29 May Visit Sensually Scintillating Singapore
Sitting at the Southern tip the Malay peninsula is Singapore. It is the capital and the principle island of 63 that make up the archipelago. The Singaporean administration has an ongoing program of land reclamation, so the number of islands will continue to rise, adding valuable real estate to the island nation. In 1991, 10% of Singapore was reclaimed land, today that figure is 25%.
With a population of 5.5 million, Singapore is a very densely populated nation, 1.6 million are considered as being non-resident. Although officially, the indigenous people are considered to be Malay, 76% of the total population are ethnic Chinese. There are also ethnic Indian, Arab and Eurasians, making up the resident population. The ethnic mix is embroidered into a Singaporean way of life, making it a complex meld of ethnicity and culture. With so much diversity. We bring Singapore to you as one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations to visit. So, what to do and what to see?
A Singapore Sling is a Must
You cannot visit Singapore without experiencing what is probably the most famous cocktail in the world, in its birthplace, Raffles Hotel. Since its founding in 1899, Raffles Hotel has been the epitome of colonial luxury. Since its opening to the present day, guests have been greeted by the smart Sikh doormen. You can stroll the tropical gardens, shop in its swanky boutiques, and of course, sip on the famous Singapore Sling in the renown Raffles Bar.
Color and Vibrancy in Little India
East of the Singapore river is Little India. With incense filling the streets, beautifully ornate mosques and temples bring a spiritual peace to the area. Here, it’s as though you have been transported a million miles away from Singapore’s hectic modern existence. The area was originally a cattle trading center, now the cattle have long gone. Today you’ll see goldsmiths, purveyors of beautiful Indian saris, restaurants and bazaars. Singapore’s Indian feel is a must do experience.
Cruising the River by Night
Cruising the Singapore River by night can be fun, awe inspiring and romantic. With regular departures, the cruises show the city’s amazing nighttime vista, the shinning glass and steel skyscrapers, marina bay and the esplanade. Stop off at the bustling bars and restaurants along Boat Quay or the traditional Singaporean nightlife along Clark Quay. An evening cruise is the best way to see the city by night, and take in the mix of atmospheres unique to Singapore.
History and Culture Explored at the National Museum of Singapore
During your stay, if you only visit 1 museum, make it this one. The renaissance styled building houses beautiful galleries charting Singapore’s fascinating, sometimes turbulent, history. Interactive, multi-media exhibits bring historical characters to life who inform and enthrall. From Malay sultan’s rule, as a British colony to its independence in 1965, the museum encapsulates it all in a manner that is entertaining and informative.
Singapore Never Disappoints the Shopaholics
All across Singapore, shopping is in evidence. However, there are 2 particular areas that shoppers must take in. Haji Lane is the first. This is a very traditional shopping experience with the narrow streets lined with shophouses. The area is dominated by local designers and craftsmen selling all manner of wares, from fashion to household good.
Then there is Orchard Road, there’s no orchards, but plenty of modern shops and malls. There are department stores, including the famous Takashimaya Shopping Center, designer shops with the latest fashions and accessories, luxury goods, fast food and up-market restaurants. One day is certainly not enough in Singapore for the dedicated shopper.
There is so much in Singapore. Night and marine safaris, Universal Studios, theme parks, china town, botanical gardens and so much more. Once you have experienced Singapore you will want to do it again and again, and you can with us. Check it out here and be amazed.