I have been to Singapore many times and I fell in love with the country and I will tell you why later. Singapore is very modern, clean and organised. It is one of the cleanest in the world; you can be fined or arrested for spitting, littering or selling chewing gum. Chewing gum is not forbidden in Singapore but bringing gum into the country in large amounts is illegal.
Singapore has one of the strongest economies in Asia. It is the world’s busiest port, it is the third-largest oil refiner and a major financial and high-tech hub. I was totally smitten by its natural landscapes, modern buildings, systematic transportation, luxurious shopping centers and its diversity in culture with its blend of Asia and European.
Here are the reasons why you would fall in love with Singapore:
WANDER IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN. Wander through the swaths of virgin rainforest with many-colored collection of 1,000 orchid species and 2,000 hybrids. It has an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Stroll around the gardens and enjoy the wonderful sights, sounds and wonders the luscious greenery offers. There are various areas in the park: tropical garden (rain forest), lakes, herb gardens and the orchid gardens.
Opening Hours: 5am – 12 midnight daily
Admission Fee: Free
RIDE IN THE 165 METER-HIGH SINGAPORE FLYER. Singapore’s answer to the London Eye. The world’s largest giant observation wheel which allow you to view not only the Singapore skyline, but reaches to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and Malaysia’ Straits of Johor. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the entire island in half an hour ride. Quite expensive but worth it.
- Daily flights : 8:30am – 10:pm
- Ticketing counter Operating Hours: 8:30am-10:00pm ( Ticket counter on the entrance of 1st floor).
STROLL ALONG MARINA BAY SANDS and takes time to admire Singapore’s iconic landmark Marina Bay Sands. An overlay modern art and architecture site to visit when in Singapore with dining restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls and entertainment awaits visitors to enjoy and relax while taking pictures along the way for breathtaking views.
GET LOST IN GARDENS BY THE BAY. A nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, next to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. The main attractions in the Gardens by the Bay are the towering SuperTrees, eleven of which have environmentally sustainable features and some of which use photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy that’s used to light them up.
Outdoor Gardens Opening Hours : 5am – 2am / Free Admission
Outdoor Gardens consist of:
- Bay East Garden
- SuperTree Grove
- Sun Pavillion
- Heritage Gardens
- World of Plants
- Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes
Inside the Gardens By The Bay are two Conservatories: The Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. We went into the Cloud Forest – The Cool-Moist Conservatory that showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. It features a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation, shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. There is lift to the top of the mountaintop of cloud forest and there you can take a stroll along a walkway in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:00am – 9:00pm
SHOP ON ORCHARD ROAD. A must place to visit while in Singapore. A shopping paradise, from cheap outlets to high-end designer and jewelry shops with many things to see, so modern, crowded but worth a visit especially at night because it looks spectacular with all the lights.
Singapore is known for its cleanliness and place a lot of importance on disciplined, and corporal punishment is widely accepted. While in Singapore make sure that you follow certain guidelines and adhere to their strict standards of proper behaviour.
- Chewing gum banned in Singapore so better leave it at home.
- Don’t throw litter on the street. Put all waste in the litter bins provided in public spaces.
- Don’t smoke in public. The police enforce this law strictly and hand out immediate fines to people found smoking or dropping a cigarette in a public place.
- Don’t get involved in any drugs. Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.
- Don’t touch somebody on the head as it is considered a sacred part of the body in Singapore.
- Don’t discuss religion or politics. Do not make joke either.
- Don’t show the bottoms of your feet or use feet to point. Feet considered dirty.
- Don’t bring in food into MRT ( Mass Rapid Transport).
- Don’t point at someone with your index finger, which is considered very rude.
- Don’t tip. Tipping is not customary in Singapore.
- Don’t, for a Chinese descent, give clocks, handkerchiefs or flowers to as they associated with death and funerals.
- Don’t eat or offer anything (including a handshake) to a person of Indian or Malay descent with your left hand as they will most likely be Muslim and this is forbidden by their hygienically jurisprudence.
Have you ever been to Singapore, What do you think of it?