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DAY 2

10:00 Start your morning with a stroll around the fringe of the Singapore River, then head into Chinatown, where restored buildings and temples conjure Singapore’s past. Continue the cultural discovery at the Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Pl; acm.org/sg), with fascinating exhibits that focus on Southeast Asia, West Asia and China to piece together Singapore’s foundations.

13:00 Grab a local lunch at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre (cnr South Bridge & Maxwell Rds), one of Chinatown’s finest. The boisterous merchants and eclectic crowd combine to give you a meal and a show.

14:00 After a thoughtful morning, switch the brain to disengage and stroll around Singapore Zoo (zoo.com.sg; admission from £10). The world-class attraction keeps the animals in naturalistic surroundings with hidden barriers, and boasts more than 300 species. You can even take the weight off your feet and enjoy the sights on a boat tour.
 
17:00 Chug some Asian-accented beers at Archipelago Brewery (archipelagobrewery.com), just off the semi-seedy Circular Road. Serving microbrews from Asia Pacific Breweries (the folks behind Tiger), it’s a whole new way of appreciating the regional culture.

19:00 Try another Chinatown classic for dinner, Hong Lim Complex (Cnr South Bridge Rd & Upper Cross St Chinatown). With fewer tourists than most Singaporean streets, it’s packed with proper Chinatown folk and serves up some truly killer feed.

20:00 Get a few rounds in at super-hip craft cocktail bar 13 Wives (13wives.com), then say farewell to Singapore at its long-loved superclub, Zouk (zoukclub.com; admission £17 inc. free drink). With room for 2000 punters and tunes til 4am, there’s no better way to end an epic weekend.

Flights from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi, via Dubai and Colombo, start at £664 return with Emirates 


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