Where to go

Two Hours from Singapore:

Central Singapore is packed with skyscrapers and heaving lanes but on the island’s outskirts it’s a different city. Local temples, natural wonders and gastronomic delights abound.

One Hour From:

Pulau Bintan:

This charming Indonesian island is a favourite weekend spot. The beaches
are dotted with fancy resorts, but further afield you’ll find local towns with plenty to see.

Two Hours From:

Kong Meng San Phor Kark
See Monastery:

Recentre your mind and soul at Singapore’s largest Buddhist monastery. Time easily slips away as you wander the ornately decorated temples, tranquil manicured gardens peppered with koi ponds, and meandering pathways.

The Southern Islands:

Escape the shiny city to this near-
deserted trio of offshore islands. Alight at St John’s and cross the concrete walkway to Lazarus, to frolic on arguably Singapore’s most picturesque beach.

The Summerhouse Garden
Dome Dining:

Singapore’s hot and humid weather can
make alfresco dining a slightly sweaty
affair, but that’s all changed with The
Summerhouse’s three cooled dining domes.

Tiger Beer Brewery Tour:

Sadly, you won’t find any wild tigers
stalking the rainforests in Singapore; the last one was shot in 1930. You can delve into the brand’s history and brewing methods at the Tiger Beer Brewery.

Lorong Buangkok:

Step back in time at Singapore’s last
remaining kampong (village). The pace is
slow here, with crickets humming, chickens roaming about and ramshackle timber houses peeking from behind overgrown pathways.

Changi Village Hawker Centre:

Foodies should head straight to this
seaside hawker centre. You’ll find everything from chicken rice to stir-
fried noodles, plus two famous nasi lemak

Kayak Fishing:

It’s just you, rod, pedal-powered kayak
and guide as you take to the
waters in search of the perfect fishing spot. You’ll glide through mangrove swamps, where dinosaur-like monitor lizards lurk in the undergrowth while learning the area’s history and trying to hook a catch.

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