The best diving spots in Southeast Asia
Strap on your BCD, put on your flippers and dive into the deep blue waters at these beautiful stunning scuba diving destinations within the Southeast Asia region. Get mesmerised by colourful reefs, thriving marine ecosystems or explore carefully preserved wrecks – all these and more just a short trip away from Singapore
Family comes first at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
While it's mostly known for its shopping glitz and glam, Singapore’s most famous shopping street is also filled with fun activities for the whole family. Formerly known as Orchard Parade Hotel, the space has been refurbished, renamed and is ready to welcome the whole clan. To experience Orchard Rendezvous Hotel’s new rooms at attractive rates, visit rendezvoushotels.com.sg or call 6737 1133.
Spend the holidays at Tokyo DisneySea
The holiday season brings about plenty of joyful experiences and travelling at the end of the year is perhaps the most memorable of them all. When the whole family is concerned, it's best to think of fun activities that everyone can participate in, regardless of age or mobility. Make Tokyo DisneySea your adventure of choice for the whole fam. Located within Tokyo Disney Resort, the fantasy theme park is exclusive to Japan and is inspired by the myths and legends of the sea, with seven unique areas to explore. There's the Mermaid Lagoon where you can dive under the sea with Ariel and friends as well as the Arabian Coast where Aladdin can show you a whole new world. Immerse yourself in the world of Disney with thrilling rides, engaging meet and greets and beautiful scenery that'll make your holiday an unforgettable one. Start planning your itinerary and book your tickets right here in Singapore at the Japan Rail Cafe to your trip to Tokyo DisneySea a breeze.
The best short day trips from Singapore
Take a break from city life by leaving our sunny (and hectic) island for not-so-faraway ones that are far more quaint. These day trips within Singapore and beyond provide a breathtaking change of scenery sans airport queues and hours of travelling time. Cross the Causeway into Johor and other Malaysian towns or jet off to an Indonesian beach resort in Batam or Bintan, because who needs Bali anyway? These out-of-town spots are perfect for relaxing and refuelling away from the stress of Singapore city, coconut (or perhaps, a martini) in hand. It's time to hit the road. RECOMMENDED: Family-friendly activities in Johor Bahru and the 12 best hotels in Singapore
Your ultimate guide to Johor Bahru
Just across the border from Singapore, the city of Johor Bahru awaits. This weekend destination is a favourite among many Singaporeans thanks to the attractive exchange rate but there's also plenty to see and feast on in heritage-rich Johor. But don't just take our word for it, cross the border and explore JB – you don't even have to stay the night!
The best hotels in Singapore
The best hotels in Singapore
On our humble little island, there's no short supply of hotels that will make you feel right at home. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, these hotels are just a quick walk, train ride or shuttle away from the city's best attractions like Gardens by the Bay or Sentosa. There are also plenty of restaurant and bar options around to make sure you never go hungry – even if it's way past midnight. Whether you're visiting from out of town or looking to do a quick staycation, these are the best of the best rooms you should check out in to.
The best cheap hotels in Singapore under $200
Singapore may be one of the most expensive cities in the world but that doesn't mean there aren't any affordable options in town to rest your head. These cheap hotels are more than just a bed to sleep on, they offer amenities like fitness centres and swimming pools, and are conveniently located within the city, making them these perfect base for exploration. A stay at one of these hotels means more money for the important things like food, drinks and shopping – you can thank us later. Here are our picks for the best budget hotels in Singapore that don't compromise on quality.
The best luxury hotels in Singapore
Treat yo'self to the best hotel experience money can buy with these luxury stays. These hotels don't just offer top-of-the-line service and amenities, they're inherently designed to make you feel like you're a king or a queen. When money is no object, and you’re ready to pull out the stops, check-in to one of these hotels to treat yourself to experience luxury living at its finest. We’re talking personal gyms, in-room jacuzzi tubs, and private pools – on top of the standard club lounge perks.
The best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore
Housed in Singapore’s most culturally vibrant districts, these contemporary boutique hotels give the established chains a good run for their money. These swish hotels reveal an oft-unseen facet of our modern metropolis and promise to beguile you with its distinctive charms. Whether you’re a tourist on a budget, a corporate executive overwhelmed by a hectic schedule, or a local planning the perfect staycation, expect a lavish range of services and amenities that cater to each and every one of your demands.
The best hotels with hourly rates
We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.
11 of the poshest hotel bathtubs in Singapore
When comparing washing habits to food, you could say that a shower is tuna mayo spread and a bath is Michelin-starred bluefin tuna sashimi. You eat one to get curb hunger, but you eat the other to feel fabulous. Putting the fab into a common routine, these 11 luxury bath experiences are a feast for the entire body (with or without the fish). Check-in, disrobe and prepare to make pleasant groans. GET VOCAL FOR YOUR LOCAL: Vote for your favourite hotel in Singapore
Weekend getaway ideas
Instead of saving up for a flight ticket to your next holiday destination, why not pack your bags for a weekend getaway at Bintan? Less than an hour ride away from Singapore by ferry, the Indonesian island's sandy white beaches, grand golf courses and gorgeous resorts make it the perfect beach vacation sans the obnoxious crowds of Bali or Phuket. Even if you're not one to soak up a tan or relax with a spa session, the island is loaded with a range of heart-pumping land and water activities as well as idyllic nature trails. Alternatively, you can learn more about Bintan by embarking on a cultural and heritage trail. Ready for an adventure? Here's our guide on where to stay, eat and do at Bintan. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Singapore's offshore islands and the best short day trips from Singapore
The biggest island in Thailand is stocked with adventure, cheap food, and – of course – panoramas that’ll make all your friends jealous. But it’s also home to the creature comforts that some of us (including yours truly) look for in a beach getaway. Here’s how to kick back without slumming it out completely.
