Singapore, the smallest country in Southeast Asia, borders Malaysia to the north. The fascinating mixture of Chinese, Indian and Malay culture is visible everywhere in Singapore, from the narrow streets of Chinatown and Little India to the mosques and temples. It is a financial hub and a hugely important economic and industrial centre. Skyscrapers rise at a steady pace here as the city gains an increasingly important role in the international economy, although numerous green areas have been preserved and Singapore does not yet feel as though it is made up of just concrete and steel. English is widely spoken and tourists can easily find their way by asking people on the street for help or by reading the signs and maps. Singapore is slightly more expensive to visit compared with neighbouring countries, but in general the prices are no higher than in Europe. Search for deals for cheap flights to Singapore to offset the higher travel costs while in the country. Book your airline tickets to Singapore to experience the fascinating mixture of cultures, modern architectural marvels, excellent shopping, delicious food and numerous fun activities.
SIGHTS IN SINGAPORE
Marina Bay – an ideal spot for tourists with sunbathing, swimming, a casino, clubs, restaurants, shopping and numerous tourist attractions. At Marina Bay, you’ll find the Singapore Flyer, a Ferris wheel bigger than the London Eye, and Gardens by the Bay, an impressive garden with the world's tallest indoor waterfall. Make also a stop at ArtScience Museum while visiting the famous Marina Bay Sands, a spectacular hotel resort in a boat-shaped design with an infinity pool on its roof. Only hotel guests are allowed to use the pool, sadly!
Chinatown, Singapore – Chinatown brings out the Chinese heritage in Singapore. This beautiful neighbourhood is filled with both modern stores and traditional shops selling exotic goods and local food. Other places rich in cultural tradition include Little India, Changi Village and Kampong Glam, to mention a few. The various cultural enclaves are among the most popular places for people to explore after flying to Singapore.
Singapore Botanic Garden – another gem for nature lovers, this 156-year-old green haven is the only tropical garden in the world named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at over 1000 orchid species, a virgin rainforest and more right in the heart of the city.
Sentosa Island – Singapore's first integrated resort for sunbathing, swimming and golf, the island offers plenty of entertainment such as Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Trick Eye Museum.
National Museum of Singapore – the nation's oldest museum showcases Singapore's history and culture in a fun way. The building is also one of the city's architectural icons. If you only have time for one museum when you travel to Singapore, make it this one.
Singapore Flyer observation wheel – a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city at night.
SINGAPORE WITH CHILDREN
With an abundance of things to see and do for people of all ages, Singapore is a great place for a family holiday. Check out Finnair’s Singapore flight deals and have family fun at these excellent destinations:
Singapore Zoo – This award-winning 26-hectare wildlife park invites you to see more than 2800 animals, a giraffe exhibit, underwater galleries and much more. Don't miss your chance to experience also River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari, all run by the respected Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Merlion Park – Snap plenty of pictures of your children in front of the iconic Merlion, the symbol of Singapore that is half fish and half lion. There’s another large Merlion statue on Sentosa Island and you can admire great views from the observation platform.
Singapore Discovery Centre – The indoor attractions are ideal for all weathers, and you can enjoy activities like zorbing, paintballing, boat rides on the lake and simulated rides. Watch a film, learn more about the nation’s history and discover rich culture and traditions.
S.E.A. Aquarium – Among the biggest aquariums in the world, you can learn more about a huge assortment of aquatic life and pass through a large underwater tunnel.
Palawan Island – Relax on the sandy beach, paddle in the sea and enjoy a low-cost day in the sun.
MINT Museum of Toys – Older kids may enjoy seeing the large collection of toys from various countries and different ages.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR SINGAPORE
Bintan Island – this island with beautiful beaches and hotels makes for ideal sunbathing and swimming vacations and is just a one-hour boat ride from Singapore. It’s easy to hop across to another nation’s territory (Indonesia) when you fly to Singapore.
Tioman Island – part of a marine park just a 40-minute flight from Singapore. Here you’ll find a tropical jungle, mountain streams and waterfalls.
Pulau Ubin – located just a short boat ride away from Singapore, this pristine island has only a handful of motorized vehicles. Explore the rustic roads and secluded beaches by hopping on a bicycle.
