The next stop of the BCD Meetings & Events, “Re-Imagine: Event Destinations,” series is Singapore.
In this series, we’re sharing travel guides for prominent cities to consider as destinations for your next major event. (read our Austin travel guide in this post) Here, we’re taking you on a tour of The Lion City, complete with tips and insights from a BCD M&E local. In our Singapore travel guide, you’ll discover the one dish you must try while visiting, how to save your seat at a local eatery and where you can catch a glimpse the Buddha’s left canine tooth.
Once a fishing village, then a British colony, and now a premier meeting and incentive destination, Singapore is a vibrant economic powerhouse with a diverse, multi-national population of almost six million. It has been named one of the world’s easiest places to do business and is highly regarded as a global commercial hub with a clean, safe and efficient infrastructure. Although Singapore has flourished into a major meeting destination in Asia, the city is also a great option for incentives.
Weather: 78-88°F (25-31°C)
Nestled among 15 acres of lush greenery, while still residing in the heart of the city, Shangri-La offers visitors the classic Singapore Hotel Experience complete with impeccable Asia service. The lush greenery, landscape gardens, and tranquil pools create a sanctuary within the city. The classic style and top-notch service of the hotel create a luxurious atmosphere for a Singapore incentive.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
This historic property attracts guests desiring the quintessential Singapore experience of refinement and thriving culture of the capital city. The Fullerton caters to all whims with five restaurants, a cake boutique, koi pond and garden terrace dining. Experience pampering spa treatments, or relax at the outdoor infinity pool while sipping a Merlion Cocktail. The property is also walking distance to National Gallery Singapore, Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay and many more hot spots in the city!
BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE AND MUSEUM
This is a magnificent temple in Chinatown, home to a collection of Buddhist relics, a museum, theater and teahouse. Take a tour throughout the four-story building and learn about the history of Buddhist culture, the building itself, and even see the Buddha’s left canine tooth which sits within the walls. The temple was built at a cost of over 60 million USD, and the ornate details truly showcase the effort and intricate design that went into the opening. The building is so important to locals, that many of them even contributed to the creation by donating funds to the temple as well.
SUNDOWNER AT THE PLANTATION TABLE
This experience is perfect for a VIP group, top tier sellers or a smaller incentive. During the evening, guests will visit the home of Indra Rani, an author, playwright and environmentalist whose artistic pursuits range from dance, music, painting, poetry and literature, as well as Malaya culture and history. Enjoy dinner while you listen to Indra Rani as she tells stories of Malaya culture and days of colonial rule. Each dish is handcrafted by a chef and served with a personal story about its origins.
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Something travelers might find surprising about Singapore:
Singapore is one of three “City-States” in the world. (The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City)
One meal or dish we must have while in Singapore:
Anything from Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. It’s a 1 Michelin Star restaurant serving the cheapest dish in the world.
Tips for traveling like a local in Singapore:
When visiting local hawker food stalls, bring your own wipes and napkins. You can use your napkins to save a table or seat by placing them on the table. It’s an honor system and no one will sit there until you return. Also, most hawker stall restaurants don’t provide napkins. Take public transportation or car service like Grab.
Top 3 things we must see or do in Singapore:
Surreal spots or views that take your breath away:
The view from Level 33 Bar & Restaurant
Day trips or ancillary trips we should take if we have extended time in the area:
Take the ferry to Bintan Island, Indonesia (45 mins.), the train or drive to Malacca, Malaysia (2 hours), or the ferry to Pulau Ubin, one of Singapore’s last remaining villages
One thing we need in our suitcase when traveling to Singapore:
Dryer sheets are good to have in your suitcase. The humidity and warmth can ripen the clothes in your bag. The dryer sheets help keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean
Download BCD Meetings & Events’ complete Re-Imagine Singapore travel guide here.
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