Chief concierge, The St Regis Singapore
Singapore is a reserved place by nature, so it’s a city that suits introverts or those looking for alone time. Take yourself to The Projector, a bags-of-charm, 70s-era indie cinema screening cult classics and arthouse films. Or if you’re feeling a bit more sociable, Kult Kafé is a colonial-era mansion on top of Emily Hill surrounded by lush tropical jungle. They host regular street music parties and weekend outdoor markets, which are great for sweeping up solo travellers in a carnival atmosphere. Oh, and the kaffir lime-laced Kult Julep cocktail is a must-try.
Chief city guru at SO/Bangkok
Loud, busy Bangkok is one of the best cities to meet new people, but it’s also nice being by yourself now and then. For a bit of reflection, head to gleaming temple Wat Saket on the verdant 80m Golden Mount and the nearby Baan Bat community, who make and sell monk singing bowls and the saffron-hued fabric used for robes. Also nearby is Wat Suthat – the longest chapel in Thailand and, I think, the most serene atmosphere anywhere in the city. Aim to be there at 7pm to catch the daily prayers.
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Concierge, Pulitzer Amsterdam
I always recommend going to Amsterdam by yourself – you get to see so much more. Take the hour boat ride to ex-military island Vuurtoreneiland (literally, “Lighthouse Island”) where you’re sure to drum up conversation with others on the way. It’ll take you to a restaurant on a tiny island out to sea – in winter, they serve dinner of sustainable ingredients in a subterranean bunker with roaring fire and blankets. There’s no electricity or running water on the island, so it’s certainly a bonding experience!