The colonial region of Riverside, also known as the Civic Region, is where the British Statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles landed and first founded the city of Singapore in the early 19th Century, and it is well worth a visit. On the south bank of the river you will see the modern shimmering skyscrapers of the central business district and find a myriad of bars, clubs and restaurants at Boat Quay, perfect if you’d like to indulge in a little luxury.
Next we can help you to escape the city bustle to spot flying lemurs and long-tailed macaques while mountain biking through the forests of Buki Timah Nature Reserve. But, if you want to explore more of Singapore’s exciting culture, you can stop to admire Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown, covered in colourful sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythical beasts. The Thimithi festival is a great time to visit the temple as you’ll see devotees walking barefoot over hot coals.
Singapore’s Botanic Garden is one of the most famous of its kind throughout the world. It opened in 1859 as an ornamental park which held fetes and flower shows, and has been instrumental in the role of making Singapore a ‘Garden City’. Wander through the exotic gardens, including the National Orchid Garden, which is synonymous with this world-renowned garden.
To escape the city, locals and tourists head to Sentosa Island, a resort self-titled as ‘Asia’s Favourite Playground’ and trust me when we say it brings out the big kid in all of us! The island is home to Resorts World – Singapore’s own Universal Studios, the adrenaline-fuelled theme park of Imbiah Lookout and a number of fun-filled attractions along its two mile beach. Sentosa Island is a family’s dream destination which also features charming coastal and forest ecosystems and nature walks, ideal for a bit of wildlife spotting.