The city’s central area is near the island’s southern tip, gathered around where the Singapore River meets Marina Bay. One of the first things to remember when you travel to Singapore is that its MRT (subway) and bus systems are extensive enough that everything is within reach, particularly in the city centre. So, all you really have to decide is what kind of atmosphere you want and what you want to be closest to.
At the middle of it all you have Downtown Core, the most densely developed section of Singapore. Skyscrapers vie over the skyline and some of the most iconic Singapore attractions are waiting, especially along the waterfront. The original Merlion has pride and place at the tip of the southern bank, while the statue of Singapore’s founder Stamford Raffles sits on the northern shore. Both sides are good for a walk, taking you through Clark Quay, Boat Quay, museums, Victoria Theatre, some trendy bars, and G-Max – a reverse-bungy thrill ride that will pump enough adrenaline into your system to run around for the rest of the day!
Not far south of there you’ll come across Chinatown – the focal point of Chinese culture in Singapore. To the north is Bugis, an area with much history that has long been an attraction, these days for the New Bugis Street shopping strip, a fun attraction with everything from trinkets to food.
However, diehard shopaholics shouldn’t settle for anything less than Orchard Road – where world-class shopping malls have replaced the nutmeg orchards from which it got its name. You could spend days here perusing the best brands, affordable goods, electronics, and restaurants. A network of underpasses connects some malls to one another. Go to Paragon or ION Orchard for the best money can buy, and Lucky Plaza for a bargain on anything from a manicure to digital cameras.
Further north is Little India, which has its share of little shops and cultural sights, but is more of an experience to simply explore. The area has a unique buzz, particularly on Sunday when many people spend their day off in the area. There are also the Novena, Balestier and Newton areas, where cheaper accommodation can be found inside a quieter town-like atmosphere that has everything you need while still being within reach of the city centre.
At the end of the day, the central part of this city is very diverse, and it would actually be a challenge to find something not to your tastes. Check out our selection of flights to Singapore and Singapore City Centre hotels, and get comfortable, because you’re in for quite a show!
Hotels in Central Singapore start at AU$79 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.