Is the treadmill not cutting it for you? Get your cardio done outdoors with a killer view of the Central Business District (CBD) at dusk.
Central Business District (CBD) running trail
Duration: Approximately 50 minutes
Distance: 3.9 kilometres
Difficulty level: Easy (Flat terrain)
The golden hour washing over the city’s CBD is a sight to behold. Skyscrapers glimmer and Marina Bay glistens—it all makes for a postcard-perfect backdrop for your evening run. The area’s proximity to attractions, restaurants and heritage monuments also means there’s plenty to do and see after this easy 3.9-kilometre route.
To begin the trail, take the exit from Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station towards One Fullerton, where you will arrive at 1 Merlion Park. As you warm up, take the opportunity to grab a quick pre-run snap with the city’s national mascot, the Merlion. Standing 8.6 metres tall, the majestic creature features a lion’s head on a fish’s body, and proudly spouts water out of its mouth and into Marina Bay. Here’s a fun photo tip: angle yourself beneath the statue with your mouth wide open and pretend to drink the water that’s spraying out of the Merlion.
The park also features a smaller, two-metre tall Merlion cub that’s located not too far away from the larger statue.
The Fullerton Heritage
Now, head south and pick up the pace as you race along 2 The Fullerton Heritage precinct. Once a port for trading ships, the stretch is now home to a mix of sleek modern architecture and colonial-era façades. The strip teems with trendy al fresco dining options, including OverEasy Bar and Diner and Yamazaki Japanese Restaurant, wedged next to historical landmarks such as The Fullerton Hotel, The Clifford Pier and Customs House.
You can snatch a glimpse of Singapore’s history as a port city as you tear past the buildings. Look out for The Clifford Pier on your right. Formerly a disembarkation point for visitors and immigrants, the structure has been refurbished into a swanky fine dining restaurant of the same name, and is part of The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Its original structure has been conserved, as have the iconic red oil lamps that hang at the jetty, once used to guide sailors to shore.
Marina Bay Sands®
As you reach the end of the heritage belt, turn towards Marina Boulevard, where you will approach the colossal towers of 3 Marina Bay Sands®. The luxury shopping and hospitality complex faces the city’s spectacular skyline, which features The Fullerton Heritage and the CBD. Soak in the jaw-dropping view as you speed down the promenade, catching the sun as it dips behind the skyscrapers.
Continue along the path parallel to the water until you arrive at an open-air event plaza. Here, take a quick breather in between your sprints and inch towards the Rain Oculus, a massive rainwater collector that sits at the centre of the plaza. Every hour, witness the structure pump gallons of water to form a whirlpool that cascades down into the mall—grab a video of the spectacle while you’re there.
The ArtScience Museum™ perches at the far end of the stretch. Known for its distinct lotus-inspired exterior—although some might say it represents fingers—the gallery hosts various exhibitions and a permanent showcase that fuses design and technology. Run past the museum and you’ll get a peek of the Helix Bridge’s complex spiralling architecture.
Gardens by the Bay
Next, cut through the underpass that connects Marina Bay to 4 Gardens by the Bay. Tucked away from the bustle of the city, the nature park houses an exhaustive collection of native and international flora, including star fruit and cocoa trees. Along the journey, whizz past lakes and giant conservatories—the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest—before entering the Supertree Grove. Featuring dozens of tree-like canopy structures that soar at least 22 metres high, the garden comes to life at night as the ‘trees’ light up in hues of green and blue.
Make that last dash count as you move on to the final stop of the route: 5 Marina Barrage. Built as a measure for flood control, the venue is also an ideal recreational area for families and friends. Water sports enthusiasts and picnickers regularly frequent the spot during the day to kayak or fly kites. There’s also Barrage Cove, a kite and convenience store, which sells fun outdoor products such as crafted kites, frisbees and three-wheeled scooters for kids.
Cap off your evening run by lounging on Marina Barrage’s green roof, where you can enjoy the night breeze and try to spot a few stars. While you are there, you will also be able to see the Singapore Flyer illuminated in the distance.
If your stomach is already rumbling, follow the smell of a barbeque to Satay by the Bay, a waterfront hawker centre that sits next to the Marina Barrage. It serves up local delights such as Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles) and, of course, satay (grilled meat skewers).
