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Singapore Travel Guide
Are you travelling to Singapore for the first time? Or are you planning a tour to Singapore city and don’t know where to start? Then you’re in the right place because this write-up will guide you on where to start and how to end your trip to Singapore, starting from Sightseeing, Tourism guide, Shopping, Sports and Leisure to Singapore Hotel guide.
Obviously, Singapore is a small country with small land mass, but contrary to this, Singapore is packed with memorable places to see and things to do for all the family. Although a forward-looking, dynamic city of high-rise buildings, the past can still be recaptured as you sip an iconic Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel. Explore the teeming streets of Chinatown, investigate historic Arab Street or stroll through little India.
One of the things that make Singapore a unique country of its own, it’s the fact that it presents the whole of South-East Asia in a microcosm. Chinese, Malays, Indians, Europeans, as well as other Asian people have brought their cultures, religions, dress and cuisines, all of which has been happily assimilated into the Singaporean way of life.
Singapore on a map
Try the amphibious Duck tour-combining city harbor or the Hippo tour in an open-topped bus. Experience the trishaw rides, or take a bumboat cruise along the Singapore River. Explore the various ethnic districts of Chinatown and Little India; investigate Kampong Giam, the former Sultan’s palace now converted into a heritage museum or see conservation at work at Katpong/Joo Chiat, where historic buildings are being preserved.
The Singapore Government through its Tourism Board and Land Transport Authority launched a remarkable Tourist Transport system called ‘Singapore Tourist Pass,’ which offers tourists unlimited rides on Singapore’s public transport system.
Places of Interest
Singapore is a Family-Friendly Environment
Singapore has a friendly and welcoming environment and people, state-of-the-art infrastructure and something new happening everyday, such that if you visited Singapore a month ago, you would need to revisit again to tell the latest story about Singapore. And honestly speaking, Singapore is an ideal destination for family holidays.
Singapore is a city that has rejuvenated world-renowned attractions, the latest being the new multi-billion dollar integrated Resorts which includes South-East Asia’s first-ever Universal Studios.
Other sightseeing attractions in Singapore include the world’s largest observation wheels; the Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Zoo, and the famous Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Chinatown Heritage Center, the Wild Wild Wet Water Theme Park or a visit to the luscious Sentosa Island.
Shopping In Singapore
Singapore is among the world’s top shopping destinations today. It may surprise you to know that shopping ranks as one of Singapore’s major attractions. Do you know why? Because goods from all over the world are available in Singapore at competitive prices often at lesser price than in the countries of origin.
Singapore’s major shopping areas include Orchard Road, where Ngee Ann City, CentrePoint and Tangs offer the latest fashions. Far East Plaza and the Heeren shops appeal to the young and trendy; visit Funan IT Mall, Far East Plaza and the Sony Center at Wisma Atria for a huge variety of the latest electronic goods. VivoCity is Singapore’s largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination, and has outlets covering some 1.5 million square feet.
Singapore is an all-round entertainment city, with lots of entertainment outlets like the Clarke Quay is a 24-hour party district with over 30 restaurants and bars ensuring something for everyone. St James Power Station offers nine different entertainment concepts under one roof, so you wouldn’t need to border going elsewhere. And for cutting-edge entertainment, check out the world-famous Zouk as well as Supper Club Singapore.
Sports and Leisure
Sport is an integral part of the Singaporean lifestyle, especially on weekends. Whether it’s diving, cycling, dirt biking, water-skiing or rock climbing, you’ll see Singaporeans and expatriates working up a sweat at the beaches, parks and other activity centers. Try Singapore’s G-Max Reverse Bungy or head to the Singapore Turf Club for exciting horse racing.
Singapore host some of the world’s popular events like Chingay- Asia’s Grandest Street Parade in February; The World Gourmet Summit in April; the Great Singapore Sale from May to July; Singapore Food Festival from June to July; Singapore F1 Grand Prix in September, Christmas in The Tropics from November to December; ZoukOut- an annual dance music festival in December.
Sentosa Island Singapore
Sentosa Island is popularly known as Singapore’s playground, and it’s a popular Island resort with its 390-hectare recreational resorts where dozens of exciting attractions including interactive shows that make history and culture come alive. Sentosa Island features all-round entertainment by day and night, lush green surroundings, manicured gardens, dancing fountains and two challenging international 18-hole golf course. Before you complete your Singapore tour, make sure you visit the Sentosa Island.
Top Hotels In Singapore
Best Hotels in Singapore
Top Hotels & Resorts In Singapore
Raffles Hotel- Raffles Hotel Singapore is a six-star hotel located in the heart of Singapore’s business district, and has been a national monument since 1987. A stay in Singapore would not be complete without a visit to this historic icon. Remember, Changi International Airport is 23 kilometers away.
Facilities include a 103 spacious and beautifully appointed suites, 13 restaurants and 5 bars, 24-hour room service and Raffle Hotel Museum. Additionally, Raffle Hotel has 45 specialty shops, hairdresser, beauty salon, business centre, 24-hour Raffles butler service and non-smoking rooms. It also has well-equipped state-of-the-art courtyard suites and sport center.
Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore- This iconic five-star hotel is located at Orchard. Located in the heart of Singapore’s shopping, entertainment and commercial district, the Grand Hyatt Singapore offers award-winning accommodation and superb restaurants. It is also worthy to note that the Changi International Airport is 25 kilometers away.
The facilities include a 663 rooms and suites. Four restaurants, two bars, 24-hour room service, shopping arcade, hairdresser, beauty salon, safety deposit boxes, business center, babysitting, interconnecting and non-smoking rooms. It also has grand rooms and deluxe rooms, including sports and leisure centers.
Marina Bay Sands- Marina Bay Sands is a five-star hotel located in the heart of Singapore’s city center along the Marina Bay waterfront, home to the region’s first Las Vegas-style casino, the Marina Bay Sands provides luxurious yet intimate accommodation. Each room and suite is full of little touches that maximize your comfort and enhance your experience. The hotel also has an unparalleled spread of shopping and dining outlets in one landmark structure, and it is 2o kilometers away from Changi International Airport.
The facilities include a 2,500 rooms and suites, 8 restaurants, bar and 24-hour room service. It has shops, business center, babysitting, interconnecting and non-smoking rooms, and it’s suitable for the physically disabled persons. There are deluxe rooms and sporting facilities in place.
Singapore Marriott hotel A four-star hotel located at the corner of Scotts and Orchard roads in the heart of Singapore’s shopping and entertainment district, right above the MRT subway station, the Singapore Marriott Hotel epitomizes the very best of Singapore. From the Chinese-style architecture to the green tropical lobby, Singapore’s climate and culture are reflected throughout the hotel. Also, Changi International Airport is 25 kilometers away.
It has 371 rooms and suites, 6 restaurants, 24-hour room service, shops, business center, babysitting, interconnecting and non-smoking rooms. It is also suitable for the physically challenged persons. And it also has well-equipped deluxe rooms, sporting and leisure facilities.
Note: I am very sorry I have to stop here for now, meanwhile, watch out for the next episode of this write-up titled ‘Singapore Hotels’.