To the north of Chinatown, on the other bank of the Singapore River, lies the colonial neighbourhood. Surrounding the business district, it hosts countless colonial monuments like the town hall and parliament. Along Orchard Road, it is on the banks of the River Singapore that you will find one of the liveliest places in the city both day and night. The visitor may freely enjoy the delicious dishes, go for a stroll or boat ride (Boat Quay and Clarke Quay), or for an evening out. Not far from there, the Padang and the park of the Esplanade are strolling grounds for Singapore citizens. But the colonial neighbourhood still holds myriad surprises: churches (St Andrew, Good Shepherd, Convent of the Baby Jesus, Saint-Gregory the Illuminator), museums (Fina arts, national and philatelic), Fort Canning (that offers a lovely view of the city) and especially the mythical Raffles Hotel, a veritable national monument dating back to 1899.
The contrast between the colonial district and the Singapore skyline is striking!© C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015
This legendary hotel just steps from the colonial district takes you back to the colonial atmosphere of the 19th century.© C. Hiltgen/Easyvoyage 2015