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Once known as ‘Sea Town’ and ‘The Lion City’, the island country of Singapore has become less of a stopover point for tourists and more a sought-after holiday destination.

Once you discover what Singapore has to offer, it’s easy to see why it has become so popular. Here are 7 of the most popular things to see and do.

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The Botanic Gardens

Singapore’s beautiful botanic gardens are the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. It boasts a rich and stunning array of plant life, which is a testament to Singapore’s vision for ‘green city living’.

Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, home to the world’s largest orchid display, and the SBG Heritage Museum which offers interactive exhibits that detail the Garden’s interesting heritage and history.

If you have children, they will love the Jacob Ballas Children’s garden where they can play and have fun learning about plant life and the natural world.

Gardens by the Bay

Another attraction centred on Singapore’s commitment to green city living and sustainability, Gardens by the Bay is a nature park consisting of three stunning waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

The multi-award-winning horticultural destination is home to ‘Super trees’, which you are able to walk between on a suspended walkway to enjoy the plant life from a bird’s eye view.

Singapore Flyer

Once the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – standing at 165 metres – the Singapore Flyer offers breath-taking 360 degree views of the city.

You’re able to enjoy the sights and view iconic landmarks from a spacious air-conditioned capsule.

Changi Beach

Visit one of Singapore’s oldest coastal parks and relax on the white sand of Changi beach. At 3.3km long, you can take a leisurely stroll up and down the beach, or you can stretch out on the sand and lap up the sun.

Changi Museum

As well as offering an idyllic beach where you can go to relax on the white sand – Changi is a place steeped in historical interest.

The Changi Museum provides an interesting yet emotional insight into Singapore’s role in World War Two. It was occupied by the Japanese, and underwent a dark period involving prisoner-of-war camps and the establishment of the infamous Changi Prison.

It’s worth a visit to get a deeper understanding of Singapore’s past. But be warned; it’s a sombre experience.

Colonial District Walking Tour

Singapore’s Colonial District serves as a contemporary reminder of the British rule it experienced in the past.

Despite being flanked and surrounded by towering steel skyscrapers, the district exhibits elegant colonial architecture.

You can choose a guided tour, or simply stroll around the district at your own pace.

Enjoy a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel

Unwind after a day of sight-seeing with a Singapore Sling at the infamous Raffles Hotel, named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.

The cocktail was invented by a bartender working at the Long Bar in the hotel sometime before 1915. It’s a sweet and refreshing cocktail, and most welcome in such a hot and humid environment.

Don’t let anything ruin your trip

Whilst you absorb the beautiful greenery and plant life, observe the refined colonial architecture, or sip a tasty Singapore Sling; the last thing you want is for your experience to be cut short by an unexpected medical issue.

That’s where our Short-Term International Health Plan can help. It enables you to enjoy your trip with the peace of mind you’re covered if you contract an illness or suffer an accident that requires medical assistance.

Get a quick online quote for the plan today.

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