Singapore is often described as many things by people who visit with efficient, clean, boring and expensive are all terms that have been attributed to city.
Recently however, the city has undergone some dramatic changes that are sure to change the perception people have of Singapore.
Singapore is an island nation located in Southeast part of Asia, situated between Malaysia and Indonesia and it is among the places with the higher tax of population density in the world.
It is a perfect example of a multi-racialism that works good, almost half of its population is foreign and its main port is among the world’s most active, with ongoing business relationships with China, Malaysia and India.
Thanks to its warm and equatorial climate, the vegetation in Singapore is an important and suggestive element and almost 30% of the territory is made up of nature reserves, with the presence of numerous parks, such as Botanik Garden Sungei Buloh Park and, for ornithology lovers, the Jurong Bird Park.
The entertainment industry, with that of gambling, is highly developed: the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, known as the Singapore Flyer has to be visited, or the beaches of Palawan Beach on Sentosa Island, which also offers numerous shops, bars and great entertainment, as the Underwater World Sentosa, a wonderful aquarium.
Another very nice place to visit is the Fountain of Wealth, the world’s largest fountain, well decorated, in the evening you can observe light shows very engaging.
Not to be missed are the various neighborhoods, often divided by ethnic criteria, such as Chinatown or Kampong Glam , where you can find community of Muslim origin.
These are just some of the sights to see in Singapore, a place that is divided between a strong sense of economics and business, but with the strong desire of fun and entertainment is very present. The are many places to do business, but also the locations where you can enjoy the sea, beaches and leisure to spend time are numerous and all very pleasant.
Book now your hotel in Singapore and stay prepared for a dream trip, nature, entertainment and nightlife.
Many of the locals are now enjoying a varied choice of indie bookstores, craft markets and speciality coffee shops springing up around the island. Here is a guide to some of the neighbourhoods on the rise in Singapore.
This neighbourhood started to gain indie notoriety during 2011 when 40 Hands Coffee and Books Actually opened their doors. Since then, TiongBahru’s indie scene has exploded and evidence of this fact is that Books Actually was selected to host a pop up Monocle store, coinciding with the famous publisher Tyler Brule’s visit to Singapore.
TiongBahru has just about everything you can think of to keep you entertained throughout the day.
If you are looking for an evening drink, Open Door Policy serves up some great cocktails and beers.
For some retail therapy, Nana & Bird sells some beautiful crafts, handmade jewellery and all of the latest fashion, as does Stranglets and Fleas and Trees.
For dinner, check out Twoface Pizza & Taproom where you can have some uniquely topped pizzas while enjoying a refreshing cold beer.
If the newer indie scene is too much for you, you can visit the hawker centre TiongBahru market which has been around since 1955 and sells every kind of item you can imagine.
Jump on the MRT and stop at Lavender before heading down to JalanBesar Road.
Here, you will find a former hardware store by the name of ChyeSengHuat Hardware.
This speciality coffee bar is home to its own coffee roasters which make some of the best espressos and coffees that you will find in the whole of Singapore.
If the prospect of freshly roasted coffee is tugging at the heart string of the coffee heads out there, then hold back!
After you have had a caffeine fix, climb the stairs to the Tyrwhitt General Company gallery where you can admire some limited edition art prints and a wide range of crafts and fashion essentials.
When lunchtime is calling, check out Windowsill for some homemade pies which are delicious.
The menu here changes every two weeks, meaning that you will have a different food experience every time you go in.
Singapore’s Chinatown is, for the large part, a tourist trap.
There is however some great things to do there should you be brave enough to explore it.
Here you will find a mosque, an elaborately decorated Indian temple, a Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and a museum.
Chinatown is also home to some secret stores and drinking establishments that are worth finding.Categories: Guides
Localities: Asia, Singapore
Travel Themes: Art and Culture