Are you ready for the next technology revolution? At EmTech Asia 2020, you are able to partake in a 2 days tech conference which keeps you updated on the latest technology and showcases emerging technologies that will address major global issues. You are also able to network with 1000 attendees, 30 speakers and 20 up-and-coming Innovators Under 35.
EmTech Asia takes place from 4 - 5 August 2020 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre with Bayfront Station (Downtown Line) as the nearest MRT station. For more information about EmTech Asia 2020, click here.
Go off the beaten path by embarking on The Original Singapore Walks®, award-winning heritage walking and coach tours, including the popular war trail, Changi WWII™. Explore hidden gems and gain fascinating insights into Singapore, with tours led by experienced local guides. With convenient meeting points (mostly at the exit of train stations), discovering Singapore has never been easier. What's even better? Enjoy $5 off all The Original Singapore Walks® tours when you present the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay keycard to the guide at the start of the tour during ticket purchase!
The Time of Empire™
A Colonial District Walk
Discover Singapore’s colonial legacy and chart its transformation from The Time of Empire. Behold the juxtaposition of traditional architecture and modern masterpieces in the heart of the city and uncover the significance of Singapore’s oldest and most stunning landmarks, each with their own tale to tell. This is the Walk where you learn about Singapore’s national flower, the Sarkies brothers, The Straits Times and find that wonderful drink called ‘the Singapore Sling’.
Meeting Point: City Hall MRT Station, outside Exit B
Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry™
A Little India Walk
If you have always found Hindu temples fascinating yet confusing, join this tour and gain the simplest yet profound insight into the religion. Get insider access to the ethic district of Little India, with an immersive sari-tying experience, scrumptious treats at Little India’s oldest restaurant and a chance to get your hand decorated with traditional Henna art! During your tour, visit one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore, explore an authentic wet market and spot quirky street art.
Meeting Point: Little India MRT Station, outside Exit E
Red Clogs down the Five-Foot Way™
A Chinatown Walk
Gain fascinating insights into Chinatown’s storied history and unique architecture. Step back in time in an immersive, multi-sensory experience at Chinatown Heritage Centre, including faithful recreations of the living quarters back in the ‘50s. Hear the stories of Chinatown’s early residents and the area’s gritty past. Explore Singapore’s oldest Hokkien-Chinese temple, where religious syncretism takes centre-stage. Be introduced to the Yins and Yangs of Chinese traditional medicine, check out the sheer variety of paper offerings in an ancestral worship shop and sample local treats on this exciting tour of Chinatown.
Meeting Point: Telok Ayer MRT Station, outside Exit A
Sultans of Spice™
A Kampong Glam Walk
How was Singapore sold to the British for 60,000 Spanish dollars? The answer will be revealed during your tour of the Malay-Islamic quarter. Take in the colourful vibe of the oldest quarter in the city and stroll down Singapore’s most Instagrammable street. Uncover a curious blend of Malay folk traditions and Islam in the legends of the mysterious keris (dagger), perfumes and the story of the faith that is so often misunderstood. Visit the stately Sultan Mosque, enter a traditional Malay craft shop, experience sarong-tying and see the Old Istana Kampong Glam (Royal Palace) on this tour and witness Singapore’s indigenous culture thriving amidst modernity.
Meeting Point: Bugis MRT Station, outside Exit B
Of Graves, Guns & Battles™
A Tour of Battlebox & Fort Canning Hill
Trace the rise and fall of great empires and their rulers who commanded from Fort Canning Hill, where both 14th century Singapura and modern Singapore were born. Discover the world-changing story of a humble spice. Visit graves, a colonial fort and re-live one of the most important battles in history. Your tour includes a visit to the Battlebox (#1 Museum in Singapore on TripAdvisor), a former WWII secret underground command centre where the crucial decision to surrender Singapore was made. Learn about Singapore’s wartime history while journeying back in time at the once “Forbidden Hill”!
Meeting Point: Battlebox Visitor Centre (2 Cox Terrace, Fort Canning Hill)
Battlebox Visitor Centre is within walking distance from Novotel Clarke Quay. Please approach the concierge for directions.