The best Asian destinations
As Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle here in Singapore prove, swanky restaurants aren’t the only ones deserving of a Michelin star. In the Michelin Guide’s inaugural edition in Bangkok, it awarded Raan Jay Fai with the same honour. But we think there are plenty of other cheap street eats in the Thai city that deserve a shout – here’s what the inspectors (and you) should check out.
Ever-changing and developing at a breakneck speed, this heaving metropolis in China always offers something new. Here’s your one-stop-shop guide to making the most of Shanghai in just 24 hours. 8am–11am: Stuff yourself with street eats Set yourself up for the day with a stomach-stretching three-hour breakfast on Untour’s walking street food tour ($98). The trip leads you through favourite local breakfast spots in the former French Concession. Xiao long bao 11am–noon: Snag a genuine propaganda poster Continue your journey through the former French Concession towards the Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Hidden in the basement of a faceless housing complex, it’s not the easiest place to find but totally worth the hunt for the large collection of genuine Communist propaganda posters – some of which you can buy for as little as $40. Noon–2.30pm: Tour the Jewish Refugees Museum Tucked up in Hongkou district, the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and surrounding area are well worth a few hours. Housed in the Ohel Moshe Synagogue complex, the museum gives an insightful look – via original artefacts, historical photos and personal recollections – into the decades during which the neighbourhood was home to Jewish refugees who fled the Nazi regime in Europe. 2.30pm–4.30pm: Explore the M50 The M50 Art District is home to a number of modern and contemporary art galleries. While smaller than its Beijing equivalent, 798, it is still one of the best places to see modern art in the city
Hoi An radiates old-world charm. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh may grab the headlines but this small town on the eastern coast of central Vietnam has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999. The city’s history as a trading port remains a focal point of its modern identity – and old Vietnamese, Chinese, French and Japanese architecture abound – but to say Hoi An survives off its former glories would be a grave injustice. This town is alive and kicking. Things to do Acquainting yourself with the Old Town should be high on your agenda. Although it doesn’t span a vast territory, the narrow alleyways and their hidden wonders lie on both sides of the Thu Bon River. Popular sites include the 16th century Japanese Bridge and the area’s historical houses. Tickets from the tourist information centre allow you to enter and leave the sites at your leisure – a luxury given the spike in the number of visitors that appear later in the day. Evening boat rides along the river are the best way to see the lights and lanterns that dot the glistening waterfront. The historic My Son temple Two hours inland lies My Son, formerly the heartland of the Viet Cong army that fought United States’ forces during the Vietnam War. A day trip to the My Son Hindu temple ruins highlights the damage done to the region during the conflict: many of the 14th century Cham dynasty buildings were destroyed during air bombings and bomb craters remain visible to this day. Where to eat Local delicacies from the regi
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It can be a challenge to absorb everything a culturally vibrant city like Barcelona has to offer but we’ve pared it all down to seven of the musts. From Gaudí and Picasso to tapas and pintxos here’s what you can’t miss in Catalonia’s capital. Discover the city on foot Spend a day away from the metro and the tourist bus and stroll around the city instead. Visit some of its most impressive buildings and parks like the Parc de la Ciutadella, Parc de Joan Miró and the Montjuïc castle. Go off the beaten path and head up to Horta, the charming Sant Andreu district or the lesser-known side of Eixample. Explore Gaudí and modernisme Admire the city’s modernista architecture and the works of Antoni Gaudí in particular. The most famous are the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Pedrera but don’t miss other Gaudí buildings such as Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, Torre Bellesguard, Casa Vicens and – if you have time to venture outside Barcelona – the crypt of Colònia Güell in Santa Coloma de Cervelló. Els 4 Gats Picture the city of Picasso’s youth Picasso’s Barcelona, where he spent his early years, was beautiful and vibrant. Follow in the footsteps of the artistic genius as you visit the landmarks that shaped his youth. Walk down C/Reina Cristina and then cross over to number three on C/Mercè to see where his family lived – though the actual building has been destroyed. Make like a bohemian at Els 4 Gats, a café where artists, including Picasso and Salvador Dali, gathered to ea
The beginning of autumn in New Zealand means you get to soak in the gorgeous outdoors – and the adventures that come along with it – without the sun’s scorching rays burning a hole through the back of your head. We round up activities on lake, land and sky to check off your dauntless bucket list. But be warned, (most of) these are not for the faint of heart.
Few cities can compare with the cultural attractions, world-class restaurants and restless nightlife that Paris has to offer. But with just two days in the city, it can be tricky figuring out where to start to take in the absolute best. So we’ve pulled together the definitive guide to getting the most out of Paris in 48 hours. Read on for an itinerary and list of things to do in the capital put together by Time Out’s expert writers and editors.
At once the biggest city in Brazil and even in South America, São Paulo is all about superlatives. The city’s traffic might be the worst and its commuters may have reached critical mass years ago, but the delicious abundance of restaurants, the cultural diversity of the population and the hedonistic intensity of its nightlife remain unsurpassed on the continent. São Paulo is the engine driving Brazil’s ongoing economic transformation, and the evidence is everywhere – from ramshackle communities of jobseekers on the outskirts to swanky penthouses, new art galleries and plush play spaces. All the conflicting energies of the place can be summed up in one word: exhilarating. Singapore Airlines flies direct to São Paolo from $3,675 return.