Even though this tiny city-state and island country in South-East Asia is nothing more than a small red dot on the map, Singapore has rapidly developed into a major cosmopolitan hub globally. With several achievements under it's belt such as being home to the planet's 3rd-largest foreign exchange center and 4th-largest financial center, the former British Colony is a major force to be reckoned with on an international level. Truly multicultural, this ultra modern city is an enticing mesh of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences and ethnicities.
Singapore is not known 'Garden City' for nothing. The nickname was given due to it's extensive greening policy which has now resulted with the metropolis housing a plethora of parks and gardens. Head over to Gardens by the Bay to view a classic blend of technology and nature which accommodates a bunch of futuristic structures in the Supertree Grove called 'Supertress' which are solar-powered and programmed to perform environmentally sustainable functions. Some more highlights are to learn more about biodiversity and marvel at the planet's tallest indoor waterfall at the Cloud Forest Dome. To get some respite and serenity from the hustle-bustle of a metropolitan center, residents and tourists alike flock to the Botanic Gardens. Within the premises, drop by at the National Orchid Garden which holds the globe's largest orchid collection. Families travelling with kids can head over to the Singapore Zoo - world's best rainforest zoo and the Jurong Bird Park to closer to wildlife. Be sure to visit the spectacular Night Safari, the nocturnal zoo which allows tourists to view animals in it's natural habitat at nightfall.
Dubbed as an entertainment hub, Sentosa Island offers myriad attractions that draws visitors from all over the globe such as the iconic Merlion statue, Underwater Water Aquarium and Dolphin Lagoon, Tiger Sky Tower, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, MegaZip Adventure Park, Madame Tussauds Singapore, Skyline Luge & Skyride, Sentosa Nature Discovery, Silosa Beach, Fort Siloso and many others. The Resorts World Sentosa is home to the globally-famous theme park Universal Studios Singapore and the Marine Life Park that accommodates the S.E.A Aquarium and the Adventure Cove Waterpark, housing the biggest oceanirum in the galaxy. Another must-see in every tourist's itinerary is the extravagant Marina Bay Sands resort complex that holds a luxurious hotel, a high-end shopping complex housing international labels, ArtScience Museum and be sure catch a breathtaking panoramic glimpse of the city's shimmering skyline at the viewing deck of Marina Bay Sands Skypark.
The Lion City is truly diverse with Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Head over to Chinatown to experience and soak up Chinese culture with colorful red lanterns dominating the area to trying out Chinese delicacies. One can also visit Chinese Heritage Center and stop by at Buddha Tooth Relic temple. Serangoon Road in Little India is major commercial thriving center where Indian festivals are celebrated with a lot of pomp. Be sure to purchase local Indian goods and traditional attires such as Saris as well as visit the famous Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Stroll around Arab Street to admire the exquisite Sultan Mosque and non-muslims can admire it's beautiful golden domes from the outside. Walk around the Haji and Bali lanes to pick up Arabic merchandise. History aficionados can revisit past by stopping by at the colonial Raffles Hotel, Changi Chapel and Museum and Fort Canning Park.
Singapore is a shopaholic's paradise. To get your retail therapy started, flock to Orchard Road where world-class luxurious shopping complexes and chic designer boutiques are scattered. For procuring goods from every culture head over to Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street and Holland Village. One of the best places for budget shopping is the Mustafa Center where all kinds of products can be procured at the cheapest prices. Visit Clarke Quay during Sundays for they setup amazing flea markets.
It would be a shame to holiday in Singapore and not dig into the appetizing and scrumptious Singaporean cuisine that has all sorts of unique flavors melting in your tongue. The delicacies are a scintillating mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western influences. While fine-dining is available in world-class restaurants, be sure to gorge on the dishes served in hawker centers for they are cheap , extremely tasty and authentically Singaporean.
Singapore offers a plethora of stay options for the millionaires seeking the best luxury hotels that suit their extravagant lifestyle but at the same time is home to several cheap accommodations and apartments for budget travellers.
Singapore is characterized by tropical rainforest weather that experiences hot and humid climate with consistent rainfall all year. Since the temperatures don't significantly vary, one can visit and enjoy Singapore any time of the year.