Singapore Travel Guide
‘The Lion City’- Singapore is a global commerce and finance hub that has transformed into one of the top 10 international traveling destinations. Singapore is known for being one of the safest and cleanest places in the world. With a medley of aesthetically designed open spaces where you can lay in the lap of luxury with roof top views, amazing parks, vast cultural background and shop till you drop- Singapore offers a breath of fresh air!
Colorful neighborhoods, delicious fusion food, historic temples, exciting wildlife reserves, luxurious shopping malls – there is no wonder why millions of people are opting for this island nation each year. A melting pot of culture, Singapore’s diversity is a huge part of what makes it so incredible. From ethnic enclaves, each with its own traditions, to shiny skyscrapers that soar in the skyline, the city boasts an enticing blend of old and new making it an ideal destination to rejoice your vacation amidst nature and technology.
Things To Do in Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore Night Safari
with elephants, tigers and leopards.
Gardens by the Bay
River Safari aims to inspire visitors to appreciate and protect fragile freshwater ecosystems, and is home to threatened species such as the giant panda, manatee and Mekong giant catfish. These magnificent animals are housed in themed exhibits that mirror iconic rivers of the world from the Mississippi to the Amazon.
National Orchid Garden
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been developed along a 3-Core Concept. The three Cores consist of Tanglin, which is the heritage core that retains the old favourites and rustic charms of the historic Gardens; Central, which is the tourist belt of the Gardens; and Bukit Timah, which is the educational and recreational zone. Each Core offers an array of attractions. The National Orchid Garden is located in the Central Core of the gardens. Another important highlight is Tan Hoon Siang Mist House, where you’ll find a fine selection of fragrant orchids.
Heritage markers have been installed throughout the neighborhood in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese, so visitors can better understand the significance of the area. This is a progressive neighborhood (with free Wi-Fi for all), and it's home to the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, where the quaint bistros and upscale boutiques could be at home in any Western city.
The "Merlion Cub" sits nearby, only two meters tall but a hefty three tonnes, and there are five additional official Merlion statues throughout the city. Merlion Park is an ideal spot for photo-ops, whether you are taking a selfie in front of the iconic creature or capturing the magnificent views from the park as it looks out over the bay. The Merlion is considered as the official mascot of Singapore, presented with a mythical creature with a lion's head attached to the body of a fish. It is widely for representing the city state and its people .
Raffles Hotel Singapore
The Raffles Hotel Singapore is located in the city's Colonial District, which is also home to several other historic sites, and a good place to base yourself in the city. Here, you'll find the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is said to have stepped ashore in 1819. The story has it that he saw the small fishing village but recognized its potential as a port, so he purchased the land from the Sultan of Johor and invited Chinese and Indian immigrants to move here. And so the seeds of Singapore's multi-ethnic identity were sown.
Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Over 40 percent of Singapore’s residents are born abroad, making it a wonderful melting pot of culture. Considered the most religiously diverse country in the world, it’s more than likely you’ll find yourself amidst a mosque, temple and church all within a half mile radius of one another. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Taosim are among the predominant religions. There are numerous holidays, events, and festivals held throughout the year. Chinese New Year and Thaipusam, a Hindu Festival, are popular, as well as Vesak Day, a Buddhist holiday. Timing your visit with one of these holidays would certainly promise an unforgettable experience.
There are a few cultural rules/norms you should try your best to practice while traveling through the country. Most people associate the left hand with the bathroom, so try to greet, wave or eat with your right hand. Also refrain from touching people's heads in social situations, as some cultures consider that area to be sacred.
Despite its strong Asian ties, English is very much a part of the culture in Singapore. The country used to be a British colony, and while the Brits are long gone, English remains the national language and is also considered to be the country's working language. Tamil, Malay and Chinese are also commonly spoken. Typical Singaporeans know two languages: English and the language of their ancestors.
Hotels in Singapore
Hotels are spread out just about everywhere on the island. With that being said, each area caters to specific travelers. Sentosa is great for families, Little India is perfect for backpackers and Orchard Road is excellent for those looking to shop while in Singapore. To get you started, refer to the suggested areas below depending on your desired price range.
Budget: Chinatown, Little India, Lavender Street and Arab Street
Mid-Range: Bras Basah Road to Rochor Road
Upscale: Marina Bay, Orchard Road and Sentosa Island
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