Singamore - Tourism
Many people marvel at the beauty of Singapore and her progressiveness. Most impressive to note is that she was formerly just a humble fishing village, inhabited by an indigenous settlement.
Fast forward to today. Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city populated with high-rise buildings and landscape gardens. Brimming with a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture, Singapore is a dynamic city that’s rich in contrast and colour. In fact, you can even say that Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West.
Being a multi-racial society, Singapore is as diverse as it is cohesive. With so much to see and do, this is perhaps best experienced through your encounters with the locals. And if you’re feeling nostalgic and looking to discover old world charm, you can explore and experience the island’s key historical landmarks or memorials. You can also embark on a heritage trail and enjoy the sights and sounds at various cultural precincts, notably Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.
If you prefer the bright city lights and being amidst the hustle and bustle, then you’ll be delighted to know that there are numerous shopping malls, museums, and dining and entertainment hotspots to choose from. Get into the thick of the shopping action at the iconic Orchard Road stretch, or party the night away at the Clarke Quay or Boat Quay areas, both of which offer a myriad selection of nightlife activities.
The other thing that will strike you most about Singapore is its multifarious offering of food — day or night, there will always be something to whet your appetite. With a range of dining options from Peranakan to Chinese, Indian to Malay, fusion and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Beyond the history, culture, people, shopping and food, there are many more facets to Singapore’s thriving cityscape for you to discover. And these can only be experienced as you immerse yourself in the exploration of this once fishing village turned cosmopolitan city.
For ideas on what to see and do, visit www.yoursingapore.com.
Arts & Entertainment
Singapore's vibrant arts scene is made up of many art museums, gallery and exhibition spaces, schools, arts groups and more. There’s a wide pool of brimming talents and this is testament to the quality output of local and international productions, which showcases the best and finest from all over the world.
In recent years, the arts scene has also evolved to educate the mainstream public on the appreciation of the arts. There’s even a government-aided school that seeks to groom budding talents in the field of arts — The School of the Arts (SOTA). For those looking to explore the various facets of Singapore’s arts scene, you’ll be pleased to find many pockets of arts-influenced places to immerse yourself in.
Culture & Heritage
Diversity doesn't get any wider than in Singapore. Being a multi-racial society, Singapore is home to a collage of communities, cultures and religions, each accompanied by a rich heritage that dates far back. Beyond just co-existing with one another, there is also mutual respect and this can be seen in daily interactions and festive celebrations.
To truly experience Singapore’s diverse ethnology, head for the different ethnic quarters. You’ll enjoy a time of cultural immersion, where your five senses will be treated to a myriad of experiences. Some ethnic quarters to start with are Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, Joo Chiat and Katong.
Food has a sacred status in Singapore. Your trip will not be complete till you’ve tried the various cuisines. To begin with, there is a wide variety of cuisines for your picking but the main ones are Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan. Some of the must-try dishes include Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Fish Head Curry, and Ayam Buah Keluak. They are sure to leave you lip-smacking, if not full with delight. So get ready for a sumptuous feast, and delight your taste buds.
Young or old, you will thoroughly enjoy the many wonderful Singapore experiences and places to visit, all of which offer great opportunities for families to bond and have a great time. Families looking for an all-in-one hotspot should visit Sentosa, which offers an exciting array of adventurous activities and things to do like visiting historical monuments, as well as world-class entertainment spots, including Resorts World Sentosa.
With a wide variety of attractions each offering different kinds of entertainment — from the adventurous to the educational — you’ll have a hard time selecting where to visit if you only have little time in Singapore.
As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore is the choice homeport on many cruise routes. Ideally located at the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore is a cruising hub with extended travelling routes to the region’s old world charms and exciting new world attractions.
With international and regional full-service and budget flights, rail services through Malaysia to Thailand, plus two cruise terminals and three ferry terminals, arriving in or departing from Singapore is a breeze. From short excursions to leisure world cruises—on contemporary premium liners or luxury and expedition cruise ships—cruising to or from Singapore opens the doors to a world of travel options.
Nature & Wildlife
Singapore may be a cosmopolitan city but there’s also a thriving ecosystem of nature and wildlife nestled within. Nature lovers can look forward to exploring the rainforests and wetlands for an undisturbed experience. Or simply wander through the many landscaped gardens and parks on the island, with some even offering a scenic view of the city from vantage points.
For wildlife lovers, the nature reserves are a hotbed for thousands of creatures, including many bird and insect species. And if that’s not enough, you can make a trip to the Zoo, Night Safari or Jurong Bird Park for an up-close encounter with some of the world’s most ferocious and rarest species.
As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices. There are nightclubs for the party hedonists to revel the night away; bars and lounges for the thirsty hippos and chill cats; and live entertainment venues for the livewire revellers.
Besides music and entertainment, food and dining also make up the nightlife scene. There are many eateries that stay open till late, offering a variety of sumptuous food. Whether you’re looking for a late snack or replenishing your energy after a night of partying, there’s a lot available to whet your appetite. With such a wide variety of offerings, sleep will be the last thing on your mind.
Sports & Recreations
If you’re looking for adventurous things to do, there are many sporting and recreational activities which you can participate in. This includes extreme ones sure to send your adrenaline skyrocketing, and also recreational ones which you can enjoy at your own leisurely pace.
Sports is a popular past-time in Singapore and one of the reasons is because there are numerous world-class facilities that cater to all kinds of sports. You’ll be surprised to know that even though Singapore has a tropical climate, you can find a “Snow City” here that offers selected winter sports. And that’s not all, you’ll also discover many other sports and activities to pursue while you’re here.
There’s practically a shopping sale of sorts all year round in Singapore, with the most notable one being the Great Singapore Sale. In addition to that, there are stretches of world-class shopping malls, centres and outlet stores in Singapore that offer you a wide array of shopping choices. You only need to take a walk down Singapore’s iconic shopping districts to find out what’s in store for you. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be leaving empty-handed, but with bag loads of great bargains and gifts. Get ready to shop till you drop!