Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Singapore Art Museum
In a former Catholic boys’ school, spaces that were once devoted to history and gym class now display contemporary Southeast Asian art. Look for video works by Singapore-based artist Sima Salehi and installations by Sakarin Krue-On of Thailand. Hungry? Head to the museum’s Standing Sushi Bar for fresh (and surprisingly affordable)
Singapore Botanic Gardens
With three lakes, palm-tree-dotted lawns, pavilions with green roofs, and an orchid garden, this 183-acre oasis is akin to a tropical Central Park. In the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, a hedge maze with lots of twists and turns and a water play area with squirting jets keep little ones entertained.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Built by Indian pioneers in 1835, this house of worship is one of the oldest temples in the country. (In true Singaporean style, it has a savvy, up-to-date website). Throughout the vibrant, ornately decorated rooms, Brahmin priests perform time-honored devotions to the Goddess Kali.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.