The city state of Singapore is a unique, world class destination, home to a wealth of things to do, places to shop and fabulous cuisine. As a country and capital city that is one and the same, the greatest attractions are located fairly close to one another, making it easy to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time.
Singaporeans enjoy a number of annual festivals including both the western New Year and Chinese New Year as well as National Day on August the 9th and a host of religious festivals for every faith. Known as a Garden City thanks to its 50% covering of greenery, Singapore offers the best of both worlds. The country is a melting pot of cultures including Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisines. Singapore cuisine is characterised by its influence of many cultures. Top dishes include satay, katong laksa and chilli crab.
Central Singapore is home to both the local Chinatown and Little India, both fascinating places to eat or just wander around. For those who enjoy the natural things in life then the Botanical Gardens, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo all give a taste of the regional flora and fauna, as do the many garden parks, popular aspects of all Singapore travel. Shopping is big business in Singapore, but if you want to do all yours in one hit then head to Orchard Road, arguably the best place to live in Singapore and where you’ll find everything from boutique stores to designer labels.
Most of the main historical and colonial buildings are found in the Bras Basah area and the museums in this area regularly top the lists of things to do in Singapore. Although this is a small country, it’s worth buying a Singapore district map from a local tourism office to help get around. The country is also a great place to base yourself in and where to travel to from Singapore includes Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.