There’s lots of things to think about before travelling to Singapore. How to get there? When to go? What’s the weather going to be like? Do you need a visa? Is it expensive? What’s the food like? Is Singapore actually a city, country or an island? (It’s all three, in case you’re wondering!)
If you’re looking to stay for a significant period of time, you’ve also got the added worry about finding out what are the best neighbourhoods in Singapore to stay in. Here’s a guide which will help you decide.
If you’re travelling to work for one of Singapore’s big named businesses then the chances are you’ll be based here. If you can find accommodation here too you’ll be rewarded with an incredibly short commute, ideal in a city as busy as Singapore.
Marina Bay is the picture postcard of the modern side of Singapore and as far as leisure activities go it is incomparable. Restaurants, bars and high end nightclubs galore as well as an idyllic waterfront to gaze out at whilst you relax and watch the world go by.
This neighbourhood is located only a few minutes away from the CBD and is very much the part of Singapore where East meets West. On one side of a street you might see a row of gleaming glass skyscrapers towering over your head, directly opposite you’ll probably see a traditional Singaporean shack.
Eclectic is a good way to describe Outram Park and this is reflected in its huge and varied choice of restaurants and eateries.
Speaking of eateries, if you judge a destination by the range and quality of these then you’ll be right at home straight away in Robertson Quay. If you can’t find enough variety here then don’t worry, you’re right next to the far more hectic Clarke Quay too.
It’s hard to believe that this beautiful location on the banks of the Singapore River was all swamp in the not too distant past. It is an area with a rich history which began around the end of the 1800s. As Singapore expanded, this area began to thrive and European and Chinese settlers made this their home and workplace, as they still do today.
If you’re looking for exclusivity then Sentosa Island should be top of your list. Luxury accommodation here can be hard to come by, but fortunately thesqua.re has some of the best self contained accommodation in Singapore, on Sentosa Island and across the whole city.
As well as luxury, this area is known for its tranquility, something that is very hard to come by in Singapore. Relax on the beach in front of stunning views of the ocean, this is a premium area for leisure time which makes it an idyllic place to be able to call home.
Located out the the East, Balestier is still ideally situated for business commuters as well as those who are visiting purely for leisure.
Balestier is a very modern area of Singapore and is teeming with bars and restaurants as well as shopping centres. This is an area that is particularly popular with the younger expat community. It has excellent transport links, offers an exciting lifestyle outside of work and has a friendly, multinational feel.
This area is bursting with culture from across the world, a stroll through the streets of Bukit Timah will treat your ears to chatter in languages from across the globe. The cuisines and cultures to be experienced in such a small area are vast, everybody can find their place here.
This area has the added advantage of being one of the most green on the list. Living here means that Singapore’s fantastic Botanic Gardens are within walking distance, for whenever you fancy a peaceful stroll.
The area is named after the hill called Bukit Timah. Climbing this hill will treat you to some stunning views of Singapore city, great for a photo remembering your stay.
If you want the area you stay in to be on the side of traditional rather than modern, then Changi is well worth considering. The buildings are a little more old Singaporean and far more spread out. There is a small sense of privacy and although the area is still busy, it seems to move at a much slower pace.
If you’re travelling for business don’t worry, you’re far from being cut off in Changi. Some of Singapore’s biggest businesses locate themselves on the East Coast and it is particularly handy for Changi Airport and the Changi Business District, as you would expect!