Despite its small size, the city-state of Singapore is jam-packed with soaring skyscrapers, sparkling malls and modern museums. Very multicultural in nature, it is known for its sumptuous street food and glut of excellent eateries with charming colonial buildings, glitzy casinos and happening quays set alongside gorgeous parks and gardens.
Situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, the ‘Switzerland of Asia’ is located in between both the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea. This strategic setting along one of the world’s most important shipping routes contributed greatly to its rapid rise with container ships constantly passing in and out of its busy port. Despite its massive main island Pulau Ujong being very densely populated, over half of the state actually consists of green spaces with its lush Botanic Gardens and delightful Gardens by the Bay both counting among its top tourist attractions.
As Singapore is renowned for its superb shopping and dining scenes, no visit can ever be complete without wandering along Orchard Road and Clarke Quay. Lined by trendy restaurants, unique shops and hip nightclubs, their umpteen establishments perfectly reflect the country’s Chinese, Malay and Indian cultural influences.
Visitors interested in delving further into the Garden City’s rich and varied history and heritage can amble around the Chinatown and Little India districts or Riverside which houses the city’s colonial core. Here you can find not only some beautiful old colonial buildings and Taoist temples but many museums and monuments too.
After having seen the city and sampled some of its fantastic street food, visitors can always relax and unwind at either Marina Bay Sands or Resorts World Sentosa. While the former’s unique design makes it an integral part of Singapore’s iconic skyline, the latter has everything from a casino and hotels to theme parks, aquariums and restaurants for guests to enjoy.