Singapore is a small city-state and island on the southern tip of the Asian continent. August 9, 2015 will mark 50 years of independence so there is no better time to highlight this diverse and modern destination. Singapore’s popularity is only growing as it is well-known for its rich history and culture, strong economy, adventure activities, family-friendly venues, vibrant night life and luxury amenities.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with pleasant temperatures averaging in the 70’s and 80’s all year round, with the heaviest rain fall occurring in November and December. Here we highlight some distractions to partake in on your next trip. This is by no means an exhaustive list and can be augmented to satisfy your travel personality. We start with Clarke Quay, a popular and colorful location with nearby hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. You may even be lucky enough to catch an occasional festival or street show. Just to say you’ve had one, head over to the Raffles Hotel (named for Stamford Raffles founder of modern Singapore) and order a Singapore Sling at its founding location, the Long Bar. Take a trip west of city center to Jurong Bird Park and not only view exotic bird species, but also the Jurong Falls, one of the tallest man made waterfalls in the world. Not too far away you can take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful grounds of the Chinese and Japanese Jurong Gardens. A visit to the MacRitchie Reservoir Rainforest is a great option and should include a journey across the Tree Top Walk high above the forest floor. Leaving room for a trip to China Town and India Town to take in the culture, temples and mosques of the area is definitely a worthwhile venture. Not to be left out the Singapore Botanic Gardens has a unique NationalOrchid Garden to add to its fame. Don’t miss an explanation of the iconic Merlion, take a Singapore River Cruise or visit the Merlion Park to get a closer look at the mythical creature spouting water from its mouth into the river. Sentosa Island is a great excursion, especially for families, or a base camp as it is a full service resort area complete with beaches, a golf course, dining and more. You can take the cable car from Mount Fabor Park on the main island and enjoy the exceptionally picturesque views. There is a ton to do and see on Sentosa, including finding your way to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia and seeing the pink dolphins over at the Dolphin Lagoon.
Singapore is extremely easy to get around due to its networked bus and rail system and having four official languages: Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, Malay and English. Travelers can easily venture off the beaten path to explore the islands making up the republic.
What’s on your must do and see list for your Singapore adventure?
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