An island, a city and a nation, Singapore pulls the best of Asia into one easy-to-eat package. Travel to Singapore from Glasgow Airport and discover fabulous food, spectacular shopping, terrific temples and hundreds of years of history.
Asia made easy
Singapore has a reputation for rules and red tape, but being the most organised city in Asia has its benefits. Public transport is as regular as clockwork and the city’s international airport is a world wonder, with free city tours for passengers on long stopovers and its own swimming pool, tropical garden and cinema. Perhaps the most atmospheric way to see Singapore is from the cable car between jungle-cloaked Mount Faber and the resort island of Sentosa. With its beaches, theme parks and iconic statue of Singapore’s official mascot, the Merlion, Sentosa is a top destination for families, as is Singapore Zoo (80 Mandai Lake Road), famed for its open enclosures and night-time safaris.
Few places are as strongly associated with one drink as Singapore. The first Singapore Sling was poured at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel in 1915. Named for Sir Stamford Raffles, the colonial governor who founded the city of Singapore (and London Zoo), Raffles Hotel was the brainchild of two Armenian brothers and it soon became Asia’s most desirable address. Refreshingly, the bar is open to all, even if you find the room rates out of reach.
Magical melting pot
The colonial era left Singapore with a global perspective, and a global cuisine blending the best of Europe, India, China and Malaysia. In Little India, chefs cook up curries and dosas (lentil pancakes) beside rainbow-coloured temples. In Kampong Glam, woks sizzle with lemongrass and lime leaves beneath the towering minarets of Malay mosques. Noodles and stir-fries set the scene in Chinatown, where incense wafts around gilded shrines, while the glitziest eateries spill out onto the waterfront in the Colonial Quarter.