Singapore- A Short Travel Guide
It’s a wonder how a city-state only 50 years old has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A thought about Singapore inspires opulence, glitter, and mythical legends.
Singapore, prides itself in calling itself a ‘Society-in-transition’ and is known for being a melting pot of cultures in a beautiful amalgamation of history and modernity. Its infrastructure looks like a scene out of the future. It is a haven for lovers of fine things- Food, temples, shopping, art, and nature!
Singapore’s population is made up of Chinese, Malays, and Indians having strong influences on its culture.
Things to do and places to see in Singapore
Delve into the mythic- The Merlion Park
Location: 1 Fullerton Road, Marina Bay waterfront
Timings: 24 hours
The Merlion (sea-lion) is the mythical symbol of Singapore and the most visited tourist place.
The Merlion represents the city’s humble beginnings as a small fishing town. The 8.7 metres tall and 70-tonne statue spouting water into the Marina Bay is one of the most photographed symbols in the world.
The park, free of entry fee, consists of local eating joints, coffee shops, souvenir shops, and walkways.It is the starting point for a guided boat cruise of the Marina Bay.
Step into the future- Gardens by the Bay
Location: 18, Marina Gardens Dr.
Timings: Daily, 5 am- 2 am
Stepping into Gardens by the Bay is like stepping into the future. This space lets you explore plant and flower species from around the world, in the most breathtaking way.
Divided into three parts, Gardens by the Bay, houses the world-famous Supertree structures. They are a collection of three upright gardens of around 160 feet in height.
You should not miss the light and music show held twice each evening. This is when the gigantic beautiful trees take you into a fantasy world of mesmerising lights, sounds, and fragrances. The Supertrees are connected by a, literally.
The second attraction is the Cloud Forest. This is a 35-metre high mountain like structure covered in tropical plants. Standing at the edge of this mountain looking out to the nature covered in mist, is an experience that you will never forget.
The third is The Flower Dome, which is also a misty grove of plant species from Australia, Spain, and Africa etc.
Walk with nature: Singapore Night Safari
Location: 80, Mandal Lake Road
Timings: 7:30 pm to midnight
The Singapore Night Safari offers a rare glimpse into the nocturnal animal life from Himalayan foothills, Nepal, South America, Burma etc. There are around 1000 animal species and 59 exhibits that you can see.
There are beautiful nature trails and trams that will lead you from one conservatory to the other.
Stunning landscapes- Marina Bay
Marina Bay embodies transformation in the truest sense of the world. What was once a small water body has now become one of the most sought after luxurious destinations.
The most iconic building is the Marine Bay Sands Resort that looks like a ship floating in the sky. It is an integrated space hosting a hotel, casino, luxury shopping options, theatre, and an Art and Science museum.
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Other things not to be missed:
Clark Quay is another integral part of Singapore that should be visited for its restaurants, luxury shops, and pushcart vendors.
Visit the Universal Studios to see themed zones on the lines of Hollywood, Lost World, and Madagascar etc.
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See a slice of the original Chinese life at Chinatown and for the countless eating joints and souvenir shop
Best time to visit in Singapore:
Singapore remains hot and humid throughout the year. The best time to visit is during July at the time of the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival. The most pleasant time is from February till April.
Cuisine in Singapore:
Singapore is a foodies’ paradise and its cuisine is driven by influences from the major ethnic groups- Chinese, Indians, and Malay.
Hawker culture is extremely popular amongst the locals and the tourists alike for a variety of local dishes like Chicken Rice, Satay, Hokkien Mee etc. Some of the best Hawker Centres are at Chinatown Complex, Old Airport Road, and Maxwell Road.
Some of the must-try local dishes are Bak Kut Teh, Wanton Mee, Fried Carrot Cake, Kaya Toast etc.
Getting around in Singapore:
Singapore is very safe for tourists to get by. Buses, Mass Transit Railway, Taxis, and Trishaws are easily available for hire.
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The city is known for its impeccable cleanliness and low crime rate. Be sure to read the local rules before you visit Singapore.