The award-winning Singapore Changi Airport offers visitors a variety of attractions spread across its four terminals.
Singapore’s main airport is an experience not to be missed, as it is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. Whether you’re stopping by on a layover, or jetting in or out of Singapore, there’s always something to do at all hours, within its four terminals.
Changi Airport’s great reputation begins at check-in, with its concept of Fast And Seamless Travel (FAST) encapsulated in a suite of fully automated, do-it-yourself processes for check-in, baggage tagging, and boarding your flight. The newly minted Terminal 4, which opened in December 2017, best showcases this with its many marked booths with informative video instructions, ensuring that you zip through the gates in no time.
Once in, experience an extensive multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences on offer at any of the airport’s four terminals. Satisfy your urge to shop even before you hit the city, with some of the best duty-free outlets in town selling everything from cosmetics and liquor to luxury watches and fashion accessories.
No layover will feel too long when there are video game consoles, large screen televisions and two movie theatres to keep you entertained. If you want to catch up on work, take advantage of the free internet access and hunker down in one of the many comfortable seats that can be found throughout the airport.
For something a little more relaxing, go for a stroll in the world’s first Butterfly Garden in an airport, or pamper yourself with an oriental foot reflexology massage.
And when your stomach starts to growl, there’s a wide of range of local, regional and international cuisines to pick from.
With so many experiences on hand, the only thing you have to worry about is not missing your flight.
HSBC RAIN VORTEX
Take in the grandeur of the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 metres high and the nucleus of Jewel.
Spectacular by Day:
Flowing 40 metres down to the basement, the mighty cascade will mesmerise you as the sunlight catches the spray.
Stunning by Night:
When the sky outside darkens, the continuous pour of the HSBC Rain Vortex takes on a mystic splendour. Come nightfall, the sheet of water becomes a screen on which a light-and-sound show is projected. Relax at one of the many vantage points surrounding it and enjoy the show.
In The Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Chinatown’s cultural splendours, hip lifestyle establishments and age-old places of worship make it worth spending a full day here.
Besides being an ethnic enclave for Singapore’s early Chinese settlers, Chinatown has transformed into the country’s largest heritage precinct—filled with an exciting meld of hip haunts, cultural treasures and architectural gems.
Encompassing Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh, Chinatown’s four sub-districts each possess their own unique charms. While Chinatown’s size might seem daunting for the first-time visitor, this comprehensive guide will ensure you don’t miss out any of its star attractions.
1. Chinatown Heritage Centre (1 h 40 min)
A gateway into Singapore’s yesteryears, the 1 Chinatown Heritage Centre makes the perfect starting point for your voyage of discovery. Learn about the lives of Chinatown’s inhabitants through the establishment’s six galleries of interactive exhibits, which include olfactory displays of opium and spices, immersive streetscapes and homages to its current notable residents.
If you’re looking for a guided tour, you can explore Chinatown’s rich food culture with Wok N’ Stroll’s Next Gen Hawker Food Tour and Chinatown “Off The Beaten Track”. Conducted by passionate foodie and explorer Karni Tomer, these excursions will sate both your appetite and your curiosity for new knowledge.
2. Sri Mariamman Temple (15 min)
Built almost two centuries ago, 2 Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, remains a thriving place of worship to this day. Marvel at the majestic, six-tiered gopuram (grand tower), and then head inside to explore further.
The statue of the temple’s patron goddess is only unveiled during special occasions, but you’ll be able to admire the site’s murals and shrines, dedicated to the Hindu deities Durga, Ganesh and Shiva.
3. Masjid Jamae (15 min)
Discover Chinatown’s religious diversity as you make your way down South Bridge Road, and observe the distinctive octagonal minarets of 3 Masjid Jamae.
Also known to locals as Chulia Palli (Chulia Mosque), this age-old religious establishment was established by Tamil Muslims from the Coromandel Coast between 1830 to 1835. Its architecture can be traced back to the 19th century, and fuses elements from both Neoclassical and South Indian tradition.