Changi WWII™ War Trail Coach Tour
Life, Death & Remembrance
Keen to discover the fate of thousands who surrendered on 15 February 1942? Join this war trail coach tour (Winner of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award, Top 10 Experiences in Singapore), dedicated to the memory of all who fought and suffered during those dark years of captivity. Vividly recounted and sensitively portrayed by specialised guides, the 4-hour coach tour covers key WWII sites across Singapore, including Kranji War Cemetery.
Meeting Point: Pasir Ris MRT Station, outside Exit B
For more information about the walks and updated meeting points, please visit The Original Singapore Walks® website.
Congratulations on your engagement. Now let the fun of wedding planning begin.
After the elation of getting engaged, the thought of planning your big day can seem a little daunting, but with these top tips for planning a superb Singapore wedding, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. We’ve thought of everything; from choosing your date and setting a budget, to finding that picture-perfect setting for your stunning Singapore wedding.
Save The Date
Before anything else, it’s important to discuss with your fiancé how much time is needed to prepare everything for your big day. While a simple wedding may only take 6 months, a more lavish wedding can require over 12 months of preparation. Write a list of the people you really want to be there on your wedding day and check their availability for any dates you are considering. Top tip: try to have at least two wedding dates on hand, just in case your chosen venue is not available on one date, you can immediately check if they are available on the second date.
Make It Legal
Now that you’ve set the date for your special day, it’s time to make it legal by applying for a notice of marriage at the Registry of Marriage. While laws vary from place to place, in Singapore you need to apply at least 21 days before or up to 3 months before the date of solemnisation. Check ahead of time to see if any laws have changed and find out what else you need to prepare. If possible, choose a Registry of Marriage venue to exchange your vows.
Set A Budget
A crucial aspect of your wedding preparation in Singapore is setting a budget. Discuss together how big a celebration you plan to have and just how much you are willing and able to spend on your nuptials. In Singapore, the date, time and location are all major factors and the cost of a wedding will go up in line with the level of formality and number of guests.
The Dream Venue
It may be that you’ve always known exactly what kind of wedding you will have, but if not, you and your fiancé need to decide what kind of wedding you’re going to have, where in Singapore you plan to hold it, and how many guests you want. Do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding? A modern wedding or something more traditional? Particularly in Singapore, wedding traditions are often considered a culturally important part of a wedding.
For a venue to accommodate that chic lavish celebration you’ve always dreamed of, located right in the heart of the city centre, the easily accessible Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is where dream weddings come true. The Phoenix Grand Ballroom is just as the name suggests – this grand pillar-less setting has an expansive five-metre-high ceiling featuring stunning huge chandeliers. Make your special day a day that everyone will remember, with a sumptuous wedding banquet for up to 450 guests.
If you’re looking for more intimate wedding venues Singapore, the Cinnamon Room at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is simply perfect. Accommodating up to 240 guests, it’s the perfect setting to encourage your guests to mingle while they indulge in some of the finest cuisine. The outdoor Terrace adds that touch of glamour, complete with some of the best views of Marina Bay, it’s the ideal setting for solemnisation ceremonies against the dramatic evening sky.
The incredible wedding packages at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay include privileges such as choice of unique wedding favours, free stays in the Bridal Suite, invitation cards and more.
Before committing to your chosen wedding venue, ensure you know how many guests you will be having at the wedding. Too many guests and they may not all get attended to properly and the wedding could lack intimacy, or too few guests and the wedding could lack liveliness. Take time to sit down with your fiancé to finalise the guest-list, ensuring you have the perfect number for your perfect day.
Make A Timeline
As you progress with your wedding planning you may well find your head spinning with to-do lists and dates to remember, so why not give yourself some head-space by jotting it all down on one timeline. When compiling your timeline, jot down everything you need to accomplish at each phase of your wedding – from six months before the wedding, to a month before, a week before, and of course on your wedding day.
Why not learn about the roles your bridesmaids and maid of honour are expected to carry out as your bridal party, before popping the question to your bridesmaids. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be very involved in your wedding and its preparation, so inform them as soon as you can so that they’ll have enough time to prepare for their roles. Remember: Your wedding party will likely be devoting much of their time and money for your wedding, so make sure to show your appreciation of them.
Last but by no means least, it’s time to choose your dress. Your dress will be a key feature of your wedding, so ensure you have ample time to try on different dresses so that you wear one that has the perfect style and fit for you. There are plenty of bridal boutiques in Singapore, so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to shopping for your dream dress. Most wedding boutiques in Singapore recommend that you order your dress around six to nine months before the wedding to allow enough time for fittings and alterations. Top tip: While fun, dress shopping can be time-consuming and exhausting, so narrow down your search by learning the different silhouettes, necklines and train lengths, to work out what will suit you and your venue.
