Hi my lovely readers!
Singapore is one of my favourite destinations in the world. I just love it there and I will make sure to go back one day.
I spend 4 days in Singapore back in 2017 and I can tell you it certainly was not enough time. This little country has so much to offer that you can spend an entire week there easily.
I know plenty of people see Singapore as a stop over destination, but let me tell you that Singapore deserves to be a destination that you should visit, just for the country itself.
Let’s have a look at the 12 amazing reasons why you have to visit Singapore!
1. THE FOOD
Singapore has the best food, it’s as simple as that. I swear to god that everything I ate there was super delicious.
Everyday I was looking forward to lunch and dinner as I knew I would try something exotic and totally different from my normal diet that would tasty absolutely yummy.
You can have satays, wanton noodles, sting ray, burgers, bao bao buns, crab, rice with curry, salads and the list goes on and on.
You can find western food and all the different Asian cuisines as Singapore is a melting pot just like New York and London. Many different cultures come together in Singapore, hence you have such a great food variety.
The best places to eat at are the Hawker Centres of course, but food courts in the shopping mall, if you prefer that, are good eating places, too.
2. MODERN AND GREEN CITY
Singapore has reinvented itself as a modern and green city and you can definitely see that. I came across building sites that build barriers around trees to protect them. Here in Europe we would just cut them down and later claim we didn’t know that we weren’t allow to do that…
As part of the reinvention strategy and to attract tourism, a big clean up of the city began and projects such as Gardens by the Bay were invested into.
3. CULTURAL DIVERSITY
I already hinted at this, but Singapore has a great cultural diversity. You can find people of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian backgrounds as well as Asians from other origins such as Indonesia.
In fact, Singapore has four official languages: English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin. The main language though, good for us tourists, is English.
4. ONE OF THE CLEANEST CITIES
Singapore is renowned for its cleanliness and that’s in my opinion just awesome. Some people may say it seems sterile, but who the heck wants to live in a dirty city?
I think we’ve become so used to our cities being littered. When we see something clean we think it’s weird. But it’s just great and I applaud Singapore for reinforcing cleanliness and fines for breaching rules. I wish they would do that here in Europe.
As Singapore is such a melting pot, the city has a mix of different architectural styles and buildings, which is very interesting. Furthermore, there is a good balance of modern and old.
You will find traditional hawker centres nestled between moderns skyscrapers. Inspiration and shapes of the environment are incorporated into building designs such as the ArtScience Museum, which looks like a lotus flower or the Esplanade, which resembles a durian fruit.
You will find Indian temples, Chinese monasteries and mosques all within a short walk or drive from each other.
6. ORCHARD ROAD
Orchard Road is a shoppers paradise. You’ve got shop after shop lined up on this street and plenty of shopping malls.
You can shop until you drop, especially if you’re into designer clothes. The biggest designer brands all have shops on Orchard Road, but you can also find high street names and of course brands and clothes styles that we don’t have in the West.
7. SINGAPORE SLING AND RAFFLES HOTEL
The Raffles hotel dates back all the way to 1887 and is one of Singapore’s historic and cultural treasures. It’s one of the few remaining 19th century hotels left in the world and undergoes restoration from time to time to preserver it for the future.
It’s an architectural gem apart from being a hotel and birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling, which was invented in the Raffles Hotel in 1915. Singapore Sling is now regarded as Singapore’s national drink.
You don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy a Singapore Sling. The bars and restaurants are open to the public as well.
8. MULTICITY TRIP
Singapore makes for a perfect multicity destination due to its location.
I first visited Singapore and then headed of to Kuala Lumpur. However, you could also spend a few days in Dubai and then head to Singapore if you’re flying with Emirates. Or you could visit Singapore and then fly to Indonesia.
There are so many possibilities to visit a few destinations in South East Asia in a short period of time with Singapore being one of them.
9. GARDENS BY THE BAY
Gardens by the Bay is definitely among the best known attractions in Singapore and one that comes to mind first for many people when they think of Singapore.
It’s a man made botanic garden next to Marina Bay, which was designed to strengthen Singapore’s mission to be the premier tropical Garden City, to create a City in a Garden and a leading city of the 21st century.
Gardens by the Bay is best known for its supertrees, the iconic green and purple tree structures covered in plants. But it also showcases different plant collections from all over the world in it’s two greenhouses and it’s home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
10. A SAFE COUNTRY
Singapore is a really safe country. I didn’t feel scared or even uneasy even once. The people are really friendly and of course they have really strict laws in place.
If you get a fine or jail time for selling gum, yes normal chewing gum, or for kissing in public, imagine what they do to thieves and criminals?
11. MARINA BAY SANDS HOTEL INFINITY POOL
A once in a lifetime experience must be a stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to get access to the infinity pool. The pool is located on the 57th floor and has some incredible views of the city.
Imagine swimming all the way to the edge and gazing down! I found this 360 degree tour that gives you a glimpse into what the view would be like during the day and at night.
It’s one of those things that I would love to do one day.
12. PLENTY TO SEE AND DO
Although I said Singapore makes for a great multicity destination, I also believe that there’s plenty to see and do in this fantastic country to keep you busy for a good week or even longer.
I spend four days in Singapore and didn’t get to see everything I wanted to actually. It’s incredible how much Singapore has to offer considering its size.
I know I will be back.
What do you think about Singapore?
Would you want to visit or have you been there already?
Let me know in the comments!
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