Sentosa Island has become one of Singapore’s premier tourist destinations and a favorite spot for a quick tropical escape from the big city. The island just off Singapore’s southern coast is home to Universal Studios, an aquarium, beaches, resorts and opportunities for island-hopping to nearby islands. If you’re planning to visit, here’s everything you need to know about how to get to Sentosa Island.
As an important trade port in the Malacca Straits by the nineteenth century, Singapore was of great strategic value to colonial forces in Asia at the time. Consequently, the swampy island was largely under British control until 1959. During your stay in this city famous for its hodgepodge of cultures, take some time to explore the colonial history of Singapore.
Most travelers who come to Singapore are surprised by how clean, modern and efficient the entire city is. The Thaipusam Festival in Singapore, one of the most important annual events in the country, is shocking for completely different reasons. This Hindu festival is celebrated in many Southeast Asian countries and is famous for the devotees who pierce and skewer their flesh as a sign of their devotion to Lord Subramanya, son of Shiva.
Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in Asia, but that doesn’t mean the budget traveler can’t come and enjoy its many sights and sounds. If you’re planning a visit and don’t want to blow your travel funds, here are some tips for tackling Singapore on a budget.
For a small island, there’s a lot to do in Singapore — enough for several days at least. But if you only have a day in the city, you can still get an appreciation of its cultural diversity with visits to some top attractions. Here’s an idea of how to spend 24 hours in Singapore.
You don’t have to be a follower of the Jiu Huang Yeh Taoist sect in Singapore to enjoy the peculiar spectacle that unfolds during their annual celebration of the so-called Nine Emperor Gods. Beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month (according to the Chinese calendar), devotees will embark upon a Carnival-like explosion of prayer and celebration for nine straight days, culminating in a climactic procession on the final day of the festival.
If you’re traveling to Singapore with kids in tow, Legoland Malaysia is likely on your radar as a possible place to spend the day. While not technically in Singapore, the theme park is relatively easy to get to, and makes for an excellent family-friendly day trip. Here are a few tips for visiting Legoland from Singapore.
Singapore is a huge, diverse city with a lot going on, and it’s impossible to do anything more than scratch the surface on a short visit. To make the most of your time, make sure to follow these guidelines on what not to do in Singapore.