Perhaps the somewhat clichéd bar-hopping is not what you had in mind for your last day as a single lady. Maybe you actually want to remember that ‘day to remember’. Whether you’re the bride arranging her own once-in-a-lifetime bachelorette bash or the lucky best friend coordinating the perfect hen party in Singapore, have no fear, we have plenty of fabulous ideas to celebrate the impending nuptials with some quality BFF bonding. From pampering spa treatments and cocktail-making to afternoon tea and karaoke nights - your Singapore bachelorette party will be one to remember for years to come.
Hen-worthy Hotel – Make your wedding party in Singapore the very best and live it up in a hen-worthy hotel. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is one of the city’s most vibrant hotels, overlooking the banks of the stunning Singapore River in the heart of downtown Singapore. Relax in one of the 403 extra-spacious guest rooms and suites. The hotel’s central location is a real foodie heaven with over 150 restaurants and bars right on the doorstep.
Pampering Perfection – One sure-to-please bachelorette idea in Singapore is a pamper session. For the ultimate pampering, check out what treatments the spa offers, like facials, massages and manicures. If you’re staying at a hotel like Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, why not make the most of the spa facilities. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay’s facilities include a spacious outdoor swimming pool, in addition to the opulent in-room spa services.
Toss-able Bouquets – A bouquet-making workshop is win win for the bride-to-be. There will be no need for a florist with such pro bouquet-making bridesmaids. Hello Flowers hosts floral crown workshops also hosts floral crown workshops, while The Bloom Room can teach you how to craft chic table centrepieces - fun and budget-savvy.
Ladies That Brunch – For those refined ladies why not indulge in a champagne brunch or an afternoon tea session at a cafe. You can personalise the session and make it feel more special by dressing up your table, perhaps with a few confetti-filled balloons, rose petals...or whatever takes your fancy.
Culinary Goddesses – Brush-up on your cookery skills at a culinary class. Discover how to make some local as well international culinary delights at Cookyn Inc's culinary classes. If the bride-to-be has a sweet tooth, then get the icing sugar flying and learn the fine art of dessert-making (cakes, macarons, tarts, crème brûleés) with a bake-off at Baker's Brew Studio or Bake Fresh Studio.
Get Cosy Over Dinner – Enjoy a crowd-free uninterrupted intimate meal together, with nothing but great food and great company. Private dining means you get your own space for some quality bonding time and you’ll feel totally spoilt with your own personalised waiter service too. There’s plenty of choice for private dining in Singapore, or stay in and dine, if you’re staying at the likes of Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay.
Mixologist Magic - Shake and stir your way into making your own fabulous array of cocktails. DrinkDings provide up to 12 bachelorette-perfect cocktail making workshops and you can even customise your workshop so it’s just how the bride-to-be will like it – definite best friend points.
Sing Your Hearts Out - An evening of karaoke is an amazing way to bond while living out your superstar fantasies, after all surely no girl’s night out is complete without a rendition of “I Will Always Love You”? Better still, your karaoke night can be as tacky or classy as you like, whether it’s a night of drinks at a KTV lounge in the city or a more swanky affair at Singapore’s K Suites. K Suites offer a boutique karaoke experience in their private themed suites, along with a gourmet menu and bar – so you can enjoy a night to yourselves and really sing like no one's watching.
Fit and Fun – On the run-up to the big day the bride-to-be and bridal party are likely concerned about staying fit, so why not get fit and have fun at the same time. For those hens that are big fans of the outdoors, challenge yourselves to a fancy dress run or obstacle course, or have a go at stand-up yoga at SUP Singapore - incorporating yoga with paddle-boarding
It is hardly any wonder the dazzling, modern city of Singapore is South East Asia’s biggest international hub. Home to some of the most renowned skyscrapers and luxury buildings in the world, Singapore is an almost inevitable stop for business travellers in the region. Of course, while Singapore is [arguably] the best choice for business, for those travelling to Singapore for the first time it can be a daunting prospect, particularly with the number of laws and customs to remember. With these 5 need to know tips and insider knowledge, business in Singapore will be a breeze.
