Holiday Journal 7: Singapore Tour
Singapore is just a tiny dot on the map, but has one of the strongest currencies in Asia, and you would have heard of their airport and airline being internationally renowned. It is a country rich in culture, and has different ethnic groups making up its population. Hence, whether you are looking for a city experience with tons of shopping and clubbing, or looking to enjoy the different cultural sites, you are in for a good time here.
1. Tourist Attractions in Singapore
i) zoological gardens
One of the best maintained yet, with good eateries within and exciting performances as well.
ii) Jurong Bird Park
One of the best maintained and biggest omni-parks in Asia, if not the world. Visit to see many different species of birds, and also the man-made waterfall.
It is an odd, durian-shaped structure that might have tried to imitate the Sydney Opera House. Besides ballet, orchestral performances, concerts here, this place also houses a wide range of restaurants and some shops for the artistically-inclined to chill out and enjoy at.
iv) Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay
Visit the famous MBS, known for its beauty, casino and floating LV boutique. Eat at one of the many restaurants opened by famous chefs such as Guy Savoy or David B, or enjoy one of the clubs there or shop till you drop. You may even wish to take a ride in the gondola inside. Then visit Gardens by the Bay for a scenic day of flower power. See the Super Trees, especially in the evenings with lights on.
Take a Singapore Flyer – a huge Ferris Wheel showing you majestic views of Singapore as well.
v) Sentosa and Universal Studios
Go to their island Sentosa for a day of fun or two – think, posh beach clubs, underwater world, etc fun spots. Also, visit the much loved Universal Studios for rides and a surreal world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy some winnings at the casinos there too.
vi) There are a range of museums, parks and gardens one could visit as well, such as National Museum, Asian Civilisation Museum, Chinese Gardens and Botanical Gardens etc.
2. Shopping Paradise in Singapore
One may be surprised to learn that in Singapore, there is almost one shopping mall at every train (MRT) station.
For the posh shoppers though, head to Marina Bay Sands or Orchard Road for their shopping paradise. If you are seeking bazaars, head to Victoria Street.
Looking for a 24-hour mall? Head to Mustafa at Little India district where you can shop for clothes, cosmetics, food and electronic items all night long.
3. Night Scenes
Fancy a drink or night life excitement?
i) Visit Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, by the famous Singapore River, for an entire street of clubs and bars
ii) Head to Dempsey Hill, where one could have drinks up a hill, yes, like the name implies
iii) Or pop over to Holland Village, another strip of pubs and life bands to unwind after a day of work or shopping.
iv) Along Tanjong Pagar area, there is a row of drinking spots at Ann Siang Hill and Duxton Hill area as well, where alot of executives unwind as well.
v) Haji Lane / Arab Street, for an excitement night of chilling out with perhaps a puff or two of seesha (aromatic, fruity smoke)
4. Cultural Spots
i) Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, Central Business District, Holland Village and Dempsey Hill all spot different western cuisines and flavors for those who love a German beer, American fashion or Latino music.
ii) Visit Chinatown for traditional Chinese arts / crafts, food and buildings that are designed to bring you away to a mini China. Eat local Chinese cuisine such as seafood fried noodles, dumpling noodles, chicken rice, or laksa (spicy soup noodles).
iii) Visit Arab Street for a Middle Eastern feel , and indulge in the beauty of their costumes and accessories. Try local Malay cuisine such as mee rubus (spicy noodles with dried beancurd strips), mee siam (spicy rice vermicelli), mee soto (spicy noodle soup) or lontong (curry vegetables with rice cakes).
iv) Drop by Little India for a taste of India within Singapore itself. Admire the colorful costumes and gold jewelry. Indulge in curry, and an assortment of other Indian food such as roti prata (thin pastry eaten with curry) or butter chicken. Drink a cup of teh tarik – they pour the tea between mugs a huge distance apart without spilling a single drop, like they’re “pulling” the tea from one mug to another.
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