Singapore, the Garden City. Famed for its cleanliness and efficiency, Singapore is a fascinating mix of technology and heritage. The city state boasts extraordinary cultural diversity and an unparalleled passion for food. This small island-nation packs quite a punch, with a wonderful array of travel delights!
Where to go
Ride a bumboat along the Singapore River, and explore the impressive Asian Civilisations Museum, the cutting-edge National Museum, or the gardens and tombs of Fort Canning. If you’re in town at the right time, you can even catch a rock concert or an outdoor play at Fort Canning Green. Drink the original Singapore Sling, the cocktail developed in the early 1900s at the famous Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, take a picture with the iconic Merlion statue, taste hawker food at Lau Pa Sat, before enjoying the nightlife of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
Shop till you drop at the malls along Orchard Road, catch a performance at the Esplanade, and experience the astounding Gardens by the Bay and the impressive architecture of Marina Bay Sands.
In Chinatown, see the Thian Hock Keng Temple and the Sri Mariamman Temple. Visit the beautiful golden dome of Sultan Mosque, the trendy boutiques along Haji Lane, and the market stalls of Bugis Village.
In Little India, explore the wet market of Tekka Centre and the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. See the orchids at the Botanic Gardens, stroll the charming streets of Holland Village, wander the scenic Chinese and Japanese Gardens, and soak up nature at seaside Labrador Park. Bring the kids to see interactive exhibits at the Singapore Science Centre, and the world's largest aviary at Jurong Bird Park. Don’t forget to visit Universal Studios at Sentosa for a thrilling good time with rollercoaster rides and fireworks at night.
Experience tropical rainforest at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, spot wildlife during the day at the Singapore Zoological Gardens, and during the night at the Night Safari. Relax at the beach along East Coast Park and rustic Changi Village, wander around the atmospheric districts of Geylang and Katong, or learn about war history at the Changi Prison Museum and the Kranji War Memorial. The latter is dedicated to the more than 24,000 allied servicemen who died defending Singapore during WW2.
Escape to the off-shore islands, just a short ferry ride away: the integrated resorts, beaches and theme parks of Sentosa, the temple pilgrimage at Kusu Island, and the rural green spaces of Pulau Ubin or St. John’s Islands for a break from city living.
An excellent public transport infrastructure makes this small island very easy to get around, and most visitors won't need to rent a car. Instead, buy a pre-paid EZ-link card, which can be used for the fast and efficient MRT trains, as well as the extensive bus network. Transport maps can be found at every MRT station. Do try to avoid the peak hour crowd.
Taxis are reasonably priced and use the meter, though they can be hard to find when it's raining. Depending on the time and location, there may be various surcharges that add to your fare. For sightseeing, you can take trishaws in tourist areas, or boat cruises and duck tours along the Singapore River. Many of Singapore's neighbourhoods are very pedestrian-friendly; however, do watch out for the heat and humidity and dress according to the weather.
Do's and Don'ts
Do look out for tissue packets on the tables in hawker centres. It means that the seat is taken, so find yourself another spot.
Do follow the rules, or you might get fined. Don't litter, jaywalk, smoke in sheltered areas, or eat on the MRT.
Don't do drugs. Singapore has a death penalty for drug trafficking, and even drug possession carries harsh punishments.
Don't feel obligated to tip. A service charge will typically be added to your bill.
Do note that there is a high tax on alcohol, drinks in Singapore are often more expensive than other countries, so don’t be overwhelmed when you see the bill after a night out.
Did you know…?
Everyone speaks English in Singapore, or do they? Stay long enough, and you'll definitely hear Singlish - a mix of English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil and various dialects. With its own slang and syntax, often spoken at rapid speed, this colourful language can sometimes be quite incomprehensible to the visitor!
Singaporeans live to eat, and the best way to experience the country's extraordinary culinary diversity is to visit a hawker centre. These are buildings containing many different food stalls that serve a variety of cheap and tasty local meals. Overwhelmed by choice? Do what the locals do: if you see a long queue, join it.
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