1. Introductions - When making introductions for the first time and in formal meetings, etiquette can vary somewhat from culture to culture, so try to remember these simple rules beforehand. If the person has a Chinese name, always use their title and family name followed by his personal name. If they have a western name like "Thomas" or “Alice”, they should be introduced in the same way as in the West, i.e. given name before family name. The majority of Malays do not use a family name, instead they use their own personal name followed by bin [son of or binti [daughter of] before their father’s personal name. Most Indians, similarly, use their personal name followed by s/o [son of] or d/o [daughter of] and the father’s personal name.
Business cards are exchanged in Singapore at every social and business event, so make sure you come prepared with a well stocked supply. Both when giving and receiving business cards, it is important to do so respectfully, with two hands. It is common courtesy to show an interest in each card you receive, after which you should lay it in front of you on the table. Never write on the business card or casually stash it away, as this can be misconstrued as disrespectful.
2. Communication – If you’re on business travel Singapore, then communication is high priority. While the official languages of Singapore are Chinese, Malay and Tamil, the working language is English. There is also a local vernacular, Singlish, which is essentially English generously peppered with local slang and dialects.
You won’t have to worry about staying connected in Singapore, as many international mobile phone companies have roaming agreements in place. If you are planning to stay for a long stay in Singapore, it’s cheap and easy to buy a local SIM card (you need to show your passport to buy one). Internet access is easy to find, and most cafes and accommodation in and around Singapore offer public access.
3. Look Sharp – For your upcoming conferences in Singapore you’ll want to look business ready. Despite the tropical climate in Singapore, long-sleeved shirts and ties are still the usual call for men, while smart business wear is recommended for women, and jackets for formal events. Of course, in a hot and humid environment it can be a challenge to not look wilted and damp, so where possible, avoid walking for anything more than 10 minutes to preserve your sharp look. Singapore also has its fair share of rainfall throughout the year, so be sure to have an umbrella or a sleek looking raincoat on hand.
If you’re used to popping in a chewing gum to keep fresh, you’ll have to learn to do it discreetly and discard it carefully, as purchasing or importing chewing gum is illegal in the country. A safer bet is to swap the gum for something else.
4. Entertain - Corporate entertaining in Singapore is very popular, with business often being done over corporate lunches and dinners. As long lunches are not uncommon in Singapore it’s a good idea to avoid scheduling meetings between noon and 2pm. If entertaining a Muslim Malay associate avoid conducting business on Fridays or during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Never serve alcohol or pork and be aware that majority of Indians do not eat beef. When it comes to picking up the bill, the inviting party of a business social event usually takes care of this.
Keep in mind that smoking is not always socially acceptable, and is prohibited in a number of places, so you should always research ahead of time to avoid causing any offense or a rather hefty fine.
5. Travel and Stay - Travel in Singapore is relatively stress-free, as the transportation system is well connected, and you can easily take the bus, train, or taxi to get from A to B. Singapore taxis and share-ride services are usually easily available during non-peak hours and the MRT is fast and convenient. When travelling during rush-hour it’s wise to take the MRT to avoid needing to budget extra time and money for the drive, especially as punctuality is very important for meetings in Singapore.
There are plenty of places to stay in Singapore, but make sure you choose one to suit your needs, particularly when travelling to Singapore for a conference. Novotel Clarke Quay overlooks the banks of the Singapore River in the heart of downtown Singapore. There’s plenty of space to relax after a busy day, in one of 403 extra-spacious guest rooms and suites, plus you don’t have to go far for fine-dining or a true taste of the local cuisine, as there are over 150 restaurants and bars right outside the hotel doors. You can even hold your event or meeting right at the hotel as there are a great selection of event spaces and conference rooms to choose from on-site. Plus, the hotels convenient location makes it ideal for business travellers, being just a 20 minute drive from Changi Airport.
Yet another business trip? For many, the idea of constantly jetting off for work sounds glamorous and exciting, but to the frequent business traveller, wanderlust-dreaming can turn into travel-exhaustion. Travelling to Singapore is no bland stopover - this go-to destination for business in Southeast Asia attracts executive travellers from all across the globe. Avoid any unnecessary stress and ensure your trip runs smoothly with these business travel tips and hacks; including essential packing tips, where to stay and making time for you.