4. Mohamed Ali Lane Murals (10 min)
Make a detour down 4 Mohammed Ali Lane, and encounter art unbound from galleries. Painted by Yip Yew Chong—one of Singapore’s many bold street artists—these Instagrammable murals depict nostalgic scenes from our city’s past.
Puppeteers, lion dance costume makers and other nostalgic figures are immortalised on this quiet street, and provide a glimpse into the Lion City’s past.
5. Tong Heng (25 min)
For a taste of tradition, grab a sweet morsel or two for the road as you stroll past 5 Tong Heng. This century-old Cantonese confectionary is famous for its egg tarts, but you should also sample their red bean paste pastries and lao po bing (pastry made with winter melon, almond paste and sesame).
6. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum (40 min)
The 6 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum‘s distinctive Tang Dynasty-inspired architecture will be easy to spot as you make your way down South Bridge Road. Both a museum and a place of worship, visitors are free to explore the temple’s repository of relics and cultural artefacts.
We recommend taking a quick breather at the temple’s tranquil rooftop garden, with its distinctive pagoda and prayer wheel.
7. Sago Street (10 min)
Named for the sago flour factories that dotted the area in the 1840s, 7 Sago Street is now home to traditional Chinese apothecaries, unpretentious eateries and souvenir stalls. For toothsome pastries and delightful mooncakes, be sure to swing by Tai Chong Kok—This old-school bakery has been in operation since 1935.
8. Souvenir Shopping (>15 min)
You’ll find plenty of knick-knacks and memorable mementos by browsing the wares of the pushcart vendors along Sago Street and its immediate vicinity.
We personally recommend visiting 8 On Cheong Jewellery along Smith Street for a contemporary take on jade jewellery, Thye Shan Medical Hall on New Bridge Road for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Lim Chee Guan for the sweet and savoury-tasting bak kwa (barbecued meat slices).
9. Chinatown Visitor Centre (10 min)
If you’re still feeling disoriented by the district’s hustle and bustle, you can get all the info you need at the 9 Chinatown Visitor Centre. Located just behind the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, this establishment offers a range of walking tours, souvenirs and tickets to island-wide attractions.
10. Chinatown Food Street (45 min)
Hungry from all that walking? You can delight your taste-buds with our city’s medley of cuisines at 10 Chinatown Food Street. This open-air stretch of eateries boasts some of Singapore’s most iconic dishes, ranging from satay (grilled meat skewers) to char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles in dark soya sauce).
11. Chinatown Complex (45 min)
Alternatively, make a pit stop for lunch at the island’s largest hawker centre. While you won’t find food vendors touting their dishes along Singapore’s busy street these days, their legacy lives on at 11 Chinatown Complex.
Savour sa kae ma (honey crackers) at Pan Ji Cooked Food and knock back a pint of craft beer at Smith Street Taps. For lunch, indulge in the claypot rice from Lian He Ben Ji Claypot, a 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient.
12. Nam’s Supplies (10 min)
Make 12 Nam’s Supplies your next destination, and gain insight into the religious customs of Singapore’s Chinese community. Traditionally, members of this ethnic group believe that material objects can be burnt as sacrificial offerings for the dearly departed. You’ll see evidence of this belief in the curious wares and paper effigies stocked at this establishment.
13. Thian Hock Keng Temple (20 min)
One of Singapore’s oldest and most venerated Hokkien temples, 13 Thian Hock Keng Temple‘s patron deity—Mazu—was said to have watched over the 19th-century Chinese immigrants who made their ways across the seas.
Before the land was reclaimed, it used to stand on the shoreline of Telok Ayer Basin. Venture inside, and marvel at the ingenuity of traditional Chinese carpentry; the space was built without a single nail being used during its construction.
14. My Awesome Café (30 min)
Talk about putting the ‘hospital’ in hospitality—formerly the home of a decades-old medical establishment known as the Chung Hwa Free Clinic, this space has been revitalised by 14 My Awesome Cafe. This trendy eatery serves up all-day breakfast platters, hearty sandwiches and wholesome salads amidst industrial-chic surroundings.
Be sure to grab some merchandise on your way out, and snap an Instagram photo to commemorate your time in Chinatown.
Catch a non-stop line-up of world-class performances at Singapore’s premier arts centre, situated along the scenic Marina Bay.
