Singapore information

Travellers love Singapore because it's safe, clean and a shopper's paradise. Singapore is warm all year round because of its proximity to the Equator. International airlines from around the world fly in to the famous Changi Airport west of the Singapore CBD.

Singapore is a delight to find inexpensive taxis in a big cosmopolitan city. A taxi trip from the airport to downtown Singapore costs about $10. Singapore is the epicentre of Asian food.  You're guaranteed to enjoy the taste and variety of cuisine in Singapore.

Singapore is also famous for its July retail shopping sales, when you can get great discounts on great brands at designer and Singaporean shops.  The major shopping area is up and down Orchard Road, and our World's Best Cities tip is to stay at a great hotel near Orchard Road.


The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is renowned for its ambience, delightful rooms, friendly staff and variety of restaurants.

World's Best Holidays has travelled to many cities and we can honestly say the Shangri-La Singapore is one of the best hotels in Singapore to stay at. The costumed doormen and marbled foyer on arrival signal the start of a wonderful holiday. 


Singapore and enjoy one of the World's Best Holidays.

The famous Raffles Hotel is also worth seeing and many people stop for High Tea at the Tiffin Room as a reminder of colonial days gone by.  Our World's Best Holidays tip is to go to the nearby Goodwood Hotel instead for the freshest sandwiches and cakes we've tasted since the Hyde Park in London and The Oriental in Bangkok.  The Goodwood is a colonial hotel frequented by ex-pats and the racing fraternity.

And no trip to Singapore would be complete without a trip by monorail or cable car to Sentosa Island only 15 minutes away. Sentosa Island has resorts and restaurants and is undergoing rapid development including a huge children's amusement park. Go to the top of Sentosa's Skytower for a bird's eye view over Singapore.  The white sandy beaches on Sentosa are one of Singapore's secrets and clean for swimming, despite the huge shipping lane in nearby Singapore harbour.

Photo of beach near Sentosa Island accommodation
For something different, head over to the Esplanade on the Bay.  It's a strange-looking spiky building that's a performing arts centre with many surrounding restaurants. You have to see the quirky restaurant upstairs called My Humble House.  It's like walking into a plush home like something out of the Addams Family with remarkably rich d├ęcor.

Photos beach Sentosa island beach

The Shangri-La Hotel accommodation Singapore is a green oasis just around the corner from bustling Orchard Rd.  The Shangri-La's Valley Wing is a favourite among many international travellers, but it's worth paying just a little more to stay in a Horizon Club room. You'll be given access to the 20th-floor Horizon Club for complimentary drinks at night and gourmet snacks that can easily save you the cost of dining out.

And if you get breakfast included in your rate, you'll eat at The Line restaurant with its fantastic variety that tourists and locals alike flock to.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel near Changi Airport is another good choice of accommodation near Singapore's centre and there's also a new hotel for transit passengers where it's cheaper to pay by the hour instead of per day.

In summary, Singapore is certainly one of the World's Best Cities.  It's a safe city where you can instantly relax and enjoy the year-round warm weather. 

Singapore is great value for money, there's plenty to see and the food is delicious.  Most importantly, the 5 star hotels in Singapore are among the world's best for luxury and value.  Go to 

Duty free shopping Singapore


You'll find everything you want in Singapore from the latest electronics to clothes in shopping areas centres such as Paragon and Takashimaya on Orchard Road, Little India or Vivo City which is the biggest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere.

Clarke Quay is a must-see on any trip to especially at night for its variety of Singaporean restaurants and bars overlooking the river. You'll walk through 21st century water fountains children love to play in before being dazzled by the choice of quality restaurants.