Light & Efficient Packing
Business & Relaxation Under One Roof
So you’ve read the book, you’ve watched the film, you know the story – boy meets girl, girl meets boy’s family, boy’s family are...crazy rich Asians. The story doesn’t end there. Why not step into the shoes of Rachel Chu or Nick Young and relive the story for yourself – walk the streets they walked, see the sights they saw and eat where they ate.
From The Moment You Land
You may not be flying first-class, like Rachel Chu and Nick Young, but at Singapore’s Changi Airport it’ll certainly feel like first-class. Changi Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport for six consecutive years by Skytrax, and it’s hardly any wonder why. See for yourself what Rachel was raving about in this civilian travel hub that truly goes the extra mile. Aside from all the usual amenities and shopping options, the airport has a rooftop cactus garden, swimming pool with jacuzzi, an enchanted Butterfly Garden (as mentioned in the movie) featuring glass and mosaic structures, a free of charge entertainment deck with Xbox and movie theatre, and much more.
Dine Out At Newton Food Centre
Almost as soon as Nick Young and Rachel Chu touch down in Singapore, Nick takes Rachel to the most notable hawker food centre (open-air food court) in Singapore. It’s here at Newton Food Centre that they, along with Nick’s cousin Colin and fiancée Araminta, indulge in a veritable feast of Singaporean favourites. Located close to the popular shopping destination of Orchard Road, this hawker centre is relatively pricey compared to the many others scattered throughout the island, but it is still possible to enjoy a good meal here at a fair price. Try out a variety of delicious street food including chilli crab, satay, fried oyster omelette and fishball noodles.
THAT Wedding Venue
The ultra-lavish wedding venue is likely near the top of the list of Crazy Rich Asians spots in Singapore for you to see and you will not be disappointed. The stunning, 19th century gothic church where Araminta and Colin’s elaborate multi-million pound wedding took place is known as Chijmes (pronounced as ‘chimes’). It was production designer Nelson Coates that performed the rather brilliant job of turning the church into an ethereal and spectacular garden-like setting. Unless you are crazy rich you may not be planning to book this church for your very own fantasy wedding, but you can still head over to Chijmes just for a walk around or to hang out at its restaurants and bars. Just pop 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996 into your Satnav to find your way here.
...And THAT Wedding Reception
The spectacular venue where Colin and Araminta’s wedding reception took place is the just as breath-taking in real life. As seen in the movie, the stunning Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is best visited at night when it looks somewhat otherworldly – almost as if it were plucked straight from James Cameron’s Avatar. While your budget may not quite stretch to hiring out the whole of the Gardens by the Bay for the evening, it’s the perfect setting for a date night or an evening stroll. Every night at 7:45pm to 8:45pm, the tree-like structures are illuminated with ever-changing lights as a music and lights show takes place.
Power-Suit to the Parlour
One the many things to do in Singapore is checking out the local shops and nightlife, and it just so happens that Nick’s Mother Eleanor Young, seen dressed in a white power suit, walks down a row of shop houses in Ann Siang Hill on her way to meet Rachel at a mahjong parlour. It’s up to you if you choose to wear a white power suit or not, but taking a stroll down Ann Siang Hill is surely a must. Together with the adjacent Club Street, Ann Siang Hill, is a popular nightlife destination in Singapore’s Chinatown where the once heritage shop houses are now home to dozens of bars and restaurants. To get a real feel of the area, it’s worth heading here on a Friday and Saturday, when the roads are blocked off to traffic and crowds tend to fill up the streets.
A Walk in THE Park
For the setting of Crazy Rich Asians to be the truly Singaporean, Singapore’s most iconic landmark could hardly be left out. One of the most popular places of interest in Singapore is Merlion Park, located at One Fullerton, near the Central Business District of Singapore. Merlion Park’s main attraction is without doubt, the half-lion, half-fish creature and statue (pictured in the movie) fronting Marina Bay. This magnificent emblem of Singapore is completely free of charge to visit and totally Instagram-worthy.
It’s best to stay somewhere central on your visit to Singapore, so that you can easily see each movie location. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel offers 403 extra-spacious guest rooms and suites with incredible views of the Singapore River and city skyline, and it’s a short 15-20 minute walk from Ann Siang Hill, a 10-minute drive to Chijmes and only a 20-minute drive from Changi airport. Just outside the hotel the Fort Canning MRT Station (2-minutes’ walk) has direct connections with both Gardens by the Bay (4 stops on the Downtown Line) and Newton Food Centre (9 stops on the Downtown Line).