SHOPPING IN SINGAPORE
People jokingly say that shopping and food are the only things that really matter to a Singaporean, which is easy to understand when you see the wealth of shopping opportunities on offer.
Orchard Road – Singapore´s main shopping street. Designer clothes boutiques and famous fashion stores can be found alongside the biggest malls.
The city has a huge number of shopping malls and shopping centres. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands offers the largest collection of luxury brands, while Vivo City, the biggest mall in town, boasts a number of retails outlets and kid-friendly amenities. Other popular shopping centres include Ngee Ann City, Sim Lim Square, Far East Plaza and Centrepoint.
Chinatown – another must-visit on your trip to Singapore, an area near the financial district where you can find everything from traditional goods such as porcelain, teas and spices to clothes and jewellery.
FOOD & DRINK IN SINGAPORE
Visitors to Singapore will quickly notice how important food and drink is to the locals. You can eat around the clock in this city and taste influences from every corner of the world, as there is a wide variety of international cuisine to go along with the huge selection of local food. These are some local favourites to sample after your flight to Singapore.
Hainanese Chicken Rice – Singapore’s national dish, this consists of boiled chicken and rice with oil and tasty dip sauces.
Chilli crab – Singapore’s most popular crab dish that comes in a spicy tomato sauce.
Fish Head Curry – a Singapore creation where the head of a red snapper fish is cooked with vegetables in curry gravy.
Char Kway Teow – flat rice noodles with slices of pork or pork lard stir-fried with soy sauce, cockles, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts and chives.
Satay – skewered grilled meat served with rice cakes, peanut sauce and cucumber-chilli relish.
Bak Kut Teh – a famous pork rib soup infused with Chinese herbs and spices. This dish is usually accompanied by steamed rice and eaten as breakfast.
Hokkien Prawn Mee – a dish with stir-fried Hokkien noodles, prawns, slices of chicken or pork, squid and fish cake.
Bandung – this pink and very sweet drink made of milk and rose cordial syrup is very popular in Singapore.
Barley water – a traditional drink in Singapore made of boiled pearl barley and rock sugar.
Singapore Sling – a famous cocktail made of gin, pineapple juice, cherry brandy and bitters.
TRANSPORT IN SINGAPORE
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) – a comprehensive rail network that provides an inexpensive and safe way of getting around the city. Most of Singapore's key attractions are within walking distance from an MRT Station.
Taxi – a comfortable and handy option if your destination is not accessible by bus or MRT. Charges are metre-based, but surcharges may apply depending on the taxi company, location and time of day.
Bus – good value for longer distances. The bus system covers most places in Singapore.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SINGAPORE
Sitting close to the Equator, Singapore is known for its wet, hot and humid conditions. Summer is the best time to visit Singapore for dryer weather, with June to August boasting the driest days. Keep in mind, however, that this is also when the air quality is often at its worst. November to January is the wettest time. Don’t worry about rainy days though; there are plenty of indoor attractions around Singapore that can be enjoyed no matter the weather.
There are many fun festivals in Singapore throughout the year, thanks to the different religious, ethnic and cultural groups that make up the country’s diverse population. Major events include Chinese New Year, Diwali, the end of Ramadan, the Buddhist Vesak Day, Easter and New Year.
May to July is the best time to visit for excellent shopping – buy your plane tickets to Singapore to coincide with the Great Singapore Sale and shop till you drop!
Summer is the peak tourist time in Singapore, but autumn sees smaller crowds. The latter is the best season to find the cheapest flights to Singapore and the best deals on hotels.
FLIGHTS TO SINGAPORE
Most Finnair flights to Singapore are on a modern A350 aircraft, with advanced technology and comfort. Furthermore, Finnair offers the shortest flight connections between Asia and Europe.
Singapore flights are available from numerous cities. While there are no direct flights to Singapore from the UK, you can fly from Manchester and London via Helsinki. Transit times are typically short and you’ll find a wide range of services to enjoy while you wait for your onward flight. Plus, all gates and transfer services are conveniently located in the same terminal building at Helsinki Airport.
Other popular European routes to Singapore depart from Gdansk, Milan, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Berlin, Oslo, Zurich and Gothenburg. Finnair has daily direct flights to Singapore from Helsinki, with a flight time of 11h 35min.
Your flight will land at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). It’s easy to connect with various parts of the country by bus, train and taxi after flights to SIN.
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