[pullquote]Not only is Singapore ranked as the busiest port and most prosperous country in the world, it is characterized by affluence and elegance while the landscape is a maze of skyscrapers and subways.[/pullquote]
Though Singapore was originally founded as a British colony in the early 18th century, it has evolved to become one of the most popular tourist destinations today. In fact, Lonely Planet recently proclaimed it as the #1 country to visit during 2015. Not only is it ranked as the busiest port and most prosperous country in the world, it is characterized by affluence and elegance while the landscape is a maze of skyscrapers and subways, surrounded by the blue ocean on all sides.
Singapore is influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures and features great shopping venues, tasty cuisine, and a nightlife that is nothing less than vibrant. So if you are thinking about the perfect destination for your next international jaunt, here are several reasons to consider spending time in Singapore:
- Coastal tourist resorts – there are a number of beaches and coastal resorts on the east coast while others worth exploring can be found on Sentosa and its islands to the south. Additionally, there are amusement parks to keep everyone entertained.
- Culture and cuisine – the primary spots for great cuisine are influenced by the diversity of cultures that Singapore is known for. Be sure to sample the tasty treats that await you on Arab St. (Kampong Glam) as well as many Chinese treats in Chinatown. The East Coast is renowned for great seafood and the many Indian flavors of Little India.
- Gardens and parks – the City in a Garden and Garden City are both being heavily promoted by the current government. However, the locals take great pride in these outdoor facilities. You should also visit the Botanical Gardens, which is the home of the National Orchid Garden, as well as the Gardens by the Bay. The primary attraction is the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
- History and museums – Singapore’s colonial core, which is located in the Bras Basah area on the northern side of the Singapore River, is filled with historical structures and museums. You’ll need to see which ones are of your interest and then visit them. And don’t miss Universal Studios, the only one in Asia.
- Nature and wildlife – some of the more popular attractions include the Botanical Gardens, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, and the Singapore Zoo. It is not just for kids but adults love the trips too.
- Shopping – no trip to Singapore would be complete without exploring its many shopping venues, especially the numerous malls that are situated along Orchard Road. With a wide range of assorted indigenous and imported products, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, the locals will tell you that the best place for bargains and product assortment can be found at Bugis and Marina Bay.
Singapore has a very tropical climate, meaning that it is extremely humid and sunny. So be sure you remember to bring mosquito repellent, half-pants or shorts, sunglasses, and an umbrella. You’re definitely going to need them.