Pop by Esplanade at any time and you’ll find it hard not to be infected by its palpable creative vibe, whether it’s the ever-changing, larger than life visual arts display near the main entrance or the world-class performances staged here.
The shows featured cut across cultures and genres. You can catch a concert by Western greats such as The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or a Chinese play inspired by the late doyen of Singapore Chinese theatre Kuo Pao Kun.
Fondly nicknamed “the Durian” by Singaporeans for its resemblance to the popular fruit, Esplanade holds a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat Theatre and several intimate performance venues. Its performance spaces have hosted a range of high-profile events, such as the return of the quintessential musical Les Misérables.
Free programmes, from music and dance to theatre, also regularly take place at various locations in Esplanade.
Shopping and dining
Photo by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Before you attend a performance, catch a pre-show dinner or a coffee at one of the restaurants or cafes at the three-storey Esplanade Mall. You can also squeeze in a quick spot of shopping at the retail outlets, picking up goods as diverse as customised hand lotions, or maybe a violin or two.
If you wish to explore the complex further, take the Esplanade Tour, a 60-minute guided tour that takes you through the Concert Hall, Theatre and other front-of-house facilities. The tour will give you an understanding of the venue’s acoustics, its architecture and history, as well as its contribution to Singapore’s art scene.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
The Esplanade Box Office will open 1 hour prior to show commencement for shows before noon and will remain open up to half an hour after show commencement for shows starting after 8.30pm.
Where East meets West
Visit the bustling borough of Holland Village, where European culture comes to life in a uniquely Singaporean way.
Established in the early 1900s by Singapore’s Dutch community, Holland Village was the former home of British Army personnel and their families. Plantations, colonial estates and nurseries once dotted this neighbourhood, and its European-influenced legacy can still be seen in the architecture of its quaint shophouses and low-rise buildings.
The district was named after the English architect Hugh Holland, but was colloquially known as hue hng au (‘behind the flower garden’ in the Hokkien dialect), in reference to its close proximity to the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Over the years, Holland Village has garnered a reputation for being a creative commune and an incubator for local artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. The main stretch of Holland Village along Lorong Mambong exudes a subtle European charm, and is a trove of al fresco cafes, restaurants and popular lifestyle outlets.
Exploring Holland Village
Visitors who’d like an insight into traditional Singaporean businesses can pay a visit to Thambi Magazine Store at Holland Road Shopping Centre. Owned by third-generation owner Sam Thambi, this business tracks its lineage back to the 1940s, when Sam’s grandfather and father sold newspapers and magazines to neighbourhood residents and British soldiers.
For a quick reprieve from the bustling activity of Holland Village’s main stretch, take a stroll to Chip Bee Gardens, a five-minute walk from Holland Village’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Exit B. This area was formerly a military estate established in the 1950s to house members of the British Army, and the beautiful architecture on display here makes it ripe for a bout of urban exploration.
Current tenants include modern art galleries, a smattering of local cafes, and homegrown retail outlets offering everything from customized notebooks to statement pieces for your wardrobe. We recommend a visit to TAKSU, a Southeast Asian-themed art gallery that boasts an extensive collection of contemporary paintings from some of the region’s finest painters.
Food for body and soul
Whether you’re hungry for a hearty dinner or a decadent dessert, Holland Village’s eclectic food offerings are certain to sate your appetite.
Start your morning with breakfast at Baker & Cook. Helmed by New Zealand TV personality and celebrity chef Dean Brettschneider, this bakery is known for its artisanal pastries and home-made jams.
To indulge in a bout of shopping for organic produce, drop by Taste. Located in the cosy Raffles Holland V shopping mall, this 557-square-metre space houses ten different sections, including a cheese room and a charcuterie. Seasonal produce is flown in from France, Japan, Thailand and the United States on a fortnightly basis.
If you’re craving for a taste of local fare, visit Holland Drive Market and Food Centre. Located just along Lorong Mambong, this hawker centre serves up a smorgasbord of local dishes, including nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk, served with an array of side dishes), chicken rice and laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup).
Holland Avenue, Singapore 278995
Little India: A walk to inspire
Explore the century-old temples, upcoming art establishments and bustling streets of Little India.
