Sultry and exciting, Singapore is
the largest island of an equatorial archipelago that lies just
beneath the southern coastline of Peninsular Malaysia; it is also
a rewarding destination worthy of inclusion in any bespoke holiday
in South East Asia.
Originally, the island was almost
entirely swathed in pristine rainforest but the arrival, in 1809,
of a British expedition lead by Sir Stamford Raffles marked the
beginning of a colonisation and development that would, within just
fifty years, establish Singapore as one of the nineteenth century's
most important trading ports. Not all of Singapore's rainforest has
succumbed to the subsequent and widespread urbanisation of the
island - the vast, leafy regions that remain form part of the
stunningly beautiful and protected Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Home to forty percent of the island's flora and fauna, the
reserve surrounds Singapore's tallest hill, and the biodiversity of
this area offers you the perfect opportunity to spot exotic
flowers, wildlife, and birds.
Choose one of our sample itineraries (below) or create your own
holiday experience with GRJ independent. Choose
your favourite hotels, discover undisturbed landscapes, or
speak to one of our Tour Advisors about travelling to Singapore
aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express - a
rare, luxurious experience.