Q: I’m a big foodie and I’m heading to Singapore later this year. Where would you suggest I explore to get the most authentic tastes and experiences?
A: Singapore is the perfect city to indulge your foodie taste buds. Chilli crab is Singapore’s signature dish, so any visit to the Lion City is incomplete without trying some (complete with bib for spills).
Jumbo Seafood is a restaurant chain with a number of locations around the island, and other good options include Palm Beach on Collyer Quay and anywhere along the ECP (East Coast Parkway).
Singapore is also known for its hawker centres; an open-air collection of affordable food vendors showcasing cuisines from around Asia. Tang Plaza’s food court is a great place to start but note that Sundays are very busy because most workers have the day off and they’re also there for the great food.
Newton Circus is another good option for great street and hawker food. The Singapore Sling turns 100 this year and the Long Bar at Raffles is the place to sample the world-famous cocktail and discard your peanut shells on the floor.
For a change of style, nothing beats the breathtaking views and amazing food of the iconic Marina Bay Sands rooftop, Ku De Ta.
– Karen Oudeman, Travel Consultant, Flight Centre Toowong, Queensland
Q: I hear the shopping is great in Hong Kong ... where is the best place to start?
A: If you are staying on Hong Kong Island you can easily walk to Times Square where you’ll find some great shopping centres. For more up-market shopping head to Nathan Road on Kowloon for international luxury brands such as Gucci and Dior.
Visiting the markets is a must in Hong Kong, especially Stanley Market and the Ladies Market (open after 7pm). You can also opt for a day tour, called Around Kowloon in 8 Markets, which is a small group tour that spends four hours walking around Kowloon’s markets.
For good-value shopping, book a Shenzen shopping tour that will take you into China. Your visa will be organised for you.
– Mona Seul, Team Leader, Flight Centre Business Travel, Queensland
Q: I’m travelling solo through Asia and would love to visit the Philippines. What activities would you suggest?
A: Where do I start? Palawan Island has beautiful secluded beaches where you will have a stretch of sand to yourself. About 75 kilometres from Puerto Princesa is the underground river near Sabang ... one of the natural wonders of the world.
If you’re up for it, you could also try swimming with whale sharks in Oslob on Cebu Island. On Boracay spend the day relaxing on White Beach gazing at the turquoise water.
Later in the afternoon, pull up a bean bag and relax with a cocktail as the sun drops down. Then it’s party time with the seven-kilometre stretch of bars coming to life.
– Amanda Southern, Travel Consultant, Flight Centre Bulimba ,Queensland