January 8, 2017
Singapore has it all, serving up a delicious mix of cuisine, culture, and cheerful memories. The city-state offers a complete tourist experience, right from grand stand events to more intimate occasions.
If you are searching for your next travel destination, then head over to Singapore. Here are 5 reasons why:
Would you rather stroll around pavements that are sparkling clean and lined with greenery, or try and tiptoe your way past strewn garbage and rodents? We think the former. Not for nothing does Singapore wear the sobriquet of the cleanest city in the world. Cleanliness then is a national attitude rather than a chore. Citizens go the extra mile to keep their surroundings free from litter. The result is that you experience an environment that is safe and pleasant. The cleanliness extends to the various types of tourist accommodation as well. Whether a seven-star hotel or a backpacker hostel, you can definitely expect it to be spick and span.
Apart from being the cleanest city, Singapore is also one of the safest tourist destinations. Particularly if you are travelling solo. The island-city is inhabited with friendly folks as well as helpful law-enforcement personnel. The island-nation has a low crime rate and offers a safe haven not only for solo travellers, but for families and couples as well. Incidents of theft and burglary are rare; and because of its metropolitan attitude, you will not feel targeted as a tourist. The occasional thing you may encounter is touting, but that is considered an offence in Singapore.
Its colonial past bestows Singapore with Western influences, while its geographical location highlights its Asian origins. What you get is a special confluence of cuisines and culture in a small island-nation. To experience the authentic local culture, you only need to head over to Chinatown or Little India and immerse in the smells, sights, and lip-smacking food served up there. Chijmes is reminiscent of Covent Garden in London and serves up authentic pub food and live music entertainment. Then there are localities such as Tiong Bahru and Kampong Glam where heritage and modernity sit comfortably together in the form of modern cafes, eateries, and the more traditional shops.
Singapore’s geographical location makes it an ideal starting point to explore the rest of the region, including Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Besides various budget flight options, you can even travel from Singapore to Thailand by rail. Cruises are another viable option.
The island-nation offers a glimpse of what you can find in South-East Asia: from food to fashion to languages. Think of the city-state as a trailer of what you can expect from its neighbours.
There is never a dull moment in the city-state. You can catch the enthralling Singapore Grand Prix, F1’s inaugural night race, held under the stunning lights of downtown Singapore. The island-nation also attracts bestselling artists and musicians like Coldplay who hold concerts to sold-out venues. Broadway musicals like Wicked have also reached Singapore soil and delighted many musical lovers. For the sports fan, there is the premiere WTA event and Rugby Sevens.