Small as it may be, the Little Red Dot packs an astonishing amount of exciting attractions ranging from scenic riverside restaurants offering alfresco dining to endless shopping and entertainment opportunities. The Clarke Quay area is one of the top attractions in Singapore, the ideal base for travellers: this huge riverside commercial district consists of several historical buildings that have been beautifully restored and now a fantastic array of leisure, entertainment, and dining options.
We invite you take a look at top places to visit near Clarke Quay that you will not want to miss out on during your next stay in Singapore.
Clarke Quay For Leisure Travellers
Clarke Quay Central mall has a central location only steps away from Clarke Quay MRT station. Here you can shop for some unique souvenirs and gifts to take home with you and then recover from a retail therapy session by enjoying a drink or a bite to eat at one of the mall’s riverside facing restaurants and coffee shops.
As the evening draws on, Clarke Quay comes alive with dozens of entertainment venues offering live music and a lively atmosphere. Variety of choice is one of the reasons why this is one of the best-rated attractions in Singapore: here you'll find everything from wine bars to classy cocktail lounges, Latin dance bars, and late-night cafes.
Clarke Quay For Families & Groups
Clarke Quay is the ideal place to enjoy quality time with family and friends. Riverside cruises depart from Alkaff Quay and are a great way of taking in some of the main sights in Singapore from a different viewpoint. Step aboard one of Singapore’s legendary bumboats which have been retrofitted with zero-emission electric engines, and relax whilst listening to the tour guide and taking in Singapore's iconic skyline.
Besides Clarke Quay Central Mall, there is also Liang Court, a six-storey shopping mall and one of the most popular nearby attractions from Novotel Clarke Quay. Whenever you don’t want to wander far from your hotel, you can come for a casual family meal or for coffee and cake.
Clarke Quay For Business Travellers
Clarke Quay is known for its upscale riverside restaurants that are perfect for entertaining clients or simply winding down after a busy day. There are also several floating restaurants moored at Clarke Quay, consisting of refurbished junk boats and steamboats where you can sample exquisite local specialties. The best of international cuisine is represented here too with choices ranging from Persian to French, Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, and more.
Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a session of pampering and relaxation? You won’t have to wander far to find exclusive massage and spa venues, beauty salons, and nails bars offering the type of top-class services you need to feel invigorated.
Clarke Quay For Active Travellers
Fort Canning Hill is one of Singapore’s green lungs and one of the top places to visit near Clarke Quay. Coming here for a morning walk or jog is the perfect way to start the day. Along the way, you will come across pretty colonial buildings, a spice garden and several panoramic viewpoints. If adrenaline-laden sports are your thing, you will definitely want to check out G-Max, a reverse bungee jump that tops the list of nearby attractions from Novotel Clarke Quay for lovers of extreme experiences.
Our location, situated close to the historic Singapore River and Clarke Quay, is one of the chief reasons to book a stay at the Novotel Hotel which is in the heart of the city. Furthermore, our proximity to the MRT Downtown Line Singapore via Fort Canning Station also means that the rest of the city is easy to get to, providing a convenient way to begin exploring the rest of the city. There are many Downtown Line attractions that we could mention. In this article, we'll draw your attention to some of the best ones. Whether you are looking for tourist attractions, things to do or great restaurants, the Downtown Line is a superb way of discovering them all.
If you are looking for quality food places Downtown Line is the perfect means of accessing them. For example, Jalan Besar Station is just two stops on the line from Fort Canning. Within a few minutes of leaving the hotel, you could be soaking up the smells and tastes of the Berseh Food Centre, famous for its yong tau fu stall among other things. Among the best food places Downtown Line has to offer, this station is also the one to stop at if you are seeking a fine example of Indian cuisine – just head onto Dunlop Street where you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Eight stops on from Jalan Besar Station is Bedok Reservoir. Here, it is a short stroll to the park which also takes its name from the nearby reservoir. Although the parkland is worth walking around in its own right, the attractions here are what excite most visitors. At Water Adventure, it is possible to rent kayaks and have a go at paddling. There is also a hugely popular treetop adventure area which is a great option for adventurous people or those with older kids to keep entertained.
