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A small island country in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a vibrant mix of culture and commerce. With towering skyscrapers, beautiful landscapes, shopping centers and excellent nightlife, Singapore is one of the most entertaining tourist destinations in the world.
If you’re planning a trip to Singapore, here’s what you need to know.
Places to See
1. Singapore Zoo
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The world’s first nocturnal zoo, Singapore Zoo is the country’s most popular attraction. You can either explore the whole area on a tram or use the walking trails, where you can take your time and see more animals.
2. East Coast Park
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It’s one of the most popular urban getaways in Singapore. Designed with the theme, “recreation for all,” East Coast Park offers a combination of sporting, dining and recreational activities.
3. Sentosa Island
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There’s something for everyone on Sentosa Island. There are golf courses, theme parks, beaches, oceanariums, museums and butterfly parks, among other exciting spots.
4. Marina Bay
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Your trip to Singapore is incomplete without a visit to Marina Bay. It hosts theaters and carnivals, and houses many casinos, manmade gardens built around the bay and waterfront shopping alleys.
Things to Do
Go Shopping and Dining At:
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1. Orchard Road — This bustling belt offers a wide range of dining and entertainment choices.
2. Haji Lane — This place is famous for Middle Eastern cafes and independent fashion boutiques and is usually visited by the younger folk.
3. Chinatown — Famous for shop-houses nestled at Pagoda streets, it’s filled with traditional shops, markets and uber-cool cafes.
4. Little India — This is where the vibrant Indian community resides in Singapore. Head to Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour shopping mall that offers everything from electronics to sari stores.
5. Kampong Glam — This area has Singapore’s largest mosque, the Sultan’s Mosque. Visit it for its colonial style shop-houses and to have teh tarik (frothy milk tea). It has one of the best eateries in town.
1. Go Kayaking or Hiking at MacRitchie Reservoir
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MacRitchie Reservoir makes a good escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Be a part of nature by walking on a 250m-long suspension bridge perched 25m above a forest canopy.
2. Go Clubbing at Clarke Quay
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It’s located close to the Central Business District and has the best of Singapore’s bars and restaurants. The vibrant boulevards at Clarke Quay are perfect for bar-hopping and clubbing well into the morning.
Buses connect most areas on the island, and a plethora of metered taxis can be found at any time. There are trains and light rail services active through the city too.
Places to Stay
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Hotels in Sentosa
Sentosa has the best of beach resorts, most popular one being the Beach Villas.
Hotels in Orchard Road
The hotels lined up on Orchard Road match the contemporary feel of the shopping malls around it. There are many luxury hotels on this road to choose from.
Hotels around the Singapore River
Your best bet at Singapore River is The Fullerton Hotel, a luxurious 5-star hotel facing the Singapore River. It’s also home to a wide array of strikingly modern hotels around the Marina Bay Sands complex.
Hotels in Chinatown
Staying in Chinatown is your best bet for budget accommodation. It has many shop-houses that are renovated into small guesthouses and hostels.
Things to Remember
In the month of September, Formula 1 fever hits Singapore, with hotels quickly getting occupied and prices taking a leap. Still, if you’re a motorsports fan, this is a great time to visit Singapore.
Singapore has a tropical climate. While the period from June to October sees rainfall, the December-to-February period is cool and pleasant.
Foreign ATM cards are accepted at most places. However, you’ll need to carry cash for small purchases.