The Singapore Garden Festival is the first international garden show of its kind to bring such a wide array of flora under one roof in Southeast Asia. A trip to this event, like most ambitious public projects undertaken in the hypermodern city-state these days, is an affair to remember. If you’ve got a green thumb, or hope to develop one, be sure to make a visit to this festival in Singapore.
Singapore’s Chinatown is the go-to destination for travelers looking for a dose of cultural stimulation. Dating, as it does, at least as far back as the 13th century, the district is one of the world’s oldest and largest Chinatowns. Despite a history that is steeped in bloody conflict (multicultural, modern Singapore emerged out of a series of clashes between Malays and Chinese immigrants), the district has long been one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.
As one of the most prosperous and modern countries in the world, finding your way around Singapore is not much of a problem. It is also affordable and therefore there is little need for extravagance in hiring your own car, unless you want to of course.
The pleasures of island hopping amid Singapore’s southern islands are just the thing for travelers seeking beautiful sunsets, nature reserves, temples, bungalows and beaches. The following are a few of the finer points of call among the more than 50 islands that make up the country.
Singapore’s hawker centers (collections of independently owned and operated food stalls) are justifiably famous. It is practically a cliché for visitors to tout these cheap, abundant, vibrant, and eclectic assemblages of eateries as some of the very best phenomena that the region has to offer. Whether it’s a cliché or not, it’s certainly true. While Singapore is one of the most expensive travel destinations in Southeast Asia, the high cost of goods and services can be offset considerably by treating yourself to a steady diet of Chinese-influenced and other pan-Asian dishes featuring: grilled, roasted, barbecued, and steamed meats, chilies, fermented shrimp paste and other exotic condiments, and mountains of noodles. The majority of these dishes are available around the city for as little five dollars.
Perhaps Singapore’s best known attraction: the Singapore Flyer. Standing at 165 meters (540 feet) it is the world’s largest observation wheel and a wonderful way to become acquainted with Singapore’s amazing landscape. Enjoy a full 360-degree, panoramic view of one of Asia’s most triumphant cities for one of the best opportunities to take a great photo of the town.