Fancy a fun packed stopover?
Singapore as many would know is an international hub for travellers commuting from Europe and the U.S.A to Asia and Australia. Many never actually leave the airport which is a shame because Singapore has so much to offer. From a wide variety of food to shopping adventures and great sightseeing, there is something for all. The reason for this is the cultural blend of the population which largely comprises of Malays, Chinese and Indians. With these influences Singapore entices and delights in many ways. Singaporeans are very friendly and accomodating people and language is not a barrier as most locals can speak three languages (English, Chinese and Malay)
There are a large variety of hotels. If you want a luxurious experience there is the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which is an architectural marvel with its amazing roof top pool. It has great shopping too, a casino and is located near the Bayfront MRT station. Even if you decide not to stay there its well worth a visit. For me I prefer to stay around the Orchard Road area with its selection of shops and restaurants.
Getting around Singapore is relatively easy as there is a great bus and rail (MRT) system. Taxis are also available and not as expensive as in other Asian countries. If you choose to travel by bus your journey will be a pleasant one as Singapore is a very clean and charming city to commute around.
Places to visit.
Sentosa Island is an amazing island resort located on the southern coast. Its easy to reach by road (there's a free bus that leaves from Orchard Road) or by cable car, walkway and monorail. On Sentosa Island is the Tiger Sky Tower with views that have to be seen to be believed (as far as Indonesia!). Also on the island is Palawan Beach which has food stalls and bars and from there you can cross to Tanjong Beach by suspension bridge. This is a great one day outing.
Any trip to Singapore should include a visit to see Singapore's national icon. Which is a large statue with the head of a lion and body of a fish and is also a water feature. This is a must see for any tourists visiting Singapore for photo opportunities. Also, around this area is a delightful walkway where you can see amazing views of the Singaporean skyline and the Marina Bay area.
Is probably one of the most vibrant areas in Singapore. Serangoon Road is a mix of Chinese and Hindu temples, churches and mosques. You can sample some of the most amazing North Indian dishes and South Indian vegetarian food in this area. You can also see street brewers pour of “pull” hot tea milk, It's quite an amazing skill to watch.
Shopping in Little India can be fun too, at the Mustafa Centre you can purchase everything from electronics to art . Many artists and bohemians in Singapore love hanging out in this area.
Has an exciting network of narrow roads featuring many kinds of Chinese restaurants (including Chinatown Food Street). There are also many souvenir shops and boutiques around this area which specialise in clothes handicrafts and antiques. Also there is Club Street which as the name suggests has many wine bars and clubs (a great way to start off your evening ). Also worth a visit is the Sri Mariamman Temple and the amazing Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Singaporeans are very respectful people and as visitors we are expected to show the same courtesy. So try to avoid eating food on public buses or trains. Always ask for food prices before ordering food at street vendors.
Never vandalise anything is Singapore as the penalties are very strict and only smoke in designated areas and never chew gum. Always remember to throw your litter in a bin or take it back to your hotel with you.
Generally, Singapore can be many things to many people whether its designer shopping in Orchard Road or exploring Sentosa Island, Marina Bay Little India and Chinatown.
There are limitless different types of food to be discovered, amazing shopping centres and really fun nightlife too. Next time you have a stop-over in Singapore I would suggest you give yourself 2 or 3 days to enjoy and relax in this must see location.