Many visitors to Singapore are either on an international stop-over, a short vacations or business trips. It is helpful to have a quick guide to some of the most interesting places to visit in Singapore and also some information on this wealthy island state.
Singapore, also known as the Lion City, is an island country located directly beneath Malaysia. It is one of the most interesting and enjoyable cities in South East Asia.
As it is situated on the equator, the hottest month is June, July and August with humidity at its maximum. It is pleasant to visit here around the month of November and December.
This country boasts one of the best airline and airport in the world. Traveling from the airport to the city is easy with the MRT train line which is also the transport of choice for the locals.
Public double decker buses are also popular with the locals and visitors. With a land area of 637.5 or 247 square miles, you can travel round the entire island by the MRT train. It covers area slightly smaller than that of New York City.
The MRT train is relatively easy to use.
So instead of hanging in the tourist center, why not travel into the suburbia to experience the local way of life.
Majority of Singaporean are well to do as you can judge from their wealthy lifestyle and the country’s strong economy. Unlike, the neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Phillipines, there is no poverty and it is one of the expensive country in South East Asia.
This entire state is very well organized and orderly with low crime rate. It is one of the cleanest country in the world with no littering and it is a crime to chew gum. If you badly need to chew gum, then pay a visit to the local general practitioner for a ‘Chewing Gum’ prescription.
In order to maintain the clean and prosperous image, the government has come up with an idea of a ‘$500 Fine’ and it seems to work. In another words, it is a ‘Fine City’, so no jay walking, no drinking and eating on train, no spitting, no littering, no hawking, no begging etc… if you forget, not to worry as there are sign everywhere to remind you.
Education here is of the highest standard and almost all Singaporean, both young and old are very fluent in British English.
The mythical Merlion which is half lion and half fish is the symbol of this country.
What to See and Do?
Jurong Bird Park
There are many countless activities for visitors who are on a short stay, transit or holiday here. In fact, there are many interesting places to visit in Singapore. Those who are interested in birds should visit the Jurong Bird Parks where you can experience birds flying around you in the Free-Flight aviary. The bird park houses many different species of birds from South East Asia. Other attractions in the park include the Afican Waterfall Aviary, Jungle Jewels Flight Aviary and Splash ‘N’ Slide Station for chidren to enjoy.
The Singapore Flyer
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Marina Bay from the Singapore Flyer, which is a large observation wheel similar to that of London Eye.
Location : 30 Raffles Avenue
Singapore Zoological Garden & Night Safari
And if you are an animal lovers, the Singapore Zoological Garden is the place to be. It is one of those open concept zoo where animals are kept in their natural habitat. Children and adults will love the many wild animals that are living in the zoo. Wild animals such as tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinoceros, orang utan, monkeys, giraffe etc are all wandering around freely in their enclosure.
Besides, day zoo, the night safari is not to be miss as it is one of the best. Spot nocturnal wild life activities in the night.
For more info visit : www.Zoo.com.sg.
Location : 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
The next interesting place to discover is the Sentosa which is a makeover of the old one if you have been there a while back. Take a ride on the cable car across the ocean. to reach there. There is the newly build Universal Studios, Shrek’s castle, roller coasters and the world Resort which is the first casinos in Singapore.
Go for an adventure activities such as diving with sharks at the Undrwater World in Sentosa.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
If you are lovers of orchid, The Botanical Gardens has a showcase of many varieties of flowers and plants. It is also an experimental gardens where new orchid breeding and hybridisation are developed.
There are also the Tiger Balm Gardens or Haw Par Villa, the Science Center and lastly and not to be miss for most shopaholic is the shopping district along the stretch of Orchard and Scotts Road.
Take a bumboat ride along the Singapore river at Clark Quay.
There is one hotel which you must visit which is The Raffles Hotel. It is without a doubt the best hotel in Singapore. It is in this hotel where the famous Singapore Sling was concocted.
Location : 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673
As this is a popular international stop-over for many tourists from Europe or America heading to Australia and New Zealand or vice versa, you can find many competitive hotel deals in Singapore that is right for you.
A shopping paradise, shopping in Singapore is a whole day affair and this is also what many locals do. In fact, there are yearly sale between May and July, during this time you can buy some great designer products such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armandi and also many technology goods at a great price.
Popular shopping malls are located along Orchard Road, Scott Road, Marina Square and The Harbour Front. Vivo City, Takashimaya, Metro, Tangs, and Isetan are some of the best stores in the city.
For bargain hunters head to Bugis junction where there is a big market to pick up some souvenir before you head home.
Little India and Chinatown are also a good place to pick up some bargains such as antiques and painting.
Don’t forget to take a ride on the trishaw while you are in Chinatown, Orchard Road or Bugis Street.
For electronic and other gadgets, you should check out Sim Lim Square. This is the electric town of singapore which occupies multi-storeys of everything electronic.
Location : 1 Rochor Canal Road Singapore 188504
Singaporean’s favourite past time other than shopping is eating. There are many food court or ‘hawker center’ located all over the island state. Many of them are fully air-conditioned. You can find all the local favourites there such as chicken rice, fried Ho Fun, laksa curry, fresh skin spring roll or locally known as ‘po pia’, fish head curry, clay pot rice, beef noodles, satay, roti and many more.
Sorry there is no ‘street food’ such as those in Thailand and Vietnam. Selling on the street is illegal and will incur a fine.
Eating in restaurants can be quite expensive but the food are really good with good service.
Pubs and Clubs
There are many nightlife here, not those sleazy type of life as you would expect from a well-behaved nation.
Tiger beer is what the local drinks but there are other foreign imports which you can purchase from the local supermarket.
Many visitors who have been to this country are never disappointed.
Singapore has something for everyone, from families to business travelers.