Singapore is not an island but we just can’t ignore it.
It’s just a trully Asian perl. Crazy city, epic history, rich culture.
So what about Singapore?
Singapore is truly one of those places that deserve the title of a global city. Its modern cityscape is but a hallmark of its advanced systems and its development in the global economy. Many businesses thrive and flourish in the area, and this gives the city-state that atmosphere of a busy, global vibe. It also attracts tourists all over the world — not just for its world-class facilities and amenities, but also because of the vibrant other side that its tourism board also promotes.
Singapore City Guide: Different cultures
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. A quick hop around their mass rapid transit line will take you not just to places, but also to different enclaves with their own unique atmosphere. Drop by Chinatown for that quintessential Asian vibe, complete with the meal you shouldn’t miss: the Hainanese chicken rice meal. Not very far away is Little India, where you can sample a bit of Indian culture and see temples. Not too far from that is the Arab quarter, touted as one of the new up and coming enclaves in the city state. If you’re a museum buff, the National Museum houses great works of art that will leave you pondering about the culture and heritage of this great city. Art and culture is buzzing alive in this city, and it’s not just confined in museums.
Because this city is known for its bustling economy, this makes it an Asian mecca for shoppers galore. Drop by the famed Orchard Road for the best deals you won’t find anywhere else. It’s best to visit during the Great Singapore Sale, where merchants drop prices and offer great deals and discounts for thousands of shoppers rushing to take advantage of the deals. The street is like Paris’ Champs-Elysees, an avenue where you can shop til you drop. Shop in international brands like Uniqlo, H&M, and Forever21 here. Try some of Paris’ famed macarons at Laduree. If you’re looking for some quirky, unique finds to give as souvenirs, you can find them here in Orchard Road or hit the cultural enclaves of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam for a variety of options.
Although the cityscape is dotted with skyscrapers, it’s a green city too. Its famed Gardens by the Bay provides a breath of fresh space for the weary city traveler. Parks nearby also provide the much needed patch of green for the urban dweller. Ride up the Singapore Flyer for a fantastic, 360 degree view of the city — it’s an exhilarating view up there. Hike up the Marang Trail to Mount Faber park, go along the Southern Ridges, and ride a cable car to the manmade island of Sentosa, where you can party the night away on the beach or experience world-class amenities in nature parks, theme parks and other fun escapes. Feel like flying? You can simulate what it feels like to skydive with iFly — one of the many options for adrenaline junkies looking for a bit of fun in this city state.
If you’re looking for wildlife adventures, drop by the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari for a walk on the wild side. See the famed panda and watch how animals interact in the safari. For quick day trips and escapes, head towards Pulau Ibin, a rustic village that preserves an entirely different side of the city — one that shows a more simple way of living. It will almost feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Go to the Changi Point Jetty and take a step back to the past. It is best to bring a bike along or you can also choose to explore the place by foot. See how locals live and be awed by the diverse biodiversity in the area. It really is a refreshing break from the urban landscape of the city, making it an ideal place for a quick breather. From Changi Point, you even have several options — you can even opt to make a quick trip to nearby Malaysia if you so wish.
If you’re a nightlife kind of person, this global city’s night scene is just buzzing with activity. Because this is a global hotspot of cultures, both tourists and locals enjoy a good time over beer and fun company. Head towards Clark Quay and the Esplanade and the Promenade. Meander along Marina Bay Sands. See the famed merlion, symbol of the city state. Hang around near the river, enjoy a couple of beers in your downtime or have a rowdy good time at any of the bars along the area.
At night, the skyline comes alive in a dazzling display of colors. Head over for a weekend light show along the river and spend 13 minutes watching the night sky come alive in a wonderful spectacle. The area is also a perfect place for art and culture to meet, with live music usually played out for free and friendly locals willing to share a bit of conversation.
The Raffles Hotel
And of course, don’t leave the city without paying homage to the Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling. Celebrate the cultural diversity of this megacity in your fancy attire and have a toast or two at this upscale hotel.
Whatever you fancy, Singapore has many options for you and more. Whether you’re an avid shopper, a beach bum, a thrill seeker, an adventure junkie, or simply a traveler looking for a quick weekend escape, this global hotspot is the perfect destination.