Hey everyone! As promised, I’m back to share insight from my recent trips. Over Spring Break, I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Singapore as part of a school trip. It was an amazing experience, and it marked the first time that I’d traveled to Asia. Singapore is a very unique place, even for Asia since it’s considered a true melting pot of cultures. It’s sort of like the USA in that there is a huge range of ethnicities and cuisine. However, unlike America, its culture is very distinct. The city (which makes up the whole country) is by far the cleanest place that I’ve very visited. It might come to a shock at first to find out that chewing gum is illegal, but as soon as you hit the streets, you’ll realize the immense impact of the intense ban. Everything is spotless and crisp, making it a very refreshing place to travel to. Here, I’ve complied a list of great things to enjoy in Singapore from my experience.
Please take time to admire the view- The architecture is incredible as the city truly combines old, new, and futuristic together. The bay, marina, and skyline are all worthwhile to gaze at. Many hotels offer views, and the famous Boat Hotel (Marina Bay Sands Hotel) has an observation desk that will blow you away.
Go to the Merlion park- The mythical merlon figure is the official symbol of Singapore. One of the most popular places to visit is a park that has a huge sculpture of a Merlion. It happens to be the most photographed picture in the city, if that tells you anything about it’s importance. It’s worth visiting just for a picture. You can even take a historical bum boat to the park which is a ton of fun!
Raffles Hotel- This famous hotel was the spot of the first european settlement in Singapore. It is named after the country’s colonial founder, Sir Stamford Raffles. The hotel also marks the spot where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, among other claim to fames. The hotel operates as a luxury hotel today, and visitors are welcome for pictures.
Take a street tour on a traditional trishaw- The streets of Singapore are extremely fascinating. Everything is so colorful, vivid, and lively. There is no better way than to tour them then on a trishaw. The most well known tour is the Trishaw Uncle co. The uncles are super fun, and really embrace the friendly nature of Singaporean culture. They play music, crack jokes, and show you around the city they love.
The Singapore Zoo- Thanks to major conservation efforts and state of the art enclosures, the Singapore Zoo has become world renowned. It’s massive, and believe me, kids and adults alike will enjoy it. Many exhibits are in open spaces where the animals can roam around without an enclosure. At night, you can take a safari ride through a separate park showing nocturnal animals.
Gardens by the Bay- This massive park is a wonder to behold filled with futuristic super trees and enclosed landscapes. You can climb up and around the trees to gaze out at the city, in addition to taking in a magnificent light spectacle at night complete with dinosaurs and music. Fun fact; the Super Trees are powered by solar electricity, representing the many ways that Singapore is committed to sustainability.
The Orchid garden at the National Botanical gardens- This garden holds one of the best collections of unique and rare orchids in the world. Orchids, which are native to Southeast Asia, are the national flower of Singapore. The garden showcases that in an amazing display with some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.
Chinatown- One of the many examples of culture displayed in Singapore is the extensive village of Chinatown. It is full of street bazaars and temples. The Buddhist temple, located in the heart of the area, is gorgeously decked out in gold and red hues. It is a great place to visit and learn more about the world’s religions.
Hawker’s Markets- These elaborate yet cheap food halls are full of various local and international flavors. Take some time to look around the many choices of food at the different stalls. Chicken rice, the national dish, is located at pretty much every one. This is worth the try, although it wasn’t my favorite due to the fact that I’m not big on chicken.
Singapore is an amazing place to check out, even if your just stopping through. I loved the culture and class of the place, making everything super pleasant. The food is exotic, the architecture unique, the people friendly, and, did I mention, english is the national language, making travel simpler and stressless for American tourists.