MRT Downtown Line Singapore also has plenty to offer those who want to relax and engage in some well-deserved retail therapy. We suggest taking the line to Bugis Station, where it intersects with the East West Line. Here, you will discover an array of shopping opportunities in a great choice of stores, many of which are highly competitive. Bugis Street has in the region of 600 different retailers, the majority of which are fashion shops. Looking for a new outfit or pair of shoes? This is the place to head. Bugis Street is also well-known for its Korean retailers who sell a wide range of products.
Singapore's magnificent Gardens by the Bay is an enormous, futuristic, vibrant and colourful nature park composed of three separate parks; Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, all of which enjoy wonderful waterfront views. If you are in Singapore, visiting these gardens is a must as there are numerous points of interest, particularly the solar-powered Supertrees -two of which are connected with suspended walkways that provide jaw-dropping bird's eye views of the gardens below. Gardens by the Bay can be easily accessed by Downtown line via Bayfront MRT Station
Singapore is not only a versatile, colourful, breathtakingly beautiful destination in its own right - it is also a great base for exploring the immediate surroundings. Its favourable location allows for a number of exciting day trips. Varied and tantalising like the Lion City itself, each of those opportunities for a one day trip from Singapore offer a moment of exhilarating discovery for the busy travellers, a breath of fresh air and a ton of new perspectives on a time budget. Sails up!
Of Singapore's islands, Sentosa is perhaps the first choice for a holiday getaway from Singapore. It has a well-deserved reputation for being busy: a day there offers a large variety of sports and entertainment activities for the energetic visitor. Sentosa is one of the islands near Singapore you can reach on foot, so forget vehicular transport and take a walk down the newly renovated Sentosa Boardwalk instead!
If you seek refuge from modernity, Pulau Ubin is the place to go! Singapore's last traditional enclave, the island will take you on an impressive trip back in time. You can immerse yourself in the Chak Jawa wetlands, follow the picturesque river bends on specially designed bike paths, and walk through large abandoned quarries as you explore the origins of Singapore.
Deriving its name from the narrow, shallow channel that separates the lush piece of land in two, Sisters Island is a snorkeller's paradise and one of the most famous islands near Singapore. It is popular for its breathtaking reefs and rich aquatic life. Sisters Island's strong vegetation and natural shelters also make it an excellent picnic destination. Just mind the curious monkeys!
Pulau Hantu makes it to the must-see islands to visit from Singapore thanks to its amazing swimming and free-diving affordances. You are likely to enjoy your very own lagoon, dive into crystal clear waters, and spot a number of eye-catching marine species, such as sea horses, damselfish, or clownfish in their natural habitat. Pulau Hantu is probably one of the most classically relaxing day trips from Singapore.
A holiday getaway from Singapore that crosses over into neighbouring Indonesia, Bintan is a ferry ride away. It takes 45 minutes to the shiny Bintan Resort, an ultra-luxurious holiday complex. If you are after a one day trip from Singapore that provides some contrast, opt for the one-and-a-half hour ferry ride to Bintan's rural town Tanjung Pinang. The beaches are less glamorous but just as enjoyable!
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru (JB) is a large bustling city in southern Malaysia and makes an interesting day-trip from Singapore, especially if you like shopping as there are very impressive mega malls and flea markets. JB, which has recently undergone a considerable cosmetic makeover, boasts a number of intriguing temples, mosques and museums. It is also home to Johor Bahru Premium Outlets which has around 130 designer outlet stores available such as Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Coach and a lot more offering loads of discounts all-year round.
Batam is one of the islands to visit from Singapore when you are searching for full-on fun times. Something of an expat colony, the island is rich with eateries, bars, casinos, and other entertainment establishments to fulfill your heart's every desire.
Here, we offer some options to experience the nightlife in Clarke Quay, a vibrant waterside frequented by business travellers and young professionals. Thanks to a wide choice of bars and restaurants in Clarke Quay, visitors are sure to find a venue that is to their liking. Many restaurants have great bar areas too – or even resemble theme pubs. What’s more, the cuisine is truly worldwide: from American and European to Asian and Australian.
