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Welcome to Singapore!
Through the streets of this special place, meet unique sights and captivating sounds that only a worldwide local knows how to discover. A country no larger just a big city, Singapore is a cultural melting pot that awaits those who step foot in it. You are invited to immerse yourself in this insider’s guide of the city-state of Singapore.
Here is a micro-country that packs much punch. Tourists fill the Singapore hotels to experience this microcosm of influences from the far reaches of India, the fields of China, and the diverse Malay archipelago. This is a global metropolitan that embraces a modern way of thinking while firmly grounding its roots in its vibrant history.
Going Green: Singapore and Environmentalism
The city takes the environment seriously by having lush greenery that coexists with tall skyscrapers and spotless streets. Set foot in the imposing Marina Bay Sands building to find Singapore’s most famous park: Gardens by the Bay, a huge green area with lavish walkways and gorgeous waterways where people can enjoy relaxing walks while taking a break from the rush of the concrete jungle. The two snail-shaped domes are botanical wonders, with their eclectic collection of plants and flowers from all over the world. The Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest are must-see attractions while visiting this destination.
Worldwide Local Tip: With all the rushing hustle of Singapore, time seems to slow as you enjoy the free Garden Rhapsody show where the iconic Supertrees come to life at night. The trees illuminate the park while dancing to the sound of classical music. There are two shows, at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm, but be sure to come at least 15 minutes early to grab a good spot, as the park gets crowded close to the start.
Food in Singapore
Singapore is a city truly best discovered through the taste buds. It is an expensive city to visit, but not necessarily unaffordable when eating out. Locals recommend (and dine at) the famous Singaporean institution of the Hawker Centres. An open-air building that consists of many stalls, this place serves up tasty dishes from each of the country’s ethnic backgrounds. You can grab delicious and hearty meals for a few dollars while enjoying its vibrant atmosphere. Celebrating the best of each cuisine, you can indulge in curry, noodles, or other delectable fares. Singapore has plenty of good Hawker Centres, but Old Airport Road and Maxwell Road Hawker Centres are the most popular with the insiders. You’ll be sure to gain a memorable worldwide local perspective while you enjoy dining on a budget during your visit.
Worldwide Local Tip: To enjoy one of the cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world, head over to Hawker Chan on Smith Street to try their roasted soy pork and chicken dishes. Don’t miss your opportunity to try the delicious Hainanese chicken and rice, considered Singapore’s national dish.
Surrounding Singapore: Day Trip to Sentosa
Away from the mainland and into the buzzing resort island of Singapore, Sentosa Island is filled with theme parks and attractions for both kids and the young at heart. From the roller coasters at Universal Studios to the life-like waxworks of Madame Tussauds, Asia’s most loved playground has something for all ages. If the bright lights of the theme parks are not for you, why not head to Palawan Beach to grab a cocktail and relax on a sunbed, or take a gentle stroll through the Merlion Park.
Worldwide Local Tip: Visiting Sentosa can be expensive. For those on a budget, visit the free-to-enter Fort Siloso Skywalk to see panoramic views of the western part of Singapore and Sentosa. Fort Siloso Skywalk is accessible by cable car and, while there, you’ll learn about the history of the surrounding areas from the boards along the viewing deck.
Diversity in Singapore Neighborhoods
Singapore has a diverse culture, where a unique blend of multiple ethnic communities harmoniously mix. Follow the everyday footsteps of the locals by visiting the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam. You can stroll along the Heritage Trails take you through the buildings of the Chinese Heritage Museum and the charming Istana Kampong Gelam, while you enjoy the smell of incense coming from the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Each has interesting tales to share; visiting them will add to the authentic Singaporean experience.
Worldwide Local Tip: The Singapore weather is hot and humid all year round, so make sure that you keep hydrated and avoid walking during the midday heat. You can take breaks inside any of the shopping centers in the city, each equipped with air conditioning (even if you’ve only been to the Singapore airport, you know how incredible the shopping centers are here). You may also use the MRT to travel around the city, to keep cool.
Enjoy Your Visit!
From its humble beginnings as a small fishing village at the tip of continental Asia to the global economic powerhouse, it is today, Singapore has matured by leaps and bounds. Its residents are proud to call it home, and worldwide locals enjoy exploring it.