Why You Need to Visit Singapore
Looking for a holiday destination that ticks all the boxes when it comes to weather, food, people and culture? One that works for every member of the family and is a hub for further exploration?
Look no further than the fascinating, fun and surprising destination that is the Lion City. Singapore, a hub for South East Asia. It’s the perfect place for your next holiday or to spend a few days. Especially if you’re travelling long haul to the Southern Hemisphere.
Well, quite simply, it has everything. Sure you will have to make an effort with travel if travelling from outside the region but from the moment you touch down at the impressive Changi Airport you’ll know you made the right decision.
What to See
Singapore is a city of iconic sites. From the Super Trees found in Gardens By The Bay to the “surfboard” hotel that dominates the impressive skyline. Behind these dramatic sights, there are some hidden gems that shine for tourists.
Head down to the bay and find the exceptional ArtScience Museum. It’s a haven of fun and creative science for all the family. Walk along to the fabulous gardens home to hundreds of orchids and beautiful exotic plants.
After taking in the impressive Super Trees playing their evening song, stroll along to Satay By The Bay. A food court packed with hundreds of dishes from countries across South East Asia. All ready to be sampled and washed down with a Tiger beer from the island’s brewery.
To really visit Singapore, hop on Singapore’s clean and efficient MRT train network. Spend an afternoon, or longer, strolling through the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Get a suit made to measure. How cool is that, seriously? Then head over and discover the first Michelin-starred street food chef and his signature soya chicken rice dish, sold for just a few dollars.
Other districts include Arab Street and Little India. Both worth an afternoon or morning to browse the shops. It’s a good opportunity to take in the sights and smells of fabulous restaurants and shops selling beautiful material and hand-woven rugs. Be prepared to barter and take home a little bit of Singapore with you.
If you’re hoping to see a little more of what surrounds Singapore then hop on a ferry for an hour’s ride to one of the small Indonesian islands nearby. With beautiful beaches and an impressive array of hotels, why not create a vacation within a vacation? Take a so-called bum boat over to one of Singapore’s little islands.
Hire a bike and look out for the indigenous wildlife including wild boar. If you’re asking yourself how much does a private jet cost to fly? Then head over to Changi Airport where there are plenty of charter flights on offer to suit your individual schedule.
What to Eat
One thing that’s not going to happen in Singapore is you going hungry. Singaporeans enjoy and are rightfully proud of their food. On top of that, you will find cuisines from all over the world. From chain restaurants that only sell soup and salad, to Greek and of course Asian delicacies. Singapore itself considers chilli crab its national dish, but head to the street food courts, known as hawker centres and you’ll discover that chicken rice comes a close second.
If you’re looking for two courses of the best, freshly cooked food, then the hawker centre is the answer. Eat with the locals and pay three or four dollars for a perfect meal. Wash it down with a fresh coconut juice or the signature coffee, Kopi O and you’ll have embraced Singapore dining as it should be.
If you’re looking to splash out a bit more and really visit Singapore, try another Singaporean tradition. Book into a buffet at one of the upmarket hotels near the shopping district of Orchard Road. Take your time, considering you’re there for the afternoon. Sample roast meats, delicious seafood and the largest chocolate fountains you’ll have ever set eyes on. Often there is a children’s corner to drop off your youngsters while you sink into the Boston lobster.
Where to Stay
If there’s one thing that you can say about Singapore it’s that accommodation doesn’t come cheap. You can reduce the cost by staying out further out of the centre and the East Coast is the perfect place. While not quite as convenient with more busses than MRT stops, it’s a hub in its own right. It’s the perfect way to spend a day on the beach or checking out the great array of bars and restaurants.
As a precautionary note, Airbnb is available in Singapore but only very few places are above board. If you do choose this route, don’t be surprised if your host tells you to pretend he knows you when you check-in. You may also find yourself paying more than you probably should for accommodation that is rather compact.
What Weather to Expect
Finally, a note about the weather. While the temperature varies between around 28-34 degrees Celsius, it is always humid. There are two main wet seasons and rain can last all day. Though the temperature remains much the same. Smart Singaporeans always carry an umbrella. The heavens can open, even in the dry season with a short but heavy downpour.
While malaria is not a threat in the country, you should protect against insect bites with repellent and stay away from stagnant water.
If you’re looking for a holiday that combines food and fun, this is the perfect destination. Great people, a holiday climate and access to some of the best tourist destinations in the world.
Singapore is worth the effort.
You may have heard of it as an expensive place to spend some time but, you can make it work. Mix up those pricier restaurants with the best street food and you’ll get the best meals at a fraction of the price. Plus, you’ll get a glimpse at Singapore life as lived by its inhabitants.
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Put Singapore on your bucket list and start researching how you’ll find your way over to the Lion City for a holiday. You and your family will never forget your time spent in Singapore.
Have you ever considered visiting Singapore?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.