Things to do in Singapore
Singapore is truly unique. Singapore is a modern day cultural fusion point of entire Southeast Asia. The country is renowned for top notch technological innovation, high value professional services, quality of life and for its hospitality services. Singapore is blessed with a prime strategic location in the Southeast Asia and is a major cultural and economic centre of this region. Singapore is a glamorous and glitzy city with state of the art technology and innovation coupled with world famous hospitality. This small island nation is highly urbanized and unfortunately lost a large tract of rainforest but thankfully the country is now preserving the remaining portion of rainforest efficiently. Singapore is continuously growing and is expanding its territory by reclaiming land from sea. Singapore is one of the premier business and financial centres of the world and its port is one of the busiest ports in the world. Singapore is the unique fusion pot of Southeast Asia and mutually coexists with Indian, Chinese and Islamic Malaysian culture.
The legend says that one Javanese prince first landed in the island of Singapore and saw a mythical creature, which he presumed a lion, following this he christened the island as ‘Singapura’ which in Sanskrit means ‘lion city’.
Singapore being in a unique location has attracted people of different cultures, religion and identities. The country’s anti discrimination policies and strong emphasis on cultural unity and harmony has resulted in a strong Singaporean identity and culture. Indians, Chinese, Malaysians, Thai, Indonesian all contributing its rich culture and traditions. Dining and shopping is considered as the national pastime and why not, when the country is blessed with such diverse cuisine comprising of Chinese, Indian, Malayan and European cuisinesbattling with each other to be on your plate. Singapore is renowned globally for its culinary delights and delicacies. When it comes to shopping, Singaporeans know how to enjoy, as stylish malls, boutique stores, high end showrooms and all the major renowned brands are available in the country.
When it comes to hospitality and services, Singapore is quite legendary and renowned for its high quality of services. One most intriguing fact about its tourism is that very little natural attraction is present in Singapore yet the country receives huge loads of tourist footfalls per year. The country has developed very high quality of man-made attractions and is effectively marketing it. High quality of services and practices are maintained in entire Singapore, so either you stay in a luxury hotel or visit a local roadside restaurant you will be offered best of services. Man made attractions like Underwater World, Jurong Bird Park, Night safari and Resorts World Sentosaalways provide memorable experiences to the tourist. Spend time admiring the Singapore skyline from Singapore Hi-flyer or see the pulsating Singapore Night F1 race; Get thrilled in the Night Safari or swim with magnificent sharks in the Underwater World, whatever you do Singapore will charm you with its culture, state of the art technology, efficient hospitality and most of all amazing attraction which will provide you value for money experiences. This is the reason why the Singapore market itself as “Your Singapore” which is rightly so.
How to Reach Singapore
Singapore is very well connected with different parts of the World by Airways. Cruise liners also bring in lots of tourist and you can also enter by road from Malaysia.
By Air: All the important cities of the entire world are connected to Singapore, either directly or through indirect flight or Transit flights. All the major international airlines fly direct to Singapore or made stopovers. Singapore has 8 airports and nearly 80 airlines connect Singapore with 200 cities spread in 68 countries. Low cost airlines operating from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore connects the entireSoutheast Asia while long European flights to Australia, New Zealand and Far East made transit stops in Singapore.
By Road: Singapore is well connected with the Malaysia and Thailand. One can use the public transport coaches or private coaches plying from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The coaches are generally operates at night and reach Singapore in the morning.
By Rail: One can reach Singapore from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok by rail also. The Malaysian Railway System, the Keretapi Tanah Malayu (KTM) has two main line going into Singapore. The Eastern & Oriental Express of Thailand connects Singapore and Bangkok and is a great way of enjoying the rich luxuries of this classic train journey from Bangkok to Singapore.
By Cruise: Major cruise line operates various cruise liners to Singapore. Small ferries connect Singapore from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
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Foods of Singapore
Singapore being multicultural and located in a critical junction of Southeast Asia has the influence of entire region in its distinctive cuisine. Singapore has successfully carved a special place in the world for its unique and innovative cuisine. Singapore’s has five predominantly and distinctive cuisines – Indian, Malay, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian. Being a multicultural nation you can find Chinese food with little touch of Indian ingredients and flavour and at the same time you can enjoy fusion dish of traditional Chinese combined with Malay food. This unique cuisine fusion is widely favoured and savoured in Singapore. Singapore’s top notch hotels, restaurants and café shops strive hard to present the best culinary delicacy to the tourist and local. Local Singaporeans are known for their love of food and eating out is the national time pass. Wide range of South Asian cuisine is equally complemented by Italian, Japanese, French, Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Which is why every year Singapore host the famous World Gourmet Summit, which bring in new innovative culinary skills, fusion cuisines, new cooking styles and art and world famous chefs under one roof. When it comes to the food lovers and cuisine explorers, Singapore is the ultimate destination.
Best Time to go to Singapore
Singapore is an all year destination and remains uniform and constant in terms of tourist arrivals. Singapore enjoys favourable climate all year round and is suitable for you to visit any time of the year. However, the months of November to January receives heavy torrential rains which could last for hours. While the months of April and May is generally hotter.
Singapore offers a lot to different type of activities to different segment of tourist. For example, if you are a food lover and love to enjoy the local taste and cuisine then best time for you to visit Singapore is in the month of April when the World Gourmet Summit happen or month of July which is famous for Singapore Food Festival.
If you are an avid art lover and wants to know about the art of the South east Asia then head to Singapore during the month of June whenSingapore Art Festival is ongoing.
If you love the heart pounding, fast paced F1 race then head to Singapore when the only night Formula 1 race in the World, the Singapore Night Grand Prix takes place.
If you want experience the culture of Singapore at its best then visit in the January when the Chinese New Year Celebration is in full swing or in the month of August when the entire Singapore is vibrant with exuberance of Celebrate Singapore Festival.