Singapore is an ever evolving city in south-east Asia. Once considered a rather bland destination, it has been working hard over the last few years to capitalise on its melting pot of cultures and build itself a new reputation as a forward thinking green city.
The current government are ploughing funds into transforming Singapore from a concrete jungle into a ‘City in a Garden’, with sustainability at the core of the endeavour. This is quite unique for an Asian city, with so many known for their eye-watering pollution levels. Add to this the city’s fervent ambitions to bring world-class events to the city, such as the formidable night time F1 event, the WTA tour finals and many music concerts, and it’s clear to see that the city is really transforming itself into a verified Asian ‘hot spot’.
The transportation system in Singapore is excellent with reasonable taxis and a modern MRT network. With new MRT stations opening up every couple of years, adding to the already extensive network, the island is incredibly easy to navigate, making it especially tourist friendly.
In terms of things to do in Singapore, it’s a particularly good destination to visit with children. The city’s zoo is a real highlight - the night time safari is particularly fun. There are lots of green spaces to discover, such as the Botanical Gardens and the Gardens by the bay. The National Gallery has a stunning collection of 19th century and modern Southeast Asian art. The island of Sentosa has some great beachside hotels, perfect for a more relaxed stay. For culture seekers, it is definitely worth exploring the streets of China Town and Little India, with their beautiful shophouses, boutiques and restaurants.
Food in Singapore is both utterly delicious but also interesting, with its cuisine influenced by multiple cultures. The choice of eating establishments is staggering, and it is truly hard to find a bad meal here. From cheap as chips hawker stalls serving ‘roti canai’, ‘satay’ and ‘laksa’ to blow the budget Michelin starred restaurants, food is taken very seriously in Singapore and everywhere you go you will see fellow diners photographing their meals and immediately uploading them onto Instagram.
All in all, Singapore is a lovely city to visit, and makes a fantastic stopping off point en-route to some of the more hard to reach Asian destinations or Australasia.
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