Far East Guide: Singapore
Far East Guide: Singapore
Often referred to as The Little Red Dot, Singapore is much more than just the malls and the Merlion. Let’s explore this exotic country through this mini Far East guide!
The land of food and foodies, Singapore offers a haven for travellers who like to experiment with their tastebuds. From chili crab to the aromatic laksa, Singapore has a treat for all. Here, beautiful temples stand in the narrow by-lanes surrounded by tall skyscrapers. Luxurious apartments are embraced by greenery. Here, you can travel the world without moving away from the city. Venture into the wet markets of “Hong Kong”, experience flavours of “Mumbai” on the streets of Little India. With the right mix of modern and traditional, Singapore though pint-sized on the map, is a true lion-city!
What Languages Do They Speak In Singapore
People in Singapore speak in various languages. The official languages here are English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Few Words That Can Help You In On Your Visit To Singapore
Hello- Nee Haw
Good Bye- Zi Ge’ en
Thank You- Shih Shihiya
Where is the bus stop – Where bas?
My name is. . . – Wo de mingzi shi. . .
What’s To See
Explore The Wildlife
The largest open-concept bird park in Asia Pacific, Jurong Bird Park is a must-visit. Here, 7000 exotic birds flutter about freely. Make sure not to miss 200 penguins waddling with joy during the penguin feeding session. Gear up for some wild animal encounters as you take the tram on your Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo. Enjoy the spectacular skyline of the city, on a cable car from Mt. Faber to Sentosa. Experience the underwater world at Asia’s largest tropical Oceanarium ride on a travelator.
Visit The Museums and Monuments
There are a lot of museums in Singapore. Apart from the art-focussed museums, there are other kinds too. For example, the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery, Asian Civilizations Museum, etc. With a history dating back to the 1800’s, these museums are splendid when it comes to architecture and cultural brilliance.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
The 74-hectare botanic heaven in Singapore is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a captivating attraction that tourists should not miss. The 156-year-old tropical garden is laced with clear lakes, well-maintained lawns and a rain-forest, which is home to over 300 species of vegetation. The site also boasts of the famous National Orchid Garden, one of the main attractions within the botanical garden. Do make sure to visit Burkill Hall, Orchidarium and Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse on your trip to the garden!
What To Eat
Singaporean Cuisine evolved under the influence of the Chinese, the Indians, and the Malays. Influence from such varied lands ensured that Singaporeans learned to cook an astonishing variety of dishes.
Top 3 dishes to try when in Singapore are char kwa teow (flat noodles, stir fried with strong soy sauce), roti paratha (tawa parathas with or without egg, served with a gravy), nasi goreng (fried rice served with fried egg or chicken).
What To Shop
Singapore is a friendly paradise with immaculate streets and alleys. Catch a glimpse of the local life on these boulevards, which are inundated with food courts. Chinatown holds restored shop houses selling Chinese trinkets. Experience the city’s vibrance as it comes alive during Chinese New Year. The vast strip of air-conditioned malls at Orchard Road is famous for many international brands. Deal hunters can have a field day on Bugis Street. Explore Mustafa Centre on Serangoon Road, the one-stop shopping centre that’s open 24/7 all through the year. You can buy Asian artifacts and antiques, electronic gadgets, gold-plated orchids, Chinese herbs and medicines, and perfumes.
Marina Bay is the go-to place if you want to see the city’s most spectacular side.
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