Singapore and Bintan holidays
The futuristic city-state of Singapore hangs from the tip of the Malay Peninsula like a glistening mirror ball.
This ‘Garden City' is arguably the food capital of Asia, but the tiny island state is also renowned as an economic powerhouse. The country's citizens spend freely in the luxury boutiques of Orchard Road and enjoy one of the best standards of living in the world, a source of great pride for the upwardly mobile Singaporeans.
Singapore is the embodiment of modern cultural diversity: a synergy of East and West, past and present, modern and traditional with Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian and British influences.
At a glance
Top itineraries in Singapore and Bintan
The tiny island state of Singapore goes by many names: ’The Garden City’, ’The Food Capital of Asia’, 'The New York of the East’. All are equally applicable to this diminutive powerhouse, which also punches far above its weight economically.
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Top places to stay in Singapore and Bintan
Southeast Asia’s only luxury train is the continent’s answer to Europe’s Orient Express, resplendent in colonial grandeur, open-bar delights and fine-dining indulgences.
Raffles Singapore is more than just a hotel. This iconic landmark is perhaps the best -known hotel anywhere in the world, a destination in its own right and a byword for luxury and elegance.
This central Singapore luxury hotel, consistently ranked among the best in Asia, is set amid expansive tropical gardens featuring over 130,000 individual plants and trees.
Where to go in Singapore and Bintan
With sandy beaches on which hawksbill and green turtles come to nest and a general tropical allure, Bintan Island provides a great getaway from the bustle of Singapore.
When to go to Singapore and Bintan
Singapore is hot and humid all year round, with an average temperature of 31°C in the daytime and 24°C at night. Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Singapore experiences two monsoons, from the southwest (May-September) and the northeast (November-March), the latter bringing the heaviest rain and frequent thunderstorms. May and June are hottest, while the inter-monsoon months of April and October can be stifling due to a lack of any breeze.
Singapore and Bintan articles
Qantas today unveiled its new Singapore Lounge, offering Qantas customers the highest standards of luxury when travelling through the city.
Officials in Singapore and Malaysia have announced plans to build a high-speed rail link between the two countries, cutting travel time between the city-state and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes.
Four flavours - sweet, sour, salty and spicy - set your taste buds tingling. From Myanmar to Singapore, the Philippines to Aceh, Southeast Asian cuisine is defined by the balance of this sensational quartet.
Singapore's new Marina Bay Cruise Centre is to open by welcoming one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Voyager of the Seas, when it docks at the new terminal on 26 May 2012.
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