Despite being the financial capital of Asia Pacific region, Singapore cannot be described as a city, which doesn’t know how to entertain!
So if you looking for a place with just a pinch of tourist sites, loads of shopping, plenty of relaxing and perfect for an afternoon snooze look no more because you just found your Mecca!
If the hoards of shoppers have not carried you away already to the malls, head out to Sentosa Island. It’s a quick bus or cable car ride away making it a perfect day trip. Gorgeous with its manicured lawns and pristine beaches, the island is flowing with resorts that organize loads of fun activities. If a day is not enough, you can even choose to stay over.
Sentosa offers many things so go through the website before deciding your day. Quickly discover marine life at the Underwater World and do not miss the pink Dolphin show! Visiting the zoo will not be the same after taking the night safari offered at the Singapore Zoo. Pack in a Ben and Jerry ice cream before hopping in for the ride. There are also many animal shows featured so again keep track of the various timings to ensure you do not miss anything.
Though Singapore does not have many historical monuments, you can still spend a day looking at what the city has to offer such as the Chinese Temple and the Hindu Temple. The Botanical garden is gorgeous and peaceful enough to spend your afternoons here.
No trip here is complete without a boat ride along the Singapore River from where you can admire the old architecture. Dock at the symbol of Singapore, the Merlion, and catch a performance at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. There are also many museums, which again should be explored during the afternoons to escape the hot tropical weather.
Though you can take one of the many city tours, which cover all the attractions, Singapore is an easy city to navigate. A good guidebook and a keen sense of direction is all you need.
Singapore and shopping go hand in hand. From expensive luxury brands at malls to cheap Chinese buys at flea markets, no one can leave town empty handed. A trip to IKEA will help redecorate your home. Since Singapore is a melting pot of Asian culture, there are no unique Singaporean must buys. Instead, you will find artifacts from many nations especially in Chinatown.
Singapore offers a wide range of cuisines due to the mixed population. Indian is definitely not hard to find and there are many restaurants and eating joints that cater to every cuisine. Begin your breakfast with toast and cold Milo(it is not as insipid as it sounds). South East Asia cuisine dominates here so Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese get as authentic as possible. If you wish to experiment with your meat, interesting combinations do turn up.
Seafood, being very fresh, are a must have. Do not forget to catch lunch or dinner at Clarke Quay, the famous riverside quay. Before wrapping your trip in Singapore, definitely try the Singapore Sling cocktail at Raffles Hotel, the place where it was created.
Since Singapore hotel rates are the most expensive in Asia, it is best to find a generous friend or family in Singapore who will love to play host. But if you do not have a free bed to crash in, hotels are many to fit any sized pocket. If feeling rich, check out Raffles hotel and you might just bump into the Big B. Novotel is another option to check out since the location is good near Clarke Quay. The Pan Pacific Singapore business hotel is also a choice, for its proximity to the airport.
So whether it is catching up with friends on Clarke Quay, watching the waves at Sentosa, indulging the shopaholic in you or just doing all the touristy things around, the vibrant Singapore will truly deliver you a stress-free and culturally rich vacation all within your schedule, making it an ideal home away from home.