As one of the great powerhouses of the Asian economy, there are plenty of great reasons to touch down in Singapore. Capitalizing on its melting pot of cultures, Singapore is getting some hype, and is fast becoming one of Asia’s hit-list destinations. Whether you’re heading to Singapore to conduct business in the commercial district or to soak up some culture at the Esplanade in the Marina Square area, Singapore’s variety is surprising given its small size. Also, whizzing around Singapore can take a matter of minutes, thanks to one of the world’s most efficient and widespread public transport systems.
Food is taken very seriously here: from cheap street food to Michelin-starred fine dining, Singaporeans love of food is obvious and you will find them often lining up to taste the latest, trendiest dishes, passionately debate whether it is ‘die, die, must try’ – Singlish slang for ‘to die for’. Each neighborhood is home to local hawker centers and coffeeshops dishing up some of the island’s best meals for just a couple of bucks. Simply follow your nose or join the longest queue – whatever lies at the end is almost guaranteed to be mouthwatering.
When the sticky outdoor heat gets too much, follow the Singaporeans inside for a spot of retail therapy and a good dose of air-conditioning. Orchard Rd is the queen of shopping malls: with all the high-street brands, plenty of high-fashion houses, and a few discount outlets thrown into the mix, everyone’s needs (and, more often, wants) are catered for here. If you prefer your shopping a little less mass-market, head out to local neighborhoods for independent designers, quirky art galleries, bustling markets, Chinese medicines, Persian carpets and a sari or two.