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.