While bustling Singapore is the worlds fourth-largest financial centre and high in the international rankings for standard of living, education and healthcare, it also offers the visitor a thriving cosmopolitan experience brimming with diversity, and we recommend that you take your time and explore the fascinating mix of culture & cuisine, arts & architecture that awaits.
A visit to some of Singapore’s various ethnic quarters will immerse all your senses in the extraordinary diversity of cultures residing in the small island city-state. You can start with Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India, Joo Chiat and Katong. For a taste of the arts, museums, galleries and exhibition spaces abound, and you don’t want to miss the art installations along Orchard Road and in the Marina Bay areas. Shopaholics will also find a wide range of unique clothing and other items in the ethnic neighbourhoods, and all the designer brands they could desire around Marina Bay.
For foodies, Singapore is a street food paradise. While in Chinatown, venture over to Maxwell Food Centre and try the Hainanese chicken rice. Throughout your stroll through the various ethnic neighbourhoods, you’ll discover halal Malay food, South Indian vegetarian thali, North Indian naans and briyani, Cantonese dim sum, Peking duck, fried noodles from Chinas Fujian Province, and spring rolls. Just be sure not to leave without trying some of Singapore’s signature dishes like chilli crab and fish head curry, and of course a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel, where you can enjoy the national drink at the bar where it was invented.
For museum trotters, visit the Asian Civilisations Museum located by the Singapore River or the National Museum to find out more about Singapore. You may also like to visit the latest Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) located at the Kent Ridge campus of the National University of Singapore to witness the natural wonder in Southeast Asia. LKCNHM is Singapore’s first and only permanent natural history exhibition, showcasing centuries-old exhibits which include South-east Asian specimens and near-complete fossils of the three giant dinosaurs. For art lovers, visit the Singapore Art Museum and marvel at some of the greatest works ever produced by visionaries of the art world.
Afterwards, take an evening stroll through any of the numerous landscaped gardens and parks on the island. Among them, two must-sees are the National Orchid Garden within the Singapore Botanic Gardens which is declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the third Botanic Gardens to be listed as a World Heritage Site after Kew Gardens in England and the Padua Garden in Italy, and the Flower Dome – the world’s largest columnless greenhouse where it is always springtime. You will want to take a moment to stop and smell the flowers in the colourful Flower Field because that’s what Singapore is all about: taking a little time to see, smell, hear, touch and taste the feast that is this fascinating destination.