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SINGAPORE WITH A&KDynamic Singapore, dubbed 'The Switzerland of Asia' for its cleanliness and efficiency, blends forests of skyscrapers, a thrusting hi-tech economy and stellar hotels with lush tropical foliage, a surprisingly diverse population and cuisine, and the legacy of colonial and more recent history. Fascinating to visit, whether as a destination in itself or as a stopover to elsewhere in the region or Australasia, it reveals more of its charms and secrets when you're in the right hands - and that means A&K.
Our large office of highly trained staff has offered luxury travel across the region for over 30 years with seamless multi-country itineraries. We use the very best, most qualified guides - the compact city state has a surprising amount to see - with longstanding contacts that allow us to offer unique insider access experiences off the radar for normal tourists from excursions with top notch historians to cooking lessons with the island's acclaimed chefs.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent holiday to Singapore in 2014 and you'll find first-rate shopping - it's a national pastime - a sensational mix of cuisines with the hugely-popular food courts offering the like of spicy banana leaf stingray, and seriously good healthcare that attract an increasing number of medical tourists for high quality, high value check ups and treatments.
And that's just the start. The sometimes mind-boggling modern architecture - check out the Marina Bay's 150m-long infinity pool, 57 stories off the ground across three towers like a super-sized Stonehenge - sits alongside the traditional shop houses of Chinatown, multi-coloured facades of Little India and colonial gems like Raffles Hotel. There are fascinating WW2 history, sites and museums, the world-renowned botanical gardens, open till midnight every day of the year, and off-shore islands for luxury tropical breaks.
Singapore offers an awful lot more than you might expect at first glance - and with A&K it's all possible.
Singapore (British Airways)
13 hours non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April
Singapore is situated one degree north of the Equator so the climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. It has two rainy seasons from December to early March and June to September.
I can easily say that nothing - nothing - in the natural world compares to an hour spent with wild mountain gorillas. An encounter with these magnificent beasts is absolutely without parallel.
- MM, Edinburgh