Gardens by the Bay


Singapore: It's More than Meets the Eye

  • Ideal Length:
    3 Days
  • Best Time To Go:
    April - November
  • Flight Time:
    LAX 15 Hours 10 Minutes, CHI 19 Hours 30 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 17 Hours 50 Minutes
  • AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):


Gardens by the Bay
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  • Walk along an architectural marvel at 118 feet above the forest floor.
  • The Southern Ridges trails 16 miles of diverse flora and teeming wildlife.
  • Enjoy a French-Mediterranean lunch in a climate-controlled dome.
  • Watch the futuristic architecture come alive at Gardens by the Bay.
Chinatown in Singapore
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  • Explore Chinatown’s live music scene and its unique markets.
  • Sample food served at 260 stalls in Singapore’s largest hawker center.
  • Visit the largest museum of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
  • Enjoy a cocktail at a rooftop bar with spectacular city skyline views.
Kampong Glam in Singapore
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  • Shop for flowers and learn secrets about Little India from the owner.
  • Visit Kampong Glam to explore the Malay Heritage Center and Mosque.
  • Enjoy the best authentic Malay cuisine at a family-run restaurant.
  • Listen to live music al fresco at The Singapura Club or Going Om.
Singapore Architecture and Green Spaces
Green Spaces in Singapore
Begin your day with a visit of beautiful flora and fauna at the Southern Ridges. Then take a leisurely walk along architectural marvel, Henderson Waves, before grabbing a sumptuous lunch at Pollen, located in the spectacular Gardens by the Bay. End your day with delicious satay on the waterfront as the sun sets.
Southern Ridges
Singapore's Southern Ridges
Walk amongst the trees at this 16-mile stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parts and gardens, connected picturesque ridges and pathways.
Henderson Waves Bridge
Henderson Waves Walk
See the contemporary architecture of Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian walkway in Singapore. Breathe in the fresh air, 118 feet above the forest floor, during your leisurely walk on this organic bridge.
Pollen restaurant
Lunch at Pollen
For lunch, head to the Gardens by the Bay for a fine-dining experience, located at the climate-controlled Flower Dome. This unique restaurant celebrates fresh produce in its French-Mediterranean dishes, plated to mimic the flowers and plants that surround the eatery.
Cloud Forest - Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Don’t miss visiting this architecture marvel, where landscape designers and horticulturists take gardening to the next level. The Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove and Dragon & Kingfisher Lakes are not-to-be-missed highlights. Afterwards, head to the waterfront to grab a bite to eat at Satay by the bay as the sun sets.
Singapore Explore the Lion City's Rich Cultures
Chinatown in Singapore
Today, you’ll take an immersive excursion to Chinatown to visit the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, eat lunch at a Michelin-star hawker stall, check out the newest and largest museum of modern Singapore and Southeast art, and eat an authentic Peranakan dinner followed by a rooftop nightcap in Ann Siang Hill.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Immersion
In Chinatown, visit the impressive Tang-styled Chinese Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Explore the origin of the Temple’s name, head to the 3rd floor for the Buddhist Culture Museum and the Sacred Light Hall on the 4th floor.
Chinatown Market
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Center
Visitors to this unofficial living museum will find family businesses that have been around for generations on the first floor. Stop at Foo Leong Records, where Mrs. Wong has run the record store for more than 40 years, selling Cantopop, Mandopop and other music from Southeast and East Asia.
Singapore Hawker Food Center
Eat at the Largest Hawker Center
Grab a bite to eat on the second floor of the Chinatown Complex, where you’ll find the largest hawker center in Singapore. Choose from more than 260 stalls, including the Michelin-starred Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. The massive eatery only lends credence to the Lion City’s reputation as one of the world’s leading culinary capitals.
National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore
Enjoy the Civic District where the buildings range from historic to modern, or both, like the National Gallery Singapore, transformed from a former City Hall and Supreme Court to a modern architectural wonder. This visual arts institution houses an unparalleled collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
Peranakan food
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
For dinner, head to this Peranakan restaurant that serves fiery dishes for which the community (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) is renowned. Like the food, the restaurant’s décor of antique furniture and black-and-white photos from Oon’s personal collection comes straight from the heart.
Rooftop Bar at Ann Siang Hill
Rooftop View in Ann Siang
While you’re in Chinatown, visit Ann Siang Hill, a beautiful area with a stretch of lively bars and restaurants. Head to Potato Head Bar for award-winning, handcrafted cocktails, while you enjoy the rooftop views of the shophouses and the Central Business District’s skyscrapers.
Singapore Explore Eclectic Neighborhoods
Chinatown in Singapore
Immerse yourself in Singapore’s cultural heritage with classes at the Sri Srinivasa Temple. Visit Kampong Glam to learn about Malay culture, taste Malay cuisines at a family-run restaurant and listen to live music on Haji Lane.
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Theravam Classes at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Visit one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples to take free Theravam classes, where you’ll learn how local devotees worship the man incarnations of Lord Vishu. In case you didn’t know Theravam is part of a collection of devotional poetry.
Floral garland at a Indian flower shop in Singapore
Jothi Store & Flower Shop
This modest flower shop has grown into a full-blown enterprise, supplying garlands to almost all Hindu temples and Indian weddings in Singapore. Learn a few secrets about the historic neighborhood from the shop’s owner Rajakumar Chandra, who is also the chairman of the Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association.
Thosai (savory pancake)
Vegetarian-Friendly Indian Restaurant
Across from the shop, eat at lunch the century-old Ananda Bhavan Restaurant. This local chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants claims to be the oldest of its kind in the city. Go for the experience and specialties, such as thosai (savoury pancake) and masala chai (spiced tea).
Kampong Glam
Explore the Malay Heritage Center
Continue your neighborhood exploration in Kampong Glam, where we recommend a visit to the Malay Heritage Center, once a Sultan’s palace. Today, the Center and the mosque, the Masjid Sultan, remains the epicenter of the Muslim community.
Haji Lane in Singapore
Haji Lane Souvenir Shopping
If you’re looking for unique souvenirs, head to Haji Lane, known for its hip boutiques. Many of them take inspiration from local culture, for instance the cute plushies and cushions, modeled after local snacks, that are stocked at Meykrs.
Malay Cuisine - ayam bakar
Malay Cuisine at Hjh Maimunah Nasi Padang
For decades this family-run restaurant has served some of the best authentic Malay food in the Lion City, sticking to their mum’s time-honored recipes. Make sure you try their specialties: sambal goreng (fried tofu, string beans and chili paste) and ayam bakar (barbecued chicken) on rice.
Bartender at Atlas bar
Gotham City Gin and Live Street Music
After dinner, head to Atlas, located in the ‘Gotham City building’, where you can sip on a martini or negroni shaken up with small-batch spirits. Then make your way Haji Lane for al fresco seating to watch live musicians belt out tunes at The Singapura Club or Going Om.
Singapore waterfront

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