The limelight has been cast on the city of Singapore, which offers families of all ages an exciting and vibrant stay, before travelling on to other areas of Asia to kick back and relax by the beach. This sparkling modern city is home to lush green spaces, a huge mix of cultures and languages, a tantalising variety of food and plenty of family fun in a safe and easy space to explore. Here’s our Turquoise family guide to Singapore which should give you plenty of reasons to extend your stay…
Family days out – Sentosa Island
This small island is connected to Singapore by a bridge and only a 15-minute drive from the main city. If you’ve been thinking of Florida for your next holiday then consider Singapore and Sentosa!
Highlights include the Adventure Cove Waterpark, the Butterfly park, KidZania, South East Asia’s steepest zipwire, the SEA Aquarium, Universal Studios and more!
Within Singapore itself there are loads of activities for families, including the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Flyer and the Wild Wild Wet Park. For culture, take a walk around Chinatown or Little India. For those who are new to Asia, Singapore is a very safe, clean and low-key experience so it makes a great visit before visiting somewhere more high-octane like Bali, Thailand or Vietnam.
Eat Local – The Singapore Hawker centres
For a true taste of Asia away from Singapore’s more westernised options, take the family for a lunch or dinner at one of the famous Hawker centres. Be prepared for heat, humidity and plenty of unusual flavours at the following:
Chinatown Complex Food Centre – 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the Chinatown MRT station.
Maxwell Hawker Food Centre (5 to 10 minutes’ walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station).
Lau Pa Sat (5-10 minutes’ walk from Raffles Place MRT station)
The bewildering array of food choices in these hawker centres are mostly local favourites, not likely to be found in restaurants. The trick here is to follow your nose and to observe the queues (the longer the queue, the more popular the stall is). Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow, Fish Ball Noodles, Laksa and Roasted Duck rice are must try items when you hit the hawker centres in Singapore.
Rest your head
Parkroyal on Pickering opened it’s sleek doors in 2014 and still remains a firm family favourite hotel for our mummies at Turquoise. It is in a perfect location for shopping malls, restaurants and food courts with Clark Quay and China Town just a few minutes walk away.