The city-state of Singapore has become one of the worldâ€™s most developed and richest countries and provides a unique combination of modern city-life with skyscrapers and efficient metro system, a tropical climate, Malay and Chinese influences and excellent shopping.
Although Singapore can feel crowded, especially if you are packed like sardines in the metro in rush hour, the country has over 50 parks and four nature reserves. Only about 50% of the country is build on. For these reasons Singapore is also called the Garden City. Be sure to visit one of the many excellent parks while you are here.
The name Singapore is Malay, meaning Lion City. Be sure to see the famous lion statue, a Singapore's landmark at Merlion Park. Many tourists come here to get a photo with Singapore's iconic statue as background.
Singapore has some excellent museums in the area east of Orchard and wildlife parks (Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park) in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Singapore is famous for shopping, and while here be sure to check out the excellent shopping centers on Orchid Road where you can find anything you want.
The city has an excellent nightlife and many entertainment options. Sentosa Island is home to several popular attractions, beaches and theme parks, including one of the two casinos.
While in Singapore you may feel that most food on offer is pretty Western but you need to get of the tourist streets to get some authentic Singapore dishes in one of the many restaurants. The Singapore cuisine is mostly Chinese with many foreign influences, mostly Malay and Indian as well as Western. Also, being an island country seafood is a popular ingredient.