The smallest nation in Southeast Asia
No shortage of fun things to do and exciting sites to visit
A beautiful place to visit is the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Encompassing over 60 hectares of land, it is home to thousands of different exotic plant species. The crown jewel of the Gardens is the National Orchid Garden. Housing over 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 orchid hybrids, it is the largest display of tropical orchids in the world. Through their breeding program, which began in 1928, new orchids and hybrids are developed and introduced into the showcase each year. Pictures can only convey the awesome beauty of these flowers to a certain degree and they really must be seen in person to be wholly appreciated.
Another popular place to visit is Sentosa Island. Separate from the mainland of Singapore, this is where the locals go when they want to “get away.” The entertainment centre of Singapore, Sentosa Island offers many great ways to have fun including gorgeous white sand beaches, a top notch golf course, water parks, and shows. There is something on the island for everyone to enjoy.
For animal lovers or people travelling with children, no trip to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the Singapore Zoo. There are various guided tours that are available when visiting the zoo but to truly get the full experience the “jungle breakfast” is highly recommended. Get up close and personal with Asian elephants, orang-utans, otters, and other zoo “ambassadors” while you enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. Then continue your tour of the rest of the grounds that are home to over 3200 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Designed as an “open zoo” where the animals are largely housed in natural style habitats, the zoo has won numerous awards including being cited as one of the “world’s best zoos” by Forbes magazine in 2007.
Touted as the “food capital of Asia,” fine dining opportunities abound throughout the island of Singapore. For terrific food with an amazing view, try the Equinox Restaurant. Located 226 metres above sea level, they offer a menu of traditional Asian favourites as well as western style cuisine and the view of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia is truly breathtaking.
For something less formal, most shopping centres in Singapore include food courts that offer a wide variety of local dishes such as hainese chicken rice, laksa, murtabak, satay, and many others.
Shopping is a bit of a pastime in Singapore. The Orchard Road region is renowned for its multitude of shopping malls. Whether you are in the market for designer clothes, electronics, cosmetics, furniture, or nearly anything else you are likely to find it on sale at Orchard Road if you take a look around.
Singapore packs a lot of fun and excitement into a relatively small island nation. Don’t let its size fool you, a holiday to Singapore will leave you smiling and likely wanting more.