The island nation of Singapore is one of the hot favorites of tourists looking to experience the coexistence of the old and the modern worlds. A one stop destination for shopaholics, honeymooners, families and travel groups alike, Singapore has something for everybody. The charm and grandeur of Singapore mesmerizes 1000s of tourists every year who flock to the island country to witness the beautiful mix of skyscrapers and landscapes, pubs and discos, islands and beaches and famous places of worship. A jewel on the world tourism map, Singapore boasts of a vast coastline with some of the best beaches in the world.
A cultural mix of people from different religions and languages ensure that Singapore offers an enticing cocktail of traditions and festivals witnessed by tourists from across the world. With an island area of about 700 square kilometers the beautiful topography combines hills, valleys, flat lands and sandy beaches that altogether comprise of about 63 islands.
Tourists in Singapore get to enjoy finest accommodation and worldwide cuisine. The nightlife is throbbing with pubs, lounges and discotheques while the shopaholics can tire themselves out shopping for the best brands in fashion.
A nation steeped in history, the island country still boasts of historical and architectural buildings dating back to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded modern Singapore. For history buffs The Changi Chapel and Museum is a must visit that housed fifty thousand soldiers and civilians from the Second World War imprisoned by the Japanese. The Civilian War Memorial located in War Memorial Park, Beach Road was erected in tribute to the dead during Japanese occupation. Fort Siloso reminisces the colonial past of Singapore. Built in 1880s by Britishers at the western tip of Sentosa Island, it was used by the Japanese invaders as a concentration camp.
The pristine white sandy beaches of Singapore seem untouched from the realities of life. Giving tourists a chance to unwind and relax from their hectic life these beaches sport a natural scenic background. It is surprising to note that most of these beaches are artificially created by reclaiming land from the sea. Tourists can enjoy fun sports like scuba diving, swimming, sailing and snorkeling or go for quite picnic. The white beaches are perfect for some sunbathing and beach games as well. Some well known beaches of Singapore include Lazarus Island Beach, Tanjong beach, Palawan beach, Changi beach and Siloso beach.
Singapore offers a great shopping experience to visitors with its wide variety and selection of clothes, footwear, cosmetics, electronics and furniture. Visitors can tour different shopping areas for unique shopping experiences. Bugis Junction offers air conditioned shopping zones and well known walkways full of street wear and roadside eateries. The O.G.Albert shopping mall in this area offers delectable food, fashion products, household items to toys and cosmetics. Orchard road features glitzy clothes, shoes, rugs and furniture as well as cosmetics and electronic items. The Nqee Ann City mall on posh Orchard road houses famous brands and the largest bookstore in Southeast Asia – Kinokuniya. Suntech City mall is the largest shopping center in Singapore; Tangalin Shopping Center specializes in arts, antiques and jewelry; and Sim Lim Sqaure is the electronics and IT products hub of Singapore.
Singapore offers the best and widest selection of restaurants in Asia. A land of varied cultures, the island nation offers tourists signature dishes from different regions of the world. Tourists can enjoy traditional and international cuisine like Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese etc or opt for some of the best fast food from Old chang Kee and Ya Kun Kaya toast. Visitors can pamper their taste buds at Middle Eastern restaurants like SANOBAR and Al Hamra Lebenese restaurant or try takeaways when not in the mood from Arnold’s Chicken, Rite Pizza and Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza.
Some much sought after attractions from Singapore include Chinatown, Sentosa Island, Singapore Discovery Centre, Night Safari, Underwater world, Carlesberg sky Tower, Little India and Geyland Serai.