Travel Southeast Asia – Why You MUST Make Singapore Your First Stop In Asia

Travel Southeast Asia – Why You MUST Make Singapore Your First Stop In Asia

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If you’re making your first stop in Asia, you’d want to know where to get the best travel experience. So go big or go home and start at Singapore — we’re a melting pot of cultures and when you’re here, you get to experience a little bit of everything in Asia.

Plenty of Delicious Food

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Whether it’s the local Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines or international flavours like Japanese Sushi, Korean BBQ, Italian pasta, or Mexican burritos, we’ve got them all.

And if you can’t decide what’s good, check out the handy HungryGoWhere and local food blogs for recommendations.

Plenty of Fun Things to See, Hear, and Do 

Art, Religion, and Culture

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Singapore is like a Rojak. You’ll find an eclectic mix of races, ethnicities, religions, and cultures here. Likewise, there’re also many arts and cultural activities to do here.

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Plan your vacay to coincide with cultural festivities in Singapore and you’ll get to enjoy the annual lantern processions during Mid-Autumn festival, River Hongbao, lion dances and beautiful oriental street decorations around Chinese New Year.

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You also get to learn about the customs and heritage of Singapore (and Asian culture) as you visit the many temples, mosques, churches, and museums here.

World-Renowned Landmarks and Attractions

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Singapore is also home to the first Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia – ideal for millennials and the young-at-heart looking for a thrill.

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Families who prefer something more relaxing can bask in the nature at our UNESCO Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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Marvel at the magical marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa or bring the kids to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore for a sight of Kai Kai and Jia Jia the giant pandas at River Safari, and many other animals at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, and the world’s first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari.

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Or challenge yourself to find all seven of the iconic half-lion, half-fish Merlion statues around Singapore!

Shop Till You Drop

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With biggest brands at Orchard Road, local indie fashion-lifestyle stores at Haji Lane, and outlet shopping that never closes (Mustafa Centre), it’s hard to resist a shopping spree here.

Compared to countries where retail shops close at 5pm to 7pm, shops here usually shut at about 10pm, so you can make the most of your time here and continue shopping even after dinner.

Exciting Nightlife

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And when you’re done with the day’s activity, wine down with a drink at the many pubs and bars around Orchard, Somerset, and Clarke Quay.

Heads up, party animals – check out Zouk Singapore, a local club that’s been top 10 on the coveted DJ Magazine’s list of Top 100 clubs in the world for 8 years straight.

Travelling In Comfort

Getting what you need is very easy as the main language used here is English – from traffic signs and food menus to everyday conversations.

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Travelling around Singapore is a breeze too, thanks to our extensive bus and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail network. Travelers can also get the Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited travel on the MRT and buses!

Otherwise, just flag a metered cab, or book one from any one of the three taxi-booking apps here: Grab, Uber, or local transport company ComfortDelGro.

Singapore is also extremely safe and clean. The only thing you’d worry about is the erratic weather, so prep yourself with an umbrella if you’re outdoors.

Enjoy Perks When You Travel To Singapore!

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