Originally settled by Indian labourers in the late 18thcentury,Little Indiahas transformed from a district of racehorse tracks and lime pits to a neighbourhood where traditional establishments and century-old temples merge seamlessly with boutique museums and budding art spaces.
Take a walk through this 200-year-old enclave, and be inspired by vibrant culture, traditional aesthetics and the myriad artistic activities on offer.
1. Tekka Centre
Grab breakfast at1Tekka Centre, and stimulate your senses with some of the best local cuisine that Singapore has to offer. There’s a range of different ethnic cuisines to choose from, but we recommend that you start withuppuma(a porridge made from semolina),roti prata(South Indian flatbread) ordosai(South Indian pancake made out of rice or lentil batter).
2. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Spend the morning at the2Sri Veerama-
kaliamman Temple, and soak in the spiritual and historical aesthetics of this century-old place of worship. Built by Indian pioneers in the mid-19th century, this place of worship is dedicated to the ferocious goddess Kali, and is one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples.
3. Little India Arcade
Experience a feast of sights, sounds and colours at3Little India Arcade. This cluster of wall-to-wall shops sells a plethora of wares, ranging from tapestries to carved trinkets for the budding poet’s writing desk.
4. Indian Heritage Centre
Kindle your passion for history, art and culture at the4Indian Heritage Centre, home to a range of permanent and temporary art exhibits from around South Asia. From religious sculptures to South Asian artwork, you’re certain to be inspired by the passionate culture and beautiful art of Singapore’s Indian community. Visitors who’d like to learn a traditional craft under the guidance of experts and master craftsmen shouldsign upfor one of the many workshops on offer at this venue.
5. Museum of Independent Music Singapore
If music is a big part of your creative process, you may want to pay a visit to the5Museum of Independent Music Singapore. The boutique museum pays tribute to the DIY spirit of Singapore’s indie music pioneers, and is home to a range of touring memorabilia. Peruse the charming visuals on display, from the artwork on the dustcovers of old vinyl records to homemade posters of local talent.
6. Dim Sum Haus
Break for lunch at6Dim Sum Haus, a cosy food establishment that serves up qualitydim sum(bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or on small plates) made to order. There’s a wide selection of bite-sized delights to be had, but crowd favourites include their roast meats, steamed pork ribs with yam and salted egg custard buns.
7. Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity
Embody your inner Marlon Brando, and learn the nuances of method acting at the7Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity. School founder Kamil Haque learned his craft at the world-renown Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles, and both trained and coached at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.Sign upfor one of the many acting workshops on offer and learn how to express your inner creativity through the nuances of movement and body language.
8. Mud Rock Ceramics
End the day off with a visit to8Mud Rock Ceramics, an establishment founded by pottery lovers Ng Seok Har and Michelle Lim. Fuelled by their love for the endless possibilities of the potter’s craft, the pair set up Mud Rock Ceramics to provide beautiful, functional wares for the masses. The studio has crafted a range of wares for globally recognised brands like Gucci and Chanel, and stocks a range of beautiful ceramics.Workshopsare held on a regular basis, and aspiring artisans looking to expand their range of creative tools should certainly sign up.
A life of modern luxury
Marina Bay represents all things modern and super-stylish, from trendy dining destinations to exciting leisure spots.
A visit to Marina Bay is guaranteed to bombard your senses. With land reclamation works starting only in the 1970s, the transformation of the area has been nothing short of a miracle.
Marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline, or brag about having seen some of the best views in the world from Sands SkyPark® at Marina Bay Sands®, designed by no less than the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
Want a nature fix? Pop over to the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. Revel in the spectacular views from the Supertree Grove amid lush gardens. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories or let the kids splash about at the Children’s Garden Water Play area.
Dizzy by the sights of a nautical vision in the distance? That’s just the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore designed to receive the newer generation of larger cruise liners.
New city living
Expect to see power suits and briefcases while joggers pound the pavement and cyclists whiz by alfresco cafes. You are as likely to find people who come here to work as people who call Marina Bay their home.
If you’re feeling cowed by the skyscrapers, walk along the scenic waterfront promenade decorated with artistic sculptures that lead you right to the water’s edge of Marina Reservoir, where you’ll probably come across kite flyers, dragon boat races, even musical performances.
