Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a prosperous, renowned business hub and world class shopping destination. Peel back its shiny exterior layer however and you will discover a fascinating multi-cultural country brimming with iconic architecture, interactive museums, charming neighborhoods and experiences that will lure you back for a second and third visit.
Singapore’s winning formula lies in its ability to marry a colonial past with a sleek, progressive future, in a manner which is both engaging and alluring for its visitors.
Reasons To Visit Singapore
1. Retail Therapy In Abundance
Singapore is a shopper’s paradise and the choices available will unleash the inner shopaholic in the most seasoned of shoppers.
Brace yourself for a shopping experience to top all others as you have a variety of iconic shopping precincts around Singapore to explore.
With high end international labels, high street staples, local homegrown favorites, unique quirky finds, lifestyle stores and outlet shopping, there is something for every type of shopper at every hour of the day.
2. Formula One Spectacle
Hosting the formula one grand prix for the 10th year in 2017, the adrenaline fuelled Marina Bay Street Circuit is a spectacle to behold for any F1 fan or indeed sports fan.
3. Discover Charming Neighbourhoods
Step away from modern Singapore and take time to venture into traditional areas such as Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam to discover a different side of Singapore history and witness unique neighbourhoods which still exist in present day Singapore.
4. Order a Singapore Sling
For an iconic Singapore experience, visit Raffles Hotel Long Bar and taste the primarily gin based Singapore Sling, which was created by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in the 1900’s. The cocktail contains pineapple juice, grenadine, lime, dom benedictine, cointreau and cherry brandy.
Sit back and envisage how this popular watering hole looked back in the day while you throw peanut shells onto the floor!
5. Eat Like a Local
Sample “not to be missed” local creations such as Nasi Lemak, Rojak, Roti Prata and Kaya Toast at Hawker centres dotted around the island, or be tantalized by the array of local delights to be found at Chinatown Food Street.
6. Explore a Heritage Past
Singapore is a nation with history and soul and goes to great depths to preserve its cultural past. With a vibrant commercial and civic district, beautifully preserved buildings, historic neighborhoods teaming with relics of the past and captivating museums, take time to immerse yourself.
7. Interesting And Informative Museums
Singapore has a plethora of museums to wander around. Learn about the nation’s history at the National Museum, gain insight into Peranakan Culture at the Peranakan Museum or visit the Mint Museum of Toys for a more unconventional experience.
8. Arts Scene
With a growing Arts scene, Singapore holds festivals such as Art Week to celebrate local artists. With a varied scene to suit most tastes, experience local theatre shows and mega music events.
9. Wildlife Reserves
Animal lovers will be enthralled with wildlife conservation venues such as Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River safari and Night Safari.
Breeding programmes for endangered species have garnered impressive results.
10. Off-Shore Islands
Escape the city for some solace and downtime by jumping on a small local ferry and island hopping to tropical paradise. St John and Kuta Islands are within 20 minutes ride of mainland Singapore and are practically deserted.
11. Nature Reserves And Parks
Be at one with nature at one of numerous lush green gardens the most celebrated being the Botanic Gardens with more than 150 years of history.
Get away from it all at Mount Faber Park or explore the Southern Ridges.
12. Historic Singapore River
Once the centre of the Island’s commercial activity and a busy waterway, today you can enjoy a leisurely bumboat cruise along this waterway as you reminisce days gone by when boats would ply the warehouses on either side to off-load cargo from liners, anchored offshore.
13. Easy To Navigate
With one of the world’s most efficient transit systems, constantly being upgraded and expanded, it is incredibly easy to get around the country. The MRT is clean, proficient and a joy to use, linking you to most areas in a timely manner.
14. Stunning Views
As night falls, the iconic silhouettes of the skyline light up with a warm glow, making waterfront dining a delight. Watch the sunset at one of the many sky-high rooftop bars and take in the views of the city.
15. Vibrant Cafe Scene
With a booming array of cafes springing up you can find a new favorite every week.
Take time to wander the streets and alleys of neighboring districts where plenty of interesting cafes ply for business.
If coffee is not your thing, drop by one of the modern Chinese Tea Houses where you can take your tea brewed the traditional way.
Singapore is a country with a unique and interesting character and offers a diverse array of activities to suit all age groups, making it an ideal city to explore. If you do decide to take a trip to this country you will not be left disappointed, in fact you will want to return for a second visit!
Have you visited this beautiful country yet? If not, is it on your bucket list?
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