International and local cuisine
Visitors might want to start from an ideal base, the pleasant surroundings and the superb choice of bars, clubs and restaurants near the Novotel Clarke Quay. Zouk and Attica, for example, are both iconic nightclubs for those who like to party the night away. The Crazy Elephant is one of the best live music bars in the area and is known for its friendly atmosphere and decently priced drinks. Meanwhile, the Square Restaurant offers all-day international cuisine and local specialties, while an open kitchen means that diners can interact with the chefs.
Alternatively, business travellers looking for a quick bite to eat in the Clarke Quay area might like to head to The Ranch Steakhouse By Astons. Travellers will surely enjoy the delectable and mouth-watering aromas of the premium beef. Situated at Clarke Quay in Downtown Singapore, this dining area also includes an outdoor bar for guests to enjoy the vibrant view of the city.
Buzzing ambience and gourmet choices
Gone are the old street food stalls in this popular part of Singapore. Now, the restored historic colonial shop houses at Clarke Quay are a focus for pubs and restaurants. A perceptible buzz accompanies the happy hours for drinks in the themed bars, while the eateries range from gourmet pizza to seafood from the southern oceans.
For delicious late night dishes, Ramen Keisuke Lobster King dedicates itself to the delights of the prized crustaceans. Choices include four different soups ranging from broth to rich creamy and spicy. All come with prawn dumplings, chicken char siew, pork belly, noodles and bamboo shoots.
Moreover, for more variety, the Jumbo Seafood Riverside Restaurant also offers freshly caught shellfish and fish from an expansive menu. It's a vibrant, bustling place with the option of an outside seating area. The 'drunken prawns' and chilli king crab are especially to die for!
Oriental restaurants to try in Clarke Quay area
The abundance of bars, restaurants and nightlife in Clarke Quay means that visitors to this part of Singapore can enjoy the food and hostelry of their choice. Peony Jade Chinese restaurant blends art with cuisine, to delight visually as well as gastronomically. Finally, back at the Novotel, the elegant Dragon Phoenix Restaurant offers the best in Cantonese food.
If you're staying in Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay with your squad and are looking for excitement and adventure, you'll be pleased to learn that the area has a lot of epic outdoor activities to try. Here are five fun things to do in Singapore:
1. Forest Adventure
Forest Adventure in Bedok Reservoir Park is always an exhilarating experience, involving numerous treetop challenges. If you're up for it, why not get your team to attempt the Grand Course? It's jam-packed with zip lines and obstacle courses to really test your physical ability and mental strength. Out of all the outdoor activities in Singapore, it's the perfect way to get active and bond with your squad. Be challenged by this awesome obstacle courses and conquer your fear of heights! Along the journey, there are guides on hand to assist and provide you some safety briefing before you embark on the courses. And, of course, keeping you safe! Make sure you stay hydrated as the weather can be very humid.
2. Surfing at Wave House, Sentosa
Get your friends together and head to the tiny island of Sentosa, known for its predominately man-made beaches, beautiful landscape and for being the hub of fun water-based activities to do in Singapore. The Wave House Sentosa is the place to go; a simulated wave surfing attraction bang in the middle of Siloso Beach. Even complete novices will soon be catching man-made waves that reach heights of up to 3 metres in the FlowBarrel and FlowRider wave pools.
3. Combat Skirmish Singapore
If you're looking for a team-building and bonding activity with your homies, then check out Combat Skirmish at Fort Siloso, which is also on Sentosa Island, Singapore, which offers outdoor laser tag combat games for all ages. You can play exciting combat games on the very ground Japanese and English troops fought during WWII. With 13 different types of gun installed with state-of-the-art technology, it's one of the most unforgettable outdoor activities in Singapore.
4. GX-5 Xtreme Swing
If you're feeling brave, why not challenge the squad to this terrifying ride? It's located in Clarke Quay and you'll hear the screams as you approach. GX-5 Xtreme Swing involves rapid flying and free fall thrills. It's one of the best places to visit in Singapore but is not recommended straight after dinner!
5. Kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Kayaking – it's a great bonding activity for your crew, as well as being a great exercise. One of the best places to visit in Singapore is the MacRitchie Reservoir Park where you can hire kayaks from the Paddle Lodge. If you're a novice at kayaking, you'll only be allowed to hire the 'sit-on-top' kayaks for safety. This means you will get pretty wet so bring a change of clothes. If you and your friends are experts, you can have fun in the competitive zones. See if you can spot some of the many macaques that fly around the area looking for picnic scraps. It's cash payment only so bring plenty of coins.