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Singapore is Bursting Full of Things to do
16.10.2016 12:54

Although Singapore it is the smallest country in Southeast Asia, it is one of the most beautiful and cleanest countries in the world. The combination of dream-like, exotic landscapes, imposing ancient temples and worship sites grant the island a mysterious, almost unreal feature, immersing travellers into a deep state of relaxation, appeasement and contemplation towards the wonders of architecture and nature.

As soon as you arrive in Singapore, you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent modern sites and ancient architectonic structures, emerging from a landscape that seems to be untouched by man. The observation deck of the Sands Sky Park makes you feel like you’re high above the clouds. The Botanical Garden and the Gardens By The Bay, as well as the beauty of the beaches found in Singapore making it a marvellous destination for tourists from all over the world.

Getting around in Singapore is a breeze.

The public transport system is well connected and even taxis are inexpensive and plentiful most times. Get a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited bus and train rides for 1 to 3 days. You can easily but one online, grab it one at Changi Airport or the Transit Link Ticket Offices.

Contrasting with the exotic landscapes, vast parks and ancient architectonic remains, imposing sky-scrapers, wide boulevards and modern monuments suggest the advanced civilization characteristic to Singapore, defying the struggled history of the country afflicted by many political conflicts in the past. With a population of around 4.5 million people, Singapore has a pronounced syncretic character, bringing together people of different ethnical groups and various religious beliefs.

Must See Attractions

1. The Gardens By The Bay might be a little too artificial for some hobby gardeners, but they are still worth checking out for the ingenuity and uniqueness of the design. The Flower Dome is huge and indeed the largest glass greenhouse in the world. So even non-gardening enthusiasts definitely find something of interest among the 380,000 plants here.

2. The Marina Bay Sands complex, or 'the boat building', is another Singapore icon that's worth taking a look at. To stay as a hotel guest is pricy, but you can catch the elevator to Ku De Ta (level 57), grab a cocktail and a spot on the balcony, and explore the amazing city sights.

2. One of the most ancient Singapore attractions is the temple Thian Hock Keng, referred to as the Temple of Heavenly Bliss. Thian Hock Keng is an ancient Chinese worship site, initially built in tribute to Ma Po Cho, the patron goddess of sailors, also known as the Mother of the Heavenly Sages. The temple was reconstructed in the 19th century by Tan Tock Seng and Tan Kim Seng, highly respected personalities in the history of Singapore. The entrance inside the temple is guarded by the statues of two imposing lions, symbols of strength and fertility in Asian culture. At the temple gates, “door gods” provide further protection against evil spirits, purifying temple visitors from malignant energies.

Singapore is a country with a very interesting culture, built on the scaffolds of different ancient traditions and beliefs. If you decide to visit Singapore, you will be amazed by the intriguing contrast between ancient and modern, old and new, tradition and libertinism.

3. Kampong Glam is the traditional Malay quarter of Singapore, and an interesting mix of old Malay culture and young modern local culture. It's also a nice area for a quiet stroll, taking in the sights, sounds and smells, and browsing the cute little cafes and shops.

4. If you like shopping, Orchard Road is a shopping mecca full of chain stores, but really is a sight to behold (even if just for a quick look). At a 2.2-kilometre stretch 22 malls and 6 department stores are located, most of them are connected by underground walkways, it's all a little bewildering, but go for it.

A trip to Singapore is undoubtedly a truly unforgettable experience for tourists from around the world!

Local food tip: Lau Pa Sat is a great place to start if you want to have a quintessential hawker experience. At Lau Pa Sat you'll find a huge range of choices (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood, Fast Food, Barbecue, Asian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Bangladeshi, and Vegetarian), such as dumplings, prata, chicken rice, fish ball noodles, and even pizza.

Hawker centres get very busy at peak meal times, so when you find a free table, reserve it by placing a packet of tissues. Then you are free to explore the stalls!

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