Travellers’ taste buds are in for a treat. Singapore is without a doubt a foodie’s paradise and it’s hard, nay impossible, to go hungry. Do as the locals do and kick-start your day with some kaya – a divine coconut and sweet egg jam – spread generously over toasted bread.
For lunch, head to a hawker centre such as the Maxwell Food Centre: you’ll find all your Singaporean favourites here from fish head curry to Nasi lemak (coconut rice, anchovies, a slice of omelette and some chilli paste), laksa (rice noodles in coconut curry gravy with shrimps, eggs, chicken and cockles) and the like. Round off your meal by ordering an ice kachang - a ‘beat the heat’ sweet of beans and jelly cubes under an avalanche of shaved ice, washed in lashings of milk and ripples of rose syrup. It might sound strange but remember: when in Rome…
If you want to dress up while you dine, make a beeline to Boat Quay or Clarke Quay – two trendy waterfront venues.
Spend the night at a wildlife park
A trip to the world’s first Night Zoo Safari, (www.nightsafari.com.sg) – where you can revel in the company of no fewer than 1,200 beasts including one horned rhinos and Asian elephants - should be high on every agenda. Meanwhile the more adventurous and gung-ho can travel on foot via walking trails like the Mangrove Trail – a free-ranging bat enclosure.
Sipping Singapore Slings
It goes without saying that no visit to Singapore is complete without knocking back a Singapore Sling (a successful combination of gin, cherry brandy, cointreau, pineapple and lime juice) from glasses the size of goldfish bowls at Raffles’ Long Bar - named so owing to its 40-foot long bar. For the low-down, see www.raffles.com/singapore.
Escape to Sentosa
If you choose just one excursion, plump for a trip to Sentosa (www.sentosa.com), a real daytime island treat. Sure, Sentosa’s beaches can’t match those of Malaysia (Singapore’s next door neighbour) but there’s still powder fine sand to laze on while you enjoy a quick blast of sun. Sentosa is also the site of the award winning outdoor night show, the multi-sensory Wings of Time (www.wingsoftime.com.sg/)