And this is all just another ordinary day at Marina Bay.
11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
Every shopper’s paradise
From luxury retail to world-class international cuisines, Singapore’s most famous shopping precinct is home to a wealth of experiences.
Orchard Road’s humble beginnings date back to the early 1830s, when it was an unnamed road home to fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. In 1958, Orchard Road’s first department store—TANGS—was set up by local merchant C.K. Tang. Then known as House of Tangs, it marked the neighbourhood’s first step towards becoming Singapore’s most beloved shopping district.
Orchard Road’s bustling boulevard is now a retail and dining paradise, with over 5,000 establishments offering the ultimate lifestyle experience to tourists and locals alike.
Start your retail journey at TANGS. One of Singapore’s oldest department store, this shopping centre’s design pays homage to the Forbidden City, with idiosyncratic Eastern architectural features like its jade-green pagoda-esque roof and iconic red columns. The establishment is stocked with well-known brands, Asian collectibles and unique souvenirs.
For a study in contrast, take a stroll down Orchard Road and make your way to ION Orchard, one of Singapore’s most dazzling shopping complexes. This famously futuristic-looking mall houses over eight levels of stores, from luxury brands to high street fashion and entertainment stores.
Connossieurs of fine spirits should pay a visit to The Grande Whisky Collection, on the fifth floor of ION Orchard. This museum boasts over 4,500 of the world’s rarest and oldest whiskies, and a gift shop with a special selection of Scottish and Japanese labels. Tastings and intimate guided tours are held on a regular basis, making it a fine place to expand your understanding of this much-beloved spirit.
To take a break from shopping and enjoy a bout of artistic immersion, pay a visit to the ION Art Gallery. This art space features a range of international and local exhibitions that will inspire your inner creative.
Round off your shopping spree with a visit to Far East Plaza, a haven for street fashion enthusiasts and bargain hunters alike. This mall houses a range of trendy street apparel stores, affordable beauty services and great deals on electronic products.
Epicurean Indulgences: Dawn and Dusk
Whether you’re visiting at dawn or dusk, Orchard Road is home to a range of world-class dining experiences for discerning gourmands.
Caffeine lovers planning a morning excursion to Orchard Road should stop by Oriole Coffee and Bar to enjoy breakfast and an aromatic cup of joe. The coffee is sourced from various smallholder farmer communities, roasted in-house, and certain to tantalise the taste buds of aficionados.
To experience a truly global meal, drop by Wild Honey in Mandarin Gallery. This quiet little café brings the dishes of various nations under one roof, allowing visiting epicures to further their appreciation of global cuisine. The restaurant offers a delectable array of sandwiches, meats and salads from countries like Italy, Turkey and Mexico.
For a world class drinking experience, make a beeline for Manhattan, housed within the Regent Hotel. Crowned top bar on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list, this grand hotel bar boasts artisanal spirits, craft bartending and an ambience that evokes the golden age of drinking at the turn of the 19th century.
437 Orchard Road, Singapore 238878
Sentosa – the State of Fun
With its pristine beaches, exciting attractions and tropical landscapes, the State of Fun is sure to leave you spellbound.
Before it was known as Sentosa, this island just off Singapore’s southern coast was a British military fortress. After the Japanese Occupation in World War II, Singapore returned to British rule, and the island was renamed “Sentosa” which translates to “peace and tranquility.”
Over the course of its remarkable history, Sentosa has transformed into a beloved island resort, best known for its tropical beaches, luxurious hotels and thrilling attractions. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a day of bold exploration, a world of adventure awaits you at Sentosa.
Exploration from coast to jungle
Avid explorers looking to discover the island’s varied charms and natural landscapes will be able to choose from a range of inspiring activities.
To get your bearings, take reference from three beaches that span Sentosa’s coastline. Each beach holds its own unique charm: Siloso Beach is the island’s most bustling stretch, and home to various restaurants and attractions; Palawan Beach’s playgrounds, parks and lagoon are perfect for families, and Tanjong Beach is ideal for a tranquil getaway.
