Singapore is one of the unique countries to visit in Asia. It is a dynamic country and city at the same time, being very small. You’ll find it rich in contrast and color with its diverse culture, cuisine, architecture, and arts. It represents both the East and West, and one of the finest at that. In just one day, you’ll be able to look at Singapore from its history to its modernization. You’ll discover exotic ethnic societies to modern business centers to lush “greenscapes”. So if you wish to travel to Singapore today, here’s what you should know about the country first.
Things to Do in Singapore
- Taste Singapore’s hearty breakfast in lush vegetation.
- Visit the Chinese Temple, Christian Church, Hindu Temple, and the Muslim Mosque side by side in one neighborhood.
- Take a stroll Orchard Road where you can go shopping for the latest trends or simply explore the Singaporean culture as you walk.
- Make sure to have a meal at the Singapore River on a traditional bumboat. This will surely make your travel to Singapore a memorable one.
- Go on a reverse bungee ride. You get catapulted 60 meters into the air.
- Ride the amphibious “duck” to tour the city with their wacky guides. You’ll not only learn more facts about Singapore, you’ll get to have fun and laughter as well.
- Try one of Singapore’s acclaimed spas. You’ll surely feel relaxed and energized ready for a night full of Singapore fun.
- After that spa or massage, try their customary Chinese tea ceremony just before you go for a night out.
- Catch a Broadway musical, or go to a bar to experience Singapore’s night life.
Popular Destinations and Festivals
- The Merlion – it is the symbol of Singapore. It was first designed in 1964 as the country’s emblem. The lion head with the body of a fish on waves instantly became the country’s icon.
- The Kampong Glam Hari Raya Light-Up 2008 – garden show filled with creations from the world’s top award-winning garden and floral designers.
- Hari Raya @ The City – light-up festival which has been established as the nation’s festivities
- Sentosa Island – an island getaway.
- Other destinations to visit: MacRitchie Forest Trails Tan Tan, Hustle and bustle of Chinatown Aurum, Sisters Islands IKEA, Changi Boardwalk Multi-task, Pulau Ubin, Formula 1, Great Singapore Sale, Big Splash Swirl, Original Singapore Walks, Forbidden Hill Velvet Dragon, Orchard Road Bath Culture, and Dawn Patrol Hungry Ghost Festival @ Chinatown.
Top 10 Local Dishes
- Chili crab – Hard-shell crabs cooked in thick gravy with a tomato and chili base.
- Hainanese chicken rice – Steamed chicken served with fragrant rice cooked in chicken stock.
- Satay – Meat kebabs served with rice cake, cucumber and peanut gravy.
- Laksa – Rice noodles in coconut curry gravy with shrimps, eggs, chicken and cockles as garnishing.
- Bak kut teh – Pork ribs cooked with five spices, garlic and pepper in a tasty soup that is served with a choice of rice or fried dough fritters.
- Roti prata and teh tarik – Roti prata is a crispy, crusty South Indian pancake, made with or without eggs, and served with a bowl of thick curry gravy.
- Rojak – A local salad comprising fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, bean sprouts, pineapple, turnip, fried dough fritters, dried bean curd, sometimes even mango and cuttlefish.
- Fish head curry – A huge fish head and vegetables, cooked in curry and served with rice.
- Char kway teow – broad white noodles fried with dark sweet sauce, bean sprouts, fish cake, cockles and Chinese sausage.
- Fried carrot cake – Rice flour and ‘white carrot’ (radish) quick-fried with soy sauce, eggs, garlic and chai poh (pickled radish).