Singapore is a small albeit beautiful country located in South East Asia. Singapore gets its name from Singa Pura, which means lion city. It is one of the wealthiest countries in Asia. This island city displays diversity and an amazing blend of three cultures – Chinese, Indian and Malay. While the national language of Singapore is Malay, Tamil and Chinese are also widely spoken here. Talked about for its high quality of life and beautiful landscapes, this clean and green country makes for a wonderful destination for a vacation.
Things to do in Singapore
Although it is a relatively small place, there are a number of things to do in Singapore.
Sungei Buloh Nature Park, the largest bird sanctuary in Singapore is home to all kinds of exotic birds, tropical trees, flora and fauna. If you are a wildlife enthusiast this nature park will definitely please you. Singapore is also home to the largest bird park in South East Asia, Jurong Bird Park and the largest reptile park, Jurong Reptile Park. While you are there, watch out for the All-Star bird show at the Jurong Bird Park and the 50 different species of reptiles at the Jurong Reptile Park.
It is also home to a number of gardens, parks and nature reserves, landscaped with beautiful flowers. It is a colorful delight.
One of the most entertaining and famous activities in Singapore is the Night Safari, which offers you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals of various species.
Chinatown, which is the heart of this city, has many temples displaying unique architecture, restaurants and many shops which offer some great bargains.
Little India as its name suggests has a striking resemblance to India. It is small part of Singapore, which is lined with restaurants offering typical Indian food and playing Hindi film music, street food vendors and shops.
Sentosa Island is the most major tourist attraction in Singapore. It is simply beautiful and is always bustling with activities. It houses many museums, theatres, aquariums, luxury shops and beaches.
Shopping in Singapore is a lovely experience, be it in the huge malls or in the street shops. It is particularly known for branded electronic items, which are available here at a much cheaper price than elsewhere. Orchard road is filled with malls that offer glamorous clothes, electronic goods, cosmetics and many other things.
Staying in Singapore
If you prefer to stay at Orchard Road, which is a shopping hub, you will find many luxury resorts, boutique and budget hotels. If you have a lavish budget, Pan Pacific Orchard hotel and Royal Plaza on the Scotts are the famous 5 star hotels in this location. Orchard hotel Singapore and York Hotel Singapore (4 star) also offer great amenities and views, and are slightly more affordable. If you are looking for budget hotels, you could try the YMCA which offers amazing value for money.
Heritage district is centrally located and offers a host of value-for-money hotels including Beach Hotel and Hotel 81. Park Royal and Hotel Royal are some of the prestigious hotels here and Naumi is a luxurious 5 star hotel located in the heart of the district.
Famous hotels in Chinatown include Furama City Centre (4 star), boutique hotel Keong Saik and budget hotel 81, while Little Italy houses the Cityhub Hotel and Perak Hotel, which are boutique hotels and Broadway and 81, which are budget hotels.
Sentosa Island, a favorite among many travelers has a host of luxurious hotels like Capella, Amara Santuary Resort and Sentosa Resort. Treasure Resort and Siloso Beach resort are amongst the budget hotels in Sentosa.