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By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more

Why go to Singapore?

Food: noodles for less than a fiver

Singapore is a food lover’s heaven. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from serving cuisine from all around the world with everything from fine dining to fusion. But Singapore arguably has some of the best street food in Asia. The hawker stalls are first rate and dirt-cheap - you could get a bowl of noodles for less than a fiver.

Everything works

Singapore is the model of efficiency. Almost everything runs on time, you might encounter the odd traffic jam, but you certainly won’t find any public transport strikes. Almost everyone speaks English, so getting around isn’t a problem for international visitors.

It's clean

A no–chewing gum policy means the streets are pretty clean. Buses, trains and taxis are spotless and air-conditioned and you certainly won’t see a homeless person sleeping on the streets. It’s also graffiti free.

It's safe

There’s low crime in Singapore, and I would feel safe on the streets of an evening by myself.

Shop 'til you drop

There’s practically a shopping centre on every corner and they seem to keep on building more and more. From the branded goods in the mega malls on Orchard Road to cultural enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam where you can find ethnic products, jewellery and textiles – shopping here is a past time in itself.

Cultural diversity

Singapore is a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures. It’s evident in the food, languages, customs and festivals. Intermarriage and integration helped knit these diverse influences into the fabric of Singapore’s society, giving it a vibrant and diverse cultural heritage.

Open late

Most shops stay open until at least 9:30-10pm. While many eating-houses are opening until the wee hours of the morning.

Changi Airport is a dream

I’ve never queued for longer than 20 minutes for check-in, immigration or baggage collection. There’s a multitude of shops, restaurants and there’s even a swimming pool for those of you who have an extended layover.

The perfect hub

Singapore is in an ideal location for long-haul travellers. If you have a brief stopover, you can get into the city in less than 20 minutes. If you choose to stay in the airport, you’ll never be bored. And if you don’t like the Singapore city experience, you are only a plane, boat or train ride away from any number of nearby destinations like Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand.

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Singapore Restaurants

Price guideRating (out of 5)
1. Ku De Ta
Expensive
4.9
2. The Disgruntled Chef
Expensive
4.8
3. Prive
Expensive
4.6
4. Oso
Expensive
4.6
5. PS Cafe
Mid-range
4.5
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Singapore Things to do

Price guideRating (out of 5)
1. Pulau Ubin
Budget
4.8
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Free
4.8
3. Chek Jawa
Budget
4.7
4. ArtScience Musuem
Expensive
4.4
5. Singapore Flyer
Expensive
4.0
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