Cultural Gateway to Indochina

“Can Lah” - the quintessential “Singlish” work used at the end of a sentence--meaning “Sure, I can.”

Start your immersion into Southeast Asia with a pre-trip to Singapore, the culturally rich and complex gateway to Indochina.  Visit the colorful and entertaining neighborhoods of the three Asian cultures that shaped Singapore:  Little India, the Arab Quarter, and Chinatown.  For additional photos, see the Singapore photo album.  For more information, please contact Silk and Stones customer service.  Check out the growing list of shops, restaurants, hotels, and other activities in Singapore.

Day 1  Singapore Arrival

Arrive at the beautiful and efficient Singapore Airport, transfer to your hotel, and enjoy a good night’s sleep to address jet lag.

Day 2  Singapore Heritage and Culture

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a walk through the old colonial quarter to the Asian Civilization Museum, a gem of rare and beautifully displayed artifacts of the cultural streams that meshed to create the Singapore we know today.  Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river and after lunch walk to the Peranakan Museum to see how early settlers lived and worked in Singapore.  Enjoy dinner at one of Singapore’s wonderful seafood restaurants.

Day 3 Singapore City Tour

See the three ethnic neighborhoods unique to Singapore:  the Arab Quarter, Little India, and Chinatown, to experience the diverse cultures and traditions that shaped the modern city. 
After the bustle of these lively areas, and lunch at Clark Quay, shop or relax before a late afternoon visit to the Orchid Garden and dinner at Halia, the lovely open air restaurant in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 

Day 4 Orchard Road, the Singapore City Museum, Sentosa Island, or Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Today offers a choice between shopping along Orchard Road, further cultural exploration at the City museum, or a day trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  Reconvene at the Equinox Bar high above the city in late afternoon for a final panoramic view, and the sunset over the city. Day 4 Depart for International flights  Photographic credits:  Caroline Turner 2008

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The Merlion in Singapore Harbor