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Best Singapore tours: Explore Asia’s most exciting city (and beyond)

Exciting Singapore offers all the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia in a pleasingly compact package. It’s also the perfect jumping off point for Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as these trips prove...

Singapore city skyline at dusk (Shutterstock)

Modern, diverse, exciting, the city state of Singapore is an essential stop on any South-East Asian adventure.

It can be a great place to start a journey, as you acclimatise yourself to the sights, sounds and humidity of this part of the world. Equally, it's an ideal place to readjust before heading home. It's also a great place to recalibrate and treat yourself in the middle of a grand adventure.

We’ve put together a selection of great tours that put Singapore front and centre, while taking you to other amazing destinations in the region. What are you waiting for?

Discover the best Asia tours, which include a stop in Singapore in the itinerary...

1. Enjoy Singapore and Malaysia’s best beaches in luxury

Garden by the Bay at night (Shutterstock)

Garden by the Bay at night (Shutterstock)

Enjoy a luxury adventure through Singapore and Malaysia on this five star, tailor-made adventure with Flight Centre.

Starting among the bright lights of Singapore, you’ll enjoy everything this incredible city has to offer. You’ll spend your days exploring the extraordinary sights like the Gardens by the Bay, 101 hectares of reclaimed parkland and futuristic installations that have already become an iconic part of the city, and your evenings sampling Singapore’s delicious street food scene. 

Then it’s time to head to the Malay peninsula, where the colonial charms of Penang and the glorious beaches of Langkawi await, staying in luxury five star accommodation all the way.

Trip: Luxury Singapore & Beaches

Who: Flight Centre

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 14 days

How much: From £1,855 (inc. flights)

2. Travel from Bangkok to Singapore in epic style

Raft houses on Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park (Shutterstock)

Raft houses on Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park (Shutterstock)

The journey from Bangkok to Singapore is one of the most iconic in travel, and you’ll enjoy it in style on this 21-day adventure with Intrepid.

It’s a journey that will take you from the bustling streets of Bangkok, through the jungle of Khao Sok, to the ultra-modern buzz of Singapore. You’ll sleep on a raft, kick back in Krabi, eat your way through Penang, and end your journey in Singapore. 

Along the way you’ll enjoy insider tours of big cities like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, help out at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, and relax on some of the best beaches in the region. Mark the end of your trip with a well-earned Singapore Sling at the legendary Raffles Hotel.

Trip: Epic Bangkok To Singapore

Who: Intrepid

Type: Small group

When: Set departures throughout the year

How long: 21 days

How much: From £1,314 (exc. flights)

3. Add an orangutan to your Singaporean adventure

Your new friend awaits in Bukit Lawang (Shutterstock)

Your new friend awaits in Bukit Lawang (Shutterstock)

Add the wonders of Sumatra to your South-East Asian jaunt to Singapore on this 18-day adventure from Malaysia to Singapore with Oasis Overland. 

Starting in the cultural melting pot of Penang, you’ll pop across the Strait of Malacca to Sumatra: a land of tropical rainforests, ancient tribes and incredible wildlife. You’ll relax beside Indonesia's Lake Toba, meet the Batak people, and get close to the majestic orangutan at the Bukit Lawang Feeding Station.

Then it’s back to Malaysia, where you’ll snorkel the crystal clear waters of Pulau Perhentian, take on Kuala Lumpur and wander through history in Malacca. Finally, you'll arrive in Singapore, the perfect end point to this extraordinary journey.

Trip: Malaysia To Singapore (18 Days): South-East Asia Highlights

Who: Oasis Overland

Type: Overland

When: Sep & Dec

How long: 18 days

How much: From £995 (exc. flights plus $US320 kitty)

4. Bangkok to Bali, with Singapore in the middle

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple in Bali (Shutterstock)

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple in Bali (Shutterstock)

Singapore is the magical midway point on this extraordinary journey from Bangkok to Bali with G Adventures – the chance to reflect on the wonders you’ve seen and anticipate those that lay ahead.

With Thailand and Malaysia’s bustling cities, beautiful beaches and colonial charm behind you, Singapore offers the opportunity to recharge your batteries in a city that is clean, modern and endlessly fascinating. Tuck into some of the world’s best street food, soak up the city’s famous skyline by boat and explore the sights and sounds of Little India and Chinatown.

Refreshed and raring to go, you’re ready for the extraordinary temples, volcanoes and rice paddies that Indonesia has in store.

Trip: Bangkok To Kuta: Summits & Sunsets

Who: G Adventures

Type: Small group

When: Regular departures throughout the year

How long: 27 days

How much: £1,810 (exc. flights)

5. Explore Singapore to Penang like a local

Sunrise over Sungai Palas tea plantation in Cameron Highlands (Shutterstock)

Sunrise over Sungai Palas tea plantation in Cameron Highlands (Shutterstock)

Singapore provides a fascinating starting point on this journey northwards to Penang with TravelLocal.

The journey follows a popular trail on Peninsular Malaysia, but with a focus on more authentic, local experiences. Thanks to your knowledgeable local guide, you’ll be introduced to both the modern and traditional ways of life of the people here, sampling the exquisite food, fascinating history and diverse culture firsthand.

You’ll explore Malacca by bike, Penang on foot, and take a tour into the cool heights of the Cameron Highlands: home of Malaysia's tea plantations. Another highlight of your trip is a visit to Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island, where you'll have a stunning chance at a close encounter with one of its enchanting residents. 

Trip: Singapore To Penang Sojourn

Who: TravelLocal

Type: Tailor-made

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: Eight days

How much: From £1,270 (exc. flights)

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