Nature lovers who are fascinated with Southeast Asia’s wealth of tropical flora and fauna can further their pursuit of knowledge with a hands-on journey at Sentosa Nature Discovery. The trail begins at an interactive gallery—where vistors will get the chance to brush up on their skills of scientific enquiry—followed by a showcase of Sentosa’s teeming wildlife and heritage trees native to Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Drop by the S.E.A. Aquarium™ for a trip under the sea. One of the largest oceanariums on the planet, this attraction is home to more than 100,000 marine animals, allowing for up-close encounters with fascinating creatures from the deep. A range of educational programmes makes this a perfect location for families looking to foster a love for learning and growth in their little ones.
Soar high on adrenaline, as you partake in Sentosa’s various thrill-seeking attractions.
To live out your dreams of soaring like a superhero, drop by iFly Singapore, the world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. The 18-foot-tall acrylic ‘glass walls’—allow you to enjoy panoramic views of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach. State-of-the-art technology will lend you wings in an experience that simulates free falls from heights of 12,000 to 3,000 feet. First timers needn’t fret, as trained professionals will be on hand to guide you.
For more high-octane activity, brave new heights at the Mega Adventure Park – Singapore. The park’s star attraction—dubbed the MegaZip—is Southeast Asia’s steepest zip wire. Those courageous enough to hop on this adrenaline-pumping ride will get to experience a whole new perspective of Sentosa’s lush jungles and white beaches from 450 metres in the air. Other activities include a high ropes course, rock climbing wall and a 15-metre free fall simulator.
After all that fast-paced action, wind down and experience Sentosa and Faber Peak as you take a ride on the Cable Car Sky Network. Soak in a stunning bird’s-eye view of Sentosa island and Mount Faber. Explorers looking to admire a view of Sentosa’s pristine beaches can stop at the Merlion station or Imbiah Lookout station.
39 Artillery Avenue, Singapore 099958
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Where it all began
From its origins as a fishing village known as Temasek, to its role as a trading port under the British Empire, the Lion City’s history has been inseparable from that of the Singapore River.
It was at the river’s mouth that Sir Stamford Raffles—the founder of modern Singapore—first stepped onto the island, and where prince Sang Nila Utama saw the mythical lion after which our city is named.
Photo by Edward Tian
During the colonial era, the Singapore River became a flourishing hub of commerce, with dock hands toiling along its dusty banks, and flotillas of boats docked along its three quays.
These days, the Singapore River is a beloved nightlife district and tourist hotspot, with buzzing bars, eclectic eateries and iconic clubs spread across Robertson Quay, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
The rhythm of the night
A much-beloved stomping ground for bar-hopping travellers, cocktail connoisseurs and local party-goers, the neighbourhood boasts a range of buzzing bars, pubs and clubs.
Rock the stage at live music bar Crazy Elephant, dance the night away to retro tunes at The Pump Room, or experience childhood nostalgia at Level Up. Decked out in neon-themed décor, the latter is a concept bar that pays homage to the golden age of video game arcades.
For a world-class clubbing experience, pay a visit to Zouk. This legendary night club has been around for close to three decades, garnered numerous accolades, and has played host to a legion of internationally acclaimed DJs.
Alternatively, lovers of underground beats and experimental tunes can pay a visit to Headquarters, while those looking for both music and merriment should party on at Canvas, which regularly features live comedy nights alongside an eclectic range of tunes.
Riverside restaurants and global dining
To expand your culinary horizons, take a stroll down the Singapore River, and experience flavours from all over the globe.
Take a jaunt back to 19th-century Singapore with a visit to Tongkang River Boat Dining. This experiential restaurant is housed aboard Singapore’s last surviving tongkangs (light wooden trade boats), and specialises in Western cuisine.
Other dining establishments along the river include Tomo Izakaya—which boasts a menu of diverse Japanese small dishes—and Wings Bar, a 1940s aviation-themed eatery.
While quieter than Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, Robertson Quay’s laid-back charm and host of stellar dining spots makes it the perfect spot for the discerning gourmand. Feast on tacos at casual Mexican eatery Super Loco, indulge in sumiyaki (charcoal-roasted meats) at Shunjuu Izakaya, and partake in Korean barbeque at Ju Shin Jung.
Clarke Quay MRT
10 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059815