Singapore is a country and a city. It is an island nation and one of the world’s highly developed country with a very strong economy. The population of Singapore as of 2017 is more five million people with the highest rate of Chinese and followed by Malays, Indians and other nationalities.
The name Singapore comes from a Sanskrit word meaning lion (simha) and town (pura). Merlion, a mythical creature, is the symbol of Singapore which is a head of a lion and a body of a fish.
Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive cities. The equivalent of US Dollar is almost the same with the Singaporean Dollar.
What are the things to do in Singapore?
Sights or attractions to see? Check this list….
1.) Visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is a complex of nature parks and gardens. The admission is free for Botanic Garden, The learning Forest, Jacob’s Ballas Children’s Garden, Healing and Foliage Garden, Gallery, Library and Museum but for the National Orchid Garden, the entrance fee is 5SGD for adults.
Since 2015, The Gardens has been inscribed as UNESCO World heritage Site, the first and only tropical botanic garden. The garden is accessible by car, metro, bus, taxi and with cooperating tour agencies.
2.) Start your day walking around the Civic District Trail, where you can find Singapore’s most valuable and historic structures, parks and monuments such as The Art House, Victoria Theater and Concert Hall, Civilian War memorial, the Esplanade, Museums all the way to the Singapore river.
3.) Visit the Raffles Hotel. As stated, The Past In The Present– Raffles Hotel opened in an old bungalow facing the beach on 1st December 1887. Today it is an international landmark, an icon of travel that stands for all the fables of the exotic East.
4.) Visit Fountain of Wealth at night. Trivia: It is a symbol of wealth and life, the Fountain of Wealth is recognized since 1998 by the Guinness Book of World records as the World’s largest fountain. The bronze ring of the fountain is designed based on the Mandala meaning universe and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolizes the equality and the harmony of all races and religions in Singapore.
5.) Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Infinity Pool. While the SkyPark Observation Deck is S$23 entrance fee for adults, the Infinity pool is exclusive only for hotel guests. Room rates ranges from S$400- 580/ per night.
6.) Take a photo with Singapore’s symbol the Merlion, which is located near the Fullerton Hotel.
7.) See Singapore in bird’s eye view with the Singapore Flyer. For a simple 30minutes flight, fee is S$33/ adult and for a flight with dinner S$299/ per couple.
8.) Try your best to bargain at Bugis Street – the largest and affordable shopping street in Singapore.
9.) If you want branded items, shoes, clothes, handbags and jewelries, then Orchard Road is the right place for you. You can find high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, D&G, Emporio, Marc Jacobs and many more.
10.) Visit some Temples such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a Buddhist temple and Sri Mariamman Temple which is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore
11.) Another place where you can find Asian textiles, embroideries and souvenirs is in China Town.
12.) Walk, shop and dine around the historical quay of Singapore, the Clarke Quay.
13.) Experience river cruising in Singapore. From Merlion jetty to Clarke Quay jetty, ride costs S$25/adult.
14.) At the end of the day when you feel exhausted, Clarke Quay Seafood Restaurant/s, is/are the exact place to be. We had dinner at The Pump Room.
15.) For more authentic Singaporean/ Chinese dishes, better be in Food Republic.
16.) If you have few days only in Singapore, then Hop-On Hop Off bus is the best. The Duck & Hippo Tours, offers one day sight-seeing for S$43 and for two days S$49.00
There are hostels and affordable hotels in Singapore.
As of this year 2017, Singapore is one of the world’s expensive cities to live for an expats for 4 years now. Followed by Hong Kong, Zurich, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Geneva, Paris, New York, and Copenhagen. (published by: The Straits Times, BBC, Newsweek, TodayOnline & Independent).