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Singapore is a tropical and humid island city off the coast of Malaysia that offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions for visitors. The city is very welcoming, and as most residents speak good English, it is easy for guests to find their way around.

On your evening of arrival in this fascinating tropical city, you will enjoy a leisurely stroll along the city’s esplanade, to admire the famous Merlion statue of a mythical half-lion/half-fish creature. From here, you will travel to the Lou Pa Sat Market – a traditional Singaporean food hall where you will be able to purchase an authentic noodle or rice meal.

Your city tour the following day will take you to some of Singapore’s most exciting and popular tourist attractions.

Your guide will take you to the peak of Mount Faber for the best panoramic views of the harbour and city skyline – a serene retreat away from the bustle of the city centre. The summit of the mountain can be reached by cable car and makes for great photo opportunities.

The Singapore Botanical Gardens are another stop-off point, and home to the world famous National Orchid Gardens. Here you can view orchids of varying types and colours in their separate season zones, i.e. red and yellow flowers in the summer garden, blue in winter – a distinctive horticultural idea unique to Singapore.

The Padang is a vast, plain stretch of land rich in Colonial history as it used to be the meeting point for all the major sporting and social events. Today, sporting events such as cricket and rugby matches still take place here and you can walk around it yourself on the Singapore tour.

Also included on your city tour is the Thian Hock Keng Temple, which is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The beautiful temple is dedicated to the sea goddess Ma Zhu Po and is over 150 years old.

The cultural highlights of the tour are the visits to city’s Little India and Chinatown. Although Chinese people today live throughout Singapore, the Chinatown area is a distinctly cultural and historic area. Little India is a great place to purchase Indian curries, clothing and enjoy the aromatic fragrances of jasmine, incense and spices.

Your final port of call before flying to Australia is the internationally renowned Raffles Hotel. The hotel was established in 1887 by Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles, and is acclaimed for its luxurious accommodation and quality restaurants. During your brief visit to this impressive hotel you can enjoy a refreshing Singapore Sling – the hotel’s very own signature drink.