Where is Singapore?
Singapore is a small island country (272 sq miles) in Southeast Asia. It lies at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula and is surrounded by Indonesia’s Riau Islands. It lies close to the Equator, and has a warm, humid tropical climate year round.
A brief history of Singapore:
Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading settlement colony for the British. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. After the war, Singapore declared independence from British rule and was part of Malaysia. In 1965, Singapore became an independent sovereign state and her citizens were predominantly immigrants from China, India and Malaysia. Since then, Singapore has rapidly developed into one of the world’s largest commercial centers.
Keppel port, one of the 5 busiest ports in the world (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Attractions that caught our attention:
Ride on the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel.Spend a day on Sentosa Island swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Lagoon, trying the Flying Trapeze, visiting the underwater aquarium Underwater World. Spend a day at the world of movie magic, Universal Studios Singapore. See the hundreds of orchids (national flower) at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Walk amongst nocturnal mammals at the Night Safari. World’s largest walk-in waterfall aviary at the Jurong Bird Park sounds interesting. Explore colonial architecture and history of Singapore along the Singapore River. The kids will love the Milo Dinosaur drink.
Palawan beach, Sentosa island (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Catch a musical or concert at the durian-shaped Esplanade Theaters. Try our luck at the casino at Marina Bay Sands. Gawk at the ‘Supertrees’ at Gardens by the Bay. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple where the sacred relics of Buddha are showcased in the Relic Chamber. Attend a tea appreciation workshop at Tea Chapter. English High Tea at the Tiffin Room in Raffles Hotel. Sip the Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel. Have a Tiger beer. Shop for local batik fabric and handicrafts at Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown.Shop and eat along Orchard Road.
Marina Bay Sands (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Our #1 hotel choice: The Marina Bay Sands along the Marina Bay waterfront. It features a sky park and inifinity pool above the garden city, lotus-inspired museum, celebrity chef restaurants, trendy night clubs and Las Vegas style casino.
A hawker center in Singapore (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Foods that made our mouths water: Singapore is known for its ‘hawker food’. Must-eats include Hainanese Chicken Rice, chili crab, Char Kway Teo (fried noodles, with clams), laksa, satay, prawn noodles, oyster omelet, roti prata and nasi-lemak. Good desserts include soy bean curd, cheng-teng and ice kachang. Durian is another must-eat!