Explore and find hotels in Singapore
Lying off the tip of southern Malaysia, the tiny island city-state of Singapore is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. But this old trading crossroads packs a lot of diversity into its borders. In one morning, you could check out Chinatown’s historic shophouses, shop for lucky charms in the street stalls, and gather your thoughts at the four-storey Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. For something to eat, follow your nose to the nearest hawker centre. Across town, you’ll find all the quirks, colours and smells of India crammed into just a few city blocks. Don’t miss Sri Veeramakaliamman, Little India’s prettiest, busiest and most difficult to pronounce temple, known for its statue-covered exterior. Meanwhile, the Arabic quarter of Kampong Glam is a hive of bazaars, flea markets and shisha bars that seems a world away after touring the rest of Downtown. This diversity extends to Singapore’s architecture too, whether it’s the shimmering Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, the spectacular Gardens by The Bay, or even Changi Airport – widely regarded as the best airport in the world. All this is within an hour of the central business district, where there are plenty of high-end hotels and chic apartments to choose from. There are some quieter options beyond the centre.