They call it a diversity pool breeding and nurturing Chinese, Indian and Malay culture. Singapore is the urbane metropolis and every bit glamourous as it appears in Crazy Rich Asians. Clean, green and systematic in its administration, the island city-state is an introduction and perhaps, an entry into South-East Asia. From the Chinese Lunar Year to the Indian Diwali, this country celebrates culture. But if you are an adventurist or planning a family holiday then it is the perfect getaway for shopping sprees, spending hours howling with laughter in the Universal studios and ringing in the sunsets whilst in food coma.
Fun fact: If you are holding a British passport then you do not need any visa to enter the country. Frequent flights operate from London Heathrow to the Changi airport (the largest airport in the world) with round trips starting from £550 and a flying journey of 13 hours on an average. The best time to visit this place is between February to April. Singapore is relatively expensive and according to the Economist Intelligence Unit Singapore remains one of the most expensive cities in the world with 1 GBP = 1.80 Singaporean Dollars (At the time of writing). From the places to visit, to the things to do, we break down Singapore in bite sizes of fun for you.
Sunsets at Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is perhaps the epitome of sprawling modern architecture. From housing a hotel, a casino, two world-class theatres, an ice-skating rink, an indoor boat ride, a museum and a gamut of luxurious shops and restaurants, this place provides a blend of exotic fun and a rejuvenating self-care hibernating cave. The SkyPark on the 57th floor offers head-spinning views of Singapore. There is even an infinity pool on the top overlooking the city.
Sound and light show at the Gardens by the Bay
The botanical gardens offer some spectacular views and walking around the gardens outside is free but you need tickets to access the domed conservatories. One of these conservatories replicate the Mediterranean flora and the other features a tropical forest, complete with a waterfall. Outside, two of the tall imposing trees are connected by a walkway or skywalk for which separate tickets are needed. The Super trees light up at night for an entertaining sound and light show.
Chinatown is noisy, crowded and packed with souvenir stalls that you must visit if you are planning to hoard a bag full of Singaporean trinkets for your loved ones. There are a number of traditional Chinese temples and a few Hindu ones to boot. It is also replete with old-style tea houses and home to best dumplings. Yet, the atmosphere is more contemporary with edgy clubs and bars, quirky stores, fine dining and Michellin restaurants.
Go Universal Studios at Sentosa Island
Haven’t had the opportunity of visiting the Universal Studios in Florida or Miami? There is one in the Sentosa Island. Similar to the others across the world, the Universal studios have adventure roller coaster rides, 3D animation houses, music and theatre shows not just for kids but adults as well. Pro-tip, rides have pretty long queues so you might as well be an early riser and hop your way down to the islands for the entire day. Besides, Sentosa Islands have breezy beeches and fine dining for spending a day lazing around. The Resorts World hosts hugely popular casinos and French themed cafes.
Other attractions include quick stop shop at the flea markets and enjoying street Laskan food at the Orchard market.