Destination of the month Singapore
Singapore, the island city-state off the
coast of Malaysia, is popularly known for its architecturally impressive
skyscrapers and legendary malls filled with the latest fashions and
Consisting of a main island and dozens of smaller islets, Singapore is densely populated and thrumming. Despite the fact Singapore has a large population for its size, the city-state consistently ranks very highly in global rankings for quality of life, making it home to a lot of happy people. A greening policy and land reclamation means there’s a lot more green space nowadays – and space more generally – for inhabitants and visitors alike.
Given all this, what’s not to like about Singapore?
Skyscrapers, cocktails and views
Since Singapore is a city of skyscrapers and high rises, there are plenty of high spots from which to enjoy stunning views of the city with a cocktail in hand. 1-Altitude comes top of the list. At an amazing 282 metres above sea level, 1-Altitude Rooftop Gallery & Bar is the highest alfresco bar in the world. Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s iconic hotel of three towers topped with the SkyPark observation deck and infinity pool. It’s one of the most raved about locations in Singapore from which to have a drink and enjoy the view. In addition, the Orchard Central mall has a rooftop garden that is open 24/7; ideal for a breather from shopping.
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Singapore is a nation of foodies. The regional speciality of Nonya cuisine is well-known and laksa, bak kut teh and curry puffs adorn menus everywhere. The real joy of food in Singapore comes from street hawkers. Of the 34 entries on the Bib Gourmand list for the Michelin Guide, half of them were street stands or low-key restaurants. Try Amoy Street Food Centre, the Golden Mile Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Market and Whampoa Makan Place to get you started.
Green spaceGreenery has become so important to Singaporeans that it’s now called a ‘City in a Garden’ rather than a ‘Garden City’. Visitors can make the most of this to varying degrees, from visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens, to catching a city bus through Singapore’s rainforests and wetlands. Singapore National Parks offers hour long rainforest tours with volunteer guides for those who want to truly experience the tropical flora and fauna.
Gardens by the Bay is also one of the most futuristic horticultural destinations on Earth. Plants and flowers are housed in mammoth glass domes, while the iconic supertrees make a visionary mark on the landscape for miles around. Wildlife lovers can’t miss the MacRitchie Reservoir or the River Safari experience. For green space further away from the crowds, visit some of Singapore’s small islets for a more back-to-nature experience. Kusu Island and Sisters’ Island are popular choice.
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Technology and shopping
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Singapore is known for super-sized, thrilling malls, fresh-off-the-catwalk fashions and the world’s newest technologies available to consumers: Singapore is the world’s most technology-ready nation, according to the World Economic Forum. Head to some of Singapore’s most famous malls to get the full effect. VivoCity is Singapore’s largest mall, while The Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands resort also boasts a casino, a skating rink and gondolas that travel along a man-made canal. ION Orchard and Paragon are also popular choices. If bargain-hunting is your thing, visit between June and August for The Great Singapore Sale that takes place at multiple locations.
If thrift shopping and finding squirrelled-away treasures is what floats your boat, check out the boutiques in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood and along Haji Lane. Alternatively, visit some of the many markets, including China Square Central Flea Market, Chinatown Street Market and Bugis Street Market.
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