ICPA Annual Conference 2024

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Sign up for our Companion Programme - unique experiences in Singapore for companions of delegates. Surprise a partner or member of your family by booking them on this exciting schedule of activities!
 
Over the course of three days, we will visit Singapore's most beautiful attractions! Spaces are limited, sign up today!  
 

The Programme

* The itinerary may be subject to change. 
 
Day 1 (Tuesday)
 
Our exploration today begins at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tropical garden, over 150 years old, is a cool, bucolic retreat where visitors and residents alike stroll its vast space and admire over 10,000 species of plants. Within the main gardens is the National Orchid Garden which houses the largest orchid collection of over 60,000 plants.
 
Next, we will head to the National Museum of Singapore for a guided tourIt is the nation's oldest museum and seeks to inspire with stories of Singapore and the world. The Singapore History Gallery charts the development of the island as it was known through the years as Singapura, a Crown Colony, Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.
 
After lunch, we will visit the National Gallery to learn more about its unique architecture. We will end the memorable first day with a short walk down the Singapore River, ending with iconic photo shoots at the Merlion Park with the background of Marina Bay Sands.
 
Schedule:
 
08:45 - 08:55 Meet at Lobby 
09:00 - 09:30
Visit National Orchid Garden Botanic Gardens
11:00 - 12:00 Guided Tour at National museum
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Visit National Gallery
15:00 - 16:00 Walk along Singapore River towards Merlion Park
16:00 - 16:30 Photostop at Merlion Park
16:30 - 17:00 Return to hotel
 
Day 2 (Wednesday)
 
Visit two authentic local neighborhoods in the morning to learn more about the real life of ordinary Singaporeans. Starting first at Ang Mo Kio, a typical public housing estate established in the 1970s. We’ll stop by a “Bird Singing” corner, a community garden and meet possibly the last remaining artisan maker of traditional bird cages in Singapore. Then a short drive to Toa Payoh, another historic local neighborhood. Hear fascinating facts about Singapore’s high percentage of home ownership and see sample units of public apartments built by the government.
 
After lunch, we will visit the Peranakan Enclave, a unique Peranakan Experience. Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese or Indian immigrants who married indigenous people from the Malay Archipelago in the 15th century. You will be visiting a private Peranakan Museum and will be served some tasty Peranakan delicacies in the museum. You will also learn how to create your own Peranakan potpourri fragrances pouches during your visit to the private museum.
 
Next, we will head to Gardens by the Bay. Sitting on 250 acres of reclaimed land in Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay is the country’s premier outdoor space, and home to a huge complex of conservatories, gardens, and the awe-inspiring supertrees, massive tree-like structures whose trunks teem with plant life. We will visit both the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest
 
08:45 - 08:55   
Meet at Lobby 
09:30 - 10:30
Visit Ang Mo Kio
11:00 - 12:00
Tour at Toa Payoh Housing Development Board Hub
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Peranakan Experience
15:00 - 16:30 Visit Gardens by the Bay - entry to Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
16:45 - 17:00 Return to hotel
 
Day 3 (Thursday)
 
Start the morning at Little India, one of Singapore’s most colorful historical districts. Lime pits, brick kilns and a race track once dotted the neighborhood, and its streets thronged with herdsmen, merchants and garland makers plying their trade. To this day, this enclave of Indian culture retains its unique heritage. The district is a tantalizing blend of new and old, with contemporary street art and hip eateries sitting alongside age-old temples and vendors selling a tantalizing mix of spices, silk and flowers.
 
Next, we will take a short drive to Chinatown, a 19th century enclave for early Chinese immigrants. Explore the streets lined with shop houses lovingly restored into tempting eateries, tea houses and Chinese herbal stores. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples and the historic Sri Mariamman Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple built in 1827 (yes, it is a Hindu temple located in Chinatown!). At Chinatown, you will also find the world’s first Michelin-Starred hawker stall where you can enjoy a Michelin 1 star food at less than S$5 a meal!
 
Thereafter, we will visit Singapore City Gallery that charts Singapore's urban transformation and future plans. It was established in January 1999 and is managed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
 
After lunch, we will visit Kampong Glam, the historic quarters of the Malay people and home to the Sultan’s Mosque where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs and Chinese communities. Stop by the Malay Heritage Center, the former Sultan’s Palace, learn about the colorful heritage and culture of Singapore’s Malay community. Before we end the day, we will stop by Parkview Square to see one of the World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Atlas Bar.
 
Schedule:
 
08:45 - 08.55 Meet at Lobby
09:00 - 10:00
Visit Little India
10:00 - 11:00 Visit Chinatown
11:00 - 12:00 Visit Singapore City Gallery
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Visit Kampong Glam
14:30 - 15:30 Free and easy time for shopping or coffee
16:00 - 16:30 Stop by Parkview Square to see one of the World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Atlas Bar
16:30 - 17:00  Return to hotel