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Singapore – The Global Financial Center & Country of Dreams

Authentically known as ‘Singa Pura’ or ‘Lion city’ with the history of ruled by sultans,  is an island country and city-state at the southern end of the Malay peninsula in Asia, with a secular population of about 5.40 million, of which 3.31 million are citizens, Embraced by nature love it can be called  “Garden City” or a “City in a Garden”. The national language of Singapore is Malay followed by official languages such as English, Mandarin, and Tamil. In case you are willing to travel here, continue reading in order to find out more about the best spots.

Places To wander:

  1. Orchard Road:

    Located at the Central Region of Singapore, a Paradise for shopping lovers, flanked on both sides by local and international department stores with the collection of cutting edge shopping malls, flagship designs, boutiques and plentiful restaurants, entertainment, spas etc., so you will need some time to explore this expansive and attractive high street, these options mark Orchard Road out as one of Singapore’s beloved shopping district.

  • Orchard is easily accessible with three major MRT (underground trains) stations in Orchard Road vicinity.
  • Bus services provided by SMRT buses, Go-ahead Singapore, Bus stops are staggered to avoid causing congestion, therefore, the major bus stops along Orchard Road are situated at Tang Plaza, Lucky Plaza, Midpoint Orchard, Delfi Orchard, Royal Thai Embassy, Concorde Hotel Singapore.
  • Taxi: Orchard Road has many taxi stands which are found at shopping centers and hotels.

 

  1. Night Safari:

    One of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore located at Mandai (North Region of Singapore) A nocturnal park that attracts 1.1 million visitors every year. Unlike traditional nocturnal houses which reverse the day-night cycle of animals so they will be active by day, the night safari is an entire open zero set in a humid tropical forest that opens only at night which can be explored via walking trails or by tram.

Consisting of most mesmerizing species of animals like Red deer, American Bison, Indian rhinoceros, pangolins, Asian elephants which are visible by the lighting that resembles moonlight. The animals are separated from visitors with natural barriers rather than caged. Food and beverages outlets in Night Safari include Bongo burgers, Casa Italia, visitors can dine in “Evening in the wild” at the Night Safari only Tepee Tent. Its located at the rural part of the country, therefore, two public transport can choose from a)  Take a Taxi, or you will find private bus operators offering outside of the Ang Mo Kio MRT station.

  1. Gardens By the Bay:

    It is the part of Nation’s plans to transform its “Garden City” to a “ City in a Garden” with the aim of raising the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. Located at the Central Region of Singapore adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay east garden & Bay central Garden.

  • Bay Central Garden: It’s a link between bay south and bays east gardens. It stands at 15 hectors with a 3 km waterfront that allows a scenic walks from the city center to east of Singapore. The nearest station is Bayfront MRT station.
  • Bay East Garden: It provides visitors with an unobstructed view of the city skyline. It is designed as a series of large tropical leaf-shaped gardens, each with its own specific landscaping design, character, and theme.
  • Bay South Garden: It is inspired by the master plan of Orchid as the representative of tropical and of Singapore, the largest of the three gardens at the 54 hectares showcase the best of tropical garden artistry.

  1. Singapore Flyer:

    A moving experience at every turn. It’s a world’s giant observation wheel outside the United State that affords one a view of Marina Bay’s skyline and even a glimpse of Neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. The discovery was all about how the flyer was put together, the main feature here is a 1.5 meter in a diameter time machine that one can turn to see a stream of images that tell Singapore flyer’s pre-post construction stories.

 

  1. SG International Museum:

    The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1849 when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution and called the Raffles Library and Museum. After several relocations, in 1887 it moved to its permanent site at Stamford Road in the Museum Planning Area. The museum focuses on exhibits related to the history of Singapore. It is one of four national museums in the country, the other three being the two Asian Civilizations Museums at Empress Place Building and Old Tao Nan School, and the Singapore Art Museum. It was named the National Museum of Singapore in 1965 between 1993 and March 2006, it was known as the Singapore History Museum.

 

  1. Jurong Bird Park:

Jurong bird park is an aviary and tourist attraction in Jurong, Singapore. the bird park, managed by wildlife reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometers (49 acres) on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region. wildlife reserves Singapore reported on 1 June 2016 that in 2020, Jurong bird park will be relocated to 80 Mandai lake road, 729826 with a new name for the bird park. for now, operation continues as per normal.

Exhibits

WATERFALL AVIARY: The Waterfall Aviary, which focuses mostly on birds from Africa, has bird enclosures that extend to a towering height of 35 metres. The area houses the 30-meter (98 ft) tall Jurong Falls, one of the world’s tallest man-made, indoor waterfalls. A suspension bridge in the zone allows visitors to get a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and a hiking trail lets the visitors catch sight of some of the more reticent birds in action. Birds housed in the aviary include various species of African glossy starlings, turacos and the White-necked rockfowl.

*DINOSAUR DESCENDANTS: The Dinosaur Descendants section houses some of the largest extant birds, including various species of crane, and large flightless birds such as ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries.

*WINGS OF ASIA: Visitors can see the largest collection of Southeast Asian birds, which has over 200 species. There are large, central walk-in aviaries and peripheral aviaries housing the more delicate and territorial birds. A thunderstorm is simulated at noon each day, followed by a cool, light drizzle. Territorial species are kept in large cages, while species that can coexist with each other (fruit doves and pigeons being two examples) are left to roam freely in the aviary.

THE LORY LOFT: About nine storeys high and covering 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft), the Lory Loft is the world’s largest walk-in flight aviary for lories and lorikeets, with over 1,000 free-flying lories. Other species housed here include the megapodes, currawongs, eclectus parrots, king parrots, cockatoos, and various Australasian parakeets. The ambience is similar to that of a rainforest valley in tropical Northern Australia. Visitors can offer the lories a special nectar mix.

PARROT PARADISE:

This small zone houses some of the park’s parrot species, mostly macaws, conures and cockatoos. All three extant species of blue macaws can be seen here — the hyacinth, Lear’s and Spix’s.

  1. SG ZOO:

    The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, who also manage the neighboring Night Safari, River Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16 percent are considered to be threatened species. It houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world. The zoo has not expanded beyond the original 28 hectares. However, 40 hectares of secondary forest were later developed into the Night Safari. The remaining undeveloped land has been kept as wooded land. This and the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir contribute to the zoo, giving it a sense of natural, unrestricted space. The zoo also offers various modes of rides available within the premises: trams, boat and club cars. Strollers, wagons and wheelchairs can also be rented.

 

  1. Marina Bay Sands & Skypark:

    Is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, owned by the Las Vegas Sands At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost.[2][3] Marina Bay Sands is one of two winning proposals for Singapore’s first integrated resorts, the other being the Resorts World Sentosa, which incorporates a family-friendly Universal Studios Theme Park (Universal Studios Singapore). The two large-scale resorts were conceived to meet Singapore’s economic and tourism objectives for the next decade and will have 30-year casino licenses, exclusive for the first ten years. Bidders were assessed based on four criteria: tourism appeal and contribution, architectural concept and design, development investment, and strength of the consortium and partners

On the 56th floor of Marina Bay Sands hotel, there is a deck for the public which is known as Skypark and this has a ticket of cost around SGD 24 which worth to buy as you can see most of the Singapore from this deck. Behind you can see Garden By The Bay and in front, you can see the sea and all the skyscrapers as well as the river valley.

 

 

  1. SEA AQUARIUM

    The E.A. Aquarium (South East Asia Aquarium) was the world’s largest aquarium by total water volume until overtaken by the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Hengqin, China. It contains a total of 45,000,000 litres (9,900,000 imp gal; 12,000,000 US gal) of water for more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species. The aquarium comprises 10 zones with 49 habitats. The centerpiece of the Aquarium is the Open Ocean tank with more than 18,000,000 l (4,000,000 imp gal; 4,800,000 US gal) and 50,000 animals. Until 2014 when eclipsed by China’s Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, it had the world’s largest viewing panel, 36-metre (118 ft) wide and 8.3-metre (27 ft) tall, which is intended to give visitors the feeling of being on the ocean floor.

Collection

The S.E.A. Aquarium houses the world’s largest collection of manta rays, including one of only a few giant oceanic manta rays in captivity. It also showcases 24 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, scalloped hammerhead sharks, the Japanese spider crab, and relatively uncommonly-exhibited species such as the guitarfish and the chambered nautilus.

Dining

Dining is possible at the Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora and S.E.A. Side Snacks.

Shopping

The gift shop located at the exit of S.E.A. Aquarium sells a variety of souvenirs.

 

  1. SENTOSA ISLAND:

    Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. It was a key component of Genting’s bid for the right to build Singapore’s second integrated resort, Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. It was a key component of Genting’s bid for the right to build Singapore’s second integrated resort.

  • USS Entrance Archway: Universal Studios Singapore is 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, occupying the easternmost part of the 49-hectare (120-acre) Resorts World Sentosa. There are a total of 24 attractions, of which 18 are original or specially adapted for the park. The park consists of seven themed zones surrounding a lagoon. Each zone is mostly based on movies and/or television, featuring their own attractions, meet and greet locations, over 30 restaurants and food carts, and 20 retail stores and carts located around the park.
  • Hollywood Boulevard: Hollywood is the main entrance area of the park. Its only attraction, a broadway-style theatre, is accompanied by several restaurants and a variety of shopping locations. The zone is filled with Hollywood-inspired architecture and palm trees, including a replica of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Attractions & Entertainment

  • Sesame Street Show – Elmo’s TV Time
  • Lake Hollywood Spectacular
  • Turntables
  • Hollywood China Arcade

Meet & Greets

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame (including Woody and Winnie Woodpecker, Minions from Despicable Me, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Frankenstein’s Monster, Beetlejuice, Betty Boop, Po the Panda and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, Hiccup and Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon and Poppy and Branch from Trolls

Restaurants & Refreshments

  • Mel’s Drive-In®
  • Starbucks

Gifts & Retail

  • Universal Studios Store
  • Silver Screen
  • Minion Mart
  • The Dark Room
  • The Brown Derby – A Sesame Street Shop
  • That’s a Wrap
  1. Arab Street:

    The Bugis-Bras Basah district is more than hip Haji Lane. Step into Arab Street next door, and check out the best places to eat, drink, shop and see…When it comes to checking out the Bugis-Bras Basah district, hitting indie boutiques in the narrow alleys of Haji Lane, snapping street art for Instagram and sipping a cuppa coffee at hipster cafes is nothing new. Within the bustling area lies Singapore’s Arab community, aka Arab Street. Not only is it lined with cool cafes, Mediterranean restaurants and quaint shops offering quality fabrics, traditional clothing, perfumes and more, it is also home to one of the city’s major landmarks: the Sultan Mosque.

12. Henderson Waves & Cable Car:

This is a bridge that is in the shape of the wave and it is a 36-meter pedestrian bridge which is connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park.

I have visited this bridge multiple times at night, midnight or in the evening. It feels always so good whenever I am at this bridge and one can have a very nice view of the beach and the city from this place. Also if someone is planning to visit Santosa island then he can get a cable car from Mount Faber park station to Santosa island which would cost around SGD 35.

13. Little India & China Town:

Both of these places are famous because of their own culture and people which are mostly from India in Little India and Chinese people in China town.

Also, these places are very famous because of the food and buildings. One must go there to try street food and to have a walk around nice streets as well as buildings.

Chinatown’s is a maze of narrow roads includes Chinatown Food Street, with its restaurants serving traditional fares like Hainanese chicken rice, noodles, and stay. Souvenir shops and indie boutiques dot the area, offering clothes, crafts, and antiques, while Club Street is full of trendy wine bars. Cultural institutions here include the 1827 Sri Mariamman Temple and the ornate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Many famous hotels are there like Hotel 81, Yes Chinatown Point Hotel, Chinatown Hotel.
The Hokkiens settled around Telok Ayer and the waterfront, the Teochews along Singapore River (Clarke Quay) and around Fort Canning, while the Cantonese and Hakka lived further out at Kreta Ayer
For more interesting information about this place please visit: http://www.chinatown.sg
Note: Hokkien settled around Telok Ayer and the waterfront, the Teochews along the Singapore River (Clarke Quay) and around Fort Canning, while the Cantonese and Hakka lived further out at Kreta Ayer.

14. Botanic Garden:

This, Botanic Gardens, is a 158 – years old tropical garden which very near to Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district. It’s honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s quite a big one. Most of the people who come to visit Singapore, go there and most of the time many artists organize their shows over here.

15.  The City Hall:

The City hall in Singapore is a national monument and there are several places nearby to visit. You will find most of the places nearby.

The City Hall MRT station is the one which would take you to the nearby places like following:

i) City Hall MRT Station

ii) Bugis MRT Station

iii) Raffles Hotel

iv) Suntech City

V) Little India

vi) Chinatown

Vii) Capitol Plaza: Here you can find various restaurants as well including pure Veg and Jain meal.

vii) Central Fire Station Museum: This is one of the must visit places.

For further information about The City Hall and its history please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Hall,_Singapore

 

 

FOOD & DRINKS

Nasrin Restaurant
Craving for a hot plate of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine? The gorgeous interiors of Nasrin Restaurant (pictured top) will have you grab a table and survey its menu of mouth-watering appetisers, signature dishes and chef specials, including Turkish faves like kebabs.

Comestival Desserts
This cake gem is perfect for the sweet-toothed. Serving fresh bakes six days a week, chocolate lovers will fall head over heels with its smooth Nutella cheesecake and Nutella brioche. For some local fusion, grab a slice of its pandan Gula Melaka cake or its Thai milk tea cheesecake. A word of warning: its bakes sell out fast. Working Title
When it comes to comfort food, Working Title has it down pat. The burgers here are the real stars – think beef or chicken patties wrapped in turkey bacon, smoked duck with Emmental cheese and large portobello patties served with blue cheese dressing. Wash it all down with a chunky chocolate and banana or cookies and cream smoothie, and you won’t want to leave this food paradise.

All things delicious
Like its name suggests, bakes at this charming bakery-cafe are nothing short of delish. While they aren’t your traditional rounded scones, these triangular, soft Scottish ones are no less scrummy, with toppings like Gula Melaka and orange cranberry calling out for liberal smears of salted butter. Fika Swedish Café & BistroNeed a Swedish meatball fix? Give Ikea a pass, and head over to the end of Arab Street for Fika. Here, you’ll find a small but serviceable menu of Swedish classics like Toast Skagen, Pytt i Panna, and Tunnbrödsrulle.

Indian Restaurants: 

In Singapore, you will find most of the Indian cuisine and there are many Indian, especially south Indian restaurants . Most of these can be found in Little India which is one of the most popular area in Singapore. Everyone Indian can found all of his or her essential things from there. One of the most popular shopping centre is the Mustafa Centre which is a huge mall where a person can find almost everything like from clothes to food and from money exchanger to visa work.

So if you love Indian food, please go and visit Little India. One of my favourite restaurant is The Taste of India where a person can get a delicious food at reasonable prices.

Holland Village:

This district is also one of the most popular area in Singapore for food and shopping stuff. There are beautiful houses all around and very nice and different kind of restaurant are available here, including an Indian food restaurant. One of my favourite food restaurant over here is, Kinara which serves amazing north Indian food.

Conclusion:

Singapore is the small but beautiful and safest place to live and I am telling you this by my own experience. Life is very easy over here and a person would find seamless connectivity over here. There are so many different places to visit in Singapore but I have just wrote down about the most important one as I cannot cover everything in one blog.

Please share your comments and let me know if you guys need any further information.

 

Travel Guide:

If you are planning to visit Singapore, then,  first of all, you should have the following mobile applications in your smartphones:

1)GoThere.Sg or visit https://gothere.sg/maps This will help you to see the fare, distance, bus number or MRT (metro rail) in Singapore.

2) MyTransport: This application would help you to see the waiting time period for a bus on any bus stop. In Singapore, every bus stop has its unique number as well as the name and you can enter either number or name in this application search box and get the required information.

However, in Singapore, the maximum fare for any distance via bus or MRT is just SGD 2. Also, if somehow, you change Bus to MRT then also there is a discount on your fare like suppose first a person travels half a journey via Bus and then via MRT within 20 minutes or something then next fare would be lesser.

Also, I would recommend getting an MRT/Bus Pass/Card which are like Metro cards and a person can one from any MRT station which costs you around SGD 12 and you can then top up the same according to your travel plans. This would save time and money.

Note: If you are coming to Singapore, no need to opt International Roaming plans as here itself you can get a new SIM card which would cost you around SGD 12 and will offer a certain number of minutes plus up to 100 GB of 4G data for 7 days. There are many operators like Starhub, Singtel, MI.

Best Time To Visit Singapore:

If you are planning your vacation to Singapore, then the best time is from August To October except mid of September. Also, I would suggest you avoid January and February as these two months are quite hot.

 

 

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