel and concrete structures soar as high as 16 stories, providing shade during the day and a dazzling display of lights at night. Some of the massive “supertrees” also produce electricity via solar cells and many help ventilate and irrigate the adjacent conservatories!

    Take a walk along the OCBC Skyway between the two tallest trees for a 72 ft-high, birds-eye view of the city below or visit one of the many conservatories which feature more than 2,200,000 plants from ecologically endangered environments.

  4. Thian Hock Keng Temple

    Thian Hock Keng Temple photo by Jeff HitchcockOne of Singapore’s oldest temples (built in 1821), the Thian Hock Keng Temple is dedicated to Ma Po Cho, “The Mother of Heavenly Sages” and the Taoist deity that protects travelers afar. Constructed of materials from across the world, the temple lives up to its name! Scottish iron work, tiles from England and the Netherlands, and massive granite pillars carved with dragons in China complete this beautiful temple. Historically, sailors who completed a safe journey to Singapore would offer thanks and gifts to Ma Po Cho at this shrine.

    Inside, you can visit the altar to Kuan Yin (goddess of compassion) and an extensive collection of tables and artifacts of the temple’s esteemed community members. In 2000, when the temple was restored, experts even uncovered a 1907 calligraphy panel from a Qing dynasty Empress!

  5. Singapore Botanical Gardens

    Symphony Lake, Singapore Botanical GardensSprawling across 128 acres in the heart of Singapore’s city center, the Singapore Botanical Gardens feature an extensive selection of trees from the region and across the globe. In addition to the main gardens, the Botanical Gardens are home to a few rare collections including the rose garden, National Orchid Garden, as well as an extensive palm and bonsai garden.

    The horticultural staff at the National Orchid Garden has been breeding stunning orchids for more than 80 years, producing a spectacular display of beautiful and rare orchids. More than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are on display!

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Singapore? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Singapore
Population:  5.535 million
Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD)
Languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: SGT (UTC +8)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Singapore for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Center for Disease Control
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Weather

When traveling to Singapore, Feburary is the hottest month with an average temperature of 81° F and the coldest is January at 79° F. The peak time to travel to Singapore is from March until May. 

Tipping

Upscale restaurants: 10% 
Hotel restaurants: 10% 
Porters: SGD $3

In Singapore you'll be expected to pay small amounts in order to get things done, as well as to reward for jobs already accomplished.

Money

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Shop for Asian antiques and artifacts, gold plated orchids, herbal supplements, watches and jewlery, decoration